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1 Aug Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Re: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
31 Jul Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen today July 31 ["sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul Yolo Co. Shorebirds 07.30.14 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul recent observations at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Jul Allen's Hummingbird in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul 7/27 Swainson's trip report ["scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul Water?@Yolo Basin WA - 28 July 2014 ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul West Nile Disease ["irehound AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul Yolo Basin WA - 27 July 2014 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul SAC Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul Yolo shorebirds ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Jul Willets - Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County ["Ashley Casey caseyae AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Yolo Bypass shorebirds ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Re: Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul YBWA shorebird ponds map ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Re: Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Pacific Golden-Plover for Sacramento ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Jul Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts ["breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jul Redstart, etc ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jul Purple Martins and shorebirds in Yolo County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul RE: Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds ["'naturestoc AT aol.com' Naturestoc@aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul Red-Breasted Sapsucker on Pleasants Valley Road? ["rubys_oograah AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul today's Tall Forest highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jul Rufous hummer ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jul Cosumnes birds- 17 July 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Jul recent swainson's hawks? ["scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Fwd: Egyptian Geese ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Fwd: Little Blue Heron still present? ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Little Blue Heron still present? ["lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Egyptian Geese ["jann_dorothy AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Jul Possible Indigo Bunting at Yolo Bypasss WA HQ ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Jul Cosumnes birds this weekend; Tall Forest survey next Saturday ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Jul Anatolia Pond 2, ["breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Jul This morning's River Walk survey at Cosumnes RP ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Jul Cosumnes birds ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Jul Re: Heron ["charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
08 Jul Re: Heron ["Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Jul Davis Wetlands shorebirds ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
08 Jul UPDATE ON THE FLOODING OF THE YOLO BYPASS SHOREBIRD FIELDS ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Jul WFO Conference San Diego ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Jul WFO Conference San Diego ["erpfromca AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Jul WFO Conference San Diego ["erpfromca AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Jul Least Terns at Chico Sewage Ponds, Butte County, 6 July ["ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Jul Re: Heron ["charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Jul Heron ["Robert rvleo1 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Jul Long-tailed Duck ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
06 Jul Short-billed Dowitcher, Ripon Ponds ["bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Jul Monticello Fire in Putah Creek Cyn ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Jul Putah Creek hummers and continuing breeders ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Jul RE: Red-eyed Vireo heard singing in east Davis ["'Ed Whisler' edwhisler530 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Jul Red-eyed Vireo heard singing in east Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Jul Re: Least Tern - Chico ["Matthew Forster findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Jul Re: Least Tern - Chico ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Jul Re: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat (plus new map links) ["teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Jul Re: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat (plus new map links) ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Jul RE: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat ["teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Jul Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Jul Least Tern - Chico ["Michael Rogner mrogner AT riverpartners.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Jul Cosumnes birds- 02 July 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jun Little Blue Heron continues in Sac. Co. ["Frances Oliver hummer52ffo AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jun Little Blue Heron (no), Swainson's hawks (scores!). ["romancandle1 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jun Cosumnes birds- 28 June 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jun Re: Glossy ibis at Davis wetlands ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jun Glossy ibis at Davis wetlands ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Jun Little Blue yes, American Golden no ["John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jun Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic ["Joyce Bond chantedor AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jun Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jun Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jun Flickr website--slightly off topic ["rosita94598 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:10:44 -0700
Hi all

For the Swainson's Hawk groupies out there, I thought I'd share that there is a 
big aggregation of them right now on Rd 105 just north of Rd 30, east of Davis. 

The farmer has cut his alfalfa and reflooded the field, a phenomenon which 
occurs here annually and attracts large numbers of ibises and egrets as well. 

I only stopped briefly there this afternoon and counted 44 Swainson's Hawks 
close by, but the large majority of all the bird flocks were much farther back 
and not inspected. 


Also, a Willet and a Snowy Plover continued at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 
as previously described. 


Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

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Subject: Re: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:37:46 -0700
Hi all

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak continued at the same site at 9:20 this morning 
Friday August 1, seen by Jim and Sherry Lomax, Dave Johnson, and me. 

It was quietly preening in the small privet tree just to the left of the gate, 
trellis, and beware of dog sign, mere feet away from the grapevine where it has 
been watched previously. 

See prior posts below for directions, other information, and link to earlier 
photo. 

The dogs were fairly well behaved and the residents did not make an appearance.
Also at this site were a female Phainopepla and 3 Wild Turkeys.

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

On Jul 31, 2014, at 2:00 PM, sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds] 
wrote: 


> 
> 
> Three of us from Davis (I, Sami LaRocca and Joe Clemens) watched the Grosbeak 
for nearly an hour this morning (Thursday 31), starting at 8:15. The directions 
given on the list earlier are great. I'll repeat for convenience below. 

> 
> A comment about the homeowner in this case:
> 
> We found the bird in an oak tree growing on the public park lands, in 
branches over the public parklands, but very near the back fence of the private 
property at 10513 Ambassador. We circled quietly under the oak tree, finding 
good viewing and photo opportunities. A big dog in an adjacent yard checked us 
out quietly, then retired to a shady porch. 

> 
> In the yard of 10513 Ambassador are fruiting grapevines, a full seed feeder 
and a water feature. It's a lovely spot for birds, and there are many coming 
and going between the yard and the park lands. 

> 
> After we had watched the Grosbeak exclusively from the public land for a 
modest interval -- perhaps 25 minutes -- a woman came out of the house with two 
big dogs, approached near the fence and watched us, as the dogs barked at us. 
We made complimentary remarks (loudly, to be heard over the canine ruckus) 
about her fortune in having such an unusual bird at her home. She replied that 
she understood the appeal of the rarity but was dismayed at having so many 
people in her yard -- 12 yesterday -- and asked us not to stay long. Then she 
and dogs returned to the house. 

> 
> That's all -- just be aware of the sensitivities. Know that homeowners along 
the parkway sometimes have problems with people entering their properties 
without permission. 

> 
> Repeating the directions:
> 
> From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. 
> 
> Turn left onto Coloma Road. 
> 
> Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the gated entrance to the 
American River Parkway at Rossmoor Bar. 

> 
> There is room to park at the gate. There is a fee ($5) parking lot inside the 
park, with pit toilets, by the river. 

> 
> After parking, walk east/northeast (to the right as you stand at the entrance 
facing the park) outside the back yards of the homes along Ambassador, about 5 
houses, to a grove of oak trees next to a yard with grapevines on a chain link 
fence, a decorative windmill and an arch over a gate holding a seed feeder. 

> 
> We found the bird taking cover in the oak tree and emerging, when we 
retreated a bit, to graze the purple grapes. Quite lovely. 

> 
> Sylvia Wright
> Davis (Yolo County)
> 
> ---In central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :
> 
> The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present in the grapevines on the 
chain-link fence when I left at 2:55PM. See Chris directions, below. 

> Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 
> 
> Here is a link to the photo on my Flickr photostream:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/
> 
> There are some further details about the status of this individual on my 
eBird checklist: 

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315
> 
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jul 27, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Chris Conard conardc AT ... [central_valley_birds] 
wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> 
>> Folks,
>> 
>> Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside the 
American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar. Apparently it has been 
sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the entrance, I 
believe) and can be seen from the parkway side. Seems like the best parking is 
on the street outside the parkway. 

>> 
>> From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto 
Coloma Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance. 

>> 
>> Chris Conard
>> Sacramento
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen today July 31
From: "sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2014 14:00:46 -0700
Three of us from Davis (I, Sami LaRocca and Joe Clemens) watched the Grosbeak 
for nearly an hour this morning (Thursday 31), starting at 8:15. The directions 
given on the list earlier are great. I'll repeat for convenience below. 


A comment about the homeowner in this case:

We found the bird in an oak tree growing on the public park lands, in branches 
over the public parklands, but very near the back fence of the private property 
at 10513 Ambassador. We circled quietly under the oak tree, finding good 
viewing and photo opportunities. A big dog in an adjacent yard checked us out 
quietly, then retired to a shady porch. 


In the yard of 10513 Ambassador are fruiting grapevines, a full seed feeder and 
a water feature. It's a lovely spot for birds, and there are many coming and 
going between the yard and the park lands. 


After we had watched the Grosbeak exclusively from the public land for a modest 
interval -- perhaps 25 minutes -- a woman came out of the house with two big 
dogs, approached near the fence and watched us, as the dogs barked at us. We 
made complimentary remarks (loudly, to be heard over the canine ruckus) about 
her fortune in having such an unusual bird at her home. She replied that she 
understood the appeal of the rarity but was dismayed at having so many people 
in her yard -- 12 yesterday -- and asked us not to stay long. Then she and dogs 
returned to the house. 


That's all -- just be aware of the sensitivities. Know that homeowners along 
the parkway sometimes have problems with people entering their properties 
without permission. 


Repeating the directions:

From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. 

Turn left onto Coloma Road. 

Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the gated entrance to the 
American River Parkway at Rossmoor Bar. 


There is room to park at the gate. There is a fee ($5) parking lot inside the 
park, with pit toilets, by the river. 


After parking, walk east/northeast (to the right as you stand at the entrance 
facing the park) outside the back yards of the homes along Ambassador, about 5 
houses, to a grove of oak trees next to a yard with grapevines on a chain link 
fence, a decorative windmill and an arch over a gate holding a seed feeder. 


 We found the bird taking cover in the oak tree and emerging, when we retreated 
a bit, to graze the purple grapes. Quite lovely. 


Sylvia Wright
Davis (Yolo County)

---In central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present in the grapevines on the 
chain-link fence when I left at 2:55PM. See Chris directions, below. 

 Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 
 

 Here is a link to the photo on my Flickr photostream:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/ 

 

 There are some further details about the status of this individual on my eBird 
checklist: 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315 

 

 Gil Ewing
 Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
 

 

 


 On Jul 27, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Chris Conard conardc AT ... mailto:conardc AT ... 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 


 

 Folks, 

 Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside the 
American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar. Apparently it has been 
sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the entrance, I 
believe) and can be seen from the parkway side. Seems like the best parking is 
on the street outside the parkway. 


From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto Coloma 
Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance. 


 Chris Conard
 Sacramento




 





Subject: Yolo Co. Shorebirds 07.30.14
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:19:05 -0700
I lead a shorebird field-trip for Yolo Basin Foundation (www.yolobasin.org) 
docents this afternoon to the flooded rice checks in the YBWA. As previously 
reported, the diversity and numbers of shorebirds, along terns and ibis is 
noteworthy. In the 3rd check, among a group of 300+ Long-billed Dowitchers and 
6 Wilson's Phalaropes, was juvenile STILT SANDPIPER, perhaps the same bird Eli 
Gross found on 23 July, and seen by Michael Strom. The Snowy Plover was 
foraging on the berm between 4th and 5th checks. There was single Pintail on 
the 6th check. 


Despite the hot weather, there was a nice breeze, and the temp dropped as a 
cooler evening came on. 


An updated map showing the locations of flooded areas is available on the YBF 
website. 


Cheers!

Terry Colborn
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: recent observations at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:51:07 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This past Sunday Chris Conard led the bird survey at Orr Ranch, a closed
parcel of the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County.  The
highlights that day included a Wilson's warbler and a fly-over Lawrence's
goldfinch.  Jim Rowoth had also picked up a Wilson's warbler at Lodi Lake
that morning.  We then visited the shorebird fields, where we saw one
black-bellied plover, eight or nine semipalmated plovers, a willet, four
lesser yellowlegs, and two long-billed curlews among the commoner species of
the season.  We also had a ring-billed gull, a California gull and a Caspian
tern.

 

This morning I visited along Desmond Road and behind the Farm Center gate.
The summer tanager remains in the Tall Forest (day 40), once more singing
frequently.  Today for the first time, it also called often.  It continues
to range very widely around the woodland.  Other woodland migrants included
a black-throated gray warbler, a Townsend's warbler and six western
tanagers.  Intriguing was a wood-pewee with what appeared to be an entirely
yellow-orange gnathotheca.  Unfortunately I never heard this bird vocalize.
It's been about 30 years since I netted a wood-pewee at Zuni, New Mexico
with such a bill coloration.  After banding and release, it called
repeatedly, identifying itself as a western wood-pewee.  I next checked all
the shorebird habitat known to me at the preserve.  Easily the best areas
are now along Desmond Road.  Approximate totals were:

 

black-necked stilt-  140

semipalmated plover-  2

killdeer-  40

greater yellowlegs-  38

lesser yellowlegs-  3

spotted sandpiper-  2

western sandpiper-  4

least sandpiper-  170

long-billed dowitcher-  1380

Wilson's snipe-  1

Wilson's phalarope-  34

 

Before sunrise there were about 800 dark ibis in the field across from the
gate to the TNC Barn at 6500 Desmond Road.  Almost all of these took flight
when I stopped there, even though they were some 250 meters from the road
and I didn't get out of the car.

 

The highlight of the day by far was a PUMA that crossed Franklin Blvd. just
in front of me some 200 meters north of the Visitor Center.  This is the
fourth I've seen at the preserve in 20 years.  I learned from staff that
another was seen crossing at the same point two years ago.  Every year at
CRP there are some 3-5 sightings.  They're there.  But there's no substitute
for dumb luck on top of being afield frequently.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Allen's Hummingbird in Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:05:40 -0700
All,

Over the past two days I have photographed and confirmed the presence of an
immature male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Davis.  Photos are at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/sets/72157645569533218/

There are very few confirmed records for the county.  This may be the first
one photographed and the first chaseable one.  I believe the bird has been
present a week or so.

Photos and good views reveal the bird has very narrow outer rectrices
(P5's), really the only way to separate it from Rufous.  It also does NOT
chase away the Anna's, another Allen's trait; they are supposedly less
pugnacious than Rufous.  P5 on the left side is a juvenile feather with a
white tip.  P5 on the right side is already molted to an adult-type very
narrow orange and black feather.  The bird also shows an extensive orange
rump, more common in imm Allen's than Rufous.  Manfred Kusch reports that 4
of 5 Selasphorus hummers banded at his place on Aug 26 were Allen's, so
they are certainly around and any Selasphorus should be checked if
possible.  Rufous will soon be coming thru in numbers and are presumably
the default Selasphorus.  I recommend the Williamson and Howell hummingbird
guides for id information.

The bird is in my neighbor's front yard, feeding and perching in and around
a large trumpet vine with orange flowers.  There are also several Anna's
Hummers there and at least one other Selasphorus, quite different because
it has a very white throat (in contrast to this bird).  I've yet to
identify that bird as I've only seen it briefly twice; the Allen's does
chase that one away!  The Allen's usually perches in and around the trumpet
vine around eye level or high in the tree to the east (Anna's go to the
west).  It occasionally makes a Selasphorus buzz call.

The location is the cul-de-sac in Elk Place; look for the orange trumpet
vine behind the sunflowers.  Please stay on the sidewalk or street (there
is no traffic) or you will set their dog to barking.  This will put you in
the hot sun, so early morning or evenings are best.  The neighbors on both
sides of the vine are aware of the bird.



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: 7/27 Swainson's trip report
From: "scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 23:36:39 -0700
Hello once again CV birders.

Yesterday (Sunday 7/27) myself and 7 other hawkwatchers visited Yolo County to 
checkout the Swainson's Hawk (swha) action. The Swainson's activity turned out 
to be quite lively. After meeting up in Dixon we drove northeast to CR105 where 
it meets CR30. Parking on road 30 at about 9:00 am 8 swha's were seen sitting 
in the field on the south side of the road. We observed here for about 30 
minutes. By the time we left there were 10-12 birds soaring over the field. 
Driving out from here we noticed the sign for the Davis Water Treatment Plant 
and decided to head in for a quick look. At the pond adjacent to the road we 
saw about a half dozen black necked stilts and several killdeer lining the 
shore. On the water we were surprised to a Bonaparte's gull in adult 
non-breeding plumage. 


The morning weather was surprisingly comfortable ( we were expecting searing 
heat). Light to medium cloud cover with a slight breeze kept the temperature in 
the mid 70's. This made for a leisurely ride westward across the county via 
Covell Road to highway 505. Acting on a tip from Allen Fish we took Road 31 off 
of 505 and wound up at Road 92E. As we turned onto the road Brian spotted 
several great egrets standing in the field east of the roadway. We decided to 
stop here and check things out. Our timing couldn't have been better. Along 
with the egrets there were easily a couple of hundred white-faced ibis and 
several more Swainson's. While all of us were scanning the area a worker was in 
the process of flooding the field. We decided to stick around for awhile and 
wait for some possible action. We didn't have to wait long. Within minutes one 
by one the Swainson's flew in feeding on the hundreds of moths that were 
skimming on top of the vegetation. Another large flock of ibis rose from the 
field on the opposite side of the road joining the others in the field we were 
watching. Several long billed curlew were in the mix as well. We had a kettle 
of about 30 Swainson's soaring over this field, many of them feeding on the 
wing. Looking to the opposite field a few us picked up on a dark-morph adult 
red-tailed hawk. Brian felt this could be a possible Harlan's, as there was 
some unusual sort of streaking on it's rufous tail. 


While witnessing all of this excitement the full sun finally broke out at about 
noon.Rather than melt from the heat we decided to call it a day and head on 
home.It turned out to be a great day for our group thanks in large part to 
those of you on this list serve who were gracious enough to e-mail me with 
great information and hot spots to check out. Thank you Gil, Sylvia, Kathy and 
Larry. 


And of course many thanks to our trip participants- Brian, Rina, Linda,Jim, 
Belle,JJ and Heather. 


Take care everyone.

Sam Hontalas-San Francisco
  

Subject: Water?@Yolo Basin WA - 28 July 2014
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:45 -0700
Hi all:
I will ditto what has been said about the Yolo bird species; however, note the 
Yolo Bypass area is not flooded as one normally thinks of it being flooded. 
Flooding is limited to the east side of the road north of parking lot C. YOU 
HAVE TO WALK TO THE PONDS. There is limited parking right on the roadside at 
the start of the trail and you might want to park in Lot C, cross the road, 
walk north a few hundred feet and walk out east to the obviously flooded ponds 
towards Sacramento. While the trail map accurately shows the trails and roads 
the areas of open water are not accurately depicted. I saw some folks walking 
all over looking for the water=shorebirds until they saw me with my scope. 



In addition, there is a small channel just south of the handicapped boardwalk 
that you can walk to from the nearby lot. Observed 2 male great-tailed grackles 
and with some imm/females; least and western sandpipers and great blue herons. 
I also had a flock (nye, brood, or covey) of 10 immature ring-necked pheasants 
cross the road in front of me south just past lot C. A few just starting to 
show some green feathers on the head/neck. Female marsh harrier gave a great 
show as well. The rice fields were making a lovely whirr in the breeze, and 
when the breeze died there was a hum of insects. I was there from 9 to 11am 
today. Nice breeze came up so the heat was not too bad. 

Sally


Sally M. Walters
Sacramento County, CA
bajaowl AT me.com








On Jul 28, 2014, at 12:40 AM, Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



> Greetings,
>
> The spectacle of shorebirds at the YBWA continued today. My wife, Diane, and 
I were able to find most of the species reported earlier this week by Steve 
Hampton and others. In addition to both Yellowlegs, lots of Western and a few 
Least Sandpiper, and dozens of Semipalmated Plover, there were a couple Dunlin 
and a Ruddy Turnstone. The Turnstone was located on the berm between the 3rd 
and 4th checks, about 25 yards north from the dirt access road, located 
opposite the pull-out just north of Parking Lot C. Three Wilson's Phalaropes 
remained as well, however we could not find the Snowy Plover, or relocate the 3 
Marbled Godwits we saw last week. The Caspian Tern and White-faced Ibis numbers 
were equally impressive. 

>
> Cheers!
>
> Terry and Diane Colborn
> Davis, CA
>
> www.TLCBirding.com
>
>

Subject: West Nile Disease
From: "irehound AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 13:40:12 -0700
We have a confirmed case of west nile in a yellow-billed magpie as one week 
ago. We have seen no other birds that appeared sick since then. We live in the 
Arden/Eastern area of Sacramento. 

 Populations of magpies have been large in this area. 
 

 Jim Collins
 Sacramento, CA
Subject: Yolo Basin WA - 27 July 2014
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:40:37 -0700
Greetings,

The spectacle of shorebirds at the YBWA continued today. My wife, Diane, and I 
were able to find most of the species reported earlier this week by Steve 
Hampton and others. In addition to both Yellowlegs, lots of Western and a few 
Least Sandpiper, and dozens of Semipalmated Plover, there were a couple Dunlin 
and a Ruddy Turnstone. The Turnstone was located on the berm between the 3rd 
and 4th checks, about 25 yards north from the dirt access road, located 
opposite the pull-out just north of Parking Lot C. Three Wilson's Phalaropes 
remained as well, however we could not find the Snowy Plover, or relocate the 3 
Marbled Godwits we saw last week. The Caspian Tern and White-faced Ibis numbers 
were equally impressive. 


Cheers!

Terry and Diane Colborn
Davis, CA 

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:55:19 -0700
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present in the grapevines on the 
chain-link fence when I left at 2:55PM. See Chris directions, below. 

Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 

Here is a link to the photo on my Flickr photostream:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/

There are some further details about the status of this individual on my eBird 
checklist: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA




On Jul 27, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 


> 
> 
> Folks,
> 
> Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside the 
American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar. Apparently it has been 
sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the entrance, I 
believe) and can be seen from the parkway side. Seems like the best parking is 
on the street outside the parkway. 

> 
> From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto Coloma 
Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance. 

> 
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
> 
> 
> 
Subject: SAC Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:33:49 -0700
Folks,

Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside
the American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar.  Apparently it
has been sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the
entrance, I believe) and can be seen from the parkway side.  Seems like the
best parking is on the street outside the parkway.

From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto
Coloma Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Yolo shorebirds
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:13:40 -0700
This evening there were several thousand shorebirds at Yolo Bypass Wildlife
Area in the shorebird ponds ne of Lot C.  Checks 4, 5, and 6 (further from
the road) were the best.  Over a thousand ibis came in as well, plus
hundreds of Calif Gulls and over 60 Caspian Terns.  Truly a spectacle.

Sunset is 8:15pm.  Allow two hours to bird the ponds-- I ran out of time
and didn't have a chance to go thru them all.

With the Delta breeze and flooded rice, it is 15 degrees cooler out there
than in Davis.

My ebird list is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19231952



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Willets - Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County
From: "Ashley Casey caseyae AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:28:12 -0800
Birders,


There were 2 Willets along Desmond Road this morning (7/26).  They were
pretty active and spent time in both of the flooded fields north of the
road, and also somewhere south of the road out of view.


Photos can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95013000 AT N03/14728063076/


Good birding,
Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
Subject: Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.)
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:34:12 -0700
Western Tanagers showed up around my place for the first time in this migration 
2 days ago and I saw 2 females in valley oak along the creek today. As for 
Black-headed Grosbeaks, they are common breeders in my garden and along the 
creek behind my house. I found 6 nests in my garden this year, half of them 
successful and I always see adults feeding fledglings along the creek. See one 
of my previous posts about Black-headed Grosbeak nests in early July in my 
garden. 

The pair of Western Bluebirds that built a third nest in the same box seem to 
be following through with their rather late third brood. The female is 
incubating three eggs. At least 2 or 3 Hooded Oriole nests are still active. 
This has been a particularly successful year for this species in my garden 
where, as always, they have built many nests, probably close to 30. I don't 
know how many of them have produced young, but there are many of them. A good 
number of unused or no longer used Hooded nests have been re-purposed by House 
Finches, easily identified by the wreath of droppings the nestlings deposit 
along the rim. Hooded Orioles, on the other hand, keep their nests remarkably 
tidy. 




On Jul 24, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 


> 
> The nighthawks are definitely unusual and could be either species.  
> 
> I think the others are expected. I've had tanagers in my yard every morning 
since July 16 (and as many as 8 in the neighborhood), which is fairly normal 
for fall migration. Also grosbeaks. WW Pewees and Wrentits do nest in a few 
spots along the Sac River. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM, 'Chris Dunford' 
christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 
 wrote: 

>  
> 
> Henry Thornhill, observant hunter but a non-birder, reported seeing 
nighthawks hawking over the El Macero Country Club golf course last evening, 
about 7:30 pm – identified by size, shape, flight pattern, time of day and 
location. Can’t say which species from his description, but no vocalization 
reported – probably Lesser, I suppose. He saw them (I didn’t ask how many) over 
the 18th hole, which is just to the east of the club’s parking lot. I believe 
it is very unusual to see nighthawks in the Davis area at any time of year. It 
seems there a number of unusual sightings this summer: Black-headed Grosbeaks 
and several Western Tanagers in Davis already in early July and Western 
Wood-Pewees and a Wrentit calling along the Sacramento River near Knights 
Landing in late June. Perhaps the drought is driving birds down into the valley 
earlier than usual. 

> 
>  
> 
> Chris Dunford
> 
> Davis, CA 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Steve Hampton
> Davis, CA
> 
> 

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


Subject: Yolo Bypass shorebirds
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:32 -0700
This morning at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area I found 15 species of
shorebirds but no Stilt Sand.  It could be there somewhere, as birds are
scattered into all 6 checks.  The SNOWY PLOVER was in the 5th check down.

Full list at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19209822



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.)
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:26:20 -0700
The nighthawks are definitely unusual and could be either species.

I think the others are expected.  I've had tanagers in my yard every
morning since July 16 (and as many as 8 in the neighborhood), which is
fairly normal for fall migration.  Also grosbeaks.  WW Pewees and Wrentits
do nest in a few spots along the Sac River.




On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM, 'Chris Dunford'
christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] <
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Henry Thornhill, observant hunter but a non-birder, reported seeing
> nighthawks hawking over the El Macero Country Club golf course last
> evening, about 7:30 pm – identified by size, shape, flight pattern, time of
> day and location.  Can’t say which species from his description, but no
> vocalization reported – probably Lesser, I suppose. He saw them (I didn’t 

> ask how many) over the 18th hole, which is just to the east of the club’s
> parking lot.  I believe it is very unusual to see nighthawks in the Davis
> area at any time of year.  It seems there a number of unusual sightings
> this summer: Black-headed Grosbeaks and several Western Tanagers in Davis
> already in early July and Western Wood-Pewees and a Wrentit calling along
> the Sacramento River near Knights Landing in late June.  Perhaps the
> drought is driving birds down into the valley earlier than usual.
>
>
>
> Chris Dunford
>
> Davis, CA
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.)
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:22:24 -0700
Henry Thornhill, observant hunter but a non-birder, reported seeing
nighthawks hawking over the El Macero Country Club golf course last evening,
about 7:30 pm - identified by size, shape, flight pattern, time of day and
location.  Can't say which species from his description, but no vocalization
reported - probably Lesser, I suppose.  He saw them (I didn't ask how many)
over the 18th hole, which is just to the east of the club's parking lot.  I
believe it is very unusual to see nighthawks in the Davis area at any time
of year.  It seems there a number of unusual sightings this summer:
Black-headed Grosbeaks and several Western Tanagers in Davis already in
early July and Western Wood-Pewees and a Wrentit calling along the
Sacramento River near Knights Landing in late June.  Perhaps the drought is
driving birds down into the valley earlier than usual.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis, CA  
Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 21:11:30 -0700
The bird foraged and bathed in the southeast corner of the first flooded field 
till around 6pm for myself and several other birders, but it disappeared while 
we were scanning through other flocks of birds. It was not found after 
searching the fields to the east by the time I left around 7:45pm. 


Other highlights from these fields included a juvenile Snowy Plover (or the one 
Steve Hampton found this past Sunday) and 10 Marbled Godwits. 


Ebird list with Stilt Sandpiper photo here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19202631 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19202631 


Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 16:49:28 -0700
Eli Gross just texted me saying he's found a Stilt Sandpiper in the first 
flooded rice check east of the pullout parking area that's north of lot C. I'm 
heading over to try for it now. 


Michael Strom
Davis
 

Subject: YBWA shorebird ponds map
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:31:52 -0700
there is a revised map at
http://www.yolobasin.org/YBWA-SHOREBIRD-WATER-JULY-AND-AUG-2014b.jpg




-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:55:55 -0700
Breck,

It sounds like you were in the right spots.  YBWA is a huge area, but the
birds are often concentrated in a small part of it.  Right now the
shorebirds are in the small pond across from Lot B and the large rice
checks ne of Lot C (as you described).  A map was posted a few months ago
of the "shorebird ponds" that YBWA was going to flood on July 1 and Aug 1.
They reversed the order due to some pumping issues.

In general, a scope is a must for shorebirds, especially out on the rice
checks.  The godwit was in the last check down, so that's a long walk from
the road.  The phalaropes and ducks move around a bit.  Evening light at
these ponds is wonderful, plus lots of gulls, terns, and ibis come in to
roost then.




On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM, breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds] <
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all, I have a question about Yolo Bypass. I was there for the very
> first time yesterday 7-21-14. I had a map with me provided by the website
> for Yolo Bypass. It showed the parking areas, permanent water areas,
> seasonal water areas, rice fields, roads, and walks. Perhaps you know the
> one I mean, it's in color and quite good.
>
> Well, using that map I toured the entire area shown. The only water I
> found yesterday was a small narrow pond just west of Parking "B", and a
> very large rectangular field that is shown as "rice" on the map. It's to
> the east of the main north-south road that leads to Parking C and beyond to
> Hunter Check Station.
>
> The little pond-like area near Parking "B" was quite good, by my
> beginner's standards, showing a plethora of ibis, snowy egrets, dowitchers
> and peeps. The large area was less good since I was unable to see any way
> to get close enough to the areas where the birds were. And yet as far as I
> could tell, the ebird.org checklists for that area are fairly detailed
> and extensive. Was this success due to having 'scopes? Would a birder with
> only binoculars be unable to see same? Or is there a place I couldn't find
> nearer the birds?
>
> In addition, looking at, for example, an e-bird checklist submitted for
> yesterday by Keith Baily, and therefore at the same place on the same day
> as I, I see birds that I could not see any habitat for or any way to see
> them during my two hours spent there. Birds such as: Gadwall. I looked and
> looked for any ducks anywhere and saw none. Perhaps they were in that large
> water area aforementioned where all the birds were hundreds of meters away?
> He mentions Wilson's Phalarope and Marbled Godwit. I looked but did not see
> them at the little pond at Parking "B" with the walkway out into the pond.
> Were these two also to be found at the big field?
>
> Well I never use one word where I can use two! But I did want to present
> my "case" and my puzzlement as well as possible. As it was, Yolo Bypass was
> a distinct disappointment to me, despite the nice assortment at the
> "Walkway Pond", because I couldn't see the many birds in the large field.
>
> Thanks, Breck Breckenridge in Lodi
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Pacific Golden-Plover for Sacramento
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:55:48 -0700
FYI

Chris Conard
Sacramento
--please excuse this brief message sent with my phone
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Jul 22, 2014 10:45 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Year Needs Alert for Sacramento 
To: 
Cc:

*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
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The report below shows observations of species you have not seen in
Sacramento this year, based on your eBird observations.  View this alert on
the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN36542
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2014 15:30 by Afton Kern
- Desmond Rd., Sacramento, California
- Map:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2757881,-121.4318419&ll=38.2757881,-121.4318419 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19194346
- Comments: "Single adult in breeding plumage, striking black on front with
white stripe extending to the flanks, golden yellow on back acted as
camouflage as each time the bird faced away, it blended in with the field
it was foraging in. The bird was easy to observe as it was only around 30
feet away. Its foraging habits included running briefly, pausing, then
briefly stooping to pick off whatever minute invertebrates that are present
in the field."

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Subject: Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts
From: "breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 14:48:07 -0700
Hi all, I have a question about Yolo Bypass. I was there for the very first 
time yesterday 7-21-14. I had a map with me provided by the website for Yolo 
Bypass. It showed the parking areas, permanent water areas, seasonal water 
areas, rice fields, roads, and walks. Perhaps you know the one I mean, it's in 
color and quite good. 


Well, using that map I toured the entire area shown. The only water I found 
yesterday was a small narrow pond just west of Parking "B", and a very large 
rectangular field that is shown as "rice" on the map. It's to the east of the 
main north-south road that leads to Parking C and beyond to Hunter Check 
Station. 


The little pond-like area near Parking "B" was quite good, by my beginner's 
standards, showing a plethora of ibis, snowy egrets, dowitchers and peeps. The 
large area was less good since I was unable to see any way to get close enough 
to the areas where the birds were. And yet as far as I could tell, the 
ebird.org checklists for that area are fairly detailed and extensive. Was this 
success due to having 'scopes? Would a birder with only binoculars be unable to 
see same? Or is there a place I couldn't find nearer the birds? 


In addition, looking at, for example, an e-bird checklist submitted for 
yesterday by Keith Baily, and therefore at the same place on the same day as I, 
I see birds that I could not see any habitat for or any way to see them during 
my two hours spent there. Birds such as: Gadwall. I looked and looked for any 
ducks anywhere and saw none. Perhaps they were in that large water area 
aforementioned where all the birds were hundreds of meters away? He mentions 
Wilson's Phalarope and Marbled Godwit. I looked but did not see them at the 
little pond at Parking "B" with the walkway out into the pond. Were these two 
also to be found at the big field? 


Well I never use one word where I can use two! But I did want to present my 
"case" and my puzzlement as well as possible. As it was, Yolo Bypass was a 
distinct disappointment to me, despite the nice assortment at the "Walkway 
Pond", because I couldn't see the many birds in the large field. 


Thanks, Breck Breckenridge in Lodi
 

Subject: Redstart, etc
From: "Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:32:35 -0700
 Today, Sunday July 20, we saw the American Redstart near Shaver Lake, in the 
willows at the entrance to the meadow just off of Bretz Mill Road. All three of 
us: Nathan, Aileen, and myself, got a good look at it. In the same area, we saw 
a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, an Orange-crowned Warbler, 
two Western Bluebirds, several Empid flycatchers, and two Black-headed 
Grosbeaks. 

 After Shaver Lake, we drove up to Huntington Lake, and decided to stop at the 
China Peak resort parking lot-in a small open area near the main buildings at 
the base of the ski lifts, we saw at least six Western Wood-Peewees and eight 
Rufus Hummingbirds. And we had rain while were were there! 

 

 Larry Parmeter
 Fresno


Subject: Purple Martins and shorebirds in Yolo County
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:11:26 -0700
All,

I got a call from Kevin Guse earlier today reporting a large number (18?)
of PURPLE MARTINS in a dead tree along the Sacramento Bypass, mostly juvs.
 (I had 4 in that tree last summer.)

Today at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in the shorebird ponds in the 2nd check
there was an adult SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and a juv SNOWY PLOVER.  There
was a MARBLED GODWIT in the last check.   Pics and full list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19165573


good birding,



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: RE: Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds
From: "'naturestoc AT aol.com' Naturestoc@aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:10:22 -0700
Sounds great,  Dan! We missed you tonight!

Dan Brown
Sacramento


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]"
Date:07/19/2014 5:24 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds
Our SAC Audubon field trip to Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA) and Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant (DWTP) this morning turned up a good amount and diversity of migrating shorebirds, and one surprise baby! In the pond immediately west of Parking Lot B at YBWA we found and photographed a fledgeling WILSON'S PHALAROPE following an adult around and comically twisting around in circles on the mud shore. Also in that pond were several each of WHITE-FACED IBIS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPER, one SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and a pair of CINNAMON TEAL. A few of us also had a brief view of a MINK along the shore of that pond. The newly flooded fields north and east of Parking Lot C had several screeching CASPIAN TERNS (many of them juveniles), 2 MARBLED GODWITS, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a lone WHITE PELICAN, and more WILSON'S PHALAROPES, DOWITCHERS, and PEEPS. Several SWAINSON'S HAWKS, HARRIERS, KITES, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS and GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were seen throughout the morning. A BARN OWL flushed out of the willows south of Parking Lot C. A singing male BLUE GROSBEAK and an adult male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE were present in the willows at the southeast bend of the Auto Loop, and 5 COMMON RAVENS were along the levee near the entrance. At DWTP there was one BANK SWALLOW among the Cliffs, Barns, and Trees on the wires nearest the facility. There were 4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the southwest corner of the easternmost pond. Towards the north end of the middle pond which had more mud margin there were 2 more MARBLED GODWITS, 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, several LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, and a WHIMBREL. Dan Williams Carmichael
Subject: Red-Breasted Sapsucker on Pleasants Valley Road?
From: "rubys_oograah AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 17:43:24 -0700
I may have seen a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER on Pleasants Valley Road, between 
Vacaville and Fairfield. I only got a glimpse of the bird as it flew over the 
road, and it had a muted red head and breast, and black wings with large white 
spots on them. I can't think of what else it might have been. 

  
 If anyone wants to have a look, it was right around the palm tree nursery.
  
 Karen Keinitz
 Davis
Subject: Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 17:24:45 -0700
Our SAC Audubon field trip to Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA) and Davis 
Wastewater Treatment Plant (DWTP) this morning turned up a good amount and 
diversity of migrating shorebirds, and one surprise baby! 

 
 In the pond immediately west of Parking Lot B at YBWA we found and 
photographed a fledgeling WILSON'S PHALAROPE following an adult around and 
comically twisting around in circles on the mud shore. 

 
 Also in that pond were several each of WHITE-FACED IBIS, LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHER, WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPER, one SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and a pair of 
CINNAMON TEAL. A few of us also had a brief view of a MINK along the shore of 
that pond. 

 
 The newly flooded fields north and east of Parking Lot C had several 
screeching CASPIAN TERNS (many of them juveniles), 2 MARBLED GODWITS, GREATER 
and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a lone WHITE PELICAN, and 
more WILSON'S PHALAROPES, DOWITCHERS, and PEEPS. 

 
 Several SWAINSON'S HAWKS, HARRIERS, KITES, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS and 
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were seen throughout the morning. A BARN OWL flushed out 
of the willows south of Parking Lot C. A singing male BLUE GROSBEAK and an 
adult male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE were present in the willows at the southeast bend 
of the Auto Loop, and 5 COMMON RAVENS were along the levee near the entrance. 

 
 At DWTP there was one BANK SWALLOW among the Cliffs, Barns, and Trees on the 
wires nearest the facility. There were 4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the southwest 
corner of the easternmost pond. Towards the north end of the middle pond which 
had more mud margin there were 2 more MARBLED GODWITS, 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 
several LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, and a WHIMBREL. 

 
 Dan Williams
 Carmichael
 

Subject: today's Tall Forest highlights
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:56:43 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning's Tall Forest bird survey turned up a few things of modest
note.  The continuing summer tanager was, for the first time in 29 days,
uncooperative.  It sang much less consistently and moved nearly
continuously.  We finally managed some marginal looks.  Other finds included
three cattle egrets, an osprey, 18 semipalmated plovers, a lesser
yellowlegs, nine Wilson's phalaropes, an Eurasian collared-dove "in the
wild," a hermit warbler, a western tanager, and four blue grosbeaks.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Rufous hummer
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:03:47 -0700
Looking through my notes of past years, I noticed that Allen's Hummingbirds 
have rather reliably shown up in my garden around June 26-29, just as this 
year, both mature and immature males and females. And a few individuals are 
always present from then on until at least late August. I had always assumed, 
based on several years of observation, that adult male Rufous hummers migrated 
through my garden on their northward migration in spring but that they chose a 
more easterly route through the mountains and beyond when migrating south in 
the summer and that only females and immature males came this way during their 
southbound migration. But last year I observed a very bright, all-rufous male 
hummer in mid to late July and I noticed today another adult male Rufous 
Hummingbird at my feeder, its back all rufous without a speck of green and the 
diagnostic deep notch in its R2 tail feathers clearly visible at the feeder. 



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


Subject: Cosumnes birds- 17 July 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:44:07 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

I visited the Tall Forest and vicinity this morning, mostly to do some work
on the trails to Middle Breach and in the forest proper.  One summer tanager
is still present.  First thing it was singing from Oak Island, the first
time I've detected it away from the forest block.  On the way out it was
back along Wood Duck Slough.  I think the chances are very good that it will
be present on Saturday.  A juvenile junco was attended by an adult at the
pump station, where they have not been noted previously this year.  A few of
the fallow fields are being flooded and a couple of these had eight species
of shorebirds today.  Those of you planning to join us on Saturday for the
bird survey should bring spotting scopes, if possible.  Among the cattle on
an adjacent pasture were three cattle egrets and there was a juvenile
Savannah sparrow on the margin of one of the shorebird ponds.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: recent swainson's hawks?
From: "scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 20:28:09 -0700
Hello CV Birders.

Some friends and I are planning a trip to Yolo county on sunday7/27 in order to 
observe swainson's hawks. Has anyone encountered large numbers of these birds 
recently? Any detailed reports would be greatly appreciated. 


Thanks very much, Sam Hontalas.

San Francisco.
 

Subject: Fwd: Egyptian Geese
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:29:13 -0700
> Speaking of Egyptian Geese, there used to be a big expanding flock of dozens 
of them at Lake Greenhaven, and they were popping up on the American River from 
time to time. Then they suddenly disappeared without explanation. 

> Does anyone know, did Fish and Game intentionally exterminate them, or what? 
If so, they're likely to find out about the ones at Gibson Ranch also. 

> 
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
> 
> On Jul 15, 2014, at 4:08 PM, jann_dorothy AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> 
>> Friends, I visited the Gibson Ranch Regional Park in North Highlands this 
morning for the first time. There is a small lake there that attracted a good 
many mixed geese and ducks, but I was rather surprised to see five Egyptian 
Geese there as well. I suppose someone no longer wanted them and released them 
there. I posted three photos of them in the Geese, Ducks and Swans folder. 
They're quite handsome. 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Also around Gibson Lake I saw two Green Herons, a Great Egret, two 
Double-crested Cormorants, three Western Kingbirds, several Northern 
Mockingbirds, a Western Bluebird, scads of Brewer's Blackbirds, a Nuttall's 
Woodpecker, and at least a dozen loudly peeping Killdeer. 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Jann Dorothy
>> 
>> Sacramento
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: Fwd: Little Blue Heron still present?
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:28:40 -0700
Others may want to hear also:

> We missed the heron the last two times we looked, including Sunday evening.
> Although there have been a couple of reports posted of the Little Blue Heron 
being seen well into July, the numbers of birds and nesting activity at this 
rookery have dramatically decreased. Two evenings ago, I saw only one egret 
that appeared to be still sitting on eggs, most of the juveniles have fledged 
or are near fledging, and most of the nests are now empty. I'd say there are 
only 10-20% as many birds there now as when the Little Blue Heron was 
discovered in June. 

> Maybe it's still around somewhere, but the chances of seeing it at the 
rookery appear to be reduced now. 

> Good luck!
> 
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
> 
> On Jul 15, 2014, at 4:19 PM, lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds] 
wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> 
>> Has anyone looked for the Little Blue Heron lately? Does anyone know if it 
is still present? I'd like to look for it on my way home from the Eastern 
Sierra on Monday. 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Leslie Flint
>> 
>> San Mateo
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: Little Blue Heron still present?
From: "lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 16:19:05 -0700
Has anyone looked for the Little Blue Heron lately? Does anyone know if it is 
still present? I'd like to look for it on my way home from the Eastern Sierra 
on Monday. 

 

 Thanks,
 

 Leslie Flint
 San Mateo
Subject: Egyptian Geese
From: "jann_dorothy AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 16:08:22 -0700
Friends, I visited the Gibson Ranch Regional Park in North Highlands this 
morning for the first time. There is a small lake there that attracted a good 
many mixed geese and ducks, but I was rather surprised to see five Egyptian 
Geese there as well. I suppose someone no longer wanted them and released them 
there. I posted three photos of them in the Geese, Ducks and Swans folder. 
They're quite handsome. 

 

 Also around Gibson Lake I saw two Green Herons, a Great Egret, two 
Double-crested Cormorants, three Western Kingbirds, several Northern 
Mockingbirds, a Western Bluebird, scads of Brewer's Blackbirds, a Nuttall's 
Woodpecker, and at least a dozen loudly peeping Killdeer. 

 

 Jann Dorothy
 Sacramento
 

 

Subject: Possible Indigo Bunting at Yolo Bypasss WA HQ
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:40:34 -0400 (EDT)
About 5:30 PM as I was about to limb and cut down an invasive elm tree in the 
parking oval I saw a smallish very dark blue bird facing away from me. It moved 
to a further branch and then flew across to a cottonwood branch. At no time did 
it give me a nice side view or front quarter, but I saw no sign of "chestnut" 
scapulars or side, and the bill seemed more substantial than a Western Bluebird 
should have. I had the impression of darker around the eye, but that may have 
been shadows. No vocalizations. 

I'll try again in the morning.

Mary Schiedt
Davis CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds this weekend; Tall Forest survey next Saturday
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:11:38 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

Yesterday was the River Walk bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  I
intended to help Jim Rowoth, but owing to a failure on my part to
communicate, I was never able to catch him.  So we each did the loop
independently.  This public survey covers the River Walk trail (open to all
in daylight daily) and the TNC Barn ponds (generally closed to public
visitation except on this survey).  We each had an osprey at the Point, and
I had a young chipping sparrow and a California towhee (hard to come by on
this survey) near the Barn, plus two Hutton's vireos on the trail.

 

Today I did the Lost Slough survey.  The lone highlight, birdwise, was two
young hooded mergansers in the pond at the end of the Boardwalk Trail.
There were two young pied-billed grebes there, too, but no adult of either
species was apparent.  Following the survey I made a visit to the Tall
Forest to see if the summer tanager was still around.  He's still singing
with gusto (day 23), about the only thing that is in late morning.

 

Saturday the 19th will see this month's iteration of the Tall Forest bird
survey.  We will go through the locked gate at the corner of Bruceville and
Desmond Roads promptly at 5:30 a.m.  Footwear is your choice, as the one
spot that may be wet can be crossed with a short leap.  Insect repellent
should be kept handy.  The mosquitoes were joined today by a few tabanid
flies.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Anatolia Pond 2,
From: "breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jul 2014 18:49:38 -0700
 To Mark Martucci,
  
 I saw that you posted your visit to Anatolia Pond 2 on e-bird. I was in that 
area this morning (Saturday), on the subdivision side of the wetlands. I saw no 
way to get to the side of the area where you locate Pond 2. Could you please 
tell me how you did it? 

  
 I had seen other e-bird reports/checklists from these Anatolia pools in the 
recent past and that was what spurred me to make a visit there today from my 
home in Lodi. Needless to say, after looking at the large number of signs 
threatening anyone who dared go into that area with persecutions just short of 
dismemberment, I was quite disappointed in not being able to see much of 
anything from my vantage point at the corner of Anatolia and Justinian at the 
barbed wire fence. 

  
 I did seen a Green Heron and lots of swallows and a few ducks, etc. but with 
such limited access... 

  
 Thanks in advance for informing me of what I did not do right.
  
 Breck Breckenridge
 Lodi

Subject: This morning's River Walk survey at Cosumnes RP
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:18:21 -0700
All,

I started off this month’s River Walk survey at Cosumnes River Preserve under a 
beautiful full moon, and very pleasant temperatures throughout. Ebird report 
follows: 


Cosumnes River Preserve--River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Jul 12, 2014 5:15 AM - 8:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Regular monthly visit; no other participants. Full moon at the 
outset. 59-63 degrees, wind 6 mi s; high tide--trail to The Point actually 
flooded under a couple inches of water for a short distance. 
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.4 46 species (+2 other taxa) Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 2 Barn pond Great Egret 7 Snowy Egret 2 Barn pond Green Heron 2 Heard only White-faced Ibis 2 Barn pond Osprey 1 perched in willows at The Point Cooper's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2 Heard only Swainson's Hawk 2 Killdeer 2 Barn pond Greater Yellowlegs 5 Barn pond Black-chinned Hummingbird 2 Belted Kingfisher 2 Heard only Nuttall's Woodpecker 11 Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 2 Heard only Western Wood-Pewee 2 at The Point Black Phoebe 14 Ash-throated Flycatcher 16 Western Kingbird 9 Hutton's Vireo 1 Heard only Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 10 American Crow 13 Tree Swallow 12 Cliff Swallow 1 swallow sp. 4 Oak Titmouse 8 Bushtit 70 White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) 8 House Wren 3 Bewick's Wren 9 Wrentit 12 Heard only Western Bluebird 2 American Robin 10 European Starling 1 Common Yellowthroat 4 Heard only Spotted Towhee 39 Song Sparrow 19 Blue Grosbeak 3 Red-winged Blackbird 26 Brewer's Blackbird 1 Brown-headed Cowbird 6 Bullock's Oriole 3 blackbird sp. 35 House Finch 67 Lesser Goldfinch 12 American Goldfinch 63 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19078340 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Jim Rowoth Stockton
Subject: Cosumnes birds
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:44:41 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

Today I visited the Tall Forest and vicinity.  One of the summer tanagers is
still present (day 19) in the woods.  There was a cattle egret amongst the
other egrets on the nearby rice fields, a lazuli bunting on the equipment
pad where none has previously been this season, and about 35 barn swallows
feeding near the pad, the first decent flock I've seen this "fall."

 

On Independence Day I visited Orr Ranch.  I went to a part of the preserve
too seldom visited.  This is the north arm of Deadman or Moyer Slough.  I
also walked part of the usual survey route of Orr Forest west from its
junction with the south arm.  There were a few minor things of note.  The
north arm had good numbers of both blue grosbeaks and lazuli buntings.  A
yellow warbler was singing where a least a couple of young successfully
fledged three years ago.  Below the junction there was an orange-crowned
warbler at a spot where they've nested in the past.  Very near there was a
seemingly unattended juvenile junco.  At Ronneberg Meadow I saw a
female/imm. black-throated gray warbler, my first southbound woodland
passerine migrant this season.  Also there was my only Orr Hutton's vireo of
the day.  At the southeast extremity of the forest block were four more
Oregon juncoes.  On the way home I stopped at the Twin Cities Unit and found
the continuing solo burrowing owl.

 

In older news, Andy Engilis did a transect survey at Valensin Ranch on 29
June.  There among a mixed assemblage of goldfinches he found two Lawrence's
goldfinches.

 

According to the preserve manager and the wetlands manager there will soon
be more than the usual amount of flooding for shorebirds.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

 
Subject: Re: Heron
From: "charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:10:48 -0400 (EDT)
We saw it again last night at 8:16 (from across the street on the east side 
 of Azevedo); it sat atop a pinetree for ~six minutes, then flew off 
towards  the trees along San Juan.  

Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

 
“A sense of  flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do it 
/ so long as you  master it”

Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 2009)  

 
In a message dated 7/8/2014 12:34:47 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
farleycross AT sbcglobal.net writes:

This  morning, Tuesday the 8th, I had only about 15 minutes (8 - 8:15am) to 
look for  him but no luck finding him.

Farley  Cross
Sacramento
Subject: Re: Heron
From: "Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:39:38 -0700
This morning, Tuesday the 8th, I had only about 15 minutes (8 - 8:15am) 
to look for him but no luck finding him.


Farley Cross
Sacramento


On 7/7/14, 10:43 AM, charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds] wrote:
>
> Yes.
> We were out there from around 7pm 'til just after sundown Saturday 
> evening and spotted it at 8:24, after the sun was below the apartment 
> complex. After a few minutes, it flew out of sight around the backside 
> of the trees.
> good luck!
> Charles Smith
> Sacramento
> https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush
> “A sense of flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do 
> it / so long as you master it”
>
> Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 2009)
> In a message dated 7/7/2014 1:40:02 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
> central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:
>
>     Is the Little Blue Heron still in the area? Would appreciate an
>     update.
>
>     Bob Dwyer, Calistoga, Ca.
>
> 

Subject: Davis Wetlands shorebirds
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:13:39 -0700
Wastewater Pond at Davis Wetlands is now producing shorebirds.  10 MARBLED
GODWITS were there last week; 1 today.  Over 100 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
were present today, many vocalizing.

Full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19045071




-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: UPDATE ON THE FLOODING OF THE YOLO BYPASS SHOREBIRD FIELDS
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 07:22:18 -0700
It seems that due to a problem with flooding the field that was scheduled for 
7-1-14, THE FIELD THAT WAS SCHEDULED FOR 8-1-14 IS BEING FLOODED NOW! To access 
the field folks can park at the turnout at the corner and walk north across the 
road that crosses the ditch then take an immediate right to the first open 
trail. Below is a link to the maps again. Thanks to Ann Burris for this alert 
and to Mary Shiedt for the info. 


 

 http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Images-for-ebird-linking-only 
http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Images-for-ebird-linking-only 


 

 Dan Brown,
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc.smugmug.com
 

Subject: WFO Conference San Diego
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:42:15 -0400 (EDT)
Registration is now open to all for the Western Field Ornithologists 39th  
Annual Conference in San Diego, CA October 8-12. You can register at the WFO 
web  site (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php)
 
There are still spots open (but filling fast) on most of our field trips as 
 well workshops on identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball 
Garrett),  sparrows (Homer Hansen), and vireos (Peter Pyle) and bird specimen 
preparation  (Phil Unitt). More information is available on the WFO web site.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
Subject: WFO Conference San Diego
From: "erpfromca AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:42:15 -0400 (EDT)
Registration is now open to all for the Western Field Ornithologists 39th  
Annual Conference in San Diego, CA October 8-12. You can register at the WFO 
web  site (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php)
 
There are still spots open (but filling fast) on most of our field trips as 
 well workshops on identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball 
Garrett),  sparrows (Homer Hansen), and vireos (Peter Pyle) and bird specimen 
preparation  (Phil Unitt). More information is available on the WFO web site.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
Subject: WFO Conference San Diego
From: "erpfromca AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:42:15 -0400 (EDT)
Registration is now open to all for the Western Field Ornithologists 39th  
Annual Conference in San Diego, CA October 8-12. You can register at the WFO 
web  site (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php)
 
There are still spots open (but filling fast) on most of our field trips as 
 well workshops on identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball 
Garrett),  sparrows (Homer Hansen), and vireos (Peter Pyle) and bird specimen 
preparation  (Phil Unitt). More information is available on the WFO web site.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
Subject: Least Terns at Chico Sewage Ponds, Butte County, 6 July
From: "ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:54:06 -0700
Hi folks:

Returning from a weekend trip to Siskiyou County, Annette and I stopped at the 
Chico Sewage Ponds about 7 p.m. on Sunday, 6 July. About 7:15, a Least Tern 
flew around the ponds and then landed on a sand spit near the north end, on the 
west shore, of the large open water pond. At about 7:30, a second Least Tern 
flew in, landing next to the first bird and giving a brief bill-up display. We 
then left the two birds standing next to each other. Did not see a direction of 
approach of the two birds, they may even possibly have been at the ponds, but 
perched out of sight, the whole time. 


Cheers,

Tim Manolis
Subject: Re: Heron
From: "charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:43:22 -0400 (EDT)
 
Yes.
 
We were out there from around 7pm 'til just after sundown Saturday  evening 
and spotted it at 8:24, after the sun was below the apartment  complex. 
After a few minutes, it flew out of sight around the backside of the  trees.
 
good luck!
 
Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

 
“A sense of  flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do it 
/ so long as you  master it”

Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 2009)  

 
In a message dated 7/7/2014 1:40:02 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
Is the Little Blue Heron still in the area? Would appreciate an  update.

Bob Dwyer, Calistoga, Ca.



Subject: Heron
From: "Robert rvleo1 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:35:30 -0700
Is the Little Blue Heron still in the area? Would appreciate an update.






Bob Dwyer, Calistoga, Ca.


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Subject: Long-tailed Duck
From: "Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:51:30 -0700
  On Saturday, July 5, we were returning to Moss Landing harbor(Monterey 
County) from a whale watching trip, about 2pm,, when just inside the 
breakwater, my son spied an unusual duck in the water near the rocks on the 
south side. I looked at it, and immediately identified it as a Long-tailed 
Duck. Several of us saw it, including my son, my wife, and the naturalist 
aboard the boat(who took some pictures of it).  As soon as the boat docked, we 
walked back to the breakwater to try to see it again, but it was gone, no doubt 
due to several of people who suddenly showed up to fish there while we were 
sailing into the harbor. We surveyed the harbor and the inlet, but there was no 
sight of it. By the color pattern, it was most likely a juvenile male, but 
undoubtedly a Long -tail Duck. A not exactly expected sighting during the 
summer, but still a good one. 


Larry Parmeter
Fresno Audubon Society
Fresno, Ca.
Subject: Short-billed Dowitcher, Ripon Ponds
From: "bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jul 2014 12:48:06 -0700
At 8:03 a.m. today, I re-found the SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER that had been found 
by Mark and Lorna Elness on July 4. The bird was associating with a flock of 
fifteen Greater Yellowlegs, in a nearly dry settling pond at the south end of 
Jack Tone Road. After foraging for a while, the yellowlegs and dowitcher flew 
off to the southeast out of sight. 

 

 At 10:00 a.m., I looked through the fence onto the levee road at the south end 
of Stockton Avenue, where I located several yellowlegs, phalaropes and 
sandpipers there, but no dowitcher. A brief, only adequate video of the 
dowitcher is here: https://vimeo.com/100046863? utm_source=email&utm_medium= 
clip-transcode_complete- finished-20120100&utm_ campaign=7701&email_id= 
Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfDNhZDQ2ZD FlYjExZDUwZTk2NzVjMmNiOTM4MmFj 
ZWYzODM1fDE1NDU5NjA4fDE0MDQ2Nz MwMDR8NzcwMQ%3D%3D 
https://vimeo.com/100046863?utm_source=email&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_campaign=7701&email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfDNhZDQ2ZDFlYjExZDUwZTk2NzVjMmNiOTM4MmFjZWYzODM1fDE1NDU5NjA4fDE0MDQ2NzMwMDR8NzcwMQ%3D%3D 

 

 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto
Subject: Monticello Fire in Putah Creek Cyn
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:53:39 -0700
FYI, a fire named the Monticello Fire is currently burning in Yolo County
just north of Putah Creek in Putah Creek Canyon.

More information is at
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=995

Having just been up at Lake Solano, I can tell you that Hwy 128 is closed
just west of Winters, Pleasant Valley Rd is closed north of Putah Creek Rd,
the Lake Solano Campground and Day Use Area are evacuated and closed, and
the Canyon Creek Resort (by the dam) and Golden Bear Estates (nw of
Winters) are evacuated.  We heard second-hand that the fire jumped half the
creek and burned on the island near the campground.  The wind seems to be
pushing it north.  Smoke is very heavy northwest of Winters.

This possibly affects Thompson Canyon, Bray Canyon, and Bobcat Ranch (Areas
1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Putah Creek CBC).





-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Putah Creek hummers and continuing breeders
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:55:49 -0700
Since their first appearance on June 24 during a hummingbird banding session in 
my garden, Allen's Hummingbirds have been pretty steady with as many as three 
of them showing about every day, typically one or two adult males, the rest 
females or imm. males. Nest building activity by Black-chinned hummers has 
pretty much ceased as is indicated by the absence during the past few days of 
little tufts of fluff left at the feeders. The number of Anna's is slowly 
increasing again as more juveniles and males are showing up. Among the species 
still nesting in my garden, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Hooded Orioles, House 
Finches, Barn Swallows, Morning and Eurasian Collared doves, American Robins, 
Northern Mockingbirds, American Goldfinches, California Quails, Black-headed 
Grosbeaks, and Western Bluebirds, the latter two are showing interesting 
behavior I have not witnessed before. While Western Bluebirds often start, and 
almost always succeed raising a second brood if food is plentiful, this year 
one pair has built built a third nest in the same box in which it already 
raised two sets of four chicks. In a second box not far away, another pair of 
bluebirds has four second brood chicks almost ready to fledge. It will be 
interesting to see whether they, too, will attempt a third brood. And although 
one of my bird books states that Black-headed Grosbeaks are single-brooded I 
have come to suspect that at least some of them attempt second broods simply 
because new nests keep appearing well into July. This year I was aware of four 
nests in my garden of which 2 and perhaps 3 appeared to have been successful, 
the chicks fledging late in May/early June. But as in some of the past years, a 
couple of new nests have recently been built in some of the Redbud bushes at 
the western edge of my garden. What makes these two nests unusual is, however, 
their extreme proximity to each other. I located the first nest by zeroing in 
on the singing male (which, by the way, often sings while sitting on the nest) 
and was surprised to find another nest maybe 20 ft away and 6 ft higher. Both 
nests are occupied, although the higher nest is perhaps a few days more recent. 
Considering that the males are vigorous singers, suggesting that they are 
territorial, it is surprising they chose to nest so close together when plenty 
of other nesting sites are available. When sitting on their nests, the adults 
(male and females share incubation duties) can clearly see each other but seem 
to make no effort in enforce territorial boundaries. 





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


Subject: RE: Red-eyed Vireo heard singing in east Davis
From: "'Ed Whisler' edwhisler530 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:23:29 -0700
I stopped by to check on the Red-eyed Vireo from 09:15 to 10:15am. The bird has 
not been refound since the original observation. 


 

Cheers

Ed Whisler

Davis, CA

 

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve Hampton 
stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 8:24 AM
To: cvbirds
Subject: [CVBirds] Red-eyed Vireo heard singing in east Davis

 

  

Good morning, 

 

I just received a text from Joan Humphrey:

 

"Red-eyed Vireo alert! On my street constant loud singing in huge elm 0645 to 
0655, then gone? Heard only. After double checking id, went round block playing 
tape 0715 to 0735, no luck refinding" 


 

She lives on M Street between 8th and Colgate.  

 

 


 

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Davis, CA





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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo heard singing in east Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:23:40 -0700
Good morning,

I just received a text from Joan Humphrey:

"Red-eyed Vireo alert!  On my street constant loud singing in huge elm 0645
to 0655, then gone?  Heard only.  After double checking id, went round
block playing tape 0715 to 0735, no luck refinding"

She lives on M Street between 8th and Colgate.



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Least Tern - Chico
From: "Matthew Forster findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:23:33 -0700
The Least Tern just showed up again at the Oxidation Ponds in Chico, Ca. 

Regards,

Matt Forster
Chico, CA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 3, 2014, at 11:18 AM, "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> Least Tern not present between 0800 and 0840 this morning.
> 
> Bruce Deuel
> Red Bluff
> 
> 
>> On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM, Michael Rogner mrogner AT riverpartners.org 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

>>  
>> This evening there was a breeding plumaged LEAST TERN at the Chico 
Wastewater Treatment Ponds.It was mostly foraging around the large pond. Chico 
WTP is located outside of town on River Road, and is open to the public from 
the marked parking area. 

>> 
>> Michael Rogner
>> Chico
>> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Least Tern - Chico
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:18:30 -0700
Hi all,
Least Tern not present between 0800 and 0840 this morning.

Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM, Michael Rogner mrogner AT riverpartners.org
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> This evening there was a breeding plumaged LEAST TERN at the Chico
> Wastewater Treatment Ponds.It was mostly foraging around the large pond.
> Chico WTP is located outside of town on River Road, and is open to the
> public from the marked parking area.
>
> Michael Rogner
> Chico
>  
>
Subject: Re: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat (plus new map links)
From: "teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:30:12 -0700
Sorry All, as that message was supposed to go to Steve Hampton only. Oh well, 
 and yes it usually takes a few days for the invertebrates to get cooking in 
the soup. 


 Doesn't mean some of the shore birds won't drop down if the temperature is 
really hot though. Glad to see them flooding for shorebirds. 


It's kind of like a magnet out there for shorebirds as there isn't much shore 
bird habitat this time of year in the hot Central Valley! 


Todd Easterla
Fair Oaks, Ca.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]"
Date:07/03/2014 8:07 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: stevechampton AT gmail.com,central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat (plus new map links)
FYI, according to the refuge manager, the flooding, scheduled to start on July 1, will take a week or two to become rich in micro organisms, so the birds might not be using it for a while. Also, as a result of some redesigning of my smugmug website, the maps that I created of the shorebirds waters and the Bell's Vireo trail have been moved. Here is a new link to the new location http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Images-for-ebird-linking-only The link in this original post is also a good link, but only to the shorebird map. Dan Brown, Sacramento, www.naturestoc.smugmug.com -----Original Message----- From: Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] To: cvbirds Sent: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 12:47 am Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat Just a reminder that flooding for shorebirds at YBWA has begun. Map is here: http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Images-for-ebird-linking-only/i-cJr7GmZ/0/X2/YBWA-SHOREBIRD-WATER-JULY-AND-AUG-2014a-X2.jpg -- Steve Hampton Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat (plus new map links)
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:07:07 -0400 (EDT)
FYI, according to the refuge manager, the flooding, scheduled to start on July 
1, will take a week or two to become rich in micro organisms, so the birds 
might not be using it for a while. 



Also, as a result of some redesigning of my smugmug website, the maps that I 
created of the shorebirds waters and the Bell's Vireo trail have been moved. 
Here is a new link to the new location 
http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Images-for-ebird-linking-only 



The link in this original post is also a good link, but only to the shorebird 
map. 




Dan Brown,
Sacramento,

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 
 

To: cvbirds 
Sent: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 12:47 am
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat


        



Just a reminder that flooding for shorebirds at YBWA has begun.  


Map is here: 
http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Images-for-ebird-linking-only/i-cJr7GmZ/0/X2/YBWA-SHOREBIRD-WATER-JULY-AND-AUG-2014a-X2.jpg 









-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA







Subject: RE: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat
From: "teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:59:15 -0700
Hey steve, have you been out there yet? I would think that it won't be good 
with invertebrates for about another week. 


How is the Davis Wetlands? Haven't been there in a loo [ong time. Going to 
finally get back to birding soon. 


Todd


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]"
Date:07/03/2014 12:47 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: cvbirds
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat
Just a reminder that flooding for shorebirds at YBWA has begun. Map is here: http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Images-for-ebird-linking-only/i-cJr7GmZ/0/X2/YBWA-SHOREBIRD-WATER-JULY-AND-AUG-2014a-X2.jpg -- Steve Hampton Davis, CA
Subject: Yolo Bypass shorebird habitat
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:47:14 -0700
Just a reminder that flooding for shorebirds at YBWA has begun.

Map is here:

http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Images-for-ebird-linking-only/i-cJr7GmZ/0/X2/YBWA-SHOREBIRD-WATER-JULY-AND-AUG-2014a-X2.jpg 





-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Least Tern - Chico
From: "Michael Rogner mrogner AT riverpartners.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:10:52 -0700
This evening there was a breeding plumaged LEAST TERN at the Chico Wastewater 
Treatment Ponds.It was mostly foraging around the large pond. Chico WTP is 
located outside of town on River Road, and is open to the public from the 
marked parking area. 


Michael Rogner
Chico

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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 02 July 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:41:41 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

At the Cosumnes River Preserve, I visited the closed parcel behind the Farm
Center gate this morning.  In the Tall Forest one summer tanager persists.
One of the rice fields that failed to hair over had a number of shorebirds
in a decent variety, including one semipalmated plover, 12 greater
yellowlegs, 22 least sandpipers, 10 western sandpipers, four Wilson's
phalaropes and a single dowitcher.  The distance was great and the heat
shimmer was already pretty bad.  I guess I am less familiar with the timing
of dowitcher returns in the fall here, but in New Mexico the first
dowitchers back (usually just before the 4th of July) were short-billed
dowitchers.

 

I walked a lot of cottonwood-willow riparian, hoping for cuckoos or
something else snazzy, but no luck there.  The blue grosbeak nest with four
eggs on 21 June had three eggs 28 June and only one today.  It appears to
have been abandoned, though the male continues to sing close by.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Little Blue Heron continues in Sac. Co.
From: "Frances Oliver hummer52ffo AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:06:58 -0700
After missing the Little Blue Heron this morning by 40 minutes I decided I 
needed to go back tonight and wait for the egret & heron fly-in. After 3 1/2 
hrs. of being entertained by egret & heron youngsters, the LITTLE BLUE 
HERON finally flew in and landed in the pine tree. It was almost getting too 
dark to see it! 


Thanks Susie for finding and reporting this great bird!
Frances
Lodi, CA
Subject: Little Blue Heron (no), Swainson's hawks (scores!).
From: "romancandle1 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 20:54:09 -0700
All,
 

 My wife and I went to see the heron rookery this morning at 1015 and did not 
see the little blue. However, the herons and egrets are putting on a good show 
and it was fun to watch them interact. We returned about 1245 on our way back 
from seeing the Swainson's hawks (see below), but once again had no luck seeing 
little blue... 

 

 After our initial attempt to see the little blue heron, we drove out to near 
Woodland to see if we could see a Swainson's hawk spectacle that I had seen 
earlier in the week. On the afternoons of Tuesday and Thursday this past week, 
I witnessed scores of Swainson's hawks while driving to and from an out-of-town 
trip. Today (Saturday) we decided to see if the Swainson's hawks were still 
there. We were not disappointed. A tractor has been clearing the fields in this 
area (this may be part of Conway Ranch) and the Swainson's hawks are really 
going to town. It was a lot of fun watching them. We think at least 250 
Swainson's hawks were there, though it's difficult to count. 

 

 The area is just off of I-5 between the causeway and Woodland. If you head out 
there, look for dust from an active tractor and then look for soaring birds. 
You can park just off the road on East Main Street (be careful, the road is 
active, though there is plenty of room to park if you pick a good spot) if the 
birds are still north of the freeway. Note: I don't know if there will still be 
mowing going forward, but if there is, you can bet the Swainson's hawks will be 
there. 

 

 Elliot Chasin
 Sacramento
  
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 28 June 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:47:50 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I returned to the Tall Forest at the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County, primarily to restore to passable status part of
the survey route lost to vegetative overgrowth.  At least one of the summer
tanagers is still present.  It seems to prefer an area near the berm
crossing the slough, unless the pump there is on.  In that case it moves
widely up or down the slough.  Yesterday morning it was all the way south to
the river, then at midday it was north to Warbler Woods.  This morning it
was near the berm before the pump came on, and after the pump started up I
could not find the bird.

 

On the rice fields around the forest were some shorebirds.  There were 62
greater yellowlegs and one Wilson's phalarope.  A flock of about 35 western
sandpipers circled but did not land.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Glossy ibis at Davis wetlands
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jun 2014 14:06:18 -0700
The ibis flock of roughly 200 eventually scattered at 11:45am due to a 
Red-shouldered Hawk that flew through. Most of the birds settled again along 
the berm in wastewater pond, but I couldn't find the Glossy so I left. 


This bird had thin, sharply defined bluish lines in front of the eye that 
enclose a dark not pinkish area, with dark behind the eye. The White-faced had 
variable amounts of white in the face, but all had more diffuse, whitish 
markings compared to the Glossy. 


There was also a nice group of 10 Marbled Godwits at the same spot. Below is my 
ebird list with photos plus the direct flickr link to the five photos of the 
Glossy. All of these have only been cropped from the originals, which were 
taken through a scope with my iphone and therefore not as crisp as desired. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18927151 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18927151 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/46176050 AT N03/14335317559/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46176050 AT N03/14335317559/in/photostream/ 


Michael Strom
Davis
  
Subject: Glossy ibis at Davis wetlands
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:17:48 -0700
I've been looking at a glossy ibis for the last 15 min at the north end of 
wastewater pond. This bird has thin bluish lines in front on the eye with dark 
behind the eye. I think I've got some record shots but it's still tough to 
digiscope. I'm on the east levee of the pond and will stay with the bird for a 
while longer. 


The wetlands close at 1pm. 

Michael Strom
Davis

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Subject: Little Blue yes, American Golden no
From: "John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:15:38 -0700
This morning I drove up to Sacramento to visit the continuing Little Blue
Heron, which was busy modifying a nest. From there, I went to Woodland WTP.
I encountered two pairs of birders there who had not located the bird, nor
did I. One of the birders alerted me to the presence of Bank Swallows,
which I appreciated. There were also Redheads, Wilson's Phalaropes, and a
good number of Western Sandpipers present.
John Harris
Oakdale
Subject: Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic
From: "Joyce Bond chantedor AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:02:51 -0700
Flickr made some changes recently that have messed up the way it interfaces
with a lot of websites. It has made it impossible for me to even upload my
pics to some websites where I've posted pics from Flickr in the past. I'm
using Mozilla Firefox, and I didn't have much better luck than you did. If
I visit Steve Hampton's most recent eBird link, I see two tiny thumbnails
in the list. But then if I click on one, it takes me to MY Flickr account
instead of his pic. However, I still have some old email in my inbox from a
couple months ago, and in one of Steve's older messages, the eBird link
shows the photo in a larger size. No doubt Flickr is going to lose a lot of
members over their changes.

Joyce Bond
Paradise, CA


On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM, rosita94598 AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> So how do we see the photos Steve Hampton posted on his ebird list?  All I
> see is a giant advertisement for Flickr and nothing about seeing the photos
> we used to see on Flickr postings.
>
>
> Hugh B. Harvey
>
> Walnut Creek
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:51:34 -0700
On 24 Jun 2014 18:38:58 -0700, "rosita94598 AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote:

>So how do we see the photos Steve Hampton posted on his ebird list? All I see 
is a giant advertisement for Flickr and nothing about seeing the photos we used 
to see on Flickr postings. 


EBird users should not use the "Embed" option in Flickr to display their
images.  Instead use the HTML code.

More information at...

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/changes-to-flickr-embed-code/

If you are viewing the checklist in Firefox, right-click on the photo,
select "This Frame" and then select "Open frame in new tab."  This option
does not seem to be available in Internet Explorer or Chrome. 

Direct links to the two images 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/14312893999/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/14519610123/

-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


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Subject: Re: Flickr website--slightly off topic
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:01:10 -0700
This is a worthy question.  Something happened with the Flickr/eBird
interface recently and all I get are little thumbnails.  They open on some
computers and software and not others.  I know eBird is looking to avoid
Flickr altogether for the photo thing.  In the meantime, try it in another
program (e.g. Mozilla, IE, or Chrome) or here is the direct link-- the last
two photos at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/sets/72157629238355217/




On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM, rosita94598 AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> So how do we see the photos Steve Hampton posted on his ebird list?  All I
> see is a giant advertisement for Flickr and nothing about seeing the photos
> we used to see on Flickr postings.
>
>
> Hugh B. Harvey
>
> Walnut Creek
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Flickr website--slightly off topic
From: "rosita94598 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jun 2014 18:38:58 -0700
So how do we see the photos Steve Hampton posted on his ebird list? All I see 
is a giant advertisement for Flickr and nothing about seeing the photos we used 
to see on Flickr postings. 

 

 Hugh B. Harvey
 Walnut Creek