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30 Jan re;tourist ["Len Jellicoe jellicoes AT shaw.ca [CALBIRDS]" ]
30 Jan Re: tourist ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
29 Jan tourist ["Len Jellicoe jellicoes AT shaw.ca [CALBIRDS]" ]
28 Jan Long-eared Owls, Mad River Slough Wildlife Area ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
26 Jan Rustic bunting ["Don Hoechlin quixdimnd AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jan Humboldt Brambling: probably moved on ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jan Humboldt Brambling: probably moved on ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
26 Jan Orange County Bay-breasted Warbler ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Jan Tufted Duck, Stafford Lake Marin County ["sskalos4 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Great Del Norte Co. Birding ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
22 Jan Fwd: Rustic Bunting ["'Ecjmhall AT yahoo.com' ecjmhall@yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan RRAS Winter Rarities field trip today, 17 Jan. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
17 Jan Re: Santa Barbara Painted Redstart plumages and occurrences (and vagrancy occurrence in general) ["'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan bell's sparrow ["hadada AT centurytel.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Santa Barbara Painted Redstart plumages and occurrences (and vagrancy occurrence in general) ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Roseate Spoonbill ["Michelle Townsley ms.townsley AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan Rustic Bunting continues ["Anil Antony anil.antony AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan Re: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Continues in Golden Gate Park ["Jane Tatchell Jane AT matrixlink.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Jan Black-throated Blue continues in Del Norte County, 15 Jan ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Jan Re: winter rarities trip ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Jan Spragues pipit ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [inlandcountybirds]" ]
15 Jan Spragues pipit ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Jan Varied Thrush at 29 Palms Inn photo ["tlutter93 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Continuing American White Pelican, 14 Jan. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Jan Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California ["Ron Storey ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California ["John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Rustic Bunting Continues in Golden Gate Park ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Del Norte Co. - Oak Titmouse, Yel.-bel. Saps., Tufted Duck, Bl.-thr. Blue Warbler, Black-v. Shearwater, more... ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Jan Varied thrushes throughtout California ["Kenneth Able kennethpable AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Jan Rustic Bunting Continues ["david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Jan Winter Seabird Trip: Feb 22 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Jan Re: OVENBIRD - Santa Clara County, Sun. Jan 1s, 2015 ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Jan OVENBIRD - Santa Clara County, Sun. Jan 1s, 2015 ["Brooke Miller idbirds AT me.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Eastern Purple Finch at Arcata Marsh 11 Jan. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
12 Jan Black-thr. Blue Warbler in Del Norte Co. again today: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Jan Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January ["Eric Kallen eric AT trs-sandiego.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Fwd: [LACoBirds] Castaic Lake - American Tree Sparrow ["David Bell d AT vidbell.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January ["Eric Kallen eric AT trs-sandiego.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Falcated Duck 1/10 ["Steven Tucker talkingtrees80 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Jan Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January ["Robert van de Hoek robertvandehoek AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Black-throated Blue Warbler in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Jan ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January ["Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jan American White Pelican, Glaucous Gulls, etc. Crab Park, Eel River mouth 8 Jan ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
9 Jan Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow ["Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jan Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jan Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow ["Louis Libert loumlibert AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jan RFI Le Conte's Sparrow ["Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jan Winter Rarities Trip this Saturday--POSTPONED ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
7 Jan Townsend's Warbler in Large Flock ["Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
06 Jan California bird trip photos ["sanchez AT che.utexas.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: Hummer ID help ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
05 Jan Hummer ID help ["sanchez AT che.utexas.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Jan Re: Fulvous Whistling-Ducks ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [inlandcountybirds]" ]
5 Jan Re: Fulvous Whistling-Ducks ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
04 Jan Varied Thrushes throughout California ["rackley94901 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
4 Jan Fwd: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks ["Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Jan a bit more big year history ["Andrew Howe howe395 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
04 Jan more on the record Calif year lists in 2014 ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
4 Jan Ancient Murrelet ["Michelle Townsley ms.townsley AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Jan Le Conte's Sparrow ["Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
03 Jan more Le Conte's Sparrow photos ["Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan RE: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan RE: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan Re: [CVBirds] Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan Re: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Jan Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan Iceland Gull - Sacramento County ["Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Jan Humboldt Brambling continues into 2015 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan Humboldt Brambling continues into 2015 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
02 Jan WOODFORD CBC highlights date correction (12-21-14) ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
02 Jan WOODFORDS CBC, 12-27-14 highlights ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jan Late CBC post ["Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
01 Jan Rustic Bunting continues in San Francisco ["david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
1 Jan Re: new Big Year record for California ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
31 Dec Re: new Big Year record for California ["Ed Stonick edstonick AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]

Subject: re;tourist
From: "Len Jellicoe jellicoes AT shaw.ca [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:07:28 -0800
Thanks for all the many responses for list serve information. I have all the 
info I need now. 

See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


http://lenanddiansadventures.blogspot.ca
http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com



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Subject: Re: tourist
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:53:43 -0800
Len,

NORTHBAYBIRDS covers that area. This map shows listserv coverage for all of 
California. 


Ken Burton
Eureka

From: mailto:CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:32 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [CALBIRDS] tourist

  
I will be vacationing in the Santa Rosa ( north of San Fran) next week and 
would like to know what list serve to join to find and report birds. This list 
serve appears to cover all California and may be all I need but a more specific 
site may be what I need? 

Thanks
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe

Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenanddiansadventures.blogspot.ca
http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com


Subject: tourist
From: "Len Jellicoe jellicoes AT shaw.ca [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:32:13 -0800
I will be vacationing in the Santa Rosa ( north of San Fran) next week and 
would like to know what list serve to join to find and report birds. This list 
serve appears to cover all California and may be all I need but a more specific 
site may be what I need? 

Thanks
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe

Abbotsford, BC
Canada


http://lenanddiansadventures.blogspot.ca
http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com




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Subject: Long-eared Owls, Mad River Slough Wildlife Area
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:18:40 -0800
Hi all,
This evening I met up with Ken and Mary Able and my good friends Adam and
Ana Canter and their daughter Azalea to view the Long-eared Owl that has
been present for it's second year in a row. First thing: there are now TWO
LONG-EARED OWLS. One is smaller than the other one so looks like there is a
male and a female present. We had amazing looks at both birds at the same
time and both of them often perched on the spruces nearby and would
sometimes forage as close as 15-20 feet away. This is truly an amazing
spectacle to behold and we were all thankful for the experience.

First, though, don't go out there during the day and walk around and
through spruces looking for them. There's really no need to do that while
potentially causing the birds to flush from their daytime roosts. I don't
think anybody has tried to see them in this manner this year but last year
when this bird was first discovered some people did do that. Please don't.

If you want to REALLY experience these birds then try this protocol: Arrive
around 4:30-4:45 and park at the main parking area for Mad River Slough.
Walk out the main trail and then when you past the now-fallen barn take a
well-worn trail to the right and out towards the power tower and open area
surrounded by the spruce grove. Stay on the well-worn trail and walk out to
the open area that is just a little bit to the northwest of the power tower
and just stand there and wait.

Once you arrive stand there and wait and at some point the birds will
forage through the area and may eventually come very close. They also
consistently perched in a couple of spruces that were relatively close
providing amazing looks. Please be on your best behavior and refrain from
loud noises and you should have a pretty amazing experience.

Good luck!

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Rustic bunting
From: "Don Hoechlin quixdimnd AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:38:50 -0800
Seen today at "brush pile" at 7:40. Left after 5 minutes and was not refound 
over the next 3 hours. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa 



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Subject: Humboldt Brambling: probably moved on
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:10:25 -0800
Hi all,
Since I've been getting a regular stream of emails asking if the BRAMBLING
is still around I thought it's time to give an update...or lack of one. The
Brambling hasn't been seen since 18 January; basically 2 Sundays ago. On
the 18th it was only seen very briefly and missed by most looking for it
that weekend. The last day it was seen decently and photographed was on
Friday, 16 January.

So, if you are still considering coming up, over, or down to look for it
and are interested in mostly seeing that bird then maybe save yourself the
trip. We still have lot's of other good birds here in Humboldt and Del
Norte County, though, and most are reported to eBird regularly or the
Northwestern California Birdbox. See the eBird reports for Humboldt, Del
Norte and Trinity Counties here:
https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home

The birdbox number is 707.822.LOON.

Thanks,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Humboldt Brambling: probably moved on
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:10:25 -0800
Hi all,
Since I've been getting a regular stream of emails asking if the BRAMBLING
is still around I thought it's time to give an update...or lack of one. The
Brambling hasn't been seen since 18 January; basically 2 Sundays ago. On
the 18th it was only seen very briefly and missed by most looking for it
that weekend. The last day it was seen decently and photographed was on
Friday, 16 January.

So, if you are still considering coming up, over, or down to look for it
and are interested in mostly seeing that bird then maybe save yourself the
trip. We still have lot's of other good birds here in Humboldt and Del
Norte County, though, and most are reported to eBird regularly or the
Northwestern California Birdbox. See the eBird reports for Humboldt, Del
Norte and Trinity Counties here:
https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home

The birdbox number is 707.822.LOON.

Thanks,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Orange County Bay-breasted Warbler
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:21:40 -0800
Sherry Meddick and I just had fantastic looks at the Bay-Breasted Warbler 
(found yesterday) at Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo (from the 
bridge). Here is my in-progress eBird list from yesterday to help with 
direction (see comments): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21542127 



More details and photos (taken by Sherry) will be posted later today.


Leo Edson
Sacramento


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Subject: Tufted Duck, Stafford Lake Marin County
From: "sskalos4 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 20:47:03 -0800
There is an adult male TUFTED DUCK on Stafford Lake just outside of Novato in 
Marin County. We saw the bird posted on ebird on 1/20/15 but didn't see any 
postings here. We decided to check it out today and found the bird among many 
Ring-necked Ducks at the southwest corner of the lake. There are also a few 
Greater Scaup, many Canada Geese, one Aluetian Cackling Goose, many American 
Wigeon, and several Spotted Sandpipers in the lake and along the shore. Good 
bird! 

 

 Note to birders: there is a $5 fee to access the lake and park.
 

 Here are a few (bad) digiscoped pictures on my flickr page: Tufted Duck 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7XTtf7 

 
 
 https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7XTtf7 
 
 Tufted Duck https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7XTtf7 View the album on Flickr.
 
 
 
 View on flic.kr https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7XTtf7 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Shannon and Dan Skalos, Pleasant Grove, CA
 Andrea Mott, Willows, CA 
Subject: Great Del Norte Co. Birding
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:57:29 +0000 (UTC)
Today Colin and Angie Dillingham, Mark Stevens, and I did a run to check on 
recent county rarities. The male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was easily seen by 
all in it's favorite Silver Wattle trees near the town of Smith River. Next in 
the town of Smith River we saw one of the ORCHARD ORIOLES and the OAK TITMOUSE 
in yards around Second and Wallace Streets. At the Alexandre Dairy near Fort 
Dick we saw 2 male EURASIAN WIGEONS at the big pond along Lower Lake Road, and 
2 CATTLE EGRETS near the north end of the pond, and a little farther down the 
road past the farm buildings the SANDHILL CRANE was out in pastures on the west 
side of the road with a herd of ELK. At the Crescent City Harbor the ANCIENT 
MURRELET that has been there for a few days was a joy to see again. 

Alan D. Barron
Subject: Fwd: Rustic Bunting
From: "'Ecjmhall AT yahoo.com' ecjmhall@yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:53:11 -0800



Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:


> From: "Ecjmhall AT yahoo.com" 
> Date: January 22, 2015 at 11:49:03 AM PST
> To: "calbird AT yahoogroups.com" 
> Subject: Rustic Bunting
> 
> Bird present in GGP foraging with Juncos 
> 0745 and later in early AM today.  
> 
> Ed Hall
> Escondido CA
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RRAS Winter Rarities field trip today, 17 Jan.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:26:55 -0800
Hi all,
Today I led my annual "Winter Rarities" field trip for Redwood Region
Audubon. We birded from 0730 when we met at the G Street parking lot at the
Arcata Marsh and ended the day at Crab Park at the mouth of the Eel River
after 3 p.m.

Rarity highlights were:

EASTERN PURPLE FINCH: continuing female/second-year male at the Arcata
Marsh. First seen in the northwestern corner of Allen Marsh with House
Finches and seen well by the whole group. In this same vicinity we also saw
one SWAMP SPARROW (heard maybe 2 others), and had great looks at a
continuing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Also of interest were seven VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOWS over Allen Marsh.

GLAUCOUS GULL: We had 3 Glaucous Gulls at the mouth of the Eel River, seen
from Crab Park. We did not come across the recently reported AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN. We also had one PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER with Black-bellied Plovers
in the fields at Crab Park.

Misses:
We actually missed the BRAMBLING, hanging out at the cul-de-sac at the end
of Chester Ave. behind 1740 Buttermilk. I don't believe anybody saw the
bird today and there were at least 1 each of a Sharp-shinned and Merlin
working the area, which could have kept it in hiding. We also missed the
RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS that have been in the vicinity lately. There were a
couple of continuing SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS.

Numbers highlights were seeing probably over 4,000 ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE
fly over us heading east towards foraging areas east of Highway 101 at our
meeting location at the G St. parking lot for the Arcata Marsh. During that
same time we also saw huge numbers of  EUROPEAN STARLINGS (maybe around
5,000-8,000) moving north in at least 7-8 groups.

Oddities were one completely leucistic or albino BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD with
other icterids and starlings on Heindon Rd. near Giuntoli Lane.

Though we missed a couple of the star rarities we all had a great time and
enjoyed the species diversity that comes along with winter time birding in
coastal Humboldt County brings while occasionally trying to dodge the
occasional rain squalls.

Cheers,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Santa Barbara Painted Redstart plumages and occurrences (and vagrancy occurrence in general)
From: "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:31:59 -0800
Hi Paul,
1. I remember chasing a Rufous-backed Robin in eastern San Diego County.
Guy McCaskie was standing next to me and John Small, and U asked Guy what
caused this one Rufous-backed Robin to show up here. Guy responded that it
wasn't the only one in the state; it was the only one found by birders.
2. I have a field about warblers, a hardcover book that covers all of the
Western Hemisphere wood warblers, and says that there are differences among
first year--and older birds.
Tom Miko
Claremont
LA County
909.241.3300
Http://www.tgmiko.com
On Jan 17, 2015 12:36 PM, "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]"
 wrote:

>
>
>
>
> There have been some posts stating that the Rocky Nook Park (Santa
> Barbara) Painted Redstart
> is an "adult" or a "male" and that a much duller bird briefly seen
> nearby might be a different Painted Redstart. But essentially ALL
> Painted Redstarts, once they molt out of juvenile plumage by late summer
> soon after being born, all LOOK THE SAME. It would be extremely
> difficult to determine, in the field and without exceptional close-up
> photos, whether the Rocky Nook bird is an adult or a first-year immature
> and whether it is a male or a female. They are all similarly stunning,
> no matter!
>
> Also, a few folks have wondered if this bird might well be the same
> individual as the one some 20 miles away at Refugio during the fall.
> The odds of this being the case are extremely, remotely small. Such
> single vagrant passerines, once they move on, likely migrate a couple
> hundred miles their first night to who-knows-where, rather than moving
> about locally a far fewer number of miles. This likelihood of re-finding
> the same individual is true for ALL nocturnal (and most diurnal)
> vagrant/migrant landbirds everywhere. Yes, there are a very, very, very
> few exceptions to this 'rule', such as the crazy spring Snow Bunting
> found a number of years ago in San Diego which was then rediscovered a
> couple weeks later back north in Monterey, this being determined by
> comparing close-up photos of "both" and noting identical unique
> feather-wear patterns. The number of individual vagrant landbirds that
> birders find in even reasonably well-birded areas is a drop in the
> bucket of what is actually present during a season. Perhaps they find 5
> percent at best, in most areas?? Maybe 20 percent in THE most heavily
> birded areas?? Maybe. So, two Painted Redstarts in southern Santa
> Barbara County over a several-month period (Oct-Jan) might be 10 percent
> of what the true number of PAREs that actually occurred along the South
> Coast during that period--and that may be way too high a guess at the
> percent! We birders are finding just a tiny fraction of the rare birds
> that are out there, no matter how hard we try!
>
> --Paul Lehman
>
>  
>
Subject: bell's sparrow
From: "hadada AT centurytel.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:24:29 -0800
Hi
Where would be the best places to find BELL’S SPARROW? What are the best 
months to look; May? 



Thanks
Ron Maertz
Glide Or
Subject: Santa Barbara Painted Redstart plumages and occurrences (and vagrancy occurrence in general)
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:36:01 -0800




There have been some posts stating that the Rocky Nook Park (Santa Barbara) 
Painted Redstart 

is an "adult" or a "male" and that a much duller bird briefly seen
nearby might be a different Painted Redstart. But essentially ALL
Painted Redstarts, once they molt out of juvenile plumage by late summer
soon after being born, all LOOK THE SAME. It would be extremely
difficult to determine, in the field and without exceptional close-up
photos, whether the Rocky Nook bird is an adult or a first-year immature
and whether it is a male or a female.  They are all similarly stunning,
no matter!

Also, a few folks have wondered if this bird might well be the same
individual as the one some 20 miles away at Refugio during the fall.
The odds of this being the case are extremely, remotely small.  Such
single vagrant passerines, once they move on, likely migrate a couple
hundred miles their first night to who-knows-where, rather than moving
about locally a far fewer number of miles. This likelihood of re-finding
the same individual is true for ALL nocturnal (and most diurnal)
vagrant/migrant landbirds everywhere. Yes, there are a very, very, very
few exceptions to this 'rule', such as the crazy spring Snow Bunting
found a number of years ago in San Diego which was then rediscovered a
couple weeks later back north in Monterey, this being determined by
comparing close-up photos of "both" and noting identical unique
feather-wear patterns. The number of individual vagrant landbirds that
birders find in even reasonably well-birded areas is a drop in the
bucket of what is actually present during a season. Perhaps they find 5
percent at best, in most areas??  Maybe 20 percent in THE most heavily
birded areas?? Maybe. So, two Painted Redstarts in southern Santa
Barbara County over a several-month period (Oct-Jan) might be 10 percent
of what the true number of PAREs that actually occurred along the South
Coast during that period--and that may be way too high a guess at the
percent! We birders are finding just a tiny fraction of the rare birds
that are out there, no matter how hard we try!

--Paul Lehman






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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill
From: "Michelle Townsley ms.townsley AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:42:49 -0800
Bob and I had eye-popping views of the ROSEATE SPOONBILL at the end of Garst 
Road (through the muddy road). It was 100 yards away preening on some rocks. We 
watched it for about 20 minutes when I went back to the car for my PhoneSkope. 
I met up with Matthew Page, Louis Tucker, Karin Kersteter, and Josh Lietzow and 
led them toward the spot. About halfway back to the spot we saw Bob walking 
back toward us! The bird had flown but Bob was able to tell us where he last 
saw it. With all of us looking, Matthew was able to find it again. However it 
was on the opposite side of the water about half a mile away. We all got good 
looks at it preening on top of a hunting blind. 


Michelle Townsley 
Ventura County

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Subject: Rustic Bunting continues
From: "Anil Antony anil.antony AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:44:20 -0800
The continuing Rustic Bunting was foraging with one junco at 3:15 today as the 
rain started, 20 yards south of wood pile. 



Anil Antony Glendale


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Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Continues in Golden Gate Park
From: "Jane Tatchell Jane AT matrixlink.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:19:32 -0800




Subject: Black-throated Blue continues in Del Norte County, 15 Jan
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:02:50 -0800
Hi all,
Today Rob Hewitt, George Ziminsky and I went up to Del Norte to look for
some of the rarities that have been present of late.

The male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was still present and very easily seen
over the hour spent there. See Alan Barron and Sky Lloyd's posts from 10
January here on NWCALBIRD for details. I got at least one decent
phonescoped photo of the bird: https://flic.kr/p/qx7WZB

We also looked for the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Smith River but came up
short and there were no apples whatsoever behind 387 First Street. The
weather was starting to turn, also, so we moved on after spending about an
hour looking around there.

Like Sky Lloyd, we also tried for the TUFTED DUCK found yesterday but
struck out and saw very few scaup. We saw a similar number of TUNDRA SWANS
and were amazed by the huge numbers of PIED-BILLED GREBES (estimated about
800 total!).

Thanks,

Rob

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Subject: Re: winter rarities trip
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:57:42 -0800
Gina and all,
We will be meeting at 0730 at the Arcata Marsh G Street parking lot. Hope
to see you and others there!

Also, you can always see the upcoming RRAS field trips online by looking at
the latest editions of the Sandpiper here:
http://www.rras.org/news.html#seconditem

Thanks!

Rob Fowler

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM, reddishegret AT suddenlink.net [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Can someone please let me know where and when to meet for the RRAS winter
> rarities trip this Saturday? Thanks!
>
> Gina Sweeney
>  
>



-- 
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McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Spragues pipit
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:34:12 -0800
In traditional field south and east of state prison in calipatria imperial 
county 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Spragues pipit
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:34:12 -0800
In traditional field south and east of state prison in calipatria imperial 
county 


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Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Varied Thrush at 29 Palms Inn photo
From: "tlutter93 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 08:17:15 -0800
Hello Birders,
 While visiting from Iowa, I saw a Varied Thrush at the 29 Palms Inn in San 
Bernardino County. This is a belated report, the bird was seen on January 5th 
at the west end of the oasis there. I saw a report of a Varied Thrush at this 
location a while back, so this may be the same bird sticking around. 

 

 Here is a link to the photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/backpackingbirdwatcher/16099567490/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/backpackingbirdwatcher/16099567490/ 

 

 Good Birding,
 

 Tucker J. Lutter
 Ohio/Iowa
  
Subject: Continuing American White Pelican, 14 Jan.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:51:04 -0800
Hi all,
Jon Dunn called me this evening to inform me that Ed Harper, Dan
Tankersley, and he had refound the American White Pelican this evening
around 5:30 at the mouth of the Eel River, seen from Crab Park at the end
of Cannibal Island Rd.

Good luck!

Rob

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Subject: Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California
From: "Ron Storey ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:18:08 -0800
I took a picture of a female Varied Thrush yesterday at Helen Putnam Park in 
Petaluma (Sonoma County) and it appears to have a gray back. I would guess that 
there was probably more than fifty Varied Thrushes in the oaks yesterday, and 
that is being very conservative. If you are interested in viewing the picture 
here is a link to the webpage I posted it on: 

http://ronstorey.com/Recent01/ 

Ron Storey
Petaluma, CA

> On Jan 14, 2015, at 6:50 PM, John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> There have been more than usual numbers of Varied Thrushes around here this 
winter, and I have not seen any with brown backs. I looked through some photos 
of birds taken in my yard and neighborhood and they all had gray backs. 

> John Harris
> Oakdale, Stanislaus County
> 
>> On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

>>  
>> Two subspecies of Varied Thrush occur in California distinguishable by the
>> upperpart color of the females, brown in coastal breeding birds (nominate
>> I. n. naevius) and gray with variable brown feather tips in the more
>> northerly I. n. meruloides. Males of these two races are indistinguishable.
>> 
>> There is some disagreement on the number of subspecies and their validity,
>> but the females I have seen during this invasion have been gray backed
>> birds suggesting the invasion originates from the more northerly I. n.
>> meruloides. Is that what others are seeing?
>> 
>> On 04 Jan 2015 21:33:48 -0800, "rackley94901 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]"
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> >Does anyone have a theory about the seemingly widespread distribution of 
Varied Thrushes in California this Winter season? I've heard them in my 
neighborhood in East San Rafael (Marin County) in recent weeks which I've never 
experienced in 15 years living here (although I do faintly remember a winter in 
the 1970's - I think - when we had an irruption in this area). Just curious as 
I've seen a lot of reports of VT sightings throughout California in recent 
weeks. 

>> -- 
>> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>> "It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California
From: "John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:50:51 -0800
There have been more than usual numbers of Varied Thrushes around here this
winter, and I have not seen any with brown backs. I looked through some
photos of birds taken in my yard and neighborhood and they all had gray
backs.
John Harris
Oakdale, Stanislaus County

On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> Two subspecies of Varied Thrush occur in California distinguishable by the
> upperpart color of the females, brown in coastal breeding birds (nominate
> I. n. naevius) and gray with variable brown feather tips in the more
> northerly I. n. meruloides. Males of these two races are indistinguishable.
>
> There is some disagreement on the number of subspecies and their validity,
> but the females I have seen during this invasion have been gray backed
> birds suggesting the invasion originates from the more northerly I. n.
> meruloides. Is that what others are seeing?
>
> On 04 Jan 2015 21:33:48 -0800, "rackley94901 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]"
>  wrote:
>
> >Does anyone have a theory about the seemingly widespread distribution of
> Varied Thrushes in California this Winter season? I've heard them in my
> neighborhood in East San Rafael (Marin County) in recent weeks which I've
> never experienced in 15 years living here (although I do faintly remember a
> winter in the 1970's - I think - when we had an irruption in this area).
> Just curious as I've seen a lot of reports of VT sightings throughout
> California in recent weeks.
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
> "It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt
>  
>
Subject: Rustic Bunting Continues in Golden Gate Park
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:23:54 -0800
The Rustic Bunting was foraging in the open at 11:30 am today, just south
of the wood piles, in the company of a Dark-eyed Junco. Very satisfying
views, but a photographer would probably prefer better light. The area is
across the street from the Arboretum/ SF Botanical Garden, along Martin
Luther King Drive and just south of Nancy Pelosi Drive. Parking along MLK
Drive is easy if you get there early (8-9 am).

Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Subject: Del Norte Co. - Oak Titmouse, Yel.-bel. Saps., Tufted Duck, Bl.-thr. Blue Warbler, Black-v. Shearwater, more...
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:14:42 +0000 (UTC)
Today Jon Dunn, Ed Harper, and I saw the male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER near 
the town of Smith River per directions posted on the Jan. 10th NWCalBirds.A 
male TUFTED DUCK was at the end of Lakeview Drive at the southeast corner of 
Lake Earl.In the town of Smith River we saw an OAK TITMOUSE and a 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the neighborhood of First and Brookings Streets.The 
imm. GOLDEN EAGLE was still at the Alexandre Dairy at the big pond along Lower 
Lake Road, and the SANDHILL CRANE was also seen down Lower Lake Rd. past the 
farm buildings far out in pastures on the east side of the road with cows.And I 
saw one BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER off the northwestern most tip of Point Saint 
George.  Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Varied thrushes throughtout California
From: "Kenneth Able kennethpable AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:02:40 -0800
Though not directly pertinent to Joe Morlan's recent post, I would
note that the varied thrush invasion has not been "throughout"
California.  In the far northerastern corner of the state, varied
thrushes were not more numerous than usual throughout the fall and
into winter.  Indeed, if my own personal observations are indicative,
the species was somewhat more scarce in fall than is typical.  This
part of the state has certainly not experienced an invasion.

Ken Able
McArthur, CA


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Subject: Re: Varied Thrushes throughout California
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:33:22 -0800
Two subspecies of Varied Thrush occur in California distinguishable by the
upperpart color of the females, brown in coastal breeding birds (nominate
I. n. naevius) and gray with variable brown feather tips in the more
northerly I. n. meruloides. Males of these two races are indistinguishable.

There is some disagreement on the number of subspecies and their validity,
but the females I have seen during this invasion have been gray backed
birds suggesting the invasion originates from the more northerly I. n.
meruloides.  Is that what others are seeing?


On 04 Jan 2015 21:33:48 -0800, "rackley94901 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]"
 wrote:

>Does anyone have a theory about the seemingly widespread distribution of 
Varied Thrushes in California this Winter season? I've heard them in my 
neighborhood in East San Rafael (Marin County) in recent weeks which I've never 
experienced in 15 years living here (although I do faintly remember a winter in 
the 1970's - I think - when we had an irruption in this area). Just curious as 
I've seen a lot of reports of VT sightings throughout California in recent 
weeks. 

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Subject: Rustic Bunting Continues
From: "david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 07:55:01 -0800
The Rustic Bunting was in its usual spot in Golden Gate Park just now feeding 
with juncos. 

David Assmann
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Subject: Winter Seabird Trip: Feb 22
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:11:21 +1100
Howdy, Cal Birders,

Shearwater Journeys will host a winter pelagic trip on Sunday, February 22 
departing from Fishermans' Wharf, Monterey at 8 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. 
for the annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG). PSG is a seabird 
conservation group that focuses entirely on seabirds. This pelagic trip is open 
to non-PSG members. 


Past winter pelagic trips have included: black-footed and Laysan albatrosses 
(short-tailed albatross, rarely); sooty, pink-footed and black-vented 
shearwaters; rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets; common murre; pigeon guillemot; 
ancient murrelet (big season for them, right now); pomarine jaeger and up to 13 
species of gulls, including black-legged kittiwake; common, red-throated and 
Pacific loons (yellow-billed loon, rarely); Western and Clark's grebes; and red 
phalarope. A variety of marine mammals, including gray whales, may be observed. 
Winter pelagic trips can be quite productive. Great opportunity to add to one's 
year list! 


The leaders include: Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, and Debi 
Shearwater. The cost is $110 per person. For reservations, please send the 
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Subject: Re: OVENBIRD - Santa Clara County, Sun. Jan 1s, 2015
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jan 2015 11:28:37 -0800
A number of birders are getting brief looks at the continuing OVENBIRD today 
(Monday) at the same location. 


Ken Schneider
San Francisco


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Subject: OVENBIRD - Santa Clara County, Sun. Jan 1s, 2015
From: "Brooke Miller idbirds AT me.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:07:19 -0800
Hi Calbirders!


An OVENBIRD was found by Mike Rogers yesterday, Sunday, Jan 12, at Charleston 
Marsh, in Mountain View, Santa Clara County. 



Details to the location:


Charleston Marsh is on Charleston Road, east off Shoreline Road, in Mountain 
View, California. The marsh is surrounded by a fitness trail with (old) 
parcourse signs. When you start the trail at Charleston Road you want to go 
counterclockwise, so go to the trail on your right, where the parcourse begins. 
When you walk down the trail you will come to a pump house on your left. On 
your right there is Google’s parking lot, and in front of you on the other 
side of a line of bushes is a tree nursery, and the other side of the tree 
nursery is Stevens Creek and the Stevens Creek trail. There was a blue 
‘nest’ truck parked right next to the shrubs separating Google’s parking 
lot from the tree nursery. The Ovenbird was walking in the leaf litter under 
the bushes in this area. My looks were from standing on the tree nursery side 
and looking at the leaf litter/shrubs from that direction. There are 4 rows of 
nursery trees in wooden boxes. I walked along there. 





Good birding!
Brooke Miller

San Jose


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Subject: Eastern Purple Finch at Arcata Marsh 11 Jan.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:08:45 -0800
Hi all,
There is an eastern Purple Finch at the Marsh. If you don't care about
identifiable subspecies then save yourself some time and stop reading now
but if you do like them then read on.

Alexandra Lamb discovered this bird (female/2nd year male) back in December
and identified it on 25 December as a nominate (eastern) Purple Finch. The
bird has been seen by Alex since that time and by others (Paul Lohse and
Bob Stewart on the Arcata CBC; George Ziminsky a couple of times after the
CBC) and is still present.

Today, I found the bird around 4 p.m. at the northwestern corner of Allen
Marsh as it foraged on some willow buds with House Finches. I saw it from
that location to just south of the first I st. parking lot. This bird is
readily identifiable as eastern by the bright white supercillium and malar,
overall brownish coloration, distinct streaking on the back, no streaking
on the undertail coverts, and pale edging to the greater and median
coverts.

According to a paper published in the recent-most "Western Birds" on
eastern Purple Finch occurence in CA and the West, this would only be the
5th record of this subspecies for California. Good find, Alexandra!

Photos and notes in my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21310620

Good luck!

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Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Black-thr. Blue Warbler in Del Norte Co. again today:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:17:11 +0000 (UTC)
The male Black-throated Blue Warbler put on a fine show again today (nobody 
missed it), some of the appreciative observers being Terry Allaway, Peter 
Thiemann, me, Gary Maschmeyer, John Luther, Lucas Brug, and Eileen Cooper. As 
yesterday the bird was easily seen tending the Silver Wattle trees all 
day. Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January
From: "Eric Kallen eric AT trs-sandiego.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:58:44 +0000
Correction to link:   jacumbabirding.com

Eric Kallen

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 11, 2015, at 10:55 AM, "Eric Kallen 
eric AT trs-sandiego.com [CALBIRDS]" 
> 
wrote: 




Spoonbill being seen now (11am). Same spot. Scope distance. Have some. Digi 
scope pics will be posted at: jacumbabirder.com 


Eric Kallen
Jacumba

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 10, 2015, at 2:25 PM, Justyn Stahl 
justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
> 
wrote: 




Message from inlandcountybirds:

-----------------------------
Thanks to Howard King delivering John Green's report. A single ROSEATE 
SPOONBILL was at the end of Garst and then looking west and foraging in the 
water. This is at Salton Sea and the bird was seen by our group around 12:30. 


Good Birding!

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA
-------------------------------

A messenger of a messenger of a messenger,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA

Subject: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Castaic Lake - American Tree Sparrow
From: "David Bell d AT vidbell.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:52:13 -0800
I thought this post from Luke Tiller might be of interest to birders outside of 
LA County. 


The bird was near the NW-most parking lot at Castaic Lake ($11 entrance fee). 
It was associating with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows in the low 
scrub between the fence and the lake, near the small circular path and the 
large round patch of bare dirt. This is the northern-most section of the lake 
shore accessible from the west side. 


The bird has been re-located several times.

David Bell
Pasadena, CA


> Hi All, 
> 
> 
> David Bell and I found an American Tree Sparrow near the Northridge Aquatic 
Center lot at 9:30am. He's now been relocated behind the fence line by Dessi 
Sieburth on the lake side there at 10:00am 

> 
> Luke Tiller, Altadena. 
Subject: Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January
From: "Eric Kallen eric AT trs-sandiego.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:55:25 +0000
Spoonbill being seen now (11am). Same spot. Scope distance. Have some. Digi 
scope pics will be posted at: jacumbabirder.com 


Eric Kallen
Jacumba

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 10, 2015, at 2:25 PM, Justyn Stahl 
justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
> 
wrote: 




Message from inlandcountybirds:

-----------------------------
Thanks to Howard King delivering John Green's report. A single ROSEATE 
SPOONBILL was at the end of Garst and then looking west and foraging in the 
water. This is at Salton Sea and the bird was seen by our group around 12:30. 


Good Birding!

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA
-------------------------------

A messenger of a messenger of a messenger,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA

Subject: Falcated Duck 1/10
From: "Steven Tucker talkingtrees80 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 04:20:57 +0000 (UTC)
Birding with Abe Borker and Officer John Garrett today, we saw the continuing 
Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR this morning.  First located by other folks, the 
bird was visible from the green gate along Hwy 20, which is west of the main 
turnoff for the refuge. The bird was on one of the closer islands, mixed in 
with other ducks. FADU spent much of the morning there and eventually flushed 
with a large group of birds some time after noon. 

From the main viewing platform at the beginning of the auto tour loop, 2 
apparent Greater White-fronted X Snow Geese were unexpected. 

Good birding,
Steve TuckerOakland
Subject: Re: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January
From: "Robert van de Hoek robertvandehoek AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:13:27 -0800
Hi Birders: I wonder if this Roseate Spoonbill will come to the southern 
California coast, as one did circa 1973, which showed up at Marina del 
Rey-Venice (Oxford Flood Control Basin) and other locations, and if I'm not 
mistaken was noted various publications including the Garrett & Dunn (1981) 
book, Birds of Southern California? Robert "Roy" van de Hoek, Los Angeles 


--------------------------------------------
On Sat, 1/10/15, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 


 Subject: [CALBIRDS] ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January
 To: calbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 2:25 PM
 
 
  
 
 
 
   
 
 
     
       
       
       Message from
 inlandcountybirds:
 
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 Thanks to Howard King delivering  John
 Green's 
 report. A single ROSEATE SPOONBILL was at the end of Garst
 and then 
 looking west and foraging in the water. This is at Salton
 Sea and the 
 bird was  seen by our group around 12:30.  
 
 Good Birding!
 
 Mary Freeman
 Glendale, CA
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 A messenger of a
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 San Clemente Island, CA
 
 
 
     
      
 
     
     
 
 
 
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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:04:41 +0000 (UTC)
Today I saw a gorgeous adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler that Terry 
Allaway originally noticed this afternoon in a friend's yard just north of the 
town of Smith River.The owner (Jim) has told me birders are welcome to look at 
his yard, even if he is not present. From Crescent City, take Hwy 101 north 
just past the town of Smith River, and you will soon see a 4 way intersection 
with Sarina Road on the west side and Oceanview Drive on the east side. Take 
Oceanview down the beginning straight section then around a gentle curve and 
about 1/3 a mile from 101 on your right is Ritmar Creek Road. Turn onto Ritmar 
and there is a driveway that immediately takes off to the right to the first 
house. Where the driveway comes closest to the house the are some mature Silver 
Wattle trees in full bloom (bright sulfur yellow) on the right side of the 
driveway opposite the house. Bird was always seen foraging in these trees, a 
very tame guy. Also a beauty of a Red-breasted Sapsucker working on their 
trunks and Gray Jays in the surrounding yard woodlands. Alan D. Barron 


Subject: ROSEATE SPOONBILL, South Salton Sea, 10 January
From: "Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:25:29 -0800
Message from inlandcountybirds:

-----------------------------
Thanks to Howard King delivering  John Green's report. A single ROSEATE
SPOONBILL was at the end of Garst and then looking west and foraging in the
water. This is at Salton Sea and the bird was  seen by our group around
12:30.

Good Birding!

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA
-------------------------------

A messenger of a messenger of a messenger,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA
Subject: American White Pelican, Glaucous Gulls, etc. Crab Park, Eel River mouth 8 Jan
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:57:08 -0800
Hi all,
I got an email from Diane Rose from Nevada County about the subject birds.
Look at her and Steve Rose's eBird list for more details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259498

Being the messenger,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow
From: "Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 02:10:50 +0000 (UTC)
More detailed directions to the Le Conte's Sparrow spot: 

Search for N 38.1100 W 122.9535 in Google Maps, Earth (Satellite) view. As you 
can see, Abbotts Lagoon is a chain of three ponds - a small pond near the road 
(not very visible from the trail, if I recall correctly), a medium-sized pond 
in the middle, and a large pond at southwest end of the chain. Take the Abbotts 
Lagoon Trail to the bridge over the channel that connects the second and third 
ponds. The trail peters out after the bridge. Proceed counter-clockwise around 
the edge of the third pond, with the pond on your left and the beach off to the 
right, until you are almost to the opposite side of the pond from the bridge. 
Cross a marshy area with a small stream (which may not have much water since we 
haven't had rain for a while). A few yards past the stream is a low, vegetated 
dune running parallel to the edge of the pond. Proceed about a hundred yards to 
the far end of the dune, where it tapers down toward sea level. Search the area 
between the end of the dune and the pond. By this time there is probably an 
obvious, well-trampled patch were birders have been standing. Walking time from 
the parking lot ranges from about 40 minutes to well over an hour, depending on 
how fast you walk in loose sand. 


Good luck. 

Glen Tepke 
Oakland/Santa Cruz 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Louis Libert loumlibert AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" 
 

To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:36:15 PM 
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] RFI Le Conte's Sparrow 



I'd be interested in trying to see it too. Any confirmation of sightings and 
reposting of detailed directions for where it's been seen at Abbott's Lagoon 
would be appreciated. 


Thanks! 
Louis Libert 
Oakland, CA 

On Jan 8, 2015, at 1:10 PM, Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS] wrote: 





The most recent report of the Le Conte's Sparrow at Point Reyes NS was 1/3 on 
NBB and Calbirds and 1/4 on eBird. Has anyone seen it - or had a failed attempt 
- since then? Some folks who were not able to get there during the holidays are 
contemplating a chase this weekend. Thanks in advance for any info. 


Good birding, 

Glen Tepke 
Oakland/Santa Cruz 







 
Subject: Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:57:53 -0800
Seen yesterday and day before despite very windy conditions. Location is 
approximately 100 yards past stream crossing on west (ocean) side of lagoon. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 8, 2015, at 1:10 PM, Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> The most recent report of the Le Conte's Sparrow at Point Reyes NS was 1/3 on 
NBB and Calbirds and 1/4 on eBird. Has anyone seen it - or had a failed attempt 
- since then? Some folks who were not able to get there during the holidays are 
contemplating a chase this weekend. Thanks in advance for any info. 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Glen Tepke
> Oakland/Santa Cruz
> 
Subject: Re: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow
From: "Louis Libert loumlibert AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:36:15 -0800
I'd be interested in trying to see it too. Any confirmation of sightings and 
reposting of detailed directions for where it's been seen at Abbott's Lagoon 
would be appreciated. 



Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA


On Jan 8, 2015, at 1:10 PM, Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS] wrote:


>
> The most recent report of the Le Conte's Sparrow at Point Reyes NS was 1/3 on 
NBB and Calbirds and 1/4 on eBird. Has anyone seen it - or had a failed attempt 
- since then? Some folks who were not able to get there during the holidays are 
contemplating a chase this weekend. Thanks in advance for any info. 

>
> Good birding,
>
> Glen Tepke
> Oakland/Santa Cruz
>
>

Subject: RFI Le Conte's Sparrow
From: "Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:10:59 +0000 (UTC)
The most recent report of the Le Conte's Sparrow at Point Reyes NS was 1/3 on 
NBB and Calbirds and 1/4 on eBird. Has anyone seen it - or had a failed attempt 
- since then? Some folks who were not able to get there during the holidays are 
contemplating a chase this weekend. Thanks in advance for any info. 


Good birding, 

Glen Tepke 
Oakland/Santa Cruz 
Subject: Winter Rarities Trip this Saturday--POSTPONED
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:14:38 -0800
Hi all,
I wish I didn't have to-- especially since I know some out-of-towners that
are here for this trip--but I am going to have to postpone my upcoming
"Winter Rarities" trip that was happening this Saturday, 10 January. I have
a an illness that I picked up from my son and it is pretty contagious and
don't want to potentially give it to anyone.

So, with that I am going to shoot for next Saturday, 17 January. I should
be good to go by then...hopefully.

I am so sorry to have to do this and hopefully most of the people that were
planning to go on the trip can potentially make it next week. If anybody
that wanted to go this weekened and can't make it next weekend feel free to
contact me and I can tell you the species were were going to look for and
where.

Thanks and sorry again,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Townsend's Warbler in Large Flock
From: "Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:26:46 -0800
This past Sunday, January 4, in Monterey pine forest at Point Lobos, I
spent time watching a large mixed-species flock come down to roadside
puddles to drink and bath. The flock was mostly pygmy nuthatches,
chickadees . . . and *several dozen* Townsend's, mostly male.


I know the Central Coast is peak winter abundance for this species (we have
many fewer in Marin), but I've never before seen an actual flock of
Townsend's. It was quite spectacular, especially as the birds were
alighting just 4 or 5 feet from us.


Was this some wild anomaly, or have others seen similar congregations?


Another treat: in abandoned lands in early succession to live oak in the
vicinity of Manresa Beach State Park, I had a number of California
thrashers in vigorous song, usually at the top of a small oak (though one
sang from the summit of a Meyer lemon). They've become such a rarity in
Marin!


Bill Noble, Novato CA
Subject: California bird trip photos
From: "sanchez AT che.utexas.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 20:01:28 -0800
My wife and I live in Austin and we spent some of our Christmas holidays in 
California. We started in LA and drove up to as far as the Colusa NWR. Although 
we dipped on the Falcated Duck at Colusa, we did pick up 2 lifers on the way 
(Spotted Dove and Island Scrub-Jay). 

  
 There were a few surprises. First at Goleta Beach (thanks to Wes Fritz for 
suggesting this stop) we saw a group of about 100 birds rapidly flying away 
from us that I am 90% certain were Pinyon Jays. Although I got a distant photo 
of this flock, it isn’t definitive enough for a positive ID. We have 
witnessed this type of group behavior and flight pattern with Pinyon Jays 
before in New Mexico. There are no recent eBird reports of Pinyon Jays in this 
area. 

  
 Another surprise was stopping for gas on I 505 in Winters (Yolo Co.), were we 
saw 3 Yellow-billed Magpies hanging around the Chevron gas station! Our past 
searches for YB Magpies were never that easy. Our last surprise was seeing so 
many Varied Thrushes in Napa Co. 

  
 We were fortunate to catch the Brown Booby at Pt. Pinos and it was a pleasure 
to accidently cross paths with Brian Sullivan and Cooper Scollan, first at Pt. 
Pinos, and then later on Jetty Rd. at Moss Landing. 

  
 I have attached some photos of the birds we saw. Link: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/sets/72157647838528313/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/sets/72157647838528313/ 

  
 Since my camera has a GPS, the exact location of where the photo was taken can 
be determined on a map that can be found on the lower right hand corner of the 
Flickr image. Click on the map to enlarge. If you think I have missed the ID on 
any bird, please let me know. I also want to thank all the CALBIRDERS who help 
me ID the young male Anna’s hummer. Enjoy! 

  
 Isaac Sanchez
 Austin, TX
Subject: Re: Hummer ID help
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 01:47:45 -0800
Hello Isaac,

I would call it the more expected Anna's Hummingbird. It lacks rufous in
the tail and on the sides, has a grayish chest, and you can see a few
diagnostic red feathers coming in on the crown.

Best,
Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 8:40 PM, sanchez AT che.utexas.edu [CALBIRDS] <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I need help with the ID on this hummer.  These photos were taken in Napa
> (Christian Brothers Conference Center) on Jan. 5.
>
>
>
> https://picasaweb.google.com/100559297474933995697/BroadTailedHummingbird
> 
 

>
>
>
> My preliminary guess is this is a selaphorus, near adult, male
> Broad-tailed Hummingbird.   But I also know they are rarely seen anywhere
> in CA.  Any suggestions?
>
>
> Isaac Sanchez
> Austin, TX
>
>  
>
Subject: Hummer ID help
From: "sanchez AT che.utexas.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Jan 2015 20:40:49 -0800
I need help with the ID on this hummer. These photos were taken in Napa 
(Christian Brothers Conference Center) on Jan. 5. 

  
 https://picasaweb.google.com/100559297474933995697/BroadTailedHummingbird 
https://picasaweb.google.com/100559297474933995697/BroadTailedHummingbird%23 

  
 My preliminary guess is this is a selaphorus, near adult, male Broad-tailed 
Hummingbird. But I also know they are rarely seen anywhere in CA. Any 
suggestions? 

 

 Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX 



Subject: Re: Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:36:48 -0500
Not that I'm trying to rain on anyone's parade, but despite the fact that the 
appearance of six Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area is 
interesting and intriguing, isn't their appearance in winter at least a little 
concerning with regard to their status as wild (i.e., countable) birds? 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA



-----Original Message-----
From: Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 

To: calbirds 
Sent: Sun, Jan 4, 2015 8:35 pm
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks


 
  
    
                  
In addition to the four mentioned below, two were shot by hunters on the 3rd 
(see previous inlandcountybirds email for link to photos). 



Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rose Marx birdbrain5150 AT yahoo.com [inlandcountybirds] 
 

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
To: bird group 


 
 
  
    
                  
Joyce Schwartz and I saw four Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the pond at the 
headquarters of San Jacinto Wildlife Area today. 


Rose Marx
East Hemet

    
             

  



    
             

  
Subject: Re: Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:36:48 -0500
Not that I'm trying to rain on anyone's parade, but despite the fact that the 
appearance of six Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area is 
interesting and intriguing, isn't their appearance in winter at least a little 
concerning with regard to their status as wild (i.e., countable) birds? 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA



-----Original Message-----
From: Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 
 

To: calbirds 
Sent: Sun, Jan 4, 2015 8:35 pm
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks


 
  
    
                  
In addition to the four mentioned below, two were shot by hunters on the 3rd 
(see previous inlandcountybirds email for link to photos). 



Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rose Marx birdbrain5150 AT yahoo.com [inlandcountybirds] 
 

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
To: bird group 


 
 
  
    
                  
Joyce Schwartz and I saw four Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the pond at the 
headquarters of San Jacinto Wildlife Area today. 


Rose Marx
East Hemet

    
             

  



    
             

  
Subject: Varied Thrushes throughout California
From: "rackley94901 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jan 2015 21:33:48 -0800
Does anyone have a theory about the seemingly widespread distribution of Varied 
Thrushes in California this Winter season? I've heard them in my neighborhood 
in East San Rafael (Marin County) in recent weeks which I've never experienced 
in 15 years living here (although I do faintly remember a winter in the 1970's 
- I think - when we had an irruption in this area). Just curious as I've seen a 
lot of reports of VT sightings throughout California in recent weeks. 

 

 Richard Ackley
 San Rafael
Subject: Fwd: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
From: "Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:28:53 -0800
In addition to the four mentioned below, two were shot by hunters on the
3rd (see previous inlandcountybirds email for link to photos).

Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, CA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Rose Marx birdbrain5150 AT yahoo.com 
[inlandcountybirds]* 
Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
To: bird group 




Joyce Schwartz and I saw four Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the pond at the
headquarters of San Jacinto Wildlife Area today.

Rose Marx
East Hemet
 
Subject: a bit more big year history
From: "Andrew Howe howe395 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:59:54 +0000 (UTC)
As we consider big years and the past, a word about the pre-1990s is in order. 
 Rich Stallcup started it all in the first place with his 1974 effort, one 
that demonstrated for state listers the horizons of what exactly was possible. 
 However, when it comes to California big years, 1977 will always stand out 
for its Ruthian proportions.  No fewer than seventeen birders surpassed 400 
(about 420 with today's taxon)--unthinkable at that point, particularly in an 
era with no internet, no cell phones, and only weekly-updated bird tapes and 
"phone trees" in order to alert birders of rarities--with Guy McCaskie, Don 
Roberson, Donna Dittmann, Elizabeth Copper, Doug Morton, Louis Bevier, and Paul 
Leman all setting very high marks.  The new record, set that year by Guy 
McCaskie, would last nearly 20 years.  You can read about this amazing year, 
the birds that were seen and the camaraderie that was shared, in Don Roberson's 
"Birders' California," a must-read for anyone planning a state big year or 
interested in California birding history.  Best, 

Andrew Howe
Riverside, CA
howe395 AT yahoo.com
Subject: more on the record Calif year lists in 2014
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:07:23 -0800
Thought I'd add a little more detail to the record tying or breaking 
(depends...) state year list efforts in California in 2014.  Of course, 
many of us will find such a pursuit crazy, period, and made even more so 
by California's very large size and vary large numbers of potential 
species to see, and lots of lots of rarities one needs to chase if one 
is seriously trying to set a record.  But putting the insanity aside for 
a moment, such listing comparisons are often difficult to make given 
changing taxonomies (splits and lumps), acceptance of additional 
introduced (established) species not 'available' to earlier 
year-listers, and the amount of free time, monetary funds, etc. the 
birder has--not to mention differences in where in the state they live 
and whether such a location is an asset or a 'liability.' Also makes a 
big difference, of course, whether the year chosen for a big year ends 
up being a good or mediocre one for rarities in the state, and whether 
most such birds linger long enough to be chased and seen and whether 
most are relatively close by or choose to occur at the opposite end of 
the state.

The previous CA year list record was set by Vernon and Andrew Howe in 
the latter 1990s and was around 480/481 (ca. 474 NIB). I believe Vernon 
had one more species than Andrew. In 2014, Curtis Marantz ended up the 
year with 485 (474 NIB). And not far behind was Logan Kahle at 470 (460 
NIB). Curtis is struggling with what to do with an "American" 
Oystercatcher on Anacapa Island (pure enough or possibly too 
hybrid-tainted or uncertain?), which he currently does not count. And 
neither he nor Logan currently count the released California Condors, 
which both of them saw in 2014, no matter what a recent ABA committee 
decision might allow.

So, here's a toast to Curtis and Logan, and to a little insane craziness 
and a lot of dedication.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego


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Subject: Ancient Murrelet
From: "Michelle Townsley ms.townsley AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:57:15 -0800
At 11:45am, the ANCIENT MURRELET was seen well with a spotting scope to the 
northwest of the Harbor Masters office in Channel Islands Harbor. It was 
directly in front of Channel Islands Sportfishing for awhile. It seems to be 
moving deeper into the harbor on the western side of the channel presently. 


Michelle Townsley 
Ventura, CA
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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow
From: "Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:35:58 -0800
The Le Conte’s Sparrow was still present today at Abbotts Lagoon, Marin Co. 
This afternoon it was staying very low in the grass, providing about 10 birders 
the opportunity to practice patience and diligence which after about an hour 
and a half provided wonderful sightings. 


   Ken Wilson, Santa Rosa.

Ken Wilson
Santa Rosa,Ca. 95409
ken AT talontours.com
www.talontours.com 
(707) 843-5211
https://www.facebook.com/KenWilsonsTalonTours 
 




Subject: more Le Conte's Sparrow photos
From: "Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 23:27:31 -0800
If you haven't had your fill of photos of the Le Conte's Sparrow seen 
over the last couple of weeks at Abbots Lagoon in Point Reyes National 
Seashore (Marin County), here are some more taken last Saturday, 12/27.

http://www.pbase.com/gtepke/le_contes_sparrow_141227

Thanks to Wendy Dreskin for finding this little gem and to Ken Schneider 
for getting the word out.

Good birding,

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz


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Subject: RE: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:16:25 -0800
John, 

 

 Iceland is the species, it includes two subspecies, glaucoides and kumlieni. 
So if you see a Kumlien’s Gull it is an Iceland Gull. This may or may not be 
the reality, but it is the accepted configuration at this point in time. 
Iceland does not mean L. glaucoides glaucoides necessarily. 


 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 8:10 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Iceland Gull - Sacramento County

 

  

I am certainly not a gull expert, but: is "Iceland" meant to mean glaucoides 
glaucoides? Or is it a general term including the hybrid swarm known as 
"Kumlien's"? This bird does have whitish wingtips but the mantle is only 
slightly lighter than the nearby Herring. Regardless, a very interesting and 
attractive bird. 


 

John Cant

Fremont, CA

 

  _____  

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com  
[mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com 
 [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 6:03 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com  
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Iceland Gull - Sacramento County

 

  

Birders,

There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this 
morning, January 2. 


The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery 
(exact coordinates: 38.632280, -121.236358). This is also just downstream from 
the Sailor Bar access. The gull flock eventually flushed and flew upstream 
towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird. 


A few photos can be seen here:

https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe




Good birding,

Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/


Subject: RE: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:09:33 -0800
I am certainly not a gull expert, but: is "Iceland" meant to mean glaucoides
glaucoides?  Or is it a general term including the hybrid swarm known as
"Kumlien's"?  This bird does have whitish wingtips but the mantle is only
slightly lighter than the nearby Herring.  Regardless, a very interesting
and attractive bird.


 


John Cant


Fremont, CA


 


  _____  


From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 6:03 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Iceland Gull - Sacramento County


 


  


Birders,


There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this
morning, January 2.


The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery
(exact coordinates:  38.632280, -121.236358).  This is also just downstream
from the Sailor Bar access.  The gull flock eventually flushed and flew
upstream towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird.


A few photos can be seen here:


https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe






Good birding,


Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/





Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:10:32 -0800
Nice!  This may be the same individual seen in Jan 2013 and Mar 2012 at the
Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Here's one pic of that bird:
http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/photo-icgu3.htm



On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Birders,
>
> There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this
> morning, January 2.
>
> The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery
> (exact coordinates:  38.632280, -121.236358).  This is also just downstream
> from the Sailor Bar access.  The gull flock eventually flushed and flew
> upstream towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird.
>
> A few photos can be seen here:
>
> https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
> https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
> https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
> https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
> Elk Grove, CA
> http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:10:32 -0800
Nice!  This may be the same individual seen in Jan 2013 and Mar 2012 at the
Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Here's one pic of that bird:
http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/photo-icgu3.htm



On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Birders,
>
> There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this
> morning, January 2.
>
> The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery
> (exact coordinates:  38.632280, -121.236358).  This is also just downstream
> from the Sailor Bar access.  The gull flock eventually flushed and flew
> upstream towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird.
>
> A few photos can be seen here:
>
> https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
> https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
> https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
> https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
> Elk Grove, CA
> http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:03:05 -0800
Birders,


There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this
morning, January 2.


The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery
(exact coordinates:  38.632280, -121.236358).  This is also just downstream
from the Sailor Bar access.  The gull flock eventually flushed and flew
upstream towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird.


A few photos can be seen here:


https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe




Good birding,


Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
Subject: Iceland Gull - Sacramento County
From: "Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:03:05 -0800
Birders,

There was an adult ICELAND GULL on the American River in Sacramento this
morning, January 2.

The location was about 0.75 miles downstream from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery
(exact coordinates:  38.632280, -121.236358).  This is also just downstream
from the Sailor Bar access.  The gull flock eventually flushed and flew
upstream towards the fish hatchery where we lost track of the bird.

A few photos can be seen here:

https://flic.kr/p/pGZqEX
https://flic.kr/p/qnjm2P
https://flic.kr/p/qncm2G
https://flic.kr/p/qDAohe


Good birding,

Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
Subject: Humboldt Brambling continues into 2015
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:35:31 -0800
Hi all,
Forwarding a post at the request from Jeff Seay, who saw the Brambling this
morning, 2 January.

Happy New Year,

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeff Seay 
Date: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: Brambling strategy
To: Rob Fowler 


Hi Rob,

After dipping on the Brambling all day yesterday, I returned this morning
and started at the cul-de-sac behind 1740 Buttermilk.  At 0820 I had the
Brambling for a few moments on the gate above the blue sign.  It has not
been seen since, though several birders are in the area.

Can you post this to cal birds for me? I am on the road, and I am having
trouble posting from my phone.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

Jeff Seay

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Humboldt Brambling continues into 2015
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:35:31 -0800
Hi all,
Forwarding a post at the request from Jeff Seay, who saw the Brambling this
morning, 2 January.

Happy New Year,

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeff Seay 
Date: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: Brambling strategy
To: Rob Fowler 


Hi Rob,

After dipping on the Brambling all day yesterday, I returned this morning
and started at the cul-de-sac behind 1740 Buttermilk.  At 0820 I had the
Brambling for a few moments on the gate above the blue sign.  It has not
been seen since, though several birders are in the area.

Can you post this to cal birds for me? I am on the road, and I am having
trouble posting from my phone.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

Jeff Seay

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: WOODFORD CBC highlights date correction (12-21-14)
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 13:07:36 -0800
Oops, Sorry for the wrong date on the last post! The WOODFORDS CBC was held on 
12-21-14. 

 

 Dan Brown,
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc.smugmug.com
Subject: WOODFORDS CBC, 12-27-14 highlights
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 13:04:00 -0800
Hi folks, sorry for the belated report on the Sacramento Audubon Society 
sponsored Christmas Bird Count held 12-27-14. 

 

 22 participants tallied 83 species on a day that was the warmest that I can 
remember for the Woodfords CBC (39 to 52 degrees). The species total is just 
below the average but the overall numbers of individuals was very low, possibly 
due to the drought. The highlights were - 1 Northern Goshawk spotted by Dan 
Williams near the Woodfords Store, 6 Golden and 11 Bald Eagles, 4 Ferruginous 
Hawks, 5 Rough-legged Hawks, several groups of Pinyon Jays totaling 190 (100 in 
one group along highway 89 at the Carson River bridge) , 4 American Dippers 
near Sorensen's Resort found by Tim Fitzer's group and 2 Virginia Rails in the 
marsh at Grover Hot Springs. 

 

 Dan Brown,
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc.smugmug.com http://www.naturestoc.smugmug.com

 

Subject: Late CBC post
From: "Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:15:35 -0800
During the West Sonoma County CBC, our group recorded a group of 29 Tricolored 
Blackbirds in a field near Portuguese Beach, Hwy. 1 


   Ken Wilson, Santa Rosa.

Ken Wilson
Santa Rosa,Ca. 95409
ken AT talontours.com
www.talontours.com 
(707) 843-5211
https://www.facebook.com/KenWilsonsTalonTours 
 




Subject: Rustic Bunting continues in San Francisco
From: "david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Jan 2015 16:14:29 -0800
A little after noon today, about 15 birders were able to get good views of the 
RUSTIC BUNTING in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco 

 

Subject: Re: new Big Year record for California
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:29:54 -0800
Birders

Congrats to both Curtis and Logan for pushing the big year limits in
California, and especially, from my perspective, for getting all their data
into eBird. You can see these guys' big year totals here:


http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=subnational1&locInfo.regionCode=US-CA&year=2014&sortBy=num_species 


Looks like Curtis still has a bit of data entry to do!

Perhaps more remarkably, five individuals submitted >1000 complete bird
lists to eBird in California this year, keeping California on top of the
pile globally for volume of bird data collected.

Thanks to all who use eBird in California, and especially to the eBird
editors who make the data quality process happen in the state. eBird in
California is an exemplar for how things should work around the world.

Good birding in the New Year

Brian

On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 9:09 PM, Andrew Howe howe395 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS] <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Congratulations to Curtis Marantz, who in 2014 set the record for the most
> number of species recorded in California during a calendar year.  Recording
> a list in the mid-480s was particularly impressive given that it was a
> decidedly sub-par year for numbers (good for Megas, but poor for the
> overall volume of vagrants, particularly wood warblers and shorebirds),
> making one wonder if the magic number of 500 might actually be possible.  I
> understand that Logan Kahle also recorded a very high total as well.
> Congrats to Logan and, especially, Curtis for their memorable 2014 big year
> accomplishments!  Good birding,
>
> Andrew Howe
> Riverside, CA
> howe395 AT yahoo.com
>
>  
>



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www.ebird.org

*Photo Editor*
Birds of North America Online
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Subject: Re: new Big Year record for California
From: "Ed Stonick edstonick AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:57:52 -0800 (GMT-08:00)