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2 Mar American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks ["Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Mar Clarification ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Mar Continuing Hairy woodpecker, Steller's jays ["Jim rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb Harris's Sparrow ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Yolo Bypass WA, 2/26 ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Re: YBWA Shorebirds ["'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb YBWA Shorebirds ["'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Caswell Park, Ripon Ponds ["bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Long-eared Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["David Hartley dhartley AT aba.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Swamp Sparrow William Pond ["Mark Sawyer marksawyer3383 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Feb RE: roadrunner ["Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Feb Lagoon Valley ["Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb roadrunner ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: photo posting ["Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb Swainson's Hawks ["George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb UC Merced Vernal Pools Trip ["Nathan Parmeter nathanparmeter AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb photo posting ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb today's Tall Forest survey highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb N. Saw-whet Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season? ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season? ["karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb rough-winged swallow ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Pixley rare birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Pixley rare birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [tularekingsbirds]" ]
20 Feb Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb FOOTWEAR ADVISORY for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Feb Northern Saw-whet Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Feb Merced NWR post for Janna Pauser ["Mike Rogers m.m.rogers AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Falcated Duck - Yes ["Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Folsom eurasian collared dove ["John Spranza spranz AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Violet-green Swallow arrival ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Re: bushtits nesting ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb bushtits nesting ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Harris's Sparrow continues in North Davis (Yolo Co) ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Falcated Duck ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Sandhill Cranes ready to migrate ["Bethi Carver bethic AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb FOS Swainson's Hawk - Yolo County ["Ryan Bourbour rpbourbour AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Cassin's Finch report from Davis, Feb 10 ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Northern Yolo County ["William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Cliff Swallows, Southwest Placer County ["fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Apologies to the list for spamming ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Re: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Fwd: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Red-naped Sapsucker still at Lake Solano, SOL Co. ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Mountain Plovers - Robinson Road ["litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Feb 14 Gull ID Field Trip ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Meiss Road and Mather wetlands ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Spring at Putah Creek ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Re: Sandhill Cranes ["Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Sandhill Cranes ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Re: Bell's Sparrows ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Bell's Sparrows ["'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Feb Re: Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake ["ColimaBirder colimabirder AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Feb Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Feb Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Feb RE: YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back ["'Dennis Pleau' dpleau AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Feb Re: YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Feb FW: eBird Report - Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access, Feb 11, 2015 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Feb Yolo Bypass WA - Birds of Local Interest ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb Long-billed Curlews: Tehama County ["jtajax AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb February River Walk Survey change ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb upcoming bird surveys at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb UC Davis Arboretum Birds today ["Alan Krakauer ahkrakauer AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb Re: cranes northbound ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb cranes northbound ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Feb Lark Bunting, Solano County ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks
From: "Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:30:17 -0800
American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks, Buffleheads, Ring-billed Gulls among the 
usual Canada Geese, Mallards & Blackbirds. 



Lagoon Valley Park.
Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca.


Sent from my iPhone so please excuse the poor grammar, typos or brevity. 
Subject: Clarification
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:00:55 -0800
The Hairy Woodpecker and Steller’s Jays that I reported earlier today were at 
Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access in Folsom, Sacramento Co. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton

Subject: Continuing Hairy woodpecker, Steller's jays
From: "Jim rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:44:47 -0800
I finally succeeded with a/the Young Wo Hairy Woodpecker. I first heard it and 
saw it in undulating flight near pole 31, deep inside the gray pine forest, 
approx 9:45. About 25 min later I had clear views of a female working high on a 
smooth barked tree on the forest side if the trail, near where there are 4 blue 
plastic ribbons on live oaks next to the trail. This actually closer to pole 
32. 


I heard several steller's jays at various places between poles 32 and 28. At 
28, obs was high on a gray pine next to the river, squawking. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:36:29 -0800
Hi all,
 Just an update on the Harris's Sparrow. Again, I thought he had moved on, 
since February 8th was the last time I saw him. He sure isn't as predictable as 
he was the first month he was here, but glad to see him still around. I will 
keep the updates going if I continue to see him. The location is explained in 
the Jan. 1st posting by Bruce Deuel. If he continues and people are interested, 
I will put up more flagging on the fence. 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff
Tehama Co.

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Subject: Re: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:22 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Frank and All, Mountain Plovers have been recently reported to the NBB ( 
North Bay Birds ) group in Solano County west of Sacramento. Good Birding, 



Doug Shaw Santa Rosa, CA 


----- Original Message ----- > Dear group, > > > I'm from Massachusetts, and am 
planning a trip next week which > involves two free days with a rental car in 
the Sacramento area (Mar > 3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major 
birding destinations in > this part of the Central Valley are, and have done 
some research on > eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what 
are the > must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse 
> to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles > just 
to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives > closer by. 
> > > My goal birds: > > > *Mountain Plover > *Tri-Colored Blackbird > 
*Yellow-Billed Magpie > *Greater White-Fronted Goose > *Burrowing Owl > 
*Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal > *Nuttall's Woodpecker > *Any other California 
specialty birds > > > Extra interested in the first two -- are these species 
one generally > has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a 
> definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this > area. Is 
this reliable and worth the trip? > > > Thanks so much for any and all advice. 
I'm happy to accept messages > privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the 
preferred protocol. > I'm really looking forward to this trip! > > > Frank 
Lehman > Belmont, Massachusetts > fmlehman AT gmail.com > > > -- > Frank Lehman, > 
Ph.D., Harvard University > Lecturer of Music, Tufts University > 
fmlehman AT gmail.com > 



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Subject: RE: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:54:52 -0800
Hi Frank and others,

It looks like you've found a lot of info through this list and eBird, but
just in case anyone isn't sure how to access it, this listserve has
recently reported most of the species you've mentioned (go to the listserve
website  and
click on "Conversations" or use the search function). eBird is an
increasingly great tool for this type of info. Go to eBird.org and click
"Explore data" and there is an abundance of current reports.

For narrative descriptions of some of the locations and for trip planning,
here are a couple of good resources:
Yolo County (west of Sacramento) Birding Guide:
http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/yolo.html
Birding in the Sacramento Region:
http://sacramentoaudubon.org/bookcontents.html

Check eBird for current locations of Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover,
Blue-winged Teal, and Tricolored Blackbirds. The others you should
encounter in regular birding, though Yellow-billed Magpie isn't as abundant
as it once was (the Davis area is usually good for them).

You can't go wrong visiting Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area or Cosumnes River
Preserve (cosumnes.org).

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento



On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM, Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

> Dear group,
>
>
> I'm from Massachusetts, and am planning a trip next week which
> involves two free days with a rental car in the Sacramento area (Mar
> 3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major birding destinations in
> this part of the Central Valley are, and have done some research on
> eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what are the
> must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse
> to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles
> just to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives
> closer by.
>
>
> My goal birds:
>
>
> *Mountain Plover
> *Tri-Colored Blackbird
> *Yellow-Billed Magpie
> *Greater White-Fronted Goose
> *Burrowing Owl
> *Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal
> *Nuttall's Woodpecker
> *Any other California specialty birds
>
>
> Extra interested in the first two -- are these species one generally
> has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a
> definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this
> area. Is this reliable and worth the trip?
>
>
> Thanks so much for any and all advice. I'm happy to accept messages
> privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the preferred protocol.
> I'm really looking forward to this trip!
>
>
> Frank Lehman
> Belmont, Massachusetts
> fmlehman AT gmail.com
>
>
> --
> Frank Lehman,
> Ph.D., Harvard University
> Lecturer of Music, Tufts University
> fmlehman AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:50:40 -0500
Dear group,


I'm from Massachusetts, and am planning a trip next week which
involves two free days with a rental car in the Sacramento area (Mar
3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major birding destinations in
this part of the Central Valley are, and have done some research on
eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what are the
must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse
to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles
just to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives
closer by.


My goal birds:


*Mountain Plover
*Tri-Colored Blackbird
*Yellow-Billed Magpie
*Greater White-Fronted Goose
*Burrowing Owl
*Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal
*Nuttall's Woodpecker
*Any other California specialty birds


Extra interested in the first two -- are these species one generally
has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a
definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this
area. Is this reliable and worth the trip?


Thanks so much for any and all advice. I'm happy to accept messages
privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the preferred protocol.
I'm really looking forward to this trip!


Frank Lehman
Belmont, Massachusetts
fmlehman AT gmail.com


-- 
Frank Lehman,
Ph.D., Harvard University
Lecturer of Music, Tufts University
fmlehman AT gmail.com


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Subject: Yolo Bypass WA, 2/26
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 15:39:30 -0800
In addition to the aforementioned shorebirds (800+ Dunlin, 500+ dowitchers, 
150+ BB Plovers), Jay Riggio and I had a Rough-Legged Hawk (light morph) 
hovering north of parking lot G, three early Cliff Swallows, a Great-Horned Owl 
on nest, and FOS Yellow-headed Blackbirds and White-faced Ibis. 

 

 Beautiful day!
 

 Eric LoPresti,
 Davis, CA
Subject: Re: YBWA Shorebirds
From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:57:46 -0800
If you continue to eastern spur that deadends, there's 100's of Dublin (no 
scope). 


Ken Ealy 
Davis

----- Reply message -----
From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com" 
 

Subject: [CVBirds]YBWA Shorebirds
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 12:38

At Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, now. 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, 10's of Least 
Sandpipers, some Dunlin. 


From parking lot A, take the east/southeast tour road to the rice fields.  

Ken Ealy 
Davis
Subject: YBWA Shorebirds
From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:38:02 -0800
At Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, now. 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, 10's of Least 
Sandpipers, some Dunlin. 


From parking lot A, take the east/southeast tour road to the rice fields.  

Ken Ealy 
Davis
Subject: Caswell Park, Ripon Ponds
From: "bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 11:28:59 -0800
Xavier Sandoval and I saw a first-of-season NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and 
SWAINSON'S HAWK at Caswell Memorial State Park earlier today. The slough had 
Wood Ducks and American Wigeons. There was an assortment of ducks at the Ripon 
Sewage Ponds, including Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, Ruddy 
Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaups, and surprisingly one female HOODED 
MERGANSER. 

 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto
Subject: Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:21:23 -0800
Pardon use of the list serv for this, but I thought members may want to know 
about the availability of a forthcoming special issue of the Central Valley 
Bird Club Bulletin. This will be a special triple issue dedicated to the 
status, ecology, and conservation of the newly state-listed Tricolored 
Blackbird. The expanded issue will include 9 papers (about 100 pages) providing 
up-to-date information on Tricolored Blackbird population assessment, ecology 
of foothill populations, habitat management, recovery needs, and conservation 
programs. Authors include species experts Drs. Robert (Bob) Meese and Edward C. 
(Ted) Beedy, other scientists, and representatives of Audubon California and 
Audubon chapters. 


We believe that this issue will be an important reference for agency personnel, 
conservationists, and anyone interested in California's native blackbird. 


Central Valley Bird Club members will receive a copy as part of their regular 
membership benefits. A limited number of copies also will be available for 
individual sale at a price to be determined later. The easiest and surest way 
to get a copy is to join the CVBC ($25 sent to CVBC c/o Frances Oliver, 1817 
Songbird Place, Lodi, CA 95240). 


We expect the issue to be available by the middle to the end of March, and will 
provide later notice then. Thanks. 

 
Dan Airola
CVBC Bulletin Editor
Sacramento
Subject: Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:32:50 -0800
Hi folks,

This is a reminder about the joint field trip weekend with Fresno Audubon
Society and the Central Valley Bird Club for March 7-8.

On Saturday, March 7, plan for a full day in beautiful grassland and
foothill transition habitat with a high total of raptors and a diversity of
locations and habitat types.

We'll meet at 9am at the Pilot truck stop north of Madera on Hwy 99. It is
at 18 1/2 on the west side of Hwy 99 (

www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B001'05.6%22N+120%C2%B008'02.8%22W/ AT 37.018233,-120.1341,856m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0). 



Bring food and liquids for a full day in the field. We will end at Friant
so we're close to Fresno for the evening.

On Sunday, March 8, we'll meet at 8am at the Lost Lake Recreation Area ($5
per car) for a nice morning of riparian birding and those with a long drive
can head for home around noon.
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=51939

Please RSVP (conardc at gmail.com) for more details, carpooling options and
a hotel recommendation if you're coming from out of town.

Thanks to Nina Jones and Robert Snow for organizing this trip with me.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Long-eared Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:48:23 -0800
This morning while checking on the Northern Saw-whet Ow (NSWO)l I flushed a 
larger owl with long wings that roosted not far from the NSWO. I had seen this 
owl fly low through the olive orchard a few days ago but had been unable to 
relocate it. Today I was able to follow it and briefly observe it before it 
flushed again. It had assumed the skinny camouflage posture and had prominent 
large ear tufts of a Long-eared Owl, but I was surprised that it was not as 
large as I had expected. However definitely quite a bit taller than the NSWO. I 
hope to relocate it again and perhaps get a photo. 



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






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Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "David Hartley dhartley AT aba.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0800
More on the GREATER ROADRUNNER... Roger Willmarth saw it cross Road 31
(north to south) at the bridge .5 miles from Buckeye Rd outside of Winters
 AT  3:00pm on Saturday, Feb 21, 2015...just about the same location as Sarah
reported a couple of months earlier. We spent some time scanning the fields
and walking the ditch along the road today, but no luck. Maybe this high
wind has blown it a few fields south. :-)


David Hartley
Davis, CA


On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:42 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:


>
>
> Did you post it on eBird?  You really should - a really good sighting -
> and it is very easy to do.
>
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
>
> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end
> where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same
> one. Nice to know it is still around.
>
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis, CA
>
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA.  He said he had a
>> road runner cross the road in front of him.  He was driving between Winters
>> and Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more
>> details later.  He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the
>> phone.
>> Sally
>>

>> Sally Walters Schmoldt
>> Sacramento County, Ca
>> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
>>

>>
>>
>
>
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Subject: Swamp Sparrow William Pond
From: "Mark Sawyer marksawyer3383 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:34:57 -0800
Dan Williams just told me he had a Swamp Sparrow at William Pond this morning. 
SE of the bridge in the bottoms of the pond. Will post more details later  





Mark Sawyer 


Sacramento 


Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


From:"Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

Date:Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM
Subject:[CVBirds] Falcated Duck - Yes


 


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ch is just west of the Colusa NWR entrance. =20



Graham Chisholm
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Subject: RE: roadrunner
From: "Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:48:54 +1100
Hi,Last summer my wife and I were cycling back from Winters along Putah Creek 
Rd and we thought we saw a roadrunner cross some way in front of us. My wife 
saw it better than I did but hasn't seen them before so she wasn't confident 
with the ID. I saw the post about the Rd 91 bird, but now this one makes me 
wonder if it really was one we saw! This was just before Putah Creek Rd hits 
Stevenson Bridge Road, and in July some time. 

Anyways - I hope that we can turn one up when I'm back again!
DamienCurrently in Oxford (UK), but back in Davis this spring.


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To: slmayhew77 AT gmail.com
From: central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:44 -0800
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] roadrunner














































 Did you post it on eBird? You really should - a really good sighting - and it 
is very easy to do. 





Sally Walters SchmoldtSacramento County, CaBajaOwl AT Gmail.com




On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



































 Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end where 
it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same one. Nice 
to know it is still around. 



Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



























 















 I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

Sally




Sally Walters SchmoldtSacramento County, CaBajaOwl AT Gmail.com











































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Subject: Lagoon Valley
From: "Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:54:21 -0800
I'm birding  AT  Lagoon Valley Park. There are about 30 Ring-necked Ducks, lots of 
Buffleheads, lots of Ring-billed gulls among the usual Canada Geese, Mallards & 
Blackbirds. Too far away to say for sure, but looks like some Canvasback Ducks 
too. 


Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca. 
Happy 2015!  Gina.

Sent from my iPhone so please excuse the poor grammar, typos or brevity. 
Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:44 -0800
Did you post it on eBird? You really should - a really good sighting - and it 
is very easy to do. 


Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl AT Gmail.com

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end 
where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same one. 
Nice to know it is still around. 

> 
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis, CA
> 
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com 
 [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote: 

>  
> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

> 
> Sally
> 
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
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> All Photographs © All Rights Reserved
> 
> 
Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:41:21 -0800
Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end
where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same
one. Nice to know it is still around.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA.  He said he had a
> road runner cross the road in front of him.  He was driving between Winters
> and Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more
> details later.  He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the
> phone.
> Sally
>
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
>
>  
>



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Subject: roadrunner
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:34:32 -0800
I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

Sally

Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
Subject: Re: photo posting
From: "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:43:27 -0500
Manfred and all:

Unlike messages, All photos posted to the group require approval. I wish it 
could be automated for members who are unmoderated, but that does not seem to 
be possible. 


So, post your photos - once. Sending multiple times just makes it more 
complicated. 


When Yahoo notifies me that there are photos waiting for approval, I will do 
that and they go up on the list. 


A reminder to new members. You must sign any message with your full name and 
city of residence. 


Bruce Webb.
Granite Bay

Bruce Webb, Granite Bay, CA
Sent from my mobile phone

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:20 PM, "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> I don’t know why but posting photos to the CVB photo stream or albums does 
not seem to work. I had to download and post the previous photo of the Saw-whet 
Owl 4 times before it showed up. I downloaded and posted the encore photo last 
night and again this morning but so far without it showing up. So it may not be 
worth the effort. The photo downloads fairly quickly, I receive the message: 
"downloaded successfully”, I click on “Post” and nothing happens after 
that. I notice not much has been posted lately and perhaps that’s the reason. 

> 
> 
> Manfred Kusch
> South bank of Putah Creek
> 3 miles W of Davis
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Swainson's Hawks
From: "George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:08:45 -0800
Today on Highway 152 several miles east of Los Banos we observed a flock of at 
least 42 Swainson's Hawks. 



George Folsom
Fresno 


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Subject: UC Merced Vernal Pools Trip
From: "Nathan Parmeter nathanparmeter AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:54:32 -0800
Today I went on Dr. Chris Swarth's Mariposa Audubon trip to the UC Merced 
Vernal Pool Reserve, an area normally closed off to the public. There were 2 
Bald Eagles(One juvenile, one adult), a Golden Eagle, 2 Ferruginous Hawks, a 
Prairie Falcon, both Western and Least Sandpipers, around 35 American Wigeon, 2 
Cinnamon Teal, 3 Goldeneyes(In one of the back ponds) and lots of Savannah 
Sparrows, Pipits, Horned Larks and Meadowlarks. At that same pond were about 
30-35 Cliff Swallows building nests on the side of a eroded cliff. Overall very 
good day out there and it was nice seeing a part of the campus typically 
off-limits. Also yesterday when I went out to the Vernal Pool Reserve as part 
of a class activity there were about 6-7 Greater White-Front Geese in a flock 
of Canada Geese in the reserve but we did not see these today. 



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Subject: photo posting
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:20:02 -0800
I don’t know why but posting photos to the CVB photo stream or albums does 
not seem to work. I had to download and post the previous photo of the Saw-whet 
Owl 4 times before it showed up. I downloaded and posted the encore photo last 
night and again this morning but so far without it showing up. So it may not be 
worth the effort. The photo downloads fairly quickly, I receive the message: 
"downloaded successfully”, I click on “Post” and nothing happens after 
that. I notice not much has been posted lately and perhaps that’s the reason. 


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



Subject: today's Tall Forest survey highlights
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:42:04 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Two sisters from Arkansas, adequately booted, joined me today for the
monthly survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  Clouds/fog attended the
survey until about 20 minutes from the end.  Birding was accordingly slow,
with better finds limited to a handful of varied thrushes and one
slate-colored junco.  When the sun did break through the clouds, legions of
sandhill cranes streamed off to the northeast.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: N. Saw-whet Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:43:24 -0800
Since I was able to clip a few obstructing twigs last night when the owl was 
away and had good light this morning I came up with a better picture of the 
owl. I am posting it to the owl album in CVB photos. 

Unfortunately, the roosting place is on private property and not accessible to 
the public. 


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



Subject: Re: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:20:07 -0500
A few years ago in Colusa County at a bird survey site in Bear Valley, on one 
visit a little later in the winter/spring I found 70 to 80 Lewis' Woodpeckers 
noisily copulating in the oak trees. The following week I went back and all had 
disappeared. I believe it was pair bonding going on prior to dispersing to pair 
territories. They were a real treat. 


Mary Schiedt
Davis

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds] 
 

To: central_valley_birds 
Sent: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 12:15 am
Subject: [CVBirds] Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?


 
  
    
                  

Yesterday and today I was out in a field off Irish Hill Road near Carbondale 
Road and the Oak trees are all full of Lewis's Woodpeckers! It is very late in 
the season, and I think close to nesting season, so might they be nesting 
there? Are Lewis's Woodpeckers known to nest in this area? 

The land owner is very nice, and I'm sure would grant permission to anyone who 
has the courtesy to ask to hike around. He is in the house down the first drive 
south of the pond on the west side of Irish Hill road. 

Karl G Kerster
Sacramento, CA 

    
             

  
Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?
From: "karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 20:32:46 -0800
Yesterday and today I was out in a field off Irish Hill Road near Carbondale 
Road and the Oak trees are all full of Lewis's Woodpeckers! It is very late in 
the season, and I think close to nesting season, so might they be nesting 
there? Are Lewis's Woodpeckers known to nest in this area? 

 The land owner is very nice, and I'm sure would grant permission to anyone who 
has the courtesy to ask to hike around. He is in the house down the first drive 
south of the pond on the west side of Irish Hill road. 

 Karl G Kerster
 Sacramento, CA 
Subject: rough-winged swallow
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:12:43 +0000
A rough-winged swallow was at 3500 Industrial Blvd in West Sacramento, a 
traditional nesting spot, today. This is a very early spring arrival date, but 
not so surprising, given the weather lately. 


Michael Perrone
Davis CA
Subject: Pixley rare birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:17:16 -0800
The Harris's sparrow and ruff continued this afternoon at pixley NWR in Tulare 
county from the new observation platform under construction. 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Pixley rare birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [tularekingsbirds]" <tularekingsbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:17:16 -0800
The Harris's sparrow and ruff continued this afternoon at pixley NWR in Tulare 
county from the new observation platform under construction. 


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Subject: Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 12:42:38 -0800
Hugh Dingle and I birded Robinson Rd from ~10 - ~12 today. Just SE of the 
southern bend in Robinson was a large flock of Mt. Plovers, 55 in one pass, but 
surely more. We searched unsuccessfully for the Lark Bunting, but were unable 
to find any Lark Sparrows (with which it was associated last time) in that 
area. 

 

 Eric LoPresti
 Davis, CA
Subject: FOOTWEAR ADVISORY for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:28:39 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Owing to persisting high water on the flood plain, if you wish to remain dry
on tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey you will need HIP BOOTS.  Rubber knee
boots will be insufficient.

 

A brief visit turned up several varied thrushes.  Low numbers of the
regulars have returned to the Tall Forest after last week's flooding, except
for Bewick's wrens, which seem as common as they ever get.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:45:22 -0800
My brother-in-law and neighbor, Mike Madison, today found what he initially 
thought might be a Western Screech-Owl in his olive orchard. When I took my 
camera to the location to photograph it, it turned out that it was a Northern 
Saw-whet Owl instead. A neat find, especially since it was well hidden in 
fairly dense foliage. I took some photos through a few twigs and will post one 
in the owl folder of CVB. 



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



Subject: Merced NWR post for Janna Pauser
From: "Mike Rogers m.m.rogers AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:42:18 +0000 (UTC)
Posting for Janna Pauser, who is not on CVBirds...

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA


On Feb. 17 at 2pm I saw and photographed a female Vermilion Flycatcher in trees 
along the Merced NWR auto route at the left turn before viewing platform near 
the Bittern trail. 


An adult dark morph Swainson's Hawk and 12 Tundra Swans were also seen.

Janna Pauser
San Jose, CA


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Subject: Falcated Duck - Yes
From: "Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:37:42 -0800
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The oft-mentioned Falcated Duck was seen by me today at 3:15 pm.  It was loc=
ated in the pond on the north side of Hwy 20, across from the green gate whi=
ch is just west of the Colusa NWR entrance. =20

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley=


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Subject: Folsom eurasian collared dove
From: "John Spranza spranz AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:48:22 -0800
Good Afternoon, 

Today, a eurasian collared dove flew into my feeder area. This is the first 
individual of this species I have seen in my yard, or in Folsom for that 
matter. Who knew being sick at home could add to my backyard bird list. 


Good Birding! 

John Spranza
Folsom, CA
Subject: Violet-green Swallow arrival
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:38:10 -0500
Crossing the Cosumnes River on Michigan Bar Rd today (eastern Sacramento  
County), I saw a flock of 40+ swallows and figured they'd be the Cliff 
Swallows  which breed under that bridge, but they were all Violet-greens. 
Violet-green  Swallows tend to return to our area about now normally, a few 
occasionally over-winter in the CV, and they are frequently seen in winter in 
many 

areas  along the NorCal coast.
 
Still lots of Lewis's Woodpeckers and Varied Thrushes along that road (and  
a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons) and in Deer Creek Hills Preserve (Latrobe 
Rd).  Biggest surprise for me was a Peregrine Falcon enjoying a breakfast of 
Western  Meadowlark on a fence post in the eastern grassland section of Deer 
Creek Hills,  a new species for me on that property.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
 
 
Subject: Re: bushtits nesting
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:05:06 -0500
Michael,
 
Bushtits routinely begin nesting in February. Those ultra-warm, insulated  
sock-like nests may be the key.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 2/17/2015 8:55:09 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
With all the reports of early  arrivals, it was not so surprising to find a 
completed bushtit nest, with the  pair in attendance, east of Slide Hill 
Park in Davis (Yolo Co.) on Feb  17.  But this date strikes me as a 
record-breaking early  find. 
Michael  Perrone 
Department of Water  Resources 
Division of Environmental  Services 
3500 Industrial  Blvd 
West Sacramento CA  95691 
(916)  376-9788 



Subject: bushtits nesting
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:53:42 +0000
With all the reports of early arrivals, it was not so surprising to find a 
completed bushtit nest, with the pair in attendance, east of Slide Hill Park in 
Davis (Yolo Co.) on Feb 17. But this date strikes me as a record-breaking early 
find. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Harris's Sparrow continues in North Davis (Yolo Co)
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:27:58 -0800
The Harris's Sparrow has been visiting my backyard every morning between
6:45 and 7:15 am for the past seven days straight, after an absence of
nearly a month.  Approaching completion of its fourth winter in the
neighborhood, this bird has been difficult for birders to find.  Because it
can change its daily patterns dramatically and is seldom seen for more than
one or two minutes on a good day, I have hesitated to encourage birders to
look for it.  But it is certainly in and around the yards of 243 and 249
Cortez Avenue these days, at least in the early mornings.  When the bird
leaves my yard it goes west (it arrives from the west as well), probably to
the oleander thicket at the northwest corner of 249 Cortez.  From there it
probably flies across the greenbelt to 300 Anza (with four tall thin cypress
trees), where it probably spends the night.  It hangs out with the other
Zonotrichia sparrows, but not always.  I suspect its unpredictability and
elusiveness is the secret to its long life in this neighborhood, regularly
hunted by cats, a Merlin and a Cooper's Hawk.  Feel free to contact me if
you want to try for the bird and want more detail.  Be warned that you need
time, patience and high tolerance for frustration!  But a good look is very
rewarding - big, handsome sparrow.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis



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Subject: Falcated Duck
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:14:59 -0800
Hi all,
 The Falcated Duck was seen today on the north side of Hwy 20 across from the 
green gate and west of the red colored gate, hanging out with Pintails and 
Wigeon. 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes ready to migrate
From: "Bethi Carver bethic AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:09:10 -0800
Today at noon about 900 Sandhill Cranes circled in flight migration formation 
over North Holland Tract ponds or east of there. They circled and some landed, 
taking off to circle again. 

Be sure to see the Kestrels along east Cypress Road in Oakley, perching to hunt 
on the phone lines. Many Hawks are all over the residential areas of Brentwood 
and Oakley, Red Shoulder Hawks, Kestrels, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, 
northern Harriers and many Red Tail Hawks. Seems we saw a Coopers Hawk on west 
Balfour Road last week but was unable to confirm it. A rainy foggy day is best 
for viewing Hawks in the delta. 

Best birding is near the fast water!
Bethi Carver Gibb
POB 2022
Bethel Island CA 94511
925-708-2763




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Subject: FOS Swainson's Hawk - Yolo County
From: "Ryan Bourbour rpbourbour AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:05:13 -0800
This morning, 16-February 2015, a single intermediate morph SWAINSON'S HAWK
was perched in an alfalfa field near County Road 29 and County Road 95.


Ryan Bourbour
Davis, CA
Subject: Cassin's Finch report from Davis, Feb 10
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:48:16 -0800
All,

sorry for the late report.  Joan Humphrey had a male Cassin's Finch on her
street on Tues, Feb 10.  Perhaps it was Ken Ealy's bird!



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Northern Yolo County
From: "William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:59:07 -0800
Hi all,

This morning Eric LoPresti and I drove a loop birding through the Dunnigan
Hills to County Line Road and Knights Landing. Notable species included:
1 male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD along Rd. 86 north of Rd. 14
2 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS on the south side of County Line Rd. They took off in
flight to the northwest shortly after we saw them on the ground.
A large flock of thousands of SNOW GEESE and hundreds of GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE also on the south side of County Line Rd. In the flock
we picked out a CACKLING GOOSE and several ROSS'S GEESE but nothing rarer.
We had to quit scanning the Snow Goose flock once a GOLDEN EAGLE flushed
them all.
We turned onto Rte. 45 from County Line Rd., and less than a mile down on
the west side we spotted a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK hovering and eventually
landing on the ground in view.
Lastly, we saw our first-of-spring CLIFF SWALLOW with a flock of TREE
SWALLOWS northwest of Knights Landing along the Sacramento River.

Good birding,
William Rockey
Esparto
Subject: Cliff Swallows, Southwest Placer County
From: "fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:26:38 -0500
 
Hello
 
I was surprised to see several Cliff Swallows this morning.  They were  
near the Curry Creek bridge crossing along South Brewer Road in southwest 
Placer  County.  They were flying in the immediate vicinity of the crossing.   
Seems a little early in the season? 
 
This is a regular area for Cliff Swallows.  Often I have seen dozens  or 
even hundreds there, but never this early in the year.  
 
FYI, South Brewer is a two lane road bordered on each side by private  
property, usually posted as such.  Fortunately, there are a few pullout  areas 
here and there that allow for observations, sans trespass.  

Hopefully the arrival time information via E-bird and any other data  
repository will be analyzed such that any trends are noted. 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope
Subject: Apologies to the list for spamming
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:43:27 +0000 (UTC)
Apologies to the list for spamming. Intended for Dan only. Mea culpa. 

Abashedly, 
Sylvia 


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From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "Dan Brown"  
Cc: "cv birds"  
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 8:45:09 AM 
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 




Hola Dan, 

If any of my Yolo County banding pics are of use to you, feel free to use. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/16550275555/in/set-72157644818057798 



Credit appreciated: 

Sylvia Wright -- flickr.com/34046677 AT N04 




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From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "central valley birds"  
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:07:30 AM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 





Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 





Dan Brown, photo editor 

Sacramento, 

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com 






 
Subject: Re: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:45:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hola Dan, 

If any of my Yolo County banding pics are of use to you, feel free to use. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/16550275555/in/set-72157644818057798 



Credit appreciated: 

Sylvia Wright -- flickr.com/34046677 AT N04 




----- Original Message -----

From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "central valley birds"  
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:07:30 AM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 





Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 





Dan Brown, photo editor 

Sacramento, 

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com 


 
Subject: Fwd: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 03:51:37 +0000 (UTC)
This message was posted to NBB which does not cover that area.


Doug Shaw
NBB Listowner


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From: "ANNE HOFF anne2210b AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" 
 

To: "North Bay Birds" 
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 5:18:22 PM
Subject: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county


Hello Birders,
The Golden Gate Audubon Advanced Beginning Birding class marveled at large 
numbers of snow (3300), cackling (200), and greater white-fronted geese (3300) 
counted from the entrance to the duck club driveway on the north side of the 
road, about 1.5 miles west of the Isenberg Sanctuary parking lot on Woodbridge. 
Seen from the Isenberg site were 2 rough-winged swallows, a sharp-shinned hawk, 
a female kestrel, both phoebes, a bush full of birds in the parking lot (w. 
meadowlark, RW blackbird, savannah sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, common 
yellowthroat, and n. mockingbird--all in there at once!), and many ducks 
(mostly dabblers, but there were also three canvasbacks). 



Staten Island Rd. was very quiet! Best looks at sandhill cranes were at the end 
of the public road, with cackling and greater white-fronted geese. A few 
green-winged teal, a cinnamon and 2 each of horned and eared grebes were the 
only things swimming except hundreds of coot. Shorebirds: greater and lesser 
yellowlegs in the same binocular view, two flocks of least sandpipers, a 
killdeer and six white-faced ibis. 



And the weather was perfect!


Anne Hoff
Martinez


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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker still at Lake Solano, SOL Co.
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 16:38:12 -0800
Hi All,

I re-found the Red-naped Sapsucker at Lake Solano County Park this morning at 
about 8:30. He seems to like the area around the last restroom building near 
the east end of the park. When first spotted, he was in a tree just west of the 
restrooms that was fairly riddled with sapsucker holes. And he was there again 
when I returned almost an hour later. Two lady photographers had him in view. 


Otherwise bird numbers and diversity were down a bit from earlier this season. 
Most of the usual suspects can still be found, though. Plenty of Lewis's 
Woodpeckers. Only one Varied Thrush detected. A few Steller's Jays. But 
surprisingly, no Phainopepla detected. This may be my first visit without them. 


Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA
 
 

Subject: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 11:07:30 -0800
Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 

 

 Dan Brown, photo editor
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc.smugmug.com
Subject: Mountain Plovers - Robinson Road
From: "litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 00:02:05 -0800
Saturday, Feb. 14 between 3:00-4:00 pm, Sam Williams and I found 70 mountain 
plovers in the pasture east of Robinson Road in the section north of the 
Flannery Road "T", to the left turn that sends Robinson Rd. west. Also in the 
area were 3, maybe 4, burrowing owls, and a loggerhead shrike. 


Ken Ealy
Davis
 

Subject: Feb 14 Gull ID Field Trip
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:00:45 -0800
Hi folks,

We had another great (third year in a row) Gull ID Field Trip led by Steve
Hampton. We spent the entire time at the Yolo Landfill and had an excellent
study of expected species in a range of plumages. The only rare gull
(species) was a second-cycle Western Gull first spotted by Jeri Langham at
about 11:00 on the Landfill Pond that would have been visible from Rd 28H.
We had good looks at first-cycle and adult Thayer's Gulls and
Glaucous-winged Gulls, plus several Herring x Glaucous-wings and a likely
Herring x Glaucous.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21845001

Thanks to all who attended and to Steve for leading the outing!

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Meiss Road and Mather wetlands
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:48:28 -0800
I birded Meiss Road and mather Wetlands this morning.

 

I was looking for the Mountain Bluebird found yesterday just north of the
intersection of Dillard and Meiss Road.  This morning I found 13 (males and
females) Mountain Bluebirds.  Photos of one on the wire are in my eBird list
below.   At the Mather Wetlands, there was an American Bittern out in the
open.  eBird list below.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21841904 

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21842884 

 

Thanks


Jim Holmes

 
Subject: Spring at Putah Creek
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:55:00 -0800
The unseasonably warm weather has brought a number of surprises in the avian 
world to my neighborhood. During the past 3 days I have found an adult 
Steller’s Jay directly behind my house, further downstream than I have seen 
any before, and today a large flowering manzanita bush and a flowering Aloe 
Vera plant next to it in my garden proved a powerful magnet for three species 
of hummingbirds: both female and male Anna’s, one male Selasphorus, probably 
Rufous but perhaps Allen’s, the continuing male Costa’s with a pretty 
impressive broadly flaring purple gorget and, another surprise, a female 
Costa’s. The Rufous/ Allen’s appeared only briefly and was chased away by 
the male Costa’s (which makes me think it may have been a less aggressive 
Allen’s). When I brought out my camera he was gone. I only got a good view 
from the front and side and was not able to see the back clearly. The female 
Cost’s has an entirely unmarked gorget and the typical short tail and the 
overall compact shape of a Costa’s. Will try tomorrow to get a photo of her 
perched to check on primary projection. The appearance of the selasphorus male 
is the earliest ever in my garden. 

Not surprisingly, the warm weather has put several birds into the mood for 
breeding . In the first week of February I observed, for the first time, a male 
and female Anna’s hummer mating, a rather interesting sequence, from power 
dives by the male to a short shuttle- like display that backed the female into 
some low vegetation and then onto the ground with the male perched about 3 
inches above her. The male made three attempts to mount her and was accepted on 
his fourth try. The pair then rolled over and locked claws with the female on 
top. Then the female flew off a short distance, fluffed and rearranged her 
feathers (a behavior often observed after avian matings) and the male zoomed 
off out of sight. I had observed similar behavior in Black-chinned 
Hummingbirds, but in all cases the female would fly up from the ground where 
the male had positioned her before any mating took place. I wonder whether this 
is, however, the typical sequence that leads to mating and whether most hummer 
mating takes place on the ground. 

Eurasian Collared Doves have been building nests since the beginning of the 
month but really went into high gear today with several pairs hauling sticks 
into my palm trees which they seem to prefer over other nesting trees, although 
I have observed a couple of nests in my Valley Oaks in past years. 

The Red-tailed Hawks behind my house have added to their nest and are engaging 
in their courtship flight with their talons extended like an airplane coming in 
for a landing. A second pair of Red-tails have been building a brand-new nest 
in a slender eucalyptus near the upstream end of my trail, not far from their 
nest of last year, and today I found the female sitting on it. 

The pair of Great Horned Owls that has nested in the eucalyptus grove behind my 
house for many years, but not last year, seems to be back, hooting day and 
night. 

Tree Swallows have been back for about 10 days, their numbers varying from day 
to day, Varied Thrushes still are mixed in with numerous American Robins, a 
pair of Hutton Vireos surprised me three days ago, Black Phoebes have formed 
pairs, as have more and more Wood Ducks on the creek (time to clean out the 
nest boxes). The first female Anna’s Hummingbird with nesting material showed 
up at one of my feeders the last week of January, but so far I have not been 
able to locate any of their nests. Acorn Woodpeckers are more widely dispersed 
than earlier but can be found anywhere along my trail and even in my garden 
from time to time. Interestingly, the three Lewis’s Woodpeckers I have been 
observing since late October have remained absolutely faithful to very small 
areas (of perhaps 150ft in diameter) around their storage trees/power pole. 
They are the most predictable species of my (nearly)daily bird walks. There has 
not been a single day when I have not encountered them on or near their storage 
trees. Remarkable to think that for over three months they have not left these 
small areas for any extended period of time, if at all. 



Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:34:24 -0800
We’re willing to share. I was at Yolo Basin Wildlife Area from about 12:30 to 
2:30 today, and it seemed like there was the chorus of northward cranes during 
my entire visit. 


Ken Ealy
Davis


> On Feb 13, 2015, at 1:51 PM, Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

> 
> Just south of the Hwy 99/149 interchange on Hwy 99, there has to be at least 
1000 Sandhill Cranes. Pretty awesome sight! Butte Co. 

> 
> Michele Swartout
> Red Bluff
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:51:39 -0800
Just south of the Hwy 99/149 interchange on Hwy 99, there has to be at least 
1000 Sandhill Cranes. Pretty awesome sight! Butte Co. 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff




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Subject: Re: Bell's Sparrows
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:43:56 -0800
Tal,

That was my report from my Palo Alto Adult School birding class field trip. 
Panoche Access Road is a good place for the species. It is unpaved, but well 
maintained. We have frequently found Bell's Sparrows on the hillside about 
halfway up to the crest where there are outcroppings of Mormon Tea. We've also 
found them near the new overlook near the outhouse. Watch also for Sage 
Thrasher and Mountain Bluebirds. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA


On Friday, February 13, 2015 9:25 AM, "'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Greetings all,
 
This is a request from a couple of out-of-state birders who are coming to 
California next week (Feb 16-20), and among other things would like to pick up 
a Bell’s Sparrow. 

 
I have made note of some recent eBird postings from the Central Valley, and one 
in particular caught my eye. It’s a report from Panoche Access Road on Jan 
31. A rather large group of people, probably a field trip, saw six birds at a 
location that appears to be a short distance east of Little Panoche Road. If 
anyone can tell me whether or not this is a fairly reliable site for the 
sparrows, I would be very interested…and very grateful. I’m trying as best 
I can to make the most efficient use of my time. 

 
I also noticed another sighting of a half-dozen birds at the I-5 Rest Area (mm 
445) in mid-January. Would also love to know if this is an ongoing possibility. 

 
Any other locations or information would also be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks for your help,
 
Tal Roberts
Dallas
 
Subject: Bell's Sparrows
From: "'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:22:59 -0600
Greetings all,


 


This is a request from a couple of out-of-state birders who are coming to
California next week (Feb 16-20), and among other things would like to pick
up a Bell's Sparrow.


 


I have made note of some recent eBird postings from the Central Valley, and
one in particular caught my eye.  It's a report from Panoche Access Road on
Jan 31.  A rather large group of people, probably a field trip, saw six
birds at a location that appears to be a short distance east of Little
Panoche Road.  If anyone can tell me whether or not this is a fairly
reliable site for the sparrows, I would be very interested.and very
grateful.  I'm trying as best I can to make the most efficient use of my
time.


 


I also noticed another sighting of a half-dozen birds at the I-5 Rest Area
(mm 445) in mid-January.  Would also love to know if this is an ongoing
possibility. 


 


Any other locations or information would also be greatly appreciated.


 


Thanks for your help,


 


Tal Roberts


Dallas


 

Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake
From: "ColimaBirder colimabirder AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:10:19 -0800
There have been two Red-throated Loons, occasionally seen swimming close to
one another off Beals Point.

One is a very pale immature. The other one, a presumed adult, has a dark
throat patch and is darker on the upper parts.

There has Never been the time I didn't need a spotting scope to identify these
loons from Beals Point, Placer County.

Bruce Webb
Granite Bay.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> From Folsom Point this morning I observed a RED-THROATED LOON (most likely
> the one found by Bruce Webb on the Folsom CBC 1/4).
>
>
> It was foraging near a flock of Clark's and Western Grebes just south of
> the island on the Browns Ravine side (El Dorado waters).
>
>
> Dan Williams
>
> Carmichael
>
>  
>   ------------------------------
>
>

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA
call:  916-768-7940 mobile
Subject: Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:08:27 -0800
Hi folks,

I'm happy to announce a joint field trip weekend with Fresno Audubon
Society and the Central Valley Bird Club for March 7-8.

On Saturday, March 7, plan for a full day in beautiful grassland and
foothill transition habitat with a high total of raptors and a diversity of
locations and habitat types.

We'll meet at 9am at the Pilot truck stop north of Madera on Hwy 99. It is
at 18 1/2 on the west side of Hwy 99 (

www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B001'05.6%22N+120%C2%B008'02.8%22W/ AT 37.018233,-120.1341,856m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0). 



Bring food and liquids for a full day in the field. We will end at Friant
so we're close to Fresno for the evening.

On Sunday, March 8, we'll meet at 8am at the Lost Lake Recreation Area ($5
per car) for a nice morning of riparian birding and those with a long drive
can head for home around noon.
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=51939

Please RSVP (conardc at gmail.com) for more details, carpooling options and
a hotel recommendation if your coming from out of town.

Thanks to Nina Jones and Robert Snow for organizing this trip with me.

BTW, there are a few spots left for the Gull ID Field Trip to Yolo County
on Saturday, 830 to noon (send me a note if you're interested).

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 12:19:58 -0800
From Folsom Point this morning I observed a RED-THROATED LOON (most likely the 
one found by Bruce Webb on the Folsom CBC 1/4). 

 

 It was foraging near a flock of Clark's and Western Grebes just south of the 
island on the Browns Ravine side (El Dorado waters). 

 

 Dan Williams
 Carmichael
Subject: RE: YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back
From: "'Dennis Pleau' dpleau AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:03:20 -0800
I was a docent with Yolo Bypass Foundation’s ‘Discover the Flyway’ 
program today. We drove by the ‘Y’ at about noon. I’m pretty sure I saw 
the Swamp Sparrow. When you’re doing a tour with 30 first graders, you 
don’t slow down for a little brown bird. 

Dennis Pleau Woodland. CA 


From: central_valley_Exclusively Phelps Preferred Weekendbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gil Ewing 
gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds] Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 
7:49 PM To: Central Valley Birds Subject: Re: [CVBirds] YBWA Swamp Sparrow is 
back Seen again at mid-morning, on the edge of the small canal at the base of 
the willows a few yards to the west of the utilities platform. A poor photo but 
diagnostic here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/16319075598/ Gil 
Ewing Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA On Feb 10, 2015, at 3:03 PM, 
maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds] 
 wrote: Hi all, At about 2:15 
this afternoon I stopped by the "Y" on the main Auto Loop for a few minutes. 
There were no sparrows ON the floating vegetation near the pump station, but 
suddenly the bird popped up on a stalk right by the railing of the walkway to 
the pump. You may have to search that spot, but at least it's back again! Mary 
Schiedt Davis --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus 
software. http://www.avast.com [Non-text portions of this message have been 
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Subject: Re: YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:48:42 -0800
> 
> Seen again at mid-morning, on the edge of the small canal at the base of the 
willows a few yards to the west of the utilities platform. 

>> A poor photo but diagnostic here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/16319075598/ 
 

> 
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
> 
> 
>> On Feb 10, 2015, at 3:03 PM, maryolo1 AT netscape.net 
 [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote: 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Hi all,
>> At about 2:15 this afternoon I stopped by the "Y" on the main Auto Loop for 
a few minutes. There were no sparrows ON the floating vegetation near the pump 
station, but suddenly the bird popped up on a stalk right by the railing of the 
walkway to the pump. You may have to search that spot, but at least it's back 
again! 

>> 
>> Mary Schiedt
>> Davis
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access, Feb 11, 2015
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:51:47 -0800
This morning I went to the Young Wo Circle area in Folsom where the Hairy 
Woodpeckers have been reported. 


I saw the male Hairy Woodpecker. It was initially in the large pine tree on the 
lakeside of the bike trail, exactly opposite pole 31. It ultimately flew over 
the bike trail and into the pines in this area. 


I also saw the 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows reported yesterday. They were in the 
area described yesterday (rocky area before pole 26). Specifically, they were 
at google map coordinates: 38.664064, -121.186767. There was also a Rock Wren 
in this area. 


Also 4 Steller's Jays and 4 Band-tailed Pigeons.

eBird list below....

Jim Holmes

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:45 PM
To: jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu
Subject: eBird Report - Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access, Feb 11, 2015

Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access, Sacramento, US-CA Feb 11, 2015 7:45 AM - 
9:20 AM 

Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose  2     Young Wo Circle
Mallard  2     Young Wo Circle
Common Goldeneye  2     Young Wo Circle
Common Merganser  1     Young Wo Circle
Osprey  1     Young Wo Circle
Red-shouldered Hawk  2     Young Wo Circle, mating
California Gull  6     Young Wo Circle
Herring Gull  1     Young Wo Circle
Band-tailed Pigeon  4     Young Wo Circle, fly-over
Mourning Dove  6     Young Wo Circle
Anna's Hummingbird  3     Young Wo Circle
Belted Kingfisher  1     Young Wo Circle
Acorn Woodpecker  13     Young Wo Circle
Hairy Woodpecker  1     Young Wo Circle, male, stakeout, at pole 31
Northern Flicker  3     Young Wo Circle
Steller's Jay  4     Young Wo Circle
Western Scrub-Jay  6     Young Wo Circle
Tree Swallow  3     Young Wo Circle
Oak Titmouse  12     Young Wo Circle
Bushtit  4     Young Wo Circle
White-breasted Nuthatch  1     Young Wo Circle
Rock Wren  1     Young Wo Circle, rocky area NE of poll 26
Bewick's Wren  2     Young Wo Circle
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4     Young Wo Circle
Hermit Thrush  1     Young Wo Circle
American Robin  6     Young Wo Circle
Varied Thrush  2     Young Wo Circle
Northern Mockingbird  3     Young Wo Circle
European Starling  15     Young Wo Circle
Cedar Waxwing  17     Young Wo Circle
Phainopepla  1     Young Wo Circle
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     Young Wo Circle * auduboni (Audubon's)
Spotted Towhee  7     Young Wo Circle
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2 Young Wo Circle, pair seen in rocky area NE of poll 26 

California Towhee  2     Young Wo Circle
Fox Sparrow  1     Young Wo Circle
White-crowned Sparrow  9     Young Wo Circle
Golden-crowned Sparrow  6     Young Wo Circle
Dark-eyed Junco  4     Young Wo Circle
Red-winged Blackbird  5     Young Wo Circle
Lesser Goldfinch  8     Young Wo Circle

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21775482 


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Subject: Yolo Bypass WA - Birds of Local Interest
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:07:43 -0800
I couldn't find the Swamp Sparrow this morning but there were plenty of folks 
looking for it when I left. A Horned Grebe was present between the hunter check 
station and parking lot B. On 2/9, a male Greater Scaup was near the same 
location but that bird appears to have moved on. Overall, waterfowl numbers 
have steadily tumbled since the end of duck season. 


eBird checklist with Horned Grebe photo can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21772547


Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: Long-billed Curlews: Tehama County
From: "jtajax AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 17:19:55 -0800
Birders,
 

 This morning, Tuesday, 10 Feb., there were 21 Log-billed Curlews in a grassy 
field to the east of Hiway 99, north of the CAL-FIRE station located near the 
turn off to Corning. The time was 1045. I passed by the site again at 1215 and 
the birds were still there. 

 

 j.t. lewis
 chico
Subject: February River Walk Survey change
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:14:59 -0800
I have to reschedule this month’s River Walk from this Saturday, Feb 14, to 
Sunday, Feb 22, since I will be out of town this weekend. We will meet at 6:00 
at the visitor center on Sunday, Feb 22. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Subject: upcoming bird surveys at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:05:05 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

On this coming Saturday, 14 February, bring your belle/beau for an enjoyable
morning seeking birds along the River Walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve.
Perhaps leader Jim Rowoth will expound upon bees and well as birds as is
appropriate to the day, but I make no promises.  Meet at the Visitor Center
at 06:30.  Be armed with insect repellent and with rubber knee boots, or
failing boots, footwear that can get wet and dirty.  Expect a muddy trail.

 

On Saturday the 21st, I will lead the Tall Forest bird survey at the
preserve.  We will depart through the Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville
and Desmond Roads, promptly at 06:30.  Be armed with insect repellent and
rubber knee boots.

 

This morning I visited the Tall Forest area, but I didn't get very far off
the Equipment Pad.  I had hip boots on, but I should have been wearing
waders.  The forest has about three to five feet of water running through
it, and the flood plain and surrounding ag fields are flooded, too.   But
the flows are already diminishing at Michigan Bar, so today was likely the
maximum extent for this flood event.  Unless we get substantial rains next
week, much of this water will be gone.  But it will be quite muddy.  FAIR
WARNING: the woodland birding after a flood event is often poor.  It often
takes several weeks for the forest birds to return to pre-flood numbers.  On
the other hand, the water birds scattered around the perimeter may be
numerous and varied.  Or not!

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: UC Davis Arboretum Birds today
From: "Alan Krakauer ahkrakauer AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:55:51 -0800
We had a nice mess of birds in the Arboretum mid-day today. 29 species in less 
than an hour and within a couple hundred yards of Putah Creek Lodge. We had 
nice looks at Snowy Egret, Green Herons, and there were at least 3 
Black-crowned Night Herons in the nesting tree. Varied thrushes put in an 
appearance, and were a lifer for a few in our group. We also had flyby Tree 
Swallow and White-throated Swift. 

Full list below.

Good birding, 
Alan Krakauer
Richmond/Davis CA

UC Davis--Arboretum, Yolo, US-CA
Feb 10, 2015 12:18 PM - 1:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 29 species Mallard 3 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Snowy Egret 1 Green Heron 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 17 White-throated Swift 4 Anna's Hummingbird 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1 Black Phoebe 3 Western Scrub-Jay 5 American Crow 10 Tree Swallow 1 Bushtit 10 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Western Bluebird 4 American Robin 10 Varied Thrush 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling X Yellow-rumped Warbler 9 White-crowned Sparrow 8 Golden-crowned Sparrow 5 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 8 House Finch X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21761399 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) ------------------------------------ Posted by: Alan Krakauer ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Yahoo Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/central_valley_birds/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/central_valley_birds/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: central_valley_birds-digest AT yahoogroups.com central_valley_birds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: central_valley_birds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to: https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
Subject: Re: cranes northbound
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:27:12 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Michael Perrone wrote:

>>>
Yesterday, Feb 9, in late morning, I saw five groups (and heard, but did not 
see, two more groups) of sandhill cranes, 130 birds in all, heading north over 
the north end of the Yolo Bypass in Yolo County. 

 My records from recent years show that the last half of February is the normal 
time for this movement, so yesterday’s flight was about a week early. 

<<<

I also saw sandhill cranes heading north yesterday, about noon. My sighting was 
a single group of about 100 birds over my home in Orangevale. 


Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
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Subject: YBWA Swamp Sparrow is back
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:03:38 -0500
Hi all,
At about 2:15 this afternoon I stopped by the "Y" on the main Auto Loop for a 
few minutes. There were no sparrows ON the floating vegetation near the pump 
station, but suddenly the bird popped up on a stalk right by the railing of the 
walkway to the pump. You may have to search that spot, but at least it's back 
again! 


Mary Schiedt
Davis
Subject: cranes northbound
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:58:38 +0000
Yesterday, Feb 9, in late morning, I saw five groups (and heard, but did not 
see, two more groups) of sandhill cranes, 130 birds in all, heading north over 
the north end of the Yolo Bypass in Yolo County. 

 My records from recent years show that the last half of February is the normal 
time for this movement, so yesterday's flight was about a week early. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Lark Bunting, Solano County
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 13:09:55 -0800
While looking for Mt. Plovers (dipped) along Robinson Road, Jay Riggio, Noah 
Reid and I found a nice winter Lark Bunting in the Osage Orange hedgerow, about 
halfway down Robinson on the right (driving south). A half-dozen Ferruginous 
Hawks, a really nice Merlin sitting on the ground (really pale - prairie?) and 
loads of Horned Larks and Long-Billed Curlews were nice, too. 

 

 Pictures of the Lark Bunting are here: http://goo.gl/9JLtsF 
http://goo.gl/9JLtsF 

 

 Eric LoPresti
 Davis, CA