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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]" ]
18 Nov Re: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov Varied Thrush ["Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Nov RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Nov RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Nov Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014 ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Nov Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Nov Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
16 Nov Birds today 16 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Nov Today's highlights, 15 Nov ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Nov Del Norte Co. Today: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Nov Del Norte Co. - Golden Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Cattle Egret, Am. Wh. Pelican: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
14 Nov Big alcid flights happening in Monterey Bay ["Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Nov Re: Pine Warbler Ridgecrest - Nov 8 ["Kiersilove kiersilove22 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Nov HUM Brambling not yet refound today, 12 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
12 Nov HUM Brambling not yet refound today, 12 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
12 Nov November 15 pelagic on the Condor Express ["David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [sbcobirding]" ]
12 Nov November 15 pelagic on the Condor Express ["David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Nov Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Nov Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Nov Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Nov Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Nov Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Nov Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Nov Request for help with LBBG-type after chasing Brambling ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Nov Re: BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Nov BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Nov BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
10 Nov Tropical Kingbirds in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
10 Nov Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Nov Del Norte Co. Horned Larks and a Scrub-Jay ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
9 Nov Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
9 Nov Fwd: Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Nov Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest ["Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
9 Nov Nice Day Of Del Norte Birds: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
08 Nov Cerro Coso College option while waiting ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Nov Ridgecrest Pine Warbler Access ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Nov Pine Warbler Ridgecrest - Nov 8 ["Tom Benson Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
8 Nov Continuing Snow Bunting, Chestnut-collared Longspurs + Loleta Bottoms ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
7 Nov Elegants in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Nov Re: Stellar's Jays ["Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Nov Re: Stellar's Jays ["Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Nov pipit photos ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
06 Nov Stellar's Jays ["wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Nov 2014-15 CBC Season ["'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
05 Nov Olive-backed Pipit ["Don DesJardin ddesjardin AT roadrunner.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Nov Fw: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yorba Regional - no Pipit this afternoon - Info on other sightings ["Christopher Taylor calbird AT kiwi.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Nov Olive backed pipit ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]

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. 



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: 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. 



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: 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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By reason of thе sinking hеart in hеr; and thеn it came home that shе 
would be hard hit if it were eithеr. Roy Poucher 
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 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 

 
 
 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 

 
 BEN Bulletin 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 
Many nature centers, bird clubs, and environmental organizations are running 
successful outreach programs across the North America. Some ... 

 
 
 
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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

From: CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:18:37 -0800
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
Santa Rosa,Ca. 95409
ken AT talontours.com
www.talontours.com
(707) 843-5211https://www.facebook.com/KenWilsonsTalonTours



















 		 	   		  
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

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: "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

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: "'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
Subject: Re: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-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
Subject: Varied Thrush
From: "Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:18:37 -0800
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
Santa Rosa,Ca. 95409
ken AT talontours.com
www.talontours.com
(707) 843-5211
https://www.facebook.com/KenWilsonsTalonTours







Subject: RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "dan_cooper_90042 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Nov 2014 07:53:06 -0800
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: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:28:30 -0500







 On October 28, I spent a morning ( 07:30-11:15 ) counting birds in flight 
along the Santa 

Cruz Mountains at a observation site at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo 
County. 

A high pressure system had built in with a clear sky at the time. The first 
hour there 

( 100-150 ) Varied Thrushes flying south. Then there came a turn around and 
Varied 

Thrushes were flying north. By the time I departed there were ( 7,120 ) Varied 
Thrushes 

flying north! Most of the Varied Thrushes were in groups with highest group 
made up of 

( 160 ) Varied Thrushes. I went back the next day in the morning and there were
( 1,470 ) Varied Thrushes flying north. Both days there were few American 
Robins 

being noted and none were mix in with the Varied Thrushes. At the same time 
birders 

noting morning flights from San Francisco had hundreds of Varied Thrushes 
flying north 

over to Marin County.


Ron Thorn














Subject: RE: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:50:00 -0800
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


 

-- 

===========
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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: Massive Varied Thrush flight at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County--17 November 2014
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:55:22 -0800
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. SullivaneBird Project Leader *
www.ebird.org

*Photo Editor*
Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
-------------------------------
Subject: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:15 -0800
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
Subject: Arcata, HUM County BRAMBLING....IS BACK 17 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:15 -0800
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
Subject: Birds today 16 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:00:57 -0800
Hi all,
A couple of highlights from today.

Arcata Marsh:
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (continuing...like it always does)
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the Log Pond.
SWAMP SPARROW heard west of the Log Pond and one seen very well at the
little patch of cattails just east of the entrance to Brackish Pond.
1 female-type HOODED MERGANSER was on Klopp Lake.
All pretty typical stuff for this time of year.

Shay Park:
One BARRED OWL continued along the road downhill from the high school (see
yesterday's post for directions).

Arcata Bottoms:
Five SNOW and one ROSS'S GEESE were in with a large flock of Aleutians
along Seidel Rd.

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Today's highlights, 15 Nov
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:48:34 -0800
Hi all,
This morning I led my monthly Shay Park eBird survey. The highlights were a
pair of BARRED OWLS and a single late WILSON'S WARBLER. The Owls might be
found by taking the trail from the Foster Ave. parking lot to the railroad
tracks, walking west or to the right a bit and then taking the trail on the
south side of the tracks that head east and up the hill to the road that
goes from the high school to the ball fields. We made an arrow with sticks
pointing right in the direction where the pair was roosting. Others got to
see them after the survey. The WILSON'S was with a flock basically at the
westernmost end of the park.

Out at the jetty there were 4 ROCK SANDPIPERS and the ANCIENT MURRELET
(only about 4 seen, however, in the hour present) show continues, with even
one bird foraging around right at the tip of the jetty, along with the same
CASSIN'S AUKLET that Cedric noted.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Co. Today:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:53:35 +0000 (UTC)
I looked for yesterday's GOLDEN EAGLE at the Alexandre Dairy but did not see 
it, though the SANDHILL CRANE was at the same place as yesterday. I had a 
NASHVILLE WARBLER along Bailey Road near the entrance to Sun Valley Floral 
Farms near Fort Dick. In the Crescent City Harbor 32 ELEGANT TERNS are still 
present. -Alan D. Barron 
Subject: Del Norte Co. - Golden Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Cattle Egret, Am. Wh. Pelican:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:32:21 +0000 (UTC)
A first year GOLDEN EAGLE was at the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick. Bird 
mostly sat on the east side of the big pond along Lower Lake Road and was 
eating a Northern Shoveler when Lucas Brug spotted it and Sky Loyd and I showed 
up to join in. While this was happening you only had to turn and look in the 
pasture on the west side of Lower Lake Road where the SANDHILL CRANE was 
walking with gulls. The CATTLE EGRET was also along Lower Lake Rd. in the 
pasture on the west side of the road and just south of Silva Road. The AMERICAN 
WHITE PELICAN was in Lake Earl off the end of Lakeview Drive. Over 300 BROWN 
PELICANS were in Crescent City Harbor and scattered various spots out to Point 
Saint George. Also in the harbor I counted 3600 CALIFORNIA GULLS resting at the 
Elk Creek outlet along with 25 HEERMANN'S GULLS and 36 ELEGANT TERNS.  -Alan 
D. Barron 
Subject: Big alcid flights happening in Monterey Bay
From: "Brian Sullivan heraldpetrel AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:47:14 -0800
Hi Birders

Over the past week or so we've seen unprecedented numbers of alcids in
Monterey Bay, especially Ancient Murrelets and Cassin's Auklets. We counted
nearly 500 Ancient Murrelets moving past Pt. Pinos this morning--the
previous high count for the bay was 170 on a CBC in 1975 (Roberson).
Cassin's Auklets are literally in the surf, and many are being found dead
on local beaches.  I'm wondering where all these birds are heading? Birders
to the south should be on the lookout for an influx of Ancient Murrelets in
the region. Theoretically Ancient Murrelets like cold water, so I'm not
sure why they're here this year in numbers, as several species associated
with El Nino conditions are still in the Bay in big numbers!

Here's this morning's list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20549650

Loon numbers are just beginning to pick up. Black-vented Shearwaters
continue to be seen by the thousands here in Monterey Bay, and Elegant
Terns are still here in numbers.

Thanks

Brian

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


*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: Re: Pine Warbler Ridgecrest - Nov 8
From: "Kiersilove kiersilove22 AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:41:33 -0800
 Hi all, 
 Not sure how this works, I do enjoy reading your posts daily. Just wanted to 
tell you all I just spotted a male Varied Thrush at a nature reserve off of via 
Moreno in mission viejo! This was very exciting. It was in the thickest part of 
the bushes near a lazy stream where a female red tail hawk was perched. It 
graciously sang for me and scurried up the trees to give me a better look. 

 Have a great day everyone! 
 Also spotted, 
 Hermit Thrush
 2 Nutmeg Manakins
 Lawrence's goldfinch (juvenile)
 :)))
 

 And many more
 Kiersi Koeff
 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Sent from my iPhone
 
On Nov 8, 2014, at 3:47 PM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson AT aol.com 
mailto:Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]  wrote: 



   
 This afternoon David Rankin, Matt Grube, Brad Singer, and I found a Pine 
Warbler at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. The bird was favoring the pines 
at the east end of the cemetery, and occasionally associating with a small fli 
ck of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Photos to follow. 


 
 
 

Subject: HUM Brambling not yet refound today, 12 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:45:39 -0800
Hi all,
I've heard through the grapevine that the Brambling has not been seen today
as of 10:40 am.

If anybody does see it please post an update to Calbirds, NWCALBIRD, and
the NW California Birdbox (707.822.LOON) ASAP.

Thanks,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: HUM Brambling not yet refound today, 12 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:45:39 -0800
Hi all,
I've heard through the grapevine that the Brambling has not been seen today
as of 10:40 am.

If anybody does see it please post an update to Calbirds, NWCALBIRD, and
the NW California Birdbox (707.822.LOON) ASAP.

Thanks,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: November 15 pelagic on the Condor Express
From: "David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [sbcobirding]" <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:08:10 -0800
Our last Santa Barbara/Ventura area pelagic trip of the year is scheduled for 
November 15 (this Saturday!) on the Condor 

Express out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Weather permitting, our plan is to 
head to the 

western Santa Barbara Channel and the waters surrounding San Miguel and 
Santa Rosa Islands where we will look for wintering alcids, shearwaters, 
fulmars, albatrosses, and seasonal specialties including Short-tailed 
Shearwaters and Black-legged 

Kittiwakes. Past trips to this area in November have found Buller's and 
Flesh-footed Shearwaters, and several other rarities are possible at the 
deepwater edge southwest of San Miguel if we can get there. Ancient Murrelet 
and Marbled Murrelet have been seen in the Santa Barbara Channel over the last 
few weeks so the alcid forecast is encouraging! 

There are only a few spots left so register while you can.

The cost for the trip is $175.  We depart Santa Barbara 
promptly at 7:00 AM, so please arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in 
and loading. Call the Sealanding at 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088, or go 
online at http://www.condorexpress.com/, to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you on board!

Dave Pereksta
Ventura
Subject: November 15 pelagic on the Condor Express
From: "David Pereksta pereksta AT pacbell.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:08:10 -0800
Our last Santa Barbara/Ventura area pelagic trip of the year is scheduled for 
November 15 (this Saturday!) on the Condor 

Express out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Weather permitting, our plan is to 
head to the 

western Santa Barbara Channel and the waters surrounding San Miguel and 
Santa Rosa Islands where we will look for wintering alcids, shearwaters, 
fulmars, albatrosses, and seasonal specialties including Short-tailed 
Shearwaters and Black-legged 

Kittiwakes. Past trips to this area in November have found Buller's and 
Flesh-footed Shearwaters, and several other rarities are possible at the 
deepwater edge southwest of San Miguel if we can get there. Ancient Murrelet 
and Marbled Murrelet have been seen in the Santa Barbara Channel over the last 
few weeks so the alcid forecast is encouraging! 

There are only a few spots left so register while you can.

The cost for the trip is $175.  We depart Santa Barbara 
promptly at 7:00 AM, so please arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in 
and loading. Call the Sealanding at 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088, or go 
online at http://www.condorexpress.com/, to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you on board!

Dave Pereksta
Ventura
Subject: Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:59:59 -0800
All,
One last update. Cindy Kuttner, the resident at 1740 Buttermilk wanted to
let people know that she will be opening her gate to her backyard for
birders at 0700 and it's open all day. Cindy would also love to have any
photos of the bird taken in her yard to be shared with her. Feel free to
email me for her email address if you would like to share some of your best
photos.

Thanks,

Rob

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> All,
> I also forgot to mention that if you do chase the Brambling I've created
> an eBird hotspot called "Arcata Brambling stakeout (2014)." If you could
> please use this location so that we dont' have a bunch of separate points
> cluttered up that would be great! If you've entered the Brambling already
> it would be very appreciated if you could take the time to move your
> checklist to this location.
>
> Thank you,
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt eBird reviewer
>
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>> So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
>> BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
>> around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
>> found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
>> west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
>> location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
>> homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
>> considering the chase.
>>
>> Other BIG highlights:
>>
>> PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
>> of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
>> pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392
>>
>> SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata
>> Birdbox (707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at
>> Bear River Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the
>> area.
>>
>> CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
>> (the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
>> This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.
>>
>> And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
>> CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.
>>
>> Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
>> further eBird reports:
>> https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
>>
>> DANG!!!
>>
>> Rob
>> --
>> Rob Fowler
>> McKinleyville, CA
>> www.fowleropebirding.com
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:59:59 -0800
All,
One last update. Cindy Kuttner, the resident at 1740 Buttermilk wanted to
let people know that she will be opening her gate to her backyard for
birders at 0700 and it's open all day. Cindy would also love to have any
photos of the bird taken in her yard to be shared with her. Feel free to
email me for her email address if you would like to share some of your best
photos.

Thanks,

Rob

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> All,
> I also forgot to mention that if you do chase the Brambling I've created
> an eBird hotspot called "Arcata Brambling stakeout (2014)." If you could
> please use this location so that we dont' have a bunch of separate points
> cluttered up that would be great! If you've entered the Brambling already
> it would be very appreciated if you could take the time to move your
> checklist to this location.
>
> Thank you,
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt eBird reviewer
>
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>> So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
>> BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
>> around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
>> found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
>> west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
>> location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
>> homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
>> considering the chase.
>>
>> Other BIG highlights:
>>
>> PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
>> of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
>> pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392
>>
>> SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata
>> Birdbox (707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at
>> Bear River Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the
>> area.
>>
>> CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
>> (the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
>> This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.
>>
>> And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
>> CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.
>>
>> Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
>> further eBird reports:
>> https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
>>
>> DANG!!!
>>
>> Rob
>> --
>> Rob Fowler
>> McKinleyville, CA
>> www.fowleropebirding.com
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:07:48 -0800
All,
I also forgot to mention that if you do chase the Brambling I've created an
eBird hotspot called "Arcata Brambling stakeout (2014)." If you could
please use this location so that we dont' have a bunch of separate points
cluttered up that would be great! If you've entered the Brambling already
it would be very appreciated if you could take the time to move your
checklist to this location.

Thank you,
Rob Fowler
Humboldt eBird reviewer

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
> BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
> around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
> found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
> west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
> location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
> homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
> considering the chase.
>
> Other BIG highlights:
>
> PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
> of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
> pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392
>
> SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata
> Birdbox (707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at
> Bear River Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the
> area.
>
> CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
> (the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
> This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.
>
> And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
> CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.
>
> Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
> further eBird reports:
> https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
>
> DANG!!!
>
> Rob
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:07:48 -0800
All,
I also forgot to mention that if you do chase the Brambling I've created an
eBird hotspot called "Arcata Brambling stakeout (2014)." If you could
please use this location so that we dont' have a bunch of separate points
cluttered up that would be great! If you've entered the Brambling already
it would be very appreciated if you could take the time to move your
checklist to this location.

Thank you,
Rob Fowler
Humboldt eBird reviewer

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
> BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
> around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
> found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
> west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
> location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
> homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
> considering the chase.
>
> Other BIG highlights:
>
> PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
> of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
> pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392
>
> SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata
> Birdbox (707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at
> Bear River Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the
> area.
>
> CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
> (the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
> This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.
>
> And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
> CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.
>
> Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
> further eBird reports:
> https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
>
> DANG!!!
>
> Rob
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:07:39 -0800
Hi all,
So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
considering the chase.

Other BIG highlights:

PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392

SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata Birdbox
(707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at Bear River
Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the area.

CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
(the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.

And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.

Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
further eBird reports:
https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home

DANG!!!

Rob
-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Continuing Brambling and other rarities today, 11 Nov.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:07:39 -0800
Hi all,
So, I'm sure most have heard already through the grapevine that the
BRAMBLING continued today. The bird was first seen at the original location
around 1824 Buttermilk but after 0715 it was AWOL for a bit before being
found just before 1030 in the backyard at 1740 Buttermilk, like 4-5 houses
west of 1824. The bird was seen continuously throughout the day at this
location and many excellent photos were taken by m.ob. It sounds like the
homeowner is very welcome to visitors so try here first if you are
considering the chase.

Other BIG highlights:

PAINTED BUNTING: One green bird continues at Gary Bloomfields feeders off
of Zehdner ave. in Arcata. Gary Bloomfields checklist from yesterday
pinpoints the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20510392

SNOW BUNTING(S!!!): This afternoon Bob Brown reported to the Arcata Birdbox
(707) 822.LOON that he had TWO SNBUs in the same location up at Bear River
Ridge. WOW! Chestnut-collared Longspurs also continue in the area.

CRESTED CARACARA: Robin Montgomery reported to NWCALBIRD that they had a
(the?!) CRCA at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in the Ferndale Bottoms.
This is the first report of this bird for Humboldt since last January.

And lots of other rarities also continue like TROPICAL KINGBIRDS,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, etc. all continue.

Please look at the Northwest California eBird birdtrax page I made for
further eBird reports:
https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home

DANG!!!

Rob
-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Request for help with LBBG-type after chasing Brambling
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:51:52 -0800
Folks,


As I presume there will be many excellent birders in Arcata this week, I'd
like to ask for help with relocating and photographing a potentially very
interesting gull. Some experts are reconsidering the ID of last August's
Eureka bird as a Lesser Black-backed, and on Saturday, I saw a structurally
very similar LBBG-like bird in Arcata with yellowish-green legs, an almost
entirely black bill, a pale gray back, and lots of gray in the wing
coverts. I think the chances that there have been two "big, pale LBBG" in
the area this fall are pretty slim.


Long story short, this bird is worth relocating because it is a good
candidate for a michahellis Yellow-legged Gull, although that form is not a
long-distance migrant and is certainly a long shot here. Perhaps equally
unlikely here would be a Lesser Black-backed x Herring hybrid.


I have tried to boil down the 1997 British Birds paper (BB), the Gull
Research Org's website (GRO), and the comments of Belgian authority Peter
Adriaens (PA) into a set of useful traits for separating michahellis from
European Lesser Black-backed Gulls in August, to help those interested in
reviewing the photos again. Adriaens notes that it can take years to get a
good handle on this ID puzzle, and that some birds are best left alone. But
we can try... The August photos are here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769 AT N08/sets/72157646988816085/


Note that most of the references below are to second-basic plumage, but
since what remained of our bird's tail was first-cycle, I used first-cycle
comments for that. I also added the bit about adult mantle color.


Great gull spots are the Elk River, the Mad River, the north Arcata bottoms
(pastures), the Eureka waterfront, and the South Spit. The few gulls that
hang around Arcata are around Safeway, in the baseball field, at the other
field at Shay Park, in the fields by the Community Center, and in the
Arcata Marsh Oxidation Ponds. Sometimes there are also gulls on the flats
at low tide at the north end of Woodley Island and at the West end of the
Eureka-Samoa Bridge. That is basically a list of some of the best birding
spots around here at this time of year, so even if you don't see this gull,
you might turn up something else. Humboldt has been pretty unbelievable
this fall, especially for "buntings"!


Here's the paper:



http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/article_files/V90/V90_N01_02/V90_N01_02_P025_062_A004.pdf 



1) Overall: (re: first-summers; BB): "These are confusingly variable, some
so difficult that they are best left unresolved." ... "These first-summer
individuals still look long-winged, with thick but shortish bills, and more
adult-type grey above than the other species; they look more contrasty than
darker Lesser Black-backs (which develop darker grey feathers above by
their second winter), with rounder blotches on the breast sides,
distinct head streaking and, especially, a hind collar of heavy marks."


2) Structure (BB): "A typical adult compared with argenteus is average
argenteus-sized, but more sturdy, powerful or chunky (although it may
appear sleek and elegant). The size varies, partly with sex and age (males
and older birds are larger than females and younger ones) and also because
those from western Iberia are small, while those from the western
Mediterranean are the largest michahellis; both appear in Britain. The head
looks chunkier, more filled-out, rather square in profile, with a
steep, sometimes bulbous forehead, fuller chin and throat and a flat crown
(or with just a slight dome) and square nape. Typically,
argenteus/argentatus show a more obvious mid-crown peak, just behind the
eye. At times, michahellis may look rounder-headed; males tend to be large,
big-billed and squarer-headed, females smaller, smaller-billed and
rounder-headed. The head shape is sometimes compared with that of the much
smaller Mediterranean Gull. The often brighter bill appears slightly
shorter, possibly a little thicker, with a 'pushed-in' appearance. The
neck, when extended, looks long, thick, smoothly curved and 'muscular', or
shapely; the body has a full-chested appearance. The head, neck and
chest combine to give a 'proud' or 'confident' look and the birds may seem
to lean forward... The bill of michahellis often differs in shape from that
of argenteus, but this is variable and often of no value. It tends to look
shorter, chunkier, 'pushed into the  face', enhanced by the steeper
forehead. Some individuals have parallel-sided bills  that are
blunter-tipped than others; some have a more obvious bulge towards the
 gonys and a strong gonydeal angle. On L. f. graellsii, the bill is often
less blunt,  less parallel-sided, with a longer downcurve on the culmen, to
give a slightly thinner (even drooping) shape... Many look more solidly
built than do Herring and Lesser Black-backs, with a steeper forehead, more
rounded rear crown or 'squarer' head, and a thicker, more solid-looking
bill. Some stand obviously tall, and have a long primary projection...
These first-summer individuals still look long-winged, with thick but
shortish bills."


3) Upperpart tone (PA comments): "some medium grey feathers appearing on
mantle (slightly paler than in *graellsii*)" ...  (of adults; BB): "The
grey upperparts are typically less bluish than those of fresh argenteus
(worn feathers fade a fraction paler and browner) and fall between the pale
grey of argenteus and the dark grey of L. f. graellsii. The tone is very
close to that of a typical Common Gull or just a little darker. Some may
occasionally appear as dark as the palest graellsii, but in flight the
striking contrast between the black of the primaries and the grey of the
upperwing is more obvious. It cannot be stressed too often that comparison
is best made between individuals at the same time, at the same distance and
standing at precisely the same angle."


4) Molt: Note that there is a sharp break in the coverts of the Eureka bird
that suggests an interrupted molt. Thus the bird is probably somewhat
retarded in appearance, compared to normal European individuals of
whichever species it is. (BB): "Typically, michahellis are two weeks to
three months older than more northerlybred argenteus and graellsii at any
given time of year, so they moult earlier. The rate of progress to adult
plumage is also more advanced in michahellis than in other forms.
First-winters can moult inner greater coverts by September or October.
First-summers tend to have more adult-type grey feathers than on argenteus
(more like L. f. graellsii). Second-winter types tend to have more
adult grey on the wing, especially in the median coverts, than equivalent
argenteus; some third-winter types are much closer to adult than are
equivalent Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls... Because michahellis
moults earlier, it may show pale grey adult-type feathers on the mantle,
scapulars and eventually some wing-coverts much earlier than the others.
Most michahellis moult from April, and until September show a mixture of
spotted, dark-centred feathers, anchor or arrowhead marks and plain grey
over the scapulars. Primary moult averages earlier: inner primaries may be
new, greyer ones by May or June and the outer feather (P10) is dropped by
late July." ... (GRO): "By July, primary moult is obvious as the outermost
flight-feathers are dropped now and the birds look 'short-winged'. Most
birds have the wing-coverts completely fresh and neat, as the gaps in the
median and greater wing-covert rows have been closed. By the end of the
month, many birds are still moulting lesser coverts in the upper row, which
may be difficult to detect, covered by the lowest scapulars. Some birds
still show old second generation feathers, which were included in the
post-juvenile moult last autumn (see 1CY *September*
 & *October*
). The inner median coverts which
were moulted first in line in the complete moult two months ago, start to
bleach already and loose the warm tones. The majority of 2CY *michahellis* is
easily identified by (some) adult-like grey scapulars. By July, 2CY
*michahellis* in the last stage of the complete moult (second pre-basic
moult) can be found commonly around the harbour of Etaples in NW France
with 10's of birds in the direct surrounding of the fish-market and 100's
of immature birds using the near landfill of Dannes to feed on... By
August, the primary moult is in its last stage, with all juvenile primaries
dropped and new second generation primaries up to P8. Most birds have the
greater, median and lower lesser coverts moulted in the complete moult last
months, with moult still going on in the (outer) lesser coverts. In the
mean time, the partial autumn moult starts this month, with 2CY
*michahellis*dropping again some of the outer median coverts and the upper
tertials."


5) Head and bill color (BB): "Some first-winter michahellis are strikingly
white-headed, with a blackish mark through/behind the eye. Others are
streaked, but with a whiter face, throat and underparts than is usual on a
Herring Gull. Most Herring Gulls have a duller, buff or cream colour to the
head rather than stark white. A typical juvenile or first-winter
michahellis head pattern would be a white forehead and lores, dark streaky
cap from forecrown to nape and down to eye level, a broad whitish band from
the chin and throat curving back and up behind the ear-coverts to
the hindneck and a dark lower hindneck extending upwards in the centre
(most obvious from the rear), so the main element is the whitish curved
band from nape to throat between darker areas above and below. The bill
colour is variable, as many michahellis gain a rather faint paler
fleshy-coloured or brown area on the base of the lower mandible in their
first winter, by late August or September. Others remain black-billed.
Herring Gulls are variable, with more extensive reddish-brown on many, but
blacker bills on others." ... (re: first-summers): "The head and body
streaking is often quite distinct. Both Herring and Lesser Black-backs vary
from heavily streaked to plain, pale-headed; michahellis is similarly
variable, but, especially in July and August, often shows a characteristic
combination of white face, thin, pencil-line streaks on the crown and nape,
a triangle of heavily etched lines of streaks on the hindneck (so it looks
white-faced head-on but heavily marked from the rear) and a well-defined
C-shape of white from the lores, around the ear-coverts and down to the
sides of the neck. The heavy streaking of the hindneck extends down to
bolder, rounded blotches on a whiter background than on Herring on the
breast sides. Dusky eye marks add to this characteristic appearance. The
bill varies from black to grey-green or flesh-coloured at the base, with a
black tip. Some have a yellow bill with a black tip. The legs are
flesh-coloured; some show a yellow tint by late May."



6) Tail (re: first-cycle; BB): "In fresh plumage, it shows more white in
the outer tail feathers and a broader white tip than when worn, so the
black tail-band looks 'framed in white'. On the undertail-coverts or vent
there are just a few dark bars on a very white area. (Some paler,
presumably northern, argentatus types arriving from late September onwards
show more white in the rump/tail region.)" ... (first-cycle; GRO): "The
tail-band is broadest at the centre, becoming smaller at outer tail
feathers, so obviously different from the broad dark tail-band commonly
seen in *graellsii* and *argenteus".*


 7) Scutes (GRO): "Shins are often pale, not contrasting with the rest of
the legs; the shins are often dark in *graellsii".*


 8) (Pers. obs.): to me, the wings consistently look broader in
michahellis. I am surprised this is not brought up more often. Perhaps it
is because the wings are still long, so they do not initially look broad?


9) (PA comments): "rather pale outer webs on inner primaries."


10) (pers. obs): It looks to me like there is an average difference in
tibia/tarsus length ratio, with the tibia proportionately longer in
michahellis. I will look at this quantitatively from the photos when I get
a chance.


You can compare many photos of the two species on the GRO website:


http://www.gull-research.org/


Many thanks for any help finding and photographing the bird, and best of
luck with the Brambling!


Tristan McKee

Arcata, CA
Subject: Re: BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:03:01 -0800
All,
Just a correction that the last date for Brambling in Humboldt was from a
bird in the Eel River Bottoms that was present from 29 Dec. 1991-28 Feb.
1992.

Thanks,

Rob

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Rob Fowler 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was just shared photos of a BRAMBLING that was found this evening in
> Arcata. The bird was photographed by Glenn Jones and is coming to his
> feeding area in his front yard. He says it's ok for birders to come by and
> look for it. His address is 1824 Buttermilk Ln.
>
> This is the first Brambling for Humboldt County since 1985!
>
> Hopefully it sticks around!!!
>
> Rob
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> McKinleyville, CA
> www.fowleropebirding.com
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:14:03 -0800
Hi all,
I was just shared photos of a BRAMBLING that was found this evening in
Arcata. The bird was photographed by Glenn Jones and is coming to his
feeding area in his front yard. He says it's ok for birders to come by and
look for it. His address is 1824 Buttermilk Ln.

This is the first Brambling for Humboldt County since 1985!

Hopefully it sticks around!!!

Rob

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Subject: BRAMBLING in Arcata, Humboldt County
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:14:03 -0800
Hi all,
I was just shared photos of a BRAMBLING that was found this evening in
Arcata. The bird was photographed by Glenn Jones and is coming to his
feeding area in his front yard. He says it's ok for birders to come by and
look for it. His address is 1824 Buttermilk Ln.

This is the first Brambling for Humboldt County since 1985!

Hopefully it sticks around!!!

Rob

-- 
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www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Tropical Kingbirds in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:20:09 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon 2 TROPICAL KINGBIRDS are hanging around the Battery Point 
Lighthouse parking lot on the northwest side of Crescent City Harbor.Alan D. 
Barron 
Subject: Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:44:40 -0800
Hi,

Some fun tidbits from the birding world...

Andrew Howe, Sandy Koonce and I have made preliminary assessments of 
warbler diversity occurrence for a sampling of California counties known 
to have 40 species or more recorded...

    * San Francisco County (includes Farallon Islands) has recorded all
      46 species (including Farallon Islands Golden-cheeked Warbler)
    * Kern County - 45 - with Saturday's Pine Warbler (Tom Benson &
      photos, Matt Grube & photos, David Rankin, Brad Singer) Kern
      County has recorded 45 warbler species of the 46 that have been
      observed in CA (missing only Golden-cheeked)
    * San Diego County - 45 overall? 43 eBirded
    * Monterey  County - 44 (eBird entries check only)
    * Inyo County  - 44 overall? 41 eBirded
    * Orange County  - 44 overall? 41 eBirded
    * San Bernardino County - 43
    * San Luis Obispo County - 43 (eBird entries check only)
    * Los Angeles County - 42 (eBird entires check only)
    * Santa Barbara County- 42 (eBird entries check only)
    * Humboldt County- 40 (eBird entries check only)
    * Marin County - 40 (eBird entries check only)
    * Other?

For the fun of sharing, the warblers recorded elsewhere in the United 
States and not yet recorded for California are: Crescent-chested, 
Tropical Parula, Kirtland's, Pine, Swainson's, Fan-tailed, Gray-crowned 
Yellowthroat, Slate-throated Redstart, Golden-crowned, Rufous-capped, 
and the now ex-patriot non-warbler Olive. Which, if any, do you 
think/predict could be the next addition to the CA state list? Perhaps 
Kirtland's as that species is a long-distance migrant?

Bob Barnes, Rdigecrest, Kern County, California
Subject: Del Norte Co. Horned Larks and a Scrub-Jay
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:35:18 +0000 (UTC)
I saw 2 HORNED LARKS on the south side of Crescent City Harbor. Take Anchor Way 
from Hwy 101 out to it's end at the large parking lot near Whaler Island. Birds 
very tamely move around the edges of the parking lot and call frequently. They 
are very colorful males, both with bright yellow on the head and well down onto 
the breast. Sky Lloyd showed up later and saw them also.  

Also had a WESTERN SCRUB-JAY down Enderts Beach Road in Redwood Nat'l Park just 
south of town. Bird has been present for a few weeks where the road curves and 
starts up the hill after the long straight section from Hwy 101. 

Alan D. Barron
Subject: Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:06:50 -0500
Below is a link to my eBird checklist that includes photos (by myself and Matt 
Grube) of the Pine Warbler seen today (Nov 8) at Desert Memorial Park in 
Ridgecrest, Kern County. 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA
Subject: Fwd: Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:08:21 -0500
Sorry, I typed the last link in invisible ink. Here it is for those of you 
without the magical computer monitors. 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20481475



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Sent: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 9:06 pm
Subject: Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest


Below is a link to my eBird checklist that includes photos (by myself and Matt 
Grube) of the Pine Warbler seen today (Nov 8) at Desert Memorial Park in 
Ridgecrest, Kern County. 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA
Subject: Pine Warbler photos, Ridgecrest
From: "Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:06:50 -0500
Below is a link to my eBird checklist that includes photos (by myself and Matt 
Grube) of the Pine Warbler seen today (Nov 8) at Desert Memorial Park in 
Ridgecrest, Kern County. 



Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA
Subject: Nice Day Of Del Norte Birds:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 02:00:00 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon Sky Lloyd and I saw the SANDHILL CRANE at the Alexandre Dairy 
near Fort Dick. Bird was along Lower Lake Road in the pasture on the west side 
of the road opposite the big pond with the pull-out. And we saw the CATTLE 
EGRET at the north end of the big pond loafing around with all the gulls on the 
large manure pile. 

Later I saw the long present AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in Lake Earl off Cadre 
Point, which was viewed from the Lakeside Loop off the end of Vipond Drive, 
which is just south of Lakeview Drive and off Lake Earl Drive. 

Back in Crescent City, I had 3 TROPICAL KINGBIRDS sitting on one telephone wire 
at the ocean end of 3rd Street, over the yard at the intersection of Wendell 
Avenue and 3rd.In Crescent City Harbor there were 66 ELEGANT TERNS mostly 
around the Elk Creek outlet near the public swimming pool. Also 2 MARBLED 
GODWITS there.And in Front Street Park in Crescent City along the harbor, 2 
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have been out on the grassy green soccer fields the 
past 10 days with a group of 15 CACKLING GEESE. 

 -Alan D. Barron
Subject: Cerro Coso College option while waiting
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:56:04 -0800
Hi,

My apologies for the additional post, Clearly, I do NOT think of 
everything at one time...

For those of you who do NOT want to stand around the Desert Memorial 
Park cemetery until it opens at 8am or after, a good nearby alternative 
from first light until 8am is the campus of Cerro Coso Community College 
above the south end of Ridgecrest. Another alternative is the Ridgecrest 
Watchable Wildlife Park which is next to the animal "shelter" about a 
quarter mile north of the cemetery on the same side of the road. The 
college is 5-8 minutes from the cemetery. The watchable wildlife park is 
one minute away. If you are fortunate, a birder willing to look into the 
cemetery while waiting for it to open might be willing to call those who 
wish to bird at one of the two above-mentioned birding locations the 
first two hours of daylight.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260


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Subject: Ridgecrest Pine Warbler Access
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:31:26 -0800
Hi,

The gates for Desert Memorial Park (cemetery) in Kern County at the San 
Bernardino County line south of CA Hwy 178 and north of Bowman Rd opens 
at 8am. There used to be a pedestrian gate open for earlier entry. But, 
that one is now locked. Or, at least if was the last time I checked. 
Until 8am check for the Pine Warbler from the sidewalk next to the 
street. Owners and staff do NOT welcome people in the cemetery until the 
gates are open. Sometmes, and frustratingly, the gate keeper shows up 
much later than 8am.

Since my cell phone was off in the dead zone over Walker Pass and I 
forgot to turn it on and check email until just a few minutes ago, I may 
see others out at the cemetery tomorrow morning with the hopefulness 
that the Pine Warbler is still present.

For those who do not know, Pine Warbler is a new species for the Kern 
County all time list. It was found and IDed this afternoon by Tom 
Benson, Matt Grube, David Rankin, and Brad Singer, visiting birders who 
are welcome to "poach" in Kern County at anytime, as are the rest of you!

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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Subject: Pine Warbler Ridgecrest - Nov 8
From: "Tom Benson Thomasabenson AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:47:03 -0800
This afternoon David Rankin, Matt Grube, Brad Singer, and I found a Pine 
Warbler at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. The bird was favoring the pines 
at the east end of the cemetery, and occasionally associating with a small fli 
ck of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Photos to follow. 


Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA


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Subject: Continuing Snow Bunting, Chestnut-collared Longspurs + Loleta Bottoms
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:39:57 -0800
Hi all,
Today Meg Andrews from Reno, Nevada and I looked for some the recent
rarities. We ran into Laurie Lawrence and Gary Bloomfield up on Bear River
Ridge who just had the SNOW BUNTING right when we rode up (Thanks, Gary and
Laurie!!). The bird was a little bit east of the typical y intersection
(J3244) where it's been hanging out. Four CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS were
in the vicinity, also, and I head and saw two LAPLAND LONGSPURS flying in
the area, also. We also had 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS fly over the area and one
HORNED LARK.

Along Cannibal Island road we had one TROPICAL KINGBIRD just west of the
intersection with Eel River Drive. At the intersection with Cock Robin
Island rd. there is a field with a bunch of corn stubble with lots of birds
in it with the highlights being 1 PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER and 5-6 (probably
more) LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

On the way home I drove the Arcata Bottoms and there are still at least 3
TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS along Miller Lane in the huge blackbird flock.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
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Subject: Elegants in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 01:00:26 +0000 (UTC)
There were still 210 Elegant Terns in Crescent City Harbor today.
Alan D. Barron
Subject: Re: Stellar's Jays
From: "Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:28:30 -0800
Yes…..those were Stellar Steller's Jay and not two species. :)

Deren Ross
Auburn, CA
 


Deren Ross

Auburn, CA

530-885-9740







On Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:59 PM, "Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net 
[CALBIRDS]"  wrote: 

 

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raucous flock of Stellar's Jay in a heavily wooded lot (Gray Pines and Live 
Oak) that connected Lakewood with Lakeland, via Dove Court. As I recall, a 
major storm system brought heavy rain along with snow down to the foothills and 
heavy snow to the mountains. This may have been my first Stellar Jay sighting. 
Always exciting to see flocks of Stellar's near the valley floor. Thanks for 
the post. 

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>Speaking of Stellar's Jay, in late October, Rex Maynard of Auburn reported 
approximately 70 Steller's Jay passing downslope through Robie Point in 
southeast Auburn which overlooks the North Fork American River. Locally 
speaking, Robie is the lower limit for Stellar's Jay in the North Fork American 
River Canyon, with only a few birds seen in average winters. 

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>Good birding,
>Deren Ross
>Auburn, CA
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>Deren Ross
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>Auburn, CA
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>530-885-9740
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>On Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:35 AM, "wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 

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>>Hi All: Yesterday afternoon we had a flock of about 12 or more Stellar's Jays 
in our years in Granite Bay. A new yard bird for us. 

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>>Gary Grenfell
>>Granite Bay
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Subject: Re: Stellar's Jays
From: "Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:59:22 -0800
Gary's post brings back a memory from my youth growing up in Granite Bay.

It had to be around the early seventies when, as a young teenager, I found a 
raucous flock of Stellar's Jay in a heavily wooded lot (Gray Pines and Live 
Oak) that connected Lakewood with Lakeland, via Dove Court. As I recall, a 
major storm system brought heavy rain along with snow down to the foothills and 
heavy snow to the mountains. This may have been my first Stellar Jay sighting. 
Always exciting to see flocks of Stellar's near the valley floor. Thanks for 
the post. 


Speaking of Stellar's Jay, in late October, Rex Maynard of Auburn reported 
approximately 70 Steller's Jay passing downslope through Robie Point in 
southeast Auburn which overlooks the North Fork American River. Locally 
speaking, Robie is the lower limit for Stellar's Jay in the North Fork American 
River Canyon, with only a few birds seen in average winters. 


Good birding,
Deren Ross
Auburn, CA


 


Deren Ross

Auburn, CA

530-885-9740







On Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:35 AM, "wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 

 

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>Hi All: Yesterday afternoon we had a flock of about 12 or more Stellar's Jays 
in our years in Granite Bay. A new yard bird for us. 

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>Gary Grenfell
>Granite Bay
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>
Subject: pipit photos
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:20:11 -0800
Just added my Olive-backed Pipit photos on my Recent Photos gallery on my 
website. www.sterlingbirds.com  click on photo 
gallery tab, then click on Recent Photos gallery. enjoy 


John

John Sterling
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Woodland, CA 95695
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Monterey Seabirds
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(831) 375-4658

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015
Subject: Stellar's Jays
From: "wiseowl AT calwisp.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 09:35:25 -0800
Hi All: Yesterday afternoon we had a flock of about 12 or more Stellar's Jays 
in our years in Granite Bay. A new yard bird for us. 

 

 Gary Grenfell
 Granite Bay
Subject: 2014-15 CBC Season
From: "'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:33:23 -0800
Dear CBC Compilers and participants,

As I have just regained internet access for my computer after 2 years on iPhone 
alone, I am now ready to get moving on the annual California CBC calendar. I 
will be updating the CBC page over the next ten days and would love to fill in 
as many dates as possible. For those of you who have a traditional date this 
will be easy. Please send corrected information or a note that no contact 
information has changed and I will just use last years information. If you have 
a website to link to, please send that. This resource is to get participants to 
you. For counts that are restricted, just the date will do, so we can keep 
track of how many counts are conducted each year. 


Date:

CBC Name:

CBC County:

Compiler (s): 

Phone: (optional)

E-Mail: 

website: (optional)



Many compilers have already sent their dates without prompting, but if you know 
of dates to fill the gaps please send them so birders can begin planning their 
annual ritual of holiday bird counting. For fun I have added all of the 
holidays on the calendar and the moon phases to help determine the potential of 
owling opportunities. 


www.natureali.org/cbcs.htm 

Thanks,

Ali

Ali Sheehey
P.O. Box 1853
Kernville, CA 93238

760-417-0268

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Subject: Olive-backed Pipit
From: "Don DesJardin ddesjardin AT roadrunner.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:28:36 -0800
Hello All,
I made a short video of the Yorba Linda Olive-backed Pipit and uploaded 
it to Vimeo. Enjoy....Don DesJardin, Ventura, California


https://vimeo.com/111070623


-- 
Don DesJardin
Ventura, California
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Subject: Fw: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yorba Regional - no Pipit this afternoon - Info on other sightings
From: "Christopher Taylor calbird AT kiwi.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:12:31 -0800
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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:06:23 -0800
From: "Jeff Bray jbray4913 AT gmail.com [OrangeCountyBirding]" 
 

Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yorba Regional - no Pipit this afternoon - Info 
on other sightings 

To: "orangecountybirding AT yahoogroups.com" 
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I stopped by the park to see if the Pipit was still around this afternoon
but no luck.  Ran into a few other birders that hadn't seen it either.
There was some kind of cross country event going on as well, so conditions
weren't very good for birding in the area where the Pipit had been seen
over the last 5 days.

Thought it worth mentioning, for those that don't get eBird alerts for the
county, there was a LONG-EARED OWL seen this morning in the park as well, I
believe that was found my Becky Turley.  I didn't see anyone post about it,
so I wanted to make sure word got out to the non-eBirders.  I tried looking
for it this afternoon/evening, but struck out.  Here is an eBird report
from Michael Long with a little bit of location info as well as a photo of
the Owl:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20452847

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

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Subject: Olive backed pipit
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:56:51 -0800
Refound now at normal location.  Yay!

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