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Updated on Thursday, April 24 at 04:29 PM EST
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Hooded Merganser,©Barry Kent Mackay

24 Apr Wildlife rehabber recieved merganser duckling, Tricolors return to EDH. FYI and ID? []
23 Apr Capay Valley side roads into the hills [Steve Hampton ]
23 Apr Yolo Co Snowy Plover ["Adamson, Roger" ]
23 Apr Lawrence's Goldfinch []
23 Apr Chico Gray Flycatcher [Michael Rogner ]
22 Apr Semipalmated Plover YBWA []
22 Apr Western Tanager in Davis; no Black-Headed Grosbeak; Hooded Orioles continue [Sylvia Wright ]
22 Apr Short-notice SAC Bufferlands Access for Shorebirds and more April 23 [Chris Conard ]
21 Apr Gray Flycatcher, Brewer's and Chipping sparrows - Sacramento County [Cory Gregory ]
21 Apr SAC Brewer's Sparrows on Michigan Bar Rd, 20 April 2014 [Chris Conard ]
21 Apr Plumbeous vireo in Davis ["Perrone, Michael AT DWR" ]
20 Apr Merced local interest--no Glossy Ibis [Bruce Mast ]
20 Apr White-faced Ibises []
20 Apr Tehama Lawrence's Goldfinches [BRUCE DEUEL ]
19 Apr Sutter Buttes field trip [BRUCE DEUEL ]
18 Apr continuing Pacific Golden-Plover [John Harris ]
17 Apr Solitary Sandpiper, Sacramento County [Cory Gregory ]
17 Apr Hume Lake, etc ["parmeter3 AT yahoo.com" ]
17 Apr pigs at the Cosumnes River Preserve [John and Glennah Trochet ]
17 Apr Putah Creek birds 15-17 April 2014 [John and Glennah Trochet ]
17 Apr Black-Headed Grosbeak in Davis backyard; Hooded Oriole continues [Sylvia Wright ]
16 Apr Re: [CB] Fwd: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014 [Roy Carlson ]
16 Apr Urban Whimbrels return to Sacramento []
15 Apr FOS Ash-Throated Flycatcher []
16 Apr Likely Breeding Tricolored Blackbirds - Sacramento County []
15 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014 [John Sterling ]
16 Apr Hooded Orioles in Davis; photos of Marsh Sandpiper from April 10 [Sylvia Wright ]
15 Apr Merced glossy ibis [John Sterling ]
15 Apr New feature photo on CVBirds Yahoogroup webpage []
16 Apr Re: Bird App -THREAD CLOSED [Bruce Webb ]
15 Apr Calliope Hummingbird - Sacramento (Garden Highway) [Hillary White ]
15 Apr Bird App ["Dennis Pleau" ]
15 Apr Pacific Golden-Plover Continues, Etc. []
15 Apr FOS Warbling Vireo at Yolo Bypass WA Headquarters []
15 Apr Black-chinned Hummingbird []
14 Apr San Luis [Lawrence Parmeter ]
14 Apr Re : Peregrine Falcon seen at Yolo Bypass pictures ["Denise and David Hamilton" ]
14 Apr Yolo County birds on the weekend ["Perrone, Michael AT DWR" ]
13 Apr Sutter County Hooded Oriole [James Laughlin ]
13 Apr next Saturday's Tall Forest survey- truth in advertising ["John and Glennah Trochet" ]
13 Apr Cosumnes birds- 13 April 2014 ["John and Glennah Trochet" ]
12 Apr Fwd: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County [dea freid ]
12 Apr 43 Swainson's Hawks in Stockton ["tgmiko AT gmail.com"]
12 Apr Directions for the Marsh Sandpiper []
12 Apr Re: RFI Marsh Sandpiper []
12 Apr RFI Marsh Sandpiper []
12 Apr River Walk at Cosumnes this morning [Jim Rowoth ]
12 Apr Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present [Joseph Morlan ]
12 Apr Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present [Ken Ealy ]
12 Apr 04/11 -- Marsh Sandpiper images [Michael Park ]
11 Apr Sacramento Audubon-Thurs, Apr 17-Birds of Borneo ["L Pittman" ]
12 Apr RE: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present ["Michael Feighner" ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper present 4/11 [Dan Airola ]
11 Apr Bank Swallow Mapper to report Bank Swallow Colonies in CA []
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper photos []
11 Apr RE: Marsh Sandpiper viewing tips ["Andy Engilis, Jr." ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper viewing tips ["Andy Engilis, Jr." ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper photos [Craig Swolgaard ]
11 Apr hooded oriole in Davis ["Perrone, Michael AT DWR" ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper still present Friday morning [John and Glennah Trochet ]
10 Apr Fwd: Marsh Sandpiper bird & birder behavior suggestions [John Sterling ]
11 Apr Re: marsh sandpiper is back [Sylvia Wright ]
10 Apr Marsh Sandpiper photo []
9 Apr CV Bird Club Field Trip to Sand Creek Rd (Colusa) on April 5th [Chris Conard ]
8 Apr Re: Grasshopper Sparrows and falling hawks [Steve Hampton ]
8 Apr Grasshopper Sparrows and falling hawks [Steve Hampton ]
8 Apr public bird surveys coming up at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["John and Glennah Trochet" ]
7 Apr Putah Creek Spring birds [Manfred Kusch ]
7 Apr Vesper Sparrow, Calliope Hummingbird - Sacramento County [Cory Gregory ]
06 Apr Request for Placer Tricolored Blackbirds Sightings []
05 Apr Snowy Plover at Llano Seco, Butte County []
06 Apr Request for Placer Co. Tricolored Blackbird Sightings []
6 Apr Lawrence's Goldfinches, Grasshopper Sparrow - Sacramento County [Cory Gregory ]
6 Apr Cosumnes Birds- 06 April 2014 ["John and Glennah Trochet" ]
5 Apr Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yolo County [Cory Gregory ]
5 Apr Cosumnes birds- 05 April 2014 ["John and Glennah Trochet" ]

Subject: Wildlife rehabber recieved merganser duckling, Tricolors return to EDH. FYI and ID?
From: <pouletchalet AT yahoo.com>
Date: 24 Apr 2014 14:06:19 -0700
Hello birders,
Tis the season for ducklings! 
We received a merganser duckling today that was rescued from a cat in an 
apartment complex in Rocklin. I would like to see if anyone could ID for sure 
if this is a hooded or common? Last year we received 2 that were also 
questionable and could indicate nesting Hooded mergansers in the valley. I 
posted a photo in the ducks file. 


Also, the same colony of tricolored blackbirds has returned to the El Dorado 
Hills site adjacent to highway 50. They are in the Himalayan blackberry east of 
the Green Acres Nursery in the empty site above off Iron Pt road. 


Thanks,
Stefanie Stewart
Wilton, CA
Subject: Capay Valley side roads into the hills
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:41:34 -0700
I thought I would let birders know of the continuing diminishing status of
public access into the hills from Capay Valley.  At one point a few years
ago you could drive all of these in a 2-wheel drive car.  Here is what I
have confirmed:

Rd 40 (Rayhouse):  closed to vehicles; open to foot/bike only due to
permanent bridge closure at Cache Creek

Rd 41 (Sand Creek): closed to vehicles (Yolo County portion); open to
foot/bike only because Yolo County no longer maintains it; can be driven
from the Colusa side to the Yolo County line

Rd 53 (Guinda west side up to Casey Flats): recently closed to vehicles;
open to foot/bike only; gate is padlocked

Rd 57 (Guinda east side): still open for 3 miles to vehicles, although just
after the new Cache Creek Bridge locals have posted deceptive "no
trespassing" signs on the cattle gate to make it appear private, although
it is really public; the gate is not locked, only latched; a pic of the
deceptive signs is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/13840689544/





-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Yolo Co Snowy Plover
From: "Adamson, Roger" <rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01:47 -0700
Just found a Snowy Plover in the evaporation pond on the south edge of the Yolo 
Co Landfill ( just east of Davis on Rd 28H). Lots of peeps including 30 Semi-p 
Plover. Also there are 13 Bonapartes Gulls in full breeding plumage. 6:00 pm 
Wednesday, Apr 23. 

Roger Adamson 
Davis


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Subject: Lawrence's Goldfinch
From: <findforster AT yahoo.com>
Date: 23 Apr 2014 10:04:33 -0700
On a whim, I went out to Chico State University Farm yesterday and was rewarded 
with at least 8 Lawrence's Goldfinch. This is the first that I have seen them 
on the valley floor, although I've heard they used to be somewhat reliable at 
the Pine Creek Unit until all the Fiddlenecks were removed. They are working 
the garden down from the main entrance on Schouten Rd. just past the barns and 
offices, on the left hand side of the road, adjacent to pasture. There was also 
a beautiful male Blue Grosbeak in the same general vicinity. Earlier in the 
day, I walked the washout on River Rd. where Big Chico Creek enters the 
Sacramento River. A lone Caspian Tern was on the island with 12 Forster's 
Terns. A FOS Lesser Nighthawk and Blue Grosbeak were also seen. Regards, Matt 
Forster Butte County 
Subject: Chico Gray Flycatcher
From: Michael Rogner <mrogner AT riverpartners.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:35:50 -0700
The Gray Flycatcher I found yesterday evening on old Highway 32 (Humboldt Road) 
was re-found this morning by Matt Forster. It was about 200 yards downhill from 
the upper tower (about a mile from where Humboldt intersects HWY 32), working 
the oaks on the south side of the road. 


The City also filled in all of the potholes this week, so everyone wins.

Michael Rogner
Chico, CA
Subject: Semipalmated Plover YBWA
From: <sami182 AT wavecable.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 12:52:21 -0700
The Earth shared some of her loveliness with me, the best being a pair of 
Semipalmated Plovers this morning at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. They were in 
summer adult plumage. 

 Sami LaRocca
 Woodland, CA
Subject: Western Tanager in Davis; no Black-Headed Grosbeak; Hooded Orioles continue
From: Sylvia Wright <sylvia.wright AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:45:05 +0000 (UTC)
Male Western Tanager yesterday, 11:30 am, for about 5 minutes, breeding 
plumage, perched high in a backyard tree. 


Grosbeak has not returned. Pair of Orioles continues. No nest found. One Rufous 
female/immature continues. 


Also still have about 5-6 White-Crowneds and 2 Golden-Crowneds. 

Good birding, 
Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County) Calif. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sylvia Wright"  
To: "Central_Valley_Birds AT Yahoogroups. Com" 
 

Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:44:20 AM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Black-Headed Grosbeak in Davis backyard; Hooded Oriole 
continues 








Quite a morning at my suburban Davis backyard. Must be spring. 

Black-Headed Grosbeak male visited the black oil sunflower seed feeder twice; 
have quickie through-the-window confirmation pic of second visit. 


At same time, Hooded Oriole male was on a hummer feeder. 

Two female/immature Rufous Hummingbirds were at the feeder, too. 

Also had a possible Black-Chinned Hummingbird male. 

And the usual White-Crowned and Golden-Crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Anna's 
Hummingbirds, Scrub Jays, Mourning Doves. 


Good birding! 
Sylvia 

Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County) California 
Subject: Short-notice SAC Bufferlands Access for Shorebirds and more April 23
From: Chris Conard <conardc AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:34 -0700
Folks,

The shorebirding conditions on the Bufferlands are excellent right now, but
many not continue for much longer.  Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 23) at 5pm
I'm offering to meet people for a ~two-hour visit to see what we can find.
 I have also seen Blue Grosbeaks and a Lazuli Bunting in the past couple of
days.

The Bufferlands is a 2,500-acre open space buffer around
the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (bufferlands.com)
between Sacramento and Elk Grove with over 20 years of on-going habitat
restoration.

NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION:  because of construction on the interchange at
I-5, we’ll meet in the large gravel lot along Freeport Rd just past
Stonecrest Ave and then caravan to the site.  This is just before (north
of) the town of Freeport.

From Sacramento, exit from I-5 at Meadowview/Pocket Rd/Freeport (Exit 512),
the first exit south of Florin Rd and the first north of Laguna Blvd.

At the Meadowview/Pocket Rd/Freeport exit (#512), go east after the
off-ramp, then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd.  After one mile, just
before the town of Freeport, PASS Stonecrest Ave and park in the large
gravel lot on the right.

Please try to arrive by 5pm.  Reservations are not necessary, but I'd
appreciate you letting me know if you're planning to be there.  District
policy requires visitors to sign a liability release form.

I hope to see some of you tomorrow afternoon,

Chris Conard
Sacramento
916 203 1610 cell
Subject: Gray Flycatcher, Brewer's and Chipping sparrows - Sacramento County
From: Cory Gregory <arcticory AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:15:53 -0700
Birders,

This morning there was a GRAY FLYCATCHER at Don Nottoli Park in Elk Grove.
 It spent most of its time foraging low on the northwest edge of the
fenced-in wetland.  Here's a photo  and
video of
the bird.

On Michigan Bar Road, there were 3 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 2 BREWER'S
SPARROWS present (1.7 miles and 2.4 miles from Hwy 16, respectively).  A
LAZULI BUNTING was also present.

There was an additional CHIPPING SPARROW along the Laguna Creek Parkway
Trail in eastern Elk Grove (the section of trail that meanders east from
Elk Grove Florin Road).  There was also a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, TOWNSEND'S
WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER present.

I'll have details, photos, and maps on my blog later tonight:

http://arcticory.blogspot.com/


Good birding,

Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, Sacramento County
Subject: SAC Brewer's Sparrows on Michigan Bar Rd, 20 April 2014
From: Chris Conard <conardc AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:34:56 -0700
A quick mid-afternoon drive on Michigan Bar Rd yesterday (Sunday, 4/20)
produced two Brewer’s Sparrows at the top of the hill about three miles
north of Hwy 16 and at least four Lawrence’s Goldfinches just as the oaks
start to thin out about two miles north of Hwy 16.


Chris Conard

Sacramento
Subject: Plumbeous vireo in Davis
From: "Perrone, Michael AT DWR" <Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:45:23 +0000
________________________________


Today from 8:30 to 9 AM in the northeast part of Slide Hill
 Park in Davis was a singing plumbeous vireo.  The bird was all whitish below
 with faint gray wash on the sides and flanks, but typically looked just white. 
Wings were dark grayish brown, with no greenish evident anywhere on the bird. 

Song was burrier and scratchier than I think of Cassin's, but not
strikingly so.  I lost visual contact with it when it moved from near
the Girl Scout cabin to denser foliage in the trees just west of the tennis 
court. 

A few birders looked for it about an hour later, without success.

Sorry for the delay in reporting to CV Birds. I thought I had an account at my 
home e-mail, but evidently not, because I tried to use it. 



Michael Perrone
Davis CA

Subject: Merced local interest--no Glossy Ibis
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:06:16 -0700
Folks,
I took John's Sterling's 4-15-14 report of a Glossy Ibis along Santa Fe
Grade as an excuse to spend the day birding Merced County. For the record,
I couldn't find a Glossy Ibis. I found the pond (first open water east of
the road and to the north of the Ingomar Duck Club) but conditions were
challenging. Birds are backlit in morning light and the ponds are
considerably obscured by cat-tails and other vegetation along the road. I
had much more success once I climbed onto the hood of my Jeep. Even then,
there is extensive Ibis habitat in the area that is obscured from view and
only a few birds at a time elected to loaf in the visible pond. I watched
for about an hour and probably studied 10-15 birds as they came and went.
All showed nice pink bare facial skin with white outlines and red eyes.

Nevertheless, it was a great day and not just because I was birding instead
of working. I tallied 94 species for the day and added 13 native species to
my somewhat anemic Merced list. Highlights started in the parking lot of
Los Banos NWR, where I located a migrating NASHVILLE WARBLER in the shrubby
trees at the back of the parking lot. An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, a small flock
of CEDAR WAXWINGS, and a flyover WHIMBREL were also county birds for me.

On to Santa Fe Grade, where I picked up a LARK SPARROW on a powerline, a
pair of fly-over CASPIAN TERNS, nesting GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES at a couple
spots, a calling SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER in flight, and a EURASIAN WIGEON
among a flock of 50+ American Wigeons.

I headed over to Basalt Campground at San Luis Reservoir, where I located a
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD along with the many Westerns. The Cassin's showed a
charcoal gray head, contrasting with a pale gray/white throat, and a
gray-brown tail that lacked white outer tail feathers.

Not much was happening at the San Luis Reservoir Visitor Center so I
continued on to Dinosaur Point, where several ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS are
on territory. I was also treated to a couple migrating female RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRDS and a flyover subadult GOLDEN EAGLE.The hummers should orange
central spots and an faint orange eyebrow, eliminating Calliope. I
eliminated Allen's based on range.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: White-faced Ibises
From: <jann_dorothy AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 10:17:55 -0700
FYI, I'm currently at the Yolo Bypass looking at a flock of 25 White-faced 
Ibises grazing in the shallow water next to parking lot C along the straight 
back road on the auto loop. Jann Dorothy Sacramento 
Subject: Tehama Lawrence's Goldfinches
From: BRUCE DEUEL <bdeuel AT wildblue.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:40:57 -0700
Hi all,
This morning I saw 3 Lawrence's Goldfinches on Tehama-Vina Road, 3/4 mile N
of its junction with SH 99.  This junction is 2.4 mi NW of the junction of
SH 99 and South Avenue coming from Corning, at the south end of an S curve
in 99.

This is a very interesting road but if you want to explore it from the
south end be aware there is a cobble stream crossing 1.6 miles N of the
junction with SH 99.  I'd advise high clearance.  I made it through in my
Honda Civic but I think I stained my shorts.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Sutter Buttes field trip
From: BRUCE DEUEL <bdeuel AT wildblue.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:31:02 -0700
Hi all,
We spent a pleasant day, if a bit breezy, in the central Sutter Buttes,
seeing over 50 species (at least some, who have better ears, did).
Highlights were Olive-sided Flycatchers (2), Hammond's Flycatcher,
Phainopeplas, Hermit and Townsend's Warblers, Rufous-crowned and Chipping
Sparrows, and Lawrence's Goldfinches.

My eBird checklist is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17971184

Be sure to read the comments to find out what others saw that I missed:).

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: continuing Pacific Golden-Plover
From: John Harris <johnh AT mills.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:45:12 -0700
The continuing Pacific Golden-Plover was at the Ripon Sewage Ponds today
around 1 pm. From the parking lot at the south end of Stockton St., walk
along the paved path on the east side of the ponds. The east-west levee
that splits the ponds was covered with Black-bellied Plovers. The Pacific
was on the rocks on the north side of the levee exactly where the aerator
is tethered to the levee.
A poor photo is at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110355567 AT N06/13928660375/
John Harris
Oakdale
Subject: Solitary Sandpiper, Sacramento County
From: Cory Gregory <arcticory AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:40:24 -0700
Birders,

There was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER at Cosumnes River Preserve Thursday
afternoon.  It preferred a drawn-down wetland along the River Walk Trail
(turn right/south after the arched footbridge and proceed 0.4 miles).

I found it while on a quest to tally 100 species on a single eBird
checklist.  You can see photos of the sandpiper, a map of where it was, and
the end results on my blog:

http://arcticory.blogspot.com/


Good birding,

Cory Gregory
Elk Grove, CA
Subject: Hume Lake, etc
From: "parmeter3 AT yahoo.com" <parmeter3@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:40:45 -0700 (PDT)
 Today, the White-winged Scoter was still at Hume Lake, in among a raft of 
Ring-necked Ducks on the far side of the lake opposite the campground-At the 
Big Stump Meadow parking lot area were a Townsend's Solitaire, two Red-breasted 
Sapsuckers, a White-headed Woodoecker, a Brown Creeper, and a Red-breasted 
Nuthatch- 

Larry Parmeter
Fresno Audubon Society
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Subject: pigs at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:08:44 -0700
Dear Birders,

I have received an update from the staff at the Cosumnes River Preserve
regarding pigs on the loose there.  I am now told that these are recent
escapees from a local farm and amount to only a few animals at most.  While
parts of California are plagued with these animals, this is NOT an invasion
of animals long feral.

So, worry not about pigs, but join me Saturday for this month's Tall Forest
bird survey.  We will go through the Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville
and Desmond Roads, promptly at 05:45.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento
Subject: Putah Creek birds 15-17 April 2014
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:10:22 -0700
Dear Birders,

I have done surveys the last three mornings on private parcels along Putah
Creek between Winters and Davis.  A few things might be of wider interest.

15 April- olive-sided flycatcher (pretty early), Swainson's thrush, hooded
oriole
16 April- Swainson's thrush, singing white-throated sparrow
17April- warbling vireo; migrant numbers paltry

On the 15th, I also saw a pair of red foxes.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento
Subject: Black-Headed Grosbeak in Davis backyard; Hooded Oriole continues
From: Sylvia Wright <sylvia.wright AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:20 +0000 (UTC)
Quite a morning at my suburban Davis backyard. Must be spring. 

Black-Headed Grosbeak male visited the black oil sunflower seed feeder twice; 
have quickie through-the-window confirmation pic of second visit. 


At same time, Hooded Oriole male was on a hummer feeder. 

Two female/immature Rufous Hummingbirds were at the feeder, too. 

Also had a possible Black-Chinned Hummingbird male. 

And the usual White-Crowned and Golden-Crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Anna's 
Hummingbirds, Scrub Jays, Mourning Doves. 


Good birding! 
Sylvia 

Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County) California 
Subject: Re: [CB] Fwd: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014
From: Roy Carlson <rbcarlson1 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:27:25 -0700
It was there from 1200-1300 today with about 35 or so White-faced Ibis. When I 
drove up, Linda Elkins from the LA area had already spotted it. The Ibis flock 
was often in motion, and the vegetation between the road and the pond sometimes 
obscured parts of the pond. The pond is on the east side of Santa Fe Grade Road 
about 2/3 of the way south from Gun Club Road to Henry Miller Road. 




Roy Carlson
San Carlos, CA


> On Apr 16, 2014, at 5:29 PM, Elias Elias  wrote:
>
>
>
> The GLIB was not there 20140416 17:00-17:15 only 12 WFIB.
>
> Flock on!
>
> Elias/Ηλίας
> Arcata CA/San Diego CA
> Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
> Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254
>
> To release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, 
to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the 
confidences of madmen 

>
> JG Ballard
>
>> On Apr 15, 2014, at 21:14, John Sterling  wrote:
>>
>> Glossy Ibis eBird location
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> John Sterling
>> 530 908-3836
>> 26 Palm Ave
>> Woodland, CA 95695
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>>> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
>>> Date: April 15, 2014 at 8:14:25 PM PDT
>>> To: jsterling AT wavecable.com
>>> Subject: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 
15, 2014 

>>>
>>> US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Merced, US-CA
>>> Apr 15, 2014 4:55 PM - 5:02 PM
>>> Protocol: Stationary
>>> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.1 >>> 5 species >>> >>> American Bittern 2 >>> Glossy Ibis 1 Alternate plumage with narrow blue border on gray lores and dark eye >>> White-faced Ibis 6 >>> Song Sparrow 2 >>> Red-winged Blackbird 6 >>> >>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17911219 >>> >>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > >
Subject: Urban Whimbrels return to Sacramento
From: ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:26:41 -0400 (EDT)
For at least the fourth consecutive spring, a flock of Whimbrels is using  
the playfield at Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento (54th and M  
streets). 19 were there this morning. They have typically arrived in late 
April  and remain until early May and seem to use this field whenever there is 
not a  lot of student activity. Just such fun to see these arctic-breeding 
birds (some  of which may winter in southern South America) hanging out in an 
urban  setting.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento
Subject: FOS Ash-Throated Flycatcher
From: <rhoward1 AT surewest.net>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 18:40:50 -0700
We had our first-of-season ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at the Effie Yeaw Nature 
Center in Carmichael today. We also saw BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. 
White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows are still around. Rich Howard 

 Carmichael
Subject: Likely Breeding Tricolored Blackbirds - Sacramento County
From: fgray4birds AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:32:53 -0400 (EDT)
Sorry for the late posting.
 
I saw hundreds of Tricolored Blackbirds yesterday at each of two sites in  
the eastern County.
 
-  Just east of Scott Road and about 2,5 miles south of White Rock  Road in 
what appeared to be bulrushes, at a small pond.  This site is  on posted 
fenced private property but there was easy viewing access  from nearby 
pullouts along Scott Road. 
 
-  At a site near Green Acres Nursery, south of Iron Pt. Road, and  just 
east of Serpa Way in Folsom.  There is easy viewing access along a  nearby 
walking trail, accessible from the nursery parking lot.    Tricolors were in 
and around a large stand of blackberry.
 
I am not good at estimating numbers of tricolors, but I saw hundreds  
leaving each site during about a half hour at each site. Both sites also have 

been previously documented as tricolored breeding sites  and will hopefully 
will have successful breeding this  year.  
 
I submitted recent reports to the Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife  
Natural Diversity Database for these colonies. Thus, the information should be 

available for inclusion and review of any  development project-documents , 
such as through the CEQA  process. 
 
About a year ago I saw that a large breeding colony (used  for many years)  
had been obliterated soon before.  The site is  .just west of  the entrance 
to Prairie City ORV park and had tricolors  using a huge stand of  
blackberries, The project was a road realignment and the site is also in east 

Sacto County. 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:26 -0700
Glossy Ibis eBird location

Sent from my iPad

John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

Begin forwarded message:

> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> Date: April 15, 2014 at 8:14:25 PM PDT
> To: jsterling AT wavecable.com
> Subject: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 
2014 

> 
> US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Merced, US-CA
> Apr 15, 2014 4:55 PM - 5:02 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.1 > 5 species > > American Bittern 2 > Glossy Ibis 1 Alternate plumage with narrow blue border on gray lores and dark eye > White-faced Ibis 6 > Song Sparrow 2 > Red-winged Blackbird 6 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17911219 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Hooded Orioles in Davis; photos of Marsh Sandpiper from April 10
From: Sylvia Wright <sylvia.wright AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:24 +0000 (UTC)
The first of season male Hooded Oriole arrived in my Davis (Yolo County) 
suburban backyard around March 18; I first saw it on March 20. 


Yesterday (April 14) I saw my first of season female. 

I have not been able to lure them to oranges or jelly, but they do like the 
hummingbird feeder. Hooded Orioles have been here in past springs but never 
stayed. Maybe this year they'll nest nearby; we certainly have plenty of tall 
fan palms. 


Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/sets/72157644025413383/ 


Also, to add to the multitude of Marsh Sandpiper photos, here are mine from 
April 10: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/sets/72157643784972303/ 


Good birding, 
Sylvia 

Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County), California 



Subject: Merced glossy ibis
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:10:16 -0700
Just found and photographed an adult glossy ibis along sante fe grade road in 
Merced county. It was in an open, small pond on the east side of the road about 
a half mile north of a group of hunters cabins with small eucalyptus trees also 
on the east side of the road. Will post photos tomorrow night when I get home. 


Sent from my iPad

John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

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Subject: New feature photo on CVBirds Yahoogroup webpage
From: <BruWebb AT surewest.net>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 16:53:57 -0700
A big thank you to Michael Park of Berkeley for allowing the use of one of his 
excellent action photos of the Marsh Sandpiper as the feature photo on the 
CVBirds web page. It can be viewed here: 

 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/central_valley_birds/info 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/central_valley_birds/info 

 
And the rest of his Flickr album photos are here: 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157643851039004/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157643851039004/ 


 other photographers are encouraged to submit photos via their flickr pages or 
post them into the appropriate CVBirds web album. . 

 
 -- 
Bruce Webb 
Granite Bay, CA 


Subject: Re: Bird App -THREAD CLOSED
From: Bruce Webb <BruWebb AT surewest.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:35:50 +0900
This subject is closed since "This forum is for discussing birds of the 
Central Valley."

We do not want a thread of answers and questions asking "a bird app to 
do WHAT?"

such a question is better asked as a Google search.


-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA

   'Have scope - Will travel'


On 4/16/2014 6:42 AM, Dennis Pleau wrote:
>
> I want to put a bird app on my Android phone.Anyone have a 
> suggestion.It doesn't have to be free.
>
> Dennis Pleau
>
> Woodland, CA
>
> 



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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird - Sacramento (Garden Highway)
From: Hillary White <hillarywhite23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:32:56 -0700
Yesterday at 3:00pm, an adult male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD visited our
hummingbird feeder located on our 3rd floor balcony (office building).
I was unable to get a photo, and it has not returned today.
It shared the feeder with a male and female Anna's Hummingbird,
occasionally flaring "whiskering" it's streaked gorget.

We also had our FOS Black-chinned hummingbirds show up last Thursday (April
10).

Good Birding,

Hillary White
Davis, CA
Subject: Bird App
From: "Dennis Pleau" <dpleau AT wavecable.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:42:35 -0700
I want to put a bird app on my Android phone.  Anyone have a suggestion.  It
doesn't have to be free.
 
Dennis Pleau
Woodland, CA
Subject: Pacific Golden-Plover Continues, Etc.
From: <bees2 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 12:27:13 -0700
The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER found by Jim Rowoth can still be seen amidst the 
several hundred Black-bellied Plovers at the Ripon sewage ponds, which can be 
accessed from the parking lot on Stockton Street. The bird has progressed more 
into its alternate plumage from when I saw it with Daniel Gilman on April 5, 
and many of the Black-bellied are in full alternate plumage. The Pacific 
Golden-Plover can be seen / photographed best from a gap between a gate and the 
fence that runs east of the ponds. 

 

 At Caswell State Park, I had my first-of-season Ash-throated Flycatchers and 
Black-headed Grosbeaks. An OSPREY coursing down the river was the first I've 
ever seen there in all of my previous visits; it's not listed in the Great 
Valley Museum's checklist of the park's fauna. 

 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto

Subject: FOS Warbling Vireo at Yolo Bypass WA Headquarters
From: maryolo1 AT netscape.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:08:03 -0400 (EDT)
Late yesterday afternoon a Warbling Vireo was singing from within dense 
foliage, but came out, still singing, for about two minutes before moving on. 
My first of season. 


Mary Schiedt
Davis
Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird
From: mdodder AT sbcglobal.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:35:43 -0700 (PDT)
Our first-of-season male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD showed up at my parents' 
backyard feeder in Lodi on Thursday, April 10. In the nearby vineyard a pair of 
SWAINSON'S HAWKS seemed eager to start a family. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
Subject: San Luis
From: Lawrence Parmeter <parmeter3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:57:43 -0700 (PDT)
 On our way home from the Bay Area, Aileen and I stopped off at San Luis 
NWR earlier today-We had several good sightings-2 Swainson's Hawks over the 
Tule Elk area, a Black-shouldered Kite near the entrance, a Sharp-shinned Hawk 
being harrassed by blackbirds, a number of Western Kingbirds, and at least 3 
Northern Orioles in the riperian area next to the Tule Elk fence- 

 Larry Parmeter
 Fresno Audubon Society
Subject: Re : Peregrine Falcon seen at Yolo Bypass pictures
From: "Denise and David Hamilton" <napabirders AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:26:26 -0700
Hi again,

I just posted 3 pictures of the falcon we saw at Yolo Bypass today, April 14 on 
the CV Birds website, in the BIRS OF PREY album. Would appreciate some 
feedback. 


(Saw an interesting FALCON, which we believe was a young PEREGRINE FALCON 
sitting on the ground (will try to post pictures onto the CV Birds website), 
and the marsh by Parking Lot B was full of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. DUNLIN in 
breeding colors! A SORA was out walking around, and a MUSKRAT was coming out of 
the water, chewing/ripping off greens and taking them back into the water.) 


Thanks!
Denise & David Hamilton
napabirders AT att.net
Napa




Subject: Yolo County birds on the weekend
From: "Perrone, Michael AT DWR" <Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:46:49 +0000
On Saturday, April 12, I visited the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. Least 
expected was a heard-only lazuli bunting, which was about as early on the 
calendar as they get. I found only one fox and one Lincoln's sparrow, so most 
of them have left already. New for me was to witness a pair of river otters 
mating in Putah Creek. 


On Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5:30, I watched overhead migration from my home 
near Slide Hill Park. Of the birds I could identify, there were about 100 
rough-winged, 70 barn, 60 tree, and 60 cliff swallows; 13 white-throated and 
one Vaux's swift; and nine Swainson's hawks, all northbound. Lots of birds were 
in the air when I started to watch at 4 PM. I quit at 5:30 because the birds 
quit. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Sutter County Hooded Oriole
From: James Laughlin <ja_laughlin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:04:57 -0700 (PDT)
Birders,

Early this morning I had a male HOODED ORIOLE in Sutter County. Take S. Walton 
Ave. north .37 miles from Oswald Rd. You will then arrive at a church on the 
east side of the road. Pull into the church parking lot and across the street 
using the hummingbird feeder was the bird. 


Good Luck!

Cheers
Jim Laughlin
Yuba City



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Subject: next Saturday's Tall Forest survey- truth in advertising
From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:45:29 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

As mentioned previously on this site, the April Tall Forest bird survey at
the Cosumnes River Preserve will go depart through the Farm Center gate,
corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, next Saturday morning promptly at
05:45.  Folks considering participating should know a few things.

 

First and foremost, the lower preserve has recently been colonized by feral
pigs.  This promises nothing good.  The sightings so far do not include the
Tall Forest, but all the other dense forest blocks below Highway 99 have had
observations.  I honestly don't know their story in California, but in the
swamps of the southeastern U.S. they can be a menace to human safety.  I've
never been attacked, but I have been frightened by big boars and sows with
piglets several times.  Be advised that, in addition to all the other risks
one takes in the Tall Forest (e.g., poison oak, falling/tripping and getting
injured, West Nile Virus exposure, rabid skunks, encounters with marijuana
growers, etc.), there is now the possibility of run-ins with pigs.

 

Second, do not forget insect repellent.  Even loaded with DEET today, I was
assaulted by hordes of mosquitoes, especially after the sun broke through
late morning.

 

Lastly, you will need rubber knee boots for the walk out to the Accidental
Forest.  The rest of the route is dry, and you will be able to change out of
your boots, if you like, when we come back to the Equipment Pad.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 13 April 2014
From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:27:42 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

Today I visited the Tall Forest and vicinity for some scouting and trail
recovery in advance of next Saturday's survey.  The overcast morning in the
trees was very birdy, with lots of migrants/arriving breeders.  These
included one Hammond's flycatcher, two Pacific-slope flycatchers, 14
ash-throated flycatchers, six western kingbirds, 15 orange-crowned warblers,
two Nashville warblers, one yellow warbler, one black-throated gray warbler,
two Townsend's warblers, 11 Wilson's warblers (also had common yellowthroat,
Audubon's and myrtle warblers), and 10 black-headed grosbeaks.  Someone
reported on the white board at the VC that there was a Cassin's vireo along
the River Walk this morning.

 

The highlight for me was two unexpected songsters, both in the lower part of
Warbler Woods.  First was a varied thrush in lovely, extended song,
surprising to me after the middling wintering numbers and early departure
this spring.  The second was a white-throated sparrow.  Compared to last
weekend, the numbers of Bullock's orioles, about 20 today, were about half.
Both hermit thrush and Lincoln's sparrows were down more than that.  But
golden-crowned sparrows are way up from recent weeks.  I missed fox sparrow
at the Tall Forest for the first time since early last fall.  Of three
spotted towhee nests, two still had eggs and one had about 3-4 day old
chicks, three being the operative number in each case.  No cowbirds in the
lot.

 

There are a few ponds that may survive to next weekend for shorebirds and
waterfowl.  I found 10 shorebird species present, the better ones being two
black-bellied plovers, three lesser yellowlegs, three whimbrels, and my
first western sandpipers this spring (four only- some years they're suddenly
present and in the hundreds).

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Fwd: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:42:13 -0700
 

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

		SUBJECT:
 		Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County

		DATE:
 		04/12/2014 09:35

		FROM:
 		dea freid 

		TO:
 		North Bay Birds 

HI, 

If anyone copies and posts the directions I posted yesterday, please use
the version below which contains the update I posted last night (update
was if going on Rt 80 to Midway Rd exit turn east on Midway (not south))
etc 

Thanks! 

From Linda Pittman: 

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more
direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east.
Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left
on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghampton Rd. 

From Ruth Rudesill: 

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd
exit past Vacaville- head EAST. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several
miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to
SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide
left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch
along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.

Alternate route: Take wy 80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista.
Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghampton Rd. I felt it was
longer due to driving thru Suisun

Dea Freid
Sebastopol

 
Subject: 43 Swainson's Hawks in Stockton
From: "tgmiko AT gmail.com"<tgmiko@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:21:03 -0700
Hi,
We are are on the 5 north, heading for the Marsh Sandpiper. Between Lathrop  
and Stockton, we had a swirling catalog 43 Swainson's Hawks, right before  
the General Hospital.
Tom

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Http://www.tgmiko.com 
Claremont 91711, LA County
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Subject: Directions for the Marsh Sandpiper
From: <tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 21:29:29 -0700
Birders,
 There's been a great deal of dialogue and confusion regarding the directions 
to that section of the central valley south of Dixon as to where the Marsh 
Sandpiper has been sighted. Try this Google Maps link, expand it and see if 
that helps. https://goo.gl/maps/5DYWH https://goo.gl/maps/5DYWH 

 Good hunting and birding,
 Tracy Farrington
 Walnut Creek
Subject: Re: RFI Marsh Sandpiper
From: Naturestoc AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:32:52 -0400 (EDT)
The Marsh Sandpiper was not seen this evening. We left at 7:30pm. The wind was 
blowing fiercely! 



Dan Brown,
Sacramento,

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com



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From: bees2 
To: central_valley_birds 
Sent: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:50 pm
Subject: [CVBirds] RFI Marsh Sandpiper


        



Please continue to report the presence (or absence) of this bird tomorrow, for 
necessarily tardy birders like me. 

Sal Salerno, Modesto








Subject: RFI Marsh Sandpiper
From: <bees2 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 18:50:09 -0700
Please continue to report the presence (or absence) of this bird tomorrow, for 
necessarily tardy birders like me. 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto
 

 

Subject: River Walk at Cosumnes this morning
From: Jim Rowoth <rowoth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:19:06 -0700
Cosumnes River Preserve- River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Apr 12, 2014 6:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Started with 10, added John T, then two left, then JT left, then two 
others left. Remaining crew consisted of Jim R (leader), Pat P, Jim H, Bob G, 
Mike & Leif -?-. Sunrise temps very chilly (upper 40s), breezy all morning. 
Ended with temps in 60s.. 

74 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 10000 probable undercount--large flocks flying SW 

Ross's Goose 1 Noticeably smaller than GWFG it was flying with, very stubby 
bill 

Wood Duck  4
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  22
Mallard  32
Blue-winged Teal  3     1 M, 2 F, in pond on E side of visitor center bridge
Cinnamon Teal  24
Northern Shoveler  100
Green-winged Teal (American)  150
Ring-necked Duck  4    2 M, 2 F
Ring-necked Pheasant  4     Heard only
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     
White-faced Ibis  50
Turkey Vulture  3
White-tailed Kite  1
Swainson's Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  250
Black-necked Stilt  4
American Avocet  6
Killdeer  10
Greater Yellowlegs  11
Dunlin  50
Least Sandpiper  33
Long-billed Dowitcher  30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Anna's Hummingbird  6
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard only
Nuttall's Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  20
Merlin  1     Very dark; fast, deliberate flyby
Empidonax sp.  1
Black Phoebe  6
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  6
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)  6
American Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  200
Oak Titmouse  1     Heard only
Bushtit  60
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  3
House Wren  15
Marsh Wren  15
Bewick's Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2     Heard onl
Wrentit  8
Western Bluebird  2
American Robin  6
American Pipit  1     Heard only
Common Yellowthroat  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  50
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast)  3
Spotted Towhee  22
Song Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Golden-crowned Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  1
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Western Meadowlark  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Bullock's Oriole  3     One heard only, chucking
House Finch  30
Purple Finch (Western)  2
Lesser Goldfinch  35
American Goldfinch  12

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17860139 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Jim Rowoth
Stockton
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:32:59 -0700
On Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:20:08 -0700, Ken Ealy 
wrote:

>Take the first left on to Buckley. Stay on Buckley heading south until it hits 
King, going left. 


I believe that road is actually Bulkley Road.

Preliminary web page on the Marsh Sandpiper at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/MarshSandpiperP1160097s.htm
-- 
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Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
From: Ken Ealy <litehawk AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:20:08 -0700
The directions previously described are more convenient for for east-bound 
travelers from the bay area, etc. 


For west-bound travelers from the Sacramento area or Marysville area, an 
alternative route is: 


From I-80, take the Mace Blvd. exit in Davis.  
Then south on Mace Blvd/Rd 104 to Tremont; right turn at The Grasslands Park.
Take the first left on to Buckley. Stay on Buckley heading south until it hits 
King, going left. 

In a short distance, King hits Liberty Island Rd going right.
Continue on and you come to the parking area (maybe 3 miles south of the Swan 
Rd intersection) where the road turns left towards the Bypass. 


This is the route I use.


Ken Ealy
Davis



On Apr 12, 2014, at 8:59 AM, Michael Feighner wrote:

> Read below for today's 4-12-2014 initial continuing sighting of the Marsh 
Sandpiper. 

> 
> It would be nice if the first person of the day copy and paste the following 
directions to post for immediate access to readers avoiding scanning through 
many emails for the directions. 

> 
> from Ruth Rudesill:
> 
> There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit 
past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. 
Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn 
right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

> 
> 
> Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 

> 
> from Linda Pittman:
> 
> Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more direct 
for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east. Continue east on 
Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road 
up will be Binghamton Rd. 

> 
> from Ruth R:
> 
> There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit 
past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. 
Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn 
right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

> 
> 
> Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 

> 
> --
> 
> Michael Feighner
> 
> Livermore, CA, Alameda County 
> 
>  images[1]
> 
>  
http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfeighner 

> 
> --
> 
> “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those 
who can best manage change.” 

> ― Charles Darwin 
 -- 

> 
> From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Linda Terrill 

> Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
> To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups. com
> Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
> 
> The Marsh Sandpiper was seen to fly in at approximately 6:30am 
 and present for viewing as dawn broke. As has been 
the case, it and accompanying yellowlegs are skittish and flushing frequently 
with cars passing, etc. It has flown off and returned - and flown off again 
several times since first sighting this morning. 

> 
> Linda and Scott Terrill
> Los Gatos,CA
> 
> Make it happen.
> Make it happen.
> 
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> 
> 
Subject: 04/11 -- Marsh Sandpiper images
From: Michael Park <dpbot AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:03:48 -0700
Amazing bird! Amazing find!

A few images are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157643851039004/



Michael Park
Berkeley, CA


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Subject: Sacramento Audubon-Thurs, Apr 17-Birds of Borneo
From: "L Pittman" <pittmanl AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:37:15 -0700
April Meeting - Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

Link to directions:
http://www.sacramentoaudubon.org/societyinfo/meetings.html

 

Susan Myers - Birds of Borneo

Susan has always had an eye for the world around her and a desire to explore
it - both visually and physically. This desire led Susan to her current
profession as a Nature Guide throughout Asia. When Susan isn't lurking
behind a tree in a forest in some remote corner of the globe, she usually
has a camera in her hand and an eye on the people and places which surround
her. 

After completing studies in biological sciences, she moved to Japan for
several years, where she became fluent in the language and studied the
natural history and culture. She's had many careers including being a nurse
(which didn't last long!), a biologist, a scuba instructor and a Japanese
translator/interpreter.  For more than 15 years Susan has led tours
throughout Asia, including countless trips to the Malay Peninsula, Borneo
and Indonesia,  over twenty tours to Vietnam, and many tours of India, Sri
Lanka, Bhutan, Japan, Thailand, China, Cambodia, Burma and the Philippines,
as well as Madagascar, West Papua, the Pacific islands and, of course,
Australia, where she resides.  She has published many papers and articles on
ornithology and general ecology in a variety of respected magazines,
scientific journals and books. She is the author of a recent field guide,
"The Birds of Borneo", published in 2009.

 

There is no charge for the program or parking, and no park-entry fee.

Linda Pittman

Wilton, CA
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
From: "Michael Feighner" <feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:59:30 -0700
Read below for today's 4-12-2014 initial continuing sighting of the Marsh 
Sandpiper. 


 

It would be nice if the first person of the day copy and paste the following 
directions to post for immediate access to readers avoiding scanning through 
many emails for the directions. 


 

from Ruth Rudesill:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past 
Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn 
left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right 
on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

 

Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 


 

from Linda Pittman:

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more direct 
for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east. Continue east on 
Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road 
up will be Binghamton Rd. 


from Ruth R:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past 
Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn 
left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right 
on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

 

Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 


--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County 

   images[1]

  
http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfeighner 


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who can best manage change.” 

― Charles Darwin  
-- 


 

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Linda Terrill 

Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups. com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

 

The Marsh Sandpiper was seen to fly in at approximately 6:30am 
 and present for viewing as dawn broke. As has been 
the case, it and accompanying yellowlegs are skittish and flushing frequently 
with cars passing, etc. It has flown off and returned - and flown off again 
several times since first sighting this morning. 


Linda and Scott Terrill
Los Gatos,CA

Make it happen.
Make it happen.



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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper present 4/11
From: Dan Airola <d.airola AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
Seen from 6:30-7:00 pm; still there when I left

Dan Airola
Sacramento

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Subject: Bank Swallow Mapper to report Bank Swallow Colonies in CA
From: <mel.dawn AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 15:59:20 -0700
Hi birders, Rob Irwin with the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum and 
others from the Bank Swallow Technical Advisory Committee (BANS-TAC), have 
developed an on-line Bank Swallow mapper to identify nesting colonies, arrival 
dates, etc. The link (http://www.sacramentoriver.org/bans/index.php?id=report 
http://www.sacramentoriver.org/bans/index.php?id=report) will take you to the 
sightings page where you can record your observations. It is easy and will be a 
great way to document our statewide occurences. Please look around at the other 
cool resources like the conservation strategy (2013) on the Bank Swallow 
Portal, by clicking on the numerous tabs. Thank you so much for your 
observations! 

  
 Dawn Garcia
 Conservation Chair- Altacal Audubon Society
 Chico, CA

Subject: Marsh Sandpiper photos
From: <Naturestoc AT aol.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 11:32:27 -0700
Hi all. Here's a link to my efforts photographing the Marsh Sandpiper 
yesterday. http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Birdrarities 
http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Birdrarities I'm sure that we will be 
seeing many great images of this bird! A great bird! Thanks to Roger Muscat for 
finding it! 

 

 Dan Brown,
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc,smugmug.com
Subject: RE: Marsh Sandpiper viewing tips
From: "Andy Engilis, Jr." <aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:43:56 -0700
The orderly approach was from the west not east - Sorry for my directional
dyslexia!!!

 

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] On Behalf Of Andy Engilis, Jr.
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 10:37 AM
To: 'CV Birds'; calbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Marsh Sandpiper viewing tips

 

  

All -- This is a tidal channel and the channel fills and dries with the
coming tide. What I have notice now is that the MARSH SANDPIPER likes to
forage when the tide is receding, hence it is in the channel usually in the
later part of the day and early morning. There are more birds in general in
the channel at these times as well (more yellowlegs, avocets, peeps, etc).
The bird also seems more relaxed when the tide is receding in early evening.
This behavior coupled with an orderly approach from the east by the group of
birders afforded fantastic looks of the bird in fantastic lighting. Thus
working in a coordinated fashion parking at the end of the channel and
looking east along its length as a suggested strategy is ideal. Also, in
the afternoon the light is much better looking east. 

Because the tidal channel is muted it is hard to use tide charts to predict
when it is filling. Suffice to say that at this time it seems to rise and
fill midday and then recede in the late afternoon and probably refills in
evening and recedes in morning. Then bird may be moving to roost or
elsewhere to forage during the mid-day when the channel is filling. 

Just some more thoughts to help folks out.

Andy

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
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[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Swolgaard
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:28 AM
To: CV Birds; calbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Marsh Sandpiper photos

Birders-

I've put six images of the marsh sandpiper in my Flickr site for viewing.
Because of the distance I wasn't able to get very close shots, but these are
sufficient to know what to look for if you are planning to chase it. I saw
some big lenses out there yesterday, so better photos are probably
available. 

Link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477 AT N08/13780660984/in/set-72157621913685
053

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA

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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper viewing tips
From: "Andy Engilis, Jr." <aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:37:14 -0700
All --  This is a tidal channel and the channel fills and dries with the
coming tide.  What I have notice now is that the MARSH SANDPIPER  likes to
forage when the tide is receding, hence it is in the channel usually in the
later part of the day and early morning.  There are more birds in general in
the channel at these times as well (more yellowlegs, avocets, peeps, etc).
The bird also seems more relaxed when the tide is receding in early evening.
This behavior coupled with an orderly approach from the east by the group of
birders afforded fantastic looks of the bird in fantastic lighting.  Thus
working in a coordinated fashion parking at the end of the channel and
looking east along its length as a suggested strategy is ideal.  Also, in
the afternoon the light is much better looking east. 

Because the tidal channel is muted it is hard to use tide charts to predict
when it is filling.  Suffice to say that at this time it seems to rise and
fill midday and then recede in the late afternoon and probably refills in
evening and recedes in morning.  Then bird may be moving to roost or
elsewhere to forage during the mid-day when the channel is filling. 

Just some more thoughts to help folks out.

Andy


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


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[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Swolgaard
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:28 AM
To: CV Birds; calbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Marsh Sandpiper photos

Birders-

Ive put six images of the marsh sandpiper in my Flickr site for viewing.
Because of the distance I wasnt able to get very close shots, but these are
sufficient to know what to look for if you are planning to chase it.  I saw
some big lenses out there yesterday, so better photos are probably
available.  

Link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477 AT N08/13780660984/in/set-72157621913685
053

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper photos
From: Craig Swolgaard <cswol AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:27:35 -0700
Birders-

Ive put six images of the marsh sandpiper in my Flickr site for viewing. 
Because of the distance I wasnt able to get very close shots, but these are 
sufficient to know what to look for if you are planning to chase it. I saw some 
big lenses out there yesterday, so better photos are probably available. 


Link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477 AT N08/13780660984/in/set-72157621913685053

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: hooded oriole in Davis
From: "Perrone, Michael AT DWR" <Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:37:42 +0000
Yesterday (Thursday) at about 8 AM a male hooded oriole flew across Mace Blvd 
in south Davis. This is an area where hooded orioles have occurred and nested 
over the years. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Marsh Sandpiper still present Friday morning
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:31:25 -0700
Dear Birders,

The marsh sandpiper continued at its previous location in Solano County
this morning.  It was seen at daybreak and I last saw it flying off to the
southeast at 07:45.  It had flown away earlier, at 06:38, but returned for
extended views.  It seems quite skittish most of the time.

Good luck.

Best,
John Trochet

-- 
John Trochet
Sacramento, California
trochetj AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: Marsh Sandpiper bird & birder behavior suggestions
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:36:31 -0700
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Lehman 
> Subject: Fwd: Marsh Sandpiper bird & birder behavior suggestions
> Date: April 10, 2014 at 8:32:15 PM PDT
> To: John Sterling 
> 
> John:
> 
> Could you please re-post this for me to the CV and county listserves?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Paul
> 
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:	Marsh Sandpiper bird & birder behavior suggestions
> Date:	Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:31:00 -0700
> From:	Paul Lehman 
> To:	CALBIRDS 
> 
> I was at the MARSH SANDPIPER at dawn this morning and for several hours 
> thereafter and have some observations to share that may help people in 
> the future see the bird without flushing it--which is no small order 
> given that it and many of the Greater Yellowlegs were very skittish on 
> both Weds evening and on Thurs morning. Even cars driving by on the 
> adjacent road and not stopping would often flush all these birds, or at 
> least maker them very, very nervous. Stopping a car or standing anywhere 
> adjacent to the birds was totally out of the question.
> 
> There were about 25 Greater Yellowlegs and the 1 Marsh Sandpiper present 
> at dawn, but numbers of yellowlegs thinned a bit as the morning wore 
> on.  There were no Lesser Yellowlegs present, so the only small Tringa 
> sandpiper was the Marsh.
> 
> We all parked at the 90-degree bend in the road as suggested in John 
> Sterling's Weds PM post.  There's plenty of parking room there. But then 
> looking  down the muddy channel where the birds are is looking straight 
> east, so the lighting was terrible in the early morning. All we could 
> see was a silouette that looked 'good' for this species, alongside a 
> number of Greaters, about 100 yards down the channel. Finally, after 45 
> minutes of debating whether it was the Marsh or a Lesser Yellowlegs with 
> a long bill (!), we decided to all drive down past the bird and park 
> about 100 yards past it, so at least we'd now have good light from 
> behind us.  But some folks still stopped their cars too close to the 
> birds, and everything flushed, with the Marsh Sandpiper landing well out 
> in one of the grassy pastures with a couple yellowlegs.  After everyone 
> retreated, the bird tried to come back to the channel, but at that point 
> several late-arriving birders who didn't know the drill were now parked 
> and standing much too close to the favored spot, so the bird kept flying 
> east down the channel, past all the other assembled birders (some of 
> whom obtained some nice flight shots) and appeared to land in the 
> channel well to the east, just before the major Yolo Bypass levee. This 
> was at around 7:30AM. But we could never re-find the bird at that point, 
> and it remained AWOL until returning to the original area at 4:43PM.....
> 
> So, what really needs to happen is that everyone works as a coordinated 
> group, stays at least 100 yards away from where the bird is (or 
> hopefully will be) and does not ever slow, stop, or get out of their car 
> close to the bird.  Otherwise, it is going to get flushed out and 
> disappear to who knows where for hours, and those who arrive soon 
> thereafter will be out of luck.  Now, I also hear that this late 
> afternoon/early evening the bird may have been a bit more 'settled' than 
> it was earlier, but by then there were somewhat fewer people and they 
> all pretty much knew what the drill was.
> 
> Just a (strong) suggestion to help keep the bird there despite the clear 
> upcoming arrival of lots and lots and lots of observers over the next 
> few days.  And please don't block the roads for the local traffic.
> 
> Also, it appears that the channel is drying up, as there are now long 
> stretches with just damp mud and no standing water, and thus not very 
> appealing to a Tringa sandpiper.  Hopefully the remaining shallows and 
> puddles the birds like will last a while longer, but they may not last 
> very much longer. And there are clearly many other channels the bird 
> could visit which are not accessible to the public--although walking the 
> Yolo Bypass dike would be one place to start.
> 
> Good luck to everyone.
> 
> --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: marsh sandpiper is back
From: Sylvia Wright <sylvia.wright AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:13:39 +0000 (UTC)
The bird stayed in that spot until nearly sunset. 

Sylvia Wright 
Davis, CA 

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Sterling"  
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:50:29 PM 
Subject: [CVBirds] marsh sandpiper is back 






Just received a phone message from John Luther that the Marsh Sandpiper 
returned to its original spot at 4:43 this evening. 







John Sterling 
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV 


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


Subject: Marsh Sandpiper photo
From: <calidris AT surewest.net>
Date: 10 Apr 2014 12:11:11 -0700
I was able to obtain a flight shot of the Marsh Sandpiper this morning and have 
placed the photo in the Shorebird album of Central Valley Birds. 


 Hope everyone is successful in seeing this great bird!
 

 Ed Harper
 Carmichael
Subject: CV Bird Club Field Trip to Sand Creek Rd (Colusa) on April 5th
From: Chris Conard <conardc AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:07:21 -0700
Folks,

We had a great outing with beautiful weather on Saturday, April 5th, to
Sand Creek Rd in Colusa County to the west of Arbuckle (College City exit
from I-5, then an immediate left (if coming from the south) becomes
Hillgate Rd west--see map link in eBird list).  After five miles, turn left
on Sand Creek Rd (just north of the 90 degree bend).  There is a great mix
of habitats, with grassland, oak woodland, and chaparral.  The road
currently ends at a locked gate at just over 11 miles, though it continues
into the Capay Valley in Yolo County (Rd 41) when the road/gate conditions
allow.

Highlights included a large flock of calling Tricolored Blackbirds, 12-15
Lawrence's Goldfinches, a Vesper Sparrow, five Lewis's Woodpeckers, and a
Pileated Woodpecker calling, drumming and briefly seen about 6.5 mile in
near the road fork. Perhaps most notable were 2+ Golden Eagles, with a pair
doing a courtship flight (exaggeratedly slow and deep wing beats) followed
by grabbing feet and whirling around two or three times while falling.
 Other notables included Rock Wrens, a Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and
heard-only Bell's Sparrow and California Thrasher.  Try as we might, we
didn't spot a hoped for roadrunner, though Kimya and I heard one calling
repeatedly the previous day about 5.4 miles in; they have most often been
detected about 3.6 miles in near the first break in the pavement and for
the next half mile or so.

More details on the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17765860

Thanks to everyone who attended and especially to Terry Colborn for
co-leading.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Re: Grasshopper Sparrows and falling hawks
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:29:05 -0700
and I forgot to add I saw Manfred's HAIRY WOODPECKER on the Yolo side of
Stevenson Bridge.




On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM, Steve Hampton wrote:

> This morning there were at least 4 singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along
> Stevenson Bridge Rd, Yolo County, between Putah Creek and Russell Blvd.  3
> were on the east side and 1 on the west.  Given the size of the fields,
> there could be many more.  They were generally far from the road and did
> not come to perch on the wires.  Kudos to UCD for this "build it and they
> will come" work!
>
> Later along Rd 102 I watched 2 SWAINSON'S HAWKS lock talons and fall about
> 300' straight down vertical.  It appeared they may have been unable to
> unlock.  They crashed into a wheat field and I never saw them emerge.
>
> A solo WHIMBREL flew over Woodland WTP.
>
> good birding,
>
>
>
> --
> Steve Hampton
> Davis, CA
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Grasshopper Sparrows and falling hawks
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:17:46 -0700
This morning there were at least 4 singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along
Stevenson Bridge Rd, Yolo County, between Putah Creek and Russell Blvd.  3
were on the east side and 1 on the west.  Given the size of the fields,
there could be many more.  They were generally far from the road and did
not come to perch on the wires.  Kudos to UCD for this "build it and they
will come" work!

Later along Rd 102 I watched 2 SWAINSON'S HAWKS lock talons and fall about
300' straight down vertical.  It appeared they may have been unable to
unlock.  They crashed into a wheat field and I never saw them emerge.

A solo WHIMBREL flew over Woodland WTP.

good birding,



-- 
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Davis, CA
Subject: public bird surveys coming up at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:12:30 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

The next two Saturdays will see bird surveys at the Cosumnes River Preserve
in southern Sacramento County.  On the 12th, Jim Rowoth will lead us on the
River Walk bird survey.  Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot off Franklin
Boulevard at 06:15.  The route is a great sampler of nearly all the
available habitats of the lower preserve.  I do not think that there will be
any footwear issues, but having mosquito repellent at hand is highly
recommended.

 

On the 19th, I will lead the Tall Forest survey.  Ordinarily the Tall Forest
is closed to public visitation, so this is a chance to see a valley oak
riparian woodland bearing considerable resemblance to pre-Anglo streamside
valley forests.  A portion of the route is over narrow animal paths, under
low-hanging limbs and over down tree trunks, etc.  Though this is primarily
woodland birding, we will visit surrounding rice fields for the waterfowl
and shorebirds they may hold.  I'm going to recommend rubber knee boots for
the forest interior mud, but at this time of year, when the leaves are
emerging full force, water can get sucked out of the ground rapidly.  It may
be drier than I think, so you may be willing to chance other shoe options.
But bring mosquito repellent.  We will go through the Farm Center gate,
corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, at 05:45.

 

These two surveys should have a nice variety of birds, given where we are on
the calendar now.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Putah Creek Spring birds
From: Manfred Kusch <makusch AT ucdavis.edu>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:06:51 -0700
Today the first (male) Black-headed Grosbeak arrived. And just as the Hooded 
and Bullock's orioles who arrived earlier, he went straight to the grape jelly 
bowl, thus demonstrating that he is a returning bird quite familiar with the 
place. The Hooded Orioles have not wasted any time settling in. The first 
females arrived only a week ago and already there are at least two nests under 
construction, one of them even close to being finished. More Black-chinned 
Hummingbirds are showing up. Two males arrived on April 1 and have been in 
residence since then and additional individuals arrive almost daily. The 
Calliope caught and banded last weekend only stuck around briefly and moved on. 
The Costa's, on the other hand, continues in the garden as are a number of 
Rufous both male and female. 

In the riparian woodland along Putah Creek behind my house I still find 
hold-overs from the winter, Hermit Thrushes , one or two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
and a good number of Yellow-rumped Warblers every day. Also, still a few 
Dark-eyed Juncos, and Lesser and American goldfinches, and the usual winter 
sparrows (White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox, Lincoln's). One of the two active 
Anna's Hummingbird nests seems to have chicks now, whereas the other still has 
the female incubating. The best bird today, since it is only the second time 
that I have seen one around here, was a male Hairy Woodpecker who spent time 
working on some dead cottonwood branches, giving me excellent views of this 
surprisingly large bird. A bright Orange-crowned Warbler was back in the 
blackberry thicket where I had observed it recently. A pair of Common 
Mergansers showed twice on the creek in the past few days, suggesting perhaps 
that they may be, or may be considering, nesting around here. Four of my 7 
functional wood duck boxes have hens sitting on their eggs (at last check 4 
days ago). 

An interesting development is that starlings who used to be a major problem in 
my wood duck boxes in the past have almost completely given up on the boxes and 
are nesting nearly exclusively in the dry skirts of my washingtonia palms and 
in some natural cavities high in the old eucalyptus behind my house. I have had 
to eject only one starling nest this year from a wood duck box whereas several 
years back I would have thrown out many, often repeatedly. 



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


Subject: Vesper Sparrow, Calliope Hummingbird - Sacramento County
From: Cory Gregory <arcticory AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:25:05 -0700
Birders,

We stumbled onto a singing VESPER SPARROW today on Latrobe Road, about 1.5
miles west of the junction with Michigan Bar Road (see photo
here).
 We also saw the continuing pair of LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES about 0.1 miles
farther west.  The lone male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH also continues on
Michigan Bar Road, about 2.4 miles north of Hwy 16.

We had two singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on Meiss Road; one in the
traditional spot (1.6 miles west of Ione Road) and another 2.8 miles east
of Dillard Road (near the gravel mine).

There was a young GOLDEN EAGLE overhead on Grant Line Road near Calvine
Road (see photo here ).

Lastly, we were treated to a quick visit at our feeders by a female
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD.


Good birding,

Cory Gregory
Elk Grove, Sacramento County

http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
Subject: Request for Placer Tricolored Blackbirds Sightings
From: <derenross AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 17:34:30 -0700
Hello Birders, 

 The 2014 Tricolored Blackbird Survey is about two weeks out (April 18-19-20). 
The Placer group is currently conducting pre-surveys at 18+ historical breeding 
sites. If you find yourself out birding in Western Placer County in the next 
couple of weeks and see Tricolored Blackbirds in Himalayan Blackberry, please 
report your sightings to me. 

 

 Thank you,
 Deren Ross
 Auburn, CA
 

Subject: Snowy Plover at Llano Seco, Butte County
From: <findforster AT yahoo.com>
Date: 05 Apr 2014 16:47:05 -0700
The bird was first spotted by Michael Rogner an hour prior to Mary Muchowski 
and myself arriving. We watched the bird intensely for a couple of hours 
because it was on the far bank from the first viewing platform and barely 
distinguishable through our scopes (although we all were pretty sure what we 
were seeing). At last, we were able to make a positive identification of this 
small, pale plover. The bird exhibited dark patches on either side of the upper 
breast, with clean break in the middle of the breast. The dark patch extended 
behind the eye and up on to the forehead. As luck would have it, a wonderful 
couple named Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, arrived with a beautiful Swarovski scope 
equipped with a digiscope, in which we were able to take a few confirming 
pictures. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17757055 Great first for 
Butte County!!! 

 

 Regards,
 

 Matthew Forster
 Chico, CA
Subject: Request for Placer Co. Tricolored Blackbird Sightings
From: <derenross AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 18:33:28 -0700
Hello Birders, 

 The 2014 Tricolored Blackbird Survey is coming up (4/18-19-20) and the Placer 
group is conducting pre-surveys for 18+ historical breeding sites in Western 
Placer County. If you find yourself birding W. Placer in the next couple of 
weeks and see Tricolored Blackbirds in Himalayan Blackberry, please report your 
sightings to me. 

 

 Thank you,
 Deren Ross
 Auburn, CA
Subject: Lawrence's Goldfinches, Grasshopper Sparrow - Sacramento County
From: Cory Gregory <arcticory AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:36:21 -0700
Birders,

I saw LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES two different locations this morning; a pair
on Latrobe Road about 1.6 miles west of the junction with Michigan Bar
Road.  Another male was on Michigan Bar Road about 2.9 miles north of Hwy
16.  Both times they were feeding on fiddleneck flowers alongside Lesser
Goldfinches.

There was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW along Meiss Road about 1.5 miles from Ione
Road.  According to eBird, this is the earliest spring arrival in
Sacramento County shy of 3 midwinter records near Cosumnes.

You can see photos of all three of the goldfinches as well as the sparrow
here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23836012 AT N02/


Good birding,

Cory Gregory
Elk Grove, Sacramento County
Subject: Cosumnes Birds- 06 April 2014
From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:15:37 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I did my monthly Lost Slough survey.  Highlights included 3600
greater white-fronted geese still around, three blue-winged teal, a
canvasback, a common goldeneye, three hooded mergansers, four American
bitterns, nine black-bellied plovers, a lesser yellowlegs, five whimbrels, a
peregrine falcon, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a yellow-headed blackbird, nine
great-tailed grackles and 14 Bullock's orioles.  I saw a nectaring
white-lined sphinx moth get picked off by a western kingbird, which had some
difficulty getting that morsel down.  The water levels on Lost Slough are
falling fast, but they are good for shorebirds right now (11 species this
morning).  I wasn't able to find many peeps, nor to pick out anything
unusual from the hundreds of dunlins and long-billed dowitchers.  The
morning total was 93 species.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yolo County
From: Cory Gregory <arcticory AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:48:17 -0700
Birders,

There was a second-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Yolo County
Central Landfill Pond late this morning.

You can see photos and a link to the eBird checklist on my
blog
.


Good birding,

Cory Gregory
Elk Grove, Sacramento County
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 05 April 2014
From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:00:43 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

At the preserve this morning I visited the vicinity of the Tall Forest first
thing (a bit of frost on the east side before dawn), then looked for
shorebird habitat in the adjacent rice fields (not much to be found), and
lastly checked the ponds visible from Desmond Road and Franklin Blvd.  Two
hummingbirds were the best finds, a male rufous and a male calliope at
different clumps of wild radish flowers.  The Tall Forest had 35-40
Bullock's orioles and a singing slate-colored fox sparrow,  but little else
of interest.  An adult peregrine falcon flew over Desmond, then circled off
to the northeast.  After seeing/ hearing three flyover singletons, I saw
about 80 black-bellied plovers circle low over some wet flats on the north
side of Desmond, but they did not land.  But two whimbrels were out there on
the ground.  A male blue-winged teal was in a pond north of Desmond Rd.,
too, and another on the pond on the west side of Franklin Blvd. opposite the
Visitor Center.  I ended up with about 95 bird species.  I also heard a new
(for me) sound from river otter.  I accidently stopped between a couple of
these animals under a Himalayan blackberry thicket and the only water
thereabouts, apparently blocking their retreat.  The wailing calls were
punctuated with the snorts and barks that are much more familiar.  After I
walked away about 15 meters they made a dash for the water.  Tiger
swallowtails continue in unusually good numbers this season.  It was a
lovely morning to be out at the preserve.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento