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29 Jan CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality ["bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Jan Sac Co-Nimbus Fish Hatchery SnowxCanada goose hybrid ["bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jan Swamp Sparrow YBWA in Yolo ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jan Re: Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count results ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jan Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count results ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jan Sacramento CBC results, posting for Mark Cudney ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jan Red-naped Sapsucker at Lake Solano Park, Solano County ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jan Re: Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them ["Nina Jones mtnlynx AT sti.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jan Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Jan Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jan Hairy woodpecker at Lake Natoma ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Jan Common Goldeneye on Desmond Rd ["farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Jan Merced County ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Jan RFI: Accessible owls near Davis for Duck Days tours ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Jan Black Merlin ["George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Jan Birds of Local Interest - Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin Countries - 24 January 2015 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Jan Re: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Jan Re: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co. ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Jan Re: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co. ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co. ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co. ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Lost Lake Sapsuckers ["Larry Parmeter lanparmeter3 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Falcated Duck seen 1/24 ["SARAH MACLEAN maclean AT berkeley.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan No more Trumpeter Swans at Chico ?? ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Re: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway ["Clifford Hawley yellowhammerCA AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jan Re: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jan Colusa Falcated Duck sighted 1/22 ["chantedor AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jan RE: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jan Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Jan Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Jan Trumpeter Swans ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Jan Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Jan Black Merlin at Folsom Lake ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Jan Re: Re: Flicker pecking my house ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Jan Yellow-shafted Flicker, UC Davis Arboretum ["Alan Krakauer ahkrakauer AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Jan Re: Flicker pecking my house ["Maxine Cornwell cornwell_maxine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Jan Cattle Egrets ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan Chico WTP ["findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan TriPod found at Gray Lodge today ["dcrane AT applelinks.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan Solano County Mt. Plovers ["dtankers AT winfirst.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan Re: Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15 ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan Re: [CVBirds] Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15 ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Jan Re: Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jan Lake Solano (Lewis's Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Phainopepla, Barrow's Goldeneye) - Solano Co. ["Kevin Guse kevin_guse AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan No Falcated Duck, 1/19 ["MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan FW: TUO and STA ["'Jim Gain \(birding\)' phalarope AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan location correction "Meadowlark Trail" at Merced NWR ["mojoedevine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan Woodland birds ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jan Merced NWR ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Jan Various weekend birds ["Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Jan Lawrence's Goldfinch at Sutter's Landing in Sacramento ["Lily Douglas ldouglas14 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Jan Colusa Falcated Duck update ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Jan San Benito County 1/15/15 and 1/17/15 ["lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Jan Re: Falcated Duck Search - Monday ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jan Falcated Duck Search - Monday ["MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jan north Yolo County highlights ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jan today's Tall Forest bird survey highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Jan Band-tailed Pigeon and a Varied Thrush in Granite Bay ["clarkolomieu AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Jan Evening Grosbeak in Woodland, Yolo Co ["brcampos AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Jan footwear for tomorrow's survey ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jan Red-throated Loon at O'Neill Forebay ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jan eBird report Merced NWR ["mojoedevine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jan Folsom CBC, Jan 4, 2015 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jan Re: pheasant decline ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jan pheasant decline ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Jan Vermilion Flycatcher photo links ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Jan Merced Co. Vermilion Flycatchers ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Jan Winter Monterey Pelagic Trip: Feb 22 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Jan Winter Monterey Pelagic Trip: Feb 22 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Jan Red-throated Loon Folsom Lake El Dorado County ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Jan Probable Trumpeter Swans, Chico Oxidation Ponds (10 Jan - delayed report) ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Jan Tehama County - Shrike strike-out (8 and 10 Jan) ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Jan A little weekend birding South of Chico ["'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Jan YBWA, W Sacramento ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality
From: "bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 15:20:41 -0800
Seems prudent with the invasion in the Central Valley this year.
 

 Kevin Thomas
 Sacramento 

 

 

 California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release
  
 January 27, 2015
  
 Media Contacts:
 Krysta Rogers, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 358-1662
 Levi Souza, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3709
 Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
  
 CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality
  
 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closely monitoring 
the population of band-tailed pigeons for mortality this winter. Band-tailed 
pigeons are California’s only native pigeon. They spend their winter from 
central to Southern California primarily inhabiting oak woodland and conifer 
forests. In late winter into early spring, band-tailed pigeons will migrate 
north into northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. 
Band-tailed pigeons are a different species than rock pigeons (also called 
city, urban or barn pigeons), which were introduced into North America from 
Europe. 

  
 Large flocks of band-tailed pigeons, sometimes up to 200 birds, have been 
observed in numerous coastal locations from the San Francisco Bay Area south 
into Santa Barbara County and in the San Bernardino Mountains. Increased 
mortality has been reported in several of these areas since mid-December. 
CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory has evaluated carcasses from these 
locations and determined the cause of mortality to be Avian Trichomonosis. 

  
 Avian Trichomonosis is a disease caused by a single-celled microscopic 
protozoan parasite, typically Trichomonas gallinae, which only infects birds. 
The parasite lives in the mouth and throat of infected birds, causing caseous 
(“cheese-like”) lesions in the birds’ mouth or esophagus. The lesions 
eventually block the passage of food, causing the bird to become weak and 
emaciated. Infected birds die from starvation or suffocation if the lesions 
block the airway. Non-native rock pigeons are thought to be the source of 
infection for native bird species. 

  
 The CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Lab is asking residents to be on the 
lookout for band-tailed pigeons this winter and to report any sick or dead 
pigeons. This information helps CDFW determine how many pigeons die during 
these mortality events and consequently, how these events may impact the 
overall population. Mortality can be reported using the following link: 
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Investigations/Monitoring/Mortality-Report 
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Investigations/Monitoring/Mortality-Report 
or by phone at (916) 358-2790. 

  
 If sick birds are observed, please contact a local wildlife rehabilitation 
center for advice. The list of CDFW licensed centers can be found at 
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/WIL/rehab/facilities.html 
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/WIL/rehab/facilities.html. 

  
 Additionally, residents can help reduce transmission of the disease by 
removing artificial sources of food and water (bird baths and fountains). Bird 
feeders and artificial water sources may increase disease transmission between 
individual band-tailed pigeons, and possibly other bird species, because it 
brings the birds into closer contact than is normal. 

  
 

Subject: Sac Co-Nimbus Fish Hatchery SnowxCanada goose hybrid
From: "bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 11:01:09 -0800
Today I found what appears to be a snow x canada goose hybrid standing next to 
the settling ponds outside the Nimbus fish hatchery. I've uploaded two poor 
iphone photos in the ducks, geese, and swans folder for the group. Any opinions 
would be appreciated. 


Kevin Thomas
Sacramento
 

Subject: Swamp Sparrow YBWA in Yolo
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:54:01 -0800
The Swamp Sparrow continued today at the previously described location in the 
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. 


 

Jim Holmes

Sacramento, CA
Subject: Re: Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count results
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:56:03 -0800
Hi folks,

I sent this out to folks associated with the Bufferlands, but this might be
of wider interest. In Area 1 of the Rio Cosumnes Count (the Bufferlands
portion, including the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant--a
combined total of 3,500 acres), we had the following results:

Seven Bufferlands staff and two volunteers participated in the 20th Rio
Cosumnes Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  From 7:05 am to 5:34 pm, we recorded
120 species on the Bufferlands, matching our previous high count within an
historic range of 90 to 120. We counted 267,927 individual birds, within an
historic range of 7,723 to 811,644.  In 2002 we began including Beach Lake
Forest, Beach Lake Park, and the ag lands owned by the District on the west
side of I-5.  Since that time we have recorded an average of 112 species,
within a range of 104 to 120.  The entire count circle produced 158 species
this year.  The Bufferlands portion has recorded 158 species over the
count’s 20 years, with Blue-winged Teal, Osprey, Acorn Woodpecker, Western
Flycatcher, and Pine Siskin new for our portion of the count this year.
Both Acorn Woodpecker and Pine Siskin have staged major invasions to
portions of the Valley this year and are common in many sites where they
are typically absent or rare. After 20 years, it is surprising to add five
new species to our overall count total, though all had been recorded before
on the Bufferlands, just not on the CBC.



This year produced slightly below average overall numbers of waterfowl, but
excellent diversity. Two Blue-winged Teal topped the list, with Hooded
Mergansers (10) continuing to be a regular winter staple since their first
appearance on the Bufferlands portion of the count in 2006. With good rains
in the first half of December, there was plenty of water in the wetlands,
but two weeks of dry conditions allowed good access. Good finds not
mentioned above included 8 Lesser Scaup (10th count on the
Bufferlands--additional numbers in parenthesis only refer to Bufferlands
portion of CBC), 5 Black-necked Stilts (11th count), 10 Bonaparte’s Gulls
(6th count), two Forster’s Terns (8th count) a Red-breasted Sapsucker (5th
count), a Common Raven (2nd count and 2nd year in a row), one Tree Swallow
(10th count), one Brown Creeper (7th count), a Rock Wren (9th count), 11
Varied Thrushes (6th count--another species staging a major invasion), and
a Townsend’s Warbler (5th count).



Shorebird numbers were very low, and we missed Black-bellied Plover (for
the 11th time), Long-billed Curlew (for the 4th time and the 3rd time in
the past four years—though a single flew over the day after the count), and
Long-billed Dowitcher (for just the 5th time). Common Gallinule was missed
for the first time, but they have been harder to find in recent years. We
also missed Horned Lark (for only the 5th time, but for 5 out of the last 7
years—but saw ~30 the following day).



At 30, Yellow-billed Magpie numbers remain low after their slight uptick
last year to 46.  Their numbers are still down since West Nile Virus (WNV)
reached our area in 2004-2005.  Prior to 2005, numbers ranged from 48 to
102.  Since 2005, the range has been 17-46.  Loggerhead Shrike is another
susceptible species and we missed it for the first time last year, but had
an encouraging 7 this year.  We missed Oak Titmouse for the 4th year in a
row; this species has also declined locally since WNV, and there was an
average of 6 prior to 2005. The near complete absence on the Bufferlands in
recent years is quite a surprise.



Only 15 Ring-necked Pheasants is in keeping with recent trends.  Prior to
2003, we expected well over 100 (with a high of an amazing 426), but we
haven’t had over 50 since 2003.  Wild Turkeys, at 71, were down from the
high of 121; this species was first recorded on the property in 2003 and
didn’t reach double-digits until 2009.



Sandhill Cranes were at a new high of 155, and they were not regular on the
Bufferlands portion of the count until 2007. This year they were found to
be roosting for the night at Fishhead Lake.



Three Burrowing Owls is the same number recorded last year.



The large roost in the Clarifiers (wastewater treatment tanks) accounted
for most of the individual birds, with 225,000 being European Starling,
32,000 Brewer’s Blackbirds, and 2,500 Brown-headed Cowbirds.



Good access to riparian areas produced above average counts of
woodland-dependent sparrows (eg: Fox Sparrows, 28, and Golden-crowned
Sparrows, 229), but well below average counts of more open-country sparrows
(Savannah Sparrows, 93, and White-crowned Sparrows, 364) which may be
related to last year’s drought and the lack of seeds in the grasslands and
field margins. This may also be part of a decline we’re seeing in some of
our other grassland birds (Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Horned Lark)
as more of the open country in the vicinity of the Bufferlands is developed.



Birds missed on count day but seen count week (which includes three days
before and three days after the count) were Prairie Falcon, Merlin,
Long-billed Curlew, and Horned Lark.



Thanks to everyone who participated in another great count.



PDFs of a nearly up-to-date bird list and the 20 years of CBC data, plus
other info, is available here:

http://www.regionalsan.com/bufferlands-flora-and-fauna


Chris Conard

Sacramento

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM, 'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> First thanks to all who were involved in the Rio Cosumnes Count and thanks
> to the Preserve for hosting the compilation again this year.  The count was
> held on January 5th and it was a beautiful day for counting.
> Seventy-three observers recorded 158 species and over 450,000 birds on
> count day.  Highlights included the count’s second only record of
> Phainopepla on Merritt Island, a male bird.  Also found was a Swamp Sparrow
> on the Lost Slough Unit of the Cosumnes Riiver Preserve.  In the mid-1990s
> this species was detected almost annually but this is the first in over ten
> years in the count circle.  A Western Flycatcher was observed on the
> Sacramento County Bufferlands and a kingbird species was detected on the
> Stone Lakes NWR; both have fewer than 5 records.  The latter  was not
> identified to species, but the description of this bird was compelling
> enough to count it as a Tyrannus sp.  As with other counts this year we had
> record highs for Pine Siskin (103 birds) and Varied Thrush (82 birds).
> Raptors too were numerous with highlights being 2 Osprey (time and
> locations indicated two separate birds), Bald Eagle (2 birds, imm and
> adult), Ferruginous Hawk (6 birds), Dark morph Rough-legged Hawk (Riley
> Road), and Short-eared Owl (Stone Lakes).  A long-eared Owl was found
> during count week at Cosumnes Preserve (J. A. Trochet).  One great addition
> to the count was better coverage of Area 2 (Elk Grove) parks and Laguna
> Waterways.  Their great find was a Wrentit in  Camden Park riparian
> thickets.  This was the first record away from Cosumnes or Stone Lakes for
> this species.  Naturalizing species continue to expand their distribution
> into the circle including Great-tailed Grackle, Eurasian Collared Doves,
> and Mute Swans.  Other good finds included: Blue-winged Teal,  Redhead,
> Western Grebe, White-faced Ibis (not common on our count), Lewis’s
> Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow (Stone lakes), Pacific Wren (Count Week) –
> this species was once regular with numbers as high as 25 individuals in the
> past but has become increasingly hard to find,  Chipping Sparrow,
> White-throated Sparrow (several), Chestnut-collared Longspur (count week at
> Valensin Ranch – Salas Road), and Yellow-headed Blackbird.
>
>
>
> Again thanks to all for a great count.  2015’s count will mark the 20th
> year for this circle!  Hard to believe.
>
>
>
> Andy
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Andrew Engilis, Jr.
>
> Curator
>
> Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
>
> University of California
>
> One Shields Avenue
>
> Davis, CA 95616
>
> USA
>
>
>
> Office Phone:  530-752-0364
>
> FAX: 530-752-4154
>
> E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu
>
> Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu
>
>
> __._,_._
>
Subject: Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count results
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:09:49 -0800
First thanks to all who were involved in the Rio Cosumnes Count and thanks
to the Preserve for hosting the compilation again this year.  The count was
held on January 5th and it was a beautiful day for counting. Seventy-three
observers recorded 158 species and over 450,000 birds on count day.
Highlights included the count's second only record of Phainopepla on Merritt
Island, a male bird.  Also found was a Swamp Sparrow on the Lost Slough Unit
of the Cosumnes Riiver Preserve.  In the mid-1990s this species was detected
almost annually but this is the first in over ten years in the count circle.
A Western Flycatcher was observed on the Sacramento County Bufferlands and a
kingbird species was detected on the Stone Lakes NWR; both have fewer than 5
records.  The latter  was not identified to species, but the description of
this bird was compelling enough to count it as a Tyrannus sp.  As with other
counts this year we had record highs for Pine Siskin (103 birds) and Varied
Thrush (82 birds).  Raptors too were numerous with highlights being 2 Osprey
(time and locations indicated two separate birds), Bald Eagle (2 birds, imm
and adult), Ferruginous Hawk (6 birds), Dark morph Rough-legged Hawk (Riley
Road), and Short-eared Owl (Stone Lakes).  A long-eared Owl was found during
count week at Cosumnes Preserve (J. A. Trochet).  One great addition to the
count was better coverage of Area 2 (Elk Grove) parks and Laguna Waterways.
Their great find was a Wrentit in  Camden Park riparian thickets.  This was
the first record away from Cosumnes or Stone Lakes for this species.
Naturalizing species continue to expand their distribution into the circle
including Great-tailed Grackle, Eurasian Collared Doves, and Mute Swans.
Other good finds included: Blue-winged Teal,  Redhead, Western Grebe,
White-faced Ibis (not common on our count), Lewis's Woodpecker, Violet-green
Swallow (Stone lakes), Pacific Wren (Count Week) - this species was once
regular with numbers as high as 25 individuals in the past but has become
increasingly hard to find,  Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow
(several), Chestnut-collared Longspur (count week at Valensin Ranch - Salas
Road), and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

 

Again thanks to all for a great count.  2015's count will mark the 20th year
for this circle!  Hard to believe.

 

Andy

 

 

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:    http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

 
Subject: Sacramento CBC results, posting for Mark Cudney
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 11:41:46 -0800
Hi folks, I'm posting this for Mark Cudney, the Sacramento CBC compiler.
 

 All areas have finally reported in (yes some of my area leaders are 
procrastinators). 66 individuals tallied 165 species on a gorgeous sunny day. 
This total was one shy of the all time Sacramento Christmas count record, and 
we have been doing this since the fifties. Great finds were 18 Blue-Winged 
Teal, 5 Redhead, 3 Greater Scaup, 1 Barrow's Goldeneye, 1 Osprey, 1 Golden 
Eagle, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 
Western Sandpipers, 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Western Gull, 1 Cliff Swallow (has not 
been seen for years), 16 Band-tailed Pigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, 8 Brown Creepers, 3 Pacific Wren, 15 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, an 
unprecedented 363 Varied Thrush, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 4 Townsend's 
Warblers, 2 Western Tanagers, 1 Chipping Sparrow (great find), 6 Vesper 
Sparrows, 10 White-throated Sparrows, 230 Tricolored Blackbirds, 25 Purple 
Finch, and 106 Pine Siskins. The bad misses that stopped us from beating the 
record include Eurasian Wigeon, Western Grebe, and Western Screech- Owl. 


 

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

Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker at Lake Solano Park, Solano County
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:10:35 -0800
Yesterday, Jan 27, around 12 noon, a group of Yolo County birders found a
Red-naped Sapsucker in the day use area of Lake Solano Park just east of
Pleasants Valley Road just south of the bridge just south of the
intersection with CA 128 about five miles west of Winters. First spotted by
Sami LaRocca with a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Large red throat patch
incompletely framed by black border, complete black breast band, no red
below on the chest, large red crown patch and nape patch incompletely
separated, no red on the face, only black-and-white stripes, like
Yellow-bellied. Seen by three of us very well but not close enough or still
enough for a decent photo. The bird was chased by an Acorn Woodpecker
several times until we could no longer locate the bird. At first, the chased
sapsucker returned immediately to the trees in which originally seen - near
the first parking spaces in the upper parking lot of the day-use area near
the entry gate.  Good possibility it can be found again.

 

Also saw five other species of woodpecker including at least 10 Lewis's, as
well as about 8 Steller's Jays, 8 Varied Thrushes, 2 Golden-crowned
Kinglets, a Slate-colored Fox Sparrow, and a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes.
The usual Phainopepla has been conspicuously absent this winter.  Maybe too
many winter visitors this year!  Remarkable variety of birds in a small
area, and great looks at most of them as well.

 

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Subject: Re: Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them
From: "Nina Jones mtnlynx AT sti.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:27:38 -0800
I do monthly Raptor Surveys in Madera, Merced and Mariposa counties on a
regular basis. There were fewer raptors in general this last year which in
my opinion is due to less prey due to drought, over grazing and habitat
loss for both prey and predator. We have especially noticed a lack of kites
and harriers in areas where we would see them on a regular basis in prior
years. This last year we noticed a drastic drop in raptor numbers as the
summer approached and on through the fall. Many of the fields were
over-grazed plus many of the grassland areas on our routes had a change in
use to agriculture.
I am a volunteer survey participant so this is just an opinion from being
involved for the last 5 years. We have noted that as the grasslands were
revived by the rains and the rodents and insects returned that the numbers
are slowly improving ( winter surveys in general usually produce higher
counts though), However the numbers have not increased to the previous
years totals.
As far as eagles we have noticed a change in numbers but we still get about
the same ratio of Bald vs Golden overall.
There is my 2 cents for what it is worth.
Nina Jones
Oakhurst


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Subject: Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:38:44 -0800
Hi all,

I am wondering if any of you have any thoughts, statistics, or opinions as to 
why when I’m out birding, I now see so few White-tailed Kites and Golden 
Eagles. Not that the eagles were ever abundant, but in the past years I’ve 
always seen them a time or 2 circling over my home in Napa, or seeing them out 
birding. Last year at home- none, out birding, rarely. We see a lot more Bald 
Eagles these days than Goldens. The same with White-tailed Kites. We could 
almost always depend on a day outing and seeing the kites. Last year and 
possibly sooner, more often than not, we don’t see any or maybe 1 or a pair. 


We do most of our ‘local’ birding in Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Yolo 
counties; and other times going out into other counties. Is this a trend that 
others have noticed? Not sure what else to say, other than it makes me sad to 
see not to see these birds. 


I’d appreciate any comments.

Thank you,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net
Subject: Requesting thoughts about White-tailed Kites & Golden Eagles- seeing less of them
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:38:44 -0800
Hi all,

I am wondering if any of you have any thoughts, statistics, or opinions as to 
why when I’m out birding, I now see so few White-tailed Kites and Golden 
Eagles. Not that the eagles were ever abundant, but in the past years I’ve 
always seen them a time or 2 circling over my home in Napa, or seeing them out 
birding. Last year at home- none, out birding, rarely. We see a lot more Bald 
Eagles these days than Goldens. The same with White-tailed Kites. We could 
almost always depend on a day outing and seeing the kites. Last year and 
possibly sooner, more often than not, we don’t see any or maybe 1 or a pair. 


We do most of our ‘local’ birding in Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Yolo 
counties; and other times going out into other counties. Is this a trend that 
others have noticed? Not sure what else to say, other than it makes me sad to 
see not to see these birds. 


I’d appreciate any comments.

Thank you,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net
Subject: Hairy woodpecker at Lake Natoma
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:44:05 -0800
Birders-
I just found a hairy woodpecker in oaks between the bike trail and the lake on 
the Folsom side. This is between the Young Wo Circle access and the Parkshore 
access for those with Google maps. On the lake it would be about 200 yards 
north of the small island where geese like to hang out. Also a horned grebe 
here. 


Sent from my iPhone

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA



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Subject: Common Goldeneye on Desmond Rd
From: "farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jan 2015 19:41:52 -0800
This may not be a big sighting in general but it was for me today. I've never 
seen the Common Goldeneye anywhere around the CRP area until today. An adult 
male and what appeared a little later to be a mate were in the pond nearest the 
RR tracks on the north side of Desmond Rd around 2 pm. I tried to digi scope it 
but I just couldn't get high enough over the weeds to get a clear shot. Plus it 
was diving constantly while hanging with hundreds of Coots. What I think was a 
mate was even less visible. 

 

 Meanwhile an impressive number of Snow Geese and Greater White-Fronted Geese 
came in and covered the north ponds. I was only there for a short time but in 
my poor estimation (very poor) I would say 5000 of each species? Possibly far 
more. I'm just not confident at huge numbers like that. 

 

 Farley Cross
 Sacramento CA
Subject: Merced County
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:45:08 -0800
Reported from Top Of The Hill, Prunedale. 

I birded around Gustine today and had the following birds of some interest: 

Harry Schmidt (in Gustine) 
	1	Cackling Goose 
	3 	Acorn Woodpeckers
	1	Varied Thrush 
	1	Black-throated Gray Warbler (male) 
	3	Pine Siskins

Gustine WTP 
	1	Bald Eagle (adult)
	1	Willet 

George Hatfield SRA 
	12	Lewiss Woodpeckers 

Kent Van Vuren 
Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: RFI: Accessible owls near Davis for Duck Days tours
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:56:26 -0500
As we have had for so many years before, the Yolo Basin Foundation's Duck Days 
field trip roster includes an "afternoon into evening" Owling Trip. We are 
hoping to have two separate trips launched at the start which can merge toward 
the end as people drop out because of hunger or tired kids. 


I'm looking for pointers on known locations for:
Barn Owls, either in town or close by (any owl boxes active?)
Great Horned Owls (visual if possible)
Short-eared Owls
Long-eared Owl if we're REALLY lucky, as we were two years in a row....

We have two separate Burrowing Owl locations, and our last stop is at the Putah 
Creek Picnic Area on campus for Western Screech Owls. 


We'll have a lot of vehicles, and can't go too far from town because of time 
and the complexity of caravanning, since some participants are not local folks. 
Your ideas and sightings will help us plan. 


Thanks!

Mary Schiedt
Subject: Black Merlin
From: "George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:31:20 -0800
This morning there was a Black Merlin perched in a tree at the River Center. It 
stayed there for over 2 hours then returned in the afternoon. The picture on 
eBird is in early morning fog. 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21539147 
 

  
George Folsom
Fresno CA




Subject: Birds of Local Interest - Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin Countries - 24 January 2015
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:08:51 -0800
Greetings Birders,

While leading a field trip for the Yolo Basin Foundation, we found several 
birds of interest. In addition to the previously reported SWAMP SPARROW at the 
Yolo Bypass WA, there was a drake Eurasian Wigeon among the hoards of waterfowl 
seen from Parking C. 


In West Sacramento at the Bridgeway Is. Pond, located off Pender Island St, 
which is assessed via Southport Parkway, there were 67 Blue-wing Teal! This is 
the highest concentration I've ever seen there, or perhaps anywhere. 


At Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento Co., I found a tan-striped 
White-throated Sparrow in a small flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows. They were 
feeding directly across from the road leading into the Visitor's Center, near 
the wooden viewing platform. The bird was very cooperative, and afforded 
everyone good looks. 


Along Staten Is. Road in San Joaquin Co., we counted an estimated 2,500+ 
Aleutian Cackling Geese. This flock has been present since last fall, and seems 
to be an annual gathering here for the past several years. Always a good bird 
to see. As the day ended, we watched as some 1,200 to 1,500 Sandhill Cranes 
glided in, and dropped into the nearby wetlands for the night. A Prairie Falcon 
streaked through overhead to punctuate the scene. 


Despite the cold, mostly foggy conditions throughout most of the day, we 
tallied 91 species. 


Terry Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com
Subject: Re: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:04:54 -0800




Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co.
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:15:23 -0800
I have posted a photo album with swan images from both Chico WTP and
Pennington Rd., accessible at

https://picasaweb.google.com/115664736039227190081/TrumpeterSwans20150124?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLiS9cGqirmZxgE&feat=directlink 

.

I have also updated my eBird documentation. See
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21527861 (Pennington Rd.) and
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516479 (Chico WTP).

One correction to my earlier post: the Chico birds initially took off to
the south but then they banked and headed north, consistent with Larry
Jordan's report. My posted flight photos show them heading south (right to
left) but I also have more distant unpublished views of them flying in the
opposite direction.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 9:28 PM, Bruce Mast  wrote:

> The story actually begins in Butte County, where I traveled to Chico WTP
> this morning (Saturday, Jan. 24) to admire the continuing adult + juvenile
> pair of Trumpeters that Ken Schneider first found back on Jan. 10. I
> arrived at the WTP around 7:15 and the Trumpeters flew into the SE pond
> just as I was walking up. I got good long looks and a number of mediocre
> photographs. Then around 8:05 they took to the air heading south and I
> didn't see them again.
>
> Fast forward to this evening, when I found myself birding Pennington Road
> in Sutter County just north of Sutter Buttes. There is a flooded field on
> the south side of the road at (39.2755, -121.7478) and I noticed 2 swans on
> the water with the ducks. On closer inspection, one was an adult and the
> second one was a juvenile with gray head and some gray on the back. Looking
> even closer, I concluded they were Trumpeters--long sloping foreheads,
> all-black bills on both birds, evenly rounded backs, what appeared to be
> widows peaks on their foreheads--the same field marks I saw this morning. I
> got a number of distant photos in fading light. My first thought was that I
> had stumbled on the Chico birds but the photos of the Sutter juvenile shows
> less gray in the body.
>
> Before you go chase these birds, you should know that they took off while
> I watched and flew straight south on a direct course, passing to the east
> of the buttes. Who knows where they will turn up. It will also be
> interesting to see if the Chico Trumps reappear in the coming days.
>
> I'll provide a link to photos tomorrow.
>
> Bruce Mast
> Oakland
>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co.
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:15:23 -0800
I have posted a photo album with swan images from both Chico WTP and
Pennington Rd., accessible at

https://picasaweb.google.com/115664736039227190081/TrumpeterSwans20150124?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLiS9cGqirmZxgE&feat=directlink 

.

I have also updated my eBird documentation. See
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21527861 (Pennington Rd.) and
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516479 (Chico WTP).

One correction to my earlier post: the Chico birds initially took off to
the south but then they banked and headed north, consistent with Larry
Jordan's report. My posted flight photos show them heading south (right to
left) but I also have more distant unpublished views of them flying in the
opposite direction.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 9:28 PM, Bruce Mast  wrote:

> The story actually begins in Butte County, where I traveled to Chico WTP
> this morning (Saturday, Jan. 24) to admire the continuing adult + juvenile
> pair of Trumpeters that Ken Schneider first found back on Jan. 10. I
> arrived at the WTP around 7:15 and the Trumpeters flew into the SE pond
> just as I was walking up. I got good long looks and a number of mediocre
> photographs. Then around 8:05 they took to the air heading south and I
> didn't see them again.
>
> Fast forward to this evening, when I found myself birding Pennington Road
> in Sutter County just north of Sutter Buttes. There is a flooded field on
> the south side of the road at (39.2755, -121.7478) and I noticed 2 swans on
> the water with the ducks. On closer inspection, one was an adult and the
> second one was a juvenile with gray head and some gray on the back. Looking
> even closer, I concluded they were Trumpeters--long sloping foreheads,
> all-black bills on both birds, evenly rounded backs, what appeared to be
> widows peaks on their foreheads--the same field marks I saw this morning. I
> got a number of distant photos in fading light. My first thought was that I
> had stumbled on the Chico birds but the photos of the Sutter juvenile shows
> less gray in the body.
>
> Before you go chase these birds, you should know that they took off while
> I watched and flew straight south on a direct course, passing to the east
> of the buttes. Who knows where they will turn up. It will also be
> interesting to see if the Chico Trumps reappear in the coming days.
>
> I'll provide a link to photos tomorrow.
>
> Bruce Mast
> Oakland
>
Subject: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co.
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:28:50 -0800
The story actually begins in Butte County, where I traveled to Chico WTP
this morning (Saturday, Jan. 24) to admire the continuing adult + juvenile
pair of Trumpeters that Ken Schneider first found back on Jan. 10. I
arrived at the WTP around 7:15 and the Trumpeters flew into the SE pond
just as I was walking up. I got good long looks and a number of mediocre
photographs. Then around 8:05 they took to the air heading south and I
didn't see them again.

Fast forward to this evening, when I found myself birding Pennington Road
in Sutter County just north of Sutter Buttes. There is a flooded field on
the south side of the road at (39.2755, -121.7478) and I noticed 2 swans on
the water with the ducks. On closer inspection, one was an adult and the
second one was a juvenile with gray head and some gray on the back. Looking
even closer, I concluded they were Trumpeters--long sloping foreheads,
all-black bills on both birds, evenly rounded backs, what appeared to be
widows peaks on their foreheads--the same field marks I saw this morning. I
got a number of distant photos in fading light. My first thought was that I
had stumbled on the Chico birds but the photos of the Sutter juvenile shows
less gray in the body.

Before you go chase these birds, you should know that they took off while I
watched and flew straight south on a direct course, passing to the east of
the buttes. Who knows where they will turn up. It will also be interesting
to see if the Chico Trumps reappear in the coming days.

I'll provide a link to photos tomorrow.

Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: Trumpeter Swans in Sutter Co.
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:28:50 -0800
The story actually begins in Butte County, where I traveled to Chico WTP
this morning (Saturday, Jan. 24) to admire the continuing adult + juvenile
pair of Trumpeters that Ken Schneider first found back on Jan. 10. I
arrived at the WTP around 7:15 and the Trumpeters flew into the SE pond
just as I was walking up. I got good long looks and a number of mediocre
photographs. Then around 8:05 they took to the air heading south and I
didn't see them again.

Fast forward to this evening, when I found myself birding Pennington Road
in Sutter County just north of Sutter Buttes. There is a flooded field on
the south side of the road at (39.2755, -121.7478) and I noticed 2 swans on
the water with the ducks. On closer inspection, one was an adult and the
second one was a juvenile with gray head and some gray on the back. Looking
even closer, I concluded they were Trumpeters--long sloping foreheads,
all-black bills on both birds, evenly rounded backs, what appeared to be
widows peaks on their foreheads--the same field marks I saw this morning. I
got a number of distant photos in fading light. My first thought was that I
had stumbled on the Chico birds but the photos of the Sutter juvenile shows
less gray in the body.

Before you go chase these birds, you should know that they took off while I
watched and flew straight south on a direct course, passing to the east of
the buttes. Who knows where they will turn up. It will also be interesting
to see if the Chico Trumps reappear in the coming days.

I'll provide a link to photos tomorrow.

Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: Lost Lake Sapsuckers
From: "Larry Parmeter lanparmeter3 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:28:55 -0800
 This morning(Sat, Jan 24), several of us were at Lost Lake Park looking for 
the two Sapsuckers reported on Weds and yesterday-We saw the juvenile in a tree 
by the river about 100 years north of the entrance kiosk-then we went looking 
for the adult near the bathroom about a quarter mile south of the kiosk-We 
ended up seeing in that area not one, but two adult Yellow-bellied 
Sapsuckers-So, there's at least three of the birds at the park- Also, at least 
ten Hooded Merganzers were in the river near the bathroom. One more thing-in 
the trees where we saw the two adult Sapsuckers near the bathroom, we also 
found the feathers of what was clearly a Yellow-shafted Flicker-Very 
distinguishable from Red-shafted feathers, which we also found- Larry Parmeter 
Fresno Audubon Society 
Subject: Falcated Duck seen 1/24
From: "SARAH MACLEAN maclean AT berkeley.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:00:02 -0800
Spotted the Falcated Duck in the Colusa refuge from the green gate on route
20 at about 2:30 this afternoon. It was still visible when I left around 3
and a group of birders was continuing to get good looks. The duck was quite
active swimming back and forth across a channel and preening, all a few
hundred yards out. It was possible to see the duck with binoculars but a
scope is highly recommended.


Happy birding.


Sarah MacLean
Berkeley
Subject: No more Trumpeter Swans at Chico ??
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:02:14 -0800
Hello all,

FYI - Looks like the Trumpeter Swans at the Chico Oxidation Ponds may 
have flown - per Larry Jordan at Shasta Birders.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta, CA


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Unfortunately something spooked the swans shortly after 9am this morning 
at the oxidation ponds. They circled the ponds once and headed North.

Larry Jordan

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Subject: Re: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway
From: "Clifford Hawley yellowhammerCA AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:14:55 -0800
I'm looking at the male Red-breasted Merganser right now with Jeri Langham
et al. The bird is displaying to a female Common Merganser just downstream
of the big gravel bar that extends from the parking lot. Good birding.

Cliff Hawley
Sacramento, CA
On Jan 24, 2015 9:42 AM, "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]" 
wrote:

>
>
> Hi folks,
>
> I finally got a chance to upload my photos and video of the Red-breasted
> Merganser, which was dramatically displaying to a seemingly unimpressed
> female Common Merganser. The bird was seen yesterday (Jan 23) too.
>
> eBird list with embedded photos and video link:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21499120
> Also posted here: www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/
>
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Chris Conard  wrote:
>
>> Hi folks,
>>
>> Jeri Langham reported a male Red-breasted Merganser yesterday in eBird.
>> It was at a spot he calls Killdeer Island, which is just downstream of
>> where the entrance road comes in from Mira Del Rio Drive. One could park
>> along Mira Del Rio and walk straight north toward the river as a place to
>> start looking.
>>
>> Directions: From downtown Sacramento, take Highway 50 east for 9.5 miles
>> from Interstate 5. Exit at Bradshaw Road and go north (left) to Folsom
>> Boulevard. Turn left on Folsom Boulevard, and then right onto Butterfield
>> Way. Turn right on Linda Rio Drive and right again on Mira Del Rio Drive.
>> In about 50 yards, turn left into Gristmill Recreation Area. The entrance
>> fee is currently $5 per vehicle. You can also park along Mira Del Rio Drive
>> and walk into the park.
>>
>> Chris Conard
>> Sacramento
>>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:42:13 -0800
Hi folks,

I finally got a chance to upload my photos and video of the Red-breasted
Merganser, which was dramatically displaying to a seemingly unimpressed
female Common Merganser. The bird was seen yesterday (Jan 23) too.

eBird list with embedded photos and video link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21499120
Also posted here: www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/

Chris Conard
Sacramento


On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Chris Conard  wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Jeri Langham reported a male Red-breasted Merganser yesterday in eBird. It
> was at a spot he calls Killdeer Island, which is just downstream of where
> the entrance road comes in from Mira Del Rio Drive. One could park along
> Mira Del Rio and walk straight north toward the river as a place to start
> looking.
>
> Directions: From downtown Sacramento, take Highway 50 east for 9.5 miles
> from Interstate 5. Exit at Bradshaw Road and go north (left) to Folsom
> Boulevard. Turn left on Folsom Boulevard, and then right onto Butterfield
> Way. Turn right on Linda Rio Drive and right again on Mira Del Rio Drive.
> In about 50 yards, turn left into Gristmill Recreation Area. The entrance
> fee is currently $5 per vehicle. You can also park along Mira Del Rio Drive
> and walk into the park.
>
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
>
Subject: Re: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:15:37 -0800
While leading a field trip for the Yolo Basin Foundation, I was able to 
relocate the Swamp Sparrow this morning at 8am. Everyone in the group had 
satisfying views of the bird, including good scope views. It turned out to be 
life bird for all 10 participants. Great find, Leo. 


Terry Colborn
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

> On Jan 23, 2015, at 6:51 PM, Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> At 5:00 pm today (Fri 1/23), the Swamp Sparrow was in the exact place Leo 
described, associating loosely with 2 Song Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, and a 
Marsh Wren. It took me an hour to finally locate it, skulking in the flooded 
weeds and bulrushes. Thanks, Leo! 

> 
> Dan Airola
> Sacramento
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> 
> At Jan 23, 2015, 2:47:04 PM, Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com'> wrote: 

> This morning, shortly after 10:00 am, I located a Swamp Sparrow along the 
Yolo Bypass WA auto loop. I forgot to take mileage but those of you familiar 
with the auto loop shouldn't have much trouble finding the location. 

> 
> Proceed south from the main parking lot until you come to the first sharp 
left turn - "one way only" sign prohibit you from going straight. Park here 
look behind you for the stairs leading up to a platform used to service an 
electrical utility box. The bird was in the east-west ditch between the signs 
and the platform...sometimes on the floating pond weed in the ditch right under 
the platform. It seem to be content staying in that general vicinity for the 30 
or so minutes I was there. 

> 
> When not on the pond weed, it could be found in the small patch of tules in 
middle of the ditch or along the edge of the ditch but always within stone's 
throw of the west side of the auto loop road. It was usually in close proximity 
to Song Sparrows, Lincoln Sparrows, and Marsh Wrens. In general, I would say 
the bird was relatively cooperative for a Swamp Sparrow. 

> 
> I've embedded 3 photo of the bird and one of the location in my eBird report. 
Here's the link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507453 

> 
> Leo Edson
> Sacramento
> 
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck sighted 1/22
From: "chantedor AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jan 2015 09:52:40 -0800
A group of 15 of us on the Snow Goose Festival "Colusa Big Day" field trip led 
by Scott Huber sighted the Falcated Duck at around 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, 1/22, 
near the green gate on Route 20. More specifically for those who want to try to 
locate it: We couldn't see it while standing right by the green gate, but then 
some of our group sighted it from scopes set up in the gravel parking strip 
along the highway farther to the left. It was with a large number of other 
ducks, and you definitely needed a scope to sight it, but we got some nice 
looks! 


Joyce Bond
Paradise, CA
 

Subject: RE: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:51:39 -0800




Subject: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Swamp Sparrow
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:47:04 -0800
This morning, shortly after 10:00 am, I located a Swamp Sparrow along the Yolo 
Bypass WA auto loop. I forgot to take mileage but those of you familiar with 
the auto loop shouldn't have much trouble finding the location. 


Proceed south from the main parking lot until you come to the first sharp left 
turn - "one way only" sign prohibit you from going straight. Park here look 
behind you for the stairs leading up to a platform used to service an 
electrical utility box. The bird was in the east-west ditch between the signs 
and the platform...sometimes on the floating pond weed in the ditch right under 
the platform. It seem to be content staying in that general vicinity for the 30 
or so minutes I was there. 


When not on the pond weed, it could be found in the small patch of tules in 
middle of the ditch or along the edge of the ditch but always within stone's 
throw of the west side of the auto loop road. It was usually in close proximity 
to Song Sparrows, Lincoln Sparrows, and Marsh Wrens. In general, I would say 
the bird was relatively cooperative for a Swamp Sparrow. 


I've embedded 3 photo of the bird and one of the location in my eBird report. 
Here's the link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507453 


Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: Re: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:16:04 -0800
The bird continued this afternoon. Kimya and I saw him displaying to a
female Common Merganser (quite elaborate, including bowing, throwing his
head back, opening his thin bill, but we couldn't hear any sound he might
have made). Will post photos and video later.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
--please excuse this brief message sent with my phone
On Jan 22, 2015 9:00 AM, "Chris Conard"  wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Jeri Langham reported a male Red-breasted Merganser yesterday in eBird. It
> was at a spot he calls Killdeer Island, which is just downstream of where
> the entrance road comes in from Mira Del Rio Drive. One could park along
> Mira Del Rio and walk straight north toward the river as a place to start
> looking.
>
> Directions: From downtown Sacramento, take Highway 50 east for 9.5 miles
> from Interstate 5. Exit at Bradshaw Road and go north (left) to Folsom
> Boulevard. Turn left on Folsom Boulevard, and then right onto Butterfield
> Way. Turn right on Linda Rio Drive and right again on Mira Del Rio Drive.
> In about 50 yards, turn left into Gristmill Recreation Area. The entrance
> fee is currently $5 per vehicle. You can also park along Mira Del Rio Drive
> and walk into the park.
>
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
>
Subject: Trumpeter Swans
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:11:46 -0800
Hi all,
 I wanted to report the continuing TRUMPETER SWANS at the Chico WTP this 
morning, also a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL hanging out on the edge of the SE pond 
with a bunch of coots. The number of SORA & VIRGINIA RAILS calling was 
incredible. One GREEN HERON and one AMERICAN BITTERN in reeds near blind shack 
were also a nice sight. 

 Just another note, the HARRIS'S SPARROW still showing up in my backyard and 
neighbor's yard. 


Michele Swartout 
Red Bluff




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Subject: Male Red-breasted Merganser at Gristmill, American River Parkway
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:50 -0800
Hi folks,

Jeri Langham reported a male Red-breasted Merganser yesterday in eBird. It
was at a spot he calls Killdeer Island, which is just downstream of where
the entrance road comes in from Mira Del Rio Drive. One could park along
Mira Del Rio and walk straight north toward the river as a place to start
looking.

Directions: From downtown Sacramento, take Highway 50 east for 9.5 miles
from Interstate 5. Exit at Bradshaw Road and go north (left) to Folsom
Boulevard. Turn left on Folsom Boulevard, and then right onto Butterfield
Way. Turn right on Linda Rio Drive and right again on Mira Del Rio Drive.
In about 50 yards, turn left into Gristmill Recreation Area. The entrance
fee is currently $5 per vehicle. You can also park along Mira Del Rio Drive
and walk into the park.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Black Merlin at Folsom Lake
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:36:10 -0800
Birders-

This afternoon I stopped by the Sweetwater Creek access of Folsom Lake and 
walked to the Old Salmon Falls bridge. The water level makes it a little tricky 
to get across the bridge but I did so and was rewarded with the black or 
Pacific subspecies of merlin. I sat near its perch and watched it for about 
twenty minutes. Coincidentally I saw a similar merlin five years ago at the 
same tree on February 18. The arm of the South Fork is hosting over 100 
American wigeons as well, but sifting through I couldnt come up with a 
Eurasian. 


Good birding,

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: Re: Re: Flicker pecking my house
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:24:35 -0800
Hello all,

Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a bunch of information on discouraging 
woodpeckers from damaging your home.

Hope it helps,

Bob Yutzy
Shasta, CA

On 1/21/2015 12:31 PM, Maxine Cornwell cornwell_maxine AT yahoo.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote:
>
>
> For the first time in more than 53 years in my house, a northern 
> flicker has begun a project pecking the wood outside my front door.  
> The exterior of the house is in excellent condition, with new paint, 
> etcetera.  I do not know what has attracted this bird, since the house 
> is just as it has been all of the many winters flickers have spent 
> here.  Does anyone have any ideas about how to distract this bird?
> I appreciate any advice you have for me.
> Maxine Cornwell
> Orangevale, CA
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Yellow-shafted Flicker, UC Davis Arboretum
From: "Alan Krakauer ahkrakauer AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:50:13 -0800
I had good looks at a Yellow-shafted Flicker in the UC Davis Arboretum today. 
The bird was along the horse pastures, west of Putah Creek Lodge, and maybe 
1-200m southwest of the dock and small native plant garden with the fountain. 
Nice male showing yellow underwing, red nape, and black mustachial. It was 
associating with a female Red-shafted. 


Other somewhat noteworthy birds for the day were 1 Varied Thrush, a flock of 
~25 American Pipits that settled into the horse pastures, and a Downy 
Woodpecker. 


Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond/Davis CA



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Jan 21, 2015 1:34 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: West from Putah Creek Lodge to end of Arboretum and back along horse 
pastures. 
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Subject: Re: Flicker pecking my house
From: "Maxine Cornwell cornwell_maxine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:31:18 +0000 (UTC)
For the first time in more than 53 years in my house, a northern flicker has 
begun a project pecking the wood outside my front door.  The exterior of the 
house is in excellent condition, with new paint, etcetera.  I do not know what 
has attracted this bird, since the house is just as it has been all of the many 
winters flickers have spent here.  Does anyone have any ideas about how to 
distract this bird? I appreciate any advice you have for me. Maxine 
CornwellOrangevale, CA 
Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: "Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:20:19 +0000 (UTC)
     Today at about 4:30pm, I was driving east on Hwy 180 just past the 
intersection of Hwy 99 in Fresno, when I noticed ahead of me a huge flock of 
what at first looked like gulls flying north-as I got closer to them, though, 
and they literally flew over my car, I realized that they were all Cattle 
Egrets-they flew over the highway, and my vehicle, in at least three waves and 
maybe more-I estimated at least 500-700 of them-an amazing sight! 

Larry ParmeterFresno Audubon Society 
Subject: Chico WTP
From: "findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 18:50:15 -0800
I met Mary Muchowski at the Oxidation Ponds to see if anything new has flown 
in. The two Trumpeter Swans (one adult / one juvenile) are still present at the 
far southwesternmost pond. 

In the large eastern pond we were able to scope out two male Blue-winged Teal 
hanging around with two female. Amongst the waterfowl, notable species included 
1 Redhead, 4 Lesser Scaup male and 3 females, 4 Common Goldeneye, and 1 
Eurasian Wigeon. 

As we left, there were also 2 Great Horned Owl "hooting" back and forth to each 
other in the orchard west of the ponds. Looking forward to any and all that 
make the trip to the Snow Goose Festival this weekend! 


Happy Birding!

Matt Forster
Butte County, CA

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Subject: TriPod found at Gray Lodge today
From: "dcrane AT applelinks.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 16:39:56 -0800
I found a nice TriPod in the road while at Gray Lodge today, if you lost one 
reply so that I can get it to you. 


Bill Moore
Grass Valley
 

Subject: Solano County Mt. Plovers
From: "dtankers AT winfirst.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 18:21:10 -0800
I had the plovers this afternoon about 4:00 in the same general location as 
described by Terry Colborn and Leo Edson. The birds were close enough to the 
road where a scope was not required, but helpful all the same. I counted 84. 
The flock was relatively calm, and some were settling in in taller tufts of 
grass. 

 

 Dan Tankersley
 Sacramento
Subject: Re: Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:35:53 -0800
The nickname "Prairie Ghost" fit the Mountain Plover once again this morning in 
Solano County where they, along with everything else beyond 100 feet, remained 
completely obscured by fog until after 11 am when they appeared at same 
location Terry Colborn described yesterday. I only counted 26 but I had another 
group of 40 along Hwy 113. 



Anyone looking for Mountain Plovers along Hwy 113 should always use extreme 
caution...very few areas to pull safely off of the road and most folks 
exceeding the speed limit. That said, the group of 40 were in a pasture on west 
side of Hwy 113 between 0.1 and 0.2 mile south of the intersection of Robinson 
Road and Hwy 113. The only nearby safe place to park in on Robinson Road but 
that requires walking across Hwy 113. 


A spotting scope is advised for both locations.

Leo Edson
Sacramento

   


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:50 AM, "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Breck, et al,

This area off of Hwy 113, south of Dixon, in Solano County. You can find the 
exact location via Google Maps. 


Terry Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

On Jan 20, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Breck Breckenridge  wrote:


Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its  intersection with Flannery Rd.?
>
>
>Could you please mention what county these roads are in? I live in 
>San Joaquin County (part of the Central Valley I believe) and I have no idea 
where these roads are. Thanks! Breck Breckenridge, Lodi, CA 

>
>
>
>>________________________________
>> From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

>>To: Central Valley Birds  
>>Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 10:14 PM
>>Subject: [CVBirds] Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 
01.19.15 

>> 
>>
>>
>>  
>>Greetings Birders,
>>
>>This afternoon, my wife, Diane, and I counted 57 MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the east 
side of Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Flannery 
Rd. The birds were actively feeding in the pasture, at times less than 20 feet 
on the other side of the fence! As others have noted, there were also 3 
Burrowing Owls and a Ferruginous Hawk in the area. 

>>
>>At the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area we found 2 pair of REDHEAD on the east side 
of the main entry road, about 1/4 mile (+/-), south of parking lot A. They were 
associating with a pair of Ring-necked Duck, another uncommon species for the 
Bypass. At sunset we watched over 500 Long-billed Curlew come in to roost in 
the wetlands along the return road going north toward parking lot B. 

>>
>>Nice to finally see the sun shine after a week of Tule fog.
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Terry and Diane Colborn 
>>Davis, CA
>>
>>www.TLCBirding.com
>>
>>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:35:53 -0800
The nickname "Prairie Ghost" fit the Mountain Plover once again this morning in 
Solano County where they, along with everything else beyond 100 feet, remained 
completely obscured by fog until after 11 am when they appeared at same 
location Terry Colborn described yesterday. I only counted 26 but I had another 
group of 40 along Hwy 113. 



Anyone looking for Mountain Plovers along Hwy 113 should always use extreme 
caution...very few areas to pull safely off of the road and most folks 
exceeding the speed limit. That said, the group of 40 were in a pasture on west 
side of Hwy 113 between 0.1 and 0.2 mile south of the intersection of Robinson 
Road and Hwy 113. The only nearby safe place to park in on Robinson Road but 
that requires walking across Hwy 113. 


A spotting scope is advised for both locations.

Leo Edson
Sacramento

   


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:50 AM, "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Breck, et al,

This area off of Hwy 113, south of Dixon, in Solano County. You can find the 
exact location via Google Maps. 


Terry Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

On Jan 20, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Breck Breckenridge  wrote:


Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its  intersection with Flannery Rd.?
>
>
>Could you please mention what county these roads are in? I live in 
>San Joaquin County (part of the Central Valley I believe) and I have no idea 
where these roads are. Thanks! Breck Breckenridge, Lodi, CA 

>
>
>
>>________________________________
>> From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

>>To: Central Valley Birds  
>>Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 10:14 PM
>>Subject: [CVBirds] Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 
01.19.15 

>> 
>>
>>
>>  
>>Greetings Birders,
>>
>>This afternoon, my wife, Diane, and I counted 57 MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the east 
side of Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Flannery 
Rd. The birds were actively feeding in the pasture, at times less than 20 feet 
on the other side of the fence! As others have noted, there were also 3 
Burrowing Owls and a Ferruginous Hawk in the area. 

>>
>>At the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area we found 2 pair of REDHEAD on the east side 
of the main entry road, about 1/4 mile (+/-), south of parking lot A. They were 
associating with a pair of Ring-necked Duck, another uncommon species for the 
Bypass. At sunset we watched over 500 Long-billed Curlew come in to roost in 
the wetlands along the return road going north toward parking lot B. 

>>
>>Nice to finally see the sun shine after a week of Tule fog.
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Terry and Diane Colborn 
>>Davis, CA
>>
>>www.TLCBirding.com
>>
>>
Subject: Re: Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:49:52 -0800
Breck, et al,

This area off of Hwy 113, south of Dixon, in Solano County. You can find the 
exact location via Google Maps. 


Terry Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

> On Jan 20, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Breck Breckenridge  wrote:
> 
> Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Flannery Rd.?
> 
> Could you please mention what county these roads are in? I live in 
> San Joaquin County (part of the Central Valley I believe) and I have no idea 
where these roads are. Thanks! Breck Breckenridge, Lodi, CA 

> 
> From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

> To: Central Valley Birds  
> Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 10:14 PM
> Subject: [CVBirds] Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 
01.19.15 

> 
> Greetings Birders,
> 
> This afternoon, my wife, Diane, and I counted 57 MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the east 
side of Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Flannery 
Rd. The birds were actively feeding in the pasture, at times less than 20 feet 
on the other side of the fence! As others have noted, there were also 3 
Burrowing Owls and a Ferruginous Hawk in the area. 

> 
> At the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area we found 2 pair of REDHEAD on the east side 
of the main entry road, about 1/4 mile (+/-), south of parking lot A. They were 
associating with a pair of Ring-necked Duck, another uncommon species for the 
Bypass. At sunset we watched over 500 Long-billed Curlew come in to roost in 
the wetlands along the return road going north toward parking lot B. 

> 
> Nice to finally see the sun shine after a week of Tule fog.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Terry and Diane Colborn 
> Davis, CA
> 
> www.TLCBirding.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Lake Solano (Lewis's Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Phainopepla, Barrow's Goldeneye) - Solano Co.
From: "Kevin Guse kevin_guse AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:37:38 +0000 (UTC)
Good evening birders,
My wife Denise and I had a fantastic day of birding at the Lake Solano Picnic 
Area in Solano Co. this afternoon. 

We observed 20+ Lewis's Woodpeckers, one male Phainopepla, one Brown Creeper 
and a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes. 

We also saw a pair of Golden Eagles engaging in an aerial courtship display and 
a flyover by an immature Peregrine Falcon. 

Finally, two Red-breasted Sapsuckers, at least half a dozen Steller's Jays and 
several Varied Thrushes were also present. 

Good luck and good birding!
Kevin GuseSacramento 
Subject: Continuing Mt Plovers - Robinson Rd - Redheads at YBWA - 01.19.15
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:14:40 -0800
Greetings Birders,

This afternoon, my wife, Diane, and I counted 57 MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the east 
side of Robinson Rd., about 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Flannery 
Rd. The birds were actively feeding in the pasture, at times less than 20 feet 
on the other side of the fence! As others have noted, there were also 3 
Burrowing Owls and a Ferruginous Hawk in the area. 


At the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area we found 2 pair of REDHEAD on the east side of 
the main entry road, about 1/4 mile (+/-), south of parking lot A. They were 
associating with a pair of Ring-necked Duck, another uncommon species for the 
Bypass. At sunset we watched over 500 Long-billed Curlew come in to roost in 
the wetlands along the return road going north toward parking lot B. 


Nice to finally see the sun shine after a week of Tule fog.

Cheers,

Terry and Diane Colborn 
Davis, CA

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Subject: No Falcated Duck, 1/19
From: "MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:58:23 -0500
No luck with the Falcated Duck today. Arrived at 9:30 at the green gate on 
Route 20 and the morning fog was still very thick. Fog lifted at about 10:30 
and it was a sunny day the rest of the day, meaning lighting was pretty bad 
until the afternoon. Lots of waterfowl were present, but not the target bird at 
least till I left at 4. Shared stories with birders from 4 states, who also 
made stops at the observation platform with no luck. 


Mike Resch
Pepperell, MA
 
Subject: FW: TUO and STA
From: "'Jim Gain \(birding\)' phalarope AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:05:06 -0800
TUOUMNE

I was at Tulloch Dam Rd before dawn today hoping for owls and all I got was
Great Horned Owls. I then back-tracked to Two Mile Bar Recreation Area just
downstream from there and at first light had several VARIED THRUSH, 2 CANYON
WRENS, Rock Wren and other typical birds for that habitat. I went back to
Lake Tulloch and had Bufflehead, Common Mergansers, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS,
Phainopepla and Osprey. Next I headed up to Pinecrest Lake where the most
interesting things I had were PINE SISKINS. Coming back down I hit Green
Springs Rd to Rock River Rd. At 3.5 below Green Springs (2 miles above the
STA County line) I had a MERLIN and 2 VESPER SPARROWS. 

 

STANISLAUS

Along Willms Rd I had an adult BALD EAGLE 2 miles north of Rock River Rd
junction. Just past that (north) I had about 40 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. Along
Bentley Rd between Patterson Rd and Claribel Rds there were 400+ LONG-BILLED
CURLEW, 20+ Cattle Egrets, a dozen Snowy Egrets and probably another 100
Great Egrets scattered around.

 

Photo Links

Mountain Bluebirds  

Bald Eagle  

White-headed Woodpecker  

Cattle Egrets  

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

My Photostream
 
Subject: location correction "Meadowlark Trail" at Merced NWR
From: "mojoedevine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 16:56:18 -0800
Dale Swanberg (from Atwater) informed me that the trail behind the bath rooms 
as you enter Merced NWR has been renamed the Meadowlark Trail. (I think this 
goes along the canal.) It is no longer the trail thru the Bittern Marsh, 
apparently. The new Meadowlark Trail should be where the Eastern Phoebe was 
reported a few days ago. And there is a pump along the canal w/ blue piping. I 
apologize if I sent anyone to the wrong location. 


Joe Devine
Modesto, Ca
 

Subject: Woodland birds
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:39:22 -0800
Mid morning today (19 Jan 2015), in the ag fields south of Woodland, just west 
of highway 102, were 


Ferruginous Hawk
Prairie Falcon

The PRFA was perched among about 80 Long-billed Curlew feeding in the field.

Late morning, at the pond at Farmer’s Central Rd, just east of highway 102, 
were 


Northern Pintail - 5
Redhead - 4
Ring-necked Duck - 2
Eared Grebe - 1
Loggerhead Shrike - 1

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21418764 
 

chttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21420194 
 


Jim Thomas
Davis
Subject: Merced NWR
From: "Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:57:47 +0000 (UTC)
       Yesterday(Sunday, Jan 18), we drove over to Merced NWR to look for 
the reported Eastern Phoebe-We did not find it, but saw some other good 
birds-We had a Peregrine Falcon near the southwest corner of the driving route, 
a Short-eared Owl at the Bittern Marsh trail, three Blue-winged Teal in the 
pond at the southeastern corner of the driving route, and at least four Varied 
Thrushes and two Great Horned Owls along the Meadowlark trail where the Eastern 
Phoebe was supposed to be. Also, there was no sign of the Vermillion 
Flycatcher.     The most interesting sightings were only about 100 yards 
down the auto route from the kiosk and parking lot. In among a flock of 
White-front Geese was a Cackling Goose and three of what I would call 
White-front X Snow Goose hybrids(according to the Sibley book, they do exist 
and can take varied color patterns) . The heads and necks were white streaked 
with dark, but the bodies and feet were classic White-front Geese. Nathan took 
some images of them, which I will try to put on the internet. Most interesting 
looking geese I've seen in a long time. 

Larry ParmeterFresno Audubon SocietyFresno
Subject: Various weekend birds
From: "Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:00:08 -0800
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Gray Lodge, Colusa, and 
Sacramento as well as Jepson Prairie and Flannery-Robinson this weekend. Most 
targets recovered, but Falcated Duck was not found on Saturdaty. Generally we 
found fewer Waterfowl numbers, and lower species diversity than in years past. 
We did have some highlights however, and they are the following: 


Gray Lodge:
2 Eurasian Wigeon
4 Blue-winged Teal
2 Bald Eagles

Colusa:
1 "Blue" Ross's Goose

Sacramento:
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Merlin

Jepson Prairie:
3 Ferruginous Hawk
20 Tundra Swans

Flannery-Robinson:
3 Ferruginous Hawk
30 Mountain Plover
2 Burrowing Owl
1 Prairie Falcon

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

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Subject: Lawrence's Goldfinch at Sutter's Landing in Sacramento
From: "Lily Douglas ldouglas14 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:20:27 -0800
Happy Sunday all,


I observed a male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH in a flock of lesser goldfinches
with a sprinkling of yellow-rumped warblers at Sutter's Landing along the
American River this morning. The flock was approximately 600 yards along
the upper trail east of the skate park parking lot.


Photo attached to the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21400368 or available here:
https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0097009/photos/29132915 AT N02/16124082810/


Lily Douglas
Midtown, Sacramento, CA
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck update
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:59:04 -0500
Just got a call from Mary Gustafson who is looking at the duck in the fog  
along Hwy 20 at the 'green gate' (i.e., the 'alternate' location for this 
duck  when not seen from the Colusa Refuge viewing platform).
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
 
 
Subject: San Benito County 1/15/15 and 1/17/15
From: "lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 08:57:19 -0800
Not sure which listserv to post on for San Benito County but here goes! I led a 
Sequoia Audubon trip to the hills south and east of Hollister/Tres Pinos on 
Saturday - along Quien Sabe, Santa Ana Valley, Browns Valley roads (and scouted 
on Thursday). Great place for raptors. On Thursday, there were 2 adult Bald 
Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles and 2 Ferruginous Hawks at the intersection of Quien 
Sabe and Santa Ana Valley Roads. On Saturday there was 1 Ferrug and the same 2 
Goldens at the same location. We drove the eastern portion of Quien Sabe out 
toward the Cattle Ranch on Saturday and found a 2nd year Bald Eagle perched in 
a tree and a Ferruginous hawk on a pole. In all we had 12+ Golden Eagles in 
various locations. On Brown's Valley Road there were hundreds of American 
Pipits, Mountain Bluebirds (dozen) and Horned Larks (3). A Lewis's Woodpecker 
was seen both days at the intersection of J1 and Hwy 25 (Paicines) - on poles, 
sometimes near the winery and yesterday on Hwy 25 just north of the 
intersection. Good birding days! 

 

 Leslie Flint
 San Mateo
Subject: Re: Falcated Duck Search - Monday
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:19:36 -0500
Many folks searched for the Duck yesterday both at the green gate and at the 
platform with no luck. 



Dan Brown,
Sacramento,

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com



-----Original Message-----
From: MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds] 
 

To: central_valley_birds 
Cc: mresch8702 
Sent: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 10:06 pm
Subject: [CVBirds] Falcated Duck Search - Monday


        



I'm heading to Colusa NWR on Monday for my 4th try for this life bird. Monday 
is the MLK holiday so hoping there will be other birders there looking for the 
bird that day as well. Sounds like the site along Highway 20 at the green gate 
might be the most reliable spot these days. Would others agree? 

 
Many thanks.
 
Mike Resch
mresch8702 AT aol.com
Pepperell, MA




Subject: Falcated Duck Search - Monday
From: "MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:12:24 -0500

I'm heading to Colusa NWR on Monday for my 4th try for this life bird. Monday 
is the MLK holiday so hoping there will be other birders there looking for the 
bird that day as well. Sounds like the site along Highway 20 at the green gate 
might be the most reliable spot these days. Would others agree? 



Many thanks.


Mike Resch
mresch8702 AT aol.com
Pepperell, MA
Subject: north Yolo County highlights
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:29:11 -0800
Today Michael Perrone, Marc Hoshovksy, and I searched for and found
sunshine, largely in the Capay area.

Birding highlights:

3 Slate-colored FOX SPARROWS (pic at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/16119287859/ ) along Rd 78A in
Capay Valley
5 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at Rds 86 and 12A
3 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS at various locations (Rd 87 south of 16, Rd 16 e of 86,
and Rds 102 and 16)
6 BLUE PHASE SNOW GEESE (including one juvenile) among 1000+ SNOWS on Hwy
45 north of Rd 111
2 BROWN CREEPERS with a GOLDEN-CR KINGLET at Rd 98A and Hwy 45

good birding,


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: today's Tall Forest bird survey highlights
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:08:52 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

The party of five doing the Tall Forest bird survey today found the woodland
birding in the fog about as slow as usual for the conditions.  Checking the
surrounding fields for shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors was more rewarding.
Highlights today included:

Eurasian wigeon-  1

bald eagle-  1

mew gull-  9

Pacific wren-  1

golden-crowned kinglet-  2

varied thrush-  4

white-throated sparrow-  1

pine siskin-  12

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon and a Varied Thrush in Granite Bay
From: "clarkolomieu AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 19:50:06 -0800
I was working in Los Lagos (private community) in Granite Bay today. Saw a 
pigeon fly over with a yellow bill and light stripe on the end of the fanned 
tail. Found the bird again later in the day at the same house and it let me get 
close enough to get some phone photos: Band tailed pigeon Granite bay 
https://flic.kr/p/qxs5mL. 

 
 
 https://flic.kr/p/qxs5mL 
 
 Band tailed pigeon Granite bay https://flic.kr/p/qxs5mL Explore livingsayer's 
photos on Flickr. livingsayer has uploaded 32 photos to Flickr. 

 
 
 
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 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  Also saw a Varied Thrush at the same house.
 

 Ben Abramovitz
 Roseville, CA
Subject: Evening Grosbeak in Woodland, Yolo Co
From: "brcampos AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 15:30:32 -0800
This afternoon I had an Evening Grosbeak calling from the top of a London 
planetree just north of the intersection of Jackson St and Holister Rd in 
Woodland. 

 

 Brent Campos
 Woodland
Subject: footwear for tomorrow's survey
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:31:44 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

I checked this morning the track out to the Accidental Forest.  Though down
significantly from my previous visit, there's still a couple of inches of
water on the road.  So rubber knee boots remain advised.

 

There's a lot more shorebird habitat now, but not yet a lot of shorebirds.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Red-throated Loon at O'Neill Forebay
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:23:17 -0800
Yesterday I had a Red-throated Loon (3rd or 4th county record) at the west side 
of the fore bay from the boat launch. 

Also on the fore bay yesterday was an adult Western Gull and a Red-breasted 
Merganser. Today there was a first year 

Glaucous-winged Gull.  So foggy you could cut it with a chain saw.  

A link to the Red-throated Loon photo is below.  

Red-throated Loon, O'Neill Forebay, CA 
01-14-15 


Kent Van Vuren 
Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: eBird report Merced NWR
From: "mojoedevine AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 18:50:13 -0800
On 1/14 Bob Dunn reported an Eastern Phoebe at Merced NWR. The location was 
along the Meadowlark Trail (Bittern Marsh) just past some blue pipes. 


Joe Devine
Modesto, Ca
 

Subject: Folsom CBC, Jan 4, 2015
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:17:49 -0800
Hi folks,

We had an excellent Folsom CBC on Jan 4, with nearly perfect weather.
Although we seem to have reentered a dry period, on count day there was
still plenty of moisture; ponds and fields that were bone dry on the last
count were in much better shape. The species count was 139 (surprisingly
two lower than last year) within an historic range of 123 to 146 over the
past 37 years. Overall numbers are still preliminary, since a couple of
final tallies have yet to come in.

Folsom always has relatively low waterfowl diversity compared to the Valley
floor, and this year we missed white-fronts and white geese, but did get a
small flock of Tundra Swans.  By Folsom standards, we did okay with ducks,
getting Cinnamon Teal, missing Northern Shoveler, getting one Northern
Pintail, missing Canvasback and Redhead, getting four Ring-necked Ducks,
five Lesser Scaup, 18 Barrow's Goldeneye, 71 Hooded Mergansers and one
Red-breasted Merganser. The Dec 31-only Long-tailed Duck missed count week
by a day (which is three days before and after count day), but Ron Pozzi
reported two Eurasian Wigeons for count week. Eight Common Loons on Folsom Lake
was about average in addition to the continuing Red-throated Loon (Beals
Point).

There were seven Bald Eagles, surprisingly only one Ferruginous Hawk, but
three Rough-legged Hawks.  Golden Eagles are getting harder to find in the
circle and we missed that species again. Shorebird numbers and species
diversity were low, as is often the case. We missed Long-billed Dowitcher,
but got an American Avocet for count week.  Among 20,000+ gulls, none were
unexpected species, though the one Mew Gull could easily have been missed.
The Iceland Gull found one Jan 2 has not been refound, but did make it for
count week.

Nearly 200 Band-tailed Pigeons from several parties was in keeping with
this winter's invasion. Limited owling produced one Western Screech-Owl,
and two Burrowing Owls were found (one beyond Payen Rd and the other at the
Folsom Lake Peninsula). We missed Barn Owl as we often do.  Lewis's
Woodpeckers were found in high numbers, with at least 130, though we
somewhat surprisingly missed Hairy Woodpecker. We had five Merlin
(including one black merlin), two Peregrine Falcons and three Prairie
Falcons. Three Loggerhead Shrikes held steady from last year.

We sometimes miss Steller's Jay, but the invasion continued, with at least
40 spread among several parties. Common Ravens used to be rare, but we had
16 among four parties.  Yellow-billed Magpies were way up from last year's
23, with 134! We had two Brown Creepers and two Golden-crowned Kinglets. A
Canyon Wren at upper Lake Natoma was good for Sacramento County (they are
sometimes also found near Beek's Bight).  We also found an impressive six
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a White-throated Sparrow. Tricolored Blackbirds
were missed yet again. Wrapping up the winter invaders, we had nearly 300
each of Varied Thrush and Pine Siskins--both species we often miss
completely.

Thanks to all who participated in the count, but especially to the area
leaders who do a lot of extra work organizing their teams (Ed Pandolfino,
Maureen Geiger, Tim Fitzer, Cathie LaZier, and Scott Hoppe). Thanks to Jeff
Mangum, for the first year ever, I believe, we had coverage of the Folsom
Prison grounds. The great weather helped bring out 78 counters, missing the
record high by one.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Re: pheasant decline
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:33:24 +0000 (UTC)
I would point out in reference to this statement, " In the Central Valley, rice 
and other crops have highervalues than the crops grown in the mid-west and so 
the economic incentives forlandowners in California to modify their farming 
practices to benefit wildlifehabitat are not there", that this is a 
generalization, since the rice and waterfowl program spearheaded by the Nature 
Conversvancy has been a great help to these water birds. Just not to pheasants 
but then they weren't designed for them. Furthermore it is not like a  native 
bird is declining. This is, as you know, an exotic species to our continent 
much less California. Regardless, you and the fine folks at CDFW are correct in 
pointing to loss of habitat as the prime cause of the decline. This also 
affects our native birds so in this sense if declining pheasant populations get 
the attention of the public such is all to the good. There are more ways than 
one to skin a cat. 


Breck Breckenridge in Lodi, San Joaquin County, California.

 
 From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

 To: cvbirds  
 Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:33 AM
 Subject: [CVBirds] pheasant decline
   
  This was just posted on the CDFW server and is relevant to a previous 
discussion here:  



California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release Jan. 15,2015 Contact: 
Carrie Wilson, Communications Office, CalOutdoors AT wildlife.ca.gov  **Photos 
for this week and all archived columns: 
https://californiaoutdoors.wordpress.com** California Outdoors Q&As Why Are 
Wild Pheasants on theDecline?Question: Wild pheasants in the SacramentoValley 
have been in steep decline for many years and very little effort, ifany, is 
being made to help this once-abundant game bird make a comeback.Improved 
habitat conditions, a reduced season and lowered bag limits could helpthem 
recover. What was the Fish and Game Commission thinking when they raisedthe 
limit and extended the season to what it is today? (Wally S., 
Westlake) Answer: One of the factorsyou mentioned was that improved habitat 
conditions could help, and that’s true.The decline in wild pheasant 
population numbers is primarily a result ofhabitat loss and fragmentation. 
Pheasant populations are still plentiful in thelarger Midwestern states, 
primarily because those states rely on private landsprograms such as the 
Conservation Reserve Program funded by the Farm Bill. Thisprogram provides 
subsidies to landowners to fallow their land and grow grassesand other 
vegetation that make good wildlife habitat. These programs alsoprovide habitat 
corridors between public and private lands that are criticalfor pheasants to 
move. In the Central Valley, rice and other crops have highervalues than the 
crops grown in the mid-west and so the economic incentives forlandowners in 
California to modify their farming practices to benefit wildlifehabitat are not 
there.   According to CDFW Senior Upland GameScientist Scott Gardner, the 
general pheasant hunting season was increased bythree weeks about 10 years ago 
because CDFW knew that few people continued tohunt wild pheasants after the 
opening weekend and the first few weeks of theseason. The scientific literature 
suggests that rooster-only harvest has littleeffect on population growth, so 
this increase was not expected to have anyeffect on pheasant population 
growth. CDFW is currently working withPheasants Forever and United States 
Geological Survey scientists to studypheasant population dynamics and identify 
factors limiting their populations.If the data suggests that reductions in 
pheasant hunting are needed, CDFW willmake those recommendations to the Fish 
and Game Commission. However, pheasant populations will not comeback to their 
former levels through reductions in hunting alone. In order forwild pheasant 
populations to recover and thrive again, more available improvedhabitat is a 
must. This means more quality grasslands and small shrub habitatto provide 
undisturbed areas for cover, feeding, nesting and brood-rearing,along with 
travel corridors between fields and other habitats to allow themaccess to move 
around.  

-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
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Subject: pheasant decline
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:33:50 -0800
This was just posted on the CDFW server and is relevant to a previous
discussion here:



*California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release*



*Jan. 15, 2015*



*Contact: Carrie Wilson, Communications Office, CalOutdoors AT wildlife.ca.gov
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** Photos for this week and all archived columns:
*https://californiaoutdoors.wordpress.com*
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*California Outdoors Q&As*



*Why Are Wild Pheasants on the Decline?*


 


*Question:* Wild pheasants in the Sacramento Valley have been in steep
decline for many years and very little effort, if any, is being made to
help this once-abundant game bird make a comeback. Improved habitat
conditions, a reduced season and lowered bag limits could help them
recover. What was the Fish and Game Commission thinking when they raised
the limit and extended the season to what it is today? (Wally S., Westlake)



*Answer:* One of the factors you mentioned was that improved habitat
conditions could help, and that’s true. The decline in wild pheasant
population numbers is primarily a result of habitat loss and fragmentation.
Pheasant populations are still plentiful in the larger Midwestern states,
primarily because those states rely on private lands programs such as the
Conservation Reserve Program funded by the Farm Bill. This program provides
subsidies to landowners to fallow their land and grow grasses and other
vegetation that make good wildlife habitat. These programs also provide
habitat corridors between public and private lands that are critical for
pheasants to move. In the Central Valley, rice and other crops have higher
values than the crops grown in the mid-west and so the economic incentives
for landowners in California to modify their farming practices to benefit
wildlife habitat are not there.

According to CDFW Senior Upland Game Scientist Scott Gardner, the general
pheasant hunting season was increased by three weeks about 10 years ago
because CDFW knew that few people continued to hunt wild pheasants after
the opening weekend and the first few weeks of the season. The scientific
literature suggests that rooster-only harvest has little effect on
population growth, so this increase was not expected to have any effect on
pheasant population growth. CDFW is currently working with Pheasants
Forever and United States Geological Survey scientists to study pheasant
population dynamics and identify factors limiting their populations. If the
data suggests that reductions in pheasant hunting are needed, CDFW will
make those recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission.

However, pheasant populations will not come back to their former levels
through reductions in hunting alone. In order for wild pheasant populations
to recover and thrive again, more available improved habitat is a must.
This means more quality grasslands and small shrub habitat to provide
undisturbed areas for cover, feeding, nesting and brood-rearing, along with
travel corridors between fields and other habitats to allow them access to
move around.

-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher photo links
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:40:14 -0800
Now for the forgotten photo links:  

Vermilion Flycatcher (fem) Los Banos, CA 
01-13-15 


434A3373 


434A3400 



Kent Van Vuren 
Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: Merced Co. Vermilion Flycatchers
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:36:39 -0800
Greetings, 

Went to chase down a few birds in Merced County. First up I looked for 3 
Chestnut-backed Chickadees found by Roger Muskat on the Los Banos 

Christmas count at Los Banos Creek Reservoir. Roger had seen them at the 
campground. I looked for quite a spell, but the much-desired county bird 

did not make a showing. Next to re-look for the female Vermilion Flycatcher 
found by myself in November at the exact same spot as John Harris 

Eastern Phoebe south of Los Banos on Santa Fe Grade Road. Better luck this time 
and there is a link below to this cute females photo. I next tried 

to find a Vermilion Flycatcher found (a returning bird) by Greg Gerstenberg a 
the Grasslands Wildlife Area-Gadwall Unit (I hope I got all that right). 

The hunting area is closed until after hunting season, but I was able to see 
the bird easily from Santa Fe Grade rd. and also snapped its picture. 

These guys never let me get close enough for a decent photo as you will see by 
going on the below links. 


There are now a total of 4 Vermilion Flycatchers in Merced County this winter 
which is a county record for that species. That is almost as many 

as I saw in Venezuela over Christmas vacation where they are regular. Go 
figure. 


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Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: Winter Monterey Pelagic Trip: Feb 22
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:11:34 +1100
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys will host a winter pelagic trip on Sunday, February 22 
departing from Fishermans' Wharf, Monterey at 8 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. 
for the annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG). PSG is a seabird 
conservation group that focuses entirely on seabirds. They will be holding 
their annual meeting in San Jose, February 19-22. This pelagic trip is open to 
non-PSG members. 


Past winter pelagic trips have included: black-footed and Laysan albatrosses 
(short-tailed albatross, rarely); sooty, pink-footed and black-vented 
shearwaters; rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets; common murre; pigeon guillemot; 
ancient murrelet (big season for them, right now); pomarine jaeger and up to 13 
species of gulls, including black-legged kittiwake; common, red-throated and 
Pacific loons (yellow-billed loon, rarely); Western and Clark's grebes; and red 
phalarope. A variety of marine mammals, including gray whales, may be observed. 
Winter pelagic trips can be quite productive. Great opportunity to add to one's 
year list! 


The leaders include: Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, and Debi 
Shearwater. The cost is $110 per person. For reservations, please send the 
name, address, phone and email for each person in your party to: Debi 
Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. 


Hope to see you out there!
Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
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Subject: Winter Monterey Pelagic Trip: Feb 22
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:11:34 +1100
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys will host a winter pelagic trip on Sunday, February 22 
departing from Fishermans' Wharf, Monterey at 8 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. 
for the annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG). PSG is a seabird 
conservation group that focuses entirely on seabirds. They will be holding 
their annual meeting in San Jose, February 19-22. This pelagic trip is open to 
non-PSG members. 


Past winter pelagic trips have included: black-footed and Laysan albatrosses 
(short-tailed albatross, rarely); sooty, pink-footed and black-vented 
shearwaters; rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets; common murre; pigeon guillemot; 
ancient murrelet (big season for them, right now); pomarine jaeger and up to 13 
species of gulls, including black-legged kittiwake; common, red-throated and 
Pacific loons (yellow-billed loon, rarely); Western and Clark's grebes; and red 
phalarope. A variety of marine mammals, including gray whales, may be observed. 
Winter pelagic trips can be quite productive. Great opportunity to add to one's 
year list! 


The leaders include: Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, and Debi 
Shearwater. The cost is $110 per person. For reservations, please send the 
name, address, phone and email for each person in your party to: Debi 
Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. 


Hope to see you out there!
Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
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www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Red-throated Loon Folsom Lake El Dorado County
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:35:45 -0500
Birded Folsom Lake briefly this AM with Jon Dunn. The RED-THROATED LOON was 
 seen from Folsom Point (Mormon Island) well to the east (in ELD County).
 
Viewing from Granite Bay boat launch there were 4 adult Bald Eagles working 
 the El Dorado County side and a Common Loon. Did not find the Red-breasted 
 Merganser or Red-necked Grebes reported here a few days ago.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento
 
 
 
Subject: Probable Trumpeter Swans, Chico Oxidation Ponds (10 Jan - delayed report)
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 19:50:57 -0800
Hi all,

I observed and photographed two swans, an adult and juvenile, at the Chico 
Oxidation Ponds on Chico River Road in Butte County yesterday (10 Jan). 
Although I assumed they were Tundra Swans, a comment by Cedric Duhalde prompted 
me to share the photos more widely. Jim Snowden thinks they are likely 
Trumpeter Swans - my eBird checklist with the best photo is here, if you'd like 
to form your own opinion: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21288977 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21288977 


Good birding!

Ken Schneider
San Francisco
 

Subject: Tehama County - Shrike strike-out (8 and 10 Jan)
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Jan 2015 19:28:56 -0800
Hi all,

I tried three times to re-find the Northern Shrike along Rancho Tehama Road 
over the last couple of days, with no success (about 2.5 hours total 
observation time, at different times of day). If the bird is still there, it's 
not spending much time in the previously reported location. The last eBird 
report was from 6 January, I think. 


Good birding!

Ken Schneider
San Francisco
 

Subject: A little weekend birding South of Chico
From: "'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:44:31 -0800
I spent the weekend in Chico and although not really birding we did get in some 
nice moments. These are just a few nice observations. We spent some time 
yesterday driving the farm roads around the Llano Seco Unit. We were looking 
for SANDHILL CRANES and found them on Nelson Road near Aguas Frias Road. While 
we drove a loop around the area we observed 4 adult BALD EAGLES. Each one was 
sitting on the ground out on levees between fields. 


This afternoon we were driving back to the south bay from Chico. We were 
heading southbound on Aguas Frias Road and found several hundred TUNDRA SWANS 
foraging within the flooded farm fields on the east side of the road. Later 
around 2:20 PM driving southbound on 45 we observed a FERRUGINOUS HAWK on the 
east side of the road. It was sitting in an orchard scanning the plowed field 
across the street. We were just south of Packer Road. 


Lisa Myers
Campbell
www.letsgobirding.com
Costa Rica March 21 – April 1, 2015
408-656-7524
Subject: YBWA, W Sacramento
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:52:29 -0800
Yesterday, 10 Jan 2015, Steve Tracey (from San Jose) and I birded at Yolo 
Bypass Wildlife Area and along Old River Rd and Highways 126, 124, and 122, 
including Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area along Hwy 126. Birds we found 
included 


Eurasian Wigeon - 1 male, YBWA
Blue-winged Teal - 1 male, YBWA
Hooded Merganser - male/female pair, Hwy 122
Common Gallinule - 1, YBWA
Wilson’s Snipe - 8, YBWA
White-throated Swift - 6, SBWA
Wrentit - 1, SBWA
Phainopepla - 1 female, SBWA
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1, SBWA
Common Yellowthroat - 1, YBWA; 2, SBWA
White-throated Sparrow - 1, fire station on Old River Rd
Tricolored Blackbird - 4 males, YBWA

99 species total.

Jim Thomas
Davis

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