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21 Dec Re: Le Conte's Sparrow - Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes (20 Dec) ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Dec Le Conte's Sparrow - Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes (20 Dec) ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Dec Marin - Nicasio yellow-bellied sapsucker; lagunitas creek dipper ["tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Dec Mill Valley ["'richard s. cimino' yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Dec Small Herring Run in Richardson Bay ["sallison AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Dec Cheep Thrills CBC on Thursday, December 18 ["s.kelly AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Dec White-throated Sparrow: Miller Creek, S. Rafael &..... ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Dec Marin (I think) Bald Eagle ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Dec Benicia CBC report ["robin_leong AT netzero.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Dec Band Tailed Pigeon in Oakmont ["munkeelady AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Dec Marin Dipper - yes ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Dec Common Goldenete and Wood duck pair at Lake Hennessey ["Berger Terry terryberger99 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Dec Santa Rosa CBC, Sunday, Dec. 14th... ["Bill Doyle shortbill AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Dec Shiloh Ranch Regional Park Sonoma County 12/14 Birds + Mountain Lion ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Dec Kenwood local interest ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Dipper and Hooded Mergansers ["mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Red Phalarope, Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay, Sonoma County ["denisevh AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Shiloh Ranch Regional Park Bant-tailed Pigeons Boanza & Hooded Mergansers ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Merlin ["ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Shorebird Marsh Ducks - Corte Madera ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Short-eared Owl ["Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Re: Falcated Duck ["David Herrema david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Dec Falcated Duck ["David Herrema david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Dec Spring lake mandarin duck ["Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Dec Ellis Creek 12-11 ["'Len Nelson' LENNELSN AT COMCAST.NET [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Dec Rain and books ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Dec Palm Warbler at Las Gallinas ["'Ron Storey' ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Dec Project Feeder Watch birds ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Dec Hybrid Dabbling Duck at Shorebird Marsh ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Dec Las Gallinas: Three Swallow Species &.... ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Dec Cedar Waxwings in need of pyracantha ["jjpancake AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Dec Las Gallinas Goose ["Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Dec New Birding spot, Cordelia, Solano Co. ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec New Birding spot, Cordelia, Solano Co. ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Dec odds and ends ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Dec Napa County's First CBC4Kids yesterday ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Dec Black-legged Kittiwakes ... Juveniles Salmon Creek Park ["bmal3 AT pacbell.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Dec A Kid-sized Christmas Bird Count! ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Dec possible slaty-backed gull sonoma county ["tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Dec Local Interest Sonoma Countyu Evening Grosbeaks 12/6 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Dec Las Gallinas: Palm Warbler &.... ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
05 Dec Re: RFI Mandarin Ducks "established" in Sonoma County ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
05 Dec Tropical Kingbird at Las Gallinas ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Dec Petaluma Lewis's Woodpeckers ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec Re: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Dec RE: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4 ["Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec Re: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec RE: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4 ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec Re: American Dipper continues on Lagunitas Creek ["ms masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec Novato Lewis's woodpeckers continue ["emilie strauss dp_eas AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Dec Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
03 Dec Request for Marin NAB fall season documentation ["dieduffy AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Dec American Dipper continues on Lagunitas Creek ["David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
01 Dec Doran Eurasian Wigeon ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Dec Spring Lake, Santa Rosa ["Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
01 Dec RFI Mandarin Ducks "established" in Sonoma County ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Dec backyard Pine Siskins 60+ in Napa ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Dec 12/1 Northern Waterthrush, Kennedy Park, Napa ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
01 Dec Redhead in Richardson Bay ["maineprairieboy AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Dec Raptors (mistake in location) ["Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Golden Eagler (Marin County, Ferruginous Hawk (Solano County) ["Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Petaluma Vicinity - 11/30/14 ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Abbots Lagoon ["adamrenteria12 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Abbots Lagoon. ["adamrenteria12 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Re: Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas ["Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Nov Re: Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas ["Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Nov 11/29 Foothill Regional Park, Lease Bittern ["Theadora Block theadorab AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Nov Bodega Bay Saturday Nov. 29 AM ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Nov Continuing Marin Rarities 11/29 BROWN Booby etc ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Nov Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas ["Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Red-footed Booby at Chimney Rock by Mark Butler and Maryann ["roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov American Dipper - Lagunitas Creek ["'richard s. cimino' yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Lake Ralphine, Spring Lake Sapsuckers, Varied Thrushes (November 28, 2014) ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Title correction to ast post ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Least Bittern continues Foothill Ranch Reg Park Sonoma County 11/28 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Petaluma River - Port Sonoma ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow - Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes (20 Dec)
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Dec 2014 00:06:55 -0800
Sorry folks - in my haste to get out the news, I neglected to sign my post...

Good birding!

Ken Schneider
San Francisco
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow - Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes (20 Dec)
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 22:33:22 -0800
Hi all,
 

 Just got home from the wonderful compilation dinner for the Point Reyes 
Christmas Bird Count. 


 

 My team birded Abbott's Lagoon today. Around 1130, Wendy Dreskin found a 
colorful sparrow along the southwestern shore of the outer portion of Abbott's 
Lagoon. I misidentified the bird in the field as a Nelson's Sparrow, but 
analysis of the photos at the dinner by Ryan and Scott Terrill showed the bird 
to be a LE CONTE'S SPARROW! The bird was in an area of shrubby vegetation, near 
where the shoreline of the lagoon became more swampy and flooded. It did not 
appear to be closely associating with other species, as best I could tell, 
although many Savannah Sparrows and American Pipits were in the area. I did not 
hear it vocalize. 


 

 I did take a GPS reading of the spot where we saw this sparrow with a handheld 
device - it was: 

 

 N 38.1100
 W 122.9535
 

 Some photos of the bird are here (and I'll post more photos and a description 
in my eBird checklist, likely tomorrow AM): 

 

 Le Conte's Sparrow https://flic.kr/p/qcnFqb
 
 
 https://flic.kr/p/qcnFqb 
 
 Le Conte's Sparrow https://flic.kr/p/qcnFqb Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus 
leconteii), Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, 
California - 20 December 2014. Found d... 

 
 
 
 View on flic.kr https://flic.kr/p/qcnFqb 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Le Conte's Sparrow https://flic.kr/p/qcuyQp

 
 
 https://flic.kr/p/qcuyQp 
 
 Le Conte's Sparrow https://flic.kr/p/qcuyQp Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus 
leconteii), Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, 
California - 20 December 2014. Found d... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Marin - Nicasio yellow-bellied sapsucker; lagunitas creek dipper
From: "tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:10:02 -0800
The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER found yesterday by Bob Battigan was still at 
Nicasio square at noon today. It was working in the small trees opposite the 
church. At about 1230 we had the continuing AMERICAN DIPPER at the Shafter 
Creel bridge along Lagunitas creek . 


tony briggs 
Petaluma

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Subject: Mill Valley
From: "'richard s. cimino' yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:12:22 -0800
*Mill Valley CBC on Sat. Dec. 27^th * . After spending today scouting 
locations northwest of Camino Alto Blvd, we realize that we need some 
help, as this is a large area.We are seeking help from two - four 
experienced birders. We need to cover the town of Mill Valley including 
the golf course, Homestead Valley, Blithedale and Cascade Canyons and 
Mountain Home to Bow Knot/Blithedale Ridge. We can discuss areas for 
assignment. Your volunteering would not require a full day commitment.

If you're interested email us at rscimino AT gmail.com 
 Janet Bodle and Rich Cimino
Subject: Small Herring Run in Richardson Bay
From: "sallison AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 16:35:50 -0800
Many gulls, pelicans, and seals in the Houseboat Lagoon off Gate 5 Road in 
Sausalito today for what appears to have been a small herring run today - 
perhaps the first of the season. Gulls are munching the eggs at low tide this 
evening. Perhaps they will return with the next high tide? 


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Subject: Cheep Thrills CBC on Thursday, December 18
From: "s.kelly AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Dec 2014 17:43:39 -0800
Yesterday 63 people participated in the Cheep Thrills CBC, centered on Mount 
Burdell in Novato, and found 158 species. Highlights were a Long-tailed Duck 
found in an enclosed lagoon in Bel Marin Keys by Jules Evans and his teammates 
(seen from the east end of Caribe Isle Drive); 13 Lewis’ Woodpeckers that 
Peter Colasanti and Gene Hunn observed at Neil's Island in NW Sonoma County; 
and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that Bob Battigan and his team found at Nicassio 
square. While the species count was low the total number of birds was higher 
than in the past, with participants reporting large numbers of Robins (over 
8,000), Band-tailed Pigeons (over 3,000) and ducks (over 12,000 individuals). 
In a heroic effort, near dusk David Sexton spent an hour counting 7,398 
American Robins heading to their roosts, resulting in a serious case of 
“robin neck.” 

 

 Susan Kelly
 Novato
 

Subject: White-throated Sparrow: Miller Creek, S. Rafael &.....
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:35 -0800
…..enjoyed being with my partner John Longstreth today while we did a portion 
of the Big Rock/Lucas Valley/Marinwood circle area 

for the Cheep Thrills Christmas Bird Count.

A highlight for me was filtering through a large group of Golden-crowned 
Sparrows, then getting lucky by seeing 1 

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  beneath a Rhododendron shrub
on the north side upper bank of Miller Creek, approximately 1,500’ west of 
Las Gallinas Ave. where the trail 

begins at this Avenue on the north side of a little park (and runs east and 
west). 


On the nearby Greystone Canyon Trail in Marinwood, it was fascinating to watch 
large groups of 

Band-tailed Pigeon and Varied Thrush, with both of these species nearly 
ubiquitous for many minutes 

in a row as you looked above. 

For the day, we totaled more than 240 Varied Thrush, so the it’s safe to 
suggest an “invasion” of this 

species has occurred in our area this year.

Happy Holidays to all,

Daniel Edelstein

www.warblerwatch.com

Novato, CA 







Subject: Marin (I think) Bald Eagle
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:01:47 -0800
 

Hello Birders, 

While enroute to the Pt Reyes Station area today, I made a stop on Rt 1
to check out birds in a flooded field. Heading south from Valley Ford,
Rt 1 makes a 90 degree turn. Shortly after that turn, you go over a
small bridge which I think is the Sonoma/Marin county line (let me know
if I'm wrong). On the left hand side of the road after that bridge is a
field that floods when there's enough water and can have some
interesting birds. There is enough of a shoulder there to safely pull
off. There were 2 N. Shovelers, 2 Ruddy Ducks, a female Red-breasted
Merganser, a female-type Goldeneye that vanished when I got my scope out
to ID it, 25 Bufflehead, some Eared Grebes, Am. Coots, Marbled Godwits,
and at the very least, Mew, Ring-billed and Ca. Gulls. While looking at
the birds there I heard a commotion overhead and when I looked up, I saw
an adult BALD EAGLE flying low while being harassed by a Red-tailed Hawk
! The eagle landed in a nearby group of 3 Eucalyptus trees and the hawk
landed in another tree in this group, apparently satisfied with this
resolution. After I put my scope away and was getting ready to leave, I
heard some geese calling overhead. It turned out to be a group of 6
White-fronted Geese and they circled for about 5 minutes before landing
in the field. While they were circling, 2 Canada Geese fly by as well.
The eagle was still in the euc tree when I left. 

At Pt Reyes, I spent most of my time in the Giacomini Wetlands area,
where there wasn't anything noteworthy except maybe 2 White-throated
Sparrows. The pond had a nice group of Cinnamon Teal in it. When I was
having lunch in my vehicle, a Townsend's Warbler landed on a post right
next to my window ! Very nice. For waterfowl in Tomales Bay, there were
N. Pintails, N. Shovelers, Am. Wigeon, one male Eurasian Wigeon, Am.
Coots, Green-winged Teal, Gadwalls and Buffleheads. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Benicia CBC report
From: "robin_leong AT netzero.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 13:14:03 -0800
The Benicia CBC was done in a total rainy day on Monday Dec 15. Preliminary 
results 168 species with1 during CW with several group reports lacking. 
Highlights include 3 Lewis' Woodpeckers (last seen on this count in 1978) found 
on 1756 Mason Road in the afternoon, many Varied thrushes, Pacific 
Golden-plover found on Chadbourne Road, a Green-tailed Towhee found on Goodyear 
Road 100 yards north of the intersection with Parish Road in the trees and 
scrubs on the east side of the road.and a Phainopepla in Rockville Park. All 
sightings were in Solano County even though part of the count circle is also in 
Napa County. 

Best birding,
Robin Leong
Vallejo, CA 

Subject: Band Tailed Pigeon in Oakmont
From: "munkeelady AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 08:30:52 -0800
Yesterday morning a Band Tailed Pigeon was ground feeding in my backyard on 
Oakmont Drive. While I've seen these birds perched high in tree while hiking, I 
never expected to see on here! I was shocked and pleased to add a new bird to 
my back yard list! 


 

Subject: Marin Dipper - yes
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:37:42 -0800
Took advantage of the break in rain to go to look for the AMERICAN 
DIPPER on Lagunitas Creek on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Marin County. The 
sun was shining there briefly! Watched the Dipper for about 20 minutes 
right from the Coho Salmon viewing area of the Leo Cronin parking lot.  
This is at the Shafter Bridge.

The Dipper was busy diving under a small pile of branches and flipping 
over debris, and getting some kind of critter- banging it on a log,then 
swallowing.There were plenty of whatever this food item was and the 
Dipper was easily viewed by all there.  Marin County bird # 378

Just as exciting was the salmon run -  over a dozen Coho Salmon were 
swimming upstream - most were females but there were a couple red males. 
  What an awesome thing to have happening in Marin!

Stopped at the Port of Sonoma along Hwy 37 and Petaluma River.  With the 
high water was hoping to view rails. Saw 69 Semipalmated Plovers on the 
empty docks.

Supposed to be clear next week - might run over to the Central valley.

Happy Holidays!
Ruthie Rudesill
in semi flooded Kenwood





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Subject: Common Goldenete and Wood duck pair at Lake Hennessey
From: "Berger Terry terryberger99 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:10:30 -0800
Yesterday morning while walking Conn Valley Road on the north side of the lake 
I was scoping a group of Ruddy ducks when I noticed one with goldeneye markings 
on its flanks but couldn't verify it. Colorings were something I hadn't seen 
before. 


I lost sight of it so I decided to get closer. This was at the west end of the 
lake where the water has now risen to cover the bare ground and I had been on 
the road where it sweeps along side of the reeds at the waters edge. 


I moved to about 20 feet from the waters edge when it reappeared. I had time to 
check my app and found it to be a female common goldeneye. Brown head, black 
bill with yellow nail and eye. As I am watching it swim with some Mallards a 
male Wood duck came moving across my scope, followed by the female. Beautiful 
sight and was able to watch them muddle around for 20 minutes. 


Take Silverado Trail north towards St. Helena and turn right onto Howell 
Mountain Road, Pope Street is on the left. When you reach the split keep to the 
right which is Conn Valley Road. Follow it until you see the high voltage tower 
to park and you can scope from there or walk back up the road. 


Also of note were Western and Clark's Grebes, Double-crested Cormorants, 
Buffleheads, Coots, Gadwalds, Canada Geese. Along the edge of the water were 
Black and Says Phobe's, Belted Kingfisher, Oak Titmouse, and Song Sparrow. Of 
course plenty of Acorn Woodpeckers. 


Terry Berger
Naoa, Ca
Subject: Santa Rosa CBC, Sunday, Dec. 14th...
From: "Bill Doyle shortbill AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:23:55 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday, RROS held it's Santa Rosa CBC, under cloudy, but mostly dry, skies. 
While most of us expected increased bird activity after all the rain, that did 
not happen. Good birds were seen, including a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, by 
David Hofmann, but the total species count, 136, was well below our historical 
average. Still, it was very pleasant birding, and we ended the day with a fine, 
congenial, and lively compilation dinner. 


Happy Holidays, and good birding, to all. 

Bill Doyle, Compiler 
Santa Rosa 
Subject: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park Sonoma County 12/14 Birds + Mountain Lion
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:24:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
 While helping out on the Santa Rosa CBC yesterday part of my area was Shiloh 
Ranch. The weather Sunday was gloomy with a rainy afternoon, but I still had a 
nice assortment with lower numbers than my Saturday visit. Band-tailed Pigeon 
numbers dropped from 192 down to 27. There were 2 Hooded Mergansers that were 
visible on the swamp-like small pond that took two circles around the tiny pond 
to locate ( the other 2 from Saturday are probably still there. I only saw them 
in flight within the pond on Sunday. There were 2 Pileated Woodpeckers near the 
highest peak in the park adjacent to the Ridge Trail. I only the two calling 
back and forth this time ( recently moved in male and female that can be 
difficult to actually see on the high ridges and they move around over about a 
2 mile stretch of trail. I hear 2 Brown Creepers and over 60 Golden-crowned 
Kinglets. The creepers were along the upper reaches of the Ridge Trail and the 
kinglets were widespread. 

 I FINALLY added Mountain Lion to my mammal list. I was following a deer trail 
in the upper reaches of the park looking for Pileated Woodpeckers and spooked a 
resting lion that was on a low heavy branch of a tree on the edge of an 
extremely steep ravine with about a 200+ foot drop. I got look at the hind end 
of the lion leaping down the ravine ( glad it chose that direction since I was 
in a very remote area ). 



Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Kenwood local interest
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:56:35 -0800
Lots of activity at my feeders today.  At least 14 species including a 
handsome Cassiar type Dark-eyed Junco.  This one is classic; I will try 
to get a photo.
I so bummed I can't participate in today's Santa Rosa Christmas Bird 
Count.  Have to work all day and into evening...and my house is just 
outside the count circle.

Happy Holidays,
Ruthie Rudesill
Kenwood



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Subject: Dipper and Hooded Mergansers
From: "mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 21:24:46 -0800
The Dipper continues in the Lagunitas Creek watershed. I saw it today at about 
2:30 above the Leo Cronin Fish Viewing area about 200 yards above the parking 
lot. This is by Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake. Quite a few salmon 
spawning in this section of the creek and easily seen. 

 

 
 Three male and two female Hooded Mergansers at the pond on the San Geronimo 
Golf course right next to Roy's pools which are south of Sir Francis Drake at 
the Nicasio Valley Road intersection on San Geronimo Valley Drive. 

 

 Moss Henry
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Red Phalarope, Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay, Sonoma County
From: "denisevh AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 16:03:44 -0800
At about 1:30 PM today there was a RED PHALAROPE at Campbell Cove in the water 
right next to the beach. Thanks to the birder, with the RROS cap, who alerted 
us to it. Will German got some pictures so should anyone like to see them you 
can email me. 

 

 Denise Herzberg
 Bodega Bay
Subject: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park Bant-tailed Pigeons Boanza & Hooded Mergansers
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:02:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,

 If anyone needs BAND-TAILED PIGEON for their Sonoma County list this is the 
day! I had at least 192 BTPI mostly along the Ridge Trail with the largest 
flock being about 75 birds. The pond had 4 male HOODED MERGANSERS. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Merlin
From: "ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 13:44:22 -0800
12/13/14,
 

 Hello NBB's,
 

 This morning at about 11:00am I had a new yard bird. A MERLIN flew through the 
yard and perched in a neighbors Redwood tree. After scanning for a while the 
MERLIN rocketed off to the North. 

 

 This is in a neighborhood in Southwest Santa Rosa.
  4TH year I have seen MERLIN in the area during winter.
  
 Dave Barry
 Santa Rosa
 

Subject: Shorebird Marsh Ducks - Corte Madera
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:14:42 -0800
Went to Shorebird Marsh on Friday to check the storm's effect on the birds
there. Shorebird Marsh is part of the Corte Madera Ecological Preserve,
located just east of Highway 101 and north of the Village Shopping Center
(Macy's/Nordstroms). See: Shorebird Marsh

 

The artificial wetland there is  a rich foraging ground for ducks,
shorebirds, and gulls, depending on the water level. Water flow controlled
by the city. Despite close to 5" of rain a good expanse of mudflats
remained.

Looked in particular for the continuing hybrid dabbling duck, presumable a
Northern Pintail x other dabbler species. Hybrid Dabbling Duck
. The
hybrid was not present, and in fact none of the 20+ Pintails seen on
Wednesday 12/10  were present on Friday. Good numbers of Canvasbacks remain
(30+), plus fair numbers of American Wigeons Buffleheads, and Green-winged
Teals.  Smaller numbers of Northern Shovelers and Gadwalls joined the mix,
along with American Coots. A single Horned Grebe swam with the Bufflhead in
the channel on the south side of the large mudflat, near Nordstroms.

Shorebirds present on Friday included 250+ Least Sandpipers, 4 Dunlins, 2
Greater Yellowlegs, 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, 40+ Long-billed Curlews, 25+
Marbled Godwits, 3 Willets, 100+ American Avocets, 50+ Black-necked Stilts
and 4-5 Killdeer. Of the 50+ gulls most were California Gulls, with a few
Ring-billed, but didn't check them all. We do see the occasional Mew Gull
and Western Gull there in December. The area is a great place to bring a
neophyte birder or visitor to get quick and look at a good variety of our
wintering birds, as long if they can tolerate rather significant noise from
the highway.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Subject: Short-eared Owl
From: "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:32:54 -0800
It's nice to see Short-eared Owls back in the fields south of the Las Galinas 
Ponds. 

Happy Holidays!
Ron Mallory

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Re: Falcated Duck
From: "David Herrema david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:03:12 +0000 (UTC)
Park in the lot on your left and walk a short way to the viewing platform. 

 On Friday, December 12, 2014 10:15 PM, "David Herrema david.herrema AT yahoo.com 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

   

   The Falcated Duck is back at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa, CA) 
for those of you who (like myself) were unaware of this.  This is apparently 
the same bird first reported in 2011 and then 2012 and/or 2013 (?).  This bird 
is absolutely gorgeous and well worth the trip from the North Bay. 
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Subject: Falcated Duck
From: "David Herrema david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:14:56 +0000 (UTC)
The Falcated Duck is back at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa, CA) for 
those of you who (like myself) were unaware of this.  This is apparently the 
same bird first reported in 2011 and then 2012 and/or 2013 (?).  This bird is 
absolutely gorgeous and well worth the trip from the North Bay. 
Subject: Spring lake mandarin duck
From: "Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:13:23 -0800
This afternoon while taking a very muddy walk around Spring Lake (Santa Rosa) 
Ken Wilson and I saw a beautiful male Mandarin duck swimming with a pair of 
wood ducks. 

This was in the lagoon along side the Fisherman trail.
Becky Olsen
Ken Wilson

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Subject: Ellis Creek 12-11
From: "'Len Nelson' LENNELSN AT COMCAST.NET [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:11:28 -0800
Ellis Creek today at 2:00 PM...I had to see how the rain had transformed this 
area and....I have to tell you... I do not believe I have ever seen such 
extensive ponds there. 

I did not venture from the road and my car...it was raining you know, but there 
were few birds in the initial pond you come to but further to the left by 100 
yards or so where the road loops to the right there was a ‘large’ pond with 
many (200 or so) Coots, Mallards, Dunlin, Dowitchers, Geese and Red-winged 
Black Birds. 


Tomorrow, Friday, I’ll have to see what, if anything, is in the ponds A-D now 
and walk around Shollenberger to look for missed species from the bi-monthly 
bird survey of 12-10. Len 
Subject: Rain and books
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 20:09:43 -0800
With all this rain, I imagine most of us birders are staying at home, perhaps 
doing a little armchair birding. Perhaps appropriately, I've just finished and 
uploaded a review of Eroll Fuller's newish book The Passenger Pigeon. If you're 
interested in seeing the review, use the In-depth Book Reviews link on the 
front page of my website (middle left of the page, link below). 

 

 http://www.colintalcroft.com/ http://www.colintalcroft.com/
 

 Driving around today I saw large flocks of gulls in flooded fields here and 
there. Should be interesting when the weather clears. I imagine Shollenberger 
Park finally has some water in it? 

 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa 
 

 Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots 
 http://www.colintalcroft.com/ http://www.colintalcroft.com/

 

Subject: Palm Warbler at Las Gallinas
From: "'Ron Storey' ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:38:08 -0800
The Palm Warbler at the Las Gallinas Ponds in San Rafael was reported by
Daniel Edelstein on December 6th.  I have posted some pictures of a Palm
Warbler I saw that day.  The Palm Warbler was pointed out to me by Rick
LeBaudour shortly after I arrived.  You can see the pictures here:
http://ronstorey.com/PalmWarbler/

 

Also, I just finished posting some pictures of the RUSTIC BUNTING that was
first reported on Sunday, December 7th and first seen on Saturday 6th by
Alan Hopkins of San Francisco.  You can see these pictures here:
http://ronstorey.com/RusticBunting/

 

Ron Storey

Petaluma, CA
Subject: Project Feeder Watch birds
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:21:25 -0800
I have been watching the feeders(all 16 of them) for just 2 days, but was
happy with what birds flew in to fuel up for the big storm

Oak titmouse, Townsend's Warblers, California Towhees, Anna's hummers,
house finches, Juncos, Chickadees, Pygmy Nuthatches, Golden Crowned
Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Red-shouldered Hawks, and now for an apology to
Josiah Clark and Denise Hamilton and all of NBB for calling Yellow and
Wilson's Warblers. You guys were right. They were Lesser Goldfinches and
there were lots of them all over the hanging black sunflower feeders. Hope
to see more so I can add them to my Project Feeder Count tally. I live in
the middle of a redwood forest and have never, ever seen anything but House
Finches. Even put out Niger seed feeders but no finches. I guess I would
have believed the warblers being out of season rather than having birds
here that I have never seen in 35 years.

So, thanks to Josiah and Denise and stay dry everyone.

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley
Subject: Hybrid Dabbling Duck at Shorebird Marsh
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:13:20 -0800
Visited Shorebird Marsh today in advance of the storm. Water level low, but
a good variety of ducks and shorebirds were present. The only unusual
sighting was the male hybrid dabbling duck, first noted there on October
16. The body molt seen then is now complete, but the ID remains
speculative. The most prominent feature of the bird was a very buffy cheek
patch. Also of note were a white collar,shingled breast, and a green sheen
on the side of the head above and behind the eye. The bird associated
mostly with Northern Pintails, and when not sleeping on the back of the
large mud flat at the south end of the "pond" it dabbled at the surface in
the wide channel to the south side of the mudflat, best viewed from the
satellite Nordstrom parking lot.

Previous guesses on the ID favored Northern Pintail but some some features
like the scapulars were consistent with Gadwall genes, or even Falcated
Duck (!). Any input is of course welcomed. Hope it hunkers down and sticks
there through the storm.

Photos from today and from Oct. 16 can be seen at the link below. Shots
were taken in overcast conditions and from a distance of about 150', and
can be seen at the link below. Actual location can be seen on the Flickr
"map" function.

Hybrid Dabbling Duck


Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Subject: Las Gallinas: Three Swallow Species &....
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:51:50 -0800
Interesting to see today around Ponds #1-#3 at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, San 
Rafael, Marin Co.: 


- 13 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (not unexpected, as “over-wintering” individuals 
often occur annually, especially in recent years) 

- 9 TREE SWALLOW (even more commonly seen as an “over-wintering” sighting 
here than the above species) 

- 7 BARN SWALLOW (typically not present annually at this location every 
“winter”…and the least common swallow of these three species to be seen 

“over-wintering” at this location)

Also worth noting:

- 5 WHITE-THROATED SWIFT 
- 1 GREEN HERON (on north side rocks of Pond #2)
- 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (on largest island in Pond #1)

Still NO glimpse of a Ferruginous or Rough-legged Hawk on the water irrigation 
equipment in the far east/northeast fields beyond Pond #3, 

though I will continue to check them through March. Sightings on this equipment 
in recent weeks and today of White-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Hawk, and American 
Kestrel remain common. 


Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

www.warblerwatch.com

Novato, CA 







Subject: Cedar Waxwings in need of pyracantha
From: "jjpancake AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 11:02:10 -0800
Message from Native Songbird Care & Conversation: West County friends! Do you 
have any pyracantha to spare? We have 7 Cedar Waxwings in care and they love 
pyracantha! Give us call at 707-484-6505 if you're in the Sebastopol area and 
would like to share some of your pyracantha with our patients. 

 

Subject: Las Gallinas Goose
From: "Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:37:11 -0800
Midafternoon yesterday I circled the ponds at Las Gallinas. All the usual
suspects of the last week or so, including the 2 Aleutian cacklers, but two
intriguing ones:

I had a male kestrel at the settling ponds, just past Pond 2, and then on
the north side had what was probably 2 separate female-plumage kestrels.
Such an abundance has become a rare thing in Marin.

About 2:30, a solitary goose flew in, very high, from the east. From its
split-reed call and general look, I'd be inclined to call it a snow goose,
though I can't say I could absolutely exclude Ross or white-front. Leaving,
I searched Silviera pretty thoroughly but didn't see it landed with any of
the feeding Canadas or out closer to the freeway.

Bill Noble, Novato


-- 

A science is any discipline in which the fool of this generation can go
beyond the genius of the last generation.

                                                --Max Gluckman
Subject: New Birding spot, Cordelia, Solano Co.
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:26:38 -0800
We just got back from Cordelia to check out the area for our CBC on Dec.15 and 
found something rather exciting!! Out on Chadbourne Rd., less than 1/4 mi. from 
where the pavement ends is the new "SUISUN WILDLIFE PRESERVE" It is apparently 
litigation land. We’ve seen signs posted for the past few years, but was just 
a wet spot when it rained. But now there are flood gates and the area had 
mudflats on the edges of 2 ponds and is now full of water with hundreds of 
Bonaparte’s Gulls, 1,000’s of shorebirds (did not see anything unusual) , a 
spattering of ducks, 3 White Pelicans and a Tundra Swan. A scope is a must for 
the backside, but things are quite close to the edge of the road. Lots of Tree 
Swallows, American Pipits, & sparrows. Short on raptors, but was quite overcast 
and foggy. 


Other wet fields just beyond the water treatment plant had a lot of 
Black-bellied Plovers, Killdeer and Canada Geese. 


We have no idea how long the mud edges will last if the rain continues...it is 
the wettest out on Chadbourne Rd. then we’ve seen the past few years. 


Good birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net


Subject: New Birding spot, Cordelia, Solano Co.
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:26:38 -0800
We just got back from Cordelia to check out the area for our CBC on Dec.15 and 
found something rather exciting!! Out on Chadbourne Rd., less than 1/4 mi. from 
where the pavement ends is the new "SUISUN WILDLIFE PRESERVE" It is apparently 
litigation land. We’ve seen signs posted for the past few years, but was just 
a wet spot when it rained. But now there are flood gates and the area had 
mudflats on the edges of 2 ponds and is now full of water with hundreds of 
Bonaparte’s Gulls, 1,000’s of shorebirds (did not see anything unusual) , a 
spattering of ducks, 3 White Pelicans and a Tundra Swan. A scope is a must for 
the backside, but things are quite close to the edge of the road. Lots of Tree 
Swallows, American Pipits, & sparrows. Short on raptors, but was quite overcast 
and foggy. 


Other wet fields just beyond the water treatment plant had a lot of 
Black-bellied Plovers, Killdeer and Canada Geese. 


We have no idea how long the mud edges will last if the rain continues...it is 
the wettest out on Chadbourne Rd. then we’ve seen the past few years. 


Good birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net


Subject: odds and ends
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:51:18 -0800
NiBBers,

 

A few somewhat noteworthy sightings of the past few days:

 

Two Spotted Sandpipers at Porto Bodega, Saturday, December 6.

15 Bonaparte's Gulls at the Salmon Creek bridge pond along SR. 1, Saturday,
December 6.

One adult White-throated Sparrow at the Doran Park Bird Walk, Saturday,
December 6.

A male Wood Duck Sunday, December 7, on the lower Sonoma Mtn. Road pond.

15 Greater White-fronted Geese with 140 Canadas in the field at Wiggins
Creek crossing on Rainsville Rd. north of Petaluma.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma

 

PS: If you're interested and not yet signed up, the Sonoma Valley CBC is
Friday, December 26. Contact me at enhunn323 AT comcast.net.
Subject: Napa County's First CBC4Kids yesterday
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Dec 2014 09:20:51 -0800
This new article and pictures sums up the CBC4Kids value to family, community 
and organizations nicely. One day, hopefully, every county in the bay area will 
have a CBC4Kids. A farm club for the future. 


In Napa, a day for the birds – to be counted: http://bit.ly/1Iqfunh via 
 AT NapaRegister 


Tom Rusert
sonoma,ca.



 

Subject: Black-legged Kittiwakes ... Juveniles Salmon Creek Park
From: "bmal3 AT pacbell.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 19:08:44 -0800
Two Kittiwakes - juv spotted working the small waves close to edge of the beach 
at Salmon Creek Park. The telltales were the black spot behind the eye, the 
pink legs, the black stripe along the end of the tail seen when in flight and 
the fluttery wing beats before dropping to the water. Seen about 3 PM. today. 

 Bill Malet
Subject: A Kid-sized Christmas Bird Count!
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 05:52:39 -0800
CBC4Kids - Celebrate the Holiday Season Birding!  

 (Family event offerings in Northern CA.)

 

 Napa County CBC4Kids - (Napa, CA) 
Sun. Dec. 7, 2015  (8:30am -1:30PM) 
Sponsors Napa-Solano Audubon & Connally Ranch. Sign up - 
https://campscui.active.com/orgs/ConnollyRanch#/selectSessions/795101 Wendy 
Schackwitz, 925 - 963-4871 


Ft. Ross State Park CBC4Kids (Jenner,CA) 
Sun.  Dec 8th  (9:00 - 1:00pm) 
(2nd Annual) Sponsors- Fort Ross State Park, Contact 
fortross.interp AT parks.ca.gov 707-847-4777. 


Mayacamas CBC4Kids (Santa Rosa,CA) 
 Sat. Dec. 13, 2014  (8:30am - 1:00pm)                         
(2nd Annual) Sponsors- Pepperwood Preserve, Safari West, & Petrified Forest. 
Sign up - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/720746 Meet at Dwight Center. 
707-591- 9310. 


Madrone Audubon CBC4Kids  (Petaluma,CA) 
 Thurs. Jan. 2nd  2015  (9:00am - 1pm)            
(6th Annual) Sponsors- Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, Madrone Audubon Society & 
Petaluma Parks & Recreation Dept. contact Al Hesla, a.hesla AT comcast.net, 
707-965-9411 


Point Reyes CBC4Kids  (Pt. Reyes National Park)
Sat. Jan 10, 2015  10am-3pm. 
(5th Annual) Sponsor Pt Reyes National Park, contact Jessica Taylor - 
info AT ptreyes.org 415-663-1200 x304 


Sacramento Audubon  CBC4Kids (Carmichael,CA)  
Sat. January 10, 2015  (4th Annual)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. For details, please contact Maureen 
Geiger, 444-0804 or mkgeiger AT sbcglobal.net 


Sonoma Valley - CBC4Kids  (Sonoma,CA)
Sun. Jan 18th  (9:00am - 1:00pm) 
(8th Annual) Sponsors- Sonoma Birding
contact - Tom Rusert , 707-939-8007- sonomanature AT gmail.com

Altacal Audubon & Bidwell Park CBC4Kids  (Chico,CA) 

 January 25, (10am - 2pm)
 (2nd Annual) Sponsors - Altacal Audubon & Chico Creek Nature Center, Bidwell 
Park, 1968 E. 8th St. Contact - Jon Aull, email - info AT bidwellpark.org, 
530-891-4671, www.snowgoosefestival.org 530-345-1865 

 

Subject: possible slaty-backed gull sonoma county
From: "tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:03:20 -0800
This morning 6 December at 1100AM we found a possible adult SLATY-BACKED GULL 
at the mouth of Salmon Creek, hanging out with the gull flock where the creek 
flows into the ocean. The bird was about the size of nearby Western Gulls, with 
a mantle darker than any of the Westerns nearby. Bright almost raspberry-pink 
legs, glaring yellow eye surrounded with a mascara smudge. The nape and 
hind-neck were clear white except for some fine black/brown streaking. The bill 
was slight - both shorter and more slender -when compared to nearby Westerns, 
pinkish with a dusky subterminal band - in this regard more like a 3rd-year 
bird. I did not get a good look at the primary pattern except to note that the 
underwing primaries were grayish overall, rather than the blackish of the 
upperwing primaries. 


Tony Briggs
Petaluma

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Subject: Local Interest Sonoma Countyu Evening Grosbeaks 12/6
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 02:14:01 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
 Late this afternoon I took a 3.7 mile walk in the Larkfield / Wikiup areas in 
the rolling hills scouting my area of the Santa Rosa CBCX next week. Along 
Arboles Drive I heard a PYGMY NUTHATCH call several times from some tall pines 
about 2/3 the way up the hill off Carriage Lane. Just before dusk I heard 
several EVENING GROSBEAKS calling along these portion of Wikiup Drive near the 
top of the hill. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Las Gallinas: Palm Warbler &....
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:16:49 -0800
…..today enjoyed seeing 
one PALM WARBLER (subspecies palmarum, so Setophaga palmarum palmarum)
in the Anise/Fennel adjacent to the east-southeast side of Pond #2. Close view 
for a good spell. 


On the west-southwest side of Pond #1 I heard a brief “whinny” call of a 
SORA 

from within the cattails.

Also worth mentioning that one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK briefly flew closely overhead 
and landed on the north side 

of Pond #3….and one PEREGRINE FALCON perched on a distant power pole 
northeast of Pond #3. 


Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

www.warblerwatch.com

Novato, CA







Subject: Re: RFI Mandarin Ducks "established" in Sonoma County
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:05:05 -0800
Thanks to all who helped unravel the mystery of the missing "several
hundred" Mandarin Ducks in Sonoma County.  Shurtleff's book is the source
of that estimate (page 9). The book itself is reproduced in its entirety
for free at...


http://books.google.com/books?id=51-EhydjpjQC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=thumbnail&q&f=true 


Mandarin's are common in captivity and easily obtained. Starting in 1972
Mandarins believed to have escaped from a nearby winery arrived on the
ranch and started using Wood Duck nest boxes. The estimate of "several
hundred" seems to be based on the rather casual observation that at one
time over 100 nest boxes on the private 2000 acre Indian Meadows Ranch near
Healdsburg were occupied almost equally by Mandarins and Wood Ducks (page
29).  However, no systematic census of Mandarins was done on the property.
Interestingly, the Sonoma County breeding bird atlas includes an estimate
of as many as 20 Mandarin pairs nesting around Sonoma in 1986.

Whatever the maximum population was, it apparently peaked in the 1980's and
has been declining ever since. This decline has been attributed to a major
increase in Wood Ducks. Wood Ducks nest earlier than Mandarins and usurp
all the good boxes. The late nesting Mandarins are no match for the early
nesting Wood Ducks. It is not known how many Mandarins are currently
breeding in the wild in Sonoma County but based on the paucity of recent
sightings, the number is probably very small.  If there really were several
hundred Mandarins nesting in Sonoma, they are no longer there in those
numbers.  

Thanks to all who helped gather information.  It is much appreciated.  



> On Dec 1, 2014, at 4:07 PM, Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I recently became aware of reports of free-flying Mandarin Ducks being
> established in Sonoma County.
> 
> According to Wikipedia, "... there is a free-flying feral population of
> several hundred mandarins in Sonoma County, California. This population is
> the result of several Mandarin ducks escaping from captivity, then going on
> to reproduce in the wild.[2]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_duck
> 
> The citation is "Shurtleff, Lawton; Savage, Christopher (1996). The Wood
> Duck and the Mandarin: The Northern Wood Ducks. University of California
> Press. ISBN 0-520-20812-9."
> 
> There is also a note in Sibley stating "small numbers feral in California."
> A check of eBird reveals 16 birds on a private ranch near Healdsburg and up
> to 8 birds in a Sonoma backyard. 
> 
> Does anybody know exactly where this established free-flying population of
> several hundred birds is hiding and how long they have been breeding? 
> 
> Thanks. 
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


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Subject: Tropical Kingbird at Las Gallinas
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 13:23:23 -0800
He's back...or maybe another one? I saw him yesterday at Las Gallinas, 4:00 
p.m. In the middle of the first pond on a dead tree branch. 


C. Faul
San Rafael
 

Subject: Petaluma Lewis's Woodpeckers
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Dec 2014 19:41:42 -0800
The Lewis's Woodpeckers were easily seen today on I street in Petaluma. I had a 
count of at least 7 birds ( hard to get super accurate as they were very active 
flying from tree to tree ) All birds were sallying and foraging for acorns . 
They seem to spend their time between the Euks and Oaks ( 1/2 mile north of San 
Antonio Road) . Did some Cheap Thrills ( going by the old name) Novato CBC 
scouting at Stafford Lake as well. Good variety of expected waterfowl species , 
but numbers seem down . Maybe due to far more habitat now with the recent 
storms? Highlights were the incredible and beautiful California Newts migrating 
across the trail towards the small pond on the west side of the lake. Good to 
see these vibrate friends rejoicing in the wetness of a early December!! Hope 
the mountain bikers take care to avoid them. 

 

 

 Happy December birding , Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Re: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:40:29 -0800
Pictures of the Black Tern are now up on our eBird list.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20789089

Mark

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Mark Dettling  wrote:

> Hi Alvaro and all,
>   Yes this was a totally unexpected bird. With these storms and the high
> tide being aided by the rains, it seemed like we were getting more
> "pelagic" birds on the lagoon this morning (Bonaparte's Gull, Parasitic
> Jaeger, Elegant Tern). I do have at least one distant but diagnostic photo
> that I will try to upload to the eBird list this evening. I did check the
> field marks for White-winged Tern, but all of them pointed towards a very
> late Black Tern. In eBird there are only a handful of Black Tern records
> for all of CA in Nov-Dec.
>
> Mark
>
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo 
> wrote:
>
>> Mark et al.
>>
>>
>>
>> I gotta say, this is weird at this time of year. They should be in
>> Suriname…or something like that J. Any photos available, I do wonder if
>> it could be something else that is not on the radar screen? Or maybe it is
>> just an abnormally late Black Tern.
>>
>>
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>>
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>>
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:
>> northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Mark Dettling
>> mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]
>> *Sent:* Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 AM
>> *To:* North Bay Birds
>> *Subject:* [NBB] Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Hello Birders,
>>
>>   This morning a couple Palomarin interns and I had a BLACK TERN flying
>> around near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. It was actively feeding and came
>> in close a few times. As you would expect, it was in non-breeding plumage.
>> We first saw it around 7:30am, and after ~20min it headed south in the
>> direction of the lagoon mouth. At 9:10am we saw it again near the mouth of
>> Pine Gulch Creek. Other birds of note were a young Parasitic Jaeger chasing
>> 4 Elegant Terns and a few Bonaparte's Gulls.
>>
>>
>>
>> The rain and tide combined to entirely flood out the trail on the lagoon
>> side of the riparian, knee deep in some places. Interesting time to be out
>> there!
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Mark Dettling
>>
>> Bolinas
>>
>> 
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Mark Dettling
>



-- 
Mark Dettling
Subject: RE: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
From: "Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:59:29 -0800
I looked for the black tern for a couple hours mid-day at various locations
around the lagoon, but no luck.
 
Jeff Miller
Fairfax

  _____  

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 3:31 PM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo
Cc: North Bay Birds
Subject: Re: [NBB] Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4


  


Hi Alvaro and all, 
  Yes this was a totally unexpected bird. With these storms and the high
tide being aided by the rains, it seemed like we were getting more "pelagic"
birds on the lagoon this morning (Bonaparte's Gull, Parasitic Jaeger,
Elegant Tern). I do have at least one distant but diagnostic photo that I
will try to upload to the eBird list this evening. I did check the field
marks for White-winged Tern, but all of them pointed towards a very late
Black Tern. In eBird there are only a handful of Black Tern records for all
of CA in Nov-Dec.

Mark

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo 
wrote:


Mark et al. 

 

I gotta say, this is weird at this time of year. They should be in
Suriname.or something like that J. Any photos available, I do wonder if it
could be something else that is not on the radar screen? Or maybe it is just
an abnormally late Black Tern. 

 

Regards, 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 AM
To: North Bay Birds
Subject: [NBB] Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4

 

  

Hello Birders,

  This morning a couple Palomarin interns and I had a BLACK TERN flying
around near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. It was actively feeding and came
in close a few times. As you would expect, it was in non-breeding plumage.
We first saw it around 7:30am, and after ~20min it headed south in the
direction of the lagoon mouth. At 9:10am we saw it again near the mouth of
Pine Gulch Creek. Other birds of note were a young Parasitic Jaeger chasing
4 Elegant Terns and a few Bonaparte's Gulls.

 

The rain and tide combined to entirely flood out the trail on the lagoon
side of the riparian, knee deep in some places. Interesting time to be out
there!


 

-- 

Mark Dettling

Bolinas 






-- 

Mark Dettling


Subject: Re: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:30:49 -0800
Hi Alvaro and all,
  Yes this was a totally unexpected bird. With these storms and the high
tide being aided by the rains, it seemed like we were getting more
"pelagic" birds on the lagoon this morning (Bonaparte's Gull, Parasitic
Jaeger, Elegant Tern). I do have at least one distant but diagnostic photo
that I will try to upload to the eBird list this evening. I did check the
field marks for White-winged Tern, but all of them pointed towards a very
late Black Tern. In eBird there are only a handful of Black Tern records
for all of CA in Nov-Dec.

Mark

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo 
wrote:

> Mark et al.
>
>
>
> I gotta say, this is weird at this time of year. They should be in
> Suriname…or something like that J. Any photos available, I do wonder if
> it could be something else that is not on the radar screen? Or maybe it is
> just an abnormally late Black Tern.
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>
>
> *From:* northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:
> northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Mark Dettling
> mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 AM
> *To:* North Bay Birds
> *Subject:* [NBB] Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
>
>
>
>
>
> Hello Birders,
>
>   This morning a couple Palomarin interns and I had a BLACK TERN flying
> around near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. It was actively feeding and came
> in close a few times. As you would expect, it was in non-breeding plumage.
> We first saw it around 7:30am, and after ~20min it headed south in the
> direction of the lagoon mouth. At 9:10am we saw it again near the mouth of
> Pine Gulch Creek. Other birds of note were a young Parasitic Jaeger chasing
> 4 Elegant Terns and a few Bonaparte's Gulls.
>
>
>
> The rain and tide combined to entirely flood out the trail on the lagoon
> side of the riparian, knee deep in some places. Interesting time to be out
> there!
>
>
>
> --
>
> Mark Dettling
>
> Bolinas
>
> 
>



-- 
Mark Dettling
Subject: RE: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:02:31 -0800
Mark et al. 

 

I gotta say, this is weird at this time of year. They should be in 
Suriname…or something like that :). Any photos available, I do wonder if it 
could be something else that is not on the radar screen? Or maybe it is just an 
abnormally late Black Tern. 


 

Regards, 

 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds] 

Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 AM
To: North Bay Birds
Subject: [NBB] Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4

 

  

Hello Birders,

 This morning a couple Palomarin interns and I had a BLACK TERN flying around 
near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. It was actively feeding and came in close a 
few times. As you would expect, it was in non-breeding plumage. We first saw it 
around 7:30am, and after ~20min it headed south in the direction of the lagoon 
mouth. At 9:10am we saw it again near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. Other 
birds of note were a young Parasitic Jaeger chasing 4 Elegant Terns and a few 
Bonaparte's Gulls. 


 

The rain and tide combined to entirely flood out the trail on the lagoon side 
of the riparian, knee deep in some places. Interesting time to be out there! 



 

-- 

Mark Dettling

Bolinas 


Subject: Re: American Dipper continues on Lagunitas Creek
From: "ms masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:49:49 -0800
Hi All, Thanks for all the updates & great directions! Great sightings today 
from Leo Cronin parking lot. The Dipper spent a lot of time slapping its prey 
on the rocks. Did both diving and dipping, then preening, then moving to the 
next spot downstream. Lost sight at Shafter Bridge. About 40 minutes of 
watching it in 3 successive spots, with swimming & mating Coho in the 
background. Someone thought he saw 2 Dippers briefly, but we couldn't be sure. 
Also Varied Thrush. 

Marjorie Siegel, Mill Valley

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> On Dec 1, 2014, at 9:55 PM, David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com 
[northbaybirds]  wrote: 

> 
> This afternoon at 4:00 I saw the continuing American Dipper on Lagunitas 
Creek. I was standing on the Shafter Creek bridge, which takes Sir Francis 
Drake Blvd over the creek, and saw the bird for about a minute from the south 
side of the bridge. The bird flew downstream, but I could not relocate it. 
Before that I had looked for the bird for 45 minutes in the previously 
described locations without success. So keep looking for the bird even if you 
don't find it initially. This location is very close to the Leo Cronin parking 
area. 

> 
>  
> 
Subject: Novato Lewis's woodpeckers continue
From: "emilie strauss dp_eas AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000 (UTC)
The Lewis’s woodpeckers found a few weeks back by SteveHowell continued on 
Novato Boulevard today. There were two birds on an oak treejust east of the 
house this morning. Location: Novato Boulevard 0.9 miles west of the entrance 
toStafford Lake County Park on the south side of the road near a house and 
smallvineyard. The roadway is very narrow in this location, but there is a 
smallpullout west of the driveway to the house. Please respect the residents. 


Emilie Strauss
Subject: Black Tern, Bolinas Lagoon, 12/4
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:34:38 -0800
Hello Birders,
  This morning a couple Palomarin interns and I had a BLACK TERN flying
around near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek. It was actively feeding and came
in close a few times. As you would expect, it was in non-breeding plumage.
We first saw it around 7:30am, and after ~20min it headed south in the
direction of the lagoon mouth. At 9:10am we saw it again near the mouth of
Pine Gulch Creek. Other birds of note were a young Parasitic Jaeger chasing
4 Elegant Terns and a few Bonaparte's Gulls.

The rain and tide combined to entirely flood out the trail on the lagoon
side of the riparian, knee deep in some places. Interesting time to be out
there!

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Request for Marin NAB fall season documentation
From: "dieduffy AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 13:02:28 -0800
Hi all. If you have any noteworthy sightings for Marin County from Aug 1st 
through Nov 30, please send your documentation to me as soon as you are able. 
Thanks a lot and good birding. 

 

 Dan Maxwell
 dieduffy AT gmail.com
Subject: American Dipper continues on Lagunitas Creek
From: "David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:55:46 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon at 4:00 I saw the continuing American Dipper on Lagunitas 
Creek.  I was standing on the Shafter Creek bridge, which takes Sir Francis 
Drake Blvd over the creek, and saw the bird for about a minute from the south 
side of the bridge.  The bird flew downstream, but I could not relocate it.  
Before that I had looked for the bird for 45 minutes in the previously 
described locations without success.  So keep looking for the bird even if you 
don't find it initially.  This location is very close to the Leo Cronin 
parking area. 


 
Subject: Doran Eurasian Wigeon
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:58:02 -0800
 

Hi Birders, 

This morning there was a male Eurasian Wigeon in a flock of American
Wigeon in the Doran Park entry pond in Bodega Bay. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
From: "Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:20:19 -0800
Hello,

I went looking for the Varied Thrushes posted by Colin Talcroft on the trail 
behind the lagoon at Spring Lake this afternoon at around 3:00. I didn't find 
them, but I did see my first Golden-crowned Kinglet, possibly two. Quite a few 
Steller's Jays, Spotted Towhee, California Quail, Fox Sparrow, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet. The Fox Sparrow had something interesting going on with one of its 
eyes. It looked like there was a light-colored circle of light brown around one 
eye, but the other eye was normal. 



Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

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Subject: RFI Mandarin Ducks "established" in Sonoma County
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:07:59 -0800
I recently became aware of reports of free-flying Mandarin Ducks being
established in Sonoma County.

According to Wikipedia, "... there is a free-flying feral population of
several hundred mandarins in Sonoma County, California. This population is
the result of several Mandarin ducks escaping from captivity, then going on
to reproduce in the wild.[2]"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_duck

The citation is "Shurtleff, Lawton; Savage, Christopher (1996). The Wood
Duck and the Mandarin: The Northern Wood Ducks. University of California
Press. ISBN 0-520-20812-9."

There is also a note in Sibley stating "small numbers feral in California."
A check of eBird reveals 16 birds on a private ranch near Healdsburg and up
to 8 birds in a Sonoma backyard.   

Does anybody know exactly where this established free-flying population of
several hundred birds is hiding and how long they have been breeding?  

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


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Subject: backyard Pine Siskins 60+ in Napa
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:06:06 -0800
Hi all,

This morning, I tried to count the ever-increasing flock of PINE SISKINS coming 
to our feeders and pond, and there were over 60! Other bird of note- returning 
Merlins to the neighborhood. On Saturday was able to ID one to a female 
“Taiga.” 


Enjoy the birds,
Denise Hamilton
Napa
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Subject: 12/1 Northern Waterthrush, Kennedy Park, Napa
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:50:17 -0800
Hi all,

While doing some local, morning birding at Kennedy Park in Napa, David 
discovered a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH! It was seen around 10:30 am. We saw it 
briefly come up in a tree, wag some, fly off, and never saw it again. 
Directions: Kennedy Park- off of Hwy 121/ Soscol Ave. (By Napa Valley College) 
Turn onto Streblow Dr. Drive a short distance to the Formal Garden, with a 
parking lot on the left with a large blue portapotty. Walk in at the end of the 
lot, around the large clump of trees/shrubs. Then there is another large patch 
of blackberries, oaks, and other plants- you can see some dead cattails in the 
middle. (Just watch for all the feral cat feeding stations....arghhh!!) The 
bird was seen on the right hand edge (right down from the paved road of the 
golf course.) We also walked along the edge of the whole shrubby area. Very 
birdy, including numerous VARIED THRUSH, 2 ‘WHITE’ WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 
& all the usual suspects. 


We did not have a camera, and even with it, not sure if we’d have been able 
to get a picture of it. 


Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
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Subject: Redhead in Richardson Bay
From: "maineprairieboy AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Dec 2014 11:49:42 -0800
Sunday afternoon I saw a male REDHEAD west of the Richardson Bay Audubon 
Center. It was resting in a raft mostly of ruddy ducks. 


Bob Hinz
Mill Valley



 

Subject: Raptors (mistake in location)
From: "Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:32:23 -0800
I am not sure how this happened but somehow the counties in which we saw the 
raptors was added to my post. The sighting for the Ferruginous Hawk was Sonoma 
Co. not Solano Co. 



       Ken Wilson


Today Becky and I were rained out at GGRO Hawkwatch however on the way home 
there was an adult Golden Eagle perched on a pole alongside Hwy 101 near 
Olompali State Park. We then diverted to East Railroad Ave, Penngrove and had 
very good views of the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk. 



   Ken Wilson and Becky Olsen, Santa Rosa.




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Subject: Golden Eagler (Marin County, Ferruginous Hawk (Solano County)
From: "Ken Wilson ken AT talontours.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:05:41 -0800
Today Becky and I were rained out at GGRO Hawkwatch however on the way home 
there was an adult Golden Eagle perched on a pole alongside Hwy 101 near 
Olompali State Park (Marin County). We then diverted to East Railroad Ave, 
Penngrove (Solano county) and had very good views of the dark morph Ferruginous 
Hawk. 


    Ken Wilson and Becky Olsen, Santa Rosa.
 

 
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Subject: Petaluma Vicinity - 11/30/14
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:44:41 -0800
At least four Lewis's Woodpeckers continued along I Street southwest of
Petaluma, Sonoma County today (11/30/14).  The birds are in an area about
0.4 miles past the intersection with Deer Creek Lane.  Here's a photo of one
of them:

http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/birds/lewiss_woodpecker_113014.htm

Reclamation Road had a few Horned Larks, one Loggerhead Shrike, two distant
Golden Eagles, a distant flock of 34 Long-billed Curlews, and a flock of 63
Killdeer.

Yesterday (11/29/14) along Lakeville Highway near the old Petaluma sewer
ponds, a large flock of Canada Geese flew into the sewer ponds which
included one Ross's Goose, 10 Cackling Geese, and one odd large all-white
goose.  There was an immature Ferruginous Hawk in the area yesterday and an
adult today.

Alan Wight
Petaluma, CA
Subject: Abbots Lagoon
From: "adamrenteria12 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Nov 2014 21:43:26 -0800
Hello Birders!
 Today I went to Abbot's Lagoon in Marin.On my way in walking the trail I saw 
many male/female White-Crowned Sparrows.As I continued walking I saw many more 
white crowned, as we got closer to the lagoon I saw many Turkey Vultures flying 
very low near the water. They shared the skies with some Red tailed hawks as 
well as some passing American Crows. I continue my walk down the trail and come 
to a small foot bridge over the lagoon with many American coots sharing the 
waters with a pair of Western Grebe's, 2 older gentlemen also crossed the 
foot-bridge and they had large binoculars one with a sweater of some Black 
Necked Stilts, they were birders! I asked them what they were looking for and 
they said there were some swan nearby ( I didn't see any). I followed to see 
but only saw Mew gulls and Ring Billed Gulls along the shore. On my way out I 
decided to go under the foot-bridge to do some deeper exploring and to my 
surprise my friend points out a beautiful Great Blue Heron! He was extremely 
still standing at the edge of the lagoon striking with that super fast strike 
at some frogs..the bulge going down his neck said he wasn't missing! We 
continue our walk back to the car and I hear a familiar sound. I was happy to 
see a convoy of California Quail off to the side along some bushes. A great 
day! 


Subject: Abbots Lagoon.
From: "adamrenteria12 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Nov 2014 21:26:57 -0800
Hello Birders!
 Today I went to Abbot's Lagoon in Marin County, me and a friend went looking 
for snakes and we caught many. He was mostly after them but I was mainly there 
for the birds! On my way in walking the trail I saw many male/female 
White-Crowned Sparrows, they seemed pretty calm around me so I threw them some 
bird seed and they gladly took it with me very close by not even phased. As I 
continued walking I saw many more white crowned, as we got closer to the lagoon 
I saw many Turkey Vultures flying very low near the water. They shared the 
skies with some Red tailed hawks as well as some passing American Crows. I 
continue my walk down the trail and come to a small foot bridge over the lagoon 
with many American coots sharing the waters with a pair of Western Grebe's, 2 
older gentlemen also crossed the foot-bridge and they had large binoculars one 
with a sweater of some Black Necked Stilts, they were birders! I asked them 
what they were looking for and they said there were some swan nearby ( I didn't 
see any). I followed to see but only saw Mew gulls and Ring Billed Gulls along 
the shore. On my way out I decided to go under the foot-bridge to do some 
deeper exploring and to my surprise my friend points out a beautiful Great Blue 
Heron! He was extremely still standing at the edge of the lagoon striking with 
that super fast strike at some frogs..the bulge going down his neck said he 
wasn't missing! We continue our walk back to the car and I hear a familiar 
sound. I was happy to see a convoy of California Quail off to the side along 
some bushes. A great day! 
Subject: Re: Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas
From: "Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:35:28 -0800
In regard to my earlier posting on the Dipper eyelid, I understand the 
sibleyguides.com link didn't work. This should: 


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2013/04/the-white-eyelid-of-american-dipper/

Burr Heneman
Bolinas

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Subject: Re: Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas
From: "Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:07:47 -0800
"The AMERICAN DIPPER was still present this morning at 7:15 am in Lagunitas 
Creek near Shafter Bridge, dipping along and flashing its nictating [sic] eye 
membranes." 


It's not a nictitating membrane, which is a separate item that moves sideways, 
not up and down. In the Dipper, the white thingy is an eyelid, covered with 
tiny white feathers. See, for instance: 


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2013/04/the-white-eyelid-of-american-dipper/zx
or
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/229/articles/characteristics
or
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/229/articles/appearance

Burr Heneman
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Subject: 11/29 Foothill Regional Park, Lease Bittern
From: "Theadora Block theadorab AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:33:38 -0800
Hi all,

   Zack Mikalonis and I went to Pond C in Foothill Regional park and spend
about 20 minutes before we saw the continuing Least bittern at about
2:00pm.  We also saw a Virginia rail, Sora, and the accompanying American
Coots.
   Just when I didn't think it could get better, we saw a tiny bird
attacking a large raptor in the distance -- as they flew closer it turned
out to be a Red-tailed hawk attacking a Golden eagle!

Good birding,

Theadora Block

Santa Cruz, CA
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Subject: Bodega Bay Saturday Nov. 29 AM
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:48:39 -0800
NiBBers,

 

I spent a few hours this morning at Bodega Bay after the rain. I had good
looks at 6 ANCIENT MURRELETS off Bodega Head, though I didnt spot them
until  hour into my watch. Also a Pigeon Guillemot. A Sora was out and
about at Hole-in-the-Head and I spotted nine gull species including
lingering Heermanns on the jetty and two Bonapartes, and one adult Herring
flying past the Head. Two Peregrines were on patrol and a Ferruginous Hawk
soared with Turkey Vultures over the base of Doran Spit. I ran into Brook
OConner at the Bird Walk loop trail looking for rare sparrows, but without
success, though an INDIGO BUNTING popped up on a bush long enough for the
ID. Basically plain brownish gray with faint breast streaking, dark finch
bill, no wing-bars, and a touch of indigo on the wing and tail. It was along
the south side of the dike where someone has put out some bird seed.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Continuing Marin Rarities 11/29 BROWN Booby etc
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:45:30 -0800
Hi all,
I decided to roam around Marin today, looking for various county birds 
reported by others lately. Luckily, the rain was not bad, and visibility 
remained good throughout the day.

I started by zipping to Chimney Rock, arriving by 8:45, where Mark and 
Mary-Ann Butler, Durrel Kapan, Roger Harshaw, and Jeff (sorry I can't 
recall your last name) had all just seen the bird fly in. After 
discussing for a while it became evident the bird was a BROWN and not a 
Red-footed BOOBY. Still a great Marin bird. As I was leaving I ran into 
Steve Howell who confirmed my suspicions. He made the point that 
Red-footed Booby juveniles, after a month after hatching, should show a 
pinkish bill with a black tip, not a blue or dark bill like illustrated 
in some field guides. That makes the ID significantly easier. Also 
several Northern Fulmars were offshore

I hit a couple of Ranches on the way back with a (presumably continuing) 
Tropical Kingbird on the fenceline 5 feet from the road just NE of the 
last trees at Mendoza Ranch and 10 Canvasback and 3 Lesser Scaup at 
Spaletta Ranch.

I then went to Lagunitas, where Josiah Clark, David Tomb, and Michael 
Park had relocated the AMERICAN DIPPER by a basketball in the inkwells.

Off to Stafford Lake I found the LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS (2) right where 
they were reported before, .9 miles west of the reservoir entrance.

Always fun to be out in Marin...

Good birding,
Logan


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Subject: Water Ouzel continues in Lagunitas
From: "Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:26:12 -0800
The AMERICAN DIPPER  was still present this morning at 7:15 am in Lagunitas
Creek near Shafter Bridge, dipping along and flashing its nictating eye
membranes. I saw the dipper just upstream of the pedestrian bridge over
Lagunitas Creek at The Inkwells, which is across the road and just upstream
of the parking area for the Leo Cronin fish viewing area. Lots of VARIED
THRUSHES around as well.
 
There were also 9 HOODED MERGANSERS on the ponds at San Geronimo golf
course.
 
Jeff Miller
Fairfax
Subject: Red-footed Booby at Chimney Rock by Mark Butler and Maryann
From: "roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 22:21:28 -0800
Mark Butler called me this evening stating he and Maryann had a Booby on the 
largest rock at the end of Chimney Rock trail. Mark and Maryann had good scope 
views and left the bird on the rock at dark tonight. He is unable to post this 
message, as he does not have internet service in Inverness. You can call 
Northern CA. birdbox 415-681-7422 to hear Mark's report. 

 

 Mark and I plan to go out tomorrow morning the 29th, to see if we can get 
photos. We will update this report on our return. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Roger Harshaw
Subject: American Dipper - Lagunitas Creek
From: "'richard s. cimino' yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:29:53 -0800
This afternoon at 4 PM the American Dipper was seen about an eighth mile 
west of the Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
There is a wide auto pull out park there.
The American Dipper was found on several long branches laid across the 
Lagunitas Creek where it sat for several minutes.
It also used the edge of the creek to forage while walking up stream 
before it flew away.
Janet Bodle and Al De Martini were also present.
Have a relaxing rainy weekend,
Rich Cimino
Larkspur


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Subject: Lake Ralphine, Spring Lake Sapsuckers, Varied Thrushes (November 28, 2014)
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 18:56:46 -0800
I went over to Lake Ralphine this afternoon, mostly with the idea of checking 
to see whether the usual winter ducks or gulls were back, but there wasn't a 
lot to see. There were two Ring-billed Gulls and only Buffleheads aside from 
the resident mallards. There were six Mute Swans, however, the largest number 
I've seen there at one time before. 

 

 I ended up walking all the way around Spring Lake as well. On the North 
Peninsula, I checked the two trees that harbored the apparent hybrid sapsuckers 
last year and the year before. They were not present, but in the large willow 
at the very tip of the peninsula, I found an unambiguous RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER 
that was interesting for its very small size — it looked no bigger than a 
Downy Woodpecker, and a small one at that. It was interesting to see a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding from the sapsucker wells it was working on. There 
was a WILSON'S SNIPE on the peninsula as well. 

 

 Later, where the trails split just beyond the Squarepin (the squarish hairpin 
turn just north of the large parking lot on the east side of the lake), I found 
another (normal-sized) Red-breasted Sapsucker in the large cottonwood tree 
there, which also had a couple of Acorn Woodpeckers, a Downy Woodpecker, and a 
Brown Creeper in it. I also saw two HAIRY WOODPECKERs on my walk. I saw a 
single Common Goldeneye on the lake. 

 

 Near the start of the stretch of trail that goes behind the Laguna, I found 
two VARIED THRUSHES, the first I've seen so far this year. 

 

 Spring Lake is here:
 
http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Spring_Lake_Park,_Santa_Rosa.html 
http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Spring_Lake_Park,_Santa_Rosa.html 


 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

 Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
 http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: Title correction to ast post
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:18:04 +0000 (UTC)
Foothill Regional, not Foothill Ranch.


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Least Bittern continues Foothill Ranch Reg Park Sonoma County 11/28
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:14:43 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,

 This morning around 0830 the LEAST BITTERN was at the west end of Pond C to 
the left of the bridge. There were two female BUFFLEHEAD on the pond that flew 
off towards the pond bordering the southern edge of the park along the Oakwood 
trail. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Petaluma River - Port Sonoma
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 06:42:26 -0800
Rare treat to end our tradition of enjoying a beautiful few hours of birding on 
Thanksgiving with the Barrow's Goldeneye being escorted up the Petaluma River 
inlet by several dozen beautiful Bufflehead. It was a great reminder of what 
awaits us outdoors... and a beautiful benediction to Thanksgiving Day.