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Eastern Screech Owl,©David Sibley

24 Oct B. Bay Tropical Kingbird from Brook O'Connor ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Oct Black-throated Blue Warbler, Posessed Peregrine Falcon ["Natalie McNear MidasVanderhand AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Oct Las Gallinas Hybrid Cinnamon Teal ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Oct Bodega Head ["Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Oct Steller's Jays ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Oct Las Gallinas Palm Warbler ["jenmatkin AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Cedar Waxwings ["gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Outer Point Reyes - another Black-throated Blue ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Male Black-throated Blue Warbler continues at Pt Reyes ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Bodega Harbour ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: Steller's Jay ["Marjorie Siegel masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: Steller's Jay ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Steller's Jay ["'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Blackpoll Warbler @ Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands 10/22 ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct 2ND TEST = SORRY ["richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct TEST ["richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Oct Black-throated Blue Warblers/Lesser Nighthawk ["katherine francone kmfrancone AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Oct RE: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21 ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Oct RE: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21 ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Oct Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21 ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Oct Shiloh Park Least Bittern no ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Re: Brown Booby northern Sonoma County ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Re: Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Another Black-throated Blue warber ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Bodega Head Red Phalaropes ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird ["Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Lesser Nighthawk continues at Pt Reyes Fish Docks ["Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct Donations of scopes, binoculars needed for Baja project ["david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Oct 10/18 -- Images of Magnolia Warbler, etc ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Oct Marin County Sunday pm Lesser Nighthawk ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Oct Palm Warbler and raptor show ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Oct Hudeman & Huichica ["Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Oct Outer Point Reyes 10/18 continued--LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH etc ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Oct Another Pt Reyes Bird ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Oct Lesser Nighthawk and more at Outer Point Reyes ["roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Oct Tropical Kingbird ["mfollis AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Oct RCA Tropical Kingbird ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Oct Outer Point Reyes 10/17 ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Oct Least Bittern Sonoma County Shiloh Ranch Pond 10/17 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Oct Rodeo Lagoon - Clay-colored Sparrow & Palm Warbler 10/17 ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Oct 10/16 -- Outer Point Reyes -- New Arrivals and more ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct wonderful film about pelicans ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa ["Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa ["Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct Hybrid Dabbling Duck at Shorebird Marsh ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Oct PR Outer Point 10-16-14 ["roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Oct Pt Reyes Wed 10/15 ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Oct FOS White-throated Sparrow, Napa ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Oct Re: About the Yellow-green Vireo ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Oct Outer Point -- late AM to PM ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Oct A Good Volunteer Opportunity for Marin County Birders ["longstrethcarolyn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Oct addendum to Sunday's Bodega Bay pelagic trip report ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Oct About the Yellow-green Vireo ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Oct Outer Point this morning ["Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Oct RE: Outer Pt. Reyes Magnolia Warbler and Pacific Golden Plovers (MRN 10/13/2014) ["Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Oct Outer Pt. Reyes Magnolia Warbler and Pacific Golden Plovers (MRN 10/13/2014) ["everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Oct Bodega Canyon pelagic ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct RS hawk, warblers, GC sparrows ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Owl Canyon Sun afternoon 10/12 ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Outer Pt. Reyes Gray Flycatcher (MRN 10/12/2014) ["everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Scaggs Island: Golden Eagle & Other Raptor Species ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Merlins ["ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Inverness red-breasted sapsuckers ["plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Oct Chestnut-sidedWarbler still at AmericanCanyonWetlands 10/12/14 ["Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Oct Re: Bodega Bay, Sat. Oct 11, 2014. ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Oct Bodega Bay, Sat. Oct 11, 2014. ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Oct Chestnut-sided Napa and Las Gallinas ["emilie strauss dp_eas AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct Outer Point Today ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct Re: Vireo at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay today - help with ID ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct Vireo at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay today - help with ID ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct Chestnut-sided Warbler Napa ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct re Prairie W photos at fish docs yesterday ["jcsolisbanuel AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Oct 10/07 -- Team Long-Distance Migrants (addendum) ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: B. Bay Tropical Kingbird from Brook O'Connor
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:19:43 -0700
 

 Posting this for Brook O'Connor: 

"At 4:30 a Tropical Kingbird (TRKI) was at Cheney creek, between south
birdwalk trail (Birdwalk Park off Rt 1) and sewer ponds on fence and in
willows.

Watched the TRKI in that location for maybe a half hour as it worked the
south side willows along the creek, sometimes the fence to the sewer
ponds. Then it flew off over a cypress and across the ponds and I could
not find it again. I am wondering if it might hang out around the hotel
(Bodega Bay Lodge) too as it seemed to be heading in that direction." 

There were a lot of Townsend's Warblers there as well. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Posessed Peregrine Falcon
From: "Natalie McNear MidasVanderhand AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:37:41 -0700
Hola all,

This afternoon the female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was refound at Nunes 
Ranch in Point Reyes. The bird was first spotted at the tops of cypress, after 
which it moved to the shrubs at the back of the grove, giving all of us some 
excellent views. A PALM WARBLER was also present in the cypress. 


The male Black-Throated Blue Warbler was not refound by us at Mendoza Ranch, 
despite two attempts at searching the groves several hours apart. There was a 
very friendly dog at the ranch, however. 


As we stopped at the Mendoza Pond, a PEREGRINE FALCON landed at the water's 
edge and stood there screaming for several minutes. It then waded into the 
water and continued screaming for some time. The most reasonable explanation 
for this behavior is that the bird was at least temporarily possessed by a 
demonic spirit. 


At the fish docks, several Yellow-rumped Warblers and a NASHVILLE WARBLER were 
present in the pines. We did not refind the Lesser Nighthawk that was seen 
earlier this week. 


Good birding,

Natalie McNear
Arcata, CA

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Subject: Las Gallinas Hybrid Cinnamon Teal
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:49 -0700
Pleasant trip around the Las Gallinas water treatment ponds this morning,
highlighted by what appeared to be a hybrid Cinnamon Teal x Green-winged
Teal along the south shore of pond #1, partly obscured by cattail
vegetation. The male duck was dark cinnamon, with black spots on the chest
and flank, and sporting a blue-gray racing stripe on the side of the head,
starting just about the eye and extending back in the manner of the
iridescent green racing stripe of a male Green-winged Teal. The pretty duck
was seen well by our small group, but could not be re-found later.

Photos the the Hybrid Cinnamon Teal
 can be
seen here. You can enlarge them with a click.

Other dabblers included a large number of Green-winged Teals (>100), a few
score of Northern Shovelers and Mallards, and small numbers of Cinnamon
Teals, American Wigeons and Gadwalls. There were about 25 Ruddy Ducks on
pond #3. Good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers continue, and about 10
American Pipits were foraging on the mud in several areas around pond #1,
as well as a lone Least Sandpiper. The 30+ Dowitcher sp. flock moved about
a bit in pond #1, as did the Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets. We
heard a Sora along the east end of Pond #1, and some good brief looks at it.

The fields are dry, and Harriers scarce. No White-tailed Kites were found
on an incomplete scan of surrounding fields.

Las Gallinas is at the very end of Smith Ranch Road, north of the McInnis
golf facility and east of the Sanitary District building.

Cheers,Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
Subject: Bodega Head
From: "Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:54:03 +0000 (UTC)
Spent out at Bodega Head this a.m.  Between 9 and 10, I estimate 50 - 60 
Black-vented Shearwaters flying north.  A few in close.  Leading a skein of 
Surf Scoters was a White-winged Scoter.  A few Surfbirds on the rocks 
below.Best,Rob O'DonnellSanta Rosa 
Subject: Steller's Jays
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:57:01 +0000


Birders,
A few Steller's Jays have been flying past this week, indicating something is 
up. This morning at Milton Rd, out in the marsh, grassland and eucalyptus 
groves along the Napa R, 120 jays flew south past the Brazos Bridge at 10:50. 
They milled around some before gathering in the most southerly euc grove on the 
road. At 11:15, as I was looking at ducks, the jays began leaving that grove 
and retreating north. I caught up with them at the bridge, where about 30 jays 
were passing south at the same time the 120 were retracing their earlier route. 
After their passage, I continued north to the corner of Las Amigas/Cuttings 
Wharf Rds where 133 jays went by, leapfrogging from euc grove to grove, 
northbound toward the hills. Several scrub-jays were noted during the last 
encounter. 


Murray Berner
Napa

 		 	   		  
Subject: Las Gallinas Palm Warbler
From: "jenmatkin AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 10:43:28 -0700
Yesterday around 10:45 a.m. there was a very busy Palm Warbler along the path 
winding between the two ponds after the first pond, near the pump station. Some 
amateurish video is at https://vimeo.com/109835396 https://vimeo.com/109835396. 

 

 Jennifer Matkin
 Terra Linda
 

Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: "gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 22:33:23 -0700
 
 FOS Waxwings in Lucas Valley...and unfortunately, in the WildCare hospital as 
well! 

  
 Gail MacMillan
 Lucas Valley
Subject: Outer Point Reyes - another Black-throated Blue
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:53:19 -0700
Hi birders,

A female Black-throated Blue Warbler was at the Nunes Ranch this afternoon. 

Good numbers of Myrtle Warbler, Pine Siskin, and Lesser Goldfinch were evident 
at the Lighthouse early this morning and a couple of Black-vented Shearwaters 
were offshore there. 


This afternoon a Prairie Falcon was a pleasant surprise near Drakes Corner. 

Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: Male Black-throated Blue Warbler continues at Pt Reyes
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:41 -0700
 

Took me 2 tries and 2 hours but I finally saw it at Mendoza ("B") Ranch
in the last section of tall trees before the 'grove' area. Also there
were 1-2 Palm Warblers, a Hermit Thrush and about a million
Yellow-rumped Warblers. Things are slowing down and the only 'new' bird
I saw was a Nashville Warbler in the Pines at the Fish Docks. Other
birders were around and may have things to post. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Bodega Harbour
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:45:33 -0700
Went to Bodega Harbour today and hiked part of the Shorttail  Trail on 
Osprey Dr.  No Tropical Kingbirds were sighted there or when  driving 
around.  I checked twice.  Had a dark, dull Palm Warbler land at my feet 
at the beginning of the trail.  Poor thing had a large tick on its 
face...  Also an adult Golden Eagle perched briefly on rocks on the 
ridgeline.  A very dark Red-tailed Hawk also there - the same dark one 
we see at Doran?

Spent some time seawatching from Bodega Head. Not a lot of action.  
Several terns flew by, mostly Elegants but several Forster's and one 
likely Common.  Far out had a dark Shearwater and a Jaeger looking 
Parasitic.   Several Murres and small flocks of Surf Scoter. The sea had 
a very high swell and magnificent waves.  A young Elephant Seal popped 
its head out of the water twice quite near shore.

Go Giants!
Ruth "Bird til I drop" Rudesill
Kenwood


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Subject: Re: Steller's Jay
From: "Marjorie Siegel masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:18:15 -0700
These reports are interesting. The Steller's Jays that inhabited the wooded 
area on Golden Gate Seminary property Strawberry, Mill Valley have dwindled to 
a one individual, two in springtime. (Disappearance has coincided with heavy 
tree cutting). Same goes for Redbreasted Nuthatches and Brown Creepers, but 
that's a topic for a different forum. Marjorie Siegel, Marin County 



On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:15 PM, "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
I’ve also been reading about the ongoing sightings of Steller’s Jays in 
the  Central Valley (CVbirds)   For the record, seen from my 
house in Napa this morning, had a total of 32 (Not sure if I was there at the 
beginning of the flock or not.)
 
Good birding,
Denise Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net
 
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Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:07 PM
To: North Bay Birds 
Subject: [NBB] Steller's Jay
 



Adding 
to the recent posts of Steller’s Jays, one was just at my fountain here in 
Benicia.  This was the first Steller’s for our yard list, now at 101 
species.  
Good 
birding-
  
Danny 
Swicegood
Benicia, 
CA
Subject: Re: Steller's Jay
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:28 -0700
I’ve also been reading about the ongoing sightings of Steller’s Jays in the 
Central Valley (CVbirds) For the record, seen from my house in Napa this 
morning, had a total of 32 (Not sure if I was there at the beginning of the 
flock or not.) 


Good birding,
Denise Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net

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To: North Bay Birds 
Subject: [NBB] Steller's Jay




Adding to the recent posts of Steller’s Jays, one was just at my fountain 
here in Benicia. This was the first Steller’s for our yard list, now at 101 
species. 


Good birding-

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA



Subject: Steller's Jay
From: "'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:07:36 -0700
Adding to the recent posts of Steller's Jays, one was just at my fountain
here in Benicia.  This was the first Steller's for our yard list, now at 101
species.  

Good birding-

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA
Subject: Blackpoll Warbler @ Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands 10/22
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:15:20 -0400
I located a Blackpoll Warbler this morning at Rodeo Lagoon (my second of the 
Fall at this location), midway along the north side of the main lagoon, just on 
the north side of Bunker Road at the 'STOP' sign. The Blackpoll Warbler was 
with a flock of c. 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Townsend's Warbler, 
frequenting the lone cypress tree and adjoining bushes at around 10:45am this 
morning. 


Other migrants encountered from a circuit of the main lagoon today included:

40+ Band-tailed Pigeon - single flock flew SE over the Headlands
1 Nuttall's Woodpecker
2 Say's Phoebe
1 Warbling Vireo - getting late!
100+ Violet-green Swallows - over the lagoon and up Rodeo Valley
1 American Pipit - working the shore of the main lagoon oulet channel.  
2 Townsend's Warblers
Plus plenty of Rudy-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes and Fox Sparrows.

Eared Grebe numbers are holding steady at 29 on the main lagoon (4 other 
species grebe present on the lagoon - Pied-billed Grebe (1), Horned Grebe (1), 
Western Grebe (2), and a Clark's Grebe). Ducks number and variety continue to 
disappoint with just 2 American Wigeon, beside Mallard. 


Good birding.

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA
wgdlegge AT aol.com












  

  
Subject: 2ND TEST = SORRY
From: "richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:39:59 -0700
-- 
Subject: TEST
From: "richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:36:44 -0700
TESTING SETTINGS
-- 
Subject: Black-throated Blue Warblers/Lesser Nighthawk
From: "katherine francone kmfrancone AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:21:56 -0700
As of 3:00pm this afternoon the pair of Black-throated Warblers that were found 
at Mendoza were still present in the trees across from the residence. 

There was still at least one Palm Warbler and a Vesper Sparrow. At the Fish 
Docks the Lesser Nighthawk was still present roosting in the pine trees 

beyond the residence. At the old radio station property there were at least 6 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and 6 Chestnut-backed Chickadees.(rufescens) 

Good Birding.

Kathy Francone

Pt. Richmond
Subject: RE: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:33:04 -0700
I went to Short-tail Gulch about 9:30 this morning.  There were 2 
Tropical Kingbirds there then, chasing each other.

There was also a Palm warbler, but that worked its way down the gulch to 
the beach and I think it headed south.

There was also a Ferruginous Hawk overhead.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol


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Subject: RE: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:24:59 -0700
NiBBers,

 

Dea’s Tropical Kingbird was very cooperative this afternoon at around 4:30 
PM. At first it was on the roof of the garage at 20330 Osprey Dr. just across 
and back up the hill from the Shorttail Gulch trail head. It disappeared 
briefly but then turned up flycatching from the fence line across the street to 
the east, at eye level in perfect light. I watched it there in my scope at up 
to 50x at up to 50 feet away and though the bird did not call I could see the 
primary tip pattern that distinguished Tropical from Couch’s. The longest two 
primaries were closely spaced while the next two were separated by larger gaps. 
A very pretty bird. 


 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:37 PM
To: North Bay Birds
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21

 

  

Made a quick trip up to Shorttail Gulch at 1230 PM today and saw the Kingbird 
again. It was across the street from the trailhead in the tops of small trees 
by the houses. You might have to look around a bit to find it. 


 

Dea Freid

Sebastopol

 


Subject: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird continues 10/21
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:36:31 -0700
 

Made a quick trip up to Shorttail Gulch at 1230 PM today and saw the
Kingbird again. It was across the street from the trailhead in the tops
of small trees by the houses. You might have to look around a bit to
find it. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Shiloh Park Least Bittern no
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:42:12 -0700
Yesterday afternoon, after work, I hiked the Creekside Trail at Shiloh 
Reg Park in Windsor, Sonoma County.  There is a pond about a mile or so 
up this trail -on Pond Trail where Doug Shaw had a Least Bittern a few 
days ago.  There were no birds on the pond.  There is food there 
minnows, frogs, insects.

My consolation prize was a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was flycatching in the 
oaks to the northeast of the pond!

Shiloh Park is easy access from Hwy 101 in Windosr - take the Shiloh 
exit turn right to the end of the road turn right.  There is a fee but 
also free parking a ways down the road.

Ruth Still Birding Rudesill
Kenwood


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Subject: Re: Brown Booby northern Sonoma County
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:31:58 -0700
Sorry, forgot to change Subject line a minute ago.Diane Hichwa
From:  "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]"

Reply-To:  Diane Hichwa 
Date:  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:13:06 -0700
To:  North Bay Birds 
Subject: Brown Booby

 
 
 
 
   

I am passing on a listing from Mendobirds pertinent to Sonoma County:
19 October 2014  SUNDAY    Today (this morning) , Rich Kuehn who lives at
the Sea Ranch (SON) reports that there is a BROWN BOOBY, juvenile, on the
top of Gualala Point island amongst the cormorants, gulls, and Brown
Pelicans.  This area is accessible to the general public via Gualala Point
Regional park.   Gualala Point Island is the first LARGE offshore island you
will come to after leaving the County Park and begin hiking S on the Salal
Loop in the Sea Ranch.
 Keep in mind that I believe the island is actually in Sonoma County  but
is so close to the Mendo County line that if the bird flew north it would
surely cross into Mendocino waters.
 Good Birding.  Reported for Rich Kuehn on Mendobirds by Bob Keiffer
Hopland MEN rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu     rjkeiffer AT att.net
Today 20 October 2014:  The bird was still on GPI as the sun set, though it
had moved higher amongst the Cormorants.
Though it takes off periodically, due to the high waves and surf, it has
been landing and roosting most often on the lower, mainland side of Gualala
Point Island  it The Brown Booby has been landing such that it would be
visible from Trail Markers #71 - #71A - #72 or if you go thru the Cypress to
Gualala Point and the Rest Stop (all of these are clearly marked on the
current Trails Map) and use either binoculars or a spotting scope to comb
through the birds roosting on GPI.

Reported for Sonoma County by Diane Hichwa   Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

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Subject: Re: Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:13:06 -0700
I am passing on a listing from Mendobirds pertinent to Sonoma County:
19 October 2014  SUNDAY    Today (this morning) , Rich Kuehn who lives at
the Sea Ranch (SON) reports that there is a BROWN BOOBY, juvenile, on the
top of Gualala Point island amongst the cormorants, gulls, and Brown
Pelicans.  This area is accessible to the general public via Gualala Point
Regional park.   Gualala Point Island is the first LARGE offshore island you
will come to after leaving the County Park and begin hiking S on the Salal
Loop in the Sea Ranch.
 Keep in mind that I believe the island is actually in Sonoma County  but
is so close to the Mendo County line that if the bird flew north it would
surely cross into Mendocino waters.
 Good Birding.  Reported for Rich Kuehn on Mendobirds by Bob Keiffer
Hopland MEN rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu     rjkeiffer AT att.net
Today 20 October 2014:  The bird was still on GPI as the sun set, though it
had moved higher amongst the Cormorants.
Though it takes off periodically, due to the high waves and surf, it has
been landing and roosting most often on the lower, mainland side of Gualala
Point Island  it The Brown Booby has been landing such that it would be
visible from Trail Markers #71 - #71A - #72 or if you go thru the Cypress to
Gualala Point and the Rest Stop (all of these are clearly marked on the
current Trails Map) and use either binoculars or a spotting scope to comb
through the birds roosting on GPI.

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Subject: Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:44 -0700
 

Thanks Colin for posting that link. That's the one I was going to post,
but couldn't do it from work. Anyway, I first saw the bird at 1:30 PM
and attempted to get photos with my camera but couldn't get close
enough. I returned at 5 PM with an unclaimed found camera from work
that's much better than mine. Unfortunately, no one seemed to know much
about how to operate it. The lens was heavy for me to hold still and I
think I guessed wrong on whether the image stabilization feature was on
but I did manage to get one photo where you can at least tell what the
bird is when you look at it full size (I cropped it a lot). It is in the
album "Dea Freid Photos". I wonder how long that bird has been there
for, since this spot isn't visited much by birders and I don't get there
very often at work. There was also a Lincoln's Sparrow there at 5 PM. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Another Black-throated Blue warber
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:57:10 -0700
Two Black-throated Blue Warblers, a male and the continuing female, were in the 
cypresses opposite the residences at Mendoza today (outer Point Reyes). 


Dan Singer
San Rafael



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Subject: Bodega Head Red Phalaropes
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 18:19:49 -0700
I did a sea watch at the head today around 1-2 pm. There were around 30 Red 
Phalaropes in winter plumage feeding and traveling southward beyond the large 
breakers. Otherwise kind of quiet. No shearwaters or Jaegers . 5 Elegant Terns 
, 1 Brown Pelican. I Rhino Auklet , I Pigeon Gullimont , a few scoters, 
southbound Common Loons. Passerines at Owl Canyon and other spots was of 
expected species. I did have 4 fly over Barn Swallows at Owl Canyon. Pretty 
late. At Salmon Creek / Chanslor Ranch there were 50 or so Tricolored 
Blackbirds , several Common Mergansers. 30 American Wigeon . 

 

 Back on Thursday Oct 16 ,I was up a Warm Springs Hatchery below Lake Sonoma . 
There was a female Hooded Merganser and a female Common Merganser there among 
the Wood Ducks and other varied dabbling ducks. 

 

 

 Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
 

 

 

Subject: Re: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird
From: "Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:14 -0700
There's a map and directions to the Shorttail Gulch trailhead on the Pinnacle 
Gulch page on my website, here 


Pinnacle Gulch


In case that's of use to anyone. 

Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: Bodega Bay Tropical Kingbird
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:38:04 -0700
 

This afternoon there is a Tropical Kingbird at the Sonoma County
Regional Parks Shorttail Gulch trailhead in the sm pines and on the
fenceline. This location is on Osprey Dr in the South Harbour
Development off Rt 1. Better directions later. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Lesser Nighthawk continues at Pt Reyes Fish Docks
From: "Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:16:55 -0700
Posting for Rich Cimino
 
- Jeff Miller
 
Janet Bodle and I arrived at the site of the frequently seen Lesser
Nighthawk at 6:10 AM. The Lesser Nighthawk was first seen at dawn, 6:27 AM
as it left it's roost from the branch in the Pines above the Fish Docks for
a short flight. Then again we saw the Lesser Nighthawk take flight at 6:31
AM, then again it took flight at 6:44 AM. Just before before full light at
7:01 AM the Lesser Nighthawk took flight from the lower branch above the
black top road from the second pine tree. With much better light we were
able to follow the bird's flight with good enough viewing to detail the
buffy flight feathers. This observation was maybe a full minute or minute
and half which was around the lone pine and grassy slope opposite side of
the larger pines.  The heavy rain started at 7:20 AM.

Rich Cimino
Larkspur
Subject: Donations of scopes, binoculars needed for Baja project
From: "david.herrema AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 09:05:12 -0700
Vicky and I recently returned from Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez in 
Baja where we met with old friends Antonio and Bety Resendiz who run the 
Archelon research station. Antonio and Bety spent decades researching and 
protecting sea turtles in the Sea of Cortez. Antonio now is focusing on the 
Bighorn Sheep that live in the mountains around Bahia. With a small government 
stipend he has trained ten residents of the little village to work with him to 
monitor the sheep population, prevent poaching and develop a small tourism 
business to take tourists out in the desert to view the sheep, birds and other 
wildlife. This work protects the sheep, provides a living for local people, and 
develops local stewardship for this unique area. 

 
  
 Antonio asked us if we could solicit donations of used or new spotting scopes 
and binoculars they need for their work. If anyone has any equipment to donate 
or ideas for contacts, please let me know at david.herrema AT yahoo.com 
mailto:david.herrema AT yahoo.com . 

  
 
 I can provide travel info to anyone interested in visiting this area to see 
Yellow-footed Gull, Grey Thrasher, Craveri's Murrelet, Blue-footed Booby, 
Magnificent Frigatebird, etc.; or to snorkel with whale sharks. It’s one long 
day driving down from San Diego but you will see much more in the way of desert 
birds if you overnight at Catavina. 

 

Subject: 10/18 -- Images of Magnolia Warbler, etc
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:29 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
This is a bit late, but as promised some images are provided from the excursion 
on Sat. 10/18. I may add more images later, but the MAGNOLIA WARBLER can be 
seen in this album: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157648456342579/

The images are noisy, but I was shooting in deep shade.

Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: Marin County Sunday pm Lesser Nighthawk
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:05:11 -0700
My work schedule has me off on Sunday afternoons for the next 6 weeks, 
so I can bird more!  Went to outer Pt Reyes NS and headed to the Fish 
Docks first. Even though it was late, there was a photographer there so 
I felt my chances were good for a new county bird.  I asked him not to 
tell me where it was, and finally found it(although I saw where he had 
been looking- not sure if I could've found it on my own...)  YES - 
LESSER NIGHTHAWK  Marin Bird # 376   I've never seen one resting before.

At the B Ranch - Mendoza - it was slow but nice warm sunny weather. The 
Great-horned Owl was in the same spot it's been for the last few weeks.  
Finally a warbler flew over the road from the pond side and landed in 
the low cypress branches  PALM WARBLER (western type.)  It stuck around 
awhile and finally moved ne into the brush on the roadside.  A little 
later, heard a Hutton's Vireo and some Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Then 
another warbler appeared - the female BLACK-THR BLUE WARBER! These birds 
flew towards the trees across from the buildings.

In the past month, have observed 215 species and 336 for the year - not 
bad for someone who works full time (until now.)

Ruthie -Bird Until I drop- Rudesill

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Subject: Palm Warbler and raptor show
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:23:13 -0700
Hi All,

This morning, my Petaluma Adults School Class and I walked to Delta Pond 
from Willowside Road in west Santa Rosa.

We found a Palm Warbler at the clearing just before the pond - between 
the large teasel patch and the pond.

When we arrived at the pond, there were originally 2 Peregrine Falcons 
chasing each other.  We then looked at the beautiful flock of American 
White Pelicans fishing and one of the Peregrines came back with a Pigeon 
that it had caught at the nearby dairy farm.  We watched it eat it 
through our scopes and then it was chased off the tree by a Red-tailed 
Hawk.  So, we watched it try to finish it's meal as it sat on the shore 
of the pond, when an adult Bald Eagle chased it off and flew right over 
our heads and back.

We had a good day!

Willowside Road is on the west side of Santa Rosa between 3rd Street and 
Guerneville Road.

10/19/2014

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Hudeman & Huichica
From: "Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:00:50 -0700
We headed up to Hudeman Slough and Huichica Creek for a change of scenery today 
(after getting rebuffed at Tolay Lake because of their Fall Festival). 
Highlights included kestrels and redtails galore; a shorebird dive-bombing 
peregrine, a kingfisher, two loggerhead shrikes, and an American pipit sitting 
on a power line at Hudeman; two Wilson's snipes foraging together at the pond 
just before Ramal Road turns left near Hudeman; and three FOS Bonaparte's gulls 
at the back of the main pond at Huichica. Huichica also showcased a gaggle of 
hunters testing out pintail stalking techniques and duck calls. No shots were 
fired while we were there. 


Matt Perry and Betsey Finn


Sausalito
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 10/18 continued--LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH etc
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:23:06 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Best New Arrivals: LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH (Lighthouse), CINNAMON TEAL (Mendoza), 
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (Drake's Beach, Mendoza) 


Continuing Goodies: LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Fish Docks), hatch-year MAGNOLIA WARBLER 
(Nunes), BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (Lighthouse), after-hatch-year female 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (Mendoza) 


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Today, I was fortunate to bird with fine company: Durrell Kapan, Logan Kahle 
and Everett Clark. There was quite a difference in style between us and it 
worked well. 


Logan of course with his irrepressible enthusiasm was the catalyst, although 
you couldn't tell from this following appraisal: 


"The Fish Docks at dawn were slow, with the sole exception of an
Orange-crowned Warbler in the pines."

More characteristically he described the scene at the lighthouse:

"[It] was active with flyovers. On the road to the trees, [there were] flocks 
of 

Pine Siskin, Western Bluebird, Lesser Goldfinch, and 
Yellow-rumped Warbler SWARMING OVERHEAD, along with a calling HORNED 
LARK.

"[At] the trees, where a NASHVILLE WARBLER was in the 
cypresses, and a Black-throated Gray, Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow 
Warblers all flew overhead. Offshore, about 20 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS 
continued from yesterday's swarm. As we walked back through the 
cypresses, we picked up on a flyover LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH [from its 
characteristic call]. 

Michael and I were able to see it briefly and get some diagnostic field 
marks as if flew over.

-----

Summary of other sightings, some already reported by others

Lighthouse: 6 species of finch! PURPLE FINCH, HOUSE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, all 
three goldfinches 


Nunes (Ranch A): RIDGWAY'S (or subsp. minima) CACKLING GOOSE, hatch-year 
MAGNOLIA WARBLER 


Mendoza (Ranch B), noted by Logan as "relatively active": NASHVILLE WARBLER, 
TENNESSEE WARBLER, all three TEAL sp. 


Spalleta (Ranch C): TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD -- nearly 500 in one flock, back up 
from yesterday. 


Drake's Beach: CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (noted by Logan as "rare at the Outer 
Point"), SORA, YELLOW WARBLER 


-----

Concluding words from Logan:

"Overall, {it was] a great day out there with 105 species for the 
Outer Point today. Good birding!"

-----

It is too late to pore through images, process RAW files and create jpeg. So I 
promise to post images tomorrow. 


Last but not least, a quote from Mark Butler to sum up the morning: "The 
weather is good for a movement day." 


That explains the flurry after dawn at the lighthouse where it was originally 
partly cloudly clearing and becoming mostly sunny. 



Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: Another Pt Reyes Bird
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:05:56 -0700
 

Got off early from work to go to outer Pt Reyes to see the recently
reported goodies and managed to see all the major ones. The Lesser
Nighthawk was a lifer for me! When I was at the Fish Docks no other
birders were there so I had to look really hard to find it. Even knowing
what trees to look in (pines) and that the branch was horizontal, it was
still tough (I didn't realize almost every branch in those trees seems
to be horizontal for part of its length!) but I persevered and
eventually saw it. I hit Nunes ("A" ranch) around 3:30 PM and found an
extremely active MAGNOLIA WARBLER about 2/3 of the way down in the
trees. The side streaks were really faint so I'd say it was a female. I
believe it wasn't seen before or after me so I may have just been in the
right place at the right time for this one. And on an extremely silly
note, I always thought it would be neat to see a Nashville and a Tenn
Warbler together because of their names and this afternoon I saw both on
the same branch! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Lesser Nighthawk and more at Outer Point Reyes
From: "roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 17:33:35 -0700
The Lesser Nighthawk was on the same branch in the Pines at the Fish Docks. 
Others reported seeing it flying at dawn. Mendosa had female Black-throated 
Blue Warbler, Tennessee, Nashville, and a rare outer point Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee. The Chickadee had chestnut flanks, indicating a bird from North of 
Marin County. 

 Roger Harshaw
Subject: Tropical Kingbird
From: "mfollis AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 12:21:57 -0700
On Thur Oct 16, I saw and photographed a Tropical Kingbird in a pasture on HWY1 
on the south end of the Bay. (Confirmed by Lisa Hug). 

 

Subject: RCA Tropical Kingbird
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:15:14 -0700
Hi NBBers,

I couple more birds to add to Logan Kahle’s pile at the Outer Point today.

This morning at the RCA complex there was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD. Go into the main 
building, turn left and follow the asphalt a couple hundred feet to the end. 
The Kingbird was foraging from the fence lines and posts in the fields to the 
south and west. Heather Cameron reported she refound the bird later this 
afternoon at the same location. 


At the Drake’s Beach pond a bunch of birder vagrants and I found a SORA and 
COMMON GALLINULE, as well as heard a VIRGINIA RAIL. 


I noted on the way home that a few diving ducks finally showed up at Nicasio 
Reservoir....19 Ring-necked Ducks and two Greater Scaup. 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 10/17
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:29:18 -0700
Hi all,
Inspired by STRONG SE winds and reports of recent rarities, I decided to 
head to outer Point Reyes, and spent from 6:30-11:15AM there.

I left early and drove down the road from the Nunez to the Fish Docks at 
6:30, where among all of the Barn Owls constantly flying around a single 
BURROWING OWL flew onto the road and quickly flew off. I proceeded to 
the pines, and at around 7:08 I found the LESSER NIGHTHAWK coursing 
overhead. Awesome. Jeff Miller arrived 5 minutes later and while we 
couldn't refind the nighthawk, the Chestnut-sided Warbler was still 
around in the pines.

Jeff and I proceeded to the lighthouse where a feeding frenzy held at 
least 300 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS! Quite an impressive sight for Marin. 
It's been a while since that's happened! (Mid-1990s I believe). Also, in 
the trees by the residences was a nice HY CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. Also 
of note were a covey of 15 CALIFORNIA QUAIL in the lupine bowl by the 
residence. There has been a covey of quail around the road to the 
lighthouse for the past several weeks now, but this is the first time 
I've heard of them making it to the actual trees!

On to Nunez, where a Hutton's Vireo was the sole highlight.

Mendoza was happening. While looking in vain for Mike's spiffy find, I 
found a TENNESSEE WARBLER. Jeff and I ran into Dan Singer who signaled 
us to a couple of PALM WARBLERS by the main cypresses. After searching 
for a while longer, I was ready to leave, when I heard Dan calling for 
me. I ran over and was able to see the BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER that 
Dan relocated. It was associating with the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Sweet.

Off to Spaletta Plateau where I ran into Jeff Miller again and Mark 
Forney. I got on the Pacific Golden-Plover briefly, but all the plovers 
kept flushing, so it was a challenge. There were also about 20 American 
Pipits, but no goodies mixed in.

At the Spaletta Slop Ponds, there was a Greater Yellowlegs, a 
Semipalmated Plover, and a small flock of Least Sandpipers. I walked 
back to the car, where I heard a Yellow Warbler-like chip coming from 
the cypresses. Walking across the street, I found a hatch-year female 
AMERICAN REDSTART.

I was running very short on time, so my stop at drakes was only 10 
minutes. Still, the monument held a NASHVILLE WARBLER associating with 
an ORESTERA subspecies ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. At the pond there was a 
lone PALM WARBLER.

Great day at the point. Wish I could've stayed all day! I'm sure others 
will have plenty of other goodies to report....

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco


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Subject: Least Bittern Sonoma County Shiloh Ranch Pond 10/17
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:53:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
 Around 1600 while watching and listening to some frogs in the pond at Shiloh 
Ranch Regional Park I heard a strange coo coo sound and out flew a Least 
Bittern about 30 feet from me. This was aty the west end of the pond. The bird 
had been on the island and flew to the west shore landed for about 2 seconds 
and immediately made a bee line back to the island where is raised its neck 
bittern style and then crunched down and went into the vegetation where it 
called again and I could here it walking around. For the first time in weeks I 
chose not to take my binoculars on my hike .... 

 Note: Saturday, 10/18 Shiloh Ranch parking lot is a designated rest stop for 
the Gourmet Century 62 mile bike ride with approximately 400 riders. 

The park is on Faught Road at the east end of Shiloh Road off of Hwy101 in 
Windsor. The pond is shown on the map kiosk. 2 Miles walking rt. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Rodeo Lagoon - Clay-colored Sparrow & Palm Warbler 10/17
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:59:19 -0400
David Wiechers, Jim White and I had a good morning at Rodeo Lagoon (Marin 
Headlands) today. Highlights included a Clay-colored Sparrow in the beach dunes 
- midway along Rodeo Beach/western shore of the main lagoon where the grass 
extends into the beach from the newly fenced off area. We also found our first 
Palm Warbler of the Fall with a mixed flock of Townsend's and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers midway along the north side of the main lagoon, on the north side of 
Bunker Road around the cypress trees just before the road rises steeply, (100 
yards west of the stop sign). 


A Broad-winged Hawk was soaring over Rodeo Valley/Miwok Trail with a Red-tailed 
Hawk mid-morning and there were good number of Violet-green Swallows present 
over the lagoons/Rodeo Valley - we estimated 110+. 


Eared Grebes are still present in good numbers (c. 25-30) but down from their 
recent peak. (Thanks for those of you that commented on their number. It seems 
that a number of observers have been seeing higher than normal numbers in the 
North Bay and beyond this Fall as well). 


Good birding,

William

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Subject: 10/16 -- Outer Point Reyes -- New Arrivals and more
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:29:46 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
New arrivals: LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Fish Docks), BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (Ranch 
B -- Mendoza) 


I spent the day wandering around Outer Point Reyes. The day started with bang 
at the Fish Docks. When I arrived, both Roger Harshaw and Mark Fourney were 
waiting with a surprise. Even with a clue about a great motionless bird (but 
with identity withheld), it was dificult to see. It was a fun game, and I thank 
Roger and Mark for allowing me to puzzle over the LESSER NIGHTHAWK with them. 


Much later in the afternoon (at about 330 PM) while attempting to locate 
previously reported rare birds, I found an adult female BLACK-THROATED BLUE 
WARBLER foraging low in the cypress across the road from the farm buildings. 


-----

IMAGES of some of the fun:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157648401152540/

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SUMMARY of other sightings

Fish Docks: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (subsp. orestera), MYRTLE WARBLER, YELLOW 
WARBLER, RED-NECKED GREBE 


Ranch A (Nunes): SWAINSON'S THRUSH

Ranch B (Mendoza): PALM WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, NASHVILLE WARBLER, 
MYRTLE WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED TEAL 


Spalleta Plateau: PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER (hatch-year)

Ranch C (Spalleta): only a few TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD -- greatly reduced numbers 
from just two days ago when I estimated that the flock had nearly 1,000 
individuals. 


Drakes Beach: BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER

Overall: EARED GREBE in every body of water, AUDUBON'S WARBLER increasing in 
numbers at all locations. 


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Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: wonderful film about pelicans
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:38:26 -0700
Hope I don't get yelled at but I just felt this is a film that all will
enjoy and more importantly will help the pelicans.

http://pelicandreams.com/

Just to make this authentic...seeing lots of pygmy nuthatches, GC sparrow,
WC sparrows, acorn, downy, hairy and nutalls woodpeckers at the feeders and
godwits, killdeer, yellow legs down at Richardson Bay.

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley


A question....I can see my posts when I go to NBB but they are not coming
in to my box and how do I reach just the owners of NBB???

Thanks
-- 
*Always for the animals*
Subject: Re: HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa
From: "Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:01:35 -0700
Hi Denise. That is a very large number and an important count. It mirrors the 
mesopredator population explosions being experienced in more urban areas. In sf 
it appears as though a whole new corvid "culture" has arisen, mastering the 
resources of the human landscape. In so doing they greatly increase their 
carrying capacity, packing into smaller territories and flocking in bigger 
numbers, with greater impacts. Like all our crafty corvids, they are major 
predators on nests, young and even adult birds. Feeding them really does not 
help. Here in sf, direct feeding in parks is a real problem, even with ravens. 
Putting jay excluding screens on your feeders this winter is one small way to 
help birds in your yard and beyond. 


Josiah Clark I Consulting Ecologist I www.habitatpotential.com I 415.317.3978 


Nature's Acres Nursery I Bay Area Native Plants I www.naturesacresnursery.com 



> On Oct 16, 2014, at 5:00 PM, "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
>  
> Starting on Oct. 11, I noticed 4-5 Steller’s Jays up in my neighborhood 
redwoods and then fly off somewhere. A few days later I saw a few more. (They 
are easy to count since I have a wide view of the sky from my window.) This 
morning I saw them again flying across and when they were finally done, I 
counted 35 birds (and I’m not sure I got them all!) I don’t think I have 
ever seen that many at one time ANYWHERE. It is always around 8 am when I see 
them. 

>  
> Later this morning I walked up to Timberhill Park (just a small riparian area 
above where I live) figuring that maybe I would see them up there. But all I 
saw was three together. 

>  
> I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who has seen numbers of jays like this 
and/or what they could be up to. Thanks. 

>  
> Another sighting today- a male Brown-headed Cowbird, making its gurgley call, 
and doing the whole puffed-up body routine. Did not see a female at all, and 
not sure why it is doing this at this time of year. 

>  
> ‘Tan’ White-throated Sparrow still here today in my backyard.
>  
> Good birding,
> Denise Hamilton
> from shook-up/ hailed on Napa
> napabirders AT att.net
> 
Subject: Re: HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa
From: "Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:16:14 -0700
Strange. I had a Steller's Jay in my yard today. That may sound astoundingly 
ordinary--yet it isn't. I've lived here for fourteen years now and it's only 
the second time, while Scrub-jays are here virtually every day. 


Are Steller's Jays sometimes irruptive?

Hmmm......

Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
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Subject: HUGE number of Steller's Jays in Napa
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:45 -0700
Hi all,

Starting on Oct. 11, I noticed 4-5 Steller’s Jays up in my neighborhood 
redwoods and then fly off somewhere. A few days later I saw a few more. (They 
are easy to count since I have a wide view of the sky from my window.) This 
morning I saw them again flying across and when they were finally done, I 
counted 35 birds (and I’m not sure I got them all!) I don’t think I have 
ever seen that many at one time ANYWHERE. It is always around 8 am when I see 
them. 


Later this morning I walked up to Timberhill Park (just a small riparian area 
above where I live) figuring that maybe I would see them up there. But all I 
saw was three together. 


I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who has seen numbers of jays like this 
and/or what they could be up to. Thanks. 


Another sighting today- a male Brown-headed Cowbird, making its gurgley call, 
and doing the whole puffed-up body routine. Did not see a female at all, and 
not sure why it is doing this at this time of year. 


‘Tan’ White-throated Sparrow still here today in my backyard.

Good birding,
Denise Hamilton
from shook-up/ hailed on Napa
napabirders AT att.net
Subject: Hybrid Dabbling Duck at Shorebird Marsh
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:21:14 -0700
At Shorebird Marsh today (Corte Madera, just north of Nordstrom's along the
101 frontage road) I watched and photographed a hybird dabbling duck this
morning that was swam with some Northern Pintails and then loafed on one of
the nearby islands. At first I thought it was a hybrid Northern Pintail,
based on body plumage and bill color), but now thinking it might be a
Brewer's Duck (Gadwall x Mallard). Refound the duck at 2 pm with Jim White
and Matt Perry.

Opinions most welcomed.

See photos at Hybrid Dabbling Duck


Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Subject: PR Outer Point 10-16-14
From: "roger AT jessupsofdaytona.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 15:27:18 -0700
Arrived at Fish Docks today at 8:00 AM to search for Magnolia Warbler and 
Yellow-green Vireo. Left at 11:00 without seeing either. 

 Migrants included Chestnut-sided, Orange-crowned, Audubon's, Townsend's, and 
Yellow warblers. Red-breasted Nuthatch. 

 Of special interest was a Goatsucker in the Fish Dock Pines. I would have 
never seen it, had another bird I was watching landed close by. Later several 
small birds mobbed it--maybe it was their first goatsucker and they thought it 
an owl. I had it narrowed down to Common or Lesser when Mark Forney and Michael 
Parkes arrived. With the help of Sibley app we were able to find diagnostic 
field marks--"small buffy spots on primaries". These buffy spots were visible 
in scope and pictures taken. 

 My first Goatsucker for the Outer Point!!!   Lesser Nighthawk
 

 Roger Harshaw
Subject: Pt Reyes Wed 10/15
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:17:58 -0700
 

Went to the Point today to see if the southeast winds had brought any
new birds in. Saw many continuing birds and one notable new one. 

Mt Vision Rd: 

Townsend's and Yellow Warblers, Pygmy Nuthatches, Chickadees and other
expected birds 

Drake's: 

Made a quick stop at the Monument and had Townsend's and Yellow
Warblers, Chickadees, Hutton's Vireo etc 

Mendoza: 

Another quick stop, had continuing White-throated Sparrow in the trees
opp the bldgs and the PALM WARBLER in the fennel stalks along the road
on the pond side. 

Lighthouse: 

Somewhat disappointing, saw a flock of 10 W. Bluebirds and nice looks at
a Rock Wren 

Fish Docks: 

This is where the action was. When I first got there, I was standing by
the water tanks behind the residence and looking towards the lg
cypresses along the upper path, I noticed a largish bird with a lg bill
and pale underparts in the tree tops that I couldn't immediately
identify from that distance. I decided to walk the upper path first to
check out that bird. When I saw it, I could tell right away that it was
either a YELLOW-GREEN VIREO or a RED-EYED VIREO. Had I left for Pt Reyes
later than I did, I would have seen Joe Morlan's post on what to look
for and I would be able to tell you which one I thought it was. I didn't
get long looks at the bird but this is what I saw: a v lg vireo with
uniformly colored olive green upperparts from neck to tail. No wingbars.
Slate gray crown with dark eyeline and white supercilium above it. I
looked for a second dark line but didn't see one and there was clearly
no sharp contrast between eyeline and cap. Yellow sides and flanks but I
didn't realize I should have been looking to see if the sides of the
neck were yellow as well, and honestly, I just don't remember if they
were or not. The bill was quite large. That's all I had the time to
memorize when I saw it. I was hoping for additional looks to see more
but never got them. 

I walked around hoping to find other birders to see the bird but none
were there. I saw the bird around 1:30 PM. I spotted David Wimpfheimer a
little while later with some non-birders and he was kind enough to look
with me for the vireo but we never found it. While we were looking, I
saw a bird with a neon yellow breast that turned out to be the MAGNOLIA
WARBLER. We got great looks at this bird. What a beauty!! Both the vireo
and the Magnolia were in the cypresses along the upper path in the
vicinity of where there is an opening that you can see the residence
through. There was also a Townsend's Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatches
in that area plus a Brown Creeper. As for the vireo, I was leaning
toward Yellow-green based on the lack of contrast between the cap and
eyeline but after reading Joe Morlan's post, I have more doubt. I looked
at the Owl Canyon YG Vireo photos and that bird had a brighter green
back than what I saw on this one, so I'm just not sure. I hope someone
will find it tomorrow and say what it is! The Owl Canyon vireo liked the
willows so if today's vireo isn't in the trees, the New Willows might be
a good place to check. Wish I could come back tomorrow and see for
myself but I have appts which preclude this. Guess I know what to look
for next time. 

I looked in the pines where the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER has been seen
before I left and saw it plus Yellow, Yellow-rumped and an
Orange-crowned Warbler and another RB Nuthatch. While I was walking back
to my vehicle, the Chestnut-sided Warbler zipped by me and landed in the
bushes in the yard of the residence. 

Nunes: 

A very brief stop: Golden-crowned Kinglets 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: FOS White-throated Sparrow, Napa
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:27:26 -0700
Hi all,

Had my first of season ‘tan’ White-throated Sparrow join the White- & 
Golden- crowned Sparrows in my backyard this morning. Another sighting today 
was a large mixed flock of swallows and swifts VERY high in the sky, so could 
only make out the shapes. More and more Yellow-rumped Warblers arriving. 


Denise Hamilton
Napa, 
napabirers AT att.net
Subject: Re: About the Yellow-green Vireo
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:59:09 -0700
Gordon,

I have not seen a reply and I did not see the bird, but your photos clearly
show a Yellow-green Vireo and not a Red-eyed Vireo.  

The main point is that the bright yellow underparts extend up the sides all
the way to the side of the neck.  This is diagnostic for Yellow-green and
eliminates Red-eyed.  There are other points which are also helpful.  The
color of the back is yellow-green, not olive and does not contrast with the
yellow color on the sides and flanks. The dark outlines to the supercilium
are variable but generally faint grayish in Yellow-green; strong and well
defined black in Red-eyed.  Bill differences are slight, but Yellow-green
usually has a paler bill, somewhat thicker at the tip.

Incidentally, your photos show pinkish skin at the gape which I believe are
residual gape flanges indicating you have a young bird.

You are correct that the Red-eyed Vireo was formerly lumped with the
Yellow-green Vireo.  Genetic studies have shown them to be distinct.  

Also Yellow-green Vireo has increased dramatically as a vagrant in
California in recent years.  See....


http://wfopublications.org/Rare_Birds/Yellow-green_Vireo/Yellow-green_Vireo.html 


A reminder that this species is still a California Bird Records Committee
review species.  Anyone seeing or photographing this bird is urged to
submit documentation to the CBRC secretary.

http://www.californiabirds.org/guidelines.html

Congratulation on a great find!  



On 14 Oct 2014 11:30:54 -0700, "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]"
 wrote:

>Hello birders,
>
>Would someone from the group that refound the Yellow-green Vireo (YGVI) at Owl 
Canyon in Bodega Bay last Saturday describe what field marks were used to 
determine the species? I have so far received one email reply since my post 
last Friday night, describing why they felt it was a Red-eyed Vireo, based on 
bill being too short for 

YGVI, rump and back not bright green, postocular stripe distinct, though faint. 
I have not received any replies describing why it was a YGVI. 

>
>Since I’m working with limited knowledge of either species, I only have my 
field guides (Sibley, National Geographic, and an old Birds of Mexico by 
Peterson). My photos look like the drawing in Nat Geo of a YGVI. Sibley, 
however, does not show a darker edge to the cap above the supercilium, which my 
photos do show. Finally, the 

Birds of Mexico guide mentions that (historically) some authors felt that the 
two species were one, so that left me wondering what this bird was since they 
are so similar. 

>
>Did Sibley just miss on this one?
>
>Thank you for your help,
>
>Gordon Beebe, Santa Rosa
> 
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


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Subject: Outer Point -- late AM to PM
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:51:51 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
It was very windy with drizzle at times.

-- Fish Docks, in the pines: MYRTLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW 
WARBLER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 


-- Mendoza: WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET 


-- Spalleta: PECTORAL SANDPIPER

EARED GREBE were at all three locations.

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Subject: A Good Volunteer Opportunity for Marin County Birders
From: "longstrethcarolyn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 13:28:36 -0700
Hello NBBers: 
 Please excuse this mildly promotional post but those of us who regularly bird 
at Point Reyes and other Marin sites might be interested in volunteering for 
Marin MPA Watch. The Marin Marine Protected Area Watch Program will hold a 
volunteer training on Saturday, October 18th, 10am to 2pm, meeting at the 
Redbarn Classroom at the Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters. 

 

 MPA Watch is citizen-science monitoring project that trains volunteers to 
observe and record human uses within the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Marin 
County, and to interact with the public about the MPA regulations. This data 
will show how the public is using California’s new MPAs and help shape 
management going forward. It is a collaborative effort among the Environmental 
Action Committee of West Marin, The California Academy of Sciences, and the 
Point Reyes National Seashore. For more information, contact Morgan at 
admin AT eacmarin.org or 415-663-9312. 

 

 
 

Subject: addendum to Sunday's Bodega Bay pelagic trip report
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:31:27 -0700
NiBBers,

 

Steve Howell discovered amongst his photos of the Black-vented Shearwater
flock off Bodega Head last Sunday a nice clean shot of a MANX SHEARWATER in
the mix, which we all somehow missed at the time.

 

Gene Hunn
Subject: About the Yellow-green Vireo
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 11:30:54 -0700
Hello birders,

Would someone from the group that refound the Yellow-green Vireo (YGVI) at Owl 
Canyon in Bodega Bay last Saturday describe what field marks were used to 
determine the species? I have so far received one email reply since my post 
last Friday night, describing why they felt it was a Red-eyed Vireo, based on 
bill being too short for YGVI, rump and back not bright green, postocular 
stripe distinct, though faint. I have not received any replies describing why 
it was a YGVI. 


Since I’m working with limited knowledge of either species, I only have my 
field guides (Sibley, National Geographic, and an old Birds of Mexico by 
Peterson). My photos look like the drawing in Nat Geo of a YGVI. Sibley, 
however, does not show a darker edge to the cap above the supercilium, which my 
photos do show. Finally, the Birds of Mexico guide mentions that (historically) 
some authors felt that the two species were one, so that left me wondering what 
this bird was since they are so similar. 


Did Sibley just miss on this one?

Thank you for your help,

Gordon Beebe, Santa Rosa
 

Subject: Outer Point this morning
From: "Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:58:26 -0700
The south winds were a bit strong and drizzle began about 9:30, which 
always squelches flight. So it was a bit quiet overall. 0815-1015:

Lighthouse: Pacific Wren, Myrtle Warbler

Fish Docks: Chestnut-sided Warbler (HY sex U in farthest pines along 
cliff edge), Yellow Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Orange-crowned 
Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Mendoza: Black-throated Gray Warbler, Magnolia Warbler (95% sure; glimpsed)

One Pacific Golden Plover flying and calling high over the entrance 
road to South Beach heading for Spaletta Plateau.

Drakes: Audubon's Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Several Fox Sparrows in odd places, probably arrivals.

Sometimes very good birds show up on days like this morning. Others 
were out there looking, so perhaps they will come up with something 
better. Otherwise expect it to continue quiet with the incoming moisture.

Peter



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Subject: RE: Outer Pt. Reyes Magnolia Warbler and Pacific Golden Plovers (MRN 10/13/2014)
From: "Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:32:39 -0700
I also birded the Outer Point late this morning.
 
Best bird was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE at Mendoza (B Ranch). Marin County bird
#350 for me.
 
At the Lighthouse, no sign of the Gray Flycatcher reported by Everett
yesterday. There were some far-out shearwaters, visible only with a scope. I
was able to identify SOOTY and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS.
 
Jeff Miller
Fairfax
 

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Subject: [NBB] Outer Pt. Reyes Magnolia Warbler and Pacific Golden Plovers
(MRN 10/13/2014)


  


A Magnolia Warbler was foraging high in the last tall cypress on the way to
the life saving station at the Fish Docks.  This is the same tree where the
Great Horned Owls often perch.




Two Pacific Golden Plovers were on Spaletta Plateau associating with a flock
of Killdeer.  A Ferruginous Hawk was also spotted from the Plateau.










Subject: Outer Pt. Reyes Magnolia Warbler and Pacific Golden Plovers (MRN 10/13/2014)
From: "everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Oct 2014 15:16:48 -0700
A Magnolia Warbler was foraging high in the last tall cypress on the way to the 
life saving station at the Fish Docks. This is the same tree where the Great 
Horned Owls often perch. 

 

 Two Pacific Golden Plovers were on Spaletta Plateau associating with a flock 
of Killdeer. A Ferruginous Hawk was also spotted from the Plateau. 

 

 Everett Clark
 Tiburon
 
 

 

Subject: Bodega Canyon pelagic
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:26:05 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I went with the EAC of West Marin pelagic boat out of Bodega Bay Sunday
(Rick Powers, New Sea Angler). There was a big swell down from off Alaska,
but it was a long swell. Also a bit of wind, so it was not the smoothest
trip, but a beautiful day. We got lucky early with a flock of ca. 200
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS two miles off Bodega Head. Great studies of this
bird, which hasn't moved this far north in numbers since 2008. Otherwise it
was a bit slow until we got to the shelf. Just a few Sooty Shearwaters, lots
of Pink-foots and Common Murres, several Black-footed Albatross, a
smattering of Northern Fulmars, Red Phalaropes, Rhinoceros and Cassin's
Auklets, and Pomarine Jaegers. Late highlights included a single
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, a small concentration of BLACK STORM-PETRELS, a
cooperative fly-over SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and a winter adult TUFTED PUFFIN,
plus a single Pigeon Guillemot on the return.

 

A nice herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins bow-rode for a time and
pinnipeds included harbor seal, Calfornia and Steller's sea lions, elephant
seal, and northern fur seal. One huge ocean sunfish.

 

Thanks to Dave Wimpfheimer and Steve Howell for the trip.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: RS hawk, warblers, GC sparrows
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:30:04 -0700
Heard my first GC sparrows of the season the other day and hearing them
everywhere I go. Seeing them and WC sparrows at the feeders. Such a
seasonal delight.

Heard a very loud bang the other day while standing in the dining room and
was sure someone had died, but it was a RS hawk and he was on the ground
looking very stunned and after a minute or 2, flew off. He must have been
going after a smaller bird at the feeders.

Friday I was up at the ground breaking ceremony for the new WildCare
home(yeah) and stopped by the golf club restaurant. It was very warbly in
the trees on the south side of the parking lot. Could only ID Yellow rumped
and Yellow Warblers, but there were a lot more there. I am not good at
following little things through tall trees and it was so frustrating.

Seeing many Yellow legs in Richardsons Bay near the dog park.

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley
Subject: Owl Canyon Sun afternoon 10/12
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:01:58 -0700
 

Stopped at Owl Canyon (Bodega Bay) for a little while after work today
where I did NOT see the Yellow-green Vireo (and from what I gathered no
one saw it today, please respond if I am wrong). I did see a bright
NASHVILLE WARBLER past the big Euc tree in the vicinity of the "over or
under" horizontal tree trunk. The previously reported White-throated
Sparrow was also still around in the willows along the parking lot. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Outer Pt. Reyes Gray Flycatcher (MRN 10/12/2014)
From: "everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 17:47:03 -0700
A Gray Flycatcher was moving about the bush lupine halfway to the lighthouse 
from the parking area shortly after nine this morning. I based the 
identification primarily on the downward flicking of the tail while the bird 
was perched, and also on the empid’s short wing projections, long tail and 
rounded crown. 

 I heard or saw Varied Thrushes at the Lighthouse, the Fish Docks, and the 
Nunes and Mendoza Ranches. An invasion of varied thrushes may precede a wet 
winter*, so maybe this is a good omen. 

 A Palm Warbler was at Mendoza in the cypresses above the pond. I could not 
find either the prairie or blackpoll warblers reported in the past few days at 
the Fish Docks pines. 

 A Ferruginous Hawk (light morph) soared above the fields on the east side of 
Pierce Pt Rd at about mile marker 2 at 1pm. 

 

 Everett Clark
 Tiburon
 

 
 
*http://www.pointblue.org/uploads/assets/observer/focus39invasion-variedthrushes1994-95.pdf 
http://www.pointblue.org/uploads/assets/observer/focus39invasion-variedthrushes1994-95.pdf 

 

Subject: Scaggs Island: Golden Eagle & Other Raptor Species
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:49:23 -0700
While leading my Merritt College raptor class, it was excellent to see several 
raptor species, with the final moments 

of the afternoon lucky enough for me to spot 
one sub-adult GOLDEN EAGLE on Scaggs Island Road, Scaggs Island (off Highway 
37). 


Also present there:
- 1 adult PEREGRINE FALCON
- 2 adult WHITE-TAILED KITE
- 1 female NORTHERN HARRIER
- 3 RED-TAILED HAWK, including a dark morph
- 7 TURKEY VULTURE

Earlier at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds in San Rafael:

- 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
- 2 AMERICAN KESTREL
- 2 WHITE-TAILED KITE
- 5 TURKEY VULTURE
- 1 female and male NORTHERN HARRIER

Did not see any Ferruginous or Rough-legged Hawk (at either location), per two 
of our target species. 


The previously reported PECTORAL SANDPIPER continues on the northern edge of 
the main island in Pond #1. 


One female YELLOW WARBLER was in the Pond Cypress tree on the south side of 
Pond #1. 


Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA (SF Bay Area) & Ellison Bay, WI

www.warblerwatch.com

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com
Subject: Merlins
From: "ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 11:03:07 -0700
10/12/14
 

 Yesterday 10/11/14 at the Jenner Headlands Preserve (private property) we 
(WCHW et, el) observed 3 MERLINS. 

 These appeared to be migrating through as they were swift in flight moving 
North to South at a rapid rate. 

 

 There were also many COOPER'S HAWKS mostly juveniles and a few SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS 1 adult. 

 

 Dave Barry
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Inverness red-breasted sapsuckers
From: "plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 10:40:01 -0700
Yesterday brought the first sapsuckers of the season to Vision Road in 
Inverness. I photographed two birds, a male and a female, I believe. They were 
being chased around by the resident acorn woodpeckers. I think the sapsuckers 
were copulating or simulating copulation. They engaged in mid-air then fell to 
the ground several times. The pictures seem to show one on top of the other 
one. some images show them face-to-face on the ground - which may mean they 
were fighting rather than ... loving. 

 

 In any case, they're always a treat to see. 
 

 I have posted pictures of them here on Fickr: 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/9654503 AT N02/sets/72157648238215497/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9654503 AT N02/sets/72157648238215497/ 


 

 Todd Plummer 
 Inverness
Subject: Chestnut-sidedWarbler still at AmericanCanyonWetlands 10/12/14
From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:05:28 -0700
Cooperative between 9:40 and 9:45 AM in the previously described location, low 
in the eucalyptus grove across the trail from the first duck weed covered pond 
on the north side of Eucalyptus Road. 


A yellow warbler, several chestnut-backed chickadees and bushtit flock were in 
the spot but the CSWA didn't appear to associate with any of them. 


A male and female Blue-winged Teal were roosting on one of the reed islands in 
the large tidal pond north of the landfill. 


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Subject: Re: Bodega Bay, Sat. Oct 11, 2014.
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:24:54 -0700
 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 11, 2014, at 7:40 PM, Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi Birders,
> At 11:45 this morning, I refound the bird we identified as a YELLOW-GREEN 
VIREO, first reported yesterday. It was first observed foraging at eye-level 
about 20 ft. N. of the path leading up into Owl Canyon. It flew S. over the 
path into the single 

> berry-laden wax myrtle, where seen briefly; but soon returned to the N. side 
of the path where we got more outstanding views 

> in excellent light. The best looks were achieved by standing near the parking 
area and carefully studying the willows just N. of 

> the path. At least 10 birders got keen views and a few photos. + 1st Sonoma 
County record for YGVI. 

> It remained within these willows moving higher, allowing decent views, and 
seen several more times up until 1:00. 

> I continued looking until 4:30, but the bird did not re-appear up the canyon 
or elsewhere. 

> Other birds seen in the area included 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Yellow Warbler, 
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, 

> Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Bushtits, lots of sparrows, yellow-rumps, 
collared doves, two screaming Peregrines overhead 

> and a "mostly" Yellow-shafted Flicker (male). At least 4 Flickers scattered 
when a Sharp-shinned Hawk glided down the canyon. 

> I will post the Yellow-green Vireo photos later, probably in an "album" 
including other Bodega Bay highlights I reported in September. More on that 
later.... 

> Beautiful day at the coast, sunny with diminished winds compared to 
yesterday. 

> "Mighty Average"/ Excellent Birding-
> Dan Nelson  et al,  Sonoma County
>  
>  
> 
Subject: Bodega Bay, Sat. Oct 11, 2014.
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:40:40 -0700
Hi Birders,
At 11:45 this morning, I refound the bird we identified as a YELLOW-GREEN 
VIREO, first reported yesterday. It was first observed foraging at eye-level 
about 20 ft. N. of the path leading up into Owl Canyon. It flew S. over the 
path into the single 

berry-laden wax myrtle, where seen briefly; but soon returned to the N. side of 
the path where we got more outstanding views 

in excellent light. The best looks were achieved by standing near the parking 
area and carefully studying the willows just N. of 

the path. At least 10 birders got keen views and a few photos. + 1st Sonoma 
County record for YGVI. 

It remained within these willows moving higher, allowing decent views, and seen 
several more times up until 1:00. 

I continued looking until 4:30, but the bird did not re-appear up the canyon or 
elsewhere. 

Other birds seen in the area included 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Yellow Warbler, 
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, 

Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Bushtits, lots of sparrows, yellow-rumps, collared 
doves, two screaming Peregrines overhead 

 and a "mostly" Yellow-shafted Flicker (male). At least 4 Flickers scattered 
when a Sharp-shinned Hawk glided down the canyon. 

I will post the Yellow-green Vireo photos later, probably in an "album" 
including other Bodega Bay highlights I reported in September. More on that 
later.... 

Beautiful day at the coast, sunny with diminished winds compared to yesterday.
"Mighty Average"/ Excellent Birding-
Dan Nelson  et al,  Sonoma County
Subject: Chestnut-sided Napa and Las Gallinas
From: "emilie strauss dp_eas AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:26:49 -0700
The Chestnut-sided Warbler found yesterday by Murray Berner eventually showed 
up sans other insectivores in the same spot just east of the first of the 
double duckweed ponds at the edge of the eucalyptus forest. 


The Pectoral Sandpiper and at least 2 Lesser Yellowlegs continued in the first 
pond at Las Gallinas (Terra Linda, Marin) later in the day. 


Emilie Strauss
Subject: Outer Point Today
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 20:41:02 -0700
Today on the Outer Point - 12pm-5pm - Foggy - low ceiling fog, with increasing 
NW winds .At Nunez Ranch there was a hatch year Black-headed Grosbeak- 
(late-ish) in the far back Cypress Trees. A Broad -winged Hawk fly over was 
there as well. At the Fish Docks the Prairie Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler 
continue and were easily seen in the pines beyond the residence house. Bumped 
into Keith Hansen- Happy Birthday Keith! He said he had a Magnolia Warbler at 
the row of Cypress trees where the calf pens are just south of Mendoza Ranch. 
He also had several Lark Sparrows at the corner of Sir Francis Drake and turn 
off to the Fish Docks. 

 

 Lots of soon to be wintering raptors , with several Merlin and Peregrine 
Falcon as well. Cold and blustery in the late afternoon. 

 

 Best to all,   Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Re: Vireo at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay today - help with ID
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:09:04 -0700
Looks like a Yellow-Green Vireo to me.

Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: Vireo at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay today - help with ID
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 16:22:11 -0700
I just posted four photos of this apparent juvenile Red-eyed Vireo (please 
correct me if I'm wrong!) in the Gordon Beebe Nature photo album. I saw it this 
afternoon at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay. It was foraging near a Warbling Vireo 
(WAVI) in the upper section of the canyon (I was sitting on the bunch grass 
"seat" on the steep hillside). It looked a tad larger than the WAVI, and was 
fairly bright yellow underneath, except for the white throat. The bill appeared 
larger than the WAVI's. I guessed juvenile due to the red-brown color of its 
iris. 

I'm not sure of the ID due to the amount of yellow underneath - it doesn't 
quite match two field guides I have - Sibley and Nat Geo. 


Otherwise, there were lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers (Mrytle), two 
Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Hutton's Vireo, cooing Eurasian Collared Doves (do 
they ever stop?), Downy Woodpeckers and Red-shafted Flickers. 


The rail ponds also had lots of Myrtle-type Warblers, two chuckling Virginia 
Rails, many chupping Hermit Thrushes, and one Common Yellowthroat. 


Diekmann's had many Anna's Hummingbirds, almost all with yellow crowns due to 
the Abutilon flowers they were feeding on. One Orange-crowned Warbler below. 


Gordon Beebe

A map of Bodega Bay, showing Owl Canyon, is located here:
Local Hotspots | Madrone Audubon Society 
http://madroneaudubon.org/birds-local-hotspots.php#bodegabay 

 
 http://madroneaudubon.org/birds-local-hotspots.php#bodegabay 
 
 Local Hotspots | Madrone Audubon Society 
http://madroneaudubon.org/birds-local-hotspots.php#bodegabay Local Hotspots 
Birding in Sonoma County Russian River at Riverfront Park Sonoma County offers 
some of the best birding in the country. 

 
 
 
 View on madroneaudubon.org 
http://madroneaudubon.org/birds-local-hotspots.php#bodegabay 

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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler Napa
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:53:16 +0000
Birders,

A Chestnut-sided Warbler was at American Canyon Wetlands Friday morning. From 
the parking lot at the corner of Eucalyptus Dr and Wetlands Edge Rd, walk west 
on the pavement. Turn right at the first trail. North to a pond then a short 
meandering northwest where you reach a pair of settling ponds densely fringed 
with bulrush and covered with duck weed. The warbler was with bushtits and 
chickadees in the eucalyptus edge opposite the first of the ponds. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: re Prairie W photos at fish docs yesterday
From: "jcsolisbanuel AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 12:31:25 -0700
 I believe some of you were not able to look at the Prairie W photos I attached 
to my previous message (. These are the URLs to each photo. It should work this 
time. If not, just let me know (see original message below) 


 Thanks
 

 Juan-Carlos 
 

 https://flic.kr/p/pjAMuV https://flic.kr/p/pjAMuV  
https://flic.kr/p/pjz2rZ https://flic.kr/p/pjz2rZ
  


 

 original message  Th. 10/9       _________
 

 Today, on a very windy and foggy day at OP the best spot was the the fish 
docks, which produced a juv. Prairie (see photos) and Blackpoll warblers along 
with Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned and Nashville 

 

 Juan-Carlos Solis
 

Subject: 10/07 -- Team Long-Distance Migrants (addendum)
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 23:22:06 -0700 (GMT-07:00)