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Golden Eagle,©Barry Kent Mackay

20 Aug Yolo Bypass - Stilt Sandpiper ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Aug Birds on Babel and Elk Sloughs (Yolo COunty) ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Aug Yolo CO Migrants 08.17.14 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Tall Forest bird survey this morning: glossy ibis ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Putah Creek warbler bathing spots along Putah Creek ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Snowy Plovers at Yolo Bypass ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Cosumnes birds- 15 August 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["michael rogner michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug O'Neill Forebay on 08-13-14 ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Re: Davis migrants ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Davis migrants ["stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Putah Creek Warblers ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Burrowing Owl ["Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Wilson's Warblers at Slide Hill Park, Davis ["hiquerr AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Aug Cosumnes birds- 13 August 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Aug SAC Black-throated Sparrow at Bufferlands ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Aug Re: Chico WTP Purple Martin ["'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' pmartins AT island.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Aug YBWA 4 Snowy Plovers ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Aug This morning's River Walk Survey at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
09 Aug Chico WTP Purple Martin ["michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
08 Aug Re: Gee! where did the water go? ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Aug Gee! where did the water go? ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Changed start time, cosumes river preserve, this Saturday ["Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Cosumnes birds- 06 August 2014; River walk survey this Saturday ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Re: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder ["Marnelle marnglea AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Second set of shorebird fields filling at YBWA ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Yolo Basin Foundation - Bucks for Ducks Photography Show ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Woodland WTP ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Aug Cosumnes birds- August 1-3, 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Aug Putah Creek hummers, warblers et al. ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Costas Hummingbird at my feeder ["'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Sac Rose-breasted--no ["Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Cover of the recent Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin ["sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Burrowing Owls - West Elkhorn Road, Sacramento County ["fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Re: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
31 Jul Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen today July 31 ["sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul Yolo Co. Shorebirds 07.30.14 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul recent observations at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Jul Allen's Hummingbird in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul 7/27 Swainson's trip report ["scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul Water?@Yolo Basin WA - 28 July 2014 ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul West Nile Disease ["irehound AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul Yolo Basin WA - 27 July 2014 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul SAC Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Jul Yolo shorebirds ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Jul Willets - Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County ["Ashley Casey caseyae AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Yolo Bypass shorebirds ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Re: Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
24 Jul Nighthawks over El Macero golf course (Davis, Yolo Co.) ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Re: Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Stilt Sandpiper at YBWA ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul YBWA shorebird ponds map ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Re: Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Pacific Golden-Plover for Sacramento ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Jul Yolo Bypass Nature Area sections/parts ["breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jul Redstart, etc ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Jul Purple Martins and shorebirds in Yolo County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul RE: Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds ["'naturestoc AT aol.com' Naturestoc@aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul Red-Breasted Sapsucker on Pleasants Valley Road? ["rubys_oograah AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul Eastern Yolo County Shorebirds ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Jul today's Tall Forest highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jul Rufous hummer ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Jul Cosumnes birds- 17 July 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Jul recent swainson's hawks? ["scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Fwd: Egyptian Geese ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Fwd: Little Blue Heron still present? ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Little Blue Heron still present? ["lflint AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Jul Egyptian Geese ["jann_dorothy AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Yolo Bypass - Stilt Sandpiper
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:34:08 -0700
A juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was with about 400 dowitchers at round 10:30 this 
morning (8/20/14) at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, in the next to last check 
across from parking lot C. It was noticeably smaller than the dowitchers, with 
a thinner drooping black bill (longer than its head), fairly long yellowish 
legs, light eyebrow, dark eye line, no eye ring, capped appearance, scaled 
back, lightly streaked buff upper breast fading to plain while below. It was 
actively feeding. Occasionally a dowitcher would harass it. I watched it for 
about 20 min before it flew away to the west (maybe to a pond nearer the road). 
It showed a white rump when it flew. 



Jim Thomas
Davis
Subject: Birds on Babel and Elk Sloughs (Yolo COunty)
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:08:13 -0700
Birding yesterday on both Elk and Babel Sloughs was very productive and
reporting several of the same birds seen along Putah Creek an d Cosumnes.
One Western Flycatcher observed and heard was calling with a very typical
Cordilleran Flycatcher, two note upslurred call.  Was unable to get great
looks at it and also could not photograph. If I was in the Mogollon Rim of
Arizona, it would have been a cinch ID!

 

The bird list from the day was almost identical to that Terry Colburn
reported: Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, MacGillivray's, Wilson's,
Orange-crowned, Yellow warblers, a nice male Hooded Oriole, along with
Bullock's, Lazuli Bunting, Osprey and the Western Flycatchers were
highlights.

 

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: Yolo CO Migrants 08.17.14
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:52:48 -0700
Greetings,

My wife, Diane, and I birded Putah Creek east of the Pedrick Rd bridge this 
morning and had a nice array of migrants. Taking the lower trail as it bends 
down toward the creek, we immediately encountered several warbler species 
including BLACK-THROATED GRAY, HERMIT, TOWNSEND'S, YELLOW and WILSON'S. There 
was a big yellow ball in the brush by the trail that marks this area. 
Continuing east we observed several ASH-THROATED, a PACIFIC SLOPE and a WILLOW 
FLYCATCHER; a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER were also present. 
We had a vireo sp. but could not get a positive ID as it moved quickly in the 
canopy overhead before disappearing. In the area of the bird bathing "pools" we 
had a pair of LAZULI BUNTING, a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK and several W. KINGBIRD. 
There were no birds seen bathing. Interesting to note that there has been some 
significant stream bank restoration undertaken at this spot, and much of the 
brush and berry bushes have been removed. 


An afternoon visit to the Yolo Bypass WA didn't turn up any new species, 
however the numbers of shorebirds, gulls and waders in the flooded rice checks 
opposite Parking C was impressive. We noted the continuing presence of several 
SNOWY PLOVER but could not relocate the Red-necked Phalarope seen and 
photographed by Michael Reinhart last week. 


Cheers,

Terry and Diane Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: Tall Forest bird survey this morning: glossy ibis
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:30:40 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning's Tall Forest bird survey was mostly a slow outing until nearly
the very end, when we found an adult glossy ibis at the one pond remaining
near the Tall Forest.  Before that, the highlight had been an early cedar
waxwing.  That same pond had nine species of shorebirds, including one
black-bellied plover still in alternate plumage and three lesser yellowlegs.
Lesser lights among the songbirds included a loggerhead shrike, a common
raven, a MacGillivray's warbler, and an unidentified Passerina bunting.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Putah Creek warbler bathing spots along Putah Creek
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:29:15 -0700
Since Doug Herr inquired in his recent post whether anybody had checked the 
warbler bathing spots on Putah Creek (he was, I think, referring to the spot 
between the UCD airport and Pedrick Rd. bridge), I want to mention that this 
morning was the first day that I noticed good activity at the spot near my 
house, about 2.5 miles upstream from the Pedrick Rd. bridge. This spot is deep 
inside my neighbor's private property. As in the past few years, warblers come 
to drink and bathe in a small side channel between the north bank and a small 
gravel island where I set up a photo blind the last two years. Today, around 
9am, I counted 4 Orange-crowned, 4 Black-throated Gray, 1 Nashville, and 2 
Wilson's warblers simultaneously present. Other warblers were in the vicinity. 
So I assume that similar traffic is likely at the other spots accessible to the 
public where people have observed concentrated activity in the past. 



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


Subject: Snowy Plovers at Yolo Bypass
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:02:49 -0700
This morning there were 3 SNOWY PLOVERS at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
 The birds were in the 3rd check east of Lot C.  Most shorebirds were in
the first 3 checks.  Full list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19485446



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 15 August 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:19:05 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

A scouting trip for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey found most of the
migrant activity at the Accidental Forest.  About half of what was seen
moving in these trees got away unidentified.  In the vicinity of that site
just after sunrise there were a number of the usual suspects for the season:

 

western wood-pewee-  2

Nashville warbler-  1

common yellowthroat-  1

black-throated gray warbler-  1

Townsend's warbler-  1

hermit warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  6

black-headed grosbeak-  2

 

Elsewhere, at the Equipment Pad and along Wood Duck Slough, there were an
ash-throated flycatcher, more black-throated gray and Wilson's warblers, a
few western tanagers, more black-headed grosbeaks, a lazuli bunting fly-by,
and a Bullock's oriole.  No summer tanager.

 

Shorebird habitat at the preserve is on the wane now.  The one pond behind
the Farm Center gate had only black-necked stilts, greater yellowlegs and
long-billed dowitchers.  The ponds on the south side of Desmond Road are
approaching dry and have haired up thickly with green grass.  The ponds on
the north side are too deep for the little sandpipers.  The numbers and
variety all told along Desmond were disappointing this morning.  The two
white-fronted geese were again on the more westerly pond on the north side
of Desmond Road today.

 

A quick reminder: we go through the gate tomorrow morning at 5:45 a.m.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:50:22 -0700
Yes Babel Slough is a great place to look for them,, particularly now when the 
elderberry and grapes are ripe. We have them regularly on Putah Creek as well. 


 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

 

 

From: Charls4564 AT aol.com [mailto:Charls4564 AT aol.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 AM
To: aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu; conardc AT gmail.com; 
central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 

Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 

As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them several times 
now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the vicinity of the first 
clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways from River Rd. & yes, 
in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western Wood Peewee as well. 


 

Charles Smith

Sacramento

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

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


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

 

In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes: 


  

To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban areas 
in mid-winter as well. 


Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

  

Hi Chris,

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County. They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 


As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily common 
in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake Natoma, and 
around Folsom Lake. In contrast, they're harder to find in other foothill 
portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. They seem to 
really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well as coffeeberry 
fruit. 


All the best,

Chris Conard

Sacramento

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "michael rogner michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:02:01 -0700
Further north in the valley they've begun breeding on the Sac floodplain in the 
past 4 or so years. I found three nests at the Rio Vista Unit of the Sac River 
NWR (near Corning) and have had breeding season detections at other units. 


Michael Rogner, Chico


On Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 AM, "charls4564 AT aol.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them 
several times now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the 
vicinity of the first clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways 
from River Rd. & yes, in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western 
Wood Peewee as well.
 
Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

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

as you master it”

Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 
2009) 
 
In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:
  
>To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
 straddle the Hwy 99.  They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban 
areas in mid-winter as well. 

>Andrew  Engilis, Jr.
>Curator
>Museum of  Wildlife and Fish Biology
>University of  California
>One Shields  Avenue
>Davis, CA  95616
>USA
>Office  Phone:  530-752-0364
>FAX:  530-752-4154
>E-mail:   aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu
>Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu
>From:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

>Sent: Friday, August 15,  2014 10:50 AM
>To: Central Valley Birds
>Subject: Re:  [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
>  
>Hi Chris,
>Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County.  They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 

>As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily 
common in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake 
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're harder to find in other 
foothill portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. 
 They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well 
as coffeeberry fruit. 

>All the best,
>Chris Conard
>Sacramento
>On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

>A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 

>
>
>Good Birding!
>
>
>Chris Johnson
>Research 
  Economist
>San Mateo, CA
>
>
>
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  Chris Johnson 
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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:40:13 -0400 (EDT)
As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them  several 
times now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the  vicinity of 
the first clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways  from River 
Rd. & yes, in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western  Wood 
Peewee as well.
 
Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

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

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

 
In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
To add, we  also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the 
Preserve, usually  associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve 
units that straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, 

urban areas in mid-winter as well.  
 
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_ (http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu/)  

 
 
From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com  
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com 

[central_valley_birds]
Sent: Friday, August 15,  2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re:  [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 
 
 
 
Hi Chris, 
 

 
Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of  Cosumnes River 
Preserve and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento  County.  They are 
recorded occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, 

and that's likely what was going on with the bird  your friend found.
 

 
As you may already know, though others may not, this  species is patchily 
common in the low foothills and along the upper American  River Park, Lake 
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're  harder to find in other 
foothill portions of the county like along Michigan  Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. 
 They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe  growing on live oaks as 
well as coffeeberry fruit.
 

 
All the best,
 

 
Chris Conard
 
Sacramento

 
 
On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson _ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com_ 
(mailto:ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com)   [central_valley_birds] 
<_central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com_ 
(mailto:central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com) >  wrote: 
A fellow birder, Lee Sumner,  sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken 
at Cosumnes River Preserve earlier  today. I think he said it was across from 
the main parking lot and road, in  trees near the water channel, and was 
hanging out with some other flycatchers.  First time I've heard of one at 
Cosumnes so thought I'd report it. If anyone  has any info on how often they 
show up a CRP, I'd love to know the  details.


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research  Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:12:17 -0700
To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban areas 
in mid-winter as well. 


 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

 

 

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 

  

Hi Chris,

 

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County. They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 


 

As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily common 
in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake Natoma, and 
around Folsom Lake. In contrast, they're harder to find in other foothill 
portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. They seem to 
really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well as coffeeberry 
fruit. 


 

All the best,

 

Chris Conard

Sacramento

 

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:50:26 -0700
Hi Chris,

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River
Preserve and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County.  They are
recorded occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit
crop, and that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found.

As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily
common in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're harder to find in
other foothill portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and
Latrobe Rd.  They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on
live oaks as well as coffeeberry fruit.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

> A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken
> at Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across
> from the main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and
> was hanging out with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one
> at Cosumnes so thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often
> they show up a CRP, I'd love to know the details.
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> Good Birding!
>
>
> Chris Johnson
> Research Economist
> San Mateo, CA
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Subject: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:14:21 -0400
A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA
 		 	   		  


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Subject: O'Neill Forebay on 08-13-14
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:38:40 -0700
From Top Of The Hill, Prunedale

Yesterday at the east end of the Forebay had 10 juv. Short-billed Dowitchers 
and one Red-necked Phalarope. Both were 

new to me for the Forebay and thats after 90 plus visits.  

In the Gustine area had a Peregrine Falcon attacking a poor Black Tern. The 
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Subject: Re: Davis migrants
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:48:42 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
>>>
A 40-min walk around north Davis this morning showed that migration is in full 
swing. 

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Has anyone checked the Putah Creek birdbath locations?


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Subject: Davis migrants
From: "stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 18:25:45 -0700
A 40-min walk around north Davis this morning showed that migration is in full 
swing. I generally get max species diversity the last week of Aug. Highlights 
from today: 

 
 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 4Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2House Wren 4 (locally 
nesting family group with juvs)Orange-crowned Warbler 3MacGillivray's Warbler 
1Yellow Warbler 1Black-throated Gray Warbler 1Wilson's Warbler 6Western Tanager 
10Black-headed Grosbeak 2Lazuli Bunting 4Bullock's Oriole 1 good birding, 

 
 Steve Hampton
 Davis, CA

 
Subject: Putah Creek Warblers
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:53:17 -0700
Warbler migration along the creek behind my house is picking up a bit. 
Yesterday I saw several Wilson's, a Hermit, a Nashville, and an Orange-crowned 
warbler. Today I observed 7 Wilson's, 3 Townsend's, 2 or 3 Black-throated Gray, 
plus 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 2 Western Tanagers, several Bullock's Orioles, 
1 empid, probably a Pac. Slope Flycatcher. 



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


Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: "Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:05:23 -0700
Stone Lake Wildlife Preserve at the closed gate on Elk Grove Blvd just off of 
I-5 at 10:00am this morning I found an adult Burrowing Owl with two owlets. 
Looking due west of the gate they were just west of a dirt road at about 11:00. 
I did get some Digi-scoped photos and hopefully have something decent to post 
when I get home. A lot of heat distortion already at 10. 



Farley Cross Sacramento 


PS: Doing this from my phone for the first time so my apologies for latching 
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Subject: Wilson's Warblers at Slide Hill Park, Davis
From: "hiquerr AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 06:48:03 -0700
We've had 2-5 Wilson's Warblers eating bugs off our pepper plants and flying 
around Slide Hill Park (slide side) this week. They were still out this 
morning. 

 
 Kristen Kralovich
 Davis, CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 13 August 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:10:49 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning and early afternoon I visited the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County, covering the shorebird habitat along Desmond
Road and behind the Farm Center gate.  At the latter location, this habitat
has nearly disappeared.  I also visited the pond at the TNC Barn (nothing of
note) and walked the River Walk trail twice.  Between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.
the publicly accessible ponds were fairly decent, with a juvenile
semipalmated sandpiper on the south side of Desmond easily best of the 11
species found.  Interesting terrestrial birds were tough to come by.  A
Nashville warbler at the Point was the highlight among those birds.  When I
finished my second tour of the trail, I drove again by the Desmond Road
ponds.  They were then nearly bereft of shorebirds.

 

The most interesting bird of the day was an apparent melanic great blue
heron at the barn pond.  It was a uniform dark gray, slightly paler gray
(but still dark) on the belly, patternless dark gray head, all dark bill.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: SAC Black-throated Sparrow at Bufferlands
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:36:35 -0700
Folks,

This morning I found a juvenile Black-throated Sparrow at the Bufferlands:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19412036

Access is complicated by overpass construction at I-5, but I think we can
swing it.  If you can make it at 5:30 this evening, meet me at the site
below.

I likely will not be available tomorrow to take people to look for this
bird and there is no unguided access to this site.

Directions:   From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the Meadowview/Pocket
Rd exit (the exit between Florin Rd and Laguna Blvd).  Head east on
Meadowview and then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd.  In one mile, just
past the former entrance to Stonecrest Ave, meet in the large gravel lot on
the right side of Freeport Blvd at the north edge of the town of Freeport.
 This is a new meeting location made necessary because of major road
construction.  Site access may be a little convoluted.  Visitors are
required to sign a release waiver to access the Bufferlands.

The Bufferlands is a 2,500-acre open space buffer surrounding the
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (www.bufferlands.com).

Chris Conard
Sacramento
cell 916 203 1610
Subject: Re: Chico WTP Purple Martin
From: "'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' pmartins AT island.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:00:01 -0700
Sighting and reporting of banded Western Purple Martins during migration

Hi CVBirders, from sunny and hot (for now) sw. BC... I'm not sure where the 
Sacramento, CA, Purple Martins are in their breeding cycle at this time, and 
whether any are still in the Central Valley and may be roosting nearby, or they 
have already left on migration - no doubt Dan Airola or Dan Kopp can enlighten 
us. Their breeding timing in CA is roughly 1-2 months earlier than for martins 
here in the Pacific Northwest, many of which nested and fledged young several 
weeks earlier than usual this year with favourable early spring weather, and 
many adults have already left on migration, so it's possible this sighting 
could be a northern migrant rather than a local bird, which would be of 
interest to those of us working on conservation and recovery of this relatively 
scarce at-risk western subspecies. 


At least some (perhaps most) of the martins breeding in the PNW pass 
through/over the Central Valley in late summer on their way to post-breeding 
pre-migratory roost sites in AZ and northern Mexico, where they stop and 
prepare for migration to S. America, according to our migration tracking 
results from BC. As well, 80-90% of those breeding in BC and a far smaller 
percentage of those breeding in WA and OR are colour-banded as nestlings for 
identification of natal origin. Banded martins have a silver-coloured aluminum 
'federal' or 'F&W' band on one leg and a coded coloured aluminum band on the 
other leg that can be read with a spotting scope at fairly close range. The 
band colours indicate region of origin (gold or dark blue for BC, orange or 
green for n. or s. WA, red for central OR), the leg with the colour band may 
indicate either the year of banding (= age) for BC, or the area of banding for 
WA and OR, and the full colour band code (3 digits & letter, plus a state or 
prov. code - BC, WA, OR) indicates both the region and specific location of 
origin. 


We and others have banded >20,000 martins in BC and >3,000 in WA and OR in 
recent years, with very few band recovery or sighting reports beyond the 
banding region during migration. This is likely because martins migrate at 
altitude during the day, singly and in small groups, feeding in transit rather 
than at stopover points, so travel far and fast (up to 500-1,000 km per day!) 
and are rarely seen near the ground. However, they do stop (likely in late 
afternoon) to drink, bathe, preen, and to roost overnight, and may stop over 
for 1-2 days to rest or wait out adverse weather conditions. As well, some 
juvenile (hatch-year) birds may take a more leisurely trip with more ground 
stopovers along the way. 


So whenever martins are observed perched, particularly after the local breeding 
season in August and September, please check for visible colour leg bands and 
report them here in CVBirds (and/or to my e-mail address below), and if 
possible try to read the colour band code with a scope and report that here or 
to me directly as well, and I will try to provide origin info. If you happen to 
find an injured or dead martin that is banded, please note the band numbers and 
report them here or to me directly as well. If you have the federal band and/or 
colour band number code (but NOT just the band colour), you can also report 
these on line to the USGS Bird Banding Lab's reporting address: 
. 


For birds banded in previous years, if you report them on line you will usually 
receive origin information sooner or later - sooner if the auto-response 
software can locate the band number for the species in the database AND the 
recovery location in its location index, otherwise later when a human has time 
to follow up the report (as usual with gov't funding cuts and reduced staffing 
these days, they have a long backlog). In many cases for late summer migration 
of newly-banded juvenile (hatch-year) birds, the band numbers have not yet been 
reported to USBBL, so you will receive a 'data not found' error message until 
this occurs, typically later in the fall. As the volunteer colour banding 
coordinator for Western Purple Martins, I can either let you know the origin 
almost immediately if it is one of my bands, or track it down fairly quickly 
from one of the other western banders. As well, the record will be a useful 
addition to our migration tracking data. 


Thanks for any assistance CVBirders can provide in obtaining more information 
about Western Purple Martin migration, and happy birding! 


Cheers,    ...Bruce
______________________________________________________
Bruce Cousens, B.Sc., M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Senior Biologist,
BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program Coordinator,
Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society
PO Box 41012, RPO Woodgrove Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6M7
Phone/msg./fax:  (250) 758-2922; E-mail:  
______________________________________________________


1 Chico WTP Purple Martin Sat Aug 9, 2014 9:50 am (PDT) . Posted by: 
michaelrogner This morning an adult male purple martin was at the Chico WTP. 
Another local thought he may have seen one there last night, so perhaps it will 
stick around for a bit. 



Michael Rogner, Chico 
Subject: YBWA 4 Snowy Plovers
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:48:38 -0700
They were seen this morning (8/10) foraging loosely together in the third 
flooded field to the east of lot C. Distant record shots here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/46176050 AT N03/14875620011/in/photostream/

Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: This morning's River Walk Survey at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:44:52 -0700
Greetings! Heres my eBird report from this mornings visit to the Cosumnes 
River Preserve. John will be reporting additional birds identified before 
meeting the rest of the group and after he left. 


Cosumnes River Preserve--River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Regular monthly survey. Started off with 7 (Jim R, Chris C, Jim H, 
Breck B, and family of Mu, Ethan, and Amy; John T met up with us about 1 hr 
later. He and Mu & family left before we crossed under the RR tracks.) A 
relatively quiet morning for mid-August. The preserve is painfully dry. 

52 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  59
Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  15
Green Heron  1
White-faced Ibis  500
Turkey Vulture  6
White-tailed Kite  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Swainson's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Long-billed Curlew  1
peep sp.  14
Mourning Dove  7
Black-chinned Hummingbird  9
Anna's Hummingbird  2
hummingbird sp.  6
Belted Kingfisher  5
Acorn Woodpecker  1     John only
Nuttall's Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  7
American Kestrel  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  1     Chris only
Black Phoebe  10
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  3
Cassin's Vireo  1     Heard only by Chris and Jim R, at The Point.  Sang twice.
Hutton's Vireo 3 Initially ID'd first one as a very early Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 
later upon reconsideration changed ID to Huttons Vireo. Later, we encountered 
a pair much further along the trail. 

Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)  6
American Crow  150
Barn Swallow  4
Cliff Swallow  1
Oak Titmouse  8
Bushtit  100
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  10
House Wren  1
Bewick's Wren  5
Wrentit  7
American Robin  8
European Starling  1
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast)  8
Spotted Towhee  20
Song Sparrow  9
Western Tanager  4
Black-headed Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  75
Lesser Goldfinch  8
American Goldfinch  25

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Subject: Chico WTP Purple Martin
From: "michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 09:50:57 -0700
This morning an adult male purple martin was at the Chico WTP. Another local 
thought he may have seen one there last night, so perhaps it will stick around 
for a bit. 

 

 Michael Rogner, Chico
Subject: Re: Gee! where did the water go?
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 11:43:46 -0700
Breck and others,

Tract 7 at the Davis Wetlands has water and birds right now. See the map of the 
ponds here: 


http://public-works.cityofdavis.org/wastewater/wetlands/habitat-types 
http://public-works.cityofdavis.org/wastewater/wetlands/habitat-types 


Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Gee! where did the water go?
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:23:52 -0700
Since, in the past, other members have thanked me for showing my ignorance 
(ignorance loves company I guess), I'll go ahead and do it again.


On the advice of my fellow member Michael Strom I went up to Woodland to 
see their water treatment plant (WTP) this morning. It was alot better 
than many of them and I got some good birds.


Then, since I was in the "neighborhood" (and seldom are/am), I drove on down 
to Yolo Bypass-Vic Fazioland to see what birds might be in that little 
pond by Parking "B" (the one with the disabled access). No water - no 
birds. 




Then I went over to the large water area I'd seen on my previous visit July 
21st; it had Caspian Terns last time I was there in some pretty deep 
water. No water - no birds - just green rice growing. Another "check" 
was getting filled further south of there. Plenty of water - no birds.


So I thought well I'll go over to Davis Wetlands. It was great when I was 
there July 9, at that big pond with the Boardwalk. No water! No birds! 
Is there water somewhere else at Davis Wetlands? I was too tired and 
behind time to try exploring for same today.


So obviously, I have alot to learn about water and birding sites and how 
whoever is in charge of the water puts it. I saw Michael had been to 
Davis Wetlands as late as August 2 (on the register), what was he 
looking at? Not the dirt at the pond where I had seen beautiful pelicans on 
7-09-14 that's for sure! 



Ok that's it for now. 
Breck Breckenridge in Lodi, San Joaquin Co., CA.
Subject: Changed start time, cosumes river preserve, this Saturday
From: "Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:22:34 -0700
We'll start our survey at 6 am rather than 5:15 at the visitors center on Sat, 
August 9. 


Jim Rowoth

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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 06 August 2014; River walk survey this Saturday
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:59:08 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I spent a few hours at the Tall Forest, then covered the
shorebird habitat known to me on the lower preserve.  Since the weekend
past, all the ponds along Desmond Road have been recharged with water, to
the extent that they are much less suitable for shorebirds.  Very few were
at the ponds viewable by the public.  Hopefully by this coming weekend,
conditions will revert to favorable.  There were not that many shorebirds
behind the locked gate, either.  But one of these was my first solitary
sandpiper this season.  The recharged ponds north of Desmond Road had four
large flocks of ibis before sunrise (crudely, 1500-2000 birds), all gone by
10:00.

 

I was wrong about the summer tanager.  I saw it fly over along Wood Duck
Slough, my first encounter since last Wednesday in five tries.  The bird is
no longer singing, and I did not hear it call.  There were a few small mixed
flocks to spice things up, too.  Today's migrant totals are:

 

western wood-pewee-  5

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  6

ash-throated flycatcher-  2

warbling vireo-  4

orange-crowned warbler-  1

common yellowthroat-  2

black-throated gray warbler-  7

Townsend's warbler-  1

hermit warbler-  5 (at least; all in the same flock)

Wilson's warbler-  8

summer tanager-  1

western tanager-  7

black-headed grosbeak-  5

blue grosbeak-  4

lazuli bunting-  1

Bullock's oriole-  4

 

Jim Rowoth will lead the monthly bird survey of the River Walk trail at the
Preserve on 09 August.  Meet at the Visitor Center off Franklin Blvd. at an
hour that he designates for us.  The starting time posted on the preserve
website of 5:15 a.m. seems early for an August survey.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder
From: "Marnelle marnglea AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:25:12 -0700
From:  Marnelle Gleason, Davis, CA


A friend sent me an email recently about a white hummingbird.  She didn't send 
a picture, but wondered if anyone has seen such a thing. 





I have been seeing a white hummingbird in my yard - mostly around the Rose of 
Sharon tree - for some days now.   



When I looked this up on line I read they are either albino or Leucistic - and 
quite rare. 



Do you know if they are very uncommon?  I have never seen one before.  I
tried to take some pictures but without much real success.  I believe it has 
dark eyes - not really pink like an albino. 





 
Marnelle
Subject: Second set of shorebird fields filling at YBWA
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:21:38 -0400 (EDT)
As scheduled, the second set of shorebird floodups was started on Friday August 
1st. As water coverage develops some of the birds already here will find the 
new water. Park in Lot C. 


Mary Schiedt
Subject: Yolo Basin Foundation - Bucks for Ducks Photography Show
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:38:28 -0700
Greetings:

As a board member of the Yolo Basin Foundation, I’d like to encourage all 
bird and wildlife photographers to submit your best photos to the 
Foundation’s upcoming Bucks for Ducks Photography Show. There are four 
categories: animals, plants, landscape and "open", which includes abstract and 
digitally enhanced photos. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 29. 
Please go to the Yolo Basin Foundation website at: www.yolobasin.org to see the 
Call for Entries. All proceeds from the sale of the photographs at the Bucks 
for Ducks Dinner and Auction on October 17 go toward the Foundation’s 
wetlands and outdoor education programs for school-aged kids. 


Thanks in advance for your consideration and support of the Yolo Basin 
Foundation. 


Cheers!

Terry Colborn
YBF Board Member
Davis, CA 

www.TLCBirding.com
Subject: Woodland WTP
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:10:35 -0700
This morning (8/4) there were 13 species of shorebirds, including two Willets 
and one Lesser Yellowlegs. The water levels in the large square pond south of 
the parking area and in the smaller rectangular pond just to the southeast are 
good right now. Ebird list with some photos: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19330743

Also, the Farmers Central Road pond has limited water but still 7 shorebird 
species. 



Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Cosumnes birds- August 1-3, 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:49:43 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

The last three mornings I've spent at the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County.  I believe the summer tanager has left.  I have
not detected it since Wednesday morning.  Before this series of misses, I
had failed to find this species only once during the stay.

 

Friday I visited behind the Farm Center gate.  It was a cool 49 degrees at
the Accidental Forest to start, and the area was very birdy.  Including
minor additions from around the Tall Forest (and notation of now-absent
breeders), the woodland totals were:

 

western wood-pewee-  12

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  8

unseen "whitting" empid-  1

ash-throated flycatcher-  0

western kingbird-  0

Cassin's vireo-  1

orange-crowned warbler-  6

common yellowthroat-  5

MacGillivray's warbler-  1 (I heard what may have been a second)

black-throated gray warbler-  5

hermit warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  9

unidentified warbler-  1 (chip note only- sounded like yellow warbler)

western tanager-  5

black-headed grosbeak-  8

blue grosbeak-  3

lazuli bunting-  1

Bullock's oriole-  0

 

The Cassin's vireo's extended song widened my experience of its variation
considerably toward that of blue-headed vireo.  Friday's shorebirding was
pretty unremarkable, with a spotted sandpiper best among 10 species.  I
covered both the small area near the Tall Forest and the ponds along Desmond
Road, which are much better at the moment.

 

Yesterday I started at Orr Ranch, where I walked out to the north arm of
Moyer (aka Deadman) Slough.  Then I returned to the area around the
Accidental Forest, followed by a walk down Wood Duck Slough.  The spigot of
migrant passerines was turned off!  I had one Wilson's warbler and a few
western tanagers.  But the breeders remaining on that north arm of the
slough included a yellow warbler and four lazuli buntings.  The Desmond Road
shorebirds included one lesser yellowlegs and one red-necked phalarope.  The
best "shorebirds" behind the gate were four Caspian terns.

 

This morning I did pretty much the same route as I did on Friday.  The flock
of hundreds of dark ibis was in the favored pond before sunrise again, the
western-most pond north of Desmond.    They did not flush and were too
distant and too densely packed to count.  There were almost no shorebirds
along Desmond before sunrise.  Migrant songbirds were not as varied as on
Friday, but their numbers were much better than yesterday:

 

western wood-pewee-  15

willow flycatcher-  1 (in song)

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  4

ash-throated flycatcher-  10

warbling vireo-  1

common yellowthroat-  9

yellow warbler-  1

black-throated gray warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  11

western tanager-  8

black-headed grosbeak-  10 (not including an unidentified unseen grosbeak
whose call was more typical of rose-breasted)

blue grosbeak-  6

 

The shorebirds were numerous near the Tall Forest, but the variety was
better by far along Desmond Road.  Combined numbers for the morning are
roughly these:

 

American avocet-  2

black-necked stilt-  75

killdeer-  45

spotted sandpiper-  2

greater yellowlegs-  45

willet-  1

lesser yellowlegs-  2

marbled godwit-  1

least sandpiper-  110

western sandpiper-  15

long-billed dowitcher- 1600

Wilson's phalarope-  44

red-necked phalarope-  1

Caspian tern-  1 (vocal fly-over along Desmond)

 

The spotted sandpipers were near the Tall Forest.  The willet was on the
south side of Desmond Rd. near the intersection with Bruceville.  The godwit
was in the western-most pond north of Desmond.  I got very lucky to see it
at all.  It was slumming with the ducks (mostly mallards, but with small
numbers of gadwall, American wigeon, cinnamon teal, northern pintail and
green-winged teal admixed) at the very back side of the pond.  If it had not
put its head up, I could not have seen it.  It disappeared when it went
resumed resting posture.  Also in this pond, near the western margin of it,
was the duo of greater white-fronted geese that has summered at the preserve
this year.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

 

 
Subject: Putah Creek hummers, warblers et al.
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:37:09 -0700
Warbler migration is showing the first signs of life. 2 days ago, I found the 
first Black-throated Gray Warbler along the creek behind my house in addition 
to two Orange-crowned Warblers, and several Western Tanagers. Today I observed 
a Nashville Warbler in my garden. 

Hummingbirds are still very plentiful. During their most recent banding 
sessions, July 22 and 26, the team of UCD researchers banded a total of 55 new 
birds in addition to capturing several previously banded individuals, some of 
them dating back several years. Of these newly banded hummers, 5 were Allen's 
(3 hatch-year females, 1 adult female, 1 hatch-year male) and one was male 
hatch-year Rufus. There were several other selasphorus around that did not get 
trapped. Probably the highest number of selasphorus, and definitely of Allen's, 
that I can remember. Many Anna's and Black-chinned make up the bulk of the 
hummer population that still consumes a gallon of sugar water a day, but it was 
also nice and a bit of a surprise that the male Costa's Hummingbird that was 
originally banded here last September and who hung around until the beginning 
May showed up again and let itself be caught and admired. 

Hooded Orioles are still feeding young in several nests and have even built at 
least one brand-new nest although I doubt that they will follow through with 
another brood. Similarly, a pair of Barn Swallows have just finished a new 
nest, apparently without first looking at the calendar. The young a a 
third-brood nest are close to fledging. And talking about third broods, the 
Western Bluebirds that built a third nest in the same nest box after raising 
two successful sets of youngsters, are persisting albeit with diminishing 
success. The female laid 3 eggs of which only two hatched. Those two chicks are 
now about a week old or so old. When I checked the box 2 days ago, I was 
surprised and puzzled to find a hatch-year bluebird still with speckled breast 
dead next to the two chicks. I theorize that this individual may have been one 
of the fledglings of the second brood that for some reason returned to the box 
where it died. I removed it and found today that the two chicks still seem to 
be doing well. 



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


Subject: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder
From: "'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 21:24:18 -0700
Hey Dave,

 

There is a Costas Hummingbird at our feeder. I heard it yesterday evening
and saw it this afternoon.

 

Hope this is still your current email address.

 

Todd
Subject: Sac Rose-breasted--no
From: "Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:49:13 -0700
For anyone contemplating looking for bird, homeowners have taken down feeder 
and cut back the grapes. Not seen today to my knowledge. 

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Subject: Cover of the recent Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin
From: "sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:30:16 +0000 (UTC)
Hi, 

We just received the new bulletin and although we have not had time to read it, 
yet . . . We'd like to commend Dan Brown on his beautiful digital artwork, of 
the Teal, on the cover. 


Gorgeous! 

all the best, 
Susie Nishio and Steve Ball 
Sacramento, CA 
Subject: Burrowing Owls - West Elkhorn Road, Sacramento County
From: "fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:40:39 -0400 (EDT)
 
Hello
 
I went to a pullout on the north side of West Elkhorn Road just before 7 am 
 today.  It is about 1/2 mile west of E. Levee Road.  To the north  is 
scrubby open space, a small hill, many fence posts, and various weeds.   Just 
west were flooded rice fields.
 
I was gratified to see 4 Burrowing Owls perched out in the open  there in 
just 5 minutes .  The species has bred there in the last 3  years.  I have 
made  corresponding "CNDDB" reports to the California  Department of Fish and 
Wildlife.  I don't know whether there was breeding  there this year. 
 
The property north of the metal fence is posted private land.  There  are 
very adequate viewing and photo opportunities from south of the fenced  
areas.   
 
Good birding!
 
Frank Gray
Antelope
 
 
Subject: Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:10:44 -0700
Hi all

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

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

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


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


Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

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

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

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

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

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

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A comment about the homeowner in this case:

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


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


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


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


Repeating the directions:

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

Turn left onto Coloma Road. 

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


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


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


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


Sylvia Wright
Davis (Yolo County)

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

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

 Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 
 

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

 

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

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

 

 Gil Ewing
 Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
 

 

 


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


 

 Folks, 

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


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


 Chris Conard
 Sacramento




 





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


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


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


Cheers!

Terry Colborn
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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

 

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

 

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

 

black-necked stilt-  140

semipalmated plover-  2

killdeer-  40

greater yellowlegs-  38

lesser yellowlegs-  3

spotted sandpiper-  2

western sandpiper-  4

least sandpiper-  170

long-billed dowitcher-  1380

Wilson's snipe-  1

Wilson's phalarope-  34

 

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

 

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

 

Best,

John Trochet

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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


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


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


Take care everyone.

Sam Hontalas-San Francisco
  

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



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

Sally


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








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



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

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

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

 Populations of magpies have been large in this area. 
 

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

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


Cheers!

Terry and Diane Colborn
Davis, CA 

www.TLCBirding.com

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

Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 

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

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

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

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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

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




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


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

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

>  
> 
> Henry Thornhill, observant hunter but a non-birder, reported seeing 
nighthawks hawking over the El Macero Country Club golf course last evening, 
about 7:30 pm  identified by size, shape, flight pattern, time of day and 
location. Cant say which species from his description, but no vocalization 
reported  probably Lesser, I suppose. He saw them (I didnt ask how many) over 
the 18th hole, which is just to the east of the clubs parking lot. I believe 
it is very unusual to see nighthawks in the Davis area at any time of year. It 
seems there a number of unusual sightings this summer: Black-headed Grosbeaks 
and several Western Tanagers in Davis already in early July and Western 
Wood-Pewees and a Wrentit calling along the Sacramento River near Knights 
Landing in late June. Perhaps the drought is driving birds down into the valley 
earlier than usual. 

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

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


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

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



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

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




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

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

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



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

 

Chris Dunford

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


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


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


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


Michael Strom
Davis
 

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




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

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

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




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

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



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

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

*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


Thanks, Breck Breckenridge in Lodi
 

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

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

 

 Larry Parmeter
 Fresno


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

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

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


good birding,



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

Dan Brown
Sacramento


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 Dan Williams
 Carmichael
 

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

 

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

 

Best,

John Trochet

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



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


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

 

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

 

Best,

John Trochet

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

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


Thanks very much, Sam Hontalas.

San Francisco.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Thanks,
 

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

 

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

 

 Jann Dorothy
 Sacramento