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14 Sep Half Moon Bay Trip report - Bay-breasted Warbler! ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
14 Sep Half Moon Bay Trip report - Bay-breasted Warbler! ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Sep Sunday-9/14- Optics & Nature Festival ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Sep Black Tern etc. in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
12 Sep Biking For Birds: Dorian Anderson ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Sep Re: Del Norte Birding and RTHU ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Sep Re: Del Norte Birding and RTHU ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Sep Rock Wren at Smith River mouth, Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Sep Monterey Seabirds pelagic Sunday ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Sep New Cordell Bank Pelagic opportunity ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Sep New Cordell Bank Pelagic opportunity ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Sep Monterey Seabirds pelagic Sunday [John Sterling ]
09 Sep Optics & Nature Festival - Sunday -Sept 14th (10AM-4PM) ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Sep Pelagic report - Friday Sept 5 Monterey Bay. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Sep Monterey Bay Pelagic Highlights: Sep 5 & 6 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Sep Grace's Warbler in Pacific Grove ["Don Roberson creagrus AT montereybay.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
06 Sep Ruby-throated Hummer MIA Since Mid-morning ["Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
06 Sep Ruby-throated Hummer MIA Since Mid-morning ["Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [slocobirding]" ]
5 Sep Re: HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
5 Sep Re: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Sep HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Sep HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Sep Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird continues 4 Sept. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Sep Eureka Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
04 Sep Sat. 6 September, World Shorebirds Day ["Chuck & Lillian misclists AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
4 Sep Re: Adult Male Ruby-throated Hummer ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
03 Sep Adult Male Ruby-throated Hummer ["Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
02 Sep Free Carpinteria Pelagic ["robdenholtz AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
1 Sep Del Norte hybrid shorebird link (from Lucas Brug) ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
30 Aug HSU pelagic trip highlights today, 30 August ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
29 Aug World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Aug Re: Monterey pelagic last Sunday ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
29 Aug Help re-locate and release birds ["lamson.vinh AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
28 Aug Brian Sullivan - (eBird) message ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Aug Re: Monterey pelagic last Sunday [John Sterling ]
27 Aug Bodega Bay Pelagic Trip: Sep. 1 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Aug Bobolink over Hiller Park, McKinleyville 27 Aug ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
26 Aug Monterey pelagic last Sunday ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Aug Monterey pelagic last Sunday [John Sterling ]
26 Aug MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY-San Mateo County ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Aug Monterey Bay Birding Festival Pelagic Opportunities ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Aug Willow Flycatcher + other migrants in McKinleyville 25 Aug ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
24 Aug Mad River estuary highlights: BLACK TERN, American Redstart, etc. 24 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
23 Aug Possible Stilt Sandpiper at Moss Landing ["kevin.enns.rempel AT fresno.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
23 Aug Baird's Sandpiper, Forster's Tern 23 Aug ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
22 Aug Results of Island Packers pelagic trip, August 21 ["Peter Gaede pgaede AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Aug AUG. 15, 16, 17 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Aug Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival + ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Aug Lesser Black-backed continues, juv. Heermann's, etc. 16 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Aug Heermann's Gull update ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Aug Pelagic Seabirding Trip News ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Aug An Elegant time in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Aug n. jetty highlights 12 Aug, continuing Lark Bunting, etc. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Aug Ventura Pelagic Breakdown ["joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Island Packers, August 21st Pelagic trip ["joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Fwd: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Semipalmated Sandpiper, MRE 11 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
8 Aug Re: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post ["'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Aug Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post ["orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Aug Immature Heermann's Gulls ["orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Aug No Green Sandpiper ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Aug No Green Sandpiper ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Aug Re: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper? ["'Tom Leskiw' tomleskiw AT suddenlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Aug Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper? ["'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Aug Green Sandpiper in Humboldt ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
5 Aug Green Sandpiper in Humboldt ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Aug Heermann's - no juveniles. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
04 Aug Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" ]
04 Aug Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [shasta_birders]" ]
4 Aug Re: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI ["Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Aug Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Aug Summer North American Birds report ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 August ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug Fwd: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug RE: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Aug Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]

Subject: Half Moon Bay Trip report - Bay-breasted Warbler!
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:59:18 -0700
Hi folks

 

   An unexpected rarity on our pelagic out of Half Moon Bay was a
Bay-breasted Warbler! It circled the boat several times but never landed,
yet it came in close enough that some folks could see the pinkish on the
flanks. This was in San Mateo county, photos of the bird in flight are here:


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alvaros-Adventures/201287513297811

 

  Other highlights included Brown Boobies in San Francisco and San Mateo
counties, plumage as well as facial features clarified that two birds were
involved. We saw few storm petrels, but three species including Black, Ashy
and Wilson's and all three in both counties. All three jaegers showed up,
and three South Polar Skuas, several Sabine's Gulls and Common as well as
Arctic Tern. The jaeger, Sabine's show was the best we have seen this
season. One Common Tern was right inshore, it would have been visible from
shore off Miramar! Buller's Shearwaters have been very scarce, only one
appeared but Black-vented was pretty common inshore with many nice views
close to Half Moon Bay. A gorgeous Tufted Puffin was seen on the way in,
only 6 miles from shore. Two pods of Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso's
Dolphin, Humpback Whale and five species of pinniped (seals and sea lions).
All on smooth and calm seas! 

 

Good birding! 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Half Moon Bay Trip report - Bay-breasted Warbler!
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:59:18 -0700
Hi folks

 

   An unexpected rarity on our pelagic out of Half Moon Bay was a
Bay-breasted Warbler! It circled the boat several times but never landed,
yet it came in close enough that some folks could see the pinkish on the
flanks. This was in San Mateo county, photos of the bird in flight are here:


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alvaros-Adventures/201287513297811

 

  Other highlights included Brown Boobies in San Francisco and San Mateo
counties, plumage as well as facial features clarified that two birds were
involved. We saw few storm petrels, but three species including Black, Ashy
and Wilson's and all three in both counties. All three jaegers showed up,
and three South Polar Skuas, several Sabine's Gulls and Common as well as
Arctic Tern. The jaeger, Sabine's show was the best we have seen this
season. One Common Tern was right inshore, it would have been visible from
shore off Miramar! Buller's Shearwaters have been very scarce, only one
appeared but Black-vented was pretty common inshore with many nice views
close to Half Moon Bay. A gorgeous Tufted Puffin was seen on the way in,
only 6 miles from shore. Two pods of Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso's
Dolphin, Humpback Whale and five species of pinniped (seals and sea lions).
All on smooth and calm seas! 

 

Good birding! 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Sunday-9/14- Optics & Nature Festival
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Sep 2014 09:57:28 -0700
Join us at the biggest one day reunion for nature organizations in Northern 
California! 


Come out and celebrate birds, botany, beavers, bats and of course binoculars! 
The 3rd “Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival” will uncork this Sunday 
from 10AM-4:00PM at beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, 95476. 
(Free family event - free parking). 


This years theme is "Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness". The famous 
Smokey Bear, celebrating his 70th birthday, will be on hand in Wine Country to 
greet your family! 


Twelve Optics Companies with experts present will demo the newest technology 
also for sale. 


Over 40 extraordinary nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and 
authors look forward to share their great work with you. We look forward to 
another wonderful reunion of the nature community! 


tom rusert & darren peterie
http://www.sonomabirding.com http://www.sonomabirding.com
sonoma,ca.
  

 

 

Subject: Black Tern etc. in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:21:30 -0700

Today in Del Norte Co. Jon Dunn, Lucy Lee, and I had an im. Black Tern on Lake 
Tolowa which was viewable from the west shores of the lake. Near Fort Dick, the 
first Ferruginous Hawk of the season was an adult along Moseley Road near the 
Tryon Ranch, and 2 American Avocets were at the Alexandre Dairy on the big pond 
along Lower Lake Road. And a corral on the north side of the complex of 
buildings at the dairy also had a male Yellow-headed Blackbird among the 
blackbird flocks. 



Alan D. Barron
Subject: Biking For Birds: Dorian Anderson
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:02:45 -0700
Hi all,
I'm posting this on behalf of Dorian Anderson who is doing a bike big year
across the US this year:

NW Cal Birders!

My name is Dorian Anderson, and I am engaged in a huge birding project for
2014. In short, I am doing a nationwide big year using only a bicycle. I
began in Boston on January 1st (yes, it was freezing!), and I currently
find myself in Gold Beach, Oregon. To date, I have biked 12,141 miles and
recorded 549 species. I have also raised over $25,000 for bird
conservation.

I am keeping a very thorough blog of the adventure at:

http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com

I will be heading to Crescent City tomorrow (Fri the 12th), and then into
Arcata/Eureka over the weekend. I will probably stay in that area for a few
days to birds and rest my legs. It would be great to meet some of the local
folks. I am also always looking for local birders who might be willing to
host me for a night. So, if you live in Crescent City and are aroundtomorrow or
you live in the Eureka/Arcata area and are around Sunday and Monday and
have an extra bed or sofa, please contact me (info below). I will provide
stories upon demand!

I am looking forward to birding the Northern California coast. I was last
in the area in January of 2011 when I spent 5 days in the area after
successfully twitching the Brown Shrike in McKinleyville! Also got my lifer
Ancient Murrelet on that trip!

OK, that's it for the moment. Thanks for the time, I really appreciate it!

Dorian's email is: NW Cal Birders!

My name is Dorian Anderson, and I am engaged in a huge birding project for
2014. In short, I am doing a nationwide big year using only a bicycle. I
began in Boston on January 1st (yes, it was freezing!), and I currently
find myself in Gold Beach, Oregon. To date, I have biked 12,141 miles and
recorded 549 species. I have also raised over $25,000 for bird
conservation.

I am keeping a very thorough blog of the adventure at:

http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com

I will be heading to Crescent City tomorrow (Fri the 12th), and then into
Arcata/Eureka over the weekend. I will probably stay in that area for a few
days to birds and rest my legs. It would be great to meet some of the local
folks. I am also always looking for local birders who might be willing to
host me for a night. So, if you live in Crescent City and are aroundtomorrow or
you live in the Eureka/Arcata area and are around Sunday and Monday and
have an extra bed or sofa, please contact me (info below). I will provide
stories upon demand!

I am looking forward to birding the Northern California coast. I was last
in the area in January of 2011 when I spent 5 days in the area after
successfully twitching the Brown Shrike in McKinleyville! Also got my lifer
Ancient Murrelet on that trip!

OK, that's it for the moment. Thanks for the time, I really appreciate it!

Dorian's email address btw is: bikingforbirds AT gmail.com

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Del Norte Birding and RTHU
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:46:11 -0700
Sorry...message sent for some reason unbeknownst to me. Anyways, I wanted
to apologize for just approving Cedric's message from 6 days ago. Not sure
how I missed it!

Rob Fowler
1 of 3 NWCALBIRD moderators

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Apologies to Cedric and NWCALBIRDERS
>
> On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM, allaboutbirds AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] <
> nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>       This morning, I decided to bird Del Norte county, having heard of
>> the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, the Ruff and the potential for any vagrants.
>> So with my buddy Stephen Montano from HSU (a budding birder that will
>> hopefully get more associated with the Humboldt birding scene), we left my
>> house at 5:30 AM. Our first stop was at the Crescent City harbor, where the
>> only highlights were a single Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey hovering over
>> the beach.
>>
>>       Our next stop was the Alexandre Dairy. We drove into the dairy and
>> parked at a pullout, off the main road the farmers use to move their
>> tractors and whatnot. Anyways, we walked out closer to the pond, and
>> immediately noticed these two shorebirds, larger than most peeps, flying
>> straight towards us. The main features that caught my eye were its white
>> underwings and the plain beige breast, lacking any streaking or speckling:
>> Buff-breasted Sandpipers! Lifer for me! They landed, but only a brief
>> moment, and took off again. They repeated this a few times until we lost
>> view of them. We continued walking, and I heard a few Least Sandpipers fly
>> past us, but mixed with these peeps' "preets", I heard a harsher, deeper
>> "brrrr"-like call: Baird's Sandpiper. I turned and saw 3 individuals in the
>> flock. Also present in the pond were 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, a single
>> Lesser Yellowlegs, 15 Western Sandpipers, a Red-necked Phalarope, a
>> Wilson's Snipe and a Marbled Godwit. And a non-shorebird highlight was a
>> Peregrine Falcon chasing a Turkey Vulture (first time I see that happen).
>>
>>       We headed towards Lake Tolowa next, looking for the Ruff that had
>> been sighted. We failed to find the Ruff, but we did luck upon 2-3 Baird's
>> Sandpiper and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, which is always a nice sight. By then
>> we had heard about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and so from Crescent
>> City, we bee lined to Eureka (never realized how freakin' far that is!).
>>
>>        We showed up at Brad's place at about 12:20 PM, and he let us into
>> his yard, and we posted up there for a little while. During our time there,
>> we were visited by several Anna's, many Selasphorus sp., and a confirmed
>> Rufous (I got a good enough view of the tail). Then we all noticed a
>> different looking hummer, and my immediate ID was RTHU. I immediately
>> noticed the gleaming white belly and throat, and the extensive white on the
>> tips of its tail feathers. But Brad and Stephen didn't get a good enough
>> view of it, so I didn't feel comfortable calling it (although I was fairly
>> confident about it). Finally though, after about an hour and a half later,
>> Stephen and Chet Ogan (who had showed a little before) spotted the
>> sought-after bird in the tree, and subsequently visited the feeder, and
>> zipped off almost immediately. Although the views were brief, we were
>> nonetheless able to notice the white throat and belly, contrasting greatly
>> with the green back, and the buffy flanks. I would have enjoyed viewing the
>> wing projection, but the view were good enough to view the other key
>> features.
>>
>>          So needless to say, we had a great day of birding composed of a
>> lifer, a state bird, and 8 county birds! Woohoo!
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Cédric Duhalde
>>
>>  
>>   ------------------------------
>>
>>
Subject: Re: Del Norte Birding and RTHU
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:44:30 -0700
Apologies to Cedric and NWCALBIRDERS

On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM, allaboutbirds AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>       This morning, I decided to bird Del Norte county, having heard of
> the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, the Ruff and the potential for any vagrants.
> So with my buddy Stephen Montano from HSU (a budding birder that will
> hopefully get more associated with the Humboldt birding scene), we left my
> house at 5:30 AM. Our first stop was at the Crescent City harbor, where the
> only highlights were a single Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey hovering over
> the beach.
>
>       Our next stop was the Alexandre Dairy. We drove into the dairy and
> parked at a pullout, off the main road the farmers use to move their
> tractors and whatnot. Anyways, we walked out closer to the pond, and
> immediately noticed these two shorebirds, larger than most peeps, flying
> straight towards us. The main features that caught my eye were its white
> underwings and the plain beige breast, lacking any streaking or speckling:
> Buff-breasted Sandpipers! Lifer for me! They landed, but only a brief
> moment, and took off again. They repeated this a few times until we lost
> view of them. We continued walking, and I heard a few Least Sandpipers fly
> past us, but mixed with these peeps' "preets", I heard a harsher, deeper
> "brrrr"-like call: Baird's Sandpiper. I turned and saw 3 individuals in the
> flock. Also present in the pond were 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, a single
> Lesser Yellowlegs, 15 Western Sandpipers, a Red-necked Phalarope, a
> Wilson's Snipe and a Marbled Godwit. And a non-shorebird highlight was a
> Peregrine Falcon chasing a Turkey Vulture (first time I see that happen).
>
>       We headed towards Lake Tolowa next, looking for the Ruff that had
> been sighted. We failed to find the Ruff, but we did luck upon 2-3 Baird's
> Sandpiper and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, which is always a nice sight. By then
> we had heard about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and so from Crescent
> City, we bee lined to Eureka (never realized how freakin' far that is!).
>
>        We showed up at Brad's place at about 12:20 PM, and he let us into
> his yard, and we posted up there for a little while. During our time there,
> we were visited by several Anna's, many Selasphorus sp., and a confirmed
> Rufous (I got a good enough view of the tail). Then we all noticed a
> different looking hummer, and my immediate ID was RTHU. I immediately
> noticed the gleaming white belly and throat, and the extensive white on the
> tips of its tail feathers. But Brad and Stephen didn't get a good enough
> view of it, so I didn't feel comfortable calling it (although I was fairly
> confident about it). Finally though, after about an hour and a half later,
> Stephen and Chet Ogan (who had showed a little before) spotted the
> sought-after bird in the tree, and subsequently visited the feeder, and
> zipped off almost immediately. Although the views were brief, we were
> nonetheless able to notice the white throat and belly, contrasting greatly
> with the green back, and the buffy flanks. I would have enjoyed viewing the
> wing projection, but the view were good enough to view the other key
> features.
>
>          So needless to say, we had a great day of birding composed of a
> lifer, a state bird, and 8 county birds! Woohoo!
>
> Good birding,
>
> Cédric Duhalde
>
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Rock Wren at Smith River mouth, Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:40:55 -0700

A Rock Wren was at the Smith R. mouth by the Ship Ashore Motel. Behind the 
motel are the former honeymoon suites which are out on a short pier over the 
river, bird was among the boulders at the little boat ramp on the north side of 
this pier. 


I looked again for the Prairie Warbler found on 8 Sept. by Lucas Brug, and also 
seen and photographed yesterday by Tony Kurz and Casey Ryan, and also seen 
again by Lucas. But no luck refinding it today. 


Alan D. Barron
Subject: Monterey Seabirds pelagic Sunday
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:45:31 -0700
Last Sunday, Monterey Seabirds had a four hour pelagic trip. The highlight was 
a Manx Shearwater in the shearwater flock just off Pt. Pinos--probably the same 
bird that has been seen for several weeks at that same location. We had 
shearwaters in view for the entire trip with a few Black-footed Albatross mixed 
in. 





John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


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


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


Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015




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Subject: New Cordell Bank Pelagic opportunity
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:58:39 -0700
Hello folks

 

  Due to bad weather we had to re-schedule our Bodega Bay Pelagic. It is now
on Friday Sept 26th, and there are spaces now on what was previously a sold
out trip. It is on the New Sea Angler, a large and spacious boat, cost is
$150. A link to sign up for the trip here:  

 

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

 

Good Birding 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Subject: New Cordell Bank Pelagic opportunity
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:58:39 -0700
Hello folks

 

  Due to bad weather we had to re-schedule our Bodega Bay Pelagic. It is now
on Friday Sept 26th, and there are spaces now on what was previously a sold
out trip. It is on the New Sea Angler, a large and spacious boat, cost is
$150. A link to sign up for the trip here:  

 

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

 

Good Birding 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Subject: Monterey Seabirds pelagic Sunday
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:45:31 -0700
Last Sunday, Monterey Seabirds had a four hour pelagic trip. The highlight was 
a Manx Shearwater in the shearwater flock just off Pt. Pinos--probably the same 
bird that has been seen for several weeks at that same location. We had 
shearwaters in view for the entire trip with a few Black-footed Albatross mixed 
in. 



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Subject: Optics & Nature Festival - Sunday -Sept 14th (10AM-4PM)
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Sep 2014 22:10:40 -0700
The 3rd “Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival” will uncork this Sunday 
from 10AM-4:00PM at beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 
95476. (Free family event - free parking). This years theme is Celebrating 50 
Years of American Wilderness. The famous Smokey Bear, celebrating his 70th 
birthday, will be on hand in Sonoma to greet you! 


All the major binoculars and scopes companies from across the U.S. along with 
their company experts will demo the newest optics technology also for sale. 


Over 40 extraordinary nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and 
authors look forward to share their great work with you. We look forward to 
another wonderful reunion of the nature community! 


For more info about the nature lecture "The Return of the Wolf" - tomorrow 
night visit - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ 


Tom Rusert & Darren Peterie

Sonoma,Ca. 

Subject: Pelagic report - Friday Sept 5 Monterey Bay.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:43:52 -0700
Hi folks

 

  Lots of biomass!! With huge concentrations of Sooty Shearwater, nice
numbers of Black-vented and a few Manx!! Otherwise a small number of Black
Storm-Petrels, Black-footed Albatross, Buller's Shearwaters, Common Terns
and great mammal show. Apart from Humpbacks, Long-beaked Common Dolphin,
Dall's Porpoise, and five species of Pinnipeds!! More details, including
link to download pdf summary of trip here: 

 

http://alvarosadventures.com/2014/09/sept-5-2014-monterey-bay-pelagic-trip-r
eport/

 

Spaces open for 

Sept 13 Monterey; Sept 20 Half Moon Bay; Sept 27 Half Moon Bay. 

 

Good birding

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Subject: Monterey Bay Pelagic Highlights: Sep 5 & 6
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 06:10:13 -0700
Hello, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys's had two beautiful pelagic seabird trips departing from 
Monterey recently with flat, calm seas and very warm weather. 


SEP 5 highlights included six species of shearwaters: Sooty, Pink-footed, 
Black-vented, MANX, Buller's and FLESH-FOOTED; all three jaegers: Pomarine, 
Parasitic and Long-tailed and South Polar Skua. Tens of thousands of Sooty 
Shearwaters with a couple thousand Black-vented Shearwaters were feeding near 
shore along with 25 Humpback Whales. We found both Long-beaked and Short-beaked 
Common Dolphins (in separate herds). We went to Santa Cruz County where it was 
pretty birdy. The only storm-petrels were a few Black Storm-Petrels. 

A brief trip report with total species list can be found at:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/09/holy-mackerel-monterey-bay-pelagic.html 


SEP 6 highlights included: More of the same shearwater flocks as the previous 
day, with 3168 Black-vented Shearwaters. Crippling views of MANX SHEARWATER and 
SCRIPPS'S MURRELET sitting on the water, pleased a lot of folks. Five MANX 
SHEARWATERS in total, for the day. Offshore, we found two small flocks of 
SABINE'S GULLS sitting on the water; good numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets and 
more Cassin's Auklets than I have seen elsewhere this fall; and a BROWN BOOBY 
sitting on a large log! More Humpback Whales were seen, some breaching and a 
pod of at least six KILLER WHALES! We spent the entire day in Monterey County. 
Trip report with images to follow. 


We are in the midst of eleven days of pelagic seabirding trips! Spaces are 
still available on the remaining dates. See our schedule at: 
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
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Subject: Grace's Warbler in Pacific Grove
From: "Don Roberson creagrus AT montereybay.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:17:24 -0700
I photographed a Grace's Warbler in our backyard bird-bath at about 1 pm today 
in Pacific Grove. I got the word out to some local birders who searched for it 
this afternoon. It never returned to our yard but some observers saw it 
foraging in pines, live oaks, and eucs in the large adjacent lot next door to 
the south and down by the public hiking trail. That trail crosses Pico Avenue 
in Pacific Grove between Grove Acre and Crocker. If you walk north a short 
half-block from Pico, there will be a large undeveloped lot on your right with 
pines, live oaks and eucs. This is where the bird was refound mid-afternoon. 
Rita & I also photographed an American Redstart at the bird-bath; it was also 
seen later in the afternoon down where the Grace's was refound, right near the 
public hiking trail. 


Best of luck, Don & Rita

Don Roberson
Pacific Grove CA





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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummer MIA Since Mid-morning
From: "Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:22:51 -0700
The adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird has not been seen since just 
before 10 AM (it's now 12:20PM).  This is a first in its behavior, so I 
need to pass the news because it may have left late morning.  Update 
will follow as appropriate.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummer MIA Since Mid-morning
From: "Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:22:51 -0700
The adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird has not been seen since just 
before 10 AM (it's now 12:20PM).  This is a first in its behavior, so I 
need to pass the news because it may have left late morning.  Update 
will follow as appropriate.

Brad Schram
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Subject: Re: HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:01:37 -0700
The bird was seen by quite a few people between 3:30 and 4:30 this afternoon.

Ken Burton
Calgary, AB

From: mailto:nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 4:40 AM
To: Northwest calbird ; Calbirds 
Subject: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird

  

Hi all, 
Last evening everybody got nice looks at the continuing Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird at Brad Elvert's house off of California St. in Eureka. The bird 
came in once right around 6:15 p.m. At 7:01 pm the bird came in again and 
really hung out on the feeder for a nice amount of time and came back 3-4 times 
in a short time period so evening would seem to be the best time to get the 
bird. 


See Brad's message yesterday for where he is located in Eureka: 
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=913332 


Rob


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Subject: Re: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:01:37 -0700
The bird was seen by quite a few people between 3:30 and 4:30 this afternoon.

Ken Burton
Calgary, AB

From: mailto:nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 4:40 AM
To: Northwest calbird ; Calbirds 
Subject: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird

  

Hi all, 
Last evening everybody got nice looks at the continuing Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird at Brad Elvert's house off of California St. in Eureka. The bird 
came in once right around 6:15 p.m. At 7:01 pm the bird came in again and 
really hung out on the feeder for a nice amount of time and came back 3-4 times 
in a short time period so evening would seem to be the best time to get the 
bird. 


See Brad's message yesterday for where he is located in Eureka: 
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=913332 


Rob


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Subject: HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:40:12 -0700
Hi all,
Last evening everybody got nice looks at the continuing Ruby-throated
Hummingbird at Brad Elvert's house off of California St. in Eureka. The
bird came in once right around 6:15 p.m. At 7:01 pm the bird came in again
and really hung out on the feeder for a nice amount of time and came back
3-4 times in a short time period so evening would seem to be the best time
to get the bird.

See Brad's message yesterday for where he is located in Eureka:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=913332

Rob

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Subject: HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:40:12 -0700
Hi all,
Last evening everybody got nice looks at the continuing Ruby-throated
Hummingbird at Brad Elvert's house off of California St. in Eureka. The
bird came in once right around 6:15 p.m. At 7:01 pm the bird came in again
and really hung out on the feeder for a nice amount of time and came back
3-4 times in a short time period so evening would seem to be the best time
to get the bird.

See Brad's message yesterday for where he is located in Eureka:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=913332

Rob

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Subject: Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird continues 4 Sept.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:37:31 -0700
All,
Just wanted to note that the juvenile female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD is
still present today at Brad's yard and was seen around 3-4 times so far
today, with all observations being relatively brief.

If you are an eBirder note that I created an eBird hotspot (with Brad's
permission): "stakeout Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2014)." Please use that
location if you successfully chase this bird.

Thanks and great find, Brad!

Rob Fowler


On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM, brad_elvert AT att.net [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi All, I had a immature female RTHU visit my feeders last evening. I
> wasnt able to confirm until later at night, (like midnight). Link to ohot
> and others here:   Ruby Throated Hummingbird
> 
>        [image: image]
> 
>      Ruby Throated Hummingbird
> 
> Eureka,CA...September 3rd 2014...My backyard feeders
>       View on www.flickr.com
> 
>   Preview by Yahoo
>
> I thought i caught a glimpse of It this morning, but no solid visual
> yet...  i am open to having people over my house is 3607 California
> St...Eureka, CA..95503 ..I have 2 feeders in my backyard...1 being visible
> from the street and the other not..if my White Ford f150 is out front knock
> on my door..other wise please be conscious of my neighbors..you can contact
> me directly at 707-496-5846 for any questions.. Coincidence that another
> Brad has a Male RTHU down south in California,,,,, Brad on!! ,,i mean Bird
> on!!
>
>  
>



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Subject: Eureka Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:33:10 -0700
Hi all,
A juvenile female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was discovered and photographed
late last evening by Brad Elvert at his residence up here in Eureka,
Humboldt County, CA. See Brad's message to NWCALBIRD from this morning here

for more information and photos.

The bird was present and seen by a few of us this morning, coming to Brad's
feeders and backyard around 3 times and I guess it was seen once this
afternoon so far. This is Humboldt County's 2nd record of Ruby-throated
Hummingbird.

I guess it was good to have the name Brad on 3 Sept. 2014 if you wanted to
find a CA Ruby-throated Hummingbird in your yard!


-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Sat. 6 September, World Shorebirds Day
From: "Chuck & Lillian misclists AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:09:37 -0700
Birders:
I'm passing along a message from Gyorgy Szimuly in Great Britain.
***************************
You might have heard about the World Shorebirds 
Day to be held on 6 September, 2014 for the first 
time.  One of the key programs of this special 
day is the Global Shorebird Counting, which is a 
public awareness initiative. I ask all bird 
enthusiasts in California to take part in the 
counting in any areas where shorebirds occur. 
Don't worry if there are no huge number of 
shorebirds in your area. We don't ask you for 
money to help. We just ask you to go out birding, 
what every birdwatcher loves to do anyway. Please 
consider supporting this initiative and register 
your location on our website. By registering a 
location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about 150.
Registration of the location and more details 
about the Global Shorebird Counting Program can 
be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG
The map with more than 340 already registered 
locations can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/ICpB7X
Thanks for your time and please help us to reach 
our goal of having a thousand locations registered by 6th of September 2014.
Best wishes, Szimi
_
Gyorgy Szimuly
Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
Milton Keynes, UK

http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com 


  ***************************
As of Thursday noon, Sep. 4, the map showed few 
registered sites in California: a cluster in San 
Diego, Bolsa Chica in Orange County, Lake 
Isabella in Kern County, Santa Cruz, a cluster 
around San Francisco Bay, Knight's Ferry, 
Petaluma, Davis, Anderson and Arcata farther 
north. None in Los Angeles County. I registered 
our Lower Los Angeles River trip.

Chuck Almdale
North Hills, Ca.





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Subject: Re: Adult Male Ruby-throated Hummer
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:24:43 -0400
Many thanks to Brad for his hospitality, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird remained 
until 7:00 PM this evening (Sep 3). I have posted some photos on my Flickr 
site. 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA


https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097 AT N07/




-----Original Message-----
From: Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS] 
 

To: Calbirds 
Sent: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 12:03 pm
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Adult Male Ruby-throated Hummer


 
  
    
                  
There is currently an adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeders 
in Arroyo Grande, first seen about 11:30 this morning.  I'm at the end 
of Antler Drive off Deer Canyon in AG, at the very end of the long 
uphill driveway, found easily via Google maps.  Cell 805-801-9325.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande

    
             

  
Subject: Adult Male Ruby-throated Hummer
From: "Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:02:19 -0700
There is currently an adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeders 
in Arroyo Grande, first seen about 11:30 this morning.  I'm at the end 
of Antler Drive off Deer Canyon in AG, at the very end of the long 
uphill driveway, found easily via Google maps.  Cell 805-801-9325.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Subject: Free Carpinteria Pelagic
From: "robdenholtz AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Sep 2014 16:06:32 -0700
 I'm looking for a few birders with pelagic experience and expertise who would 
like to take part in a FREE PELAGIC TRIP off the coast of Carpinteria on the 
morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014. This venture just happens to coincide 
with the Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count and that is the motivation for this 
journey. The trip will go just a few miles off the coast so as to stay within 
the CBC circle. 

 Ben Pitterle has been kind enough to lend us the Channel Keepers boat for the 
occasion. 

 

    Interested?
 

 
 Contact Rob Denholtz, robdenholtz AT gmail.com, (land) 805-684-4060, (cell) 
845-489-7242 (yes, 845-) 

 

Subject: Del Norte hybrid shorebird link (from Lucas Brug)
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:56:12 -0700

Looks like a young Ruff to me.

 ~Alan D. Barron
Subject: HSU pelagic trip highlights today, 30 August
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:25:28 -0700
Hi all,
Today Sean McAllister and myself helped out on the Humboldt State pelagic
trip organized by ornithology professor Mark Colwell.

Seas were flat and calm most of the day (4 ft at 11 seconds were predicted)
and some patchy fog with thick fog being present from 15 + miles out which
caused us to turn around and head back slowly towards Humboldt Bay.

Of 35 species from the nearshore (out to 2 miles) and offshore portion the
highlights were as follows from rarest to not rarest:

BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER: first spotted by Jared Hughey as it flew near and
then across the bow and headed southwest out of sight. More details on the
eBird list from this leg:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19617717

ASHY STORM-PETREL: A bird that is pretty common down south but there hasn't
been a record since 20 Sept. 2005 (also on an HSU pelagic) so is a pretty
rare bird up here! Details from this eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19617874. We also had another
or the same bird on the 3rd leg of the offshore portion of the trip:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19617925

LAYSAN ALBATROSS: Maybe seen about once a year offshore Humboldt County.
eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19617773 and the
same list for the Ashy Storm-Petrel.

Long-tailed Jaeger: maybe around 11 but might be an overcount.

Common Tern: 1

Sabine's Gull: 4

We also had about 30 Black-footed Albatross, 8 Northern Fulmar, 20
Pink-footed Shearwaters, very low numbers of Sootys (3), and only 1
Buller's. One Pomarine, 7 Parasitic, 18 Marbled Murrelets, and about equal
numbers of Rhino and Cassin's Auklets (~30).

One RUDDY TURNSTONE was with a flock of about 40 Black Turnstones at the
dock on Woodley Island.

For interesting marine mammals we had about 20-30 DALL'S PORPOISES, one
probable BLUE WHALE, Mola Molas were nice to see after an absence for some
years with about 15 total. By-the-wind Sailors were EVERYWHERE!!

Happy Roadrunner chasing,

Rob

-- 
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McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 15:48:46 -0700
Dear Birdwatchers,
 

 You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 September, 
2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day is the 
Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask all 
bird enthusiasts in California to take part in the counting in any areas where 
shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of shorebirds in 
your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out birding, what 
every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

 

 Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about £150. 

 

 Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

 

 The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

 

 Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a thousand 
locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

 

 Best wishes, Szimi
 _
 Gyorgy Szimuly
 Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
 Milton Keynes, UK
 http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 
Subject: Re: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:12:02 -0700
whoops, next trip is Sept 7 half day, the Sept 5 is a full day trip on Alvaro's 
charter trip. 



sorry for the confusion


John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


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


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


Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015


On Aug 26, 2014, at 8:58 PM, John Sterling  wrote:


> We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat 
full of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not 
have a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and 
albatross for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just 
off Pt. Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and 
life-saving effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped 
tightly in a fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We 
released her after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance 
once back in the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 

> 
> We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our 
regular eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on 
our boat for some fun birding. 

> 
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com
> www.sterlingbirds.com
> 
> Monterey Seabirds
> www.montereyseabirds.com
> (831) 375-4658
> 
> Special Galapagos Birding Tour
> 9-19 July 2015
> 




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Subject: Help re-locate and release birds
From: "lamson.vinh AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 11:10:49 -0700
Birders,
 

 I'd like to pass along a message from Ann Lynch, Director of South Bay 
Wildlife Rehab. 

 She's aking for your help in re-locating rescued birds. Please see message 
below. Thanks. 

 

 Lam-Son Vinh
 Huntington Beach, CA
 

 ==========================
 

 Hi, All
 

 As of today we have 129 raptors, between my house and the Ranch. Some of those 
are young and are learning to hunt ("mouse school") and won't be released until 
another month or two. Some may be recovering from injuries. 

 

 Of those birds we have 8 Red-tailed Hawks, 11 Coopers Hawks, 8 American 
Kestrels, and 1 Prairie Falcon, old enough for release, waiting for rides out 
of the area. These birds are relocs from the airports we assist, Red-tailed 
Hawks need to go 200+ miles and the Prairie Falcon to a more specialized 
location. The rest could go 100 - 150 miles. 

 

 We are running out of money for food. Our rodent bills are running over $1000 
each WEEK!!!! And the birds keep coming. We desperately need people to relocate 
these birds. If you or any of your friends are traveling by car for a long 
distance PLEASE let us know ASAP. 

 

 The boxes used for release are standard cardboard pet carriers, about 9" x 18" 
x 12" H and release is really easy and fun. 

 

 Thanks!!!
 

 At the moment we are concentrating on relocate birds from the airport so we 
are looking for people who are already going on a long driving trip. The reloc 
birds are those that USDA has trapped at one of six airports to keep our 
airplanes, and the birds, safe from collisions. 

  
 Later we will be concentrating on releasing rehabilitated or orphaned birds, 
which are more local. 

  
 We can add you to our email list if you like. That way you will hear about 
releases as the year progresses. Also, if you are going to drive a long 
distance and want to take some birds to release, please let us know, by email 
to Karin West at raptorqueen123 AT gmail.com AND to me, Ann Lynch at 
SBWildliferehab AT aol.com, about a week ahead. Karin is in charge of all release 
schedules. We usually have birds that need to be relocated. 

  
 If you would like to contribute to the care of these birds you can donate on 
our website, www.SBWR.org. We very much appreciate your support! 

 

 Ann
 

 Ann C Lynch, Director
 South Bay Wildlife Rehab
 26363 Silver Spur Rd.
 Rancho Palos Verdes
 California 90275
 310-378-9921
 
 www.SBWR.org http://www.SBWR.org
 

Subject: Brian Sullivan - (eBird) message
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 11:51:30 -0700
We just got this message this morning from Brian and thought the CA. birding 
community might want to know about this. 

 

 I've been off for the past few months dealing with a bad family health 
situation. Our 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with a very rare combination 
of cancer and a neurological disorder called Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome in 
July. It's been rough. We set up this page to tell her story: 


Click here to support Ella Sullivan Fights OMS by Brian Sullivan 
http://www.gofundme.com/EllaSullivanOMS 


 
 
 http://www.gofundme.com/EllaSullivanOMS 
 
 Click here to support Ella Sullivan Fights OMS by Bri... 
http://www.gofundme.com/EllaSullivanOMS In May 2014, in less than 48 hours our 
2-year-old daughter suddenly lost the ability to walk. Three months, four 
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 View on www.gof... http://www.gofundme.com/EllaSullivanOMS 
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 sonoma, ca.
Subject: Re: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:12:02 -0700
whoops, next trip is Sept 7 half day, the Sept 5 is a full day trip on Alvaro's 
charter trip. 


sorry for the confusion

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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

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

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015

On Aug 26, 2014, at 8:58 PM, John Sterling  wrote:

> We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat 
full of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not 
have a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and 
albatross for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just 
off Pt. Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and 
life-saving effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped 
tightly in a fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We 
released her after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance 
once back in the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 

> 
> We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our 
regular eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on 
our boat for some fun birding. 

> 
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com
> www.sterlingbirds.com
> 
> Monterey Seabirds
> www.montereyseabirds.com
> (831) 375-4658
> 
> Special Galapagos Birding Tour
> 9-19 July 2015
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Subject: Bodega Bay Pelagic Trip: Sep. 1
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:33:08 -0700
Hello, Birders,


Just received an update this morning regarding offshore at the Cordell Bank and 
Bodega Canyon: Yesterday there was lots of marine life, including seabirds and 
Baird's Beaked Whales (They eat squid. As I said: Anything that eats squid is 
on the menu for this season!). Seas were greasy, glass-smooth. 


We still have some spaces available on the "Leader's Party" trip, September 1 
departing from Port O' Bodega at 7 am. (Don't worry, we'll find seabirds while 
we have a good time). 


The leader line up for now: Steve Howell, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini, Gerry McChesney, Annie Schmidt, Russ Bradley, 
Debi Shearwater. That's TEN leaders! 


To make a reservation, email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com.

Party Seabirds Forever,
Debi Shearwater

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

Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi










Subject: Bobolink over Hiller Park, McKinleyville 27 Aug
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:11:10 -0700
Hi all,
While looking once again for Tristan McKee and Scott Terrill's Gray Catbird
at Hiller Park Mathew McConnell and I had a BOBOLINK fly over, calling
frequently, and heading to the southeast. We actually got on the bird in
flight as it was heading east and then southeast and out of view. No luck
on the catbird the brief time I was there and I hadn't heard anybody
refinding the RED-EYED VIREO this morning, though m.ob. were present
looking.

Of local interest was a PILEATED WOODPECKER on the obvious snag right at
the corner of Hiller and Ocean.

Rob

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Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:35 -0700
We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat full 
of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not have 
a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and albatross 
for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just off Pt. 
Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and life-saving 
effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped tightly in a 
fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We released her 
after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance once back in 
the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 



We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our regular 
eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on our boat 
for some fun birding. 





John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


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


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


Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015




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Subject: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:35 -0700
We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat full 
of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not have 
a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and albatross 
for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just off Pt. 
Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and life-saving 
effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped tightly in a 
fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We released her 
after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance once back in 
the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 


We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our regular 
eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on our boat 
for some fun birding. 



John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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

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Subject: MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY-San Mateo County
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:32:02 +0000
Hi Calbirders,
Forwarding a message regarding a Masked/Nazca Booby, see message below. Ron saw 
a juvenal-plumaged Masked/Nazca Booby pass by headed south from Moss Beach 
seawatch. 

Leonie for Ron

From: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ronald- Thorn 
Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 7:12 PM
To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [pen-bird] MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY



There was ( 8 ) mile visibility at Half Moon Bay early this morning. So, I was 
out the 

door to Moss Beach for a seawatch.

Time ( 07:00-09:30 ) Sky high overcast Visibility clear out to near the horizon 

Wind south 7 knots

At ( 07:50 ) I got on a booby coming in from the north. Passing straight out 
from 

where I was scoping it was a juvenal-plumaged MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY.
What I observed I was able to eliminate Brown Booby and Blue-footed Booby.
I noted the features of the Masked/Nazca Booby, but I could not get a good view
if it had a white collar or was lacking one. I watched it flying south until it 
was out 

of sight.

Other birds noted during the seawatch

( 3,000 ) Sooty Shearwaters were flying north. There were ( 52 ) Black-vented
Shearwaters with most flying with the Sooty Shearwaters. There was
( 1 ) Pink-footed Shearwater. ( 3 ) Adult pale morph Parasitic Jaegers were
trailing Elegant Terns south. Brandt's Cormorants flying north had a leucistic
individual standing out among the group. The only shorebirds southbound were
( 78 ) Red-necked Phalaropes.

Ron Thorn
Subject: Monterey Bay Birding Festival Pelagic Opportunities
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:12 -0700
Hello, Calbirders,

Shearwater Journeys is proud to be the provider of pelagic trips for the 
Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 25 - 28, headquartered in Watsonville. 
Kenn Kaufman will present the keynote talk on Saturday, September 27th at 7 
p.m. Festival web site: 

http://montereybaybirding.org

Popular leaders, Scott & Linda Terrill will present a seabird workshop on 
Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 


Pelagic birding opportunities for folks attending the festival include the 
trips listed below, including trips for folks arriving earlier than the 
festival dates. Trips are open to anyone whether attending the festival, or 
not. We have a great line up of leaders! Debi Shearwater will be co-leading on 
all trips. Book pelagic trips directly with Debi Shearwater; 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com. 


SEP. 19: BODEGA BAY: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer 
Green 

SEP. 21: HALF MOON BAY: Steve Hampton, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks
SEP. 24: HALF MOON BAY: Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Jim Danzenbaker, 
Jennifer Green 

SEP. 25: MONTEREY BAY: Jon Dunn, Jim Danzenbaker, Nick Levendosky
SEP. 26: MONTEREY BAY: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill
SEP. 27: MONTEREY BAY: Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 28: MONTEREY BAY: Rick Fournier, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray

See our latest trip report with Beth Hamel's images, for the Shearwater 
Journeys's August 22 Monterey pelagic trip at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/silver-day-at-sea-monterey-bay-august.html 


Highlights were many: a leucistic BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER; great views of a 
SCRIPPS'S MURRELET; all three jaeger species, including a spectacular robbery 
of a fish from a SABINE'S GULL by a PARASITIC JAEGER; ocean sunfish sucking in 
by-the-wind-sailors; Risso's dolphin with a deformed dorsal fin, and more. It 
was quite a day! 


Our very next trip is this Monday, Labor Day, September 1 departing from Bodega 
Bay. And, storm-petrels are THERE! I've declared this trip a "Leader's Party" 
day! Go seabirding with your favorite leaders  Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Russ Bradley, Annie Schmidt, Al DeMartini 
and yours truly, will all be on board. Read about our epic September 20, 2013 
Bodega Bay trip with 17,325 storm-petrels: 


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


Let's party with the storm-petrels on September 1at Bodega Bay! 
See you out there!
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 (2 
berths available) 

Pacific Odyssey:  April 6 - 23 and April 23-7 May
Russian Far East Voyages: May 27 - 8 June & June 9 - 20 with Debi









Subject: Willow Flycatcher + other migrants in McKinleyville 25 Aug
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:25:31 -0700
Hi all,
This morning I did my usual morning yard count here off of Fernwood Drive
and walked out to a nice number of birds active in the alders in the
retention basin right across the street from my yard. The highlight was a
WILLOW FLYCATCHER  (the first fall migrant of this species I've encountered
this season) and at least 4 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS.. I had one other
small and greenish warbler that got away that seemed to have white
undertail coverts. Moral of the story= passerine migration is in full
effect and it's time to go hit your local coastal migrant traps!

eBird list from the count this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19569347

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Mad River estuary highlights: BLACK TERN, American Redstart, etc. 24 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:55:46 -0700
Hi all,
This morning Cedric Duhalde, Gary Lester and myself met up and birded the
Mad River estuary from the Hiller Park entrance. It started out fine with
Gary spotting his year BAIRD'S SANDPIPER but was overall slow. We were all
getting ready to leave when all of a sudden one of us spots this small dark
bird flying along the estuary to the north of us. It turned around and then
started flying towards us and we all realized we were looking at a
basic-plumaged BLACK TERN!! The bird continued up the estuary and flew over
Mad River County Park and into the fog and out of sight. The bird was a
small tern that was very dark gray overall on the upperparts (including the
tail) had a small dark collar that continued onto the head. The sighting
was so brief that we didn't have time to make out the dark spot on the side
of the breast that separates it from White-winged Tern but overall the bird
was too dark to consider the latter species.

After that excitement (county bird for me!) a WANDERING TATTLER flew in and
landed and stayed for a couple of minutes before getting back up and
heading north out of sight. Otherwise we had 8 shorebirds total so quality
over quantity!

Cedric and I then birded the School Rd. trail where the excitement
continued. Walking along the trail we had 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (rare
migrant in McKinleyville), 1 MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, and then I spotted an
adult male AMERICAN REDSTART. The redstart was in a chickadee flock right
where you come to the fenceline that borders the treatment ponds that are
adjacent to the riparia there. Yellow Warblers were thick with Wilson's
coming in second and a couple of Orange-crowneds being least common. We saw
some Yellows coming in off the ocean and landing in the riparian so it
seems like it was a good migration day!

Get out there,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Possible Stilt Sandpiper at Moss Landing
From: "kevin.enns.rempel AT fresno.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 21:30:06 -0700
Late this afternoon I birded along the road into Moss Landing State Beach. 
About a hundred yards in from highway 1 I saw what I believe to be a 
winter-plumage Stilt Sandpiper. I say "believe" because I have no previous 
experience with this species, and am far from an expert on unusual sandpipers. 
Still, after observing it for about 90 minutes (some of that with help from two 
other birders who also shared my sandpiper limitations), that's the only 
verdict I could reach. Here's what I can tell you: 

 
 Size: the bird was together with Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, 
Dowitchers, and Black-bellied Plovers. It was markedly bigger than the first 
two of those, and smaller than the second two. As such, it seemed about 
perfectly sized for Stilt Sandpiper 

 

 Behavior: the bird spent most of its time in shallow water, probing the mud 
with a very rapid and irregular rhythm. Its posture was tilted quite far 
forward much of the time while feeding. It was not easily spooked, even when 
many of the other birds around it flushed. Because of that, I never got to see 
it in flight. 

 

 Field marks: the bird had pale gray upperparts, a strong white supercilium 
with a somewhat dark eyestripe, slightly drooping bill, long greenish legs, and 
light streaking on breast and neck. The belly and undertail coverts were white. 
It appeared to have a white rump visible between the folded wings. It raised 
its wings for a brief moment a few times, and I saw white underwings surrounded 
by gray. It was difficult to tell if the wing tips extended beyond the tail, 
though we finally decided that they did very slightly. Since it didn't fly, I 
can't say anything about those marks. 

 

 The other birders took a few photographs, and I asked them to email them to 
me. If they do so, I'll post a photo. 

 

 Kevin Enns-Rempel
 Fresno, CA

Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Forster's Tern 23 Aug
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:28:10 -0700
Hi all,
After my hohum Shay Park eBird survey this morning I ventured to Eureka to
look for the Common Tern that Cedric Duhalde had found yesterday. Cedric
and Alexandra Lamb were present at the pilings off of Marina Way south of
the Wharfinger Building when I arrived but no Common Tern was present. One
juvenile FORSTER'S TERN was present however. Alex had 3 Forster's here the
other day and last Saturday (16 Aug.) I had 3 north of the Samoa Bridge
while on the Madaket on an employee cruise.

At Jacoby Creek mouth we had (+Samantha Bacon) one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Results of Island Packers pelagic trip, August 21
From: "Peter Gaede pgaede AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:28:35 -0700
Hello All:


The Islander spent from 8AM to 6:45PM in Ventura and Santa Barbara County 
waters yesterday. Our basic route involved heading out from the Ventura harbor 
to East Anacapa, then southeast over the Pilgrim Banks to Santa Barbara Island 
(SBI). After dropping off campers there, we circled the island (which included 
good coverage of the vertical cliff faces at Sutil Island off the SW corner of 
SBI), and then headed south to Osborn Bank. Our return trip skirted the eastern 
edge of the Santa Cruz Basin towards the "footprint" and through the Anacapa 
Passage. Overall, weather and sea conditions were excellent, and we had good, 
extended views of most species encountered. 



Highlights were 3 pairs of CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, a RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, and a 
total of 11 BROWN BOOBIES. One subadult Brown was seen perched with cormorants 
on East Anacapa Island at the "traditional" booby roost there, and the 
remaining 10 were seen at Sutil Island. The Sutil bunch included one adult (or 
near-adult), with up to 7 individuals perched together on the same cliff face. 



Just outside the harbor, we spent time sorting through a very large raft of 
Black-vented Shearwaters, totaling at least 7,500 birds. Other mentionables 
were steady groups of Red-necked Phalaropes seen throughout the day and a 
single, heavily worn Northern Fulmar. Storm-petrels were in short supply (only 
a couple of Blacks seen), and we observed only 3-4 Sooty Shearwaters. 



Thanks to Joel Barrett and Island Packers for organizing and making this trip 
happen, Captain Lee, all the participants, and to co-leaders Joel Barrett, Wes 
Fritz, Matt Victoria and Greg Smith. 



Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara




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Subject: AUG. 15, 16, 17 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:28:17 -0700
Howdy, CalBirders,
 
Highlights of Shearwater Journeys's most recent three pelagic trips are as 
follows: 


August 15, Monterey (all birds for Monterey County): a massive feeding flock of 
SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED (450) SHEARWATERS along with as many as 30 Humpback 
Whales just outside of the harbor; offshore we found SOUTH POLAR SKUA and the 
first juvenile SABINE'S GULLS of the season, and one CRAVERI'S MURRELET. Marine 
mammals were terrific, ending the day with breaching Humpbacks. Full report: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/monterey-seabirds-august-15-2014.html 


August 16, Half Moon Bay was an incredibly amazing day at sea. Highlights: 
continuing good numbers of (129) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; continuing 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, more BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (first found on our 26 July 
trip); WILSON'S (12), ASHY (13) and BLACK (450) STORM-PETRELS near the 100 
fathom edge (I have not found numbers of storm-petrels in such shallow water 
since the late 1970's to early 1980's); SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS 
(2); and TUFTED PUFFINS (2). 


Marine mammals that favor more tropical areas were a surprise on this trip. 
This included 250 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, one "presumed" offshore 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and one DWARF/PYGMY SPERM WHALE. During the 39 years I've 
been doing pelagic trips, I've only seen Dwarf/Pygmy Sperm Whale once. (I have 
seen them on long range voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific, though). I 
had views of this unique and little known cetacean five times on August 16th. 
Scott Terrill also saw this animal, but we were the only two on the trip who 
saw it. We prefer to identify it as Kogia, only, for want of a better view. 


A ten foot SALMON SHARK that swam around our vessel for about 10 minutes gave 
everyone great views however. The full trip report with images: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trip-jumping-with.html 


The central coast of California is teaming with food. We have, in abundance, 
anchovies, sardines, squid and juvenile rockfish, along with loads of 
zooplankton (see my report). Squid is of particular interest. The salmon shark 
and dwarf/pygmy sperm whale, as well as Risso's dolphins and albatrosses are 
feeding on the squid. I am loathe to make "predictions" because they are so 
often off the mark, but I think it is safe to say that just about anything that 
feeds on squid could turn up. That includes the nocturnal feeding 
Swallow-tailed gull. 


Our next trips from Monterey are August 22 with Scott Terrill, Rick Fournier, 
Jennifer Green and I co-leading, and from Half Moon Bay on August 23 with Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks and I co-leading. Most (all) 
of Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay are welling in warm water at 61 to 63 F. It 
is like one big bathtub out there. The "edge" is 70 miles off Half Moon Bay at 
this time. These things will, of course, change over the next several weeks. It 
seems likely to me that a lot of the birdlife is out at the edge, including 
most of the jaegers, Buller's shearwaters and Arctic and Common Terns. 


Departing from Bodega Bay, we have trips on September 1 with Steve Howell, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini and I co-leading and on September 19 with Peter 
Pyle, Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green and I co-leading. 
The only 50-some degree water is out at Bodega Canyon. If this holds up and the 
area is not infiltrated by warm water, it could be a very interesting place for 
seabirds. 


And, loads more trips from Monterey and Half Moon Bay throughout September and 
October. See our full schedule at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Squid Schools 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

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Subject: Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival +
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 12:12:43 -0700
Sonoma Birding will host another festive day long event featuring most of the 
major binoculars and scopes companies in the USA along with extraordinary 
nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and authors from Northern 
California. Free family event and free parking at the beautiful Cornerstone 
Gardens http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. 
(info -707-939-8007) 

 
 Visit - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/ for fall 
lecture information. On Sept 10th Amaroq Weiss - with Return of the Wolf 
(Center for Biological Diversity) and on 10/8 - Sundance Director, Judy Irving 
discussing her new documentary on pelican. The movie "Pelican Dreams" will 
premiere in the North Bay on Oct. 31st at the Sebastini Theatre in Sonoma. 

 
 tom rusert & darren peterie
 
 sonoma,ca
 
Subject: Lesser Black-backed continues, juv. Heermann's, etc. 16 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:25:24 -0700
Hi all,
I made a quick stop at the Elk River mouth to check and see if the LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL continued; it did. This was around 3:00 p.m. The bird is
pretty much missing it's whole tail still so it will probably be sticking
around for awhile until it grows a new one in. If you haven't seen this
bird yet it's still there for you.

A quick stop at the Wharfinger building area (Marina Way) yielded a
juvenile HEERMANN'S GULL which, according to Alvaro Jaramillo (see his post
to Calbirds ), have been
almost nonexistent along the CA coast this fall.

Lastly, I led the Arcata Marsh walk this morning and the major highlight
was a great study of a LONG-TAILED WEASEL that was right at the entrance to
the Brackish Pond trail. It seem like this animal is being reported more
often from the Marsh and this was the 3rd time I've seen one here in the
past couple of years. Very cool!

Photos of the weasel and Heermann's gull are at my flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/14754167237/

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Heermann's Gull update
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:42:37 -0700
Hi folks

 

   Essentially there are no juvenile Heermann's Gulls being seen on the West
Coast. Today I saw my first juvenile in Half Moon Bay after diligent looking
at hundreds on most days. There were 860 Heermann's on the beach here today,
which is a large number for our county, and the one juvenile. Birds from
last year, the uniform chocolate-brown birds, comprised about 20% of the
flock to give an idea of how few juveniles there are. Uniform
chocolate-brown birds molting primary feathers are young from last year.
Juveniles should look scaly (pale fringed) on the coverts, paler brown, than
the older birds. BJ Stacey sent me the only photo I have seen of a juvenile
this year from Sinaloa, Mex: 

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/831139
   Guy McCaskie reports that he has not seen any Juvenile Yellow-footed
Gulls either this year (that was over a week ago, things may have changed).
Based on Half Moon Bay numbers, which may not be representative, right now
juvenile Heermann's are about 1 in a thousand! That is looooowwww. There is
a chance that the few that are out there have not pushed north yet, and we
will get an influx. But the overall pattern shows how bad the breeding
season for seabirds was in Baja this year!! Elegant Terns fared better as it
appears that a sizeable portion flew Baja, and re-nested in San Diego later
than usual, where conditions were better. 

BTW, Michael Force doing a research cruise had a couple of Juan Fernandez
Petrels 265 miles WSW of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County. As the petrel
flies, that is only a couple of hours flying to get to California waters!! 

 

Good birding

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Pelagic Seabirding Trip News
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:44:40 -0700
Howdy, Calbirders,

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic 
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN 
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S 
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first 
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S 
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 


This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:
HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel-on.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik-august-2.html 

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-august-2.html 


SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:
Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terrill-july-26.html 

Images by Todd McGrath:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-33-species.html 


For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company with 
nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports that span 
the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego. Currently, we offer 
trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. We've 
indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of seabirds and marine 
mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders going out on boat trips 
was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have joined our trips over these 
many long years. 


Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are 
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott 
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 


Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn, 
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb, Brian 
Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve Tucker, Jim 
Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick Levendosky, Dena Spatz, 
Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, 
Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy, Mary Gustafson, and other guest 
leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To read 
more about our leaders and see their biographies: 

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

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so 
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea: 


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


With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see our 
entire program here: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but still 
able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2, 2013. So, 
the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay has had its 
share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live in the Bay Area. 
And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare and mega-rare seabirds 
than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and September 19). 


I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many 
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each 
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life 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

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Subject: An Elegant time in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:32:58 -0700


Yesterday afternoon 420 Elegant Terns were resting on the small rock just off 
the parking lot at the base of the B Street Pier in the Crescent City Harbor. 

Alan D. Barron
Subject: n. jetty highlights 12 Aug, continuing Lark Bunting, etc.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:37:02 -0700
Hi all,
Yesterday I did a seawatch on the north jetty of Humboldt Bay from
1015-1325 (this was after reading a report of a Masked Booby from San Mateo
County!). I didn't have any boobies but the diversity was decent.
Highlights were as follows:

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 1 bird seen following the "Good News" trawler in.
It was maybe about 1.5-2 miles out when spotted. Probably this same bird
was seen again with Brad Elvert and Samantha Bacon around 1 p.m. and even
closer in this time..probably the closest I have ever seen albatross from
shore in HUM (about 1 mile or less). I saw albatross from the jetty back on
24 July and both times they were following commercial fishing boats (but
were over 3-4 miles out) that were coming back in to the bay so that helps
but of course really good far visibility also plays a factor.

BRANDT'S CORMORANTS: Many groups were seen flying from the north to the
south with around 70 tallied. I haven't seen that many from the jetty for
awhile.

PARASITIC JAEGER: Had 2 adults fly by; one harassed an Elegant Tern a bit.

ELEGANT TERN: It seems like this species has increased up here in the past
couple of days. About 35 were roosting on the Coast Guard breakwater while
driving in and over 40 were foraging around the jetty. David Fix told me he
has heard and seen ELTE in North Humboldt Bay this past week, which isn't
an annual occurrence.

MARBLED MURRELETS: You can pretty much get murrelets here most days but 2
were very close to the jetty today and were calling frequently.

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19456979

The LARK BUNTING that Keith Slauson found on 12 August was seen by
new-to-Humboldt-birder Mathew McConnell yesterday and reported to eBird.
Checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19440401 I
went to go see if the bird was around in the evening but couldn't scrape it
up but it was late and quiet.

Around my house lately off of Fernwood Drive in McKinleyville I've had some
interesting birds like OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (1-2 a year here from the
yard), SAVANNAH SPARROW (flyover migrants only in August/early-September
here), and a couple of WESTERN TANAGERS (1st fall migrants for me).


-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Ventura Pelagic Breakdown
From: "joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Aug 2014 22:13:47 -0700
Island Packers Pelagic Birding Trip, Thursday August 21st
 Departs: Ventura Harbor 8 am (check in from 7-7:30am)
 Returns: 5-6 pm
 Price $125
 Bring your own food, or select from our Galley snacks, beverages, and some 
microwave ready foods. 

 Contact: Island Packers  AT  IslandPackers.com
 or call us (805) 642-1393 to book your trip or to answer any of your 
questions. 

 

 Sorry for the lack of price detail on the original post!
 

 Joel Barrett
 Oxnard, Ca
 Island Packers
Subject: Island Packers, August 21st Pelagic trip
From: "joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Aug 2014 21:45:43 -0700
 
 Hello Birders.
 
 I wanted to let everyone out there know about a special Pelagic Birding trip 
coming up on Thursday August 21st. The trip will run out of Ventura Harbor, 
departing at 8 am and returning to the Dock at approximately 5-6 pm. We have 
some spaces available still, and we at Island Packers didn’t want anyone to 
miss out on this trip for lack of knowledge of the event. Our trip is priced 
lower than many other pelagic trips for distance covered and time at sea, due 
to the fact that it is partially subsidized by a small group of hearty campers. 
The campers are being transported to Santa Barbara Island 55 miles away from 
the Harbor and 38 miles from the nearest point on the mainland. This will be 
aboard our high-speed power catamaran which usually reaches this destination in 
2.5 hrs. We will, however, be on the lookout for great birds that are notorious 
along this route, including rafts of Ashy and Black Storm-petrels. This gives 
us the added bonus of looking for rare birds that are sometimes found out on 
the Channel Islands. Around the Island we will search for birds such as 
American Oystercatcher, Brown Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies and perhaps the 
rarer Masked, or Red-footed Boobies. 

 
 The disembarkation process for the campers generally takes 30-60 minutes and 
then the rest of the trip is pure Pelagic Birding bliss. We will work with the 
weather (which is typically great late summer/fall) and try to tease out the 
best off shore areas to find those coveted birds. We have a lot to work with, 
deep basins, underwater ridges, and hotspots that seem to always hold some 
activity. The benefit of booking this trip is that Island Packers and the Crew 
have experience running these types of trips, and along with our hand selected 
leaders, we will be searching the horizons non-stop, even when you are tired 
and have gone into the galley to get refreshments and some lunch. 

 
 The vessel you will be riding on is a 64 foot, high-speed Catamaran. We 
generally cruise at 18-20 knots, but always slow for interesting groups of 
birds, whales, and whatever else is out there, or take some time to let out 
some chum and popcorn to bring the birds into us! We are licensed to carry over 
150 passengers but we have limited this trip to a fraction of our capacity to 
allow for a comfortable ride with plenty of space for everyone either on the 
upper deck or on the main deck from the bow to the stern. A select group of 
handpicked leaders will be aboard to help find and identify those tricky 
pelagic birds, and help train your eye on the ones you don’t see. 

 
 The other benefit of traveling with us is that we are literally out on the 
ocean every day and know what is currently being seen through the area and if 
interesting trends are occurring. Here is a rundown of some of the birds we 
have seen just this summer: 

 
 Ashy Storm petrel
 
 Black Storm-petrel
 
 Leach’s Storm-petrel
 
 Northern Fulmar
 
 Black-vented Shearwater
 
 Pink-footed Shearwater
 
 Sooty Shearwater
 
 Manx Shearwater
 
 Pomarine Jaeger
 
 South Polar Skua
 
 Brown Booby
 
 Blue-footed Booby
 
 Common Murre
 
 Craveri’s Murrelet
 
 Scripps’s Murrelet
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Cassin’s Auklet
 
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 
 Three types of Cormorant
 
 Western, Heermann’s, and California Gulls
 
 Least, Royal, Elegant, Black, Common, and Caspian Tern
 
  
 
 We will be searching for all of these and MORE on this trip…
 
 Hope to see you aboard,
 
 Joel Barrett
 
 Oxnard, Ca
 
 Island Packers
 
  
 
 Book your trip at WWW.ISLANDPACKERS.COM http://www.islandpackers.com/
 
 Or call us at (805) 642-1393
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
Subject: Fwd: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:41:32 -0700
Sophie Webb asked me to forward this for her.


John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sophie Webb 
> Subject: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project
> Date: August 11, 2014 at 7:15:36 PM PDT
> To: Monterey Bay Birds 
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> A friend of mine, Myra Finkelstein, who works on CA Condors, (she's a 
toxicologist), asked me to post the following citizen science project that some 
folks might want to participate in. 

>  
> Here's the press release:
>  http://news.ucsc.edu/2014/04/condor-watch.html
> 
> And here's more information:
> http://www.condorwatch.org/
> 
> If you have further questions you can contact Myra directly:
> 
>  Myra Finkelstein 
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Sophie
> ⟡⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢
> Sophie Webb
> www.sophiewebb.com
> Sophie AT oikonos.org
> 
> 
> 
> _______________________________________________
> mbb mailing list
> mbb AT lists.pbsci.ucsc.edu
> http://lists.pbsci.ucsc.edu/mailman/listinfo/mbb
Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper, MRE 11 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:51:11 -0700
Hi all,
I checked the Mad River estuary this morning, accessed from Hiller Park.
Lot's of peeps were present and I found what I was looking for: a juvenile
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. I usually get 1-3 different SESAs here every fall
and usually right around this time of year. If you bird this area I'd
recommend doing it when the low tide is in the morning and it's best when
it's a negative or near-negative tide.

I see in eBird that Matt Lau had the 1st Humboldt Semipalmated Sand of the
season on 4 August from Clam Beach. There have been numerous reports in Del
Norte County already, mostly from the Alexandre Dairy.

eBird list from this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19412287

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post
From: "'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:54:48 -0700
In that case, does this furthet reinforce Álvaro's hypothesis of breeding 
failure caused by warm El Niño waters??? 


Tom

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

"Don't confuse age with rust, Mister Palmer." - Doctor Mallard

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

-----Original message-----
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" 
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 17:47:27 GMT+00:00
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post

Kimball Garrett has looked at my sequence of photos of this morning's Gull 
flock, and indicated that none of the brownish birds were hatch-year birds. 
Thus I'm withdrawing that earlier post. 


Thanks

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 
Subject: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 10:47:23 -0700
Kimball Garrett has looked at my sequence of photos of this morning's Gull 
flock, and indicated that none of the brownish birds were hatch-year birds. 
Thus I'm withdrawing that earlier post. 


Thanks

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 

Subject: Immature Heermann's Gulls
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 09:56:48 -0700
Alvaro posted a while ago that he was seeing at that time only adult Heermann's 
Gulls in northern California and requested information on flocks in southern 
California. There is usually a small flock of this species along Strand and 
Salt Creek Beaches in Dana Point, Orange County, CA. This morning at Strand 
Beach, in a flock of about 75 Heermann's Gulls, 7 chocolate brown immatures 
were counted. I don't think this ratio is unusual, but I've not been recording 
that information in the past. 


Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 

Subject: No Green Sandpiper
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:29:02 -0700
Folks,

We have not relocated the sandpiper, despite intensive efforts all over the
Arcata Bottoms and Marsh. Not being a big fan of single-observer first
state records (although I was once a strong advocate of putting Three-toed
Woodpecker on the list!), I won't be pushing this as the first record south
of Alaska. I am especially concerned with the prevalence of hybridization
in shorebirds, the less-than-perfect leg color, and the fact that I only
heard the alarm call (the bird was very agitated), not the typical flight
call described in all the books (xeno-canto.org has many examples of both).

Thanks for all the hard work everybody,
Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: No Green Sandpiper
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:29:02 -0700
Folks,

We have not relocated the sandpiper, despite intensive efforts all over the
Arcata Bottoms and Marsh. Not being a big fan of single-observer first
state records (although I was once a strong advocate of putting Three-toed
Woodpecker on the list!), I won't be pushing this as the first record south
of Alaska. I am especially concerned with the prevalence of hybridization
in shorebirds, the less-than-perfect leg color, and the fact that I only
heard the alarm call (the bird was very agitated), not the typical flight
call described in all the books (xeno-canto.org has many examples of both).

Thanks for all the hard work everybody,
Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Re: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?
From: "'Tom Leskiw' tomleskiw AT suddenlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:02:15 -0700
The bird was neither seen nor heard today, despite searchers spending many 
hours looking for it at Klopp Lake at the Arcata Marsh project. Nor was the 
bird detected by the party or two that searched further afield in Arcata 
Bottom. 


Tom Leskiw
Eureka, CA     

From: mailto:CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 7:41 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?

  

I assume some folks were out looking today. Negative data can be useful, 
especially for those who live at a distance. 




Thanks,



John Cant

Fremont, CA





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


From: nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] 

  

Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling Green 
Sandpiper at Klopp Lake , which is at the south end of I Street in Arcata. 



Subject: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?
From: "'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:41:37 -0700
I assume some folks were out looking today. Negative data can be useful, 
especially for those who live at a distance. 

  
 Thanks,
  
 John Cant
 Fremont, CA
  
 
 From: nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf 
Of Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] 

  

 Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling 
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake , which is at the south end of I Street in 
Arcata. 

 
 
 
 


 
Subject: Green Sandpiper in Humboldt
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:55:51 -0700
Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake, which is at the south end of I Street in
Arcata.

A series of very unique "kleep" calls drew my attention to the bird as it
circled the lake. I had many good views of the striking dorsal surface in
flight, which showed a white band across the lower rump/tail base,
contrasting boldly with the all-dark upperparts and thick black tail band.
The bird landed on a log on an island in the lake, continuing to call
loudly. Standing, it just looked (but didn't sound!) like a Solitary
Sandpiper. The dull yellow (not greenish) legs threw me off at first, but I
see now that many Greens show this coloration (at least young birds).

See you all first thing in the morning!

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Green Sandpiper in Humboldt
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:55:51 -0700
Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake, which is at the south end of I Street in
Arcata.

A series of very unique "kleep" calls drew my attention to the bird as it
circled the lake. I had many good views of the striking dorsal surface in
flight, which showed a white band across the lower rump/tail base,
contrasting boldly with the all-dark upperparts and thick black tail band.
The bird landed on a log on an island in the lake, continuing to call
loudly. Standing, it just looked (but didn't sound!) like a Solitary
Sandpiper. The dull yellow (not greenish) legs threw me off at first, but I
see now that many Greens show this coloration (at least young birds).

See you all first thing in the morning!

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Heermann's - no juveniles.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:37:46 -0700
Hello all, 

 

    We are seeing good flocks of Heermann's Gulls in the Half Moon Bay area,
sometimes up to 400 or more birds on the beach. I have been looking
diligently here and so far there are no (0) juveniles! I expect that there
are some farther south, but so far nothing up here. It seems to me that they
had a disastrous breeding season. It is harder to look through large numbers
of Brown Pelicans, but the other day in Pillar Point Harbor in many hundreds
I saw two juveniles. Again, a very poor season. Elegant Tern juveniles are
plentiful however, and it seems that they were spared the same disastrous
breeding situations. I could not tell you if there are many less juvenile
terns than usual, but they are noticeable and plentiful. 

      

What are the reports from farther south? 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:38:10 -0700
Hello all,

Mute Swans unfortunately appear to have breed here in the Anderson 
area.  Though there is no direct observation or evidence that I can 
remember, the repeated report of 2 birds for the last 2 years or so, has 
turned into 5 birds this year.  Some observers thought they were a 
family group.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta County


On 8/4/2014 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in 
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic 
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become 
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in 
> California to the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, 
> however, Mute Swans have thankfully never been documented nesting in 
> the area. Let's hope it stays that way and that pair that is up at Big 
> Lagoon moves on at some point.Â
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic 
> species in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as 
> such since there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, 
> that does not mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You 
> should as some day they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the 
> region. Also, know that if you entered Mute Swan in the region and it 
> was invalidated that it is not a record that is just gone and deleted. 
> Anything that is invalidated in eBird can be revalidated and will then 
> show up in the bar charts and point maps. If one day this species does 
> establish a self-sustaining population then the past records will be 
> rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated 
> here in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off 
> of V Street Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY 
> DUCK, COMMON SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those 
> barnyard geese and Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that 
> pops up occasionally and thankfully we here have few exotics to think 
> about!Â
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully 
> this might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the 
> bar charts or range and point maps if you try and search for them.Â
>
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [shasta_birders]" <shasta_birders-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:38:10 -0700
Hello all,

Mute Swans unfortunately appear to have breed here in the Anderson 
area.  Though there is no direct observation or evidence that I can 
remember, the repeated report of 2 birds for the last 2 years or so, has 
turned into 5 birds this year.  Some observers thought they were a 
family group.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta County


On 8/4/2014 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in 
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic 
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become 
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in 
> California to the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, 
> however, Mute Swans have thankfully never been documented nesting in 
> the area. Let's hope it stays that way and that pair that is up at Big 
> Lagoon moves on at some point.Â
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic 
> species in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as 
> such since there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, 
> that does not mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You 
> should as some day they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the 
> region. Also, know that if you entered Mute Swan in the region and it 
> was invalidated that it is not a record that is just gone and deleted. 
> Anything that is invalidated in eBird can be revalidated and will then 
> show up in the bar charts and point maps. If one day this species does 
> establish a self-sustaining population then the past records will be 
> rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated 
> here in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off 
> of V Street Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY 
> DUCK, COMMON SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those 
> barnyard geese and Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that 
> pops up occasionally and thankfully we here have few exotics to think 
> about!Â
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully 
> this might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the 
> bar charts or range and point maps if you try and search for them.Â
>
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Re: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI
From: "Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:27:23 -0700
Thanks Rob for your efforts to keep eBird looking good and free from
misidentified birds. But I would hope to sway your thinking on this topic.
I think it is very important to not invalidate records of non established
exotics. Doing so makes it too hard to refind those records. I mean as long
as a species is correctly identified, it ought to be readily accessible
with the normal eBird.org query tools (for example the Bar Charts and
Maps). I strongly feel that one shouldn't have to resort to doing a
stab-in-the-dark query using the Avian Knowledge Network. First off you
have to ask permission to access those data. And it has taken days or even
weeks for me to be granted access. Second you can't just access the entire
database. You have to know what species to ask about. For example, who
would ever think to query about Common Myna. This species is not on any
list of birds of California that I have ever encountered. But yet there are
records for SoCal. I had a total fright upon seeing the first pair that I
found in Orange County. But because they don't show up in the Bar Charts
for California, one would think that there are no records what-so-ever. I
think this just feeds into a negative feedback loop (is that the proper
term) where if it is not on our lists, it is not in our bird books and
hence it is not in our awareness. Because it is not in our awareness, many
don't see them, count them, report them. And you commendably touch of this.
But please just take the dive and call all birds legit birds and don't
religate a disparaged subset of our avifauna to some dark recess of the
Avian Knowledge Network where they are practically impossible to extract.
Anyway I could go on and on because this is one of the few topics that I
get riled up about. In fact, I wrote a long and passionate essay for the
San Diego Listserv a while back that I will attach. But one final point.
Say you are about to travel to a new destination and you wanted to brush up
on the ID of the birds. Perhaps one of the Hawaiian islands and imagine if
the bar chart didn't have all the avian possibilities on the Bar Chart; you
wouldn't know how to prepare to ID what you might encounter.


Here is that essay: It was prompted by an appeal to remove an exotic
species from the San Diego County list. This species became extirpated
after having a breeding population:

Because many birders are listers I'm not too surprised that the focus of
the SD list has focused on countability and friendly competition. But I
would like to encourage us to retain Ring-necked Pheasant on our List of
Birds Species Known to Have Occurred within San Diego County forever. Lists
are the foundation of most bird books. Lists of a given geographical scope,
such as county lists, should inform us of what species were 1) noticed, 2)
agreed upon as correctly identified and 3) recorded for posterity. I view a
county list as a living scientific document written cooperatively by the
experts in their field.

When the next native bird (Gambel's Quail, anyone) becomes extirpated from
San Diego county, will there be a movement to remove it from the list?

We are fanatical about birds and my hope is that we will take an interest
in all birds.  After all the number of species on the planet is finite. For
me, it is really interesting that pheasants raised young here in this
climate. It is just as interesting that the Blue-gray Tanager persisted in
Florida for a number of years and that the Crested Myna did the same in
British Colombia. These extirpations can teach us interesting things about
ecology if we don't erase them from our lists--our awareness. Fast
forwarding to the distant future, I ponder the time when the European
Starling and the House Sparrow have sufficiently diverged from their parent
stocks. Will these new species be granted a place on the list of native
fauna? Will they eventually become worthy of protection under the
International Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species Act?
Similarly, when wild bird capture and transportation has been halted
because it is against the Rights of Nature Act of 2087 (we eventually
followed Ecuador's lead) and when SoCal's  Red-crowned Parrots and the
Lilac-crowned Parrots have formed a thriving homogeneous hybrid swarm and
that population has proceeded down its own ecological path to become a
third species distinct from its parent populations and has evolved to feed
on the seeds of a plant that today are Joshua Trees (hey who's to say what
might happen). Will our progeny be bummed that we didn't leave a more
complete record?

I try to think on larger time scales and my opinion is that our job
shouldn't be to filter knowledge. It should be to record it and steward it
by having expansive and complete lists.

I guess my ultimate goal is to sway birder culture. My hope is that
conditions will change to allow a rewriting of the bylaws of local, state
and national bird review committees. I advocate that all species that are
unprecedented or unpredictable components of our fauna (less than 4
documented sightings a year on average) should be reviewed by a review
committee.  That includes a Hyacinth Macaw winging over San Francisco. The
Black Swan that expired on Southeast Farallon Island. The Pink-backed
Pelican seen two Falls in a row by biologists on the Farallons. The ship
assisted Great Potoo. The Magelenic Penguin swimming off the Point Reyes
Lighthouse. The lost Golden-cheeked Warbler visiting the Farallons. The
Orange Bishops cavorting in the marshes of California. The Demoiselle Crane
traveling with a flock of Sandhills. Arguments over questions of provenance
are frequently unwinable. And in my view irrelevant. We may not ever know
the truth of how any given individual appeared in a given area. Sure let's
count that Gray Silky Flycatcher, Baikal Teal or Common Shelduck. I hope
that we can simply sidestep that futile exercise and move on the more
important issues like creating a more pervasive awareness of how introduced
biota impact and alter a novel ecosystem. Let us make this axiom a
household concept beginning with nature lovers and progressing to policy
makers. Perhaps then we will not be faced with an ecological Quagga-mires
at every turn. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel/



Flock on!

Elias Elias
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
walkie-talkie primero 707-633-8833
last ditch alternate 559-433-7254


On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com
[nwcalbird]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in California to
> the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, however, Mute Swans have
> thankfully never been documented nesting in the area. Let's hope it stays
> that way and that pair that is up at Big Lagoon moves on at some point.
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic species
> in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as such since
> there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, that does not
> mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You should as some day
> they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the region. Also, know that if
> you entered Mute Swan in the region and it was invalidated that it is not a
> record that is just gone and deleted. Anything that is invalidated in eBird
> can be revalidated and will then show up in the bar charts and point maps.
> If one day this species does establish a self-sustaining population then
> the past records will be rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated here
> in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off of V Street
> Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY DUCK, COMMON
> SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those barnyard geese and
> Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that pops up occasionally and
> thankfully we here have few exotics to think about!
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully this
> might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the bar charts
> or range and point maps if you try and search for them.
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 
>
Subject: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:01:34 -0700
Hi all,
With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in
eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic
species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become
established in many areas in the US, including many areas in California to
the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, however, Mute Swans have
thankfully never been documented nesting in the area. Let's hope it stays
that way and that pair that is up at Big Lagoon moves on at some point.

So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic species in
the NW California region and I invalidate every report as such since there
is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, that does not mean
you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You should as some day they
may (unfortunately) start breeding in the region. Also, know that if you
entered Mute Swan in the region and it was invalidated that it is not a
record that is just gone and deleted. Anything that is invalidated in eBird
can be revalidated and will then show up in the bar charts and point maps.
If one day this species does establish a self-sustaining population then
the past records will be rereviewed and then probably validated.

Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated here in
Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off of V Street
Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY DUCK, COMMON
SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those barnyard geese and
Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that pops up occasionally and
thankfully we here have few exotics to think about!

So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully this
might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the bar charts
or range and point maps if you try and search for them.

-- 
Rob Fowler
Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
Subject: Summer North American Birds report
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:08:46 -0700
Hi Humboldt and Del Norte Birders,

The brief North American Birds Summer Season has ended (1 June-31 July) and
I will be submitting a report of Humboldt and Del Norte County sightings
from the summer period to the Northern California regional editors and
wanted to take a moment to reach out to the Northwestern California birding
community for any bird sightings that have not been reported to the
Northwestern California Bird Alert, eBird, NWCALBIRD, Field Notes in the
RRAS Sandpiper, and the sightings list at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive
Center. I am interested in reports of rare species (including initial date
of discovery and last date of sighting, if possible), locally rare or
uncommon species, and notable numbers of common or expected species, and
notable absence of species and especially interesting breeding records
since it is the breeding season. It's important for written details,
photographs, or drawings/sketches to accompany reports of rare
species--especially species under review by the California Bird Records
Committee (see:http://californiabirds.org/review.asp
). If no documentation is
provided for CBRC review species then they won't be published in the fall
report. Thank you to those who have provided documentation thus far!

I try to glean as much information as I can from postings to this listserv,
the bird box and eBird entries, but it is very helpful to get summary
reports directly from you, the observers. Many times the dates of sightings
are often garbled in listserv posts, and documentation is frequently
lacking from such posts. I do download all the eBirdreports from each
reporting period but it has become more and more time consuming to search
through all of them to find records of interest since more and more people
are using eBird in Northwestern California (which is GREAT!).

So, please make my job easier by compiling your interesting sightings and
submitting them directly to me. If you are an eBird user and want some tips
on how to compile your records for NAB feel free to contact me for more
info on how to do that.

I'd prefer records be listed in the below format with species, date,
location and county, number of species reported, and observers all tab
separated. Below is an example:

Harris’s Sparrow     12/14/2013+            [Salmon Ave.] McKinleyville
HUM         1              Keith Slauson, m.ob.


Please get your sightings to me by *10 August or a couple of days after
that.*

Thanks in advance to all Humboldt and Del Norte birders!

Rob Fowler
HUM & DN NAB subregional editor
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 August
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:01:14 -0700
Hi all,
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was present today (is still present right now?) at the mouth of the Elk
River at the south end of Eureka. Many of us had very nice looks at the
bird today and it was well documented.

If you are so inclined to look for this bird I would recommend that you get
there early-afternoon. The bird didn't arrive to the gull roost just south
of the trestle until about 1:05 p.m. and hung around the whole time
preening and roosting with the hundreds of other gulls. All the gulls
started coming in from the south starting around 12:30 p.m. and all of a
sudden there was the Lesser Black-backed.

I put a photo album up from my pictures from yesterday and today:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/

This is Humboldt County's first confirmed record and probably the first
August record for Northern California and maybe outside of the Salton Sea.

Thanks to Tristan McKee for finding the bird and from comments from Al
Jaramillo, Steve Tucker, and others regarding the true identity of it.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Fwd: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:19:25 -0700
Forwarding this post for Alvaro since he isn't on NWCALBIRD.

Rob

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alvaro Jaramillo 
Date: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
To: Rob Fowler , Tristan McKee 
Cc: Northwest calbird , Calbirds <
calbirds AT yahoogroups.com>


Rob et al.



    Looking at the photos, structurally this bird looks pretty classic for
Lesser Black-backed, with a thin and parallel sided bill, very long winged
look, mean facial expression. A Kelp Gull looks more Western Gull like in
structure, although longer winged.

     Age is important. This is a bird molting from the first cycle to the
second cycle. Kelp Gull gets a smattering of blackish-grey on the mantle
very early on, during the summer of the first cycle. So by the time the
transition occurs from first to second cycle they look pretty blackish-grey
on the back.

     This is more difficult to get a handle on, the molt timing issue.
Kelps in the Pacific of South America are undergoing the transition from
first to second cycle beginning in November and ending Jan-Feb. If a lost
first cycle bird was up here it would have fledged in February – March, so
it would be relatively fresh still. Even if northern hemisphere seasonality
turned on the molt early in the bird you should see the older unmolted
primaries as being pretty fresh. If they showed a good amount of wear, then
it is a bird older than that. If they looked normal for state of wear of
other northern hemisphere gulls it was with – likely it is a northern
hemisphere gull. A southern hemisphere gull with a delayed molt from first
to second would have exceedingly worn feathering on the old primaries.



I don’t have access to NW Calbird if you want to forward this to them.



Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



*From:* CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] *On
Behalf Of *Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]
*Sent:* Sunday, August 03, 2014 9:59 AM
*To:* Tristan McKee
*Cc:* Northwest calbird; Calbirds
*Subject:* [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?





All,

Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/



I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that
it had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of
part of the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better
for LBBG, I think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little
experience with LBBG and none with Kelp).



Cheers,





Rob Fowler





On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]
 wrote:



The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers
are lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging
now). Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser
Black-backed Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls,
this would be Humboldt's first record (although it could be a
taxonomically-questionable Asian bird as well).

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA





-- 

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA

www.fowleropebirding.com





-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: RE: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:38:52 -0700
Rob et al. 

 

 Looking at the photos, structurally this bird looks pretty classic for Lesser 
Black-backed, with a thin and parallel sided bill, very long winged look, mean 
facial expression. A Kelp Gull looks more Western Gull like in structure, 
although longer winged. 


 Age is important. This is a bird molting from the first cycle to the second 
cycle. Kelp Gull gets a smattering of blackish-grey on the mantle very early 
on, during the summer of the first cycle. So by the time the transition occurs 
from first to second cycle they look pretty blackish-grey on the back. 


 This is more difficult to get a handle on, the molt timing issue. Kelps in the 
Pacific of South America are undergoing the transition from first to second 
cycle beginning in November and ending Jan-Feb. If a lost first cycle bird was 
up here it would have fledged in February – March, so it would be relatively 
fresh still. Even if northern hemisphere seasonality turned on the molt early 
in the bird you should see the older unmolted primaries as being pretty fresh. 
If they showed a good amount of wear, then it is a bird older than that. If 
they looked normal for state of wear of other northern hemisphere gulls it was 
with – likely it is a northern hemisphere gull. A southern hemisphere gull 
with a delayed molt from first to second would have exceedingly worn feathering 
on the old primaries. 


 

I don’t have access to NW Calbird if you want to forward this to them. 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 9:59 AM
To: Tristan McKee
Cc: Northwest calbird; Calbirds
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?

 

  

All,

Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/ 


 

I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that it 
had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of part of 
the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better for LBBG, I 
think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little experience with 
LBBG and none with Kelp). 


 

Cheers,

 

 

Rob Fowler

 

 

On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com 
 [nwcalbird]  > wrote: 


  

The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers are 
lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging now). 
Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser Black-backed Gull. 
Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls, this would be 
Humboldt's first record (although it could be a taxonomically-questionable 
Asian bird as well). 


Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA 





 

-- 

Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA

www.fowleropebirding.com  


Subject: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:59:21 -0700
All,
Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/

I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that
it had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of
part of the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better
for LBBG, I think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little
experience with LBBG and none with Kelp).

Cheers,


Rob Fowler



On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]
 wrote:

>
>
> The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers
> are lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging
> now). Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser
> Black-backed Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls,
> this would be Humboldt's first record (although it could be a
> taxonomically-questionable Asian bird as well).
>
> Tristan McKee
> Arcata, CA
>  
>



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