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23 Sep Closure of YBWA during road reconstruction ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Sep Chico: Magnolia Warbler ["michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Sep Chestnut-sided Warbler in Sacramento ["ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Sep Vesper Sparrow joins Jaeger and Sabine's Gulls at Folsom Lake ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Putah woodpeckers, winter birds, and a mink ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep American Redstart-Putah Creek ["slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Sage Thrasher-Deer Creek Hills area ["notsewbed AT mac.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Putah woodpeckers, winter birds, and a mink ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Yolo Wildlife Area ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Yolo Wildlife Area ["'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Latrobe Rd (Sac) Sage Thrasher ["'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Many Lewis's Woodpeckers-Putah Creek-Davis ["slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Butte Common Terns and Pectoral Sandpiper ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Butte Common Terns and Pectoral Sandpiper ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
22 Sep Yolo Bypass ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Folsom Lake Parasitic Jaeger and Sabine's Gulls continue ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Re: Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21 ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Common Terns at Chico WTP ["findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep 4 Common Terns Comanche Lake-Amador Co. ["teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Folsom point ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Pacific Wren at UC Davis Arboretum (Yolo Co) ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Re: Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21 ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21 ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep 4 Pectoral Sandpipers Winters WTP ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Sep Folsom Jaeger ["mark_aring AT yahoo.com mark_aring@yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Re: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer) ["mark_aring AT yahoo.com mark_aring@yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Vaux's Swifts ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Re: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer) ["GBbirder gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep RE: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer) ["teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep RE: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer) ["teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer) ["gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Sep Re: Murmuration of Blackbirds (photos) ["M. Bruce Grosjean mbgsf AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Re: Murmuration of Blackbirds ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Parasitic Jaeger & Sabine's Gull continue at Folsom Lake ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep RE: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County ["Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Murmuration of Blackbirds ["Marilyn Hemmeter birdergirl AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Tall Forest survey highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake ["Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep (fwd) PHVI ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep RE: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Sep Tennessee Warbler still at Putah Cr ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake ["L Pittman pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Sunday Monterey pelagic ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Sunday Monterey pelagic ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Fwd: [SJBIRDS] Lodi Lake Philly Vireo ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Folsom lake parasitic jaeger ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Jaeger at Folsom Lake ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Sep Tall Forest bird survey tomorrow ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Re: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County ["Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep RE: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Putah Creek Birds (east of Bird Bath area) ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Far Western El Dorado County Birds ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Interesting Woodpeckers on Putah Creek ["thomas blankenship margaret.blankensh AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Re: wandering Acorn Woodpeckers ["Amy Carter aec0922 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Sep Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County ["sami182 AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Sacramento Audubon Meeting, Thursday, September 18, 7pm: Birds and Culture of Oaxaca ["'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Putah Creek Fall birds ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Four Brown Boobies: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Four Brown Boobies: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Sep Re: wandering Acorn Woodpeckers ["Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep wandering Acorn Woodpeckers ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Re: Lewis's Woodpecker in Rocklin ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Sep Lewis's Woodpecker in Rocklin ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Sep Re: Hairy Woodpeckers Bakersfield Nesting ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Sep jaeger flying at Granite Bay Boat Launch area - Folsom Lake, Placer Co ["'Bruce E. Webb' BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Sep Tomorrow on Putah Creek at the bird bath ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Sep Tennessee warbler putah creek ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Sep Canada Warbler continues at Ancil Hoffman ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Sep Snow Goose at Yolo Bypass in Davis ["slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Sep Re: madera WTP Marbled Godwit ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Sep Re: Re: Hairy Woodpecker ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Sep madera WTP Marbled Godwit ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Sep Fw: Canada Warbler (Sac Co.) continues, 9/14 ["David Johnson davedlj1246 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Sep Canada Warbler (Sac Co.) continues, 9/14 ["keith_seagull AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Sep Hairy Woodpeckers Bakersfield Nesting ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Closure of YBWA during road reconstruction
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:37:08 -0400
The curved section of road linking the south and north frontage roads (Road 32 
A and Road 32 B) at the west end of the I-80 Causeway is undergoing major 
rebuilding. The closure is scheduled to be over some time late Thursday. If the 
work is finished earlier we will post the good news. 


Mary Schiedt
Davis 
Subject: Chico: Magnolia Warbler
From: "michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Sep 2014 11:41:35 -0700
This morning I found a MAGNOLIA WARBLER at the Indian Fisheries part of 
Bidwell-Sacramento State Park. The parking area is at the end of West 
Sacramento Road where it runs into River Road. The bird was foraging on the 
Butte County side of the slough, mostly low in oaks and other tree species. 
From the parking area walk to the slough and the bird was found about 40 yards 
to the right. It stayed in the same general area for 45 minutes until John 
Lewis arrived and I left. 
Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler in Sacramento
From: "ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:20:40 -0700
Hi folks:

Yesterday there were lots if warblers in my neighborhood and I had brief, 
frustrating looks of a bird high in my neighbor's Eucalyptus that had me 
thinking, initially, Chestnut-sided Warbler. Finally, this morning about 10:45 
I spotted the bird again with the local titmouse/warbler flock. This time it 
was a bit lower in a small Valley Oak and provided closer looks. It appears to 
be a rather dull Chestnut-sided Warbler. It has a gray face and throat, breast 
and sides, becoming white on the belly and undertail coverts, with a faint 
yellow tinge to side of the vent area. The tail pattern of black and white is 
typical of Chestnut-sided and it would cock its tail as Chestnut-sideds do. It 
has a clear white eye-ring and distinct broad wing bars that are white with a 
lemon-yellow tinge. The only feature I haven't been able to see, because the 
bird has always been overhead in subdued light, is the green back. 


I am home most of the day this week, so give me a call if you would like to 
stop by and look for the bird. 


Cheers,

Tim Manolis
home phone: 916 485-9009
cell phone: 916 955-9009
Subject: Vesper Sparrow joins Jaeger and Sabine's Gulls at Folsom Lake
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:17:45 -0700
Hi folks,

Despite heavy smoke settling over Folsom Lake, Dan Kopp and I saw at least
three Sabine's Gulls flying right along the shoreline at Folsom Point in
Sacramento County (accessed from East Natoma St. west of Blue Ravine
Rd--$12 entrance fee).  We walked down to the shoreline, hoping to have
better views of the water through the smoke, but still couldn't see across
the lake to Beals Point.  We decided to drive over to Beals for another
view of the lake and while walking from the shoreline up the rocky slope to
the parking/picnic table area at Folsom Point, Dan lingered on a sparrow I
was tempted to pass off as "just" a Savanna.  Better views proved it was a
Vesper Sparrow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/). A couple of Rock
Wrens were also hopping around rather appropriately on the rocks.

At Beals Point we watched the Parasitic Jaeger at much closer range than I
had seen it before from Folsom Point.  It bathed, sat on the water, flew
around, and, of course, went after gulls.  It was interesting to watch it
seemingly menace each gull that flew over it while it sat on the water
after preening, its head turning side to side.  Ultimately over a thousand
California Gulls streamed in; the jaeger appeared to be eyeing each one.
It finally picked another victim and renewed the chase.

On another note, at the photo link above is an older video of the Northern
Waterthrush at Putah Creek. It's interesting to see its "leaf tosser"
foraging behavior.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Putah woodpeckers, winter birds, and a mink
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:09:01 -0700
As I sat in my blind at the warbler bathing spot near my house seeing mostly 
Yellow and Yellow-rumped warblers, but also 2 juv. Yellowthroats, 2 
Black-throated Gray, and 3 Wilson's warblers in addition to 2 Lincoln's, 1 
Song, and several White-crowned sparrows, I noticed (around 9:45) at first one 
and then more and more Lewis's Woodpeckers landing in medium-sized eucalyptus 
and Cottonwood trees upstream from me. Some were just sunning themselves while 
others chased around, making it difficult to keep count. But it appeared that 
there were more than 10 (see also Sarah Mayhew's post of today from about 2.5 
miles further downstream), my count also being limited by the small window of 
my blind. The two or three individuals I was able to photograph were all, it 
appeared, juveniles busy molting into some more respectable adult plumage with 
its handsome contrasts between pink and iridescent green. Just as Sarah, I have 
never seen this many along the creek. In fact, there have been many years when 
I have not seen any except in the hills west of Winters. In addition, there are 
still quite a few Acorn Woodpeckers around, and the number of Northern Flickers 
has begun to increase as well. Quite a year for woodpeckers. As I left my blind 
and walked back to my car, at least 5 Lewis's Woodpeckers flew overhead 
downstream in an easterly direction. The other Lewis's Woodpeckers had also 
left flying downstream. 

Saturday was clearly the day when White-crowned Sparrows and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, the two dominant winter species around here, arrived in large numbers 
both in my garden and along the creek. And today, a small contingent of 
Golden-crowned Sparrows checked in for the winter also. 

The hummingbird banding team of Lisa Tell which had still found a surprising 
number of Black-chinned hummers last weekend, all hatch-year juv., found none 
this Sunday and captured and banded only Anna's (27). The continuing male 
Costa's came by briefly to say hello and sample the bladderpod bush that is 
beginning to put out another wave of blossoms. 

And last, while during my previous visit to my blind 4 River Otters showed up, 
today a surprisingly large, and therefore probably male, Mink scampered by my 
blind staying partially hidden by the sedges at the edge of the water, 
preventing me from getting a close-up shot. But still nice to see it. 



Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
3 miles W of Davis


Subject: American Redstart-Putah Creek
From: "slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 22:00:43 -0700
Had a nice siting of the American Redstart at Putah Creek today at the bathing 
area. I posted 3 photos. Here is the link to one of them. 



https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/central_valley_birds/photos/photostream/lightbox/2115588899?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/2115588899 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/central_valley_birds/photos/photostream/lightbox/2115588899?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/2115588899 


Scroll to the left for the other 2 photos.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA
  

 

Subject: Sage Thrasher-Deer Creek Hills area
From: "notsewbed AT mac.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 16:04:41 -0700
This morning I saw and photographed a Sage Thrasher on the dirt portion of 
Labtrobe Rd. approximately .5 miles from the last tree where it opens up to 
grassland. It was on the fence and occasionally flew down into the grass. 

Deb Weston
Folsom, CA 
Subject: Putah woodpeckers, winter birds, and a mink
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:12:04 -0700
I looks like my earlier email did not go through although it is listed as 
"sent" in my folder. So just in case I am resending it. My apologies if you are 
getting this twice. 




As I sat in my blind at the warbler bathing spot near my house seeing mostly 
Yellow and Yellow-rumped warblers, but also 2 juv. Yellowthroats, 2 
Black-throated Gray, and 3 Wilson's warblers in addition to 2 Lincoln's, 1 
Song, and several White-crowned sparrows, I noticed (around 9:45) at first one 
and then more and more Lewis's Woodpeckers landing in medium-sized eucalyptus 
and Cottonwood trees upstream from me. Some were just sunning themselves while 
others chased around, making it difficult to keep count. But it appeared that 
there were more than 10 (see also Sarah Mayhew's post of today from about 2.5 
miles further downstream), my count also being limited by the small window of 
my blind. The two or three individuals I was able to photograph were all, it 
appeared, juveniles busy molting into some more respectable adult plumage with 
its handsome contrasts between pink and iridescent green. Just as Sarah, I have 
never seen this many along the creek. In fact, there have been many years when 
I have not seen any except in the hills west of Winters. In addition, there are 
still quite a few Acorn Woodpeckers around, and the number of Northern Flickers 
has begun to increase as well. Quite a year for woodpeckers. As I left my blind 
and walked back to my car, at least 5 Lewis's Woodpeckers flew overhead 
downstream in an easterly direction. The other Lewis's Woodpeckers had also 
left flying downstream. 

Saturday was clearly the day when White-crowned Sparrows and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, the two dominant winter species around here, arrived in large numbers 
both in my garden and along the creek. And today, a small contingent of 
Golden-crowned Sparrows checked in for the winter also. 

The hummingbird banding team of Lisa Tell which had still found a surprising 
number of Black-chinned hummers last weekend, all hatch-year juv., found none 
this Sunday and captured and banded only Anna's (27). The continuing male 
Costa's came by briefly to say hello and sample the bladderpod bush that is 
beginning to put out another wave of blossoms. 

And last, while during my previous visit to my blind 4 River Otters showed up, 
today a surprisingly large, and therefore probably male, Mink scampered by my 
blind staying partially hidden by the sedges at the edge of the water, 
preventing me from getting a close-up shot. But still nice to see it. 





Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
3 miles W of Davis


Subject: Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Yolo Wildlife Area
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:58:02 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Todd Easterla wrote:

>>>      
 All, There was a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper on the Auto tour loop this 
evening. The bird flew to the South end of the flooded section and I also saw 6 
Pectoral Sandpipers as well here. This was just a quick run through so there 
may be other goodies, be on the lookout. 

<<<

Is the entrance drivable? It wasn't this morning when I tried to leave. A 
Red-necked Phalarope photo from this morning: 


http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/scolopacidae/phalaropus/rnphal00.html

If I've messed up the ID I'm sure someone will be kind enough to let me know.

Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


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Subject: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Yolo Wildlife Area
From: "'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:51:56 -0700
All,

 

There was a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper on the Auto tour loop this
evening. The bird flew to the South end of the flooded section and I also
saw 6 Pectoral Sandpipers as well here. This was just a quick run through so
there may be other goodies, be on the lookout.

 

 

Todd Easterla

Fair Oaks, Ca.
Subject: Latrobe Rd (Sac) Sage Thrasher
From: "'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:47:49 -0700
The Sage Thrasher found on Latrobe Road by Deb Weston earlier today was
easily found again this afternoon at 2:30pm.  The thrasher was 3.1 miles
northeast of the intersection of Scott and Latrobe Roads (.5 miles from the
last tree by the road on Latrobe).  There are green gates on both sides of
the road and a little orange ribbon on the fence past the green gate.  It
was with a large flock of Horned Larks and favored the nearby cross fence on
the south side of the road.  There were at least two dozen Lewis's
Woodpeckers, many very vocal, in the wooded section of Latrobe Road.

 

For folks with low clearance vehicles, the alternate and slightly less rocky
and rutted route would be to take Michigan Bar Road for about 4 miles, then
left on Latrobe Road (unsigned?).  The thrasher was 1 mile from the the
intersection of Michigan Bar Road and Latrobe Rd.

 

Linda Pittman 

Wilton CA
Subject: Many Lewis's Woodpeckers-Putah Creek-Davis
From: "slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 18:31:20 -0700
Just as I got to the parking lot on Pedrick Road for Putah Creek 10-12 Lewis's 
Woodpeckers flew right over me. Was photographing them, so didn't get exact 
count. I don't think I have ever seen that many in one place, never mind Putah 
Creek! I had seen one when I was down by the creek earlier. They were flying 
high and were on a mission to get somewhere, flying east. 


Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA
 

Subject: Butte Common Terns and Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:19:27 -0700
Hi all,
I made it to the Chico WTP at 1700 last night to find the 6 Common Terns
(though I spent quite a bit of time trying to make them Arctics!) still
there.  While looking at them a very nice Pectoral Sandpiper flew in and
landed practically at my feet.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Butte Common Terns and Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:19:27 -0700
Hi all,
I made it to the Chico WTP at 1700 last night to find the 6 Common Terns
(though I spent quite a bit of time trying to make them Arctics!) still
there.  While looking at them a very nice Pectoral Sandpiper flew in and
landed practically at my feet.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Yolo Bypass
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:06:33 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
The access road to the Yolo Bypass wildlife area is closed for re-construction 
and is being torn up this morning. It wasn't closed or torn up when the area's 
gate was unlocked at dawn. It was an adventure getting out. 


The cooperative phalaropes (at least 10) were still present along the auto tour 
route and I observed a coyote steal a coot from a Northern Harrier. 



Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


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Subject: Folsom Lake Parasitic Jaeger and Sabine's Gulls continue
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 10:45:24 -0700
From 07:30 to 08:30 this morning at Folsom Point, I watched the juvenile 
PARASITIC JAEGER take turns chasing a California and at least 3 SABINE'S GULLS 
in and out of all 3 counties at the south end of the lake. 


I did see two terns over El Dorado waters that were initially backlit, but they 
turned out to be Forster's Terns. 


Dan Williams
Carmichael
 

Subject: Re: Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 10:07:43 -0700
I arrived at the bathing spot just after 8am this morning and Will Rockey was 
there. He checked the eucalyptus just downstream and found the Tennessee 
Warbler which I was able to see. I returned to the bathing spot and eventually 
saw the American Redstart at 8:45. It flew between vegetation on the Yolo and 
Solano side here, which is really active with birds investigating the bath 
below and some coming up to preen after bathing. The redstart then took off 
downstream. 


Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Common Terns at Chico WTP
From: "findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 23:12:02 -0700
At around 3:30pm today, there were 6 Common Terns at the Chico WTP. Shorebird 
habitat is excellent right now, as well. There were also two Greater 
White-fronted Geese, a female Ring-necked Duck, and an Eared Grebe. 
https://m.flickr.com/photos/42580785 AT N05/15313771921/ Regards, Matt Forster 
Chico, CA 
Subject: 4 Common Terns Comanche Lake-Amador Co.
From: "teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 22:37:45 -0700
All,
 

 After seeing the good stuff at Folsom Lake, Fritz Steurer and I decided to try 
our luck at Comanche Lake in Amador County. We were lucky to see 4 Common Terns 
near the boat ramp and they were seen flying in all three adjacent counties. 
San Joaquin, Amador and Calaveras Counties. 

 

 Todd Easterla
 Fair Oaks, Ca.
Subject: Folsom point
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:12:58 -0700
This afternoon we saw four juv Sabine's gulls, two common terns and the 
parasitic jaeger from Folsom point state park on Folsom lake. 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Pacific Wren at UC Davis Arboretum (Yolo Co)
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:07:37 -0700
One Pacific Wren seen at 6:15 pm at the UC Davis Arboretum - in the
Australia-New Zealand plant section across Arboretum Drive from the 1100
Solano Park apartments.  It did not give an audible call, so I cannot rule
out Winter Wren (a possibility given last winter's Winter Wren farther
upstream west of Winters).  Also saw a first-winter Golden-crowned Sparrow
and a River Otter.

 

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Subject: Re: Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 20:25:41 -0700
Unfortunately I didn't see the American Redstart, but the Tennessee Warbler was 
in the vegetation on the Yolo side above the bathing spot at about 10:15am this 
morning. Several of us got good looks before it headed downstream a bit and out 
of sight. 


Two Chestnut-backed Chickadees were seen, and Lewis's Woodpeckers continue to 
be reliable flyovers--typically heading east. 


Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Redstart, Putah Creek 9/21
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 19:47:36 -0700
Today with Jessie Godfray, Helen Chmura and Karen, at Putah Creek, in the low 
water spot with the driftwood we failed to find a Tennessee Warbler, but were 
rewarded with a nice female American Redstart, which danced around with her 
tail fanned for a minute or so. Ran into Michael Strom a few minutes after - 
hopefully he relocated it. It was really birdy there today, warblers falling 
from the trees, seemingly, surely there were more that we missed (no 
MacGillivray's or Hooded Orioles for us). 

 

 At the bypass later, I had some early birds (Merlin, Ring-necked Duck, Greater 
White-Fronted Goose, Sandhill Cranes) as well as a perhaps late Lesser 
Yellowlegs and Swainson's Hawk. 

 

 The highlight there was a group of about 15 Red-necked Phalaropes feeding feet 
from the shore of the auto loop, completely oblivious to traffic and people! A 
Barn Owl which flew directly at me face while I was staring at sparrows 
provided some excitement, too. 

 

 Nice day to be birding. 
 

 Eric LoPresti
 Davis, CA
Subject: 4 Pectoral Sandpipers Winters WTP
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:33:22 -0700
Today (9/21) around 4:30pm there were four pectoral sandpipers at the Winters 
WTP all in the pond north of Road 32A. This is accessed by taking Moody Slough 
Road west, going north on Road 88, then west a short distance on 32A. There's a 
pullout on the right that's rises slightly up the levee of this north pond 
where you have views of it and the pond to the south. Water levels are good 
right now for shorebirds. 



Two record shorts here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46176050 AT N03/15129064979/

Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Folsom Jaeger
From: "mark_aring AT yahoo.com mark_aring@yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:15:55 GMT
Jaeger was still floating on the lake from 3:30 to 4pm. It would drift away 
from the dam near the center of the lake and then fly back strong toward the 
dam again to drift another cycle. 


Mark Aring 
Rocklin, CA

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Subject: Re: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "mark_aring AT yahoo.com mark_aring@yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:22:24 GMT
Jaeger still parked near the county lines at 3:20pm. Watching from Beals point. 


Mark Aring 
Rocklin, CA

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------ Original message------
From: GBbirder gbbirder AT yahoo...
Date: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:57 PM
To: teasterla;
Cc: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com;
Subject:Re: [CVBirds] Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)


The Jaeger spent a lot of time sitting in the
Water near where the 3 county lines meet.
And Dang!   Forgot to mention I had 4 common 
Terns moving along the shoreline at Beal's.

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 21, 2014, at 12:54 PM, teasterla  wrote:

No Jaeger as of yet.

Todd Easterla


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Date:09/21/2014 11:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)



Greetings Birders,
The Parasitic Jaeger blew into Placer county waters this Sunday morning at 
around 8:45am chasing a California gull 

right into Beal's Point. Other birds of interest included a bald eagle, 
peregrine falcon, and an American 

avocet along the shoreline. No Sabine's gulls were observed although I had one 
in at the north shore of 

Lake Tahoe yesterday.

Get Out There!
Ron Pozzi
Granite Bay, Ca
Subject: Vaux's Swifts
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:53:38 -0700
Hi birders,
 Just had a flock of Vaux's Swifts, 75-100, fly over my house going in a 
northerly direction. Lots of dragonflies hovering around up there too, must be 
some good food flying around up there. 


Michele Swartout
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Subject: Re: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "GBbirder gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:57:51 -0700
The Jaeger spent a lot of time sitting in the
Water near where the 3 county lines meet.
And Dang!   Forgot to mention I had 4 common 
Terns moving along the shoreline at Beal's.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 21, 2014, at 12:54 PM, teasterla  wrote:
> 
> No Jaeger as of yet.
> 
> Todd Easterla
> 
> 
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
> 
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]"
> Date:09/21/2014 11:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [CVBirds] Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
> 
> Greetings Birders,
> 
> The Parasitic Jaeger blew into Placer county waters this Sunday morning at 
around 8:45am chasing a California gull 

> 
> right into Beal's Point. Other birds of interest included a bald eagle, 
peregrine falcon, and an American 

> 
> avocet along the shoreline. No Sabine's gulls were observed although I had 
one in at the north shore of 

> 
> Lake Tahoe yesterday.
> 
> 
> 
> Get Out There!
> 
> Ron Pozzi
> 
> Granite Bay, Ca
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:54:32 -0700
No Jaeger as of yet.

Todd Easterla


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From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]"
Date:09/21/2014 11:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
Greetings Birders, The Parasitic Jaeger blew into Placer county waters this Sunday morning at around 8:45am chasing a California gull right into Beal's Point. Other birds of interest included a bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and an American avocet along the shoreline. No Sabine's gulls were observed although I had one in at the north shore of Lake Tahoe yesterday. Get Out There! Ron Pozzi Granite Bay, Ca
Subject: RE: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:53:53 -0700
HI all,

Fritz Steurer,and I have been watching two Common Terns and a Sabins Gull in 
Sacramento and El Dorado Counties for the last hour from this post. we are 
viewing the birds from Folsom. Overlook. 


Todd Easterla
Fair Oaks, Ca






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Date:09/21/2014 11:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
Greetings Birders, The Parasitic Jaeger blew into Placer county waters this Sunday morning at around 8:45am chasing a California gull right into Beal's Point. Other birds of interest included a bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and an American avocet along the shoreline. No Sabine's gulls were observed although I had one in at the north shore of Lake Tahoe yesterday. Get Out There! Ron Pozzi Granite Bay, Ca
Subject: Parasitic Jaeger continues at Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 11:14:17 -0700
Greetings Birders,
 The Parasitic Jaeger blew into Placer county waters this Sunday morning at 
around 8:45am chasing a California gull 

 right into Beal's Point. Other birds of interest included a bald eagle, 
peregrine falcon, and an American 

 avocet along the shoreline. No Sabine's gulls were observed although I had one 
in at the north shore of 

 Lake Tahoe yesterday.
 

 Get Out There!

 Ron Pozzi
 Granite Bay, Ca
Subject: Re: Murmuration of Blackbirds (photos)
From: "M. Bruce Grosjean mbgsf AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:18:50 -0700
Greetings Marilyn and Breck – No question that these blackbird “murmurations” 
are an exciting central valley phenomena, especially when you’re able to see 
them up close. As far as the ID question is concerned, the only time I’ve 
personally witnessed these events the birds were Red-winged. Below is a link to 
a slideshow of an event I photographed at Cosumnes River Preserve on 
Bruceville, fifty yards north of Desmond in November of 2011. The event itself 
lasted for at least thirty minutes as flock after flock flew in from the 
surrounding area to join the frenzy. The sound was truly amazing! 


Bruce

This fifty frame slideshow is set to play in less than two minutes. 
 


M. Bruce Grosjean
San Francisco

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Subject: Re: Murmuration of Blackbirds
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:40:45 -0700
Hi Marilyn, I have had the same phenomenon occur in my neighborhood, right 
across from my house actually on the next over street. High wires at dusk. Not 
now but in the winter. Just a thought on the ID. Red-wings are not colonial, 
are even said to be territorial. Whereas the kind of massing of blackbirds you 
and I have seen fits perfectly the ways and means of Brewers. 

 

 Breck Breckenridge, in Lodi California, San Joaquin Audubon Chapter member, 
and all around birding fanatic. 

 



Subject: Parasitic Jaeger & Sabine's Gull continue at Folsom Lake
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:19:28 -0700
Went to Beals Point late in the afternoon and spent a couple of hours there 
scoping from points near and along the water's edge. 


After a long time, I spotted the Parasitic Jaeger resting on the water in the 
middle of the big expanse of the lake where the three counties meet. I didn't 
see it fly in and missed it when it flew off, and could not find it again. 


I also found one single immature Sabine's Gull farther away from the dam. It 
mostly just sat on the water, but from time to time, a California Gull would 
harass it and it would fly a short distance only. I lost it again, but near 
sundown, I saw it again near the dam, where 4 California Gulls were doggedly 
chasing it. It eventually escaped in the direction of the floating outhouse. I 
wonder if the gulls caught and ate the other two Sabine's Gulls that were there 
yesterday? 


Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA


On Sep 19, 2014, at 9:11 AM, Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 


> 
> 
> This morning a large jaeger with a lot of white in the primaries was in all 
three counties, seen from Folsom Pt around 830. It was very active, disappeared 
up the El Dorado arm and presumably the same bird appeared back in the Placer 
arm. 

> 
> I have some very distract and blurry photos that might be useful. The bird 
landed twice to the south of the floating toilet. 

> 
> Two Bald Eagles on the El Do peninsula.
> 
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
> --please excuse this brief message sent with my phone
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
From: "Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:39:56 +1000
While we eating outside last night around sunset, about 80 Vaux's swifts flew 
over central Davis and gave us a great show. 

Damien FarineDavis


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Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:33:30 -0700
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
















































Likewise today at Lake Solano Park.


Ken EalyDavis
On Sep 18, 2014, at 19:00, "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 










































     
Sami – Funny, we had a good flight of Vaux’s Swifts around the same time on 
Putah Creek (forgot to mention in earlier post). I looked for Chimney Swifts 
since one was recently photographed and reported along the American River 
Parkway. No luck there. Andy Engilis Andrew Engilis, Jr.CuratorMuseum of 
Wildlife and Fish BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaOne Shields AvenueDavis, CA 
95616USA Office Phone: 530-752-0364FAX: 530-752-4154E-mail: 
aengilisjr AT ucdavis.eduWebsite: http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu From: 
central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:58 AM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County Sorry about the delay in 
posting. Yesterday I was with a group of birders at Babel Slough. When we 
arrived about 8:15 we saw a few Vaux's swifts flying around and away. We felt 
happy to have seen them since it has been my experience once you see them they 
are gone. However this was not the case yesterday. We continued to see many in 
the immediate area of the riparian habitat of Babel slough as well as seeing 
them going out over the adjacent field on either side of that habitat, both 
high and low, it was impressive to me. This show went on for almost a hour and 
then they were gone. My humble estimate is a species count of up to 50 
individual birds. 


Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA

















































   		 	   		  
Subject: Murmuration of Blackbirds
From: "Marilyn Hemmeter birdergirl AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:30:55 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Tonight at 7pm I noticed a great number of birds on power lines behind 
Pinebrook Village in Folsom. It turned out to be quite a show of 
blackbirds,many thousands..staging for their evening murmuration. I think they 
were Redwing blackbirds, not starlings. ( I wasn't that close to them) They 
seemed to be flying over Baldwin Dam. I was watching from my front porch,I 
can't see the dam, but Canada Geese fly from there every night also..Lots of 
Canada Geese, on their way to Folsom Lake. The Blackbirds were also seen on 
Thursday, Sept 18th, at the same time in the evening. 



Marilyn Hemmeter
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Subject: Tall Forest survey highlights
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:41:56 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning's Tall Forest bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve
produced one very good bird and many other enjoyable observations.  No doubt
the highlight was a very cooperative yellow-throated vireo.  We also turned
up a red-breasted nuthatch and a purple finch, plus a decent variety of the
season's regular western migrants.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
From: "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:09:29 -0700
This morning, at around 7:30AM, I had about 45 minutes to check on 
Folsom Lake.  From Beals Point, I managed to see the two Sabine's Gulls 
which, began flying higher and higher near the dam.  I was thinking it 
looked like an escape trajectory, qnd they might be leaving,  but they 
turned and flew back toward Folsom Point.

With guests visiting from Chile, I did not have time to search for the 
jaeger. or to drive to Folsom Point vantage which being on the south end 
of the lake has much better lighting.

I checked my personal sighting of Sabine's Gull from Folsom Lake was 
9/26/2003, an immature seen from Beals Point.

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA

   'Have scope - Will travel'



On 9/20/2014 9:47 AM, cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds] 
wrote:
> The Parasitic Jaeger was seen this morning Saturday. 830am.
>
> Calvin Lou
> SF
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]"
> Date:09/19/2014 1:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
> To: Central Valley Birds
> Subject: [CVBirds] Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
>
> Hi folks,
>
> Just heard from Linda Pittman that there was a Sabine's Gull (or 
> possibly two) at Folsom Lake along with the jaeger.
>
> All the best,
>
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
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From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:39:20 -0700
Forwarding by request....

On Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:56:07 -0700, David Nelson  wrote:

Joe,

Please post to Central Valley Birds, or CalBirds,  that Kris  Dunlap and I
saw the Philadelphia Vireo at 9:00AM at Lodi Lake, same location as
reported yesterday.

Thank you,

David W. Nelson

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Subject: RE: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:47:43 -0700
The Parasitic Jaeger was seen this morning Saturday. 830am.

Calvin Lou
SF


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Date:09/19/2014 1:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: [CVBirds] Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
Hi folks, Just heard from Linda Pittman that there was a Sabine's Gull (or possibly two) at Folsom Lake along with the jaeger. All the best, Chris Conard Sacramento
Subject: Tennessee Warbler still at Putah Cr
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:13:13 -0700
I am here with Tracy Farrington; we have relocated the Tennessee Warbler in
the same tall eucs easy of the clearing.  It's a pretty dusky one but still
with strong eyeline and paler under tail in good light

-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
From: "L Pittman pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:05:20 -0700
Two Sabine's Gull pursued on and off by the jaeger, mostly in Sac county. 
Viewed from Folsom Point 

Linda Pittman
Wilton CA

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 19, 2014, at 1:50 PM, "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 


Hi folks,

Just heard from Linda Pittman that there was a Sabine's Gull (or possibly two) 
at Folsom Lake along with the jaeger. 


All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Sabine's Gull at Folsom Lake
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:50:25 -0700
Hi folks,

Just heard from Linda Pittman that there was a Sabine's Gull (or possibly
two) at Folsom Lake along with the jaeger.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Sunday Monterey pelagic
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:56:40 -0700
We need five more people to sign up for Sunday's Monterey seabirds pelagic 
trip. Please (831) 372-0599 to sign up. Great time to be on the ocean! 


John

John Sterling.
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Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Sunday Monterey pelagic
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:56:40 -0700
We need five more people to sign up for Sunday's Monterey seabirds pelagic 
trip. Please (831) 372-0599 to sign up. Great time to be on the ocean! 


John

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Subject: Fwd: [SJBIRDS] Lodi Lake Philly Vireo
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:32 -0700
Chris Conard
Sacramento
--please excuse this brief message sent with my phone
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From: "David Yee birdmanyee AT gmail.com [SJBIRDS]" <
SJBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sep 19, 2014 12:51 PM
Subject: [SJBIRDS] Lodi Lake Philly Vireo
To: "sjbirds" 
Cc:



Birders:

At mid-morning today (Sept 19th) there was a Philadelphia Vireo at the Lodi
Lake Nature Area. The easiest way to reach the Nature Area is to park on
Laurel St to the east of the park, and then hike the short distance north
to the entrance to the Nature Area which is on the east side of Lodi Lake.
Upon entering the Nature Area there will be a dirt path that shoots off to
the left from the paved path, and goes along the Mokelumne River. Go about
100 yds to where a small path crosses over the creek and joins the paved
path.  The vireo was mostly just before this small path.  Migrants were
heavy in this area, and it was difficult to stay with the bird because of
the other birds.  This flock consisted mostly of Yellow, Wilson's, and
Orange-cr warblers, but there was also a Black-throated Gray, Nashville and
three Townsend's, and the vireo appeared to loosely be moving with them.
This bird had bright yellow underparts, brightest in the throat and beast
areas, and had a very contrasting face pattern.  The only other vireo in
the area at the time was a Hutton's.

I'd appreciate it if someone wouldn't mind forwarding this to other
listserves.

Good Birding,
David Yee


Subject: Folsom lake parasitic jaeger
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:38:28 -0700
The immature dark morph parasitic jaeger that Conard reported this morning is 
still here chasing the few California gulls on the lake. It was in all three 
counties during the past 30 minutes. 


Yeah

John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Jaeger at Folsom Lake
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:11:56 -0700
This morning a large jaeger with a lot of white in the primaries was in all
three counties, seen from Folsom Pt around 830. It was very active,
disappeared up the El Dorado arm and presumably the same bird appeared back
in the Placer arm.

I have some very distract and blurry photos that might be useful. The bird
landed twice to the south of the floating toilet.

Two Bald Eagles on the El Do peninsula.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
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Subject: Tall Forest bird survey tomorrow
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:18:35 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This month's Tall Forest bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County will take place tomorrow, 20 September.  We will
go through the Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads,
promptly at 6:00 a.m.  Be prepared for mosquitoes.  I have been away for a
few weeks, so I know nothing of current water conditions and can offer no
educated opinion as to footwear.  My expectation is that if there is to be
any issue, it will be crossing at the pump station into the forest proper.
No promises, but in view of all the good finds locally while I was away,
maybe we will turn up something interesting.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
From: "Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:33:30 -0700
Likewise today at Lake Solano Park.

Ken Ealy
Davis

> On Sep 18, 2014, at 19:00, "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Sami – Funny, we had a good flight of Vaux’s Swifts around the same time 
on Putah Creek (forgot to mention in earlier post). I looked for Chimney Swifts 
since one was recently photographed and reported along the American River 
Parkway. No luck there. 

> 
>  
> 
> Andy Engilis
> 
>  
> 
> Andrew Engilis, Jr.
> 
> Curator
> 
> Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
> 
> University of California
> 
> One Shields Avenue
> 
> Davis, CA 95616
> 
> USA
> 
>  
> 
> Office Phone:  530-752-0364
> 
> FAX: 530-752-4154
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> E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu
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> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:58 AM
> To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [CVBirds] Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Sorry about the delay in posting. Yesterday I was with a group of birders at 
Babel Slough. When we arrived about 8:15 we saw a few Vaux's swifts flying 
around and away. We felt happy to have seen them since it has been my 
experience once you see them they are gone. However this was not the case 
yesterday. We continued to see many in the immediate area of the riparian 
habitat of Babel slough as well as seeing them going out over the adjacent 
field on either side of that habitat, both high and low, it was impressive to 
me. This show went on for almost a hour and then they were gone. My humble 
estimate is a species count of up to 50 individual birds. 

> 
>  
> 
> Sami LaRocca
> 
> Woodland, CA
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:00:15 -0700
Sami – Funny, we had a good flight of Vaux’s Swifts around the same time on 
Putah Creek (forgot to mention in earlier post). I looked for Chimney Swifts 
since one was recently photographed and reported along the American River 
Parkway. No luck there. 


 

Andy Engilis

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

 

 

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:58 AM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County

 

  

Sorry about the delay in posting. Yesterday I was with a group of birders at 
Babel Slough. When we arrived about 8:15 we saw a few Vaux's swifts flying 
around and away. We felt happy to have seen them since it has been my 
experience once you see them they are gone. However this was not the case 
yesterday. We continued to see many in the immediate area of the riparian 
habitat of Babel slough as well as seeing them going out over the adjacent 
field on either side of that habitat, both high and low, it was impressive to 
me. This show went on for almost a hour and then they were gone. My humble 
estimate is a species count of up to 50 individual birds. 


 

Sami LaRocca

Woodland, CA


Subject: Putah Creek Birds (east of Bird Bath area)
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:57:37 -0700
Yesterday (sorry for late post, have been under the weather) I led a group
of students along Putah Creek east of the bird bath area (near Pedrick Road
crossing).  It was very birdy yesterday with lots of migrants.  Highlight
was Chestnut-backed Chickadee (at least two bids), I believe another bird
was reported from this area earlier this month.  These are the first this
low on the creek since 2008-09.   The other highlight were several Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers.  I also had my first of season White-crowned Sparrows,
Golden-crowned Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers as well.

 

Andy Engilis

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:    http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

 
Subject: Far Western El Dorado County Birds
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:16 -0700
Birders-

While birding a transect yesterday with friends from the lower foothills to the 
Great Basin we encountered two yellow-billed magpies, two vesper sparrows, 
three Say’s phoebes, and six or seven Lewis’s woodpeckers off South Shingle 
Road, between Latrobe Road and Michigan Bar Road. This was early morning in El 
Dorado County. We also encountered ridiculously huge numbers of acorn 
woodpeckers as we climbed into the Sierra Nevada. 


Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: Interesting Woodpeckers on Putah Creek
From: "thomas blankenship margaret.blankensh AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:09:36 -0700
I have birded Putah Creek between Hopkins and Pedrick regularly for 23 years. 
Today I was very surprised to see 3 Lewis's Woodpeckers in the top of a 
half-dead walnut tree close to the huge eucalyptus trees. I have also noticed 
at least 5 Acorn Woodpeckers establishing a territory in the large valley oak 
trees along the creek. I am aware that Acorn Woodpeckers have historically 
lived along this stretch of the creek but I have seen only one in the last 20 
years. I wonder if we are seeing this activity because of the fire close to 
Lake Berryessa? I have also been seeing a pair of "tame" Lawrence's goldfinches 
in the lower branches of the old oak next to the road as it descends to the 
bridge. We might be in for an interesting winter. 

Kathy Blankenship Davis, CA


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Subject: Re: wandering Acorn Woodpeckers
From: "Amy Carter aec0922 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:16:25 -0700

I know this is out of the Central Valley, but I saw an Acorn Woodpecker along 
Patterson Pass road in the Altamont on 9/8 about 7am in the morning (no where 
near trees, flying from electric pole to electric pole. ). I have never seen 
them in the Altamont before. 



Amy Carter
Manteca, CA








> On Sep 17, 2014, at 2:17 PM, "Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>
> Yes, I have seen them at Putah Creek as well. Don't think I have ever seen 
them there before. We saw some at Babel Slough this morning as well. 

>
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis, CA
>
>> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM, Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

>>
>> It's definitely an unusual year for wandering Acorn Woodpeckers. In Yolo, 
I've recently seen them at Sacramento Bypass, Grasslands Park, and Putah Creek 
at Pedrick (heading out over the ag fields). They've also been reported from Pt 
Reyes Lighthouse and SE Farallon Island (where they are very rare). 

>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

>>>
>>> I haven't seen posts about wandering Acorn Woodpeckers, but in the last 
week I have seen what appear to be wandering Acorn Woodpeckers in 3 areas where 
they typically have not occurred during my regular fall and winter visits in 
recent years. In all three cases, the birds were seen and then observed leaving 
the area, as if wandering. 

>>>
>>> Reichmuth Park (Sacramento) - 3 on 9/12
>>> Babel Slough (Yolo)  - 2 on 9/14
>>> West Sacramento Residential area (Yolo) - 1 today (9/17)
>>>
>>> Both Reichmuth and the section of Babel I survey have oaks, but Acorn 
Woodpeckers are not regular there. The West Sacramento site is a 10-20 year old 
neighborhood with light tree cover and no oaks. The woodpecker was perched in 
the tallest tree in the neighborhood and then flew off at high altitude, as is 
going out of the area. 

>>>
>>> For what it is worth, the acorn crops in these and other areas I visit seem 
low-moderate. Last year, Valley Oaks produced a very abundant crop. at 1,500 ft 
elevation in Calaveras County, Blue Oaks appear to be producing abundantly. 


>>>
>>> Pieces to the puzzle.
>>>
>>> Dan Airola
>>> Sacramento
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:17 PM, "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I just had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER pass over me from north to south near the 
corner of Nichols and Duluth in Rocklin. This is just south of Thunder Valley 
Casino. 

>>>
>>> I've read a lot about Acorn Woodies wandering around where they're not 
usually seen this season. I wonder if we're on the cusp of a major Lewis 
wandering period too. 

>>>
>>> Dan Williams
>>> Carmichael
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Steve Hampton
>> Davis, CA
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Subject: Vaux's Swifts in Yolo County
From: "sami182 AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Sep 2014 09:58:20 -0700
Sorry about the delay in posting. Yesterday I was with a group of birders at 
Babel Slough. When we arrived about 8:15 we saw a few Vaux's swifts flying 
around and away. We felt happy to have seen them since it has been my 
experience once you see them they are gone. However this was not the case 
yesterday. We continued to see many in the immediate area of the riparian 
habitat of Babel slough as well as seeing them going out over the adjacent 
field on either side of that habitat, both high and low, it was impressive to 
me. This show went on for almost a hour and then they were gone. My humble 
estimate is a species count of up to 50 individual birds. 

 

 Sami LaRocca
 Woodland, CA
Subject: Sacramento Audubon Meeting, Thursday, September 18, 7pm: Birds and Culture of Oaxaca
From: "'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:57:21 -0700
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rudy Darling:  Birds and Culture of Oaxaca

 

In March 2010, Rudy Darling and three other Nevada County birders went on a
12-day birding and culture trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.  They took over 2,000
photos and Rudy has selected some of the best to share in this presentation.
The emphasis will be on birds, but will also include some cultural aspects
of the trip. 

 

Oaxaca lies at the southern end of Mexico.  Habitat varies from desert to
cloud forest to coastal mangrove swamps, and the bird life reflects this
diversity.  Many of the winter birds there are familiar to us as summer
breeders up north.  Others are more typical of Central American countries
further south.  A handful of them are endemic to Oaxaca.  Indigenous human
cultures include Mixtec and Zapotec peoples.  Monte Alban overlooks the city
of Oaxaca and is one of the premier pre-Columbian archeological sites in the
area.  Join us as Rudy takes us on a brief tour of the amazing birds and
culture of this southern treasure.  

 

Rudy Darling has been a birder since 1963 and a member of the board of
Sierra Foothills Audubon Society (SFAS) since 1998. He is in charge of the
Grass Valley Christmas Bird Count and the SFAS Bird-A-Thon fundraiser. He
also leads field trips and teaches classes for SFAS and Sierra College,
specializing in owls and birding by ear. He is Nevada County editor for
North American Birds and eBird. His formal training includes a BA in Biology
and an MS in Ecology. He is retired from a career in analytical laboratory
work. 

 

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park
(For directions, see www.sacnaturecenter.com).   There will be no charge for
the program or parking, and no park-entry fee.

Linda Pittman

Wilton, CA

 

 

 

 
Subject: Putah Creek Fall birds
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:19:35 -0700
Warbler activity along the creek near my house has definitely slowed, 
consisting almost exclusively of Yellow Warblers. Sitting in my blind, I 
counted about 30 Yellow Warblers during an hour and a half at the traditional 
bathing spot but only 1 Orange-crowned and, very briefly, 1 Black-throated Gray 
and 1 Wilson's warbler. A surprise a few days ago were 2 Hutton's Vireos, one 
at the bathing spot and one in my garden, a very rare bird around here. Several 
Western Tanagers also show up most mornings. A few Yellow-rumped Warblers are 
now reliably present every day and I expect their numbers to increase fairly 
rapidly now. Another first fall arrival at the bathing spot today was a rather 
handsome, finely and cleanly streaked Lincoln's Sparrow. Four River Otters were 
gorging themselves on crawdads right next to my blind, burrowing through 
aquatic vegetation, one of them briefly bumping into my blind as it hauled out 
onto some gravel less than two feet from where I was sitting. 

The frist White-crowned Sparrows, a small flock of at least five, showed up 
today at my seed feeder, apparently still familiar with it from last year. 
Quite a few Anna's Hummingbirds have filled some of the spaces vacated by the 
Black-chinned hummers who by now must be close to their destination in Mexico. 
At least 2 selasphorus hummers are still present as is the continuing male 
Costa's. Just as in previous years, a Peregrine Falcon has shown up, a couple 
of times so far, perching for hours during the morning high on dead eucalyptus 
branches behind my house. Numerous Acorn Woodpeckers still populate the 
riparian corridor along the creek, some of them visiting every morning a sap 
well in a cottonwood tree that also attracts other woodpeckers, nuthatches, and 
even hummingbirds. 



Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
3 miles W of Davis


Subject: Four Brown Boobies: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:56:08 -0700
Shearwater Journeys had a fabulous 12 hour pelagic seabirding trip from Half 
Moon Bay on September 15, 2014. Highlights included: FOUR BROWN BOOBIES (two 
adults) on the Half Moon Bay Weather Buoy; 20 Black-footed Albatrosses; 8000 
SOOTY SHEARWATERS feeding on anchovies with 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and two 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS; 1000 actively feeding BLACK STORM-PETRELS in the 
afternoon, with a small scattering of ASHY STORM-PETRELS amongst them; 
POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; a few SABINE'S GULLS; one ARCTIC 
TERN and 4 COMMON TERNS; one adult TUFTED PUFFIN; five species of pinnipeds; 
and, most importantly, gorgeous, flat-calm seas throughout the day. It was very 
warm — T-shirt weather. The sea surface temperature (SST) ranged from 59 
nearshore with the anchovies to a cooking 65 F, on the Continental Shelf and 
offshore! 


I had been checking that weather buoy regularly for a booby, but gave up on my 
last couple trips. On the 15th, I decided to try again and was astounded to see 
FOUR BROWN BOOBIES sitting on it at the same time! Amazing. 


We still have a very nice selection of pelagic trips available this season. 
Below, are the dates and leaders. I'll be on all of these trips. 


Sep.19, Fri. from Bodega Bay with Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve 
Tucker, Jennifer Green. 

Sep. 21, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Marissa 
Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks. 

Sep. 24, Wed. from Half Moon Bay with Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Steve Hampton, Adam 
Searcy, Jim Holmes, Jennifer Green, Jim Danzenbaker (another Leader Bonanza 
day!) 

Sep. 25, Thu. from Monterey with Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Nick Levendosky, Jim 
Danzenbaker. 

Sep. 26, Fri. from Monterey with Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda 
Terrill. 

Sep. 27, Sat. from Monterey with Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim 
Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green. 

Sep. 28, Sun. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Marissa 
Ortega-Welsh, Courtenay Ray. 


Oct. 4, Sat. from Monterey with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, 
Jennifer Green. 

Oct. 5, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Dena Spatz, 
Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray. 

Oct. 11, Sat. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Rick 
Fournier. 

Oct. 12, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Courtenay 
Ray. 


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Subject: Four Brown Boobies: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:56:08 -0700
Shearwater Journeys had a fabulous 12 hour pelagic seabirding trip from Half 
Moon Bay on September 15, 2014. Highlights included: FOUR BROWN BOOBIES (two 
adults) on the Half Moon Bay Weather Buoy; 20 Black-footed Albatrosses; 8000 
SOOTY SHEARWATERS feeding on anchovies with 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and two 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS; 1000 actively feeding BLACK STORM-PETRELS in the 
afternoon, with a small scattering of ASHY STORM-PETRELS amongst them; 
POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; a few SABINE'S GULLS; one ARCTIC 
TERN and 4 COMMON TERNS; one adult TUFTED PUFFIN; five species of pinnipeds; 
and, most importantly, gorgeous, flat-calm seas throughout the day. It was very 
warm — T-shirt weather. The sea surface temperature (SST) ranged from 59 
nearshore with the anchovies to a cooking 65 F, on the Continental Shelf and 
offshore! 


I had been checking that weather buoy regularly for a booby, but gave up on my 
last couple trips. On the 15th, I decided to try again and was astounded to see 
FOUR BROWN BOOBIES sitting on it at the same time! Amazing. 


We still have a very nice selection of pelagic trips available this season. 
Below, are the dates and leaders. I'll be on all of these trips. 


Sep.19, Fri. from Bodega Bay with Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve 
Tucker, Jennifer Green. 

Sep. 21, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Marissa 
Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks. 

Sep. 24, Wed. from Half Moon Bay with Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Steve Hampton, Adam 
Searcy, Jim Holmes, Jennifer Green, Jim Danzenbaker (another Leader Bonanza 
day!) 

Sep. 25, Thu. from Monterey with Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Nick Levendosky, Jim 
Danzenbaker. 

Sep. 26, Fri. from Monterey with Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda 
Terrill. 

Sep. 27, Sat. from Monterey with Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim 
Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green. 

Sep. 28, Sun. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Marissa 
Ortega-Welsh, Courtenay Ray. 


Oct. 4, Sat. from Monterey with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, 
Jennifer Green. 

Oct. 5, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Dena Spatz, 
Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray. 

Oct. 11, Sat. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Rick 
Fournier. 

Oct. 12, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Courtenay 
Ray. 


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Re: wandering Acorn Woodpeckers
From: "Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:17:16 -0700
Yes, I have seen them at Putah Creek as well. Don't think I have ever seen
them there before. We saw some at Babel Slough this morning as well.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM, Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> It's definitely an unusual year for wandering Acorn Woodpeckers.   In
> Yolo, I've recently seen them at Sacramento Bypass, Grasslands Park, and
> Putah Creek at Pedrick (heading out over the ag fields).  They've also been
> reported from Pt Reyes Lighthouse and SE Farallon Island (where they are
> very rare).
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I haven't seen posts about wandering Acorn Woodpeckers, but in the last
>> week I have seen what appear to be wandering Acorn Woodpeckers in 3 areas
>> where they typically have not occurred during my regular fall and winter
>> visits in recent years.  In all three cases, the birds were seen and then
>> observed leaving the area, as if wandering.
>>
>> Reichmuth Park (Sacramento) - 3 on 9/12
>> Babel Slough (Yolo)  - 2 on 9/14
>> West Sacramento Residential area (Yolo) - 1 today (9/17)
>>
>> Both Reichmuth and the section of Babel I survey have oaks, but Acorn
>> Woodpeckers are not regular there.  The West Sacramento site is a 10-20
>> year old neighborhood with light tree cover and no oaks.  The woodpecker
>> was perched in the tallest tree in the neighborhood and then flew off at
>> high altitude, as is going out of the area.
>>
>> For what it is worth, the acorn crops in these and other areas I visit
>> seem low-moderate.  Last year, Valley Oaks produced a very abundant crop.
>>  at 1,500 ft elevation in Calaveras County, Blue Oaks appear to be
>> producing abundantly.
>>
>> Pieces to the puzzle.
>>
>> Dan Airola
>> Sacramento
>>
>>
>>   On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:17 PM, "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com
>> [central_valley_birds]"  wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>  I just had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER pass over me from north to south near
>> the corner of Nichols and Duluth in Rocklin.  This is just south of Thunder
>> Valley Casino.
>>
>> I've read a lot about Acorn Woodies wandering around where they're not
>> usually seen this season.  I wonder if we're on the cusp of a major Lewis
>> wandering period too.
>>
>> Dan Williams
>> Carmichael
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Steve Hampton
> Davis, CA
>
>  
>



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Subject: wandering Acorn Woodpeckers
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:56:40 -0700
It's definitely an unusual year for wandering Acorn Woodpeckers.   In Yolo,
I've recently seen them at Sacramento Bypass, Grasslands Park, and Putah
Creek at Pedrick (heading out over the ag fields).  They've also been
reported from Pt Reyes Lighthouse and SE Farallon Island (where they are
very rare).




On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> I haven't seen posts about wandering Acorn Woodpeckers, but in the last
> week I have seen what appear to be wandering Acorn Woodpeckers in 3 areas
> where they typically have not occurred during my regular fall and winter
> visits in recent years.  In all three cases, the birds were seen and then
> observed leaving the area, as if wandering.
>
> Reichmuth Park (Sacramento) - 3 on 9/12
> Babel Slough (Yolo)  - 2 on 9/14
> West Sacramento Residential area (Yolo) - 1 today (9/17)
>
> Both Reichmuth and the section of Babel I survey have oaks, but Acorn
> Woodpeckers are not regular there.  The West Sacramento site is a 10-20
> year old neighborhood with light tree cover and no oaks.  The woodpecker
> was perched in the tallest tree in the neighborhood and then flew off at
> high altitude, as is going out of the area.
>
> For what it is worth, the acorn crops in these and other areas I visit
> seem low-moderate.  Last year, Valley Oaks produced a very abundant crop.
>  at 1,500 ft elevation in Calaveras County, Blue Oaks appear to be
> producing abundantly.
>
> Pieces to the puzzle.
>
> Dan Airola
> Sacramento
>
>
>   On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:17 PM, "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com
> [central_valley_birds]"  wrote:
>
>
>
>  I just had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER pass over me from north to south near
> the corner of Nichols and Duluth in Rocklin.  This is just south of Thunder
> Valley Casino.
>
> I've read a lot about Acorn Woodies wandering around where they're not
> usually seen this season.  I wonder if we're on the cusp of a major Lewis
> wandering period too.
>
> Dan Williams
> Carmichael
>
>
>
>    
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Lewis's Woodpecker in Rocklin
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:27:30 -0700
I haven't seen posts about wandering Acorn Woodpeckers, but in the last week I 
have seen what appear to be wandering Acorn Woodpeckers in 3 areas where they 
typically have not occurred during my regular fall and winter visits in recent 
years. In all three cases, the birds were seen and then observed leaving the 
area, as if wandering. 


Reichmuth Park (Sacramento) - 3 on 9/12
Babel Slough (Yolo)  - 2 on 9/14
West Sacramento Residential area (Yolo) - 1 today (9/17)

Both Reichmuth and the section of Babel I survey have oaks, but Acorn 
Woodpeckers are not regular there. The West Sacramento site is a 10-20 year old 
neighborhood with light tree cover and no oaks. The woodpecker was perched in 
the tallest tree in the neighborhood and then flew off at high altitude, as is 
going out of the area. 


For what it is worth, the acorn crops in these and other areas I visit seem 
low-moderate. Last year, Valley Oaks produced a very abundant crop. at 1,500 ft 
elevation in Calaveras County, Blue Oaks appear to be producing abundantly. 


Pieces to the puzzle.

Dan Airola
Sacramento


On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:17 PM, "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
I just had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER pass over me from north to south near the 
corner of Nichols and Duluth in Rocklin. This is just south of Thunder Valley 
Casino. 


I've read a lot about Acorn Woodies wandering around where they're not usually 
seen this season. I wonder if we're on the cusp of a major Lewis wandering 
period too. 


Dan Williams
Carmichael

Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker in Rocklin
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 12:17:01 -0700
I just had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER pass over me from north to south near the 
corner of Nichols and Duluth in Rocklin. This is just south of Thunder Valley 
Casino. 


I've read a lot about Acorn Woodies wandering around where they're not usually 
seen this season. I wonder if we're on the cusp of a major Lewis wandering 
period too. 


Dan Williams
Carmichael
 

Subject: Re: Hairy Woodpeckers Bakersfield Nesting
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:45:21 -0700
Interesting threat.  Hairy Woodpeckers have nested along Putah Creek near
Bray Canyon at an elevation of about 180'.  One was also down near Davis at
Stevenson Bridge Rd but not sure if it paired up.



On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM, Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi,
>
> Hairy Woodpeckers have been found along the Kern River parkway through
> Bakersfield on the San Joaquin Valley floor at 300'-400' elevation. A
> number of years ago Bakersfield-based birders Brenda Kyle and Ken Kyle
> found a Hairy Woodpecker pair at a nest hole during breeding/nesting
> season along the parkway in the vicinity of Truxton Lakes between
> Truxton Avenue and the Kern River riverbed. That pair of Hairy
> Woodpeckers was observed more than one isolated day.
>
> Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,
>
> Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: jaeger flying at Granite Bay Boat Launch area - Folsom Lake, Placer Co
From: "'Bruce E. Webb' BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:47:35 -0700
 
At 1030 today, while walking the high ground away from the shoreline at
the Folsom Lake Granite Bay boat launch area, I scanned the lake with
10x binoculars. A distant dark jaeger rocketed across lake on the El
Dorado side going from south to north. It was flying low over the water
in hot pursuit of something . 

I had binoculars only, sorry no photos. Lighting was pretty harsh this
morning with the sun reflecting over the water, but it should be
excellent viewing this afternoon. Maybe it will settle down on the
shoreline for better views. A spotting scope would be ideal. 

Jaeger identification between Parasitic and Long-tailed is tough, even
on standing birds. So this one in flight showed two field marks. - 1. no
white flash in the primaries. and, 2. it chased, then was chased by a
California Gull and the jaeger was smaller in wing length and apparent
overall size. 

Based on small size relative to the California gull and lack of white
flash in the wing, I think it is a young Long-tailed Jaeger. Determining
body color was impossible in the harsh morning light and distance to the
bird. 

As far as I know, it is the first record of a jaeger sp. at Folsom Lake,
but there are photos of a sitting Parasitic Jaeger this weekend at the
North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Probably there are other interesting birds to
find there, like Common Tern and Sabine's Gull, also seen and
photographed in the last few days at other Sierran lakes. 

Some of the regular Placer County birders will probably be looking for
it this afternoon. 

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, California
 Have Scope, Will Travel
 
Subject: Tomorrow on Putah Creek at the bird bath
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:20:54 -0700
Birders, I will be teaching a mist netting exercise to our field course
tomorrow from 6:30 am to 10:00 am.  We net in the vicinity of the bird bath
so wanted to let you know that I will be there with 17 students tomorrow
morning.  

 

Best - Andy Engilis

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:    http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

 
Subject: Tennessee warbler putah creek
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:47 -0700
Just found and photographed a Tennessee warbler on the yolo county side of 
putah creek east of pedrick road. Go on trail past the large opening with the 
painted log. This is the old bird bath area. This is roughly .25 miles from 
bridge. There are two eucalyptus trees about 50 ft past this opening. Bird is 
mostly in the eucalyptus closest to trail. Good luck. 


Also one Lawrence goldfinch and one dusky flycatcher near bridge   

John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
Www.sterlingbirds.com
530 908-3836

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Subject: Canada Warbler continues at Ancil Hoffman
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2014 10:45:11 -0700
The CANADA WARBLER continued to grace the south end of the trail at Ancil 
Hoffman Park in Carmichael this morning. 


It was foraging just above eye level to quite high at times in a large willow 
on the river side of the dirt path below the paved loop at the bottom of the 
golf course. 


There was also a HERMIT WARBLER and many BLACK-THROATED GRAY in the vicinity.

Dan Williams
Carmichael
 

Subject: Snow Goose at Yolo Bypass in Davis
From: "slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 20:27:29 -0700
There was one lone Snow Goose hanging out with a female Mallard at the Yolo 
Bypass today in the ditch on the way to Parking Lot H. There were no other 
geese at the bypass that I could see. Seemed a little odd. 


Also saw 2 Wilson's Phalaropes, a Kestrel, an Osprey, tons of Gadwall, 
Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts and other usual suspects. 


Sarah Mayhew
Davis
 

Subject: Re: madera WTP Marbled Godwit
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 14:53:30 -0700
Hi all,

My apologies for cross-posting - my eBird checklist from this morning's visit 
to the Madera WTP, with a photo of the godwit, is here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19843264 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19843264 


The Madera WTP is at the intersection of Road 21 1/2 and Avenue 13, west of the 
town of Madera. They asked me to sign the visitor's log in the main office 
today before entering the pond area, but they don't require advance notice to 
visit the sewage ponds. I'm not sure of the exact hours of operation, but they 
are often accessible on the weekends as well as during the week. 


Good birding!

Ken Schneider
San Francisco
Subject: Re: Re: Hairy Woodpecker
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:42:01 -0700
I have photographic records of one that apparently has been resident at
Colusa NWR for some time.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff

On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM, John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> There are also records from the valley floor on Putah Creek and at Lodi
> Lakes (San Joaquin County).  Also close to valley floor at Folsom Lake.
> They are regular on valley floor in se corner of the valley on the Tejon
> Ranch too.  One probably good and another suspect record for Sutter County.
>
> John Sterling
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>
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> On Sep 14, 2014, at 2:19 PM, Dawn Garcia mel.dawn AT sbcglobal.net
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi, we have hairy woodpeckers along the Feather River (Brad Freeman trail)
> in Oroville and Butte Creek Ecological Preserve in Chico, year-round. Both
> also near the valley floor 300 - 700' in elevation.
>
>
>
> Dawn
> Dawn Garcia
> Oroville, CA
>
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>
>
>
>  
>
Subject: madera WTP Marbled Godwit
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:50:20 -0700
Ken Schneider just texted me to report a Marbled Godwit at the Madera sewage 
ponds. Great bird for Madera County. 


John Sterling
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26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
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Subject: Fw: Canada Warbler (Sac Co.) continues, 9/14
From: "David Johnson davedlj1246 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:54:04 -0700
My twin brother, Dennis Johnson, and I had the continuing Canada Warbler (our 
second visit after striking out Friday morning) between the the tee box and the 
dirt path around 1030 am this morning, September 14, another American River 
Parkway lister for me as well as another Sacramento County lister. 




Dave Johnson
Fair Oaks






On Sunday, September 14, 2014 6:09 PM, "keith_seagull AT yahoo.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 







The continuing Ancil Hoffman Golf Course Canada Warbler was found this 
afternoon about 2-3pm down the dirt path beyond the paved trail that ends in a 
circle. 

Keith Kwan
Sacramento



Subject: Canada Warbler (Sac Co.) continues, 9/14
From: "keith_seagull AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Sep 2014 18:07:06 -0700
The continuing Ancil Hoffman Golf Course Canada Warbler was found this 
afternoon about 2-3pm down the dirt path beyond the paved trail that ends in a 
circle. 

Keith Kwan
Sacramento
 

Subject: Hairy Woodpeckers Bakersfield Nesting
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:32:19 -0700
Hi,

Hairy Woodpeckers have been found along the Kern River parkway through 
Bakersfield on the San Joaquin Valley floor at 300'-400' elevation. A 
number of years ago Bakersfield-based birders Brenda Kyle and Ken Kyle 
found a Hairy Woodpecker pair at a nest hole during breeding/nesting 
season along the parkway in the vicinity of Truxton Lakes between 
Truxton Avenue and the Kern River riverbed. That pair of Hairy 
Woodpeckers was observed more than one isolated day.

Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California


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