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Gull-billed Tern,©David Sibley

20 Dec Northern Shrike still present 12/20/14 ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Dec Brambling continues in Arcata 12/20 ["Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Dec Re: San Fran RUSTIC BUNTING Still Present ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Dec San Fran RUSTIC BUNTING Still Present ["Steve Abbott papasula AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Dec CBRC adds Salvin's Albatross and Nazca Booby to California list ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Dec BRAM update (HUM) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
19 Dec BRAM update (HUM) ["'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Dec Del norte Co. Red-eyed Vireo and Brown Booby ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
17 Dec Brambling continues 16 December + other birds ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
17 Dec Massive Black-vented Shearwater flight off Pt. Pinos, Monterey County ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec photos from Del Norte CBC + other recent photos ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Dec Re: Rustic Bunting News? ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec Re: Rustic Bunting News? ["Erpfromca erpfromca AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec Re: Rustic Bunting News? ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Dec Re: Rustic Bunting News? ["Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec Re: Rustic Bunting News? ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Dec Rustic Bunting News? ["'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Dec Rustic Bunting at Golden Gate--some video ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Dec More Good Birds For Tomorrow's Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Dec Great Del Norte Co. CBC Birds Lined Up: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
12 Dec Del Norte County CBC and our American White Pelican: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Dec Call for papers: WFO's conference in Billings MT, June 10-14, 2015 ["Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Dec Christmas Bird Count Schedule ["'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
09 Dec Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9/14 1:35pm and 3:30pm ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Dec Re: Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9 ["Rita Carratello merops AT montereybay.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Dec Rustic Bunting continues in SF 12/9/14 ["Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
09 Dec Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9 ["yakteachr AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Dec Rustic Bunting continues ["mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Dec RE: RE: [CALBIRDS] Rustic Bunting Photos ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Dec RE: RE: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Dec RE: Rustic Bunting Photos ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Dec RE: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Dec Rustic Bunting Photo ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Dec Rustic Bunting Photos ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Dec Del Norte Co. Laysan Albatross and Christmas Bird Count ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
7 Dec Rustic Bunting Golden Gate Park ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Dec Brambling continues today 6 Dec. + others ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Dec Re: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule [John Sterling ]
4 Dec Re: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
4 Dec Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule [John Sterling ]
4 Dec Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
1 Dec NAB Southern California Region - Fall 2014 ["'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [inlandcountybirds]" ]
1 Dec NAB Southern California Region - Fall 2014 ["'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
01 Dec Marbled Murrelet in Mission Bay, San Diego ["dwaguillard AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
30 Nov Brambling 11/30 and other recent sightings ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
29 Nov Brambling 11-29-14 ["Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [nwcalbird]" ]
29 Nov FYI: [sbcobirding] GRAY HAWK ["Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Nov Re: Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet ["Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Nov Re: Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet ["Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: possible Japanese Murrelet ["Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet ["Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Nov Re: Japanese Murrelet ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Nov Japanese Murrelet ["Jim Lomax augustbirder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Nov possible Japanese Murrelet ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov possible Japanese Murrelet ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Nov The Golden Eagle and a Tropical Knigbird - Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
23 Nov RRAS Bear River Ridge trip today ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
21 Nov CBRP 2014 Nestbox Data Entry Ends Dec1 ["LadyNiomi AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
22 Nov Fw4: My favorite fat loss program! ["Roy Poucher ROPOUCHER AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
21 Nov HUM Brambling continues 11/21 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
21 Nov HUM Brambling continues 11/21 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
21 Nov More for Del Norte Co. - Sh.-e. Owls, Am. Wh. Pelican, and Lap. Longspurs: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
20 Nov HUM Brambling update 11/20 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Nov HUM Brambling update 11/20 ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
20 Nov Del Norte Co. - Golden Eagle, Trop. Kingbird, Sandhill Crane, and possible Gyrfalcon: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
20 Nov The Joy of Kids Birding! ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Nov Rusty Blackbird continues in Merced County ["'D Weber' dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov RFI Farallon Islands ["'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov RE: Varied Thrush ["Kristie storm_petrel AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR ["Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Re: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]

Subject: Northern Shrike still present 12/20/14
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 22:34:12 -0800
This morning around 11:10am, we saw the continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE. It perched 
briefly on top of a tall leaf-bare bush (elderberry?) on Rancho Tehama Rd about 
100 yds from the intersection of Rancho Tehama Rd. and Paskenta Rd. We saw it 
within 10 minutes of arriving, but it flew towards Paskenta Rd. and though we 
waited about an hour for it to reappear in the biting cold wind, it did not. 


Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay, Calif.


 

Subject: Brambling continues in Arcata 12/20
From: "Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:11:28 -0800
Despite the all-day rain, the Brambling was seen at 11:15 eating on feed laid 
out on the front stoop of 1824 Buttermilk in Arcata. The bird may be seen from 
the street. 


Please check eBird for a map to this site. 

Flock on!

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

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Subject: Re: San Fran RUSTIC BUNTING Still Present
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:29:05 -0800
Steve et al.

Some of the daily observations of this bird are making it to eBird. You can
see those here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35589

Thanks

Brian

On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM, Steve Abbott papasula AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]
 wrote:

>
>
> Birders,
>
> For those who've yet to chase this cool little Emberizid in Golden Gate
> Park...it was still present today, December 20th in the usual and
> previously described location. I'm surprised at the lack of reporting on a
> bird of this caliber.
>
> Best,
>
> Steve Abbott
> Folsom, CA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>  
>



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Subject: San Fran RUSTIC BUNTING Still Present
From: "Steve Abbott papasula AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:23:19 -0800
Birders,

For those who've yet to chase this cool little Emberizid in Golden Gate 
Park...it was still present today, December 20th in the usual and previously 
described location. I'm surprised at the lack of reporting on a bird of this 
caliber. 


Best,

Steve Abbott
Folsom, CA

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: CBRC adds Salvin's Albatross and Nazca Booby to California list
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:59:59 +0000
Birders,

Just-finalized decisions by the California Bird Records Committee add two new 
species to the California state list, bringing the list to 659 species. 



Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini [off Half Moon Bay SM 26 Jul 2014 
(#2014-069]) is added to list after White-capped Albatross, and Nazca Booby 
Sula granti [off the Palos Verdes Peninsula LA 27 Jun 2014 (#2014-063)] is 
added to list after Masked Booby. 


Joe Morlan has updated the CBRC web site to reflect the addition of these two 
species to the state list (659 species) and the review list (191 species): 
http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html 



Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
kgarrett AT nhm.org
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Subject: BRAM update (HUM)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:51:27 -0800
The BRAMBLING showed up briefly at 1740 Buttermilk Ln. in Arcata around 11 this 
a.m. Phone Cindy Kuttner (707-822-7831) for access. 


Ken Burton
Eureka
Subject: BRAM update (HUM)
From: "'Ken Burton' shrikethree AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:51:27 -0800
The BRAMBLING showed up briefly at 1740 Buttermilk Ln. in Arcata around 11 this 
a.m. Phone Cindy Kuttner (707-822-7831) for access. 


Ken Burton
Eureka
Subject: Del norte Co. Red-eyed Vireo and Brown Booby
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:08:17 +0000 (UTC)

The Del Norte Co. CBC discovered Red-eyed Vireo was present today in the 
cemetery off of Cooper Avenue in Crescent City (ADB). Additional Count Week 
birds were Glaucous Gull, Great Horned Owl, Prairie Falcon, and Brown Booby 
(two days ago: 1 found dead on beach, another seen near the Smith River mouth 
and seen only once, both by Casey Ryan). -Alan D. Barron 


Subject: Brambling continues 16 December + other birds
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:47:42 -0800
Hi all,
Belatedly, the BRAMBLING continued yesterday and was seen in the am from
the backyard of 1740 Buttermilk. It seems to be keeping it's schedule,
though it took about 2 hours before we got somewhat decent looks at it. The
usual afternoon schedule continues with the bird being seen from 1824/1848
Buttermilk, usually after 3 p.m. Feel free to email me if you want info on
how to contact the homeowner of 1740 Buttermilk for backyard access if you
still haven't seen this bird.

After enjoying the BRAM yesterday with Scott and Ryan Terrill, Tristan
McKee, and Natalie McNear, we headed up to DEL NORTE County to spend some
time to look for the recent rare vireos that were found by Tony Kurz and
Casey Ryan on the Del Norte CBC. At the Crescent City Cemetery we refound
the RED-EYED VIREO but only got fleeting glimpses of it. It was still
hanging out in the vicinity of the 2 large spruce that are completely
enveloped in ivy. We had no luck with the Blue-headed Vireo, but Sky Lloyd
might have had a very brief glimpse of it before we arrived.

Other highlights up in DN included about a dozen RED PHALAROPES near the
mouth of the Smith River, 1 EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Alexandre Dairy,
the continuing SANDHILL CRANE north of the dairy, and 1 PALM WARBLER in the
vicinity of the dairy.

Today in the Arcata Bottoms I had 2 SNOW GEESE on Parton Lane in the Arcata
Bottoms (off of Miller Ln.) and later had one NASHVILLE WARBLER on the
School Rd. trail in McKinleyville. Just a couple of count-week birds for
the Arcata CBC, both of which will surely be tallied during the actual
count.

Rob

-- 
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McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Massive Black-vented Shearwater flight off Pt. Pinos, Monterey County
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:23:14 -0800
Birders

Today we had a hard time even estimating the number of Black-vented
Shearwaters passing Pt. Pinos. We ended up with an estimate just north of
41K. See complete checklist here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20936829

One of the hard things to visualize in eBird right now is high counts of
birds. We can see where the birds are by using the maps, but there's not a
way to currently limit those points to exceptionally high counts. Are
others seeing big numbers of Black-venteds from shore right now, or is the
majority of the world's population around Monterey Bay?

Thanks

Brian

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Subject: photos from Del Norte CBC + other recent photos
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:51:02 -0800
Hi all,
Since there was so much interest from some out-of-area birders re: the
Red-eyed Vireo I thought I'd note here that I uploaded one of my best shots
of the bird from yesterday during the CBC. It was very poor lighting and I
was shooting at 3200 ISO so it's pretty grainy: https://flic.kr/p/q9oxSF
There are only a few actual winter records of Red-eyed Vireo in the whole
USA so this might just be one the best birds found on any CBC this season.
Nice find, Tony!!

Here's one poor photo of the Orchard Oriole that Gene Lodes and I enjoyed
in the town of Smith River: https://flic.kr/p/q9oBGK

On Saturday (13 December) Matt Wachs and I birded Fields Landing boat ramp
and enjoyed the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE for much of that time. I got one
record-quality shot but you can clearly see the distinct head shape in it:
https://flic.kr/p/q9fWtm

Thanks,

Rob

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McKinleyville, CA
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Subject: Re: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:47:39 -0800
Hi Patrick et al.

Only validated records show up on the eBird 'Range Maps', so if there are
records of the Rustic Bunting awaiting review, you won't see them listed
there. The one place on eBird where unvetted data do appear, is in the
Alerts, as these are designed to get information out there more quickly.
The Rustic Bunting records are all visible here, and you can see which ones
are confirmed:

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35589

These alerts are available for a variety of geographic areas, the smallest
of which right now is county.

Thanks

Brian

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM, 'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:
>
>
>
>  I have been surprised at the lack of further updates on the Rustic
> Bunting in Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird reports.  Often this can
> mean that the continuing reports are going to a more local listserv, but
> Google Searches aren't finding me any more recent reports anywhere.
>
> Is there some other source of info I'm missing on the sightings or
> misses of this bird?   I couldn't find anything on eBird since Dec 11,
> but that might be more about my incompetence using eBird for data.
>
> Does this mean that people are continuing to search but not finding and
> not reporting that?  Or people are busy with Xmas and stopped looking?
>
> Thanks to all those who did report on the bird.
>
> Patrick McNulty
> Santa Barbara, CA
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>


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Subject: Re: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "Erpfromca erpfromca AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:16:33 -0800
Saw it today around 1 pm

Ed Pandolfino 
Sacramento 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 3:30 PM, 'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> I have been surprised at the lack of further updates on the Rustic Bunting in 
Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird reports. Often this can mean that the 
continuing reports are going to a more local listserv, but Google Searches 
aren't finding me any more recent reports anywhere. 

>  
> Is there some other source of info I'm missing on the sightings or misses of 
this bird? I couldn't find anything on eBird since Dec 11, but that might be 
more about my incompetence using eBird for data. 

>  
> Does this mean that people are continuing to search but not finding and not 
reporting that? Or people are busy with Xmas and stopped looking? 

>  
> Thanks to all those who did report on the bird.
>  
> Patrick McNulty
> Santa Barbara, CA
>  
>  
>  
>  
> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:50:11 -0800
Check http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=all_lists

Alan Hopkins


On Monday, December 15, 2014 3:45 PM, "Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
See sfbirds for updates:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=63
It was seen yesterday, the 14th.
-- Adam Winer

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 15:31 'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 


 
>  
> 
>I have been surprised at the lack of further 
updates on the Rustic Bunting in Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird 
reports.  Often this can mean that the continuing reports are going to a 
more local listserv, but Google Searches aren't finding me any more recent 
reports anywhere.
> 
>Is there some other source of info I'm 
missing on the sightings or misses of this bird? I couldn't find anything on 
eBird since Dec 

11, but that might be more about my incompetence using eBird for data.  
> 
>Does this mean that people are continuing to search 
but not finding and not reporting that?  Or people are busy with Xmas and 
stopped looking?
> 
>Thanks to all those who did report on the 
bird.
> 
>Patrick McNulty
>Santa Barbara, CA
> 
> 
> 
> 
>
>
> 
Subject: Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:48:29 +0000 (UTC)
The Del Norte County Christmas Bird Count was held yesterday 14 Dec. and turned 
in our highest species diversity ever on the Count with 173 species. Great 
weather and a number of key stakeout birds along with a great experienced crew 
of birders (Thanks to all) truly made this a productive and enjoyable count. 
Highlights are: 


BLUE-HEADED VIREO - a bright male, and a 2nd county record found in the large 
cemetery off Cooper Ave. (just off Hwy 101) and behind the Home Depot. Gated 
entrance open during daylight hours every day for searchers, bird seen along 
the top of the little ridge which overlooks a deep marshy gulch along the left 
side of most of the cemetery. 

RED-EYED VIREO - our only Winter record, found at the same spot along with the 
Blue-headed! 

ORCHARD ORIOLE - found in the town of Smith River visiting an apple tree near 
First and Brookings Streets. 

GOLDEN EAGLE - one of the two first year stakeout birds was seen on the Count 
at the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick near the big pond along Lower Lake Road. 

SANDHILL CRANE - another stakeout, also at the Alexandre Dairy seen in fields 
north of the main complex of dairy buildings and on the west side of the road. 

CATTLE EGRETS - the 2 stakeout birds where at the south end of the Alexandre 
Dairy big pond with gulls. 

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - getting to be a traditional bird with males seen again in 
the Smith River either off the end of Pala Road or end of Sarina Road. 

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - a long present stakeout bird was at the southwestern 
end of Lake Earl on Count day, but frequently visits the Smith River mouth, the 
mouth of Lake Tolowa, the end of Lakeview Drive at the southeastern corner of 
Lake Earl, or in the Crescent City Harbor. 

ELEGANT TERN - a Count first also seen again today at the Crescent City Harbor.
FORSTER'S TERN - also a Count first was at Lake Tolowa.
CASSIN'S AUKLET - is usually missed on our CBC.
ACORN WOODPECKER - a surprise for the lowlands was at Front Street Park along 
the Crescent City Harbor. 

TROPICAL KINGBIRD - Lower Lake Road along Lake Earl, a straggler from the 
strong Fall movement. 

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - there were 2 different birds seen, singles of this 
species have become a yearly wintering bird such as the end of Lakeview Drive. 

BAND-TAILED PIGEON - complete a 4 species pigeon/dove list with this rare Count 
bird. 

BARRED OWL - a bird hooted in, State Park forest along Walker Road off Hwy 199.
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE - high counts, how many more can the area 
handle?RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER X RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER a cooperative hybrid was 
well photographed on State Park office lands in Elk Valley. 

BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - in the Pacific Shores Subdivision.A nice showing 
of ANCIENT MURRELETS and HARLEQUIN DUCKS was scoped of of northwestern-most 
Point Saint George. 

Alan D. Barron




Subject: Re: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:45:07 +0000
See sfbirds for updates:

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=63

It was seen yesterday, the 14th.

-- Adam Winer

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 15:31 'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net [CALBIRDS] <
CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  I have been surprised at the lack of further updates on the Rustic
> Bunting in Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird reports.  Often this can
> mean that the continuing reports are going to a more local listserv, but
> Google Searches aren't finding me any more recent reports anywhere.
>
> Is there some other source of info I'm missing on the sightings or
> misses of this bird?   I couldn't find anything on eBird since Dec 11,
> but that might be more about my incompetence using eBird for data.
>
> Does this mean that people are continuing to search but not finding and
> not reporting that?  Or people are busy with Xmas and stopped looking?
>
> Thanks to all those who did report on the bird.
>
> Patrick McNulty
> Santa Barbara, CA
>
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:03 -0800
Local listserv reports can be found at the ABA website here:
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CA12



On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM, 'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:
>
>
>
>  I have been surprised at the lack of further updates on the Rustic
> Bunting in Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird reports.  Often this can
> mean that the continuing reports are going to a more local listserv, but
> Google Searches aren't finding me any more recent reports anywhere.
>
> Is there some other source of info I'm missing on the sightings or
> misses of this bird?   I couldn't find anything on eBird since Dec 11,
> but that might be more about my incompetence using eBird for data.
>
> Does this mean that people are continuing to search but not finding and
> not reporting that?  Or people are busy with Xmas and stopped looking?
>
> Thanks to all those who did report on the bird.
>
> Patrick McNulty
> Santa Barbara, CA
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Rustic Bunting News?
From: "'Patrick McNulty' mcnulty AT gte.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:30:45 -0800
I have been surprised at the lack of further updates on the Rustic Bunting in 
Golden Gate Park, even missing-bird reports. Often this can mean that the 
continuing reports are going to a more local listserv, but Google Searches 
aren't finding me any more recent reports anywhere. 


Is there some other source of info I'm missing on the sightings or misses of 
this bird? I couldn't find anything on eBird since Dec 11, but that might be 
more about my incompetence using eBird for data. 


Does this mean that people are continuing to search but not finding and not 
reporting that? Or people are busy with Xmas and stopped looking? 


Thanks to all those who did report on the bird.

Patrick McNulty
Santa Barbara, CA





Subject: Rustic Bunting at Golden Gate--some video
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:28:26 -0800
Hi All

I haven't seen anyone post video of the Rustic Bunting yet, so I shot some
today. Too bad the bird was far and the light was low, but you can get a
sense of this bird's odd crest action in this clip. Check it out here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881425

-- 
===========


*Brian L. SullivaneBird Project Leader *
www.ebird.org

*Photo Editor*
Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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Subject: More Good Birds For Tomorrow's Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:15:32 +0000 (UTC)

In addition to yesterday's great bunch of birds for tomorrow's Del Norte Co. 
CBC, yesterday Grant Werschkull also had a TROPICAL KINGBIRD near the Battery 
Point Lighthouse at the Crescent City Harbor, and Lucas Brug had the AMERICAN 
WHITE PELICAN at the mouth of Lake Tolowa. 

Anyone interested in participating in the Del Norte County Christmas Bird Count 
on Sunday 14 Dec., please give me a call at 707-954-7668, or Gary Lester in 
Humboldt at 707-839-3373 . The morning meeting will be at Denny's Restaurant in 
Crescent City around at 7-8am, and the compilation starts gathering at the 
Pizza King around 4:30 pm., also along Hwy 101 in Crescent City.  -Alan D. 
Barron 


Subject: Great Del Norte Co. CBC Birds Lined Up:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:20:56 +0000 (UTC)

Today Lucas Brug and I had both GOLDEN EAGLES, the SANDHILL CRANE, and CATTLE 
EGRET in the area of the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick, all waiting for our 
Christmas Bird Count to begin, as well as the Crescent City Harbor AMERICAN 
WHITE PELICAN. Anyone wishing to participate in the count, call me at  
707-954-7668. ~Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Del Norte County CBC and our American White Pelican:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:47:05 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday and today the long present American White Pelican has been taking 
shelter from the storm in the Crescent City harbor up in Elk Creek yesterday, 
and the beach behind the water treatment plant off the end of B Street today. 

 Anyone interested in participating in the Del Norte County Christmas Bird 
Count on Sunday 14 Dec., please give me a call at 707-954-7668, or Gary Lester 
in Humboldt at 707-839-3373 . The morning meeting will be at Denny's Restaurant 
in Crescent City beginning at 7am, and the compilation starts gathering at the 
Pizza King around 4:30 pm., also along Hwy 101 in Crescent City.  -Alan D. 
Barron 

 
Subject: Call for papers: WFO's conference in Billings MT, June 10-14, 2015
From: "Dave Quady davequady AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:12:51 -0800
Hi, Birders:
 
Western Field Ornithologists is now soliciting papers for presentation during 
its 40th annual conference, in Billings, Montana on June 10-14, 2015. 

 
Papers should reflect original research or summarize existing unpublished 
information about birds in western North America. The papers should be 
presented in a manner that will interest serious amateurs and professional 
field ornithologists alike. Each presentation will be allotted fifteen minutes, 
including three minutes for questions from and discussion with the audience -- 
a hallmark of WFO meetings. 

 
Review the call for papers at 
. 
Note the range of topics and the geographic area appropriate for the meeting. 
Also note the format to follow when submitting an abstract, which you can do 
NOW. March 31, 2015 is the deadline for receipt of abstracts. 

 
See  for preliminary 
information about the conference, and check it regularly for updates. 
Registration will open in February 2015. Members of WFO will be able to 
register in advance of the general public. 

 
I hope to see you in Billings in June!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady AT att.net





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Subject: Christmas Bird Count Schedule
From: "'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:19:02 -0800
Dear Birders,

I have tracked down the final dates for all CBCs to be conducted this year 
between December 14 and January 5. The dates are always subject to change due 
to weather so make sure you contact the compiler and let me know if you 
encounter bad phone numbers or emails so I can correct it. 

http://www.natureali.org/cbcs.htm

Also if you have kids please see the links to the growing number of Winter Bird 
Counts scheduled for children after the count period. I hope to have a 
completely different page someday with a hundred or so kid counts too! 


Good Birding,

Ali

Ali Sheehey (aka NatureAli)
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Subject: Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9/14 1:35pm and 3:30pm
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 17:23:36 -0800
The Rustic Bunting re-appeared this afternoon around 1:35pm foraging with 
several Juncos in the little wood pile that has been described in previous 
posts. The wood pile(s) are fairly close to the intersection of Martin Luther 
King and Nancy Pelosi streets. Where there were none just prior, suddenly I 
first saw several Junco's foraging on the wood pile, then another reddish 
colored bird "flew down" and joined the Junco's it was the Rustic Bunting. The 
bunting was visible for maybe 10 minutes max, then disappeared. 


The bunting then re-appeared again around around 3:30pm for another 15 minutes 
or so, once again with juncos. This time it foraged on the wood piles, but then 
moved to foraging on the grass next to the wood piles. 


There definitely seems to be a correlation between the bird foraging where it 
is visible and folks not getting too close to the wood piles. 



Malia DeFelice
Half Moon Bay
 

 

Subject: Re: Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9
From: "Rita Carratello merops AT montereybay.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:12:51 -0800
Seen again at 10:00 AM. Same place, same behaviors.


Rita Carratello
Sent from my iPhone




> On Dec 9, 2014, at 8:13 AM, "yakteachr AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 

>
> Seen for a few minutes from 7:40 in low bushes and nearby small tree at 
corner of Nancy Pelosi Dr and MLK. Not being seen since, but hopefully a brief 
hiatus. 

>
> Craig Cummings
> Napa, CA
>
>
Subject: Rustic Bunting continues in SF 12/9/14
From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:25:23 -0800
Reported again this morning from the same location in Golden Gate Park. Check 
yesterday's posts to SFBirds for details. 



Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


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Subject: Continuing Rustic Bunting 12/9
From: "yakteachr AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 08:13:51 -0800
Seen for a few minutes from 7:40 in low bushes and nearby small tree at corner 
of Nancy Pelosi Dr and MLK. Not being seen since, but hopefully a brief hiatus. 


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Subject: Rustic Bunting continues
From: "mnfreeman AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:31:26 -0800
Please see the previous reports for location. We are currently watching it at 
Sam Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the RUSTIC BUNTING. 


mary & Nick Freeman
Glendale, CA 

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Subject: RE: RE: [CALBIRDS] Rustic Bunting Photos
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:00:41 -0800
This is at Big Rec in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. One can access by 9th 
Ave and Lincoln. NEar Academy of Science and SF Botanical Gardens. 


Calvin Lou


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-------- Original message --------
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [SFBirds]"
Date:12/08/2014 8:11 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Alan Hopkins , sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS
Subject: [SFBirds] RE: [CALBIRDS] Rustic Bunting Photos
Large sparrow flock between rest room and hand ball court. Calvin Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone -------- Original message -------- From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" Date:12/07/2014 6:49 PM (GMT-08:00) To: sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS Subject: [CALBIRDS] Rustic Bunting Photos The Rustic Bunting was photographed this afternoon at 3:00 by John Facchini in the where I found the bird yesterday. Alan Hopkins
Subject: RE: RE: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:37:12 -0800
Make that hand ball court.
Calvin Lou


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-------- Original message --------
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Date:12/08/2014 8:02 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Alan Hopkins , sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS
Subject: [CALBIRDS] RE: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo
Rustic Bunting is being seen now by restroom by hard ball court. Calvin Lou SF Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone -------- Original message -------- From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [SFBirds]" Date:12/07/2014 7:39 PM (GMT-08:00) To: sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS Subject: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo John Facchini's photo of the Rustic Bunting can be seen on my flicker site https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanshopkins/15972528025/ Alan Hopkins
Subject: RE: Rustic Bunting Photos
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:11:44 -0800
Large sparrow flock between rest room and hand ball court.
Calvin


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Date:12/07/2014 6:49 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Rustic Bunting Photos
The Rustic Bunting was photographed this afternoon at 3:00 by John Facchini in the where I found the bird yesterday. Alan Hopkins
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:02:16 -0800
Rustic Bunting is being seen now by restroom by hard ball court.
Calvin Lou
SF


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Date:12/07/2014 7:39 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds AT yahoogroups.com, CALBIRDS
Subject: [SFBirds] Rustic Bunting Photo
John Facchini's photo of the Rustic Bunting can be seen on my flicker site https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanshopkins/15972528025/ Alan Hopkins
Subject: Rustic Bunting Photo
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:39:11 -0800
John Facchini's photo of the Rustic Bunting can be seen on my flicker site 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanshopkins/15972528025/ 


Alan Hopkins
Subject: Rustic Bunting Photos
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:49:46 -0800
The Rustic Bunting was photographed this afternoon at 3:00 by John Facchini in 
the where I found the bird yesterday. 


Alan Hopkins
Subject: Del Norte Co. Laysan Albatross and Christmas Bird Count
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:55:19 +0000 (UTC)
On 4 Dec. a biologist friend of mine Wendell Wood walked the Pelican Bay sand 
beach north from Point Saint George and found and photographed a dead adult 
LAYSAN AlLBATROSS (not banded and beyond salvaging), as well as a dead NORTHERN 
FULMAR and MARBLED MUURRELET. 

 And for anyone interested in participating in the Del Norte County Christmas 
Bird Count on Sunday 14 Dec., please give me a call at 707-954-7668. The 
morning meeting will be at Denny's Restaurant in Crescent City beginning at 
7am, and the compilation starts gathering at the Pizza King around 4:30 pm., 
also along Hwy 101 in Crescent City.  -Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Rustic Bunting Golden Gate Park
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:41:48 -0800
Rustic Bunting Golden Gate Park December 6, 2014
 
Yesterday there was a Rustic Bunting in Golden Gate Park at approximately 9:30 
am. The bird was under the trees that border the Big Rec Ball field near 

the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Nancy Pelosi Dr. (formally
Middle Dr. East). It was feeding in a flock of Dark-eyed Juncos in and around
some recently fallen Cypress branches. I watched the bird for about ten or
fifteen minutes. The flock of Juncos moved up into some trees where I lost
track of the bird. Unfortunately I had to leave for a field trip so couldn’t
stay with the bird. I called Hugh Cotter but he and Mark Eaton could not 
re-find 

the bunting. When I left I was not 100 percent certain of the Bunting’s
identification, more like eighty-five percent, I wanted to get better
documentation before broadcasting the sighting. After I got home and was able
to check more references now I am sure of the bird’s identification. Many of 
us 

looked for the bird this morning from dawn to at least 11 am with no luck.

ID: Initially I saw a “sparrow” with a lot of rust tones on
its streaked back. The bird was facing away from me so all I saw was its back
and tail, I was expecting the bird to be a White-throated Sparrow. When the 
bird 

moved I saw that it had a distinct ear patch somewhat reminiscent of a Lark
Sparrow’s or Vesper Sparrow, but while the Lark Sparrow’s ear patch would 
have 

been rusty brown this bird’s ear patch was gray and the throat stripe and
shoulder were instead rust tones. The bird had a bold white supercilium. Quite 
striking 

was the dark crown that was very crested. The bird raised and lowered its crown
has it fed, when the crest was raised it exposed a white area on the nape. I
did not see the bill well, however I saw that it was slender and not shaped
like a longspur’s. The throat was white surrounded by a dark chestnut throat
stripe that became a row of streaks along the flanks. I never got a view that 
allowed 

me to view the “V” on the breast. The rest of the breast and underparts 
were 

white. The wings were colored in fairly rust tones and showed two bold white
wing bars. When the bird flew a short distance it showed white on the outer
tail feathers but not nearly as much as the nearby juncos. I did not note the
feet and legs. 
I would have liked to see the bird better. It was actively
feeding between branches of the brush pile and did not allow long looks. The 
feeding 

was all in shade, some very dark shade with overcast skies so the color might
have been better in the sun. I was about 50 feet from the bird using 8x32
Swarovski. I had the National Geographic Guide as a reference at the time.

Alan Hopkins
San Francisco
Subject: Brambling continues today 6 Dec. + others
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:39:23 -0800
Hi all,

The BRAMBLING continued along Buttermilk Ln. in Sunny Brae (Arcata) today.
The bird was first spotted around 3:15-3:20 p.m. in a leafless tree behind
1824 Buttermilk and was then seen about 10 minutes later perched in the
leafless tree behind 1740. We missed the bird earlier in the
late-morning/early-afternoon.

The FRANKLIN'S GULL continued in the Arcata Bottoms. Today it was seen in a
large (mostly) Mew Gull flock near the first dairy north of Upper Bay Rd.
Steve Stump and I saw the bird around 2:20 p.m.

This morning on my monthly Shay Park eBird site survey the highlights were
one continuing BARRED OWL and one continuing male WILSON'S WARBLER. The
Barred was once again along the road that goes from the high school to the
ball fields and was more towards the eastern end of forested portion. The
Wilson's was near the west end of the park with a nice sized mixed flock.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:56:37 -0800
I meant to write July 26th.

John Sterling
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Woodland, CA 95695
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jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com

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

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015

> On Dec 4, 2014, at 8:23 PM, John Sterling  wrote:
> 
> Howdy Birders,
> Monterey Seabirds gladly announces its 2015 schedule with some exciting 
dates. More may be added, but these are set for now. The next trip following 
the three-hour Monterey CBC trip on Dec. 28th is on March 21st. This is a good 
date for Mottled Petrel, so although unlikely, we hold out hope for finding one 
on that trip. 

> 
> All dates are on Saturday, except for July 22 which is on a Sunday.
> Dates: 
> 
> March 21
> 
> July 22 
> 
> August 8, 22 
> 
> September 12, 19 
> 
> October 3, 10 
> 
> Additional dates are possible, so check website for updates.
> 
> Duration: 8 hours
> 
> Cost: $130
> 
> For reservations contact Monterey Seabirds (also Monterey Whalewatch office). 
(831) 375-4658; www.montereyseabirds.com ; 
birdtrips AT montereyseabirds.com  

> 
> Hope to see you on the ocean in 2015.
> 
> John
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com 
> www.sterlingbirds.com
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Subject: Re: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:56:37 -0800
I meant to write July 26th.

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
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Monterey Seabirds
www.montereyseabirds.com
(831) 375-4658

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015

> On Dec 4, 2014, at 8:23 PM, John Sterling  wrote:
> 
> Howdy Birders,
> Monterey Seabirds gladly announces its 2015 schedule with some exciting 
dates. More may be added, but these are set for now. The next trip following 
the three-hour Monterey CBC trip on Dec. 28th is on March 21st. This is a good 
date for Mottled Petrel, so although unlikely, we hold out hope for finding one 
on that trip. 

> 
> All dates are on Saturday, except for July 22 which is on a Sunday.
> Dates: 
> 
> March 21
> 
> July 22 
> 
> August 8, 22 
> 
> September 12, 19 
> 
> October 3, 10 
> 
> Additional dates are possible, so check website for updates.
> 
> Duration: 8 hours
> 
> Cost: $130
> 
> For reservations contact Monterey Seabirds (also Monterey Whalewatch office). 
(831) 375-4658; www.montereyseabirds.com ; 
birdtrips AT montereyseabirds.com  

> 
> Hope to see you on the ocean in 2015.
> 
> John
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com 
> www.sterlingbirds.com
> 
> Special Galapagos Birding Tour
> 9-19 July 2015
> 
Subject: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:23:23 -0800
Howdy Birders,
Monterey Seabirds gladly announces its 2015 schedule with some exciting dates. 
More may be added, but these are set for now. The next trip following the 
three-hour Monterey CBC trip on Dec. 28th is on March 21st. This is a good date 
for Mottled Petrel, so although unlikely, we hold out hope for finding one on 
that trip. 


All dates are on Saturday, except for July 22 which is on a Sunday.
Dates: 

March 21

July 22 

August 8, 22 

September 12, 19 

October 3, 10 

Additional dates are possible, so check website for updates.

Duration: 8 hours

Cost: $130

For reservations contact Monterey Seabirds (also Monterey Whalewatch office). 
(831) 375-4658; www.montereyseabirds.com; birdtrips AT montereyseabirds.com 


Hope to see you on the ocean in 2015.

John

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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

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Subject: Monterey Seabirds 2015 schedule
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:23:23 -0800
Howdy Birders,
Monterey Seabirds gladly announces its 2015 schedule with some exciting dates. 
More may be added, but these are set for now. The next trip following the 
three-hour Monterey CBC trip on Dec. 28th is on March 21st. This is a good date 
for Mottled Petrel, so although unlikely, we hold out hope for finding one on 
that trip. 


All dates are on Saturday, except for July 22 which is on a Sunday.
Dates: 

March 21

July 22 

August 8, 22 

September 12, 19 

October 3, 10 

Additional dates are possible, so check website for updates.

Duration: 8 hours

Cost: $130

For reservations contact Monterey Seabirds (also Monterey Whalewatch office). 
(831) 375-4658; www.montereyseabirds.com; birdtrips AT montereyseabirds.com 


Hope to see you on the ocean in 2015.

John

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015
Subject: NAB Southern California Region - Fall 2014
From: "'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:10:53 -0800
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 2014) is ended, and we solicit
reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th
edition

of the ABA Checklist, 2009). Reports of species included on the California
Bird Records
Committee (CBRC) review list (Field List of California Birds 2009,
obtainable through Western Field Ornithologists at 1359 Solano Drive,
Pacifica, CA 94044 http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org ) must be
accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors).

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
to 20 December 2014. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

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

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

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

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

194 W. Broadbent Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
  chetmcgaugh AT gmail.net  

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.

 
Subject: NAB Southern California Region - Fall 2014
From: "'Guy McCaskie' guymcc AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:10:53 -0800
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 2014) is ended, and we solicit
reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th
edition

of the ABA Checklist, 2009). Reports of species included on the California
Bird Records
Committee (CBRC) review list (Field List of California Birds 2009,
obtainable through Western Field Ornithologists at 1359 Solano Drive,
Pacifica, CA 94044 http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org ) must be
accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors).

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
to 20 December 2014. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

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

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

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

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

194 W. Broadbent Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
  chetmcgaugh AT gmail.net  

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.

 
Subject: Marbled Murrelet in Mission Bay, San Diego
From: "dwaguillard AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Dec 2014 11:07:31 -0800
A Marbled Murrelet is currently being observed in the open water next to Marina 
Village where the San Diego Bird festival is held every year. 

 

 Doug Aguillard
 San Diego, CA
 dwaguillard AT gmail.com
 

 

Subject: Brambling 11/30 and other recent sightings
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:57:39 -0800
Hi all,
Today the BRAMBLING continued another day. I saw it with others a little
after 8 am. The bird was in the leafless tree in the backyard of 1740
Buttermilk.

Later in the morning I headed out to the north jetty. The biggest surprise
was a juvenile RED KNOT foraging with rocky shorebirds (2 Rock Sandpipers
today). Other highlights were at least 2 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, and at
least 10 "dark" shearwaters that were too far out to id for sure, though at
least one might have been a Short-tailed. Lot's of kittiwakes, many Pacific
Loons flying south, about 3 ANCIENT MURRELETS and overall good numbers of
species out there today.

Yesterday, I drove almost all of Forest Service Route 1 with a family from
San Jose, starting off of Highway 36. Overall the weather was very drizzly
and we were shrouded in clouds most of the time with rainy periods. We had
a couple of interesting sightings, however. North of South Fork Mountain we
had at least 5-6 CASSIN'S FINCHES but I didn't note the location very well
as it was pretty wet at the time. We had a RUFFED GROUSE at around 4,750
feet (40.65846, -123.66812), which seemed to be pretty high elevation for
this species. A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was on the Hunt Ranch at
coordinates 40.65846, -123.66812. A BEWICK'S WREN was at the Russ Ranch
clearcut south of Cold Spring. A couple of MOUNTAIN QUAIL were in the lower
portion of Friday Ridge Rd. and 6 more were on South Fork Rd. in Trinity
County.

Good luck!

Rob

-- 
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McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Brambling 11-29-14
From: "Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:30:28 -0800
Folks,

Cricket and I are so grateful for Cindy's hospitality this morning at the 
Brambling stakeout. We'd failed to find the bird yesterday afternoon, but tried 
again this morning. As we sat in her garden at 1740 Buttermilk Lane, the 
BRAMBLING showed up 9:30 AM after about an hour of patient sitting. It spent 
most of its time in the bare tree that hangs over the deck. We observed it for 
several minutes from a variety of angles and found it very cooperative. Cindy 
also has a tan-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in her garden! 


Another state target bird for this trip was the GRAY JAY, which put on a great 
show at the Trinidad State Beach Elk Head trail. We saw 5 individuals on the 
upper trail, which begins near the outhouse and winds up back near the entrance 
road. Several RED CROSSBILLS flew over kip-kipping their way in and out of 
view. Another great bird on the lower trail leading toward the cliff overlook 
was a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL we just happened to see as we scanned the tops of the 
conifers. 


A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH called repeatedly from the Log Pond at Arcata Marsh, but 
we could not coax it into view. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

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Subject: FYI: [sbcobirding] GRAY HAWK
From: "Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:55:10 -0800
Carpinteria's GRAY HAWK has returned for its 3rd winter in Santa Barbara 
County. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> To: 
> Date: 2014, November 29 at 11:29:57 PST
> Subject: [sbcobirding] GRAY HAWK
> Reply-To: ash34958 AT yahoo.com
> 
> Carpinteria, Saturday morning, Nov. 29, 2014 John Bailey just called to tell 
me he saw a GRAY HAWK this morning . . . the usual place . . . Via Real in 
Carp., the Santa Claus Lane exit. He has pics. I drove over but not in time. 
(Maybe it's time to refer to this bird as the Gray Hawk, instead of a Gray 
Hawk.) 

> 
> 
> Rob Denholtz
> Carp
> 
> __._,_.__
Subject: Re: Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:28:18 -0800
He has now:


http://blog.aba.org/2014/11/open-mic-apparent-japanese-murrelet-in-california.html 


Steve is quite hesitant in declaring this an identified bird, but hopefully
it will be refound and seen well enough to allow for conclusive
identification.

On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM, Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> Has Steve posted the photos anywhere they can be viewed by the list?
>
> Thanks,
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View, CA
>
> On Nov 25, 2014, at 12:31 PM, "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com
> [northbaybirds]"  wrote:
>
> > Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn
> and others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt.
> Reyes this morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared
> for 15 minutes, then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding
> plumaged Japanese Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets.
> This bird was first found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell
> yesterday afternoon, but not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not
> seen the bird nor the photos.
> >
> >
> > 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
> >
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:28:18 -0800
He has now:


http://blog.aba.org/2014/11/open-mic-apparent-japanese-murrelet-in-california.html 


Steve is quite hesitant in declaring this an identified bird, but hopefully
it will be refound and seen well enough to allow for conclusive
identification.

On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM, Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net
[CALBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> Has Steve posted the photos anywhere they can be viewed by the list?
>
> Thanks,
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View, CA
>
> On Nov 25, 2014, at 12:31 PM, "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com
> [northbaybirds]"  wrote:
>
> > Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn
> and others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt.
> Reyes this morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared
> for 15 minutes, then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding
> plumaged Japanese Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets.
> This bird was first found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell
> yesterday afternoon, but not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not
> seen the bird nor the photos.
> >
> >
> > 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
> >
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:12:36 -0800
Has Steve posted the photos anywhere they can be viewed by the list?

Thanks,
Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA



On Nov 25, 2014, at 12:31 PM, "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 


> Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn and 
others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt. Reyes this 
morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared for 15 minutes, 
then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding plumaged Japanese 
Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets. This bird was first 
found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell yesterday afternoon, but 
not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not seen the bird nor the photos. 

> 
> 
> 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: Re: [NBB] possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:12:36 -0800
Has Steve posted the photos anywhere they can be viewed by the list?

Thanks,
Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA



On Nov 25, 2014, at 12:31 PM, "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 


> Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn and 
others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt. Reyes this 
morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared for 15 minutes, 
then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding plumaged Japanese 
Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets. This bird was first 
found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell yesterday afternoon, but 
not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not seen the bird nor the photos. 

> 
> 
> 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: Re: Japanese Murrelet
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:33:56 -0800
Have the images been posted somewhere 
accessible for the curious birders out there?
It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA


On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:42 PM, "Jim Lomax augustbirder AT gmail.com 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 


  
…ahem…ahem..excuse me,
So that everyone gets the word, there is a distinct possibility that a Japanese 
Murrelet has been found in Drakes Bay at Point Reyes yesterday afternoon by 
Steve Howell. Today other excellent birders saw it again and now it seems to be 
a Japanese Murrelet. Identification is difficult from distance (photos were 
taken yesterday and appear diagnostic) but we up here have been convinced to 
look tomorrow for it. This would, of course, be a first county record. 
Actually, a first continental record. 


Seeing is believing so I along with others will be there at first light.

Remember, a large storm is coming in this weekend so sooner is better….unless 
your optimistic…and stupid. 




“Truckin’ like the do-dah man”,

Jim Lomax
Solitary Birder
from No Particular Place

Not at all sure where I’ve been, but I’m not starting over again.

 
Subject: Japanese Murrelet
From: "Jim Lomax augustbirder AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:18:48 -0800
…ahem…ahem..excuse me,


So that everyone gets the word, there is a distinct possibility that a Japanese 
Murrelet has been found in Drakes Bay at Point Reyes yesterday afternoon by 
Steve Howell. Today other excellent birders saw it again and now it seems to be 
a Japanese Murrelet. Identification is difficult from distance (photos were 
taken yesterday and appear diagnostic) but we up here have been convinced to 
look tomorrow for it. This would, of course, be a first county record. 
Actually, a first continental record. 



Seeing is believing so I along with others will be there at first light.


Remember, a large storm is coming in this weekend so sooner is better….unless 
your optimistic…and stupid. 





“Truckin’ like the do-dah man”,


Jim Lomax
Solitary Birder
from No Particular Place


Not at all sure where I’ve been, but I’m not starting over again.

Subject: possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:31:42 -0800
Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn and 
others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt. Reyes this 
morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared for 15 minutes, 
then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding plumaged Japanese 
Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets. This bird was first 
found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell yesterday afternoon, but 
not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not seen the bird nor the photos. 



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Subject: possible Japanese Murrelet
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:31:42 -0800
Just got a call from Keith Hansen. He, Steve Howell, Ed Harper, Jon Dunn and 
others saw the bird from a great distance off the Fish Docks on Pt. Reyes this 
morning. It took several hours of waiting and the bird appeared for 15 minutes, 
then disappeared. It has the characteristics of a breeding plumaged Japanese 
Murrelet and was compared with nearby Ancient Murrelets. This bird was first 
found closer to land and photographed by Steve Howell yesterday afternoon, but 
not seen after it quickly vanished. I have not seen the bird nor the photos. 



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Subject: The Golden Eagle and a Tropical Knigbird - Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:03:12 +0000 (UTC)

At 10:30 pm the first year GOLDEN EAGLE was at the Alexandre Dairy in a Sitka 
Spruce snag near the south end of the big pond as reported by Melissa McDowell 
and Eileen Cooper. And yesterday I had a TROPICAL KINGBIRD around the Battery 
Point Lighthouse parking lot at the Crescent City Harbor with Lucas Brug. -Alan 
D. Barron 

Subject: RRAS Bear River Ridge trip today
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:18:39 -0800
Hi all,
Today I led the annual Redwood Region Audubon Society field trip up to Bear
River Ridge. A total of 16 people joined the trip and we had some very nice
highlights such as:

Burrrowing Owl: same bird continuing about a 1/4 mile east of J3244 y
intersection.

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR: We had 2 birds on top of the hill north of the
J 3244 intersection and all in the group got looks at them (though often
fleeting and obscured in the grass). No Snow Buntings were seen in the
vicinity and haven't been reported since 17 November.

HORNED LARK: One of the birds you always search for up on Bear River Ridge,
we had very nice looks at 2 birds at the J3244 intersection and a total of
8 flying together in the vicinity.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (dark morph): 1 adult dark morph was seen on Bear River
Rd.; this phase is very rare in Humboldt. The bird was foraging over Bear
River Rd. and vicinity near the lower part of the road where you can scope
out the kind of quarry right along the road.

Ferruginous Hawk: 1 was seen flying to the east of Bear River Rd.

We missed Golden Eagle up there and looked hard for them.

Mammal highlights were TWO Bobcats, with one moving along very leisurely
giving nice views to the group and a single Coyote.

After the trip my carload ventured to the Ferndale Bottoms to look for the
FRANKLIN'S GULL along Goble Lane. The bird was already in view by Logan
Kahle, (from San Francisco), Chet Ogan, Kevin Richardson, and Casey Ryan.
The bird was with Mew, Ring-billed and other gulls along Goble Ln., east of
Sage Rd.

Good luck!

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: CBRP 2014 Nestbox Data Entry Ends Dec1
From: "LadyNiomi AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 11:54:05 -0800
The California Bluebird Recovery Program collects nestbox data on 
cavity-nesting birds between May 15 and December 1 each year. There are 
currently 263 entries from all over California for 2014. If you would like to 
add/enter your nestbox data for this year, you can access the CBRP “data 
collection site” link half way down the page at: 
http://www.cbrp.org/SDBluebirds/monitor.htm 
http://www.cbrp.org/SDBluebirds/monitor.htm 

  
 Thank you,

 

 Carol K.
 Bluebirds of San Diego County http://www.cbrp.org/SDBluebirds/
 

Subject: Fw4: My favorite fat loss program!
From: "Roy Poucher ROPOUCHER AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:27:11 -0500
http://daisyblue.co.nz/kdvn/11488689.php?lang=59722416&start=542826&1=&450200 

Strongly recommend this program!
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Subject: HUM Brambling continues 11/21
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:20:09 -0800
Hi all,
The Brambling was called in to the NWCALI birdbox (707.822.LOON) after noon
today by Owen Head. See his eBird list for details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625882

Plug these coordinates to see the specific location on google maps: 40.857782,
-124.061973

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: HUM Brambling continues 11/21
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:20:09 -0800
Hi all,
The Brambling was called in to the NWCALI birdbox (707.822.LOON) after noon
today by Owen Head. See his eBird list for details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625882

Plug these coordinates to see the specific location on google maps: 40.857782,
-124.061973

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: More for Del Norte Co. - Sh.-e. Owls, Am. Wh. Pelican, and Lap. Longspurs:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:33:44 +0000 (UTC)
As yesterday, the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was resting in the Crescent City 
Harbor at the Elk Creek mouth. Out near the end of Pala Road in the little 
parking lot at the trail -gate at the L turn, 2 very tame LAPLAND LONGSPURS 
walked around totally unconcerned the whole two hours I was there as close as 
10 feet away. I was there to watch for SHORT-EARED OWLS in the surrounding 
fields. After sundown at around 5pm, 4 of the owls started coursing the fields 
where up to 9 NORTHERN HARRIERS had been half an hour before. Thanks to taking 
cows off this Tolowa Dunes State Park land, which was formerly groomed in the 
name of Aleutian Cackling Goose management, the fields have regenerated back to 
a rodent supporting capacity as well as having healthy numbers of MARSH WRENS, 
SONG SPARROWS, and WHITE-TAILED KITES (3 seen). -Alan D. Barron 
Subject: HUM Brambling update 11/20
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:07:50 -0800
Hi all,
Just wanted to note that the only report I heard of the Brambling from
yesterday (19 Nov) was an eBird sighting from late-afternoon:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20610013

The weather has been pretty rainy yesterday and today so I imagine there
aren't many out looking for the bird right now.

If you see the bird if you could report it to the birdbox (707.822.LOON;
press "1" to leave a message), nwcalbird, Calbirds, and of course eBird,
that would be greatly appreciated. There was rumor of a report of the bird
this past Saturday before it was officially refound but the observers never
reported it anywhere. So, if you see the Brambling and see that nobody else
has reported it it please take the time to do so.

Thanks,

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: HUM Brambling update 11/20
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:07:50 -0800
Hi all,
Just wanted to note that the only report I heard of the Brambling from
yesterday (19 Nov) was an eBird sighting from late-afternoon:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20610013

The weather has been pretty rainy yesterday and today so I imagine there
aren't many out looking for the bird right now.

If you see the bird if you could report it to the birdbox (707.822.LOON;
press "1" to leave a message), nwcalbird, Calbirds, and of course eBird,
that would be greatly appreciated. There was rumor of a report of the bird
this past Saturday before it was officially refound but the observers never
reported it anywhere. So, if you see the Brambling and see that nobody else
has reported it it please take the time to do so.

Thanks,

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Co. - Golden Eagle, Trop. Kingbird, Sandhill Crane, and possible Gyrfalcon:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:44:49 +0000 (UTC)
At 10am Lucas Brug is reporting the first year GOLDEN EAGLE is back at the 
Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick. Eagle is perched in a large dead Sitka Spruce 
along Tryon Creek which is at the south end of the big pond off of Lower Lake 
Road. Yesterday Jim Lomax and John Luther saw a TROPICAL KINGBIRD around the 
Battery Point parking lot at Crescent City Harbor. At Alexandre Dairy they also 
had 2 CATTLE EGRETS and the SANDHILL CRANE in the area of the big pond. 
Yesterday I had the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN riding out the wind storm with 340 
BROWN PELICANS in Crescent City Harbor at the Elk Creek outlet. ELEGANT TERNS 
at the harbor seem to have finally left and I saw the last one, a single bird, 
on 16 November. And I just learned last night that a GYRFALCON was reported for 
17 November in the Lake Tolowa/Lake Earl area by 2 birders from Redding. Bird 
seen from roads in the decrepit Pacific Shores Subdivision at the northwest end 
of the lakes. -Alan D. Barron   
Subject: The Joy of Kids Birding!
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 09:18:13 -0800
Thanks for helping us get the word out to your associates and other nature 
organizations around the planet. This can "go global" easily... in every 
language...and we all will jump for joy. We really need more kids enjoying the 
sport of birding for life. This is the spark! 

 BEN Bulletin 
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Subject: Rusty Blackbird continues in Merced County
From: "'D Weber' dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:31:19 -0800
The Rusty Blackbird in Merced County was easy to find this morning, Nov 19. It 
was on the west side of Santa Fe Grade about one quarter mile north of Gun Club 
Rd. It was often apart from the main blackbird flock. I did not see the 
Vermilion Flycatchers at Merced NWR and Santa Fe Grade/ Wilson Rd. 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
Subject: RFI Farallon Islands
From: "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:24:08 -0800
Howdy,

I have a dumb question: I keep seeing eBird reports for the Northern Gannet
(the bane of my existence) on dates when I am unaware of pelagic trips out
to the Farallons. Are these eBird entries from employees/biologists/supply
ships/North Korean "fishing boats" and others who are not seabirding, but
on the clock, doing other work, or is there some way that I could hitch a
ride on a supply boat, glance at the bird while unloading crates of Pabst
Blue Ribbon (I know what you biologists drink), and go home, without being
on a traditional pelagic trip?

Tom

-- 
Thomas Geza Miko
http://www.tgmiko.com/
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
909.241.3300
Subject: RE: Varied Thrush
From: "Kristie storm_petrel AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:56:03 -0800
Neat reading about the Varied Thrush events on the coast.
The Eastern Sierra (at least Mono County) has been having a pretty 
unprecedented movement of Varied Thrushes, including high elevations. On Oct. 
26, in Grass Lake, above North Lake (upper elevations west of Bishop) an 
observer reported 18-25+, a second saw about 3 flocks of 4 -12 (Inyo Co.). 
Another observer reported 4-5 moving thru their backyard in Mammoth Lakes -- an 
elevation about 8000' in the eastern Sierra, Mono County. In Mono County, 
Varied Thrushes are barely annual and usually only singles; but they have been 
reported regularly this fall since about mid October. I don't even know what 
the Mono total is thus far -- but more than any other fall based on records I 
have. 

Seems from Eastern Sierra Birds listserve that Inyo County is having a similar 
(or even greater?) pattern (even one in Surprise Canyon -- a seldom birded 
canyon near Death Valley), but I'm not familiar with Inyo records enough to 
know how this compares to past years for this species that can be so irregular 
in occurrence. 

-- Kristie Nelson

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Subject: [CALBIRDS] Varied Thrush








        












To continue the conversation on Varied Thrush movement, from Hawk Hill in Marin 
County at the Golden Gate Bridge, mixed flocks of Am Robins and Varied Thrushes 
flew north into Marin Co. from San Francisco on Sunday Nov 16th. They were too 
distant to access the %age of mix but the total numbers were close to 2000. 

     Ken Wilson, Santa Rosa.


Ken Wilson
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www.talontours.com
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Subject: Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR
From: "Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:30:36 -0800
The male Falcated Duck was seen today at the Colusa NWR observation platform. 

Susan

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Subject: Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:50:40 -0800
There are record numbers of Acorn Woodpeckers here, we are having something of 
an oak mast this year, but I wonder if all the fires could result in high 
numbers of ACWO, VETH, and BTPI? 


Alan


On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:45 PM, "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 


  
The thrushes heading north is an interesting phenomenon
however at Battery Godfry in the City most of the migrants we see are heading
north so I am not sure the movement has to do with a food crop, although the
abundance may be. I suspect it has to do with re-positioning after being blown
off shore.

Alan Hopkins


On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:11 PM, "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 


  
For what it’s worth, Rich Stallcup, in one of his periodic essays for the 
PRBO newsletter (“Focus #39: The Year of the Varied Thrush; Invasions,” 
Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Winter 1994-1995), suggested that Varied Thrush 
invasions signaled heavy winter rains to come. “For Varied Thrushes, it may 
be a low summer production of berries on the breeding range or their 
unexplainable sensing that a hard winter is coming. It is true that fall Varied 
Thrush invasions to California are followed here by record-making rains in 
winter.” That sure would be nice, if it pans out this year. 


Gene Hunn

Petaluma

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:50 PM
To: 'Brian Sullivan'; 'CALBIRDS'
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


Brian

Thanks for this note! Thinking out loud here, but I assume that the Varied 
Thrushes are heading south from areas that typically have food for them farther 
north. I do wonder what is missing, that is making them fly south and why? I 
assume also that it is mainly a low berry crop. Not sure of what, and if it is 
a wide assortment of berries up north that are in poor abundance this year. 
Perhaps it is entirely different, and the food is normal up north but they had 
a boom breeding season. If the latter, then I think one would expect a higher 
than normal ratio of youngsters? In any case the warm water year in Alaska 
might be the root cause, creating weather anomalies which have influenced the 
plants – seems reasonable to speculate that. I still marvel that in this day 
and age we still do not know the specifics of what makes our common birds tick 
so that we could adequately answer the simple question of why are the Varied 
Thrushes coming down this year? We 

 have a lot of work to do….but we are getting there, and eBird is an awesome 
tool to get us to the point of seeing the patterns clearly! 


Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

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Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 7:55 PM
To: CALBIRDS
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


Birders

It's been an unusually great year for Varied Thrushes here in Monterey County. 
The past week has seen a deluge of birds descending over the coastal region. 
Today with an offshore wind blowing at Pt. Pinos, I estimated 750 birds passing 
high overhead in mixed flocks with American Robins. This is a high count for 
Monterey County. Looking at eBird, it appears to be a good year already for 
this species south of here, and I suspect more Varied Thrushes are on the way. 
Here's a link to this morning's checklist with some photos: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20583946

In addition to Varied Thrushes, we've had some Evening Grosbeaks here on the 
coast, and a good coastal push of Lewis's Woodpeckers. 


Thanks

Brian

-- 

===========
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eBird Project Leader 
www.ebird.org

Photo Editor
Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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Subject: Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "Alan Hopkins alanhopkins AT att.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:45:00 -0800
The thrushes heading north is an interesting phenomenon
however at Battery Godfry in the City most of the migrants we see are heading
north so I am not sure the movement has to do with a food crop, although the
abundance may be. I suspect it has to do with re-positioning after being blown
off shore.

Alan Hopkins


On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:11 PM, "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 


  
For what it’s worth, Rich Stallcup, in one of his periodic essays for the 
PRBO newsletter (“Focus #39: The Year of the Varied Thrush; Invasions,” 
Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Winter 1994-1995), suggested that Varied Thrush 
invasions signaled heavy winter rains to come. “For Varied Thrushes, it may 
be a low summer production of berries on the breeding range or their 
unexplainable sensing that a hard winter is coming. It is true that fall Varied 
Thrush invasions to California are followed here by record-making rains in 
winter.” That sure would be nice, if it pans out this year. 


Gene Hunn

Petaluma

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:50 PM
To: 'Brian Sullivan'; 'CALBIRDS'
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


Brian

Thanks for this note! Thinking out loud here, but I assume that the Varied 
Thrushes are heading south from areas that typically have food for them farther 
north. I do wonder what is missing, that is making them fly south and why? I 
assume also that it is mainly a low berry crop. Not sure of what, and if it is 
a wide assortment of berries up north that are in poor abundance this year. 
Perhaps it is entirely different, and the food is normal up north but they had 
a boom breeding season. If the latter, then I think one would expect a higher 
than normal ratio of youngsters? In any case the warm water year in Alaska 
might be the root cause, creating weather anomalies which have influenced the 
plants – seems reasonable to speculate that. I still marvel that in this day 
and age we still do not know the specifics of what makes our common birds tick 
so that we could adequately answer the simple question of why are the Varied 
Thrushes coming down this year? We 

 have a lot of work to do….but we are getting there, and eBird is an awesome 
tool to get us to the point of seeing the patterns clearly! 


Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

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Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 7:55 PM
To: CALBIRDS
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


Birders

It's been an unusually great year for Varied Thrushes here in Monterey County. 
The past week has seen a deluge of birds descending over the coastal region. 
Today with an offshore wind blowing at Pt. Pinos, I estimated 750 birds passing 
high overhead in mixed flocks with American Robins. This is a high count for 
Monterey County. Looking at eBird, it appears to be a good year already for 
this species south of here, and I suspect more Varied Thrushes are on the way. 
Here's a link to this morning's checklist with some photos: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20583946

In addition to Varied Thrushes, we've had some Evening Grosbeaks here on the 
coast, and a good coastal push of Lewis's Woodpeckers. 


Thanks

Brian

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eBird Project Leader 
www.ebird.org

Photo Editor
Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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Subject: RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:12:32 -0800
For what it’s worth, Rich Stallcup, in one of his periodic essays for the 
PRBO newsletter (“Focus #39: The Year of the Varied Thrush; Invasions,” 
Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Winter 1994-1995), suggested that Varied Thrush 
invasions signaled heavy winter rains to come. “For Varied Thrushes, it may 
be a low summer production of berries on the breeding range or their 
unexplainable sensing that a hard winter is coming. It is true that fall Varied 
Thrush invasions to California are followed here by record-making rains in 
winter.” That sure would be nice, if it pans out this year. 


 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 8:50 PM
To: 'Brian Sullivan'; 'CALBIRDS'
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


 

  

Brian

 

 Thanks for this note! Thinking out loud here, but I assume that the Varied 
Thrushes are heading south from areas that typically have food for them farther 
north. I do wonder what is missing, that is making them fly south and why? I 
assume also that it is mainly a low berry crop. Not sure of what, and if it is 
a wide assortment of berries up north that are in poor abundance this year. 
Perhaps it is entirely different, and the food is normal up north but they had 
a boom breeding season. If the latter, then I think one would expect a higher 
than normal ratio of youngsters? In any case the warm water year in Alaska 
might be the root cause, creating weather anomalies which have influenced the 
plants – seems reasonable to speculate that. I still marvel that in this day 
and age we still do not know the specifics of what makes our common birds tick 
so that we could adequately answer the simple question of why are the Varied 
Thrushes coming down this year? We have a lot of work to do….but we are 
getting there, and eBird is an awesome tool to get us to the point of seeing 
the patterns clearly! 


 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 7:55 PM
To: CALBIRDS
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey 
County--17 November 2014 


 

  

Birders

 

It's been an unusually great year for Varied Thrushes here in Monterey County. 
The past week has seen a deluge of birds descending over the coastal region. 
Today with an offshore wind blowing at Pt. Pinos, I estimated 750 birds passing 
high overhead in mixed flocks with American Robins. This is a high count for 
Monterey County. Looking at eBird, it appears to be a good year already for 
this species south of here, and I suspect more Varied Thrushes are on the way. 
Here's a link to this morning's checklist with some photos: 


 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20583946

 

In addition to Varied Thrushes, we've had some Evening Grosbeaks here on the 
coast, and a good coastal push of Lewis's Woodpeckers. 


 

Thanks

 

Brian


 

-- 

===========
Brian L. Sullivan

eBird Project Leader 
www.ebird.org

Photo Editor
Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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Subject: Re: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:31:48 -0800
Dan, et al,


You noted that in addition to Varied Thrush flocks, Band-tailed Pigeons have 
also been a species of huge flight numbers. On 12 October, while leading a 
birding group in Monterey, we observed a flight of 450-500 Band-tailed Pigeon 
directly overhead at Pt. Pinos. The flock circled twice and flew NE out over 
Monterey Bay before disappearing. I'd never observed such a large flock, 
certainly never at the coast! 



Terry Colborn
Davis, CA


www.TLCBirding.com


> On Nov 18, 2014, at 7:53 AM, dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

>
> Just to echo Alvaro's comments...I also find it really interesting that these 
big northbound flocks are being reported from the Coast Range (SLO, MTY, SCZ, 
SF) and that Brian noted that it looked like birds were coming back inland from 
finding themselves over water off Pt. Pinos. Is anyone in the Sierra Nevada or 
desert seeing northbound flocks like this? 

>
>
> Makes me wonder if this is the "tail end" of a roughly circular route they've 
been taking through the state, moving south through the eastern part of the 
state earlier in the fall (Sept./Oct), crossing the Transverse Ranges down here 
in southern Calif., and now circling back north in Nov. I have to think that a 
lot of these birds now will not be over-wintering this far south, since the 
pattern in past years seems to be a lot of Oct./Nov. records but fewer 
Dec.-March ones, at least in most years; they do overwinter in numbers in 
invasion years of course. Interesting to note that a lot of the earliest fall 
records in the southern part of the state are at easterly desert vagrant traps 
(places like Horsethief Sprgs, Chiriaco Summit, etc.), and not so much at 
coastal spots. Wonder if what were seeing might happen on a much reduced scale 
each year, such that it's just missed because it's so slight (how many of us 
would notice one or two Varied Thrushes at very high altitude while 
sea-watching at Monterey Bay, for example). 

>
> Band-tails are also a really interesting part of this flight - both species 
winter in mid-elevation oak woodlands and are wandering very widely now (see 
BTPI reports in AZ this fall), so who knows if oaks/acorns are involved. I 
finally found my first local (for me) flock of VATH yesterday, and the birds 
were in trees (valley oaks) but didn't appear to be eating, despite a feeding 
frenzy going on around them, with Hermit Thrushes gobbling toyon berries, 
sparrows and juncos scratching in leaf litter, etc. There was a little puddle 
of standing water, so I suspect they were drawn to that. In eBird notes, 
hopefully folks are jotting down if and what these birds are eating, or just 
moving through. 

>
> One thing is certain, that what we think of migration - a coordinated 
north-south or south-north movement depending on if it's fall or spring - is 
really just a generalized pattern for a whole range of complex patterns, some 
of which operate at an interval much longer than once or twice a year! 

>
> Dan Cooper
> Ventura Co.
>
>
> ---In CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :
>
> Brian
>
>
>
> Thanks for this note! Thinking out loud here, but I assume that the Varied 
Thrushes are heading south from areas that typically have food for them farther 
north. I do wonder what is missing, that is making them fly south and why? I 
assume also that it is mainly a low berry crop. Not sure of what, and if it is 
a wide assortment of berries up north that are in poor abundance this year. 
Perhaps it is entirely different, and the food is normal up north but they had 
a boom breeding season. If the latter, then I think one would expect a higher 
than normal ratio of youngsters? In any case the warm water year in Alaska 
might be the root cause, creating weather anomalies which have influenced the 
plants – seems reasonable to speculate that. I still marvel that in this day 
and age we still do not know the specifics of what makes our common birds tick 
so that we could adequately answer the simple question of why are the Varied 
Thrushes coming down this year? We have a lot of work to do….but we are 
getting there, and eBird is an awesome tool to get us to the point of seeing 
the patterns clearly! 

>
>
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> 

> alvaro AT ...
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:55:19 -0800
All,
The BRAMBLING continues in Arcata this morning. The bird was seen at 1848
Buttermilk and in the backyard to 1740 Buttermilk, which the latter
location is open to any birders wanting to look for it.

Thanks,

Rob

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> I just got a call from Glen Jones (the original BRAM finder) that the
> Brambling is back on Buttermilk Lane here in Arcata. The bird is feeding
> below a feeder at 1848 Buttermilk just up from Glen Jone's house!
>
> Good luck!
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



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