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Golden Eagle,©Barry Kent Mackay

6 Mar Rustic Bunting still present ["mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
02 Mar Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival ["bmeral AT horizoncable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 Feb FEB 22 MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Feb Rustic Bunting ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Feb Highlights from recent days..... ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Feb Re: Possible female Bufflehead hybrid ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Feb Re: No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: ["Kristin Jesenko kjesenko AT hotmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Feb Wednesday Feb 18th Pints for Non Profits, Mad River Brewery ["Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Feb Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still not being found... ["Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb Re: Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: ["'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb FEB 22 Pelagic Trip Sold Out ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb Colusa Falcated Duck Present 2/15 ["catbird117 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Feb Del Norte Co. Black-throated Blue Warbler still here: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Feb COMMON SCOTER still not being found... ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Feb Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Feb 18 Neotropical cormorants ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [inlandcountybirds]" ]
14 Feb 18 Neotropical cormorants ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Feb 2015 Special Events-Kern Co/Kern Co Associated ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Feb Iceland Gull (Humboldt) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Feb Iceland Gull (Humboldt) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Feb Falcated Duck seen at 2:30 ["Jim Moore moorebirder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Feb Common Scoter ["Don Hoechlin quixdimnd AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Feb Rustic bunting continues ["Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Feb Sulids on the Rocks ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Feb COMMON SCOTER present this morning: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Feb RFI Del Norte County Gray Jay and Black-capped Chickadees ["'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still here: ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb COMMON SCOTER still here: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Feb Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County-Correction to location ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Feb A beautiful COMMON SCOTER morning: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Feb Common Scoter update (Del Norte) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Feb Common Scoter update (Del Norte) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Feb Re: COMMON SCOTER still here: ["Sandra Hunt-von Arb pnwb AT suddenlink.net [nwcalbird]" ]
9 Feb Re: News from the California Bird Records Committee ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Feb News from the California Bird Records Committee ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Feb HUM BRAMBLING has returned! ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
9 Feb HUM BRAMBLING has returned! ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Feb COMMON SCOTER still here: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
8 Feb Black vulture bolinas ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Feb Black vulture bolinas ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Feb Common Scoter ["Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Feb Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Feb COMMON SCOTER still present ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
8 Feb Re: Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Feb Re: Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Feb Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Feb Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Feb Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present in Crescent City ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb COMMON SCOTER still present in Crescent City ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
07 Feb Bandtailed Pigeons ["wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb COMMON SCOTER in Crescent City Harbor, the Oak Titmouse and Golden Eagle elsewhere ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
5 Feb Re: Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb. ["Stephen Shunk steve AT paradisebirding.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Feb Common Scoter, 6 Feb. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Feb Common Scoter, 6 Feb. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter and BT Blue Warbler + continuing HUM rarities ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Feb GODWIT DAYS 2015 - 20 Years! ["Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
04 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter ["jfholmes jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
4 Feb Re: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions ["'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Re: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Re: [CALBIRDS] Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Feb Fwd: [CALBIRDS] Common/Black/American scoter taxonomy ["Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Feb Common/Black/American scoter taxonomy ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Feb Re: Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb ["Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Re: [CALBIRDS] Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb ["Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Feb new photos of rare birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Feb Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Feb Common Scoter directions ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Feb Common Scoter directions ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]

Subject: Rustic Bunting still present
From: "mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:15:15 -0800
Hi Birders

The RUSTIC BUNTING still continues at the same spot in San Francisco's Golden 
Gate Park (see previous report). It popped out the bushes to the left of the 
brush pile at 1:10pm. 


Good Birding!

Mary & Nick Freeman
Glendale, CA

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival
From: "bmeral AT horizoncable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 11:34:05 -0800
Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival April 24-26 This year’s festival 
features Steve Howell as our banquet speaker, and walks and talks led by such 
birding luminaries as David Wimpfheimer, Lisa Hug, Al Jaramillo, Jack Laws, 
Keith Hansen, Burr Heneman, Bob Power, Mary Anne Flett, and many more. As many 
as 200 species have been seen during the Festival, which occurs during peak 
migration and singing seasons. Outings are filling up fast. Go to 

 www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org and 
sign up today. See you in April! 

  
 Jerry Meral
 Inverness, California
 
 jerrymeral AT yahoo.com
 


Subject: FEB 22 MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:39:02 -0800
Howdy, Birders,

Birders enjoyed a beautiful and balmy day at Monterey Bay on Shearwater 
Journeys' February 22, 2015 winter pelagic trip. The sun was shining and 
lighting was gorgeous as we departed the harbor. Highlights included: great 
views of (5) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; (3) NORTHERN FULMARS; (14) BLACK-VENTED 
SHEARWATERS, including one sitting on the water for close study; (1) SOOTY 
SHEARWATER; (2) BROWN BOOBIES; (2) PIGEON GUILLEMOTS returning from the winter 
area; (2) SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS; (1) TUFTED PUFFIN; Rhinoceros and Cassin's 
Auklets, and a nice selection of gulls. Two SURFBIRDS were of interest in the 
Coast Guard Jetty. Great species diversity, even though not high numbers, 
especially for a 4.5 hour trip. 


Marine mammals included: (9) GRAY WHALES; (5) HUMPBACK WHALES; (150) 
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS; (1) HARBOR PORPOISE; as well as Sea Otter, Harbor 
Seal and California Sea Lion. 


Perhaps the rarest animal of the day was one BLUE SHARK. Formerly common (back 
in the mid-1980's), this shark is now rarely seen. 


A complete report with images by Mark Rauzon can be found at:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/02/winter-seabirding-monterey-bay-pelagic.html 


Images by Will Brooks for this trip:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/02/images-of-day-by-will-brooks-february.html 


The sea surface temperature was a steady 58 F throughout the day. This is 
warmer than normal for winter months. Shearwaters were extremely low in 
numbers, either because of the warm water, or because of the declining numbers 
which I have been talking about for the past several years, or because of both 
reasons. (Four species of shearwaters are in decline: sooty, short-tailed, 
flesh-footed and streaked). It has been many years since black-vented 
shearwaters have wintered along the central coast of California, rather than 
along the southern California coast. Scripps's murrelets are not unprecedented 
during winter, but, again, it has been a long time since this has happened. 


Many thanks to the Pacific Seabird Group and folks from near and far (Japan, 
Sweden, UK) who joined us. The leaders were: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, 
Gerry McChesney, Abe Borker, Dave Pereksta, John Garrett, and Debi Shearwater. 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com










Subject: Rustic Bunting
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:16:58 -0800
The Rustic Bunting was seen today 2/19, in the usual spot
with the Junco flock at around 10 am. 
The White-throated Sparrow was in with the zonotricuia
flock, one of the remaining quail was in the atriplex nearby.
The Nashville Warbler was still behind the
Pioneer Log Cabin and although their numbers are decreasing, Acorn Woodpeckers
and Varied Thrushes are still common around the Conservatory of Flowers.

Alan Hopkins
Subject: Highlights from recent days.....
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:57:13 -0800
Hi all,
I've been so busy for the past couple of days that I haven't been good on
calling in some of the birds I've been seeing lately so will just throw
them all out in one sweep here.

On Saturday, 14 Feb. Brad Elvert and I did a short session in the Ferndale
Bottoms looking through gulls mostly. On Sage Rd. our highlight was one
NELSON'S GULL (Herring X Glaucous). At Camp Weott at the corner of Dillon
and Camp Weott Rd. we had 48 species with thousands of gulls present (and
many too far to id). Highlights here included: 1 female COMMON GOLDENEYE, 2
HOODED MERGANSERS, 1 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (rare away from salt or
estuarine waterways), 1 adult BALD EAGLE, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 WHIMBREL,
11 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and one SHORT-EARED OWL flying higher than any other
Short-eared we have ever seen while being harassed by crows and ravens.

On Sunday, 15 Feb. I birded with Mark Rauzon, Patricia Bacchetti from
Oakland, CA and Susan Anderson from Minneapolis, MN. At the Valley West
Shopping Center we had one juvenile FERRUGINOUS HAWK fly over us while
meeting in the parking lot. At the Arcata Marsh we had one female
BLUE-WINGED TEAL amongst around 18 CINNAMON TEAL at the I St. Pond. The
continuing EASTERN PURPLE FINCH continued and was seen well by all of us
from the northwestern corner of the Allen Marsh to the I St. pond. At least
one SWAMP SPARROW continued north of Allen Marsh.

At the College of the Redwoods the male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER continued
around the northeast corner of the westernmost pond in the nature area
there and the TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at the Salmon Creek unit of the
Humboldt Bay NWR (seen around the visitor center).

On Monday, 16 Feb, birding again with Mark, Pat, and Susan the highlight
was 13 RED KNOTS at the middle island at Klopp Lake during the morning high
tide. One VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was along Moxon Ln. in the Arcata Bottoms.

Today, Tuesday, 17 Feb. I had two male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRDS at the Mad
River Fish Hatchery.

Also, today it sounds like many people looked for (myself included), but
did not see a reported GRAY CATBIRD that was reported to eBird during the
Great Backyard Bird Count yesterday, 16 Feb. The bird was reported from the
trail from the end of Taylor Way in Blue Lake and the description sounded
pretty good.

That's what I know.

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Possible female Bufflehead hybrid
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:48:07 -0800
Julio and all,
It looks to be a Bufflehead X Hooded Merganser hybrid. That would explain
the elongated head and bill and the slight crested look to the rear.

Nice bird!

Rob Fowler

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM, jjm8_98 AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I photographed the bird on Saturday morning in Crescent City, CA. The bird
> was paired up with a male Bufflehead. The two flew in together and left
> together.  They dove together and remained within a few feet from each
> other at all times.  The female bird had a longish bill and flattened
> crown which did not look quite right for a female Bufflehead.  One of the
> parent species appears to be a Bufflehead but the other half is not so
> clear to me.
>
> Pictures:
>
> https://flic.kr/p/qWuQM7
>
> https://flic.kr/p/qWuQDS
>
> https://flic.kr/p/qh3MKQ
>
> https://flic.kr/p/qWuQrN
>
>
>
> Julio Mulero
>
> Sunnyvale, CA
>
> (jjm8_98 AT yahoo.com)
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:
From: "Kristin Jesenko kjesenko AT hotmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:29:07 -0800
Has anyone had any luck this morning? I finally have a day off and wanted to 
travel up today. Thank you. 


Kristin 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2015, at 5:02 PM, Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
>   ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported.  
> Alan D. Barron
> 
Subject: Wednesday Feb 18th Pints for Non Profits, Mad River Brewery
From: "Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:35:39 -0800
Dear Birders,

I'm sending out an invite to all of you who would like an evening out and
to support Godwit Days please join us if you can.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Godwit Days Spring Migration
Bird Festival April 15-21. The annual Pints for non-profits fundraiser is
this Wednesday Feb 18 at Mad River Brewery in Blue Lake 5-8:30pm. Rob
Fowler and friends (aka "Redwood yogurt Boys") will be playing blue grass
tunes, the brewery has food, and of course delicious brew. Gary Bloomfield
will lead a birding trip 2-5pm leaving from the brewery.

Yours Rob
-- 
Robert W. Hewitt
Wildlife Biologist, *LBJ Enterprises*
Eureka, CA, 95501, USA
(707) 601-8581

Board Member and Founder
20th Annual Godwit Days
Spring Migration Bird Festival
April 15th-21st*, 2015*
www.godwitdays.org



Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GodwitDays
Subject: Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still not being found...
From: "Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:04:46 -0800
Forwarding for those in the CALBIRDS community that doesn't subscribe to 
NWCALBIRDS or check Sialia.com 


Flock on!

Elias/Ηλίας
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" 
 

> Date: February 15, 2015 at 13:15:55 PST
> To: Northwest Calbird 
> Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still not being found...
> Reply-To: Alan Barron 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Although up to 40+ birders were at one point searching this morning and small 
groups are still looking as of 1pm, the Common Scoter was last seen at the end 
of the day on the Friday 13th. 

>   -Alan D. Barron
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:
From: "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:17:29 -0800
Was it seen today, Sunday???
Tom



Thomas Geza Miko
http://www.tgmiko.com/
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
909.241.3300

On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> Forwarding for, Alan.
>
> Rob Fowler
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From:* "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <
> nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com>
> *Date:* February 14, 2015 at 5:02:40 PM PST
> *To:* Northwest Calbird 
> *Subject:* *[nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City
> Harbor:*
> *Reply-To:* Alan Barron 
>
>
>
>
>
>   ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported.
> Alan D. Barron
>
>   
>
Subject: FEB 22 Pelagic Trip Sold Out
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:58:09 -0800
HI, Calbirders,

Just a note to say that the Shearwater Journeys's February 22 Monterey Bay 
seabird trip has been sold out. I've received a number of emails from folks 
wanting to join this trip. 


Our complete fall schedule can be found here:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

I shall be making a few changes to this schedule in a week or so.

Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com









Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck Present 2/15
From: "catbird117 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 19:34:32 -0800
It was in the ponds north of HWY 20, opposite the green Gate, this morning at 
8:30. 

 

 

 Keith Condon
 Diamond Bar, CA
Subject: Del Norte Co. Black-throated Blue Warbler still here:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:07:51 +0000 (UTC)

Terry Allaway reports this afternoon that the beautiful male Black-throated 
Blue Warbler is still present near the town of Smith River. 
Subject: COMMON SCOTER still not being found...
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:15:55 +0000 (UTC)
Although up to 40+ birders were at one point searching this morning and small 
groups are still looking as of 1pm, the Common Scoter was last seen at the end 
of the day on the Friday 13th.  

  -Alan D. Barron
Subject: Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:21:40 -0800
Forwarding for, Alan.

Rob Fowler

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" 
 

> Date: February 14, 2015 at 5:02:40 PM PST
> To: Northwest Calbird 
> Subject: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:
> Reply-To: Alan Barron 
> 
> 
> 
>   ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported.  
> Alan D. Barron
> 
Subject: No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:02:40 +0000 (UTC)

  ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported.  
Alan D. Barron
Subject: 18 Neotropical cormorants
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:54:53 -0800
18 Neotropical cormorants at Alamo river wetlands near Brawley imperial county. 
With Todd Easterla. All photographed 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
Www.sterlingbirds.com
530 908-3836

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Subject: 18 Neotropical cormorants
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:54:53 -0800
18 Neotropical cormorants at Alamo river wetlands near Brawley imperial county. 
With Todd Easterla. All photographed 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
Www.sterlingbirds.com
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Subject: 2015 Special Events-Kern Co/Kern Co Associated
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:29:22 -0800
*2015 Kern Co. & Kern Co. Associated Special Events:

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8, 2015 - 4th Annual Vallarta Bird Festival, 
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (http://www.vallartabirdconservancy.org/) - 
*Kern County resident Greg Homel helped found the Vallarta Bird 
Conservancy & Vallarta Bird Festival and has a second home there.

*Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29 - Wind Wolves Preserve Nature Festival - 
*For a festival schedule contact Assistant Preserve Manager Megan at 
megan1 AT twc-ca.org. All events are free of charge.
*
3:30pm, Thursday, April 30 to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3 - Kern County Big 
Birding Weekend/Birdiest Inland County Species Count

Saturday, May 2 - Kerncrest Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon - *This event 
interfaces with the Big Birding Weekend.*

Saturday, May 9 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Spring 
Bird Count - *This year's count will also serve both as a stand alone 
event and as part of a *Regional Bioblitz* initiated by the Tejon Ranch 
Conservancy. One of the interfaces the same day will be the *South Fork 
Kern River Valley Butterfly Count*. NOTE: The 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz 
is a new event organized by Tejon Ranch Conservancy. Distinct areas *to 
date* to be covered in this initial effort are the South Fork Kern River 
Valley, Tejon Ranch, and Walker Basin contiguous private ranches with 
conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy. These formerly 
distinct date events will be held at the same time thus allowing 
accomplishing three purposes within a one day effort. What this means to 
me is while counting birds for the Rapid Assessment - butterflies, 
herps, mammals, plants, or any other natural history notes will be 
recorded according to our respective abilities and knowledge for 
contribution to the 24 hour 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz. Since some to many 
of you will no doubt be birding *Butterbredt Spring* on May 9th please 
send me any data you gather to add to the overall Bioblitz 
characterization - start and end time, species and numbers, nature 
notes, etc. Direction to submitted eBird lists will be helpful as well. 
See *Wind Wolves Preserve* note following immediately - as with 
Butterbredt Spring, sharing of data gathered appreciated.

*Wind Wolves Preserve*, a 93,000 acre nature preserve owned and operated 
by The Wildlands Conservancy located in the San Emigdio Mountains is 
open every day for free hiking, birding, camping, and biking.  They 
*welcome any birders who would like to come up on May 9th from 8am-6pm* 
to bird the cottonwood and willow riparian woodlands, pinyon juniper 
chaparral, blue oak woodland, valley floor grasslands, and wetland 
habitats.  There is a shuttle service every weekend that will bring you 
up the San Emigdio canyon and has drop off and pick up locations near 
many of these habitats.  The shuttle runs at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 
3:30pm.  For any questions visit their website at 
(http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html) or 
contact Assistant Preserve Manager Megan at 661-858-1115 or 
megan.l AT twc-ca.org.  Bird species list available upon request.
*
Friday-Monday, May 22-25 - Morro Coast Audubon Society Field Trip to 
East Kern Desert Oases, Kern River Valley, and Southern Sierra Nevada - 
*Specific field trip days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt. 
Contact Bob to see if non-chapter members are welcome to fill the trip.*

Friday-Monday, June 12-15 - Los Angeles Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Friday-Monday, June 26-29 - Sea & Sage Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Saturday, June 27 - North Fork Kern River Butterfly Count

Sunday, June 28 - Giant Sequoia National Monument South Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 11 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Summer 
Bird Count

Saturday-Saturday, November 7-14 - Southern Sierra Research Station 
(Weldon, Kern Co.) Alamos, Mexico Birding Trip - Maximum of 7 
participants plus 2 leaders - *Trip funds will be used to help fund 
range wide "Western" Yellow-billed Cuckoo work plus support of local 
ecotourism and bird guides in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico with a portion 
being a tax-deductible donation.* *Mexico endemic/near endemic bird 
species in the area to be visited in November include Rufous-bellied 
Chachalaca*, Elegant Quail*, Rufous-crowned Motmot***, Mexican 
Parrotlet**, Purplish-backed Jay*, and Happy Wren****. *Sonora south 
into Jalisco. **Sonora south into northern Colima. ***southern Sonora 
into Guatemala. ****Sonora south into Chiapas.

*Monday, December 14, 2015-Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - Christmas Bird 
Count Season* *(http://www.natureali.org/cbcs.htm) *- Bakersfield CBC, 
Bear Valley Springs CBC, Butterbredt CBC, China Lake CBC, Kern River 
Valley CBC, South Fork Valley CBC, Tehachapi CBC, Tejon Ranch CBC.

*On-going Offerings- Audubon Kern River Preserve, Kern Audubon Society, 
Kerncrest Audubon Society, Panorama Vista Preserve, Tejon Ranch 
Conservancy, Wind Wolves Preserve*

Serving as the messenger and able to answer some to many questions plus 
direct you to contacts for each event,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Southern Sierra Conservancy, Secretary/Treasurer
24/7 Cellular Phone Number: 760-382-1260
Subject: Iceland Gull (Humboldt)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:36:01 -0800
I found an apparent 1st-winter “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull this morning on 
the Salt River just above Highway 211 in Ferndale. Digiscoped photos courtesy 
of Kristina McOmber are uploaded into a new folder; difficult to see are the 
patterned rectrices. Contradictory (and, of course, supporting) opinions are 
welcome. 


Ken Burton
Eureka

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Subject: Iceland Gull (Humboldt)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:36:01 -0800
I found an apparent 1st-winter “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull this morning on 
the Salt River just above Highway 211 in Ferndale. Digiscoped photos courtesy 
of Kristina McOmber are uploaded into a new folder; difficult to see are the 
patterned rectrices. Contradictory (and, of course, supporting) opinions are 
welcome. 


Ken Burton
Eureka

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Subject: Falcated Duck seen at 2:30
From: "Jim Moore moorebirder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:53:56 -0800
Seen north on the bridge on Hwy 20, 200 yards west of the green gate.  An
Eurasian Wigeon was also seen on the same pond.

Jim Moore
Agua Dulce
Subject: Common Scoter
From: "Don Hoechlin quixdimnd AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:28:38 -0800
Bird spent majority of the day in the boat basin near the entrance. Still 
present were the fem Long-tailed duck and Harlequin duck. Also an imm male 
Hooded Merganser. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa 



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Subject: Rustic bunting continues
From: "Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:07:44 -0800
Same spot as previously noted. Susan

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Subject: Sulids on the Rocks
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:56:18 -0800
Hi, Birders,

Just a quick note to let folks know that I had a report of 7 BROWN BOOBIES and 
the continuing NORTHERN GANNET present at the Farallon Islands National 
Wildlife Refuge. Some of the boobies are reportedly engaged in displaying and 
bringing in nesting material. 


Could be interesting....

Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com










Subject: COMMON SCOTER present this morning:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:24:57 +0000 (UTC)

The male Common Scoter is still just inside the entrance to the big boat basin 
in the Crescent City Harbor off of Citizens Dock Road. 
Subject: RFI Del Norte County Gray Jay and Black-capped Chickadees
From: "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:16:48 -0800
Hi Folks
A group of us are planning on (finally) driving up to Humboldt & Del Norte
Counties for the wintering vagrants, and I would like to know if there is
some really easy spot to stop by for a quickie for Gray Jay and
Black-capped Chickadees, either near the Common Scoter, or near the
Brambling.
If so, please include some specific driving/walking directions.
Thanks,
Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
http://www.tgmiko.com/
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
909.241.3300
Subject: Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still here:
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:19:22 -0800
Common Scoter still present......

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" 
 

> Date: February 11, 2015 at 9:17:28 AM PST
> To: Northwest Calbird 
> Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still here:
> Reply-To: Alan Barron 
> 
> 
> 
> This morning the male Common Scoter is happily swimming around in perfect 
weather at the usual Crescent City Harbor spot. 

>  Alan D. Barron
> 
Subject: COMMON SCOTER still here:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:17:28 +0000 (UTC)

This morning the male Common Scoter is happily swimming around in perfect 
weather at the usual Crescent City Harbor spot. Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County-Correction to location
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:43:47 +0000
The place where we parked along the road was 1/2 mile from Highway 101 or 
3/10ths of mile from Johnson House. At around 5:50 Caracara perched on H style 
fence post in full sun-WOW 

Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn
Excuse typos and empty post
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 10, 2015, at 5:04 PM, 'Batkin, Leonie F' 
lbatkin AT stanford.edu [countybirders] 
> 
wrote: 




Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead 
carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson 
House on Higgins Canyon Road. 

Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn

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Begin forwarded message:

From: "eegeer AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" 
> 

Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
To: peninsula-birding 
> 

Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile 
from the Johnson House 

Reply-To: eegeer AT comcast.net



10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 
1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. 
That is all that was reported 


Subject: Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:39:27 +0000

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 10, 2015, at 5:04 PM, 'Batkin, Leonie F' 
lbatkin AT stanford.edu [countybirders] 
> 
wrote: 




Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead 
carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson 
House on Higgins Canyon Road. 

Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "eegeer AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" 
> 

Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
To: peninsula-birding 
> 

Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile 
from the Johnson House 

Reply-To: eegeer AT comcast.net



10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 
1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. 
That is all that was reported 


Subject: Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:04:04 +0000
Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead 
carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson 
House on Higgins Canyon Road. 

Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "eegeer AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" 
> 

Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
To: peninsula-birding 
> 

Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile 
from the Johnson House 

Reply-To: eegeer AT comcast.net



10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 
1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. 
That is all that was reported 


Subject: A beautiful COMMON SCOTER morning:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:18:21 +0000 (UTC)

The male Common Scoter is still hanging out at just inside the entrance to the 
big boat basin in the Crescent City Harbor off of Citizens Dock Road. Weather 
conditions are the best here in several days, no wind or rain and a soft 
diffused sunshine for viewing and photos. Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Common Scoter update (Del Norte)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:13:23 -0800
The COSC was at the mouth of the boat basin, off Citizens Dock Road in Crescent 
City, at 9:30 this morning. 


Ken Burton
Eureka

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Subject: Common Scoter update (Del Norte)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:13:23 -0800
The COSC was at the mouth of the boat basin, off Citizens Dock Road in Crescent 
City, at 9:30 this morning. 


Ken Burton
Eureka

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Subject: Re: COMMON SCOTER still here:
From: "Sandra Hunt-von Arb pnwb AT suddenlink.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:15:46 -0800
And he put on a fine show in the same place for some locals as well as
travelers in the late afternoon as well.  In addition, the oldsqaw made a
brief swim-by around 3:30 and the Harlequin showed up around 4:45.

-----sent from Android Phone by
Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Senior Biologist
Pacific NorthWestern Biological
(707)845-5940
On Feb 9, 2015 9:38 AM, "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <
nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>
> The male Common Scoter put on a fine show for a Monday morning group of
> admiring birders at the entrance to the big boat basin in the Crescent City
> Harbor off of Citizens Dock Road.
>  
>
Subject: Re: News from the California Bird Records Committee
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:10:00 -0800
Thanks to the CBRC for all their good work.

I was a little disturbed to see Yellow-green Vireo removed from the review
list, considering the findings of this major multilocus vireo phylogeny:

http://cjbattey.com/papers/slager2014MPE.pdf

Basically, East Mexican Yellow-greens are poorly differentiated from North
American Red-eyeds, while west slope/southern birds are a different beast
entirely. Based on current knowledge, if the AOU acts on this, we will not
know if we are seeing things that are basically Red-eyed Vireos with
yellow-green plumage or the genetically distinct Yellow-greens from the
west slope and south.

Thanks to Alvaro Jaramillo for bringing this paper to my attention a few
months back.

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA

On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]
 wrote:

>
>
>  The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the
> Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo on 23-24 January. The
> following items resulting from that meeting will be of interest to
> California birders:
>
>
>
> Changes to the STATE LIST:
>
>
>
> Arctic Warbler (*Phylloscopus borealis*) is removed and replaced with
> Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (*Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus*); at
> present it is uncertain which of these taxa has occurred in California. The
> species pair Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler is also added to the review list.
>
>
>
> Tundra Bean-Goose (*Anser serrirostris*) is added to the state list (and
> review list) following the acceptance of the bird at the Salton Sea,
> Imperial Co. 19 Oct 2013 (CBRC record #2013-181); the species pair
> Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (*Anser fabalis/serrirostris*) is removed from
> the state list.
>
>
>
> Changes to the REVIEW LIST:
>
>
>
> Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose is moved from the main Review List to the
> supplemental list of reviewed "species groups and hybrid taxa" at the end
> of the Review List
>
>
>
> Frigatebird sp. is removed from the "species groups and hybrid taxa"
> supplemental review list and replaced with Magnificent/Great/Lesser
> Frigatebird (*Fregata magnificens/minor/ariel*)
>
>
>
> Blue-footed Booby and Yellow-green Vireo are removed from the Review List
>
>
>
> COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP:
>
>
>
> Voting members Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle and Steve Rottenborn rotated off the
> Committee
>
>
>
> Lauren Harter, Kristie Nelson, and Scott Terrill were elected to the
> Committee as voting members
>
>
>
> Joe Morlan was re-elected as CBRC Chair
>
>
>
> Dan Singer was re-elected as CBRC Vice-Chair
>
>
>
> Finally, and most importantly, Guy McCaskie retired as Secretary after
> serving in that role since 2001.
>
> Tom Benson was elected to replace Guy as Secretary; all documentation of
> CBRC review species should now go to Tom Benson at
> secretary AT californiabirds.org
>
>
>
> These changes to the State List, Review List, and Committee membership
> have been made on the CBRC web site by webmaster Joe Morlan; see:
>
> http://californiabirds.org/
>
>
>
> In particular, note the tribute to outgoing secretary Guy McCaskie at:
>
> http://californiabirds.org/GuyMcCaskie015.html
>
>
>
> Kimball L. Garrett
>
> [acting as CBRC spokesperson]
>
> Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
>
> 900 Exposition Blvd.
>
> Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
>
> (213) 763-3368
>
> kgarrett AT nhm.org
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>
Subject: News from the California Bird Records Committee
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:54:42 +0000
The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the Western 
Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo on 23-24 January. The following 
items resulting from that meeting will be of interest to California birders: 


Changes to the STATE LIST:

Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) is removed and replaced with 
Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus); at present 
it is uncertain which of these taxa has occurred in California. The species 
pair Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler is also added to the review list. 


Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser serrirostris) is added to the state list (and review 
list) following the acceptance of the bird at the Salton Sea, Imperial Co. 19 
Oct 2013 (CBRC record #2013-181); the species pair Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose 
(Anser fabalis/serrirostris) is removed from the state list. 


Changes to the REVIEW LIST:

Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose is moved from the main Review List to the supplemental 
list of reviewed "species groups and hybrid taxa" at the end of the Review List 


Frigatebird sp. is removed from the "species groups and hybrid taxa" 
supplemental review list and replaced with Magnificent/Great/Lesser Frigatebird 
(Fregata magnificens/minor/ariel) 


Blue-footed Booby and Yellow-green Vireo are removed from the Review List

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP:

Voting members Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle and Steve Rottenborn rotated off the 
Committee 


Lauren Harter, Kristie Nelson, and Scott Terrill were elected to the Committee 
as voting members 


Joe Morlan was re-elected as CBRC Chair

Dan Singer was re-elected as CBRC Vice-Chair

Finally, and most importantly, Guy McCaskie retired as Secretary after serving 
in that role since 2001. 

Tom Benson was elected to replace Guy as Secretary; all documentation of CBRC 
review species should now go to Tom Benson at 
secretary AT californiabirds.org 


These changes to the State List, Review List, and Committee membership have 
been made on the CBRC web site by webmaster Joe Morlan; see: 

http://californiabirds.org/

In particular, note the tribute to outgoing secretary Guy McCaskie at:
http://californiabirds.org/GuyMcCaskie015.html

Kimball L. Garrett
[acting as CBRC spokesperson]
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
kgarrett AT nhm.org


Subject: HUM BRAMBLING has returned!
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:45:59 -0800
Hi all,
The BRAMBLING was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox (707) 
822-LOON. The homeowner at 1846 Buttermilk called the bird in this morning. 
This bird was last reported on 18 Jan. 


I can imagine how frustrating that is for some people.....

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, Ca

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Subject: HUM BRAMBLING has returned!
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:45:59 -0800
Hi all,
The BRAMBLING was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox (707) 
822-LOON. The homeowner at 1846 Buttermilk called the bird in this morning. 
This bird was last reported on 18 Jan. 


I can imagine how frustrating that is for some people.....

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, Ca

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Subject: COMMON SCOTER still here:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:38:22 +0000 (UTC)
The male Common Scoter put on a fine show for a Monday morning group of 
admiring birders at the entrance to the big boat basin in the Crescent City 
Harbor off of Citizens Dock Road. 
Subject: Black vulture bolinas
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:38:24 -0800
Easterla, frank gray and I just saw the black vulture soaring over the school 
in bolinas 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Black vulture bolinas
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Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:38:24 -0800
Easterla, frank gray and I just saw the black vulture soaring over the school 
in bolinas 


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Subject: Common Scoter
From: "Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 11:16:41 -0800
Common Scoter was near dock 'W' in Crescent City harbor today Feb 8. Seen 
predawn under lamp light and for next hour. Also Harlequin and Long-tailed 
Ducks nearby. Black-legged kittiwake in gull flock at creek mouth on north side 
of harbor. 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Subject: Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:59:30 -0800
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird] <
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Date: Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 10:48 AM
Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present
To: Northwest Calbird 





 ...and mostly hanging out at the entrance to the big boat basin in
Crescent City Harbor for a happy crowd of birders.  Alan D. Barron

 

 __,
Subject: COMMON SCOTER still present
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:48:21 +0000 (UTC)
     ...and mostly hanging out at the entrance to the big boat basin in 
Crescent City Harbor for a happy crowd of birders.  Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Re: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:12:39 -0800
Hi again.
Please remember the area north of SH 20 is private property.  Do not go
onto the property to obtain a better view.

Bruce Deuel

On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 8:12 AM, BRUCE DEUEL  wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've received several eBird reports in the last couple of days that this
> bird is now being seen NORTH of the green gate on SH20.  As I'd seen no
> posts to that effect on these lists I thought I'd pass the info along.
> Cheers,
> Bruce Deuel
> Red Bluff
>
Subject: Re: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:12:39 -0800
Hi again.
Please remember the area north of SH 20 is private property.  Do not go
onto the property to obtain a better view.

Bruce Deuel

On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 8:12 AM, BRUCE DEUEL  wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've received several eBird reports in the last couple of days that this
> bird is now being seen NORTH of the green gate on SH20.  As I'd seen no
> posts to that effect on these lists I thought I'd pass the info along.
> Cheers,
> Bruce Deuel
> Red Bluff
>
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:12:51 -0800
Hi all,
I've received several eBird reports in the last couple of days that this
bird is now being seen NORTH of the green gate on SH20.  As I'd seen no
posts to that effect on these lists I thought I'd pass the info along.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:12:51 -0800
Hi all,
I've received several eBird reports in the last couple of days that this
bird is now being seen NORTH of the green gate on SH20.  As I'd seen no
posts to that effect on these lists I thought I'd pass the info along.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present in Crescent City
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:06:38 -0800
Forwarding for Alan Barron......

Rob Fowler
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Date: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM
Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still present in Crescent City
To: Northwest Calbird 


  This morning the male Common Scoter is still paddling about the entrance
to the big boat basin off Citizens Dock Road.  Alan D. Barron

 __._,_.
__,_.
Subject: COMMON SCOTER still present in Crescent City
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:34:50 +0000 (UTC)
This morning the male Common Scoter is still paddling about the entrance to the 
big boat basin off Citizens Dock Road.  Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Bandtailed Pigeons
From: "wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 08:59:19 -0800
Hi All: This has been an incredible winter in Walden Woods. In addition to 
Varied Thrush and Sellar's Jays, we have a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons. 

 

 Gary Grenfell
 Granite Bay
Subject: COMMON SCOTER in Crescent City Harbor, the Oak Titmouse and Golden Eagle elsewhere
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 01:48:21 +0000 (UTC)
From dawn until noon the male COMMON SCOTER hung in close around the entrance 
of the large boat basin in hideous wind and rain conditions for viewing. At a 
let up in weather after noon the bird flew out and joined the rafting SURF 
SCOTERS a bit out in the harbor for the rest of the day. Also 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS 
and a LONG-TAILED DUCK drifted in and out of the roving scoter flock.At the 
Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick one of the immature GOLDEN EAGLES was at it's 
usual Sitka Spruce snag on the south end of the big pond along Lower Lake 
Road.The OAK TITMOUSE was in the town of Smith River at Wallace and Second 
Streets. Alan D. Barron 

Subject: Re: Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb.
From: "Stephen Shunk steve AT paradisebirding.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:46:17 -0800
All,
Sorry for not posting til now, but we 3 Bend-based Oregonians saw the bird
well today for at least 30 minutes around 1ish. It went back and forth

between the southern end of the boat basin and the open harbor to the west.
It occasionally associated with a female Surf Scoter and a Ring-necked Duck
in the boat basin and with a flock of Surf Scoters in the harbor area.


There was also a Long-tailed Duck hanging out with the same Surf Scoter
flock (got pix of the long-tailed and both scoter spp. together) and a
Harlequin Duck with another scoter flock farther out in the harbor.


Make sure you have some fresh (caught daily) rock cod at Hensel's fish
shack, right across the street from the boat basin.


Thanks to Rob et al for all the postings,  and good luck to the chasers
this weekend!


Stephen Shunk
steve AT paradisebirding.com
541-408-1753



On Feb 5, 2015 4:51 PM, "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <
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>
>
> Hi all,
> Just wanted to, note since it hasn't been posted to any listservs today,
> that the COMMON SCOTER is still present in the large boat basin in Crescent
> City Harbor in Del Norte County.
>
> It was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox 707.822.LOON and
> also submitted to eBird.
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>
>
Subject: Common Scoter, 6 Feb.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:20:58 -0800
Hi all, just got a call from Alan Barron that he was just looking at the COMMON 
SCOTER at the mouth of the boat basin. There was also a continuing Harlequin 
and Long-tailed Duck I the vicinity, also. 


Conditions are pretty worthless up there right now (and here in HUM) with heavy 
rain and winds. 


Yay, Alan!

Rob Fowler 

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Subject: Common Scoter, 6 Feb.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:20:58 -0800
Hi all, just got a call from Alan Barron that he was just looking at the COMMON 
SCOTER at the mouth of the boat basin. There was also a continuing Harlequin 
and Long-tailed Duck I the vicinity, also. 


Conditions are pretty worthless up there right now (and here in HUM) with heavy 
rain and winds. 


Yay, Alan!

Rob Fowler 

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Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:51:43 -0800
Hi all,
Just wanted to, note since it hasn't been posted to any listservs today,
that the COMMON SCOTER is still present in the large boat basin in Crescent
City Harbor in Del Norte County.

It was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox 707.822.LOON and
also submitted to eBird.

Thanks,

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:51:43 -0800
Hi all,
Just wanted to, note since it hasn't been posted to any listservs today,
that the COMMON SCOTER is still present in the large boat basin in Crescent
City Harbor in Del Norte County.

It was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox 707.822.LOON and
also submitted to eBird.

Thanks,

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter and BT Blue Warbler + continuing HUM rarities
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:48:44 -0800
Hi all,

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

This morning I made it to Ocean Ranch (Eel River Wildlife Area) around 9:45
and the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was one of the first birds I picked up as it
was flying around the large pond. It then landed in the southeast section
of the pond and I took my eyes off of it and it disappeared.

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continued on Quinn Road west of Loleta. Linda
Pittman, Dan Brown and Joe Ceriani also got to see it.

DEL NORTE

This afternoon I went up to Del Norte to look for the star rarities with
Steve Stump from Mendocino County. The COMMON SCOTER was quickly spotted
near the mouth of the boat basin (southwest corner) and was kind of hanging
out with some Surf Scoters and was seen well by us and about 15 other
birders.

The BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen well at the usual location north
of Smith River (140 Ritmer Lane off of Ocean View Drive) and we walked
right up to the continuing OAK TITMOUSE at the corner of Wallace and North
Streets in the town of Smith River.

I also got word from Michael Park that he and others had THREE ORCHARD
ORIOLES (!!!) at the corner of Wallace and North St. They talked to one of
the homeowners there that was obviously aware of the birds she had and said
she had Orchard Orioles show up every year there.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: GODWIT DAYS 2015 - 20 Years!
From: "Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:08:27 -0800
Dear Birders,

I am excited and amazed to announce that registration is now open for the
20th Annual Godwit Days 2015.  You can go to www.godwitdays.org to see our
line up of events.

I can't believe it has been that long, but thanks to our dedicated Board of
Directors we are still going strong.  If you have not attended before or
are one of the godwit faithful do sign up this year so it can be our
biggest yet.  Please help spread to word, especially to new or casual
birders as the event is an excellent way to introduce the Humboldt birding
community and our fantastic birds.

Thanks Rob

-- 
Robert W. Hewitt

Board Member and Founder
20th Annual Godwit Days
Spring Migration Bird Festival
April 15th-21st*, 2015*
www.godwitdays.org

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GodwitDays
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter
From: "jfholmes jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:59:25 -0700
Bird still present.

Jim Holmes


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Subject: Re: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions
From: "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:34:49 -0800
Good email!
Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
http://www.tgmiko.com/
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
909.241.3300

On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 11:29 AM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> I just wanted to suggest some protocols for photographing the Common
> Scoter that--due to the many great photos taken of it thus far-- is
> obviously very photogenic and tends to get relatively close to observers
> watching/photographing it! I don't know about you but I have never been
> able to get close to a Black Scoter as I did to this bird!
>
> Anyways, I got word from some observers that birders/photographers today
> were tending to quickly move towards the area where the scoter currently is
> at and might be getting up on the bird a little too fast, pushing it around
> the docks in the boat basin a bit.
>
> Can I just suggest that birders that want to get good photos of the bird
> just try and predict where the bird is going to be and set up for your
> photos instead of just chasing it all over the place and causing it to be
> constantly on the move? This is what some of us did the other day and it
> worked very well and we all got really nice photos of the bird without
> pushing it around a bunch. So, just set up in a nice spot with a nice
> background and wait for the bird to come to you because it WILL come to you
> at some point. The boat basin is pretty small and the bird doesn't have a
> large area to roam about in.
>
> Anyways, just some suggestions as we all want people to enjoy the bird as
> long as possible and want to give it the opportunity to stick around as
> long as it wants. It would be great if the bird felt comfortable and stuck
> around for a decent amount of time for others that want to see it.
>
> Also, if you are coming to Crescent City to see this MEGA please take the
> time to buy some food, get some gas, get a motel room to support the local
> economy and be sure to tell the Crescent City folk why you are visiting
> their town.
>
> Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:26:28 -0800
May I further suggest that birders and photographers stay on the outer dock 
next to the parking lot and not go on the inner docks. When we were on both 
sides of the bird it seemed more nervous and moved around more actively when 
surrounded. 


It is too easy for some of us (I plead guilty at times) to get wrapped up in 
the wonder of birding and especially photographing such a jewel. 


As we like to say (to the bird) - Live long & prosper!

Bob Yutzy
Shasta, CA


> On Feb 3, 2015, at 11:29 AM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Hi all,
> I just wanted to suggest some protocols for photographing the Common Scoter 
that--due to the many great photos taken of it thus far-- is obviously very 
photogenic and tends to get relatively close to observers 
watching/photographing it! I don't know about you but I have never been able to 
get close to a Black Scoter as I did to this bird! 

> 
> Anyways, I got word from some observers that birders/photographers today were 
tending to quickly move towards the area where the scoter currently is at and 
might be getting up on the bird a little too fast, pushing it around the docks 
in the boat basin a bit. 

> 
> Can I just suggest that birders that want to get good photos of the bird just 
try and predict where the bird is going to be and set up for your photos 
instead of just chasing it all over the place and causing it to be constantly 
on the move? This is what some of us did the other day and it worked very well 
and we all got really nice photos of the bird without pushing it around a 
bunch. So, just set up in a nice spot with a nice background and wait for the 
bird to come to you because it WILL come to you at some point. The boat basin 
is pretty small and the bird doesn't have a large area to roam about in. 

> 
> Anyways, just some suggestions as we all want people to enjoy the bird as 
long as possible and want to give it the opportunity to stick around as long as 
it wants. It would be great if the bird felt comfortable and stuck around for a 
decent amount of time for others that want to see it. 

> 
> Also, if you are coming to Crescent City to see this MEGA please take the 
time to buy some food, get some gas, get a motel room to support the local 
economy and be sure to tell the Crescent City folk why you are visiting their 
town. 

> 
> Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 
> 
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:26:28 -0800
May I further suggest that birders and photographers stay on the outer dock 
next to the parking lot and not go on the inner docks. When we were on both 
sides of the bird it seemed more nervous and moved around more actively when 
surrounded. 


It is too easy for some of us (I plead guilty at times) to get wrapped up in 
the wonder of birding and especially photographing such a jewel. 


As we like to say (to the bird) - Live long & prosper!

Bob Yutzy
Shasta, CA


> On Feb 3, 2015, at 11:29 AM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Hi all,
> I just wanted to suggest some protocols for photographing the Common Scoter 
that--due to the many great photos taken of it thus far-- is obviously very 
photogenic and tends to get relatively close to observers 
watching/photographing it! I don't know about you but I have never been able to 
get close to a Black Scoter as I did to this bird! 

> 
> Anyways, I got word from some observers that birders/photographers today were 
tending to quickly move towards the area where the scoter currently is at and 
might be getting up on the bird a little too fast, pushing it around the docks 
in the boat basin a bit. 

> 
> Can I just suggest that birders that want to get good photos of the bird just 
try and predict where the bird is going to be and set up for your photos 
instead of just chasing it all over the place and causing it to be constantly 
on the move? This is what some of us did the other day and it worked very well 
and we all got really nice photos of the bird without pushing it around a 
bunch. So, just set up in a nice spot with a nice background and wait for the 
bird to come to you because it WILL come to you at some point. The boat basin 
is pretty small and the bird doesn't have a large area to roam about in. 

> 
> Anyways, just some suggestions as we all want people to enjoy the bird as 
long as possible and want to give it the opportunity to stick around as long as 
it wants. It would be great if the bird felt comfortable and stuck around for a 
decent amount of time for others that want to see it. 

> 
> Also, if you are coming to Crescent City to see this MEGA please take the 
time to buy some food, get some gas, get a motel room to support the local 
economy and be sure to tell the Crescent City folk why you are visiting their 
town. 

> 
> Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 
> 
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Fwd: [CALBIRDS] Common/Black/American scoter taxonomy
From: "Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:11:09 -0800
Dear Birders,
Excellent background details on Common Scoter provided by Kimball Garrett.
I thought our locals would like to know also.  Given the propensity for the
use of the word Mega, would this be a Mega Mega?  Anyway a very, very rare
bird for our area and also quite easily seen.
Yours Rob
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS] <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com>
Date: 3 February 2015 at 11:43
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Common/Black/American scoter taxonomy
To: "CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com" 




 Birders,



Obviously there is keen interest in the Common Scoter (*Melanitta nigra*)
in Crescent City, but there has been a bit of confusion in some quarters as
to the current classification of this taxon.  A bit of history below may be
of interest to some, but the bottom line is that the AOU has, since 2010,
considered this to be a separate species from “our” Black Scoter (*M.
americana*).



European birds were given the name *Anas nigra* in Linnaeus (1758);
ultimately the scoters were placed in the genus *Oidemia*, and this taxon
became known as *Oidemia nigra*; it was called “Common Scoter” (but,
confusingly, sometime Black Scoter) in the English-language literature.
These birds breed from Iceland and nw. Europe east to the Lena River in
Siberia, and winter in the Old World.



The American birds we are familiar with were described as * Oidemia
americana* by Swainson in 1831 and called “American Scoter.”  These birds
breed east of the Lena River through the Russian Far East and through nw.
Alaska and again in the Hudson Bay region; they winter along both the
Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America (generally at northerly
latitudes) and the e. Asian coast (e.g. Japan, Korea).



AOU treatment from the first check-list edition in 1886 through the 4th
edition in 1931 was as “American Scoter, *Oidemia americana.*”  In the 5th
edition (1957),  the European species *O. nigra* and the ne. Asian/American
species *O. americana* were “lumped” into a single species and called the
“Common Scoter. So we had:              Common Scoter

                                *Oidemia nigra nigra *

*                                Oidemia nigra americana*

Both subspecies were treated in the 1957 check-list because nominate *nigra*
was considered “accidental” in Greenland.



Sometime between 1957 and 1983, the genus *Oidemia* was merged into the
scoter genus *Melanitta*, and the English name of *M. nigra* was changed to
Black Scoter (sorry, no time to dig up the supplement and year of
publication for that change). So the 6th edition of the AOU check-list,
published in 1983, calls the entire species Black Scoter, *Melanitta nigra*
(but indicates that it is also known as “Common Scoter”); this edition did
not treat subspecies. In the 7th edition of the check-list (1998), the
treatment is the same, though the text indicates that there are two
“groups” (though not officially “split”): *M. americana* [American 
Scoter] 

and *M. nigra* [Black Scoter.]; the *M. nigra* (i.e. nominate) “group” was
considered “casual” in Greenland.



Finally…so far… the two groups were once again split as separate species in
the 51st supplement to the AOU check-list (Auk 127:726-744, 2010). The name
adopted for *M. americana* was “American Scoter, and for *M. nigra* “Black
Scoter.” Shortly after this, however, the AOU amended the English name for
*M*. *americana* to Black Scoter and for *M. nigra* to Common Scoter.
Confused??  Suffice it to say, this is the current treatment.  The split
was based largely on work by Swedish researcher George Sangster in the
Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121(4):696-702. 2009: *Acoustic Differences
between the Scoters Melanitta nigra nigra and M. n. americana.  *The
abstract reads:  “Scoter vocalizations may have a role in pair formation
and pair bonding. I compared the courtship calls of male Black Scoters
(*Melanitta
nigra nigra* and *M. n. americana*) using published and archived
recordings. Courtship calls of the two subspecies differed diagnosably in
duration. In contrast, recordings from different localities within the
ranges of each taxon showed no diagnosable differentiation. This finding
represents the first indication these taxa differ in characters other than
bill morphology and supports recent proposals to treat *M. n. americana* as
a distinct species (*M. americana*). Vocal displays, in contrast to
courtship displays, of anatids have not been used for assessment of species
limits in Anatidae. My results indicate vocalizations are a potentially
useful additional character in species-level taxonomy of anatids.”



So all seems settled, though I should point out that there is a confusing
error in the on-line AOU checklist, found at: http://checklist.aou.org/taxa/

Here, European birds (*M. nigra*) are erroneously listed as a subspecies of *M.
americana*!

species: *Melanitta americana * (Black
Scoter, Macreuse à bec jaune)

subspecies: *Melanitta americana nigra *

subspecies: *Melanitta americana americana
*

No wonder some folks have been confused.



As far as I know, the Crescent City Common Scoter is the first one ever
found in North America, apart from five records listed for Greenland by
David Boertmann in “An annotated checklist to the birds of Greenland” in
1994 (I don’t know how many Greenland records have occurred since then –
not surprisingly, not many eBird checklists from Greenland).



Kimball



Kimball L. Garrett

Ornithology Collections Manager

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

(213) 763-3368

kgarrett AT nhm.org

http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology



 



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Eureka, CA, 95501, USA
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Subject: Common/Black/American scoter taxonomy
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:43:20 +0000
Birders,

Obviously there is keen interest in the Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) in 
Crescent City, but there has been a bit of confusion in some quarters as to the 
current classification of this taxon. A bit of history below may be of interest 
to some, but the bottom line is that the AOU has, since 2010, considered this 
to be a separate species from "our" Black Scoter (M. americana). 


European birds were given the name Anas nigra in Linnaeus (1758); ultimately 
the scoters were placed in the genus Oidemia, and this taxon became known as 
Oidemia nigra; it was called "Common Scoter" (but, confusingly, sometime Black 
Scoter) in the English-language literature. These birds breed from Iceland and 
nw. Europe east to the Lena River in Siberia, and winter in the Old World. 


The American birds we are familiar with were described as Oidemia americana by 
Swainson in 1831 and called "American Scoter." These birds breed east of the 
Lena River through the Russian Far East and through nw. Alaska and again in the 
Hudson Bay region; they winter along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of 
North America (generally at northerly latitudes) and the e. Asian coast (e.g. 
Japan, Korea). 


AOU treatment from the first check-list edition in 1886 through the 4th edition 
in 1931 was as "American Scoter, Oidemia americana." In the 5th edition (1957), 
the European species O. nigra and the ne. Asian/American species O. americana 
were "lumped" into a single species and called the "Common Scoter. So we had: 
Common Scoter 

                                Oidemia nigra nigra
                                Oidemia nigra americana
Both subspecies were treated in the 1957 check-list because nominate nigra was 
considered "accidental" in Greenland. 


Sometime between 1957 and 1983, the genus Oidemia was merged into the scoter 
genus Melanitta, and the English name of M. nigra was changed to Black Scoter 
(sorry, no time to dig up the supplement and year of publication for that 
change). So the 6th edition of the AOU check-list, published in 1983, calls the 
entire species Black Scoter, Melanitta nigra (but indicates that it is also 
known as "Common Scoter"); this edition did not treat subspecies. In the 7th 
edition of the check-list (1998), the treatment is the same, though the text 
indicates that there are two "groups" (though not officially "split"): M. 
americana [American Scoter] and M. nigra [Black Scoter.]; the M. nigra (i.e. 
nominate) "group" was considered "casual" in Greenland. 


Finally...so far... the two groups were once again split as separate species in 
the 51st supplement to the AOU check-list (Auk 127:726-744, 2010). The name 
adopted for M. americana was "American Scoter, and for M. nigra "Black Scoter." 
Shortly after this, however, the AOU amended the English name for M. americana 
to Black Scoter and for M. nigra to Common Scoter. Confused?? Suffice it to 
say, this is the current treatment. The split was based largely on work by 
Swedish researcher George Sangster in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology 
121(4):696-702. 2009: Acoustic Differences between the Scoters Melanitta nigra 
nigra and M. n. americana. The abstract reads: "Scoter vocalizations may have a 
role in pair formation and pair bonding. I compared the courtship calls of male 
Black Scoters (Melanitta nigra nigra and M. n. americana) using published and 
archived recordings. Courtship calls of the two subspecies differed diagnosably 
in duration. In contrast, recordings from different localities within the 
ranges of each taxon showed no diagnosable differentiation. This finding 
represents the first indication these taxa differ in characters other than bill 
morphology and supports recent proposals to treat M. n. americana as a distinct 
species (M. americana). Vocal displays, in contrast to courtship displays, of 
anatids have not been used for assessment of species limits in Anatidae. My 
results indicate vocalizations are a potentially useful additional character in 
species-level taxonomy of anatids." 


So all seems settled, though I should point out that there is a confusing error 
in the on-line AOU checklist, found at: http://checklist.aou.org/taxa/ 

Here, European birds (M. nigra) are erroneously listed as a subspecies of M. 
americana! 

species: Melanitta americana (Black Scoter, 
Macreuse  bec jaune) 

subspecies: Melanitta americana nigra
subspecies: Melanitta americana americana
No wonder some folks have been confused.

As far as I know, the Crescent City Common Scoter is the first one ever found 
in North America, apart from five records listed for Greenland by David 
Boertmann in "An annotated checklist to the birds of Greenland" in 1994 (I 
don't know how many Greenland records have occurred since then - not 
surprisingly, not many eBird checklists from Greenland). 


Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
kgarrett AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:29:44 -0800
Hi all,
I just wanted to suggest some protocols for photographing the Common Scoter
that--due to the many great photos taken of it thus far-- is obviously very
photogenic and tends to get relatively close to observers
watching/photographing it! I don't know about you but I have never been
able to get close to a Black Scoter as I did to this bird!

Anyways, I got word from some observers that birders/photographers today
were tending to quickly move towards the area where the scoter currently is
at and might be getting up on the bird a little too fast, pushing it around
the docks in the boat basin a bit.

Can I just suggest that birders that want to get good photos of the bird
just try and predict where the bird is going to be and set up for your
photos instead of just chasing it all over the place and causing it to be
constantly on the move? This is what some of us did the other day and it
worked very well and we all got really nice photos of the bird without
pushing it around a bunch. So, just set up in a nice spot with a nice
background and wait for the bird to come to you because it WILL come to you
at some point. The boat basin is pretty small and the bird doesn't have a
large area to roam about in.

Anyways, just some suggestions as we all want people to enjoy the bird as
long as possible and want to give it the opportunity to stick around as
long as it wants. It would be great if the bird felt comfortable and stuck
around for a decent amount of time for others that want to see it.

Also, if you are coming to Crescent City to see this MEGA please take the
time to buy some food, get some gas, get a motel room to support the local
economy and be sure to tell the Crescent City folk why you are visiting
their town.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter photography suggestions
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:29:44 -0800
Hi all,
I just wanted to suggest some protocols for photographing the Common Scoter
that--due to the many great photos taken of it thus far-- is obviously very
photogenic and tends to get relatively close to observers
watching/photographing it! I don't know about you but I have never been
able to get close to a Black Scoter as I did to this bird!

Anyways, I got word from some observers that birders/photographers today
were tending to quickly move towards the area where the scoter currently is
at and might be getting up on the bird a little too fast, pushing it around
the docks in the boat basin a bit.

Can I just suggest that birders that want to get good photos of the bird
just try and predict where the bird is going to be and set up for your
photos instead of just chasing it all over the place and causing it to be
constantly on the move? This is what some of us did the other day and it
worked very well and we all got really nice photos of the bird without
pushing it around a bunch. So, just set up in a nice spot with a nice
background and wait for the bird to come to you because it WILL come to you
at some point. The boat basin is pretty small and the bird doesn't have a
large area to roam about in.

Anyways, just some suggestions as we all want people to enjoy the bird as
long as possible and want to give it the opportunity to stick around as
long as it wants. It would be great if the bird felt comfortable and stuck
around for a decent amount of time for others that want to see it.

Also, if you are coming to Crescent City to see this MEGA please take the
time to buy some food, get some gas, get a motel room to support the local
economy and be sure to tell the Crescent City folk why you are visiting
their town.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb
From: "Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:05:51 -0800
The scoter was back to north side at 9:30, later this morning.  Weather not
really too bad, but I'm from these parts.
On Feb 3, 2015 8:49 AM, "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> Got word that the COMMON SCOTER continues this morning, Wednesday 3
> February, in the large boat basin in Crescent City Harbor. It was being
> seen in the SOUTH side of the basin this morning, I guess. The weather is
> reportedly still pretty poor up there with rain and strong winds.
>
> Good luck!
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>   
>
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb
From: "Robert William Hewitt rwhbirdman AT googlemail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:05:51 -0800
The scoter was back to north side at 9:30, later this morning.  Weather not
really too bad, but I'm from these parts.
On Feb 3, 2015 8:49 AM, "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> Got word that the COMMON SCOTER continues this morning, Wednesday 3
> February, in the large boat basin in Crescent City Harbor. It was being
> seen in the SOUTH side of the basin this morning, I guess. The weather is
> reportedly still pretty poor up there with rain and strong winds.
>
> Good luck!
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>   
>
Subject: new photos of rare birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:29:32 -0800
I just placed a bunch of new photos of rare birds in CA including Common 
Scoter, Rustic Bunting, Rusty Blackbird, Brambling etc on my website. Click on 
Photo Gallery tab on my homepage, then Recent Photos gallery to see the images. 


www.sterlingbirds.com 

enjoy!

The male Black-throated Blue Warbler, Oak Titmouse (accidental in Del Norte), 
Sandhill Crane were all seen by us yesterday along with the Common Scoter 
(first North American record except for one record in Greenland)…..go get 
that bird! 


John

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com

Monterey Seabirds
www.montereyseabirds.com
(831) 375-4658

Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:49:43 -0800
Hi all,
Got word that the COMMON SCOTER continues this morning, Wednesday 3
February, in the large boat basin in Crescent City Harbor. It was being
seen in the SOUTH side of the basin this morning, I guess. The weather is
reportedly still pretty poor up there with rain and strong winds.

Good luck!

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Common Scoter continues, 3 Feb
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:49:43 -0800
Hi all,
Got word that the COMMON SCOTER continues this morning, Wednesday 3
February, in the large boat basin in Crescent City Harbor. It was being
seen in the SOUTH side of the basin this morning, I guess. The weather is
reportedly still pretty poor up there with rain and strong winds.

Good luck!

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Common Scoter directions
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:06:23 -0800
All,
Just to clarify a bit for the mass throngs of birders that are about to
take over Crescent City, the large boat basin is easily accessed from
Citizens Dock Road off of Highway 101 at the south end of Crescent City.
The large boat basin is just to the north of Citizens Dock Road and there
is ample parking on the south, east and north of the boat basin. Plug these
coordinates into Google Maps and they will put you right in the middle of
the basin: 41.748533, -124.184575

Also, though the bird seems to prefer the north end of the boat basin as
Russ noted, it was seen throughout the basin yesterday (mostly when it was
first refound). The bird did fly out of the basin and into the main harbor
at one point yesterday morning but returned in less than 10 minutes time.

Good luck!!!

Rob Fowler
Subject: Common Scoter directions
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:06:23 -0800
All,
Just to clarify a bit for the mass throngs of birders that are about to
take over Crescent City, the large boat basin is easily accessed from
Citizens Dock Road off of Highway 101 at the south end of Crescent City.
The large boat basin is just to the north of Citizens Dock Road and there
is ample parking on the south, east and north of the boat basin. Plug these
coordinates into Google Maps and they will put you right in the middle of
the basin: 41.748533, -124.184575

Also, though the bird seems to prefer the north end of the boat basin as
Russ noted, it was seen throughout the basin yesterday (mostly when it was
first refound). The bird did fly out of the basin and into the main harbor
at one point yesterday morning but returned in less than 10 minutes time.

Good luck!!!

Rob Fowler