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White-eyed and Sooty Gulls,©BirdQuest

23 Jul booby "invasion" off La Jolla ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
22 Jul July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
21 Jul Del Norte Co. - Wh.-thr. Swifts still present and Elegant Terns ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
21 Jul JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jul early Buller's, Skuas, Long-taileds (plus 6 Hawaiians and 1 Murphy's) ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jul Northern Gannet continues on Alcatraz Island ["david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Jul First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
16 Jul Mountain Quail, Common Nighthawks, etc 15 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Jul Re: Owls in Sequoia/Kings ["Nick Freeman mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jul Owls in Sequoia/Kings ["Julie Edwards jjedwards234 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Jul First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jul Del Norte Co. Wh.-thr. Swift update ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Jul FORT BRAGG PELAGIC 9/28/2014 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Jul Owl pic ["francorios2000 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Jul Just uploaded a pic to Owl folder ["francorios2000 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Jul Big Whimbrel Flock at Pescadero Beach Yesterday ["amanitarita AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Jul Northern Gannet Back on Alcatraz ["david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Jul Gray Jay in McKinleyvlle 8 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Jul Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures ["Alvaro Jaramillo" ]
6 Jul Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures ["Alvaro Jaramillo" ]
6 Jul Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Jul San Diego Pelagic - Brown Booby, Craveri's Murrelet 06 July 2014 ["Gary Nunn garybnunn AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Jul Re: Re: Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July ["monte merrick mm AT birdallyx.net [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Jul Uplaoded Rare Shorbird images to my Flicker- LITTLE STINT and COMMON RINGED PLOVER images ["'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Jul Re: Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Jul Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
04 Jul July 18 Evening w Condors and Friends ["llmoser AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Jul PELAGIC TRIPS FOR EVERYONE ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Jul Last call - Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13 ["David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [sbcobirding]" ]
3 Jul Last call - Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13 ["David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
02 Jul Sa, 7/12/14 So Fk Kern Summer Rapid Assessment ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jul Seabirds on the move in Humboldt Current and Central America. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
1 Jul Ovenbird south of Horse Mountain, 1 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
28 Jun Re: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes ["Stan Walens stan.walens AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
28 Jun Re: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes ["Wanda wandadameron2 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
28 Jun Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes ["Stan Walens stan.walens AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Jun Alexandre Dairy, Del Norte County 6.27 2014 ["algott AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Jun SLO County Pelagic Trip ["'Michael D. Stiles' mstiles AT calpoly.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Jun Bird Identification ["avekevin AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 Jun The Del Norte Co. White-throated Swifts ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
24 Jun Re: Huge #'s of Brown Pelicans? ["Clay Kempf ltjaeger AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 Jun Huge #'s of Brown Pelicans? ["dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
21 Jun Elegants arrive in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
18 Jun Brewer's Sparrow ["Roger rogelio-listo AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Jun ABA's New Birder's Guide - today ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jun Friday Ridge BBS highlights 17 June 2014 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Jun Re: FYI: Black-billed vs Eurasian Magpie at Santa Rosa Island (SBA) ["'Lisa Walker \(Feather\)' featherbirdlady3 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jun San Diego Pelagic--Brown Booby ["Caleb Frome birder4lifer AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jun FYI: Black-billed vs Eurasian Magpie at Santa Rosa Island (SBA) ["Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Jun New file uploaded to CALBIRDS []
13 Jun WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Jun RRAS Horse Mountain trip tomorrow, 14 June & recent highlights from there ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
12 Jun Re: Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds, LA County, June 11 ["Jonathan Feenstra feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Jun Re: Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds, LA County, June 11 ["Jonathan Feenstra feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu [LACoBirds]" ]
11 Jun Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13 ["David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Jun San Diego pelagic - Craveri's Murrelets, 07 June 2014 ["Gary Nunn garybnunn AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Jun RE: Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !! ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Jun Re: Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !! ["'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Jun Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !! ["Barbara Carlson barbarac2003 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Jun RE: Jon Winter has passed away ["'Wayne Weber' contopus AT telus.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Jun June 7 San Diego pelagic trip results ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Jun Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher at Shay ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
7 Jun Jon Winter has passed away ["Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Jun Jon Winter has passed away ["Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Jun Chestnut-sided Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher at Shay ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
03 Jun Murphy's Petrel, 2 Scripps's, Skua ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Jun NAB Southern California Region - Spring 2014 ["'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [inlandcountybirds]" ]
2 Jun NAB Southern California Region - Spring 2014 ["'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 May 5 Hawaiians, 2 Cook's, 1 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 2 Scripps's, 1 Ancient (+ Gannet) ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 May Red-billed Tropicbirds off Oceanside ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 May Cassin's Sparrow Antelope Valley ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 May Re: NOPA Note ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
24 May Fwd: [EBB_Sightings] Possible The yellow-billed loon (Gavia adamsii) in Contra Costa Co. ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
23 May 22 May: 12 Hawaiian Petrels, 4 Murphy's, 2 Cook's, 3 Skuas ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
23 May Re: Re: [CALBIRDS] Cassin's Sparrow; 5/22/14; Antelope Valley; LA County ["Mark Scheel scheel314 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
21 May Re: Humboldt Hawaiian Petrel 18 May 2014 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]

Subject: booby "invasion" off La Jolla
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:41 -0700



Several birders were seawatching this early AM (Weds) at La Jolla and had a
total of 10 BROWN BOOBIES and 1 BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY between around 7-8 AM.
First came a flock of 3 adult Browns flying north, then a single adult
Brown circling around, then a flock of SIX boobies made up of 5 adult
Browns and the 1 Blue-footed (making for a good side-by-side comparison)
flying north, and finally came a single, diving immature Brown. Whether
these birds are all 'just' on local foraging runs up from the Los
Coronados Islands--where a recent visit by a group of birders counted
105 Browns and at least 4 Blue-footeds--or they are the vanguard of a
northward booby surge remains to be seen. But clearly observers farther
to the north--in ORA, LA, etc.--should be on the lookout.

Also 'streaming' north were very large numbers of Elegant Terns. Whether
these masses were actually a major northbound movement or merely
long-distance local foraging by some of the many thousands of nesters at
the south end of San Diego Bay is also uncertain.

The shearwater show was somewhat slow by comparsion--with just hundreds
of Black-venteds and a single Sooty--although some of the Black-vents
actually came well INside the kelp beds.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego





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Subject: July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:02:33 -0700
Hello, Calbirders,

I've just published the trip report for Shearwater Journey's Half Moon Bay 
pelagic trip on July 20, with images at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html 


We had a terrific 11+ hour trip with nonstop seabird action. In addition to the 
many common murre chicks with their dads, four father/son pairs of birders were 
on board with us! The youngest of the bunch was Teddy, making his second 
pelagic trip. His first was three years ago when he was only six years old. 
Sandy Komito was on board and there was no knife wielding! Sandy has been doing 
trips with Shearwater Journeys for three decades! 


The long range marine forecast is good for this Saturday's Half Moon Bay trip, 
July 26th. We have space available. I wonder what we'll find? 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Del Norte Co. - Wh.-thr. Swifts still present and Elegant Terns
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:36:15 -0700


Checked by on the WHITE-THROATED SWIFT nest in Klamath today, arrived at 2pm 
and spent 40 minutes there and saw them come and go three times. At one point 
when an adult entered the nest hole I walked directly below it and could hear 
at least three young screeching for food. 

Also 66 ELEGANT TERNS in the Crescent City Harbor, and around 20 were at the 
Klamath River mouth also. 


Alan D. Barron



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Subject: JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:10:32 -0700
HI, CALBIRDERS.

Shearwater Journeys's first pelagic trip of the season, July 20th departing 
from Half Moon Bay, produced some excellent surprises. Among these were: 3 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS the first one sighted early at 7:30 a.m.; 2 
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 1 LEACH'S STORM-PETREL which our wonderful captain 
followed for a few minutes, offering excellent views for all on board; 3 
SABINE'S GULLS and 7 CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. 


July is early for black-vented shearwaters in central California, but not 
unprecedented in the region. Flesh-footed shearwaters have been recorded every 
month of the year, although we generally see them most often in late September 
and October (However, more trips operate during those months, skewing the 
data). I've not seen Craveri's murrelets for many years in northern California, 
but this date is not unprecedented, either, as I recorded two pairs on June 27, 
1992. Given Brian Sullivan's sighting of a fly-by Craveri's murrelet at Point 
Pinos within the past week, our sighting is on the mark. In my 39 year's of 
experience, Leach's storm-petrel is the most difficult species of storm-petrel 
to find on one day offshore trips, making this a "good find, " especially given 
that we did not encounter any rafts of storm-petrels. It is always nice to see 
the first Sabine's gulls of the season. In summary, these species were pleasant 
surprises, but not unprecedented. 


We had a nice showing of the "regular" species one "expects" to encounter at 
this time of year, including: 


235 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 2 NORTHERN FULMARS; 605 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 
1400 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; 4 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 450 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; 1 
POMARINE JAEGER; 1208 ELEGANT TERNS; 503 COMMON MURRES; 24 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 6 
MARBLED MURRELETS; 8 CASSIN'S AUKLETS; 12 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. 


We saw a nice selection of marine mammals: including 4 species of pinnipeds, 10 
humpbacks, 6 bottlenose dolpins, harbor and Dall's porpoises. For the first 
time in a great many years, we saw by-the-wind-sailors (Velella velella). A 
grand time was had by all on this beautiful day at sea with very calm 
conditions, and many photographic images were made. 


Spaces are still available on the following Half Moon Bay trips: July 26; 
August 1, 16, 17, 23; September 7, 8, 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12. 

If you would like to make a reservation for any of these trips, please contact 
my by email: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com; phone: 831-637-8527, as soon as 
possible. 


I'll make a full report with photographs, details on where we went and sea 
conditions on my blog tonight. 


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
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Subject: early Buller's, Skuas, Long-taileds (plus 6 Hawaiians and 1 Murphy's)
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:20:20 -0700
Several of us took another round-trip cruise-ship pelagic trip aboard a 
Princess cruise-ship from San Francisco to se. Alaska and back, July 
6-17. We had a total of 6 HAWAIIAN PETRELS and 1 MURPHY'S PETREL, and 2 
of the Hawaiians (July 7) and the one Murphy's (getting late; also July 
7) were a little south of 42N, thus is CA waters based on the OLD 
boundaries used, but not based on the current "closest point of land" 
method, which went to s. Oregon... We also had Hawaiian Petrel as far 
north as s. BC waters.

On July 16, in Humboldt County waters we had a somewhat early BULLER'S 
SHEARWATER ca. 66 km SW of Shelter Cove. Also 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS 64 km 
SW of Shelter Cove, and presumably southbound LONG-TAILED JAEGERS at 
both 73 km W of Eureka and 55 km WNW of Cape Mendocino, Arctic Tern ca. 
66 km W of Shelter Cove, and a total of 10 SABINE'S GULLS (plus one off 
Del Norte Co.).

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego


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Subject: Northern Gannet continues on Alcatraz Island
From: "david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 19:13:51 -0700
The NORTHERN GANNET was perched on a wall on Alcatraz this morning in 
essentially the same spot as last week - about the middle of the south side of 
the island. Viewable with a scope from either the north side of Fort Mason, or 
from the pier at Aquatic Park. 

 

Subject: First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:40:30 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Our first pelagic trips of the season are coming up very soon and we at 
Shearwater Journeys, could not be more excited to get you out there! 

Meet our leaders: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

Our leaders have deep knowledge of seabirds which they are delighted to share 
with you. Many of them have been with Shearwater Journeys for at least three 
decades. Most work in the the fields of biology, education and natural history 
interpretation. More than 40 leaders, spotters and chummers join our trips, 
working together more like a family than anything else. 


We have a stellar line up of leaders to start the season --

HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
JULY 20: Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Al De Martini, Debi Shearwater
JULY 26: Todd McGrath, Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, 
Debi Shearwater 

AUGUST 2: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 16: Jim Holmes, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 17: Steve Tucker, Steve Rottenborn, Jim Danzenbaker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 23: Steve Tucker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
AUGUST 1: Nick Levendosky, Rich Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 8: Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 15: Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 22: Scott Terrill, Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater

BODEGA BAY TRIPS:
SEPTEMBER 1: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 19: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater

To see the complete schedule of trips:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

More and more these days, photographers are taking to the seas. I've listed 
some trips that may be especially good for photographers in that there are 
fewer folks on board, allowing for more room, so essential for some 
photography. See: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/pelagic-birding-photography-trips.html 


At the very least you'll want to enjoy the image of some 20 photographers with 
well over $30,000 worth of equipment! 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater


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Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Mountain Quail, Common Nighthawks, etc 15 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:12:18 -0700
Hi all,
Last evening Gary Bloomfield, George Ziminsky and I took a trip up to the
Horse Mountain/Forest Service Route 1 to look mostly for Common Nighthawks
and potentially other night birds.

On the way up to Horse Mountain we were able to watch a family of 11
MOUNTAIN QUAIL (3 adults, rest were chicks) for over a 1/2 hour around 3-4
miles up Titlow Hill Rd.

At sunset and after we had a great experience with at least 2 COMMON
NIGHTHAWKS in the large pullout before you venture up to the towers with
the male booming frequently (especially when it was getting dark) and both
birds came to within just 15 feet of us a couple of times.

At Cold Spring we had a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL in the open area calling
frequently below the spring.

Thanks,

Rob

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McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Owls in Sequoia/Kings
From: "Nick Freeman mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:31:33 -0700 (GMT-07:00)




Subject: Owls in Sequoia/Kings
From: "Julie Edwards jjedwards234 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:13 -0700
I will be in Sequoia/Kings Canyon in a few days and would appreciate advice on 
locating any owls. Thank you for your cooperation. 



Julie Edwards
Cynthiana, KY


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Subject: First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:40:30 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Our first pelagic trips of the season are coming up very soon and we at 
Shearwater Journeys, could not be more excited to get you out there! 

Meet our leaders: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

Our leaders have deep knowledge of seabirds which they are delighted to share 
with you. Many of them have been with Shearwater Journeys for at least three 
decades. Most work in the the fields of biology, education and natural history 
interpretation. More than 40 leaders, spotters and chummers join our trips, 
working together more like a family than anything else. 


We have a stellar line up of leaders to start the season 

HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
JULY 20: Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Al De Martini, Debi Shearwater
JULY 26: Todd McGrath, Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, 
Debi Shearwater 

AUGUST 2: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 16: Jim Holmes, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 17: Steve Tucker, Steve Rottenborn, Jim Danzenbaker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 23: Steve Tucker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
AUGUST 1: Nick Levendosky, Rich Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 8: Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 15: Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 22: Scott Terrill, Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater

BODEGA BAY TRIPS:
SEPTEMBER 1: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 19: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater

To see the complete schedule of trips:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

More and more these days, photographers are taking to the seas. I've listed 
some trips that may be especially good for photographers in that there are 
fewer folks on board, allowing for more room, so essential for some 
photography. See: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/pelagic-birding-photography-trips.html 


At the very least you'll want to enjoy the image of some 20 photographers with 
well over $30,000 worth of equipment! 


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

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi 
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016, special discount with Debi









Subject: Del Norte Co. Wh.-thr. Swift update
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:50:22 -0700
I watched the nest site for 45 minutes starting at 12:30pm and saw both parent 
White-throated Swifts several times. There are no longer swallowspresent as 
all have fledged, so the swifts were the only birds enteringa nest hole on the 
underside of the bridge. And I finally got to hear one vocalize as it chased a 
flyby Violet-green Swallow. 

-Alan D. Barron
Subject: FORT BRAGG PELAGIC 9/28/2014
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:22:33 -0700
Hi all,
This year we don't have a boat available for any pelagic trips this fall so
I wanted let people know that there will be a pelagic out of Fort Bragg on
Sunday, 28 September. If you want to go you should make reservations as
soon as possible as these trips fill up fast. Jon Dunn and I will be
leading it. We will be going far out and may even make it into Humboldt
County waters.

Hope you can make it and please read the details below:

The Peregrine Audubon Society is organizing a pelagic birding trip out of
Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg on Sunday, September 28. We will be sailing on
the Telstar with captain Randy Thornton. Weather permitting we hope to go
out 40+ miles to deep water (Vizcaino Knoll, Arena and Navarro Canyons
??), and intend to stay inside Mendocino County waters. Departure will be
at 7 am and we will be out 10-11 hours. Leaders will be Jon Dunn and Rob
Fowler. The cost will, of course, depend on the number of passengers, but
should not exceed $115. Space is limited with a maximum of about 25
participants, and reservations will be on a first-come basis.
Reservations can be made by contacting Chuck Vaughn directly at
cevaughn AT pacific.net. Do not reply to this list. Specific information
regarding cost, method of payment, directions to dock, etc will follow
your reservation confirmation as details develop.

We hope to see you on board!

--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Owl pic
From: "francorios2000 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jul 2014 19:43:38 -0700
Thank you for the replies.

Larry's owl is Western Screech Owl. Larry is my father in law who found this 
owl when he went to clean out the sparrows nests off his speakers. 


Thankyou-thankyou for your patient help over the years.

As a contribution I did create a folder called Pelicans and added some of my 
pictures because this group have been encouraging and helpful. 


Have a joyful day!
Franco Rios
North Highlands CA
 

Subject: Just uploaded a pic to Owl folder
From: "francorios2000 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jul 2014 17:15:23 -0700
Need help to ID this owl found on top of outdoor speaker where sparrows nest is 
usually found. I am thinking it's a burrowing owl or spotted owl. Location is 
Rancho Cordova, Calif. I can't find my sibley and online guides are not much 
help. Any guesses? 


Have a good day!
Franco Rios
North HIglands, CA
Subject: Big Whimbrel Flock at Pescadero Beach Yesterday
From: "amanitarita AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jul 2014 08:43:48 -0700
I don't get out to the coast much, so I have no idea what the norms are, but my 
hubby and I saw a big flock of whimbrels at the ocean's edge yesterday. I 
estimated at least 80 individuals. Their plumage was a dull gray brown, not 
cinnamon rusty, and their striped heads with long down curved beaks could be 
clearly seen as they approached my cliff-side vantage. The flock was resting on 
exposed rocks just offshore, and feeding along the sand at the surfs edge. 

 

 Human disturbance eventually caused them to wheel up and try another stretch 
of beach. 

 

 Non-breeders? Discouraged breeders? Normal numbers for summer?
 

 You tell me.
 

 Debbie Viess
 Oakland, CA
Subject: Northern Gannet Back on Alcatraz
From: "david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 10:19:04 -0700
The NORTHERN GANNET was visible from Fort Mason for the first time in weeks 
this morning. It was on the south side of Alcatraz Island - going down from the 
large chimney it was on a wall located about one third of the length of the 
island from the east. 
Subject: Gray Jay in McKinleyvlle 8 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:48:51 -0700
Hi all,
This morning while doing a yard count I had a juvenile GRAY JAY flying
around and calling on the Widow White Creek corridor. This is a bird I have
been hoping for to show up here since we moved here in 2010. This was yard
bird #137.

On 6 July I had 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS flying about 1/2 mile to the west and
one looked to be juvenile that was calling frequently and interacting a
bunch with one of it's supposed parents.

Photo of the Gray Jay here: https://flic.kr/p/nYfq4D

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao AT coastside.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:26:44 -0700
   A warm greeting to you all. I hope you are having a great summer,
catching up with some breeding birds, and maybe starting to see shorebird
migration in your local patch. Very soon we begin the late summer and fall
schedule of pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Bodega Bay and
we hope you can join us. We are sold out on our July 26th, but there is an
Aug 9th Farallon trip, and Aug 16 trip to offshore San Francisco waters,
both from Half Moon Bay. Here is our schedule:
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ 

 

Why travel with us? Well, we do it differently. We have a fun time out
there, we educate, we see a heck of a lot of great birds, and we treat the
beginner and expert with the exact same level of interest, compassion and
attention. We get as excited about your lifer Hawaiian Petrel, as your first
Sooty Shearwater! We are priced right, compare with other operations going
out of the same ports on the very same boats. We never charge a fuel
surcharge, once you pay you will never have an unpleasant surprise at the
dock. You can book online using your credit card, simple as can be. Heck we
even bring out treats and coffee. 

 

While we have been around but a few years, but we are chock full of
experience, Alvaro has run pelagics in Chile, North Carolina, Hawaii, Easter
Island to name a few. He has even helped to describe a new species of
seabird, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel from Chile. Alvaro loves to teach. He
teaches about seabirds for the American Birding Association IFO workshops,
for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and is guest lecturer for the
Master Birder class offered by Golden Gate Audubon and the California
Academy of Science. Our leaders include seabird experts from here and
beyond, including well liked local birding teachers such as Bob Power, Lisa
Myers, and Matthew Dodder. Names who have been around seabirding for years,
like Dan Singer, Peter Metropulos, and the up and coming younger folks such
as Logan Kahle and Alex Rinkert and transplanted east coast seabirder Zach
Baer. These are enthusiastic folk, who point out the birds, and help you
through the seabirding process. Being on a boat is not always the easiest of
birding, so we try to make it a good day out for you. We see and find the
goodies, from record numbers of Wilson's Storm Petrels one day, to
well-rounded trips of the expected seabirds on another, to superb finds like
Great Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Short-tailed Albatross, White-chinned
Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Brown Booby, and more. And we have only been around
a few years to accumulate these exceptional sightings! The next few years
promise to be equally amazing and exciting, whether your quest is a Buller's
Shearwater, or a crazy rarity, we will be out there trying to get a good
look for you. 

We are trusted by major organization that have partnered with us. Alvaro's
Adventures has worked with the American Birding Association, Sierra Club
Outings, The Gay Birders of North America, San Francisco Bay Bird
Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sequoia Audubon Society,
Monterey Audubon Society, Idaho Bird Observatory, Monterey Seabirds, and
Brian Patteson of Seabirding Pelagic Trips in Hatteras, North Carolina among
others. Alvaro is also on contract with National Audubon Society on a team
that is devising a curriculum and program to train local birding guides in
various Latin American countries as a way to conserve birds through the
economic incentive of birding tourism. 

 

But the main reason of all, is because we have an amazingly high return rate
by clients to our trips. This is why each year increase the number of trips
we run. People leave with a smile on their face, and they return for more.
Come on out, give it a try! Our only apology to you is we know we know you
will be hooked and want to come back for more, sorry about that. 

 

See you at Sea! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
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Subject: Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao AT coastside.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:26:44 -0700
   A warm greeting to you all. I hope you are having a great summer,
catching up with some breeding birds, and maybe starting to see shorebird
migration in your local patch. Very soon we begin the late summer and fall
schedule of pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Bodega Bay and
we hope you can join us. We are sold out on our July 26th, but there is an
Aug 9th Farallon trip, and Aug 16 trip to offshore San Francisco waters,
both from Half Moon Bay. Here is our schedule:
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ 

 

Why travel with us? Well, we do it differently. We have a fun time out
there, we educate, we see a heck of a lot of great birds, and we treat the
beginner and expert with the exact same level of interest, compassion and
attention. We get as excited about your lifer Hawaiian Petrel, as your first
Sooty Shearwater! We are priced right, compare with other operations going
out of the same ports on the very same boats. We never charge a fuel
surcharge, once you pay you will never have an unpleasant surprise at the
dock. You can book online using your credit card, simple as can be. Heck we
even bring out treats and coffee. 

 

While we have been around but a few years, but we are chock full of
experience, Alvaro has run pelagics in Chile, North Carolina, Hawaii, Easter
Island to name a few. He has even helped to describe a new species of
seabird, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel from Chile. Alvaro loves to teach. He
teaches about seabirds for the American Birding Association IFO workshops,
for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and is guest lecturer for the
Master Birder class offered by Golden Gate Audubon and the California
Academy of Science. Our leaders include seabird experts from here and
beyond, including well liked local birding teachers such as Bob Power, Lisa
Myers, and Matthew Dodder. Names who have been around seabirding for years,
like Dan Singer, Peter Metropulos, and the up and coming younger folks such
as Logan Kahle and Alex Rinkert and transplanted east coast seabirder Zach
Baer. These are enthusiastic folk, who point out the birds, and help you
through the seabirding process. Being on a boat is not always the easiest of
birding, so we try to make it a good day out for you. We see and find the
goodies, from record numbers of Wilson's Storm Petrels one day, to
well-rounded trips of the expected seabirds on another, to superb finds like
Great Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Short-tailed Albatross, White-chinned
Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Brown Booby, and more. And we have only been around
a few years to accumulate these exceptional sightings! The next few years
promise to be equally amazing and exciting, whether your quest is a Buller's
Shearwater, or a crazy rarity, we will be out there trying to get a good
look for you. 

We are trusted by major organization that have partnered with us. Alvaro's
Adventures has worked with the American Birding Association, Sierra Club
Outings, The Gay Birders of North America, San Francisco Bay Bird
Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sequoia Audubon Society,
Monterey Audubon Society, Idaho Bird Observatory, Monterey Seabirds, and
Brian Patteson of Seabirding Pelagic Trips in Hatteras, North Carolina among
others. Alvaro is also on contract with National Audubon Society on a team
that is devising a curriculum and program to train local birding guides in
various Latin American countries as a way to conserve birds through the
economic incentive of birding tourism. 

 

But the main reason of all, is because we have an amazingly high return rate
by clients to our trips. This is why each year increase the number of trips
we run. People leave with a smile on their face, and they return for more.
Come on out, give it a try! Our only apology to you is we know we know you
will be hooked and want to come back for more, sorry about that. 

 

See you at Sea! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

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Subject: Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:26:44 -0700
   A warm greeting to you all. I hope you are having a great summer,
catching up with some breeding birds, and maybe starting to see shorebird
migration in your local patch. Very soon we begin the late summer and fall
schedule of pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Bodega Bay and
we hope you can join us. We are sold out on our July 26th, but there is an
Aug 9th Farallon trip, and Aug 16 trip to offshore San Francisco waters,
both from Half Moon Bay. Here is our schedule:
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ 

 

Why travel with us? Well, we do it differently. We have a fun time out
there, we educate, we see a heck of a lot of great birds, and we treat the
beginner and expert with the exact same level of interest, compassion and
attention. We get as excited about your lifer Hawaiian Petrel, as your first
Sooty Shearwater! We are priced right, compare with other operations going
out of the same ports on the very same boats. We never charge a fuel
surcharge, once you pay you will never have an unpleasant surprise at the
dock. You can book online using your credit card, simple as can be. Heck we
even bring out treats and coffee. 

 

While we have been around but a few years, but we are chock full of
experience, Alvaro has run pelagics in Chile, North Carolina, Hawaii, Easter
Island to name a few. He has even helped to describe a new species of
seabird, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel from Chile. Alvaro loves to teach. He
teaches about seabirds for the American Birding Association IFO workshops,
for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and is guest lecturer for the
Master Birder class offered by Golden Gate Audubon and the California
Academy of Science. Our leaders include seabird experts from here and
beyond, including well liked local birding teachers such as Bob Power, Lisa
Myers, and Matthew Dodder. Names who have been around seabirding for years,
like Dan Singer, Peter Metropulos, and the up and coming younger folks such
as Logan Kahle and Alex Rinkert and transplanted east coast seabirder Zach
Baer. These are enthusiastic folk, who point out the birds, and help you
through the seabirding process. Being on a boat is not always the easiest of
birding, so we try to make it a good day out for you. We see and find the
goodies, from record numbers of Wilson's Storm Petrels one day, to
well-rounded trips of the expected seabirds on another, to superb finds like
Great Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Short-tailed Albatross, White-chinned
Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Brown Booby, and more. And we have only been around
a few years to accumulate these exceptional sightings! The next few years
promise to be equally amazing and exciting, whether your quest is a Buller's
Shearwater, or a crazy rarity, we will be out there trying to get a good
look for you. 

We are trusted by major organization that have partnered with us. Alvaro's
Adventures has worked with the American Birding Association, Sierra Club
Outings, The Gay Birders of North America, San Francisco Bay Bird
Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sequoia Audubon Society,
Monterey Audubon Society, Idaho Bird Observatory, Monterey Seabirds, and
Brian Patteson of Seabirding Pelagic Trips in Hatteras, North Carolina among
others. Alvaro is also on contract with National Audubon Society on a team
that is devising a curriculum and program to train local birding guides in
various Latin American countries as a way to conserve birds through the
economic incentive of birding tourism. 

 

But the main reason of all, is because we have an amazingly high return rate
by clients to our trips. This is why each year increase the number of trips
we run. People leave with a smile on their face, and they return for more.
Come on out, give it a try! Our only apology to you is we know we know you
will be hooked and want to come back for more, sorry about that. 

 

See you at Sea! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: San Diego Pelagic - Brown Booby, Craveri's Murrelet 06 July 2014
From: "Gary Nunn garybnunn AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:00:23 -0700
I hopped on a four hour whale watching trip today 06 July 2014 out of San
Diego and managed to find some nice birds out there as well as good looks
at 8-10 Blue Whales.

A subadult BROWN BOOBY appeared circling in the distance just over a mile
outside Point Loma but never approached closely to the boat. A little while
later, 5 NM west of Point Loma, I spotted a pair of CRAVERI'S MURRELET
close by which took flight providing some nice photographs.

Small groups of Sooty Shearwater here-and-there with ones and twos of
Pink-footed Shearwater mixed in also.

Also aboard was Stan Walens who spotted the booby and murrelets from the
bridge deck.

Some photos of the Brown Booby and Craveri's Murrelets on my blog here
http://www.sandiegobirding.com/?p=4254

---
Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach
Subject: Re: Re: Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July
From: "monte merrick mm AT birdallyx.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:24:44 -0700
That is a very nice looking bird.

++++++++++

monte merrick
bird ally x/humboldt wildlife care center
california council of wildlife rehabilitators
ccwr advocacy committee


(707)832-8385 cell
(707)822-8839 clinic






in alliance with wild animals and the people who care for them

www.birdallyx.net
www.humwild.org
www.ccwr.org




On 6 Jul 2014, , at 14:21, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] 
wrote: 


> 
> A couple of photos of the Herring Gull from this morning can be seen in my 
eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19008251 

> 
> Rob
> 
> 
> On Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM, Rob Fowler  
wrote: 

> Hi all,
> Since shorebird season is starting up I checked the lower Mad River (accessed 
from Hiller Park) during the falling tide. Best bird was a 1st cycle HERRING 
GULL present in the gull flock upstream from Hiller. Herring Gull is almost 
unheard of during the summer throughout California and most reports of this 
species during the summer months are in error. Only shorebirds was a single 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS + couple of heard LEASTS. 

> 
> I'll put some photos of the Herring up pretty soon.....
> 
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
> 
> 
Subject: Uplaoded Rare Shorbird images to my Flicker- LITTLE STINT and COMMON RINGED PLOVER images
From: "'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:14:27 -0700
Hi All,

 

I Just wanted to let a bigger audience know that I have uploaded some of my
rare shorebird images from Yolo County and some others from California.
Especially since it is now time for rare, adult shorebirds to start showing
up now/soon.

 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/toddeasterla/

 

 

Hope you enjoy the images. I have included some of the lower quality images,
which are most of them, Ha! Many are digi-scoped and quality is just not as
good, sorry. These are mostly for identification but I thought everyone
might still want to see them.

 

I'm going to start working on interesting snipe from Yolo County upon the
request of Mark Cudney, one of North Americas highest listers. Mark is from
the Sacramento area.

 

Let me know if the link does not work please.

 

 

Todd Easterla

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/toddeasterla/
Subject: Re: Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:21:28 -0700
A couple of photos of the Herring Gull from this morning can be seen in my
eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19008251

Rob


On Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> Since shorebird season is starting up I checked the lower Mad River
> (accessed from Hiller Park) during the falling tide. Best bird was a 1st
> cycle HERRING GULL present in the gull flock upstream from Hiller. Herring
> Gull is almost unheard of during the summer throughout California and most
> reports of this species during the summer months are in error. Only
> shorebirds was a single GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS +
> couple of heard LEASTS.
>
> I'll put some photos of the Herring up pretty soon.....
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Herring Gull on lower Mad River 6 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:17:05 -0700
Hi all,
Since shorebird season is starting up I checked the lower Mad River
(accessed from Hiller Park) during the falling tide. Best bird was a 1st
cycle HERRING GULL present in the gull flock upstream from Hiller. Herring
Gull is almost unheard of during the summer throughout California and most
reports of this species during the summer months are in error. Only
shorebirds was a single GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS +
couple of heard LEASTS.

I'll put some photos of the Herring up pretty soon.....

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: July 18 Evening w Condors and Friends
From: "llmoser AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jul 2014 11:47:43 -0700
http://www.thecondorsshadow.com/friends/Condors_Event_Poster_Ojai.pdf 
http://www.thecondorsshadow.com/friends/Condors_Event_Poster_Ojai.pdf 


 

 Meet and greet the US Fish and Wildlife Service condor recovery program 
biologists, see a 3 year old condor live appearance, and settle in under the 
stars at a lovely outdoor amphitheater for a free screening of a new 
documentary film on the condor recovery effort. 

 Only 20 minutes from the beach in lovely Ojai Canyon, the evening of Friday 
July 18. Save the date for an event full of magnificent, highly endangered 
birds and many friends. Famiilies, citizen scientists, outdoors enthusiasts all 
welcome. We are also welcoming hunters wanting to learn about alternatives to 
lead ammunition. 

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 Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free
Subject: PELAGIC TRIPS FOR EVERYONE
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:31:26 -0700
Howdy, Calbirders,

Well, it's that time of year  the summer heat brings on thoughts of the salt 
life, for me. Since 1976, Shearwater Journeys has offered the most 
comprehensive schedule of pelagic trips on the West Coast. Departing from four 
different ports: Bodega Bay, Sausalito, Half Moon Bay and, of course, Monterey 
Bay, 33 one day trips make up our program. 


There is something for everyone. We welcome (and dearly love) beginning 
seabirders, veterans of the salt life as well as marine mammal lovers and 
photographers. A great many of our trips are uncrowded and not packed to the 
gills, making photography much easier. Young birders have had some fabulous 
trips with us. California County birders will find that most trips cover at 
least portions of two counties in one day, a "twofer." So, there is something 
for just about everyone! 


More than 40 leaders participate on our trips. We have a very high leader ratio 
on our trips, usually one leader per 5 birders. Most of these friendly leaders 
have worldwide seabirding experience, and many have been with Shearwater 
Journeys for several decades. 


All of the vessels we charter are inspected by the US Coast Guard. All of the 
skippers of our vessels are extremely excellent at putting the boat in the 
right position for viewing marine life. 


Late summer (July) and fall (Aug - Oct) is the best time to search for 
seabirds. Whether or not any El Nino materializes, remains to be seen. However, 
even the smallest of warm water incursions can have a great effect on seabirds. 
Already, a large bubble of warm water has passed along the Central Coast of 
California during April. The PDO, Pacific Decadal Oscillation my well blunt 
some of this seasons predicted El Nino. This does not mean one should avoid 
pelagic trips! Just the opposite! El Nino causes seabirds to wander greatly and 
may well bring some unusual species to our area. 


Our first trips depart from HALF MOON BAY on JULY 20 & 26; AUGUST 2, 16, 17, 23 
and more in September and October. Half Moon Bay is convenient to folks living 
in San Francisco, the South Bay, greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz. Most of these 
trips cover San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. We head over the Continental 
Shelf and edges of Pioneer Canyon. To find out more about the HMB trips, 
including Trip Reports, please see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trips-with.html 


We have operated birding trips departing from BODEGA BAY longer than any other 
operation. More mega-rare seabirds have been discovered from this port, than 
any other port in all of North America. We have two trips this fall: SEP 1 & 
19. We generally cover both Sonoma and Marin Counties, heading to Bodega Canyon 
and the Cordell Bank. Our epic September 20, 2013 trip to the region produced a 
record number of 17,325+ storm-petrels: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/09/trip-report-september-20-2013-bodega.html 

For more information, a long list of the meg-rare seabirds we've discovered 
here, and trip reports see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/cordell-bank-bodega-canyon-seabird.html 


Monterey Bay is an undisputed seabirding hotspot. With a submarine canyon that 
closely approaches the shore, seabirding begins the minute one steps on the 
boat. Indeed, Shearwater Journeys holds the world record of finding 8 species 
of shearwaters in one day, two times over. One of those days occurred within 
one quarter mile of Point Pinos! (If you had been on shore with a spotting 
scope, you might have seen those 8 species!). Amongst thousands of sooty 
shearwaters winging past the boat on August 3, 2013, I spotted a Hawaiian 
Petrel, a life bird for Sandy Komito of Big Year fame! Monterey Bay can turn up 
incredible seabirds. We cover Monterey, and sometimes, Santa Cruz County. We 
have 17 trips departing from Monterey, including the Albacore trip on September 
13th. For more information please see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/monterey-seabirds-with-shearwater.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/albacore-grounds-offshore-monterey.html 


Our trip to the Farallon Islands on August 3 is SOLD OUT. Sorry. We can put you 
on the Waiting List. This popular trip sells out every year. Plan early for 
next year when we bring back our Great White Shark trip. Dates for 2015: August 
2 and October 11. See: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/tufted-puffins-golden-gate-bridge.html 


Watch our blog for trip updates and reports at: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/shearwater-journeyss-2014-pelagic-trips.html 


The complete 2014 schedule: 
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

It has been an honor to bring the marine life to so many birders and 
naturalists for the past 39 years. I hope you will help us celebrate another 
season at sea. 


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

Zeiss Victory SF Team Member
Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi 








Subject: Last call - Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13
From: "David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [sbcobirding]" <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:04:18 -0700
There are only a few spaces left on the Island Packers pelagic birding trip out 
of Ventura on July 13.  The brewing El Nino is already depositing unusual 
birds off the California coast so sign up quickly if you want a spot on the 
trip.  Craveri's Murrelets have been found on recent trips out of San Diego 
and Long Beach over the last few weeks, so we have a chance of finding them 
this year.  All the information you need for signing up is in the message 
below. 


We have set a participant cap for this trip so if we sell out, we are sold 
out.  We will not be taking extra passengers the morning of the trip above 
that limit.  If you wait until the last minute for the weather forecast, you 
may be left on the dock. 


Hope to see you aboard...

Dave Pereksta
Ventura




--------------------------------------------------

  
Hi All

July is a great time to get out to deep water off southern California 
and look for pelagic birds.  To take advantage of this, Island Packers 
has a 12-hour pelagic trip scheduled on July 13 (a Sunday) to search for 
birds and other marine life in the waters far off southern California.

Island Packers will depart the Ventura Harbor for the waters south of 
the northern Channel Islands as well as the deepwater areas along the 
Continental Shelf.  We will be back out to the same waters 
that produced Cook's Petrels in 2009 and 2010.  Highlights of recent 
July trips have included Manx 
Shearwater, Laysan Albatross, Black-footed Albatross, Buller's 
Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed 
Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's 
Murrelets, Arctic Tern, and a variety of other 
shearwaters, storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and 
alcids.

Late July is also an excellent time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and 
Cassin's Auklets.  There is usually a flock of 1000's of Black 
Storm-Petrels south of the islands that we will attempt to find.  A 
few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be around, along with Pigeon 
Guillemots near the islands.  Red-billed Tropicbird is always possible 
on this trip, although not found every year.  July is also a good time 
to look for Hawaiian Petrel, and past July trips have recorded other 
rarities 
such as Craveri's Murrelet and the ABA Area's first free-flying 
Tristram's Storm-Petrel in 2007.  With a major El Nino being forecast 
this year, it will be a great time to look for warm water species 
including Guadalupe Murrelet and Least Storm-Petrel.  We regularly see as many 
as three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels in July including the "summer 
breeding" Guadalupe Island 

breeders (proposed "Townsend's Storm-Petrel") that are likely a separate 
species.  This trip provides a great opportunity to study this fascinating 
complex with expert direction 

from our leaders who have been observing these subspecies for years.

Our vessel will be one of Island Packer’s ultra-fast catamarans. These 
vessels feature a spacious and comfortable cabin that seats 65 people, 
galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower 
decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present 
to make sure we see all that is out there.  The Captain and crew know 
how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. We will also 
be adequately supplied with various types of chum to try and bring the 
birds in close.  Photographers will not be disappointed!

The cost for 
the trip is $195. We depart the Ventura Harbor promptly at 7:00 AM, so please 
arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in and loading. Call Island Packers at 
805-642-1393 or go online at www.islandpackers.com to reserve your spot. 


I hope
 to see you on-board in July.

David Pereksta
Ventura, CA

Subject: Last call - Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13
From: "David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:04:18 -0700
There are only a few spaces left on the Island Packers pelagic birding trip out 
of Ventura on July 13.  The brewing El Nino is already depositing unusual 
birds off the California coast so sign up quickly if you want a spot on the 
trip.  Craveri's Murrelets have been found on recent trips out of San Diego 
and Long Beach over the last few weeks, so we have a chance of finding them 
this year.  All the information you need for signing up is in the message 
below. 


We have set a participant cap for this trip so if we sell out, we are sold 
out.  We will not be taking extra passengers the morning of the trip above 
that limit.  If you wait until the last minute for the weather forecast, you 
may be left on the dock. 


Hope to see you aboard...

Dave Pereksta
Ventura




--------------------------------------------------

  
Hi All

July is a great time to get out to deep water off southern California 
and look for pelagic birds.  To take advantage of this, Island Packers 
has a 12-hour pelagic trip scheduled on July 13 (a Sunday) to search for 
birds and other marine life in the waters far off southern California.

Island Packers will depart the Ventura Harbor for the waters south of 
the northern Channel Islands as well as the deepwater areas along the 
Continental Shelf.  We will be back out to the same waters 
that produced Cook's Petrels in 2009 and 2010.  Highlights of recent 
July trips have included Manx 
Shearwater, Laysan Albatross, Black-footed Albatross, Buller's 
Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed 
Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's 
Murrelets, Arctic Tern, and a variety of other 
shearwaters, storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and 
alcids.

Late July is also an excellent time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and 
Cassin's Auklets.  There is usually a flock of 1000's of Black 
Storm-Petrels south of the islands that we will attempt to find.  A 
few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be around, along with Pigeon 
Guillemots near the islands.  Red-billed Tropicbird is always possible 
on this trip, although not found every year.  July is also a good time 
to look for Hawaiian Petrel, and past July trips have recorded other 
rarities 
such as Craveri's Murrelet and the ABA Area's first free-flying 
Tristram's Storm-Petrel in 2007.  With a major El Nino being forecast 
this year, it will be a great time to look for warm water species 
including Guadalupe Murrelet and Least Storm-Petrel.  We regularly see as many 
as three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels in July including the "summer 
breeding" Guadalupe Island 

breeders (proposed "Townsend's Storm-Petrel") that are likely a separate 
species.  This trip provides a great opportunity to study this fascinating 
complex with expert direction 

from our leaders who have been observing these subspecies for years.

Our vessel will be one of Island Packer’s ultra-fast catamarans. These 
vessels feature a spacious and comfortable cabin that seats 65 people, 
galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower 
decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present 
to make sure we see all that is out there.  The Captain and crew know 
how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. We will also 
be adequately supplied with various types of chum to try and bring the 
birds in close.  Photographers will not be disappointed!

The cost for 
the trip is $195. We depart the Ventura Harbor promptly at 7:00 AM, so please 
arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in and loading. Call Island Packers at 
805-642-1393 or go online at www.islandpackers.com to reserve your spot. 


I hope
 to see you on-board in July.

David Pereksta
Ventura, CA

Subject: Sa, 7/12/14 So Fk Kern Summer Rapid Assessment
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:51:06 -0700
Hi,

RSVP using bbarnes AT lightspeed.net if you can/will participate in the 
following...

Following up on the 1999-2002 and 2007 counts, the South Fork Kern River 
Summer Rapid Assessment Bird Count in the southern Sierra Nevada will be 
held Sa a.m., July 12.

Additional counters are requested to complement/supplement participation 
already committed by Bob Barnes, Sean Rowe, Reed Tollefson, Southern 
Sierra Research Station staff, Mary Whitfield, and others.

Highlight species to be anticipated/quested for include: Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, 
Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, 
Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Tricolored 
Blackbird, and Lawrence's Goldfinch, plus unexpected species encountered 
during past July morning rapid assessment counts such as Black Swift, 
Red-eyed Vireo, Lucy's Warbler, Northern Parula, Grasshopper Sparrow, 
and Indigo Bunting.

Areas to be assessed: The South Fork Kern River Valley including 
Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve, California Department of Fish 
and Wildlife's Canebrake Ecological Reserve, and Sequoia National 
Forest's South Fork Wildlife Area.

The Saturday morning rapid assessment will consist of provision of 
"survival" food and drink (e.g.: fruit, granola bars, trail mix, water), 
the dawn to 11:30am or so count via count parties a la a Christmas Bird 
Count, lunchtime and preliminary species count and highlights, and the 
afternoon off for follow-up birding locally, on to the next birding 
destination, or heading home.

Any birders who can/will participate will be most welcome and are 
encouraged to do so.

Several individual bedrooms, floor space, plus virtually unlimited 
camping space made available by Audubon at a Kern River Preserve cabin, 
Kern River Preserve ranch house, and Kern River Preserve outside camping 
areas on a first come, first served reservation basis for Friday night, 
July 11th and/or Saturday night, July 12th.

For those who wish to census for owls (Barn, Western Screech, Great 
Horned, Long-eared known to nest in the forest) beyond those found 
during daylight, owling anytime during the 2am-dawn period is 
encouraged. Let me know so coordination can take place.

RSVP ASAP

Regardless, Happy & Productive July 12, 2014 Birding Wherever You Go!

Bob

Bob Barnes, Coordinator

Cell: 760-382-1260



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Subject: Seabirds on the move in Humboldt Current and Central America.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:47:19 -0700
Hi folks

 

   I thought I would fill you in on what is happening to the south of us.
Although the El Nio is still predicted and not official, the water off the
Galapagos, Ecuador, N and C Peru is quite a bit warmer than usual. Here is a
link to a map of current Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies in this region

 

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Mancora/seatemp

 

This is causing a massive shift in food availability for seabirds there. On
my facebook page I have posted photos from my friend Ronny Peredo of the
massive die off mainly of Peruvian Booby, and Guanay Cormorants being
experienced in northernmost Chile. Link to that is here
https://www.facebook.com/alvarosadventures

 

The die off has been intense in the last two weeks of June, includes mostly
juvenile birds. There is evidence that some birds are moving south from Peru
as dead birds in Arica include Blue-footed Boobies, a species considered a
vagrant this far south. But there are plenty of birds moving north as well.
It is still a ways south of us, but these records should at least have us
looking carefully not only on pelagics but at coastal seabird congregations.
These are among the records I have heard of second hand, so they require
verification. 

 

Peruvian Booby  on Galapagos, as well as Panama! Their typical range is to
southernmost Ecuador. 

Inca Tern  recent sightings off Costa Rica! First for that country as I
gather, also sightings in Panama. 

Grey Gull  sightings in Panama

Coastal Ecuador has seen a large influx of Inca Terns, Peruvian Boobies, and
even Humboldt Penguins. 

Waved Albatross  sighting in Costa Rica. 

 

As is expected there is little to no information on the pelagic birds, other
than the Waved Albatross noted above. There has been a reported widespread
nesting failure in breeding Sooty Shearwaters in New Zealand which some
scientists are thinking may be a precursor (predictor) of a strong El Nio.
So what is going offshore is still a mystery, but if the nearshore seabirds
are being shuffled about due to warm waters and low foods, some effect is
likely also with the offshore birds. It is a stretch to predict or say that
this will have any effect on what we see offshore here this season in
California, but it is certainly a situation of note, and something
interesting may show up. A California Waved Albatross would be a good one,
it may also be a good year to look for Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel in the
storm petrel flocks. So many possibilities! The first shot at going out that
I have is at the end of this month, we shall see what shows up then. 

 

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

good birding, 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Ovenbird south of Horse Mountain, 1 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:56:13 -0700
Hi all,
I just got a "Humboldt eBird rare bird report" of an Ovenbird recorded
singing today by some out-of-town birders. See the checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18965691 The notes in the
checklist state that the list is plotted right where the bird was singing
from.

Hope it's still there when I get back to town next week!

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes
From: "Stan Walens stan.walens AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:57:05 -0700
Ive certainly seen Nazca boobies with yellow eyes in the field [obviously, not 
in the continental U.S.], and there are numerous photos of yellow-eyed Nazca 
boobies on the internet. 


I dont know enough about the morphology of Nazca booby to know if eye color is 
an age-related, sex-related, breeding-condition-related or population-variable 
characteristic. 


Another potential field mark, if I understand it correctly, is the shallow 
concavity of the culmen. 


Stan Walens
San Diego


On Jun 28, 2014, at 10:10 AM, Wanda  wrote:

The bill sure looks pink (vs. yellow) and possibly shorter, tho the eye is 
difficult to tell: more yellow than the needed orange? 


Wanda Dameron
San Fernando Valley

Subject: Re: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes
From: "Wanda wandadameron2 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:10:03 -0700
The bill sure looks pink (vs. yellow) and possibly shorter, tho the 
eye is difficult to tell:  more yellow than the needed orange?

Wanda Dameron
San Fernando Valley


On 6/28/2014 9:14 AM, Stan Walens stan.walens AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] wrote:
>
> Wendy Miller posted a note to LA County Birds listserv with a link 
> to photos by Tim Hammond.
>
> I believe the photos show an adult Nazca booby, and that this would 
> be a first documented record for the continental U.S.
> Opinions?
>
> Photos are here:
> http://whales.smugmug.com/Harbor-Breeze-06272014-3/i-ZN79CS2/A
>
>
> Having troubles with my email server; sorry if posts have appeared 
> several times.
>
> Stan Walens
> San Diego
>
>
>
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes
From: "Stan Walens stan.walens AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:14:23 -0700
Wendy Miller posted a note to LA County Birds listserv with a link to photos by 
Tim Hammond. 

I believe the photos show an adult Nazca booby, and that this would be a first 
documented record for the continental U.S. 

Opinions?

Photos are here:
http://whales.smugmug.com/Harbor-Breeze-06272014-3/i-ZN79CS2/A


Having troubles with my email server; sorry if posts have appeared several 
times. 


Stan Walens
San Diego








Subject: Alexandre Dairy, Del Norte County 6.27 2014
From: "algott AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jun 2014 22:54:10 -0700
Today  AT  noon there were seven Blue-winged Teal ( 6 drakes & 1 hen) at Alexandre 
Dairy in the Smith River bottomland. Also there were three Greater Yellowlegs 
and one Lesser Yellowlegs along with apox. Twenty Western Sandpipers (very 
early?) Dave Bengston Crescent City/ukiah 
Subject: SLO County Pelagic Trip
From: "'Michael D. Stiles' mstiles AT calpoly.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:06:26 -0700 (PDT)
WHEN: Saturday, October 4th
TIME: 7:00am - 3:00pm
WHERE: Out of Avila Beach
COST: $110

It's time once again for our annual Morro Coast Audubon pelagic trip. 

We will depart from Port San Luis-Avila Beach on the 68’ Sea Angler for an 
eight hour birding excursion and will stay in San Luis Obispo County waters. 
The boat has a hot galley and food will be available. 


Leaders again this year are the eminently qualified Brad Schram, Curtis 
Marantz, and Tom Edell. 


Please email Mike Stiles  to receive information and 
sign-up sheets. You will be placed on the passenger list in the order in which 
I receive your check and sign-up form. Beat the rush. Sign up today. 


Thank you,

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


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Subject: Bird Identification
From: "avekevin AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jun 2014 10:21:38 -0700
Hello,
 

 I live in rural Santa Cruz county, and I thought it would be fun to begin 
documenting the many birds that are in the area. I am just getting started, and 
I am definitely a newbie! I just joined this group today, and I am enjoying 
reading the archives. 

 

 I was hoping that I could start by asking for help to identfy the following 
bird: 

 

 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/photos/albums/955188222/lightbox/1847994769#zax/1812855041 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/photos/albums/955188222/lightbox/1847994769#zax/1812855041 


 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/photos/albums/955188222/lightbox/1847994769#zax/1847994769 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/photos/albums/955188222/lightbox/1847994769#zax/1847994769 


 

 This picture is a little obstructed - the bird wouldn't sit still!  
 

 I believe this to be a Hooded Oriole but, from my reading, I may be a little 
too far north for it. 

 

 Thanks for your help, and thanks for this group!
 

 Kevin Miller
 Santa Cruz County, CA
 

Subject: The Del Norte Co. White-throated Swifts
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:45:21 -0700

I spent 11am to 12:30pm today at the Klamath overflow bridge and saw a 
White-throated Swift leaving twice and entering once from the same entrance 
hole on the underside of the bridge. 

The swifts may be seen by taking the Klamath Beach Road exit off Hwy 101 before 
crossing the Klamath River coming from the south. At the stop sign, turn right 
onto Klamath Beach Road and go under the overflow bridge and park well off on 
the other side and look back at the bridge from the east. Entrance holes are 
around the base of the pier on the right side of the road. 


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Subject: Re: Huge #'s of Brown Pelicans?
From: "Clay Kempf ltjaeger AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:30:52 -0700
In Santa Cruz County, triple digit numbers of Brown Pelicans are occurring in 
association with Sooty Shearwater feeding frenzies, in locations such as 
Seacliff State Beach. Additional birds are regularly roosting on an abandoned 
cement ship at the same location. I haven't recorded numbers or paid attention 
to adult/juvenile ratios (although photos show of a mixture of ages; I'll check 
on this), but several hundred birds at a time hasn't been unusual. 


 I've posted an image here Rio Del Mar Beach - feeding frenzy photo - LT Jaeger 
photos at pbase.com http://www.pbase.com/ternvomitthief/image/156267140 if 
anyone is interested. 

 

 Clay Kempf
 Monterey Bay
 

 

 
 On Jun 24, 2014, at 7:58 AM, dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com 
mailto:dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS] wrote: 


 So my question is, has anyone had hundreds (or thousands) of pelicans in CA in 
the past month or so, and if so, where? 



 
 



Subject: Huge #'s of Brown Pelicans?
From: "dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jun 2014 07:58:50 -0700
Back in late April we had a big influx of adult Brown Pelicans in the Los 
Angeles area, presumably due to large-scale nest failures south of the border. 
A few weeks later they seemed to have departed, and now (when we normally get a 
lot of both young and adult birds pouring in) there are relatively few around, 
at least in the usual roost sites (e.g., Santa Monica Bay). I'm wondering if 
anyone's seen big numbers elsewhere along the coast. Checking eBird I noticed 
that La Jolla may have seen a bump in numbers in May/June, but triple-digit 
counts are hard to find just checking random eBird hotspots. Did they keep 
going north? Circle back south to Mexico? Channel Islands? 

 

 So my question is, has anyone had hundreds (or thousands) of pelicans in CA in 
the past month or so, and if so, where? 

 

 Thanks, and feel free to email me offline, but maybe others would be curious 
too. 

 

 Dan Cooper
 Oak Park, Ventura Co.
Subject: Elegants arrive in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:15:40 -0700

All day 3 adult Elegant Terns have been present at various spots on the sand 
beaches on the north side of Crescent City Harbor. 


And 2 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal are on the big pond along Lower Lake 
Road at the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick. 


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Subject: Brewer's Sparrow
From: "Roger rogelio-listo AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:35:49 -0700
I saw a Brewer's Sparrow June 18, Irvine, north end of Culver Street. Singing 
beautifully. 



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Subject: ABA's New Birder's Guide - today
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jun 2014 11:57:34 -0700
ABA's new Birder's Guide to Conservation and Community- '14, (page 40-42) 
features the "Christmas Bird Count for Kids!" - Birder's Guide - JUN 2014 
http://t.co/yW8hx1WEzn Many good birding articles and organizations worth 
checking out. 

 
 
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 Birder's Guide - JUN 2014 http://t.co/yW8hx1WEzn Birder's Guide is the 
American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue will focus on a 
key subject, providing tips from experienced bir... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Friday Ridge BBS highlights 17 June 2014
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:07:04 -0700
Hi all,
Today I did the Friday Ridge Breeding Bird Survey which starts at the base
of Highway 299/Friday Ridge Rd. and continues south along FS Route 1 to
around 21 miles into that road.

Highlights were as follows:

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at 2 different locations with one being present at
the traditional location at the burn area on Friday Ridge Rd.
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER: same location as the gnatcatcher on Friday Ridge
rd.
NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL: 1 2.5 miles up Friday Ridge Rd.
EVENING GROSBEAK: 1 male flew directly overhead heading east right at the
intersection of the turnoff for Grouse Mountain and FS Route 1.

As is usual with this route the most numerous species was HERMIT WARBLER
with 51 individuals tallied. Second place goes to Oregon Junco (36 total).
and third goes to WESTERN TANAGER, beating out NASHVILLE WARBLER by 1
individual (31 and 30, respectively).

eBird list here with a map for the other gnatcatcher location here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18820584

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Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
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Subject: Re: FYI: Black-billed vs Eurasian Magpie at Santa Rosa Island (SBA)
From: "'Lisa Walker \(Feather\)' featherbirdlady3 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:22:22 -0700

Looks good for a Black-billed.......


On Monday, June 16, 2014 12:52 PM, "Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 


  
FYI: Last weekend a magpie was seen and photographed by Paige Knowles at Santa 
Rosa Island, Santa Barbara County: 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/conversations/messages/21171
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/conversations/messages/21174

It looks good for Black-billed, but given the location people are wondering if 
this might be a Eurasian Magpie instead. 


Feel free to weigh in on the discussion at the Santa Barbara County Birding 
newsgroup. 


Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
Subject: San Diego Pelagic--Brown Booby
From: "Caleb Frome birder4lifer AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:15:42 -0700
Hi all,
This morning while on a whale watching trip out of San Diego a Brown Booby flew 
directly over the boat, heading SW away from Point Loma, not too far from land. 
The other big highlight was a Marbled Murrelet which flushed in the same area 
(W of Point Loma) when the boat sped by it, showing its mottled brown plumage 
at close range. The only other pelagic species encountered were Sooty and 
Pink-footed Shearwaters. 



Caleb Frome
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Subject: FYI: Black-billed vs Eurasian Magpie at Santa Rosa Island (SBA)
From: "Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:52:35 -0700
FYI: Last weekend a magpie was seen and photographed by Paige Knowles at Santa 
Rosa Island, Santa Barbara County: 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/conversations/messages/21171
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/conversations/messages/21174

It looks good for Black-billed, but given the location people are wondering if 
this might be a Eurasian Magpie instead. 


Feel free to weigh in on the discussion at the Santa Barbara County Birding 
newsgroup. 


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Subject: WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:02:06 -0700

Finally, the long overdue first confirmed White-throated Swift record for Del 
Norte Co. was spotted today (2 birds) around noon by Gary and Lauren Lester 
near Klamath. I arrived later and saw two different birds each entering 
different drainage holes on the underside of the bridge. The birds where still 
in the bridge when I left an hour later (incubating?) whereas the many swallows 
are busy coming and going to feed young. Present are Rough-winged, 
Violet-green, and Barn Swallows, all entering holes also. Curiously a Barn and 
a Rough-winged are using the same hole, apparently the holes enter large roomy 
caverns. 


All these birds may be seen by taking the Klamath Beach Road exit off Hwy 101 
before crossing the Klamath River from the south. At the stop sign, turn right 
on Klamath Beach Road and go under the overflow bridge and park well off on the 
other side and look back at the bridge from the east. Entrance holes are around 
the base of the piling . 

Present are Rough-winged, Violet-green, and Barn Swallows, all entering holes 
also. Curiously a Barn and a Rough-winged are using the same hole, apparently 
the holes enter large roomy caverns. 

A very vocal Red-breasted Sapsucker was hanging around this same area.

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Subject: RRAS Horse Mountain trip tomorrow, 14 June & recent highlights from there
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:20:04 -0700
Hi all,
Just wanted to remind people that if you forgot, or aren't planning on
going to the Oyster Fest tomorrow that I'll be leading my annual Horse
Mountain trip tomorrow, 14 June. Meet at Espresso 101 in the Valley West
Shopping Center at 0700 and bring a lunch.

I've been getting up there a bunch this May-June with clients and we've
been seeing a lot of good stuff lately. Yesterday I had a WHITE-HEADED
WOODPECKER nest, singing CASSIN'S FINCH and ROCK WREN, good looks at
MOUNTAIN QUAIL, and a run-across-the-road SOOTY GROUSE + lot's more.

Maybe I'll see some of you out there!

Rob

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds, LA County, June 11
From: "Jonathan Feenstra feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:44:43 -0700

For those interested: mediocre, but identifiable photos of the Glossy Ibis 
present yesterday afternoon at the Piute Ponds in Los Angeles County can be 
seen here: 

http://www.leaftosser.com/Birding/GlossyIbis.html

Jon Feenstra
Altadena, CA



On Jun 11, 2014, at 4:38 PM, Jonathan Feenstra wrote:

> 
> 
> Birders,
> 
> There is right now a Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds in Los Angeles County. It 
is associating with about 20 White-faced Ibis in the flooded meadow that is 
east of the northern Ducks Unlimited Pond. It is a breeding adult showing a 
dark eye, dark facial skin and a fine bluish white facial border line. The ibis 
flock is skittish and they've moved further into the meadow behind grass 
tussocks (maybe 100m from the road), but they haven't left the area. Perhaps 
the 30 mph winds will keep them grounded for a little while. 

> 
> I'll hopefully be able to post some photos shortly, but definitely by 
tomorrow. 

> 
> Note that the Piute Ponds are on Edwards Air Force Base which requires 
written permission to access. Information on access and a map of the ponds 
complex is online at www.piuteponds.com 

> 
> Good luck.
> 
> Jon Feenstra
> Altadena, CA


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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds, LA County, June 11
From: "Jonathan Feenstra feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:44:43 -0700

For those interested: mediocre, but identifiable photos of the Glossy Ibis 
present yesterday afternoon at the Piute Ponds in Los Angeles County can be 
seen here: 

http://www.leaftosser.com/Birding/GlossyIbis.html

Jon Feenstra
Altadena, CA



On Jun 11, 2014, at 4:38 PM, Jonathan Feenstra wrote:

> 
> 
> Birders,
> 
> There is right now a Glossy Ibis at the Piute Ponds in Los Angeles County. It 
is associating with about 20 White-faced Ibis in the flooded meadow that is 
east of the northern Ducks Unlimited Pond. It is a breeding adult showing a 
dark eye, dark facial skin and a fine bluish white facial border line. The ibis 
flock is skittish and they've moved further into the meadow behind grass 
tussocks (maybe 100m from the road), but they haven't left the area. Perhaps 
the 30 mph winds will keep them grounded for a little while. 

> 
> I'll hopefully be able to post some photos shortly, but definitely by 
tomorrow. 

> 
> Note that the Piute Ponds are on Edwards Air Force Base which requires 
written permission to access. Information on access and a map of the ponds 
complex is online at www.piuteponds.com 

> 
> Good luck.
> 
> Jon Feenstra
> Altadena, CA


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Subject: Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13
From: "David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:05:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All

July is a great time to get out to deep water off southern California 
and look for pelagic birds.  To take advantage of this, Island Packers 
has a 12-hour pelagic trip scheduled on July 13 (a Sunday) to search for 
birds and other marine life in the waters far off southern California.

Island Packers will depart the Ventura Harbor for the waters south of 
the northern Channel Islands as well as the deepwater areas along the 
Continental Shelf.  We will be back out to the same waters 
that produced Cook's Petrels in 2009 and 2010.  Highlights of recent 
July trips have included Manx 
Shearwater, Laysan Albatross, Black-footed Albatross, Buller's 
Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed 
Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's 
Murrelets, Arctic Tern, and a variety of other 
shearwaters, storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and 
alcids.

Late July is also an excellent time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and 
Cassin's Auklets.  There is usually a flock of 1000's of Black 
Storm-Petrels south of the islands that we will attempt to find.  A 
few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be around, along with Pigeon 
Guillemots near the islands.  Red-billed Tropicbird is always possible 
on this trip, although not found every year.  July is also a good time 
to look for Hawaiian Petrel, and past July trips have recorded other 
rarities 
such as Craveri's Murrelet and the ABA Area's first free-flying 
Tristram's Storm-Petrel in 2007.  With a major El Nino being forecast 
this year, it will be a great time to look for warm water species 
including Guadalupe Murrelet and Least Storm-Petrel.  We regularly see as many 
as three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels in July including the "summer 
breeding" Guadalupe Island 

breeders (proposed "Townsend's Storm-Petrel") that are likely a separate 
species.  This trip provides a great opportunity to study this fascinating 
complex with expert direction 

from our leaders who have been observing these subspecies for years.

Our vessel will be one of Island Packer’s ultra-fast catamarans. These 
vessels feature a spacious and comfortable cabin that seats 65 people, 
galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower 
decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present 
to make sure we see all that is out there.  The Captain and crew know 
how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. We will also 
be adequately supplied with various types of chum to try and bring the 
birds in close.  Photographers will not be disappointed!

The cost for 
the trip is $195. We depart the Ventura Harbor promptly at 7:00 AM, so please 
arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in and loading. Call Island Packers at 
805-642-1393 or go online at www.islandpackers.com to reserve your spot. 


I hope
 to see you on-board in July.

David Pereksta
Ventura, CA
Subject: San Diego pelagic - Craveri's Murrelets, 07 June 2014
From: "Gary Nunn garybnunn AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:58:57 -0700
I posted to my blog a few photographs of the CRAVERI'S MURRELETS seen off
San Diego on 07 June 2014.

These birds certainly took many of us by surprise by their date of
occurrence and in addition we have seen generous numbers of Scripps's
Murrelets lately in the area which I think threw us off track as the
expected species. Who knows what else is going on this year in the ocean
off Southern California, it all seems a bit awry somehow... we are also
experiencing an early influx of several thousands of Elegant Terns here for
example, which appear to have abandoned Isla Rasa in the Gulf of California.

Photos of the Craveri's Murrelets shown here
http://www.sandiegobirding.com/?p=4212

-- 
Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach
Subject: RE: Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:04:46 -0700
Thomas

 

 These birds are likely related to the unusual situation that is going on in 
Baja, with complete failure of Brown Pelicans etc. Who knows, maybe the booby 
movement in the fall was precursor to this. However, this situation is well 
developed, while a warm water (El Niño) event is in its beginning stages but 
has not developed yet. So while there may be an underlying process that 
connects the two, whatever is happening in Baja right now can’t quite be 
classed as an El Niño, in fact traditional El Niño only occurs along the 
equator and the southern hemisphere. Only in the very largest events do we get 
a “slop” over of warm water that appears to affect Mexico-California. 


 This is very different from El Niño’s effect on weather, which can be 
appreciable in California. But this is weather, not ocean temperature here. It 
is complicated, and I don’t pretend to understand it all! 


 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

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Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:48 PM
To: Barbara Carlson; CALBIRDS
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!

 

  

Are these early dates in any way related to any El Niño type water temperature 
anomalies? I spent Friday with a bunch of marine biologists and oceanographers, 
and they stated that their data from various instruments are predictive of a 
strong El Niño event coming soon, to an ocean near you. 

Tom

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From: "Barbara Carlson barbarac2003 AT yahoo.com  
[CALBIRDS]"  > 

To: CALBIRDS  >
Sent: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 01:29:53 GMT+00:00
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!

  

Well, this is a bit humbling and sobering, but it appears that the pair of 
typical-last-date "Scripps's" Murrelets we had on Saturday's pelagic trip off 
San Diego have morphed in to exceptionally early CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. One or 
two eagle-eyed participants, once home and able to carefully view their photos, 
wrote to some of the leaders and other participants, wondering why the birds 
showed many of the characters of Craveri's Murrelets. So, after a longer series 
of photos taken by multiple photographers was amassed, it appears that the pair 
were indeed Craveri's. "Typical" arrival date for Craveri's off southern 
California is not for another two months. A few records back in to July. There 
is one other exceptionally early, May record of a specimen from San Diego 
County. Wonder if this portends something? [Whether or not this is related, I 
saw two different pairs of Scripps's Murrelets way north off Humboldt County 
during May, which is very early (and fairly rare) for that latitude.] 


 

Anyway, some of us even looked at the birds on Saturday with eliminating 
non-Scripps's in mind, and still got it wrong--probably over-influenced by the 
date. BLESS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. 


 

Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson,  San Diego

 
 

 
 



Subject: Re: Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!
From: "'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:48:22 -0700
Are these early dates in any way related to any El Niño type water temperature 
anomalies? I spent Friday with a bunch of marine biologists and oceanographers, 
and they stated that their data from various instruments are predictive of a 
strong El Niño event coming soon, to an ocean near you. 

Tom

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-----Original message-----
From: "Barbara Carlson barbarac2003 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" 
 

To: CALBIRDS 
Sent: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 01:29:53 GMT+00:00
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!

> Well, this is a bit humbling and sobering, but it appears that the pair of 
typical-last-date "Scripps's" Murrelets we had on Saturday's pelagic trip off 
San Diego have morphed in to exceptionally early CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. One or 
two eagle-eyed participants, once home and able to carefully view their photos, 
wrote to some of the leaders and other participants, wondering why the birds 
showed many of the characters of Craveri's Murrelets. So, after a longer series 
of photos taken by multiple photographers was amassed, it appears that the pair 
were indeed Craveri's. "Typical" arrival date for Craveri's off southern 
California is not for another two months. A few records back in to July. There 
is one other exceptionally early, May record of a specimen from San Diego 
County. Wonder if this portends something? [Whether or not this is related, I 
saw two different pairs of Scripps's Murrelets way north off Humboldt County 
during May, which is very early (and fairly rare) for that latitude.] 

> 
> Anyway, some of us even looked at the birds on Saturday with eliminating 
non-Scripps's in mind, and still got it wrong--probably over-influenced by the 
date. BLESS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. 

> 
> Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson,  San Diego
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Saturday's Scripps's = Craveri's Murrelets !!
From: "Barbara Carlson barbarac2003 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:29:45 -0700
> Well, this is a bit humbling and sobering, but it appears that the pair of 
typical-last-date "Scripps's" Murrelets we had on Saturday's pelagic trip off 
San Diego have morphed in to exceptionally early CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. One or 
two eagle-eyed participants, once home and able to carefully view their photos, 
wrote to some of the leaders and other participants, wondering why the birds 
showed many of the characters of Craveri's Murrelets. So, after a longer series 
of photos taken by multiple photographers was amassed, it appears that the pair 
were indeed Craveri's. "Typical" arrival date for Craveri's off southern 
California is not for another two months. A few records back in to July. There 
is one other exceptionally early, May record of a specimen from San Diego 
County. Wonder if this portends something? [Whether or not this is related, I 
saw two different pairs of Scripps's Murrelets way north off Humboldt County 
during May, which is very early (and fairly rare) for that latitude.] 

> 
> Anyway, some of us even looked at the birds on Saturday with eliminating 
non-Scripps's in mind, and still got it wrong--probably over-influenced by the 
date. BLESS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. 

> 
> Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson,  San Diego
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Jon Winter has passed away
From: "'Wayne Weber' contopus AT telus.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:22:09 -0700
California birders,


 


I am greatly saddened to learn of the death of Jon Winter. He was a seminal
figure in California ornithology and will be terribly missed. I first met
Jon in 1970 during a short visit to California when I was working on my
M.Sc. thesis. Largely because of his friendliness and enthusiasm, I joined
Point Reyes Bird Observatory and California Field Ornithologists (now
Western Field Ornithologists), and am still a member of both organizations,
even though I live hundreds of miles away. That enthusiasm was contagious,
and I'm sure it had a positive effect on hundreds of other people who met
him.


 


My sincere condolences to Jon's family, and to his many friends who knew him
much better than I did.


 


Wayne C. Weber


Delta, BC, Canada


contopus AT telus.net


 


 


 


From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: June-07-14 4:36 PM
To: Calbirds; North Bay Birds
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Jon Winter has passed away


 


  


California birders:


I learned today that Jon Winter passed away on Tuesday, June 7.


Jon was a stalwart in the California birding community from the 1960s
onward. He was one of the founders of California Field Ornithologists, which
became Western Field Ornithologists after a few years. He also served as the
first Secretary of the California Bird Records Committee, beginning in 1971.
Don Roberson's fine summary of Jon's early contributions to California
birding, at , provides
much, much more information.


Some may know of Jon mostly because of his work on owls, particularly Great
Gray Owls in the Yosemite Sierra. Jon's 1986 Master's thesis resulted from
nearly a decade of research based in Ackerson Meadow, which Jon and his wife
re-visited within the last few weeks to see how the Rim Fire had affected
the habitat he knew so well. Earlier in his career, Jon took advantage of
time spent in the mountains as a fire lookout to study Flammulated Owls. No
doubt many birders took heart -- as I did -- that they might actually be
able to see a Flammulated Owl after reading Jon's papers on how and where to
find them.


No service is planned to mark Jon's passing. But next January -- his birth
month -- there will be a celebration of his life.


I'll miss him.


Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady AT att.net










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Subject: June 7 San Diego pelagic trip results
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:32:57 -0700



	

	

	

	



On Saturday, June 7th, there was a pelagic trip off San Diego aboard
"Grande" to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks--all in San Diego County
waters. Conditions were good. Bird numbers were spotty, but very good
looks were had of almost everything. Highlights included Black-footed
Albatross, Leach's and Ashy Storm-Petrels, 2 Brown Boobies, and a pair
of Scripps's Murrelets. Offshore species found included:

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS:  1
NORTHERN FULMAR:  2  (rare in summer)
Pink-footed Shearwater:  42
Sooty Shearwater:  300
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER:  1  (rare in June)
Black Storm-Petrel:  45
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL:  1  (white rumped)
ASHY STORM-PETREL:  13  (a high count)
BROWN BOOBY:  2  (sub-adult, full adult)
Red Phalarope:  1
SCRIPPS'S MURRELET:  2  (typical departure date)
murrelet sp.:  1
Cassin's Auklet:  31
Least Tern: 7
Elegant Tern:  330

Fin Whale:  1

Zuniga Jetty
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER:  1

The next scheduled Buena Vista Audubon pelagic trips aboard "Grande" are
in mid-September (already sold out), early October, and early November.
See socalbirding.com for more information.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego



Subject: Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher at Shay
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 23:29:29 -0700
Hi all,
Photos of the Chestnut-sided and Ash-throated Fly can be seen at my eBird
list from the morning here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18719868

A video with the bird singing a bit here: https://flic.kr/p/nTQccm

Happy June vagrants to you!

Rob
-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Jon Winter has passed away
From: "Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:36:24 -0700
California birders:

I learned today that Jon Winter passed away on Tuesday, June 7.

Jon was a stalwart in the California birding community from the 1960s onward. 
He was one of the founders of California Field Ornithologists, which became 
Western Field Ornithologists after a few years. He also served as the first 
Secretary of the California Bird Records Committee, beginning in 1971. Don 
Roberson's fine summary of Jon's early contributions to California birding, at 
, provides much, much more 
information. 


Some may know of Jon mostly because of his work on owls, particularly Great 
Gray Owls in the Yosemite Sierra. Jon's 1986 Master's thesis resulted from 
nearly a decade of research based in Ackerson Meadow, which Jon and his wife 
re-visited within the last few weeks to see how the Rim Fire had affected the 
habitat he knew so well. Earlier in his career, Jon took advantage of time 
spent in the mountains as a fire lookout to study Flammulated Owls. No doubt 
many birders took heart -- as I did -- that they might actually be able to see 
a Flammulated Owl after reading Jon's papers on how and where to find them. 


No service is planned to mark Jon's passing. But next January -- his birth 
month -- there will be a celebration of his life. 


I'll miss him.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady AT att.net





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Subject: Jon Winter has passed away
From: "Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:36:24 -0700
California birders:

I learned today that Jon Winter passed away on Tuesday, June 7.

Jon was a stalwart in the California birding community from the 1960s onward. 
He was one of the founders of California Field Ornithologists, which became 
Western Field Ornithologists after a few years. He also served as the first 
Secretary of the California Bird Records Committee, beginning in 1971. Don 
Roberson's fine summary of Jon's early contributions to California birding, at 
, provides much, much more 
information. 


Some may know of Jon mostly because of his work on owls, particularly Great 
Gray Owls in the Yosemite Sierra. Jon's 1986 Master's thesis resulted from 
nearly a decade of research based in Ackerson Meadow, which Jon and his wife 
re-visited within the last few weeks to see how the Rim Fire had affected the 
habitat he knew so well. Earlier in his career, Jon took advantage of time 
spent in the mountains as a fire lookout to study Flammulated Owls. No doubt 
many birders took heart -- as I did -- that they might actually be able to see 
a Flammulated Owl after reading Jon's papers on how and where to find them. 


No service is planned to mark Jon's passing. But next January -- his birth 
month -- there will be a celebration of his life. 


I'll miss him.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady AT att.net





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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher at Shay
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:46:33 -0700
Hi all,
This morning I did my monthly Shay Park eBird survey and had a GREAT day.
Best bird was a singing male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER that we caught up with
in a small clump of alders upslope of the high school road and just east of
the 3 tall Monterey Pines at the top of the slope. The other highlight was
an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER which was present at the eastern edge of the
park and was foraging out in the open pretty frequently.

I heard others looked for these birds soon after I reported them but didn't
have any luck with refinding them. eBird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18719868

I'll post some photos and video of the Chestnut-sided and Ash-throated
later....

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Murphy's Petrel, 2 Scripps's, Skua
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:42:17 -0700
On 2 June, Paul Lehman and Bruce Rideout were on their final southbound 
day of their 10-day round-trip Princess cruise-ship voyage from San 
Francisco to se. Alaska and back--which provides excellent well-offshore 
pelagic birding potential for half the days of the trip, while the other 
half provide for onshore birding, Inside Passage cruising, and fabulous 
scenery. These trips are run continuously every year by Princess from 
mid-May through early September and provide by far the best offshore 
birding of any of the Alaska cruise itineraries.

Highlights yesterday in CA waters during the PM were off Humboldt County:

Murphy's Petrel:  1 was ca. 64 km SW of Shelter Cove  (39.732, 124.726)

Scripps's Murrelet:  2 (pair) flew close to the ship ca. 50 km WSW Cape 
Mendocino  (40.301, 124.987), for the second sighting off Humboldt on 
this cruise--as we had a pair also on the northbound leg back on 24 
May.  Unusually early for this far north, it would seem.

South Polar Skua:  ca. 73 km W of Eureka.

I was surprised that we did not see any Hawaiian Petrels yesterday, as 
there was a good (following) wind blowing, and these waters are great 
for this species on other segments and cruises, but perhaps Hawaiian 
Petrel distribution off the CA coast may largely be bimodal, with most 
birds in late April/May and then again from mid-July to early September, 
rather than being continuously present in reasonable numbers between 
late April and early September (?). Time will tell.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego


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Subject: NAB Southern California Region - Spring 2014
From: "'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:17:37 -0700
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Spring Season (1 March through 31 May 2014) is ended, and we solicit
reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
Birds 1998 and all supplements), and the American Birding Association (7th
edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009). Reports of species included on the
California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list (Field List of
California Birds 2009,
obtainable through Western Field Ornithologists at 1359 Solano Drive,
Pacifica, CA 94044 and http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org ) must be
accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location and/or season. Full names, with middle initials, should be used
in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
two initials, making it simpler to acknowledge contributors).

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
to 19 June 2014. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
736 Cieneguitas, # F
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
davcompton AT verizon.net    

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
46 8th Street
Cayucos, CA 93430
tedell AT aol.com    

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
kgarrett AT nhm.org    

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

194 W. Broadbent Dr.

Riverside, CA  92507
chetmcgaugh AT earthlink.net    

Kelli Heindel-Levinson
1819 Locust Ravine
Bakersfield, Ca 93306
KKHeindel AT gmail.com   

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
PO Box 400
Big Pine, CA 93513
tjheindel AT gmail.com  

Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
2420 Balmoral Ct.
Camarillo, CA 93010
serpophaga AT gmail.com  

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
1357 Paige Lane
Redlands, CA 92373-6878
sandy_koonce AT redlands.edu    

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
954 Grove Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
guymcc AT pacbell.net    

Douglas R. Willick (Orange County)
236 S Batavia St #E
Orange CA 92868
Doug.Willick AT tcb.aecom.com    

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett

 

 
Subject: NAB Southern California Region - Spring 2014
From: "'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:17:37 -0700
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Spring Season (1 March through 31 May 2014) is ended, and we solicit
reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
Birds 1998 and all supplements), and the American Birding Association (7th
edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009). Reports of species included on the
California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list (Field List of
California Birds 2009,
obtainable through Western Field Ornithologists at 1359 Solano Drive,
Pacifica, CA 94044 and http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org ) must be
accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location and/or season. Full names, with middle initials, should be used
in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
two initials, making it simpler to acknowledge contributors).

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
to 19 June 2014. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
736 Cieneguitas, # F
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
davcompton AT verizon.net    

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
46 8th Street
Cayucos, CA 93430
tedell AT aol.com    

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
kgarrett AT nhm.org    

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

194 W. Broadbent Dr.

Riverside, CA  92507
chetmcgaugh AT earthlink.net    

Kelli Heindel-Levinson
1819 Locust Ravine
Bakersfield, Ca 93306
KKHeindel AT gmail.com   

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
PO Box 400
Big Pine, CA 93513
tjheindel AT gmail.com  

Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
2420 Balmoral Ct.
Camarillo, CA 93010
serpophaga AT gmail.com  

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
1357 Paige Lane
Redlands, CA 92373-6878
sandy_koonce AT redlands.edu    

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
954 Grove Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
guymcc AT pacbell.net    

Douglas R. Willick (Orange County)
236 S Batavia St #E
Orange CA 92868
Doug.Willick AT tcb.aecom.com    

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett

 

 
Subject: 5 Hawaiians, 2 Cook's, 1 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 2 Scripps's, 1 Ancient (+ Gannet)
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 13:41:54 -0700
Paul Lehman and Bruce Ridout headed out of San Francisco on 23 May on 
the second SF to se. Alaska Princess cruise, seeing the NORTHERN GANNET 
as they passed Alcatraz that afternoon.

The following morning--24 May--was spent from the Mendocino/Humboldt 
border north into Oregon, and from 65-110 km offshore. Highlights in CA 
included:

HUMBOLDT
4 Hawaiian Petrels  (all between Mendo. line and off Cape Mendocino)
2 Cook's Petrels  (both sw. of Punta Gorda)
1 Murphy's Petrel  (sw. of Shelter Cove)
1 Laysan Albatross  (W of Eel River mouth)
2 (pair) Scripps's Murrelets  (seems early for birds this far north; 60 
km W Cape Mendocino)
1 Ancient Murrelet  (late; off Punta Gorda)
2 South Polar Skuas
1 Pacific Loon (migrating north 50 km off Punta Gorda--seems farther 
offshore than usual)

DEL NORTE
1 Hawaiian Petrel  (110 km WSW Point St. George)

Additional Hawaiian Petrels were subsequently seen in OR, WA, and BC, 
and a Murphy's was in BC.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego  (currently in se. Alaska)


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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbirds off Oceanside
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 12:48:35 -0700
All,

FYI, a Calif Dept of Fish & Wildlife aerial survey conducted on May 21
noted 2 RED-BILLED TROPICBIRDS approximately 30 miles west of Oceanside,
CA.



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Cassin's Sparrow Antelope Valley
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 09:12:36 -0700
Logan Kahle texted me that he was watching the Cassin's Sparrow singing at the 
same location this morning in the Antelope Valley in LA County. 


Just passing on this info.....

John

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
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Subject: Re: NOPA Note
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 20:08:48 -0700
Lizzie and all,
I tried for the Northern Parula yesterday morning and missed it as did
others that tried for it after myself so I think the bird is gone. On
average Humboldt get's 1-3 Northern Parula's every late-spring so there
will probably be another one at some point!

Of local interest was a male PILEATED WOODPECKER which was the bird of the
morning for the hour I spent there.

Rob


On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM, thelizziefox AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hey all,
>
>
>
> Just something I thought I might mention concerning the Northern Parula
> reported to the birdbox a few times since Tuesday.  I went down to the
> cottonwoods on Tuesday afternoon, around 4 pm, and was able to locate a
> warbler singing what sounded completely like the NOPA song: a rising buzzy
> trill.  The bird was singing repeatedly and moving around in some
> medium-size alders right along the trail, so I waited about 10 minutes
> before it popped briefly into view and sang what I was hearing.  After
> another several minutes it flew directly away from me, high into a distant
> tree, where I viewed it through binoculars.  The bird was entirely
> olive-yellow, and though I never made out any other distinguishing
> features, I’m fairly certain it was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER by the
> overall coloration and (albeit weird) song.  I walked around a bit more
> afterwards but wasn't able to hear or see anything else.  So that’s just a
> cautionary note when looking for the bird; there’s an impersonator out
> there in addition to the parula itself.
>
>
>
> Speaking of OCWAs, I just had my first one ever with an actual orange
> crown!  Photos of the bird (from Friday Ridge Road) are here, for anyone
> curious:
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdyfox/14075409657/in/photostream/
>
>
>
> Good birding!
>
>
>
> Lizzie Feucht
>
> Arcata, CA
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Fwd: [EBB_Sightings] Possible The yellow-billed loon (Gavia adamsii) in Contra Costa Co.
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 17:56:29 -0700
Begin forwarded message:

> From: John Sterling 
> Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Possible The yellow-billed loon (Gavia adamsii) 
in Contra Costa Co. 

> Date: May 24, 2014 at 5:53:02 PM PDT
> To: albertlinkowski AT yahoo.com, "Central_Valley_Birds AT Yahoogroups. Com" 
, Countybirders 
 

> Cc: EBB sightings 
> 
> Albert,
> I checked the photos and can state that the bird is a Yellow-billed Loon. 
Very nice find and only the second record for the entire Central Valley. I'll 
plan on looking for it tomorrow. If you are unsure of an ID, you can always 
contact me directly with photos to review in a timely fashion. I drove near 
that location yesterday on my way home and if I had known about it then, I 
would have been able to stop and see it. 

> 
> congrats again on a great record....keep it up!
> 
> John
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com
> www.sterlingbirds.com
> 
> On May 24, 2014, at 4:03 PM, albertlinkowski AT yahoo.com [EBB_Sightings] 
 wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> Yesterday, 5/23/2014 conducting observations on Clifton Court Forebay I 
found a possible Yellow-billed Loon, however please be noted id is not yet 
confirmed. This and other observations from this location in the eBird 
checklist (including pictures of the loon). Most local rarity I've seen in the 
eastern part of the Forebay, however, the loon was seen in the northern part. 
For those who are not familiar with this area, please refer to the map included 
in the eBird checklist, enter the Clifton Court Forebay from Clifton Court Rd. 
off Byron Hwy. 

>> 
>> Good birding, 
>> 
>> Albert W. Linkowski
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: 22 May: 12 Hawaiian Petrels, 4 Murphy's, 2 Cook's, 3 Skuas
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 09:46:25 -0700
On 22 May, we were on the final southbound leg of our cruise-ship cruise 
(Princess) from San Francisco up to se. Alaska and back, and were 
located some 52-80 km offshore between extreme southern Oregon and 
Mendocino County CA. Had a 30-knot tailwind, dropping to 20 knots--so 
nice and calm on the bow. And a totally steady ride, as usual. 
Highlights included a total of TWELVE HAWAIIAN PETRELS, 4 MURPHY'S 
PETTRELS, and 2 COOK'S PETRELS, as well as 3 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS.  Four 
Hawaiian's, 1 Cook's, and 2 Skuas were in s. Oregon waters. In CA, there 
was:

Del Norte County

1 Murphy's Petrel

Humboldt County

8 Hawaiian Petrels  (all between 52km W of Punta Gorda and 68 km SW of 
Shelter Cove (actually west of Mendocino County--77 km W of 
Westport--but Shelter Cove is "closest point of land")
2 Murphy's Petrels
1 Cook's Petrel
1 South Polar Skua

Mendocino County

1 Murphy's Petrel


The short, northbound, spring repositioning cruise-ship runs, and also 
this particular longer trip from San Francisco to se. Alaska and back, 
are certainly the best (most assured and comfortable) way to see the 
three species of "expected" pterodromas off CA and southern OR  (though 
daylight vs. night-time schedules definitely affects off what counties 
you bird in!). They spend multiple days, from DAWN to DUSK, in the 
"Pterodroma Zone", and the best weather for seeing these species is to 
have a wind of about 20-35 knots blowing--no problem at all for the 
cruise ships but likely to keep most smaller day-boats in port or unable 
to get far enough offshore.  In calm weather, all 3 species are 
typically harder to find.

Starting another similar cruise from SF later today.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego



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Subject: Re: Re: [CALBIRDS] Cassin's Sparrow; 5/22/14; Antelope Valley; LA County
From: "Mark Scheel scheel314 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 06:35:49 -0700
The Cassin's Sparrow continues, 615am May 23, mile marker 2.30.
Singing and skylarking often.

Mark and Janet Scheel
Pasadena
On May 22, 2014 8:36 PM, "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" <
LACoBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> The Cassin's Sparrow was still present at the location described by Jon
> from 3:40-5:40 PM this afternoon. Photos at the link below.
>
>  Tom Benson
> San Bernardino, CA
>
>  https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097 AT N07/
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Feenstra feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu [CALBIRDS] <
> CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com>
> To: LACoBirds ; calbirds <
> calbirds AT yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Thu, May 22, 2014 12:10 pm
> Subject: [CALBIRDS] Cassin's Sparrow; 5/22/14; Antelope Valley; LA County
>
>
>
>
> Birders,
>
> There is a singing Cassin's Sparrow (singing and skylarking right now at
> noon) in the Antelope Valley west of Lancaster in Los Angeles County, near
> the California Poppy Preserve. It is near the corner of San Francisquito Rd
> and Munz Ranch Rd, approximately 200m north of that intersection along Munz
> Ranch Rd. I was observing it from the signed milepost 2.30. It was in the
> wide brushy wash to the east of the road.
>
> The bird is easily audible, and sometimes visible (with a scope), from the
> roadside, so don't trespass. It's singing spontaneously; playing recordings
> is not necessary.
>
> Jon Feenstra
> Altadena, CA
>     
>
Subject: Re: Humboldt Hawaiian Petrel 18 May 2014
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 08:50:44 -0700
Hi all,
Well....I figured out that the Hawaiian Petrel that I originally thought
was in Humboldt County is actually just inside Mendocino County! Sorry for
the confusion! I had to the convert the coordinates into decimal degrees
and doing so put the bird in Mendo.

Thanks,

Rob


On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Rob Fowler wrote:

> Hi all,
> Ron LeValley, Todd Easterla and I led the annual Mendocino Coast Audubon
> Spring pelagic trip out of Fort Bragg this past Sunday, 18 May. The idea
> was to go out as far as we could since the boat we were on, "The Telstar,"
> had recently been certified to go past 20 miles offshore. We went all the
> way northwest to Vizcaino Knoll which is over 35 miles offshore. We didn't
> have much at the knoll itself but on our way back in we had a HAWAIIAN
> PETREL at coordinates 39°37.359N -124°25.040W, which after entering the
> list into eBird, I found out was in HUMBOLDT COUNTY! It looks like Vizcaino
> Knoll is mostly or wholly in Humboldt County, also.
>
> Cheers!
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com