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Hooded Warbler,©Julie Zickefoose

1 Sep Red-eyed Vireo continues at Owl Canyon ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
31 Aug Prairie Warbler continues at Fish Docks, 8/31/14 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
31 Aug Owl Canyon Am Redstart, Black & White Warbler continue ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
31 Aug Black-and-white Warbler ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug Willow Flycatcher ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug American Redstart female ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug Prarie Warbler, Outer Point ["j.chiropolos AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug Northern Waterthrush ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug Huichica Creek Pelican Party ["5zcch5 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Aug Pt. Reyes 8/29 ["Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
30 Aug Black and White Warbler @ Owl Canyon ["nnamfoh AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Aug Red-eyed Vireo at Owl Canyon on Bodega Head ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Aug Shorebirds at Abbotts and Limantour ["David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Aug Black-headed Grosbeak ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Aug Northern Waterthrush , Catbird heard , Bodega Bay, Ca ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Aug Empidonax sp(?) at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Aug Owl Canyon Catbird ["Peter Colasanti peter_colasanti AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Aug Brian Sulliavan- (eBird) Message ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Aug Outer Point / Abbotts Lagoon ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Aug September 1 Offshore Report ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Aug Fwd: Local interest - Black Turnstones Larkspur Ferry Landing ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Aug Local interest - Black Turnstones Larkspur Ferry Landing ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Aug Bodega Bay Warblers ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Outer Point Reyes ["Bill Lenarz bhlenarz AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Aug American Redstart ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Aug Juncos ["sonomadona AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Aug Outer Point Reyes ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Aug Black and White Warbler Owl Canyon ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Aug Cordell Bank Pelagic Trip Sunday October 12 ["David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Aug Eastern Kingbird Pt Reyes Sunday Aug 24, 2014 - yes ["DrBirdie AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Aug Black and White Warbler continues at Owl Canyon ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Aug Least Tern and Black and White Warblers ["djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Aug Least Tern ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Aug Owl Canyon & Bodega Head ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Aug Re: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Outer Point Reyes 21 Aug 2014 ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Re: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14 ["C F liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14 ["Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Pacific Golden-Plover, Shollenberger, continues ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank: Sep 1 & 19 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Shollenberger Shorebirds ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Spring Lake local interest ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Aug Benicia Hermit Warbler ["'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug the Beach Watch Program needs volunteers ["parhelion AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Sept 14 - Optics and Nature Fest. + ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Doran Yellow Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Bodega Bay evening 8/17/14 ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Blue-gray gnatcatcher ["Catey Ritchie CRitchie AT ParksConservancy.org [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Aug Continuing Semipalmated Sandpiper in Napa Co. ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Aug Re: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd ["Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Aug Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd ["Tom Gardali tgardali AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Aug Eastern Kingbird 8.15.2014 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Aug Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Audubon Center ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Aug Plover pictures ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug American-like golden-plover at Shollenberger ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Aug 31 - Cordell Bank ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug FW: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News ["'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Pelgaic Seabirding News ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Red necked Grebe--Tennessee Valley ["susanaives AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Aug Eastern Kingbird - Outer Point ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Aug Napa Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug RE: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :) ["'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :) ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug Black-crowned Night Heron with band ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug RE: no Black Vulture ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug Re: no Black Vulture ["Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug Re: no Black Vulture ["Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Aug no Black Vulture ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Huichica Creek Unit Napa County Pectoral Sandpiper ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Black Vulture in Santa Rosa (August 8, 2014) ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Aug Las Gallinas Aug. 9 ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Fwd: Re: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Aug Another New Mammal Big Day Record for North America ["Floyd Hayes floyd_hayes AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Aug 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
06 Aug Eastern Kingbird, Home Ranch, Point Reyes NS (Marin Cty) ["hamingsone AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Red-eyed Vireo continues at Owl Canyon
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:07:25 -0700
Juliet Cox and I spent an hour loitering at Owl Canyon yesterday (Sunday,
8-31), starting around 10 am. We missed the vagrant warblers but we were
treated to great looks of the continuing RED-EYED VIREO, first reported by
Daniel Edelstein on the 29th.

Photo available at:


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/plkXTAP5hchpC19u5D4HZNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


We also visited Hole in the Head and found a WILLOW FLYCATCHER in the back
corner.


Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: Prairie Warbler continues at Fish Docks, 8/31/14
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:32:35 -0700
Hi folks,

On a nice but otherwise slow and windy day at Point Reyes, the Prairie
Warbler continued at the Fish Docks just across the road (on the bay side)
from the residence. A Pacific Wren and a couple of Townsend's Warblers were
also there, plus dueting Great Horned Owls at 445 pm.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Owl Canyon Am Redstart, Black & White Warbler continue
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:50:44 -0700
 

Went there after work this afternoon and saw the Redstart in the pines
along the parking lot to the left of the trail, then it flew to the
willow patch next to the parking lot. At one point, the shoulder patches
looked kind of orangey but I was looking into the sun so hard to say for
sure. At 5 PM, I spotted the B & W Warbler in the same general area
Matthew Dodder noted this morning. It stayed in the back of the large
pines next to the hillside. A Townsend's Warbler was in the pines and 2
Wilson's Warblers were in the big eucalyptus tree. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Black-and-white Warbler
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:35:27 -0700
I was able to see it briefly this morning in the first big pine by the 
trailhead at Owl Canyon in Bodega Bay. It was around 7:30. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:12:27 -0700
Seen on the back edge of "Hole in the Head", or the pond at Campbell 
Cove. No sign go the Red-eyed Vireo seen earlier in the day. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
Subject: American Redstart female
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:38:44 -0700
Seen repeatedly at Owl Canyon this morning. Also present was the 
Black-and-white Warbler. Most activity was in the large pines a few yards up 
the trail near the big rock on the south end of the parking area. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
Subject: Prarie Warbler, Outer Point
From: "j.chiropolos AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 15:17:22 -0700
Seen at the fish docks at noon:
 Prarie Warbler - across from the house below the access road
 In mixed flock with 3 Townsends Warblers
 3 or 4 pac-slope and 1 willow flycatcher
 House wren
 No migrants seen at other stops.
  
 Abbots was very quiet at high tide around 9 am with red-necked phalaropes the 
only shorebird. found. 

 Mammels at Abbotts included a Bobcat and 3 or 4 river otters.
  
 Good Birding,
 Jim Chiropolos, Orinda 
Subject: Northern Waterthrush
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:30:21 -0700
Seen well at the Rail Ponds in Bodega Bay. Very vocal as well near the old 
broken down boat. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

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Subject: Huichica Creek Pelican Party
From: "5zcch5 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 10:28:21 -0700
Sat. 8/30 AM - 

250 to 300 white pelicans were sunning themselves on almost every surface in 
the first 3 ponds along the dirt road into the wetlands. Most of the logs by 
the dead trees were covered. 


One particularly long log in the 3rd pond had 113 pelicans cheek to jowl. More 
than the usual numbers of great and snowy egrets were present also. 


Other than the usual waders, a northern harrier and a white-faced ibis flew by. 


Huichica Creek is on Buchli Station road in the Carneros area of Napa. 

From Hwy 12/121 turn south on Duhig Road and proceed approximately 2 miles then 
turn left on Las Amigas Road. Follow Las Amigas Road east until it connects 
with Buchli Station Road then turn right (south) on Buchli Station Road and 
follow the road through the vineyard areas until you cross the rail road tracks 
adjacent to CDFW parking lot. 
Subject: Pt. Reyes 8/29
From: "Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:34:44 -0700
Spent a nice day out at Pt. Reyes today. Started out at the Lighthouse, saw 
lots of cypress trees dripping, one Townsend's Warbler and a Peregrine glide by 
at the Lighthouse. On to the Fish Docks, I had the good fortune to bump into 
Dan Singer and Everett Clark. With a point in the right direction, saw a couple 
of Yellow Warblers and found a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Aside from a 
Western Flycatcher, it was quiet at Nunes. Mendoza was more productive. A first 
year American Redstart, two Yellow Warblers and three Great horned Owls were in 
the trees above the pond. There were 7 Red-necked Phalaropes in the pond. I 
continued out to Abbott's Lagoon. There were several people near the water so 
zipped on the Baird Sandpipers. Just a couple of Semipalmated Plovers and two 
Peregrines looking at them from a distance south in the restricted area. 30 
minutes of sea watch rewarded me with a top gun display by a Parasitic Jaeger 
as it chased gulls 

 following a fishing boat, then peeled off southward close to me at the 
waterline for a great look. 

Good birding.
Rob O'Donnell
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
Subject: Black and White Warbler @ Owl Canyon
From: "nnamfoh AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:24:56 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Birders, 
A Black and White Warbler was seen today at Bodega Head State Park, Owl 
Canyon.  It was seen by me in the large eucalyptus foraging with Wilson's 
Warblers and Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the afternoon.  Someone else 
initially saw it, and I heard about it second hand.  Renee who lives in 
Petaluma?  A good number of birders were looking for the Gray Catbird today, 
but I heard of no reports of one being heard or seen. 

Good luck, 
David A. Hofmann 
Santa Rosa  
Subject: Red-eyed Vireo at Owl Canyon on Bodega Head
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:02:27 -0700
8/29/14

Given I'm aware this species is rare to absent in our area (including Sonoma 
County), and given 

few accepted state of CA records of this species exist (e.g., ebird.org lists a 
9/16/05 record of this species on Bodega Head from Alan Wight; 4 accepted 
records by the CBRC from 1972-74 are mentioned in the "Rare Birds of CA" book 
(published by the CA Birds Records Committee)..A query for a more updated 
version of recent CA sights of this species via the California Birds Records 
Committee database online did not yield any results, I'm sorry to report.), I 
note the one first fall individual I watched today at 13:11 and 13:30 in Owl 
Canyon. 


This is a species with which I grew up in Wisconsin, so I have seen it many 
times since the early '80s when I began birding (including several times this 
past spring and, again, earlier this month when I visited the Midwest). 


On both occasions today in Owl Canyon, I was lucky to have 20-30 second 
observations from no farther than 75 feet while using Swarovski binoculars. 

My perch was the from the northside-facing hillside that looks toward the 
riparian area where this individual was foraging both times I watched it. 


The individual expressed a characteristic gray/blue crown with a contrasting 
olive/green back/mantle. 

A prominent, bright white eyebrow/supercilium was obvious with a black border.
A small hook at the end of the bill was also present.

Based on the lack of dark red eye (the iris was brown), and the presence of 
pale yellow color on the flanks/vent area, it's probable 

this individual was a first fall individual.

No call or song was heard.

*

As for other species seen, I noted ones that others have recently reported:

- 2 Yellow Warbler (female)
- 3 Wilson's Warbler
- 1 Warbling Vireo 

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

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

www.warblerwatch.com

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)
Subject: Shorebirds at Abbotts and Limantour
From: "David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:22:15 -0700
In the past two days I visited both of these wetlands. Other than the Baird's 
Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs that Dan Singer previously reported there were 
no uncommon birds at either of these locations. The species diversity was low 
at Limantour and only a little bit better at Abbotts. Most noteworthy at 
Limantour were a minimum of 50 Snowy Plover along the beach several hundred 
yards west of the main access point. There were also dozens of Semipalmated 
Plovers and three Black-bellied Plover. Rounding out the list were Western 
Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper, Sanderling and Red-necked Phalarope. At the 
marsh side of Limantour shorebirding tends to be best near low tide. At Abbotts 
there were Marbled Godwit, one Willet, Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plover, 
Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper and 
Red-necked Phalarope, all in low numbers. Shorebirds seem to utilize the area 
more at high tide. Birders 

 should be aware that the west side of the lower lagoon is closed due to a 
restricted Snowy Plover nesting area until mid-September. 
Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 09:18:18 -0700
Yesterday afternoon, I saw my first female, Black-headed Grosbeak. She came to 
my patio and hung out with the Finches and California Towhees. Eventually, the 
Towhees chased her away. I have suet and Nyjer seed feeders. 


Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. Marin County, Calif.

C. Faul
 

Subject: Northern Waterthrush , Catbird heard , Bodega Bay, Ca
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 18:39:39 -0700
While looking for the Gray Catbird at Owl Canyon around 4-5 pm, Denise Wight 
from the East Bay drove up and told me she just had a Northern Waterthrush , 
(she had some nice docu-shots), at Campbell Cove ( just south of the 
bathrooms).. I could not relocate the bird. As for the Catbird, well I missed 
seeing it , but heard the bird making clicking sounds and soft warbles (that I 
have heard catbirds make back in Wisconsin and Montana) in the northern side of 
the canyon in the thick foliage . It was uphill from the big Euk where the 
tunnel begins and the Blackberry brambles begin. There were several Swainson's 
Thrushes there as well just to keep you on your toes..... 

 

 

 

 On we go into September!
 

 

 Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Empidonax sp(?) at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 15:56:25 -0700
This morning there was a small Empidonax flycatcher at Spring Lake near the 
inlet on the northeast edge. It was very nervous, twitching its wings and 
flicking tail down and up, down and up. It was mostly brownish, not yellow like 
Pacific Slope. The lower mandible was very wide and orangy-yellow from below. 
It was foraging in willows at about 20 feet up, then flew quickly off upstream 
from the lake. It made no call. 


I'm not that familiar with Willow Flycatchers, so if this is typical behavior, 
please let me know. 


Also present were Wilson's and Yellow Warblers, and Yellowthroat, Hooded 
Oriole, Cedar Waxwings... 


Gordon Beebe
Santa Rosa
 

Subject: Owl Canyon Catbird
From: "Peter Colasanti peter_colasanti AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:38:00 -0700

Hi
NBBers,
 
     I spent some time perched on the south
wall of upper Owl Canyon this morning where I had some Wilson's Warblers, an
Orange-crowned, Warbling Vireo, Western Flycatcher, and a bumble bee like
hummer so small it could only have been a Calliope or a Coquette, bit it 
yielded no 

detail.  Later, on the way down, I was
just above the top of the tunnel through the blackberries and such when I saw a
GRAY CATBIRD perched on the opposite/north bank in myrtle. It was preening, so 
I had time to take dozens 

of pictures, even climbing up to a better vantage point for the final few. I 
stuck around for another 45 minutes or so 

and saw the bird fly by the same area again.
     At Campbell Cove/Hole-in-the-Head I had
Yellow Warbler, Willow Flycatcher and a robust Selasphorus with big
white tail tips in that sunny back corner.
 
Peter
Colasanti
Petaluma
Subject: Brian Sulliavan- (eBird) Message
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 11:47:57 -0700
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Subject: Outer Point / Abbotts Lagoon
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:17:50 -0700
Hi all,

The Outer Point was entertaining today. Though migrants weren't abundant, there 
was a nice assortment of western species. Highlights included an American 
Redstart at Mendoza and a Vesper Sparrow at the Lighthouse. Other migrants 
included Vaux's Swift, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, 
and the more expected Western Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, and Yellow, 
Townsend's, and Wilson's warblers. 


David Wimpfheimer and I spent the afternoon at Abbotts Lagoon where we saw fIve 
Baird's Sandpipers and a Lesser Yellowlegs. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: September 1 Offshore Report
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:29:51 -0700
Hello, Birders,

Just received an update this morning regarding offshore at the Cordell Bank and 
Bodega Canyon: Yesterday there was lots of marine life, including seabirds and 
Baird's Beaked Whales (They eat squid. As I said: Anything that eats squid is 
on the menu for this season!). Seas were greasy, glass-smooth. 


We still have some spaces available on the "Leader's Party" trip, September 1 
departing from Port O' Bodega at 7 am. (Don't worry, we'll find seabirds while 
we have a good time). 


The leader line up for now: Steve Howell, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini, Gerry McChesney, Annie Schmidt, Russ Bradley, 
Debi Shearwater. That's TEN leaders! 


To make a reservation, email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com.

Party Seabirds Forever,
Debi Shearwater


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
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Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi










Subject: Fwd: Local interest - Black Turnstones Larkspur Ferry Landing
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:38:12 -0700
Forgot to put my geo area and full name.

Dawn Williamson
Corte Madera

Thanks, Dawn


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> From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" 
 

> Date: August 27, 2014 7:35:26 AM PDT
> To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [NBB] Local interest - Black Turnstones Larkspur Ferry Landing
> Reply-To: Dawn 
> 
> On the rocky shoreline opposite the ferry landing. Believe they are black 
turnstones? Bad light, though. 

> 
> Thanks, Dawn
> 
> 
Subject: Local interest - Black Turnstones Larkspur Ferry Landing
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:35:26 -0700
On the rocky shoreline opposite the ferry landing. Believe they are black 
turnstones? Bad light, though. 


Thanks, Dawn



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Subject: Bodega Bay Warblers
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:39:44 -0700
 

I was fortunate enough to be looking in the right place at the right
time at work today in Doran Park to see some nice birds. This morning at
the entry station, a NASHVILLE WARBLER was passing through the wax
myrtle corridor there. A bright Yellow Warbler continues on in that area
as well. Another Yellow Warbler was hanging out at the Cove restroom. At
about 3:15 PM I was at the ranger station carrying stuff out to my
vehicle to leave when I saw a warbler sized bird in the Myoporum bushes.
Luckily I had my binoculars with me and when I realized what I was
looking at, my backpack hit the ground with a thud. It was an adult male
AMERICAN REDSTART. I didn't see the whole bird, but I saw enough to be
sure that's what it was. I lost it among the many starlings that were
there as well. I spent the next hour searching for it unsuccessfully. 

I also paid a visit to Owl Canyon where I was joined by Brook and Orion
O'Connor. Brook gets an A+ for effort as she walked up the path on
crutches with a sprained ankle! No Black and White Warbler, but we saw 2
Wilson's Warblers and a Yellow Warbler. Other birds included a W.
Tanager, Hairy Woodpecker, Western Flycatcher and 2 Warbling Vireos
(seen together in the willows in front). 

I'll be out there tomorrow looking hard for that Redstart! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Re: Outer Point Reyes
From: "Bill Lenarz bhlenarz AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:08:56 -0700

The Nunes redstart continued there today about 1pm. I only checked the pond row 
at Mendoza and did not see the Prairie Warbler. Didn't see anything else out of 
the ordinarythere orat the lighthouse, fish docks, or Drakes unless the 
red-breasted nuthatch at Nunes could be considered early. There were a few 
yellow warblers, western wood pewees, and Pacific slope type flycatchers. I 
usually don't get out to the Point beforeSeptember, but I gave it a try 
because it soundedlike we may be headed for a spell of north west winds.It 
was calm today, but the fog was offshorewhile I had hoped for high overcast. 
 


Good Birding
Bill Lenarz, Kentfield
Subject: American Redstart
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:43:40 -0700
Hi Birders,

This morning (Aug 26)  about 8am, there was a female American Redstart 
at Russian Gulch - about 3 miles north of Jenner on Highway 1.

It was in a fairly large flock of Chickadees and mostly Wilson's 
Warblers (Where are all the Yellow Warblers?).  If you go to the far end 
of the parking lot, there is a little trail near the wooden outhouse - 
the trail goes to the dry riverbed and the flock was along that trail.  
Although the flock had dispersed by about 9:00 and I couldn't find the 
Redstart after that.

Also,  at Owl Canyon (Bodega Bay) about 2 this afternoon, there was a 
juvenile Chipping Sparrow.  This bird was still very streaky all over.  
It was a pretty good-looking bird.  I did not see the Black and White 
Warbler, but we did not stay long (Linda Fisher and Leah Norwood were 
with me there).

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol


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Subject: Juncos
From: "sonomadona AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 13:02:03 -0700
A pair in my backyard, in Sonoma, for 3 weeks. Is this early for them to show 
up? 
Subject: Outer Point Reyes
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:26:23 -0700
A small number of migrants were scattered around the Outer Point today. The 
best of these included a Prairie Warbler at Mendoza and an American Redstart at 
Nunes. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: Black and White Warbler Owl Canyon
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:29:07 -0700
The Black-and -white Warbler continues in Owl Canyon, Bodega Harbor, 
Sonoma County today. It was feeding with a small flock of 
Chestnut-backed Chickadees and several Wilson's Warblers.

I phoned into the BirdBox that I believed it was a female but on further 
review it was a pale male - immature?  Wishing I had  a photo to study 
it.

Only other migrant bird there was a calling Pacific-sloped Flycatcher.

Owl Canyon is on West Shore Rd beyond the Marine Lab Entrance and a sign 
for Bodega Head.  Large dirt pullout and up hidden trail past the pine 
trees and big eucalyptus tree.  The flock was in the canyon near the 
euc.

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Subject: Cordell Bank Pelagic Trip Sunday October 12
From: "David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:06:11 -0700
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin's annual pelagic trip from
Bodega Bay to Cordell Bank will be Sunday, Oct. 12th, 7:30am to 4:30pm
aboard the New Sea Angler. We will have David Wimpfheimer and marine mammal
expert Sarah Allen on board, as well as another special leader. Other
expert birders have already signed up so whatever tubenoses, alcids, gulls,
terns, phalaropes, cetaceans, turtles or other wildlife is seen will be shared 
by all. 

Please join us!

All proceeds benefit EAC's habitat protection and restoration in work in
West Marin!

Cost is $150 per person. 
Please mail a check to PO Box 609, Point Reyes, CA94956


This boat will sell out so reserve your place soon.
Subject: Eastern Kingbird Pt Reyes Sunday Aug 24, 2014 - yes
From: "DrBirdie AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:53:02 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,
We relocated the previously-reported Eastern Kingbird (EAKI) at Pt Reyes NS 
yesterday afternoon (Sunday 8-24-14) between 3:30 and 4 p.m. in the same area 
where it has been present for the past 8 days. We first spotted the bird 
perched on a bull thistle stalk on the east side of Drake's Beach Rd, east of 
the blank rectangular road sign, which is about 1/4 mile south (toward Drake's 
Beach) from the junction at Sir Francis Drake Blvd. We watched the bird there a 
bit, and noticed a couple of Western Bluebirds foraging actively in the same 
vicinity and then saw the EAKI fly around a bit, showing off its black tail 
broadly tipped in white. Then a Red-tailed Hawk stopped on the EAKI, narrowly 
missing it, and the kingbird then flew several hundred yards further south 
(toward Drake's Beach) and we relocated it perched on one of several rusty 
fenceposts about 50 yards east of a pasture entry gate (still on the east side 
of Drake's Beach Rd). It foraged there a bit, and then flew further downslope 
and was lost to view. 



Conditions yesterday afternoon were sunny and mild, but breezy. We had also 
briefly searched for the bird late the day before, but it was foggy and much 
cooler then, which may have caused the bird to be less active. 



In other news, we had 2 Wandering Tattlers, a Black Turnstone and a large raft 
of Surf Scoters at Fish Docks. 

And for good measure, a single Spotted Sandpiper at Drake's Beach trying to 
steer clear of all the gulls and terns. 

And a splendid adult rufous-morph Red-tailed Hawk perched on a hillside and 
then flying over the fields on the south side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd east of 
Drake's Corner. 



Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin, Tx
Subject: Black and White Warbler continues at Owl Canyon
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:46:27 -0700
 

Went to Owl Canyon (Bodega Bay) after work today and was able to see one
B & W Warbler (I believe it was a female) in the last pine tree on the
left before the lg eucalyptus tree as you go up the path. Didn't hear of
anyone seeing two B & W Warblers today - please chime in if you did. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Least Tern and Black and White Warblers
From: "djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 18:28:36 -0700
Hi all,
 
 Today, Helen Kochenderfer and I spent most of the day around Bodega Harbor. 
Our first stop was the harbor side of Doran Regional Park near the Rich 
Stallcup Memorial platform, where we ran into Norm Ortman and Will German. Upon 
our arrival they told us that they had just seen a Least Tern, so we spent some 
time looking for it. After a while, a very small tern flew in and landed nearby 
next to three Sanderlings. It was an immature (1st year) bird with a black bill 
and dark carpal bars. The tern was tiny, almost identical in size to the 
Sanderlings. 

 

 After spending some time at Doran Beach, we proceeded over to Owl Canyon where 
the migrants put on a good show. The highlight was two Black and White Warblers 
found by Helen. One was sporting very crisp streaky plumage, the other was not 
as bright. Other birds of note were 2 Hermit Warblers, 2 Wilson's Warblers, 1 
Yellow Warbler, 2 Pac Slope Flycatchers, 1 Willow Flycatcher, and 1 Warbling 
Vireo. 

 

 Have fun out there! Tis the season!!
 

 Don Kirker
 Santa Rosa  
 

 

Subject: Least Tern
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:15:52 -0700
Hi All,

Today, my Sebastopol Community Center Shorebird Class and I saw a LEAST 
TERN at Doran Park at Bodega Bay.  It was flying up and down Cheney 
Creek, easily observable from the Coastal Bird Walk Trail.  This was 
around 4:00 this afternoon.

Earlier, we were at Shollenberger Park, where we saw the Pacific Golden 
Plover around 1:30pm.  This was on a rising tide.  It came out of Gray's 
Field on its own and landed in the impoundment Area close to Point 
Blue/PRBO Headquarters.  After about 15 minutes, it made a strange call 
and 6 Black-bellied Plovers came into the impoundment and the Golden 
Plover eventually joined them.  There are very few birds at all at 
Shollenberger because there is very little water.

We also had a brief Willow Flycatcher at Shollenberger (In Petaluma - 
off South MacDowell Blvd.

We left Shollenberger because it was too hot and went to Doran Park in 
Bodega Bay.

I have posted pictures of the Least Tern in my folder "Lisa Hug's Birds" 
on the NorthbayBirds website.  Warning - they're pretty bad.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol




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Subject: Owl Canyon & Bodega Head
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:46:59 -0700
Nothing too unusual, but worth noting yields from today's outing at..

Owl Canyon:

- BLACK & WHITE WARBLER (1) (Dean Corker said he saw two in the same spot at 
the start of the canyon where I saw only one individual.) 

- HERMIT WARBLER (1)
- WILSON'S WARBLER (2)
- WILLOW FLYCATCHER (1)
- WARBLER VIREO (2)

On rock jetty in the harbor adjacent to the Head:

- BLACK TURNSTONE (3)

Off beach adjacent to initial bathroom at Doran Park:

- PACIFIC LOON (2)

Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

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

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Subject: Re: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:22:57 -0700
 

Forwarding this for Scott Carey: 

I think Dea covered the highlights pretty well . I can add that there
was yet another Willow Flycatcher at the Bodega Dunes Campground. Pretty
good movement of them for sure! Shorebird numbers in the bay are
increasing with many juvenile Westerns and Short-billed Dowitchers as
well .7 Ruddy Turnstones ( adults and imm birds) and First of season for
me Sanderlings( 20) and Black-bellied Plovers ( 9) were present near
Spud point . Off shore at the Head, Sooty Shearwaters ( 15) were visible
with a scope . Several Red-necked Phalaropes as well. No Jaegers ( from
shore) yet though. 

Scott Carey 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 21 Aug 2014
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:09:50 -0700
Hi all,

I only had time for a quick trip to the Outer Point today so was able to check 
just a few spots. Today and a distinctly fall flavor to it. Here's a brief 
recap: 


Sooty Shearwater - several hundred off the Lighthouse
Elegant Tern - many dozens off the Lighthouse
Parasitic Jaeger - one off the Lighthouse
Willow Flycatcher - two at the Fish Docks
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - one at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Common Yellowthroat - Lighthouse
Yellow Warbler - one at Mendoza, six at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Black-throated Gray Warbler - one at the Lighthouse
Townsend's Warbler - one at Mendoza
Hermit Warbler - one at Mendoza, one at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Yellow-rumped Warbler - one juvenile at Mendoza

The Eastern Kingbird continued this afternoon along Drakes Beach Road several 
hundred meters from the junction with Sir Francis Drake. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael



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Subject: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:51 -0700
 

Did some birding in Bodega Bay today and saw a number of migrants. The
best stop was at Owl Canyon where I saw a Hermit Warbler in a flock of
at least 3 Townsend's Warblers. Also there were Warbling Vireo, Wilson's
Warbler, Western and Willow Flycatchers and a W. Wood Peewee plus the
usual resident type birds. Diekmann's store had a Wilson's Warbler and
there was a bright Yellow Warbler in the trees across the road from the
BML housing. Campbell Cove/Hole in the Head had another Willow and
Western Flycatcher. Scott Carey was there and I'll let him post a more
complete list of the birds present. I didn't look much at shorebirds but
I noticed there are still a large number of Elegant Terns around; on Tue
I counted 150 of them at Doran Park. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Re: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14
From: "C F liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:39:01 -0700
This is exciting!  This is the first time I have heard of this bird and I saw 
one at Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, this morning!  I thought it might be a 
juvenile Western Kingbird, but noticed some color differences.  I do have 
photos! 


C.Faul
San Rafael, Ca.



On Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:04 PM, "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

 


  

Hi All,

This afternoon, while on my deck watching the feeders and reveling in my 
retirement on the first day of school, I watched a Willow Flycatcher 
flycatching in the garden near the feeders. It didn't vocalize and I watched it 
for about 2-3 minutes. 


Good birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental
Subject: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14
From: "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:04:12 -0700
Hi All,

This afternoon, while on my deck watching the feeders and reveling in my 
retirement on the first day of school, I watched a Willow Flycatcher 
flycatching in the garden near the feeders. It didn't vocalize and I watched it 
for about 2-3 minutes. 


Good birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental

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Subject: Pacific Golden-Plover, Shollenberger, continues
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:26:35 -0700
Hello Birders,
   Presumably the same Pacific Golden-Plover found yesterday by Lisa Hug
was refound by Point Blue staff Lishka Arata and Khara Strum at around 1pm.
The bird was on the small bit of water left at Shollenberger proper. This
was directly in front of the Point Blue office. It was associating with
Black-bellied Plovers. Megan Elrod also saw a Semipalmated Plover nearby.
The tide was high, so the bird might be moving between Shollenberger and
Gray's Field depending on the tide.

-- 
Mark Dettling
Subject: Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank: Sep 1 & 19
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:13 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Pelagic trips from Bodega Bay have recorded more rare seabirds than any other 
port in all of North America! A great many, if not most of these seabirds, have 
been discovered on Shearwater Journeys's trips. Let's get out there and add to 
that list! 


Departing from Bodega Bay, we have trips on September 1 with Steve Howell, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini and I co-leading and on September 19 with Peter 
Pyle, Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green and I co-leading. 
The only 50-some degree water is out at Bodega Canyon. If this holds up and the 
area is not infiltrated by warm water, it could be a very interesting place for 
seabirds. 


For a synopsis of what's happening south of Bodega Bay, and what we might look 
forward to on our September trips, see: 

 
Highlights of Shearwater Journeys's most recent three pelagic trips are as 
follows: 


August 15, Monterey (all birds for Monterey County): a massive feeding flock of 
SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED (450) SHEARWATERS along with as many as 30 Humpback 
Whales just outside of the harbor; offshore we found SOUTH POLAR SKUA and the 
first juvenile SABINE'S GULLS of the season, and one CRAVERI'S MURRELET. Marine 
mammals were terrific, ending the day with breaching Humpbacks. Full report: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/monterey-seabirds-august-15-2014.html 


August 16, Half Moon Bay was an incredibly amazing day at sea. Highlights: 
continuing good numbers of (129) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; continuing 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, more BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (first found on our 26 July 
trip); WILSON'S (12), ASHY (13) and BLACK (450) STORM-PETRELS near the 100 
fathom edge (I have not found numbers of storm-petrels in such shallow water 
since the late 1970's to early 1980's); SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS 
(2); and TUFTED PUFFINS (2). 


Marine mammals that favor more tropical areas were a surprise on this trip. 
This included 250 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, one "presumed" offshore 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and one DWARF/PYGMY SPERM WHALE. During the 39 years I've 
been doing pelagic trips, I've only seen Dwarf/Pygmy Sperm Whale once. (I have 
seen them on long range voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific, though). I 
had views of this unique and little known cetacean five times on August 16th. 
Scott Terrill also saw this animal, but we were the only two on the trip who 
saw it. We prefer to identify it as Kogia, only, for want of a better view. 


A ten foot SALMON SHARK that swam around our vessel for about 10 minutes gave 
everyone great views however. The full trip report with images: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trip-jumping-with.html 


The central coast of California is teaming with food. We have, in abundance, 
anchovies, sardines, squid and juvenile rockfish, along with loads of 
zooplankton (see my report). Squid is of particular interest. The salmon shark 
and dwarf/pygmy sperm whale, as well as Risso's dolphins and albatrosses are 
feeding on the squid. I am loathe to make "predictions" because they are so 
often off the mark, but I think it is safe to say that just about anything that 
feeds on squid could turn up. That includes the nocturnal feeding 
Swallow-tailed gull. 


Our next trips from Monterey are August 22 with Scott Terrill, Rick Fournier, 
Jennifer Green and I co-leading, and from Half Moon Bay on August 23 with Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks and I co-leading. Most (all) 
of Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay are welling in warm water at 61 to 63 F. It 
is like one big bathtub out there. The "edge" is 70 miles off Half Moon Bay at 
this time. These things will, of course, change over the next several weeks. It 
seems likely to me that a lot of the birdlife is out at the edge, including 
most of the jaegers, Buller's shearwaters and Arctic and Common Terns. 


And, loads more trips from Monterey and Half Moon Bay throughout September and 
October. See our full schedule at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Squid Schools Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Subject: Shollenberger Shorebirds
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:49 -0700
Hi All,

I went to Shollenberger park late this morning.  There was a large flock 
of peeps coming in to roost around 10:30.  The flock started out mostly 
Leasts, but as more peeps came in, the proportion of Westerns increased 
- It was still about 4 to 1 Least to Western when i left.   There was 1 
juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER in this flock.

On the mudflats (Gray's Field) to the south, there were more peeps and 4 
Black-bellied Plovers and 1 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER.

Overall,  there was a conspicuous absence of large shorebirds - no 
stilts or avocets and only 1 Long-billed Dowitcher.

I did happen upon a really neat flock of birds in one elderberry shrub 
near the PRBO/Point Blue parking lot.  This bush had 5 Lesser 
Goldfinches, 4 Song Sparrows, 1 Lark Sparrow, 2 California Towhees, 3 
Nuttall's Woodpeckers, and 1 Ash-Throated Flycatcher.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Spring Lake local interest
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:52:40 -0700
Was surprised to wake up to rain this morning; decided to bird Spring 
Lake after it stopped for bird action.  Did not find any migrants save 
an uncommon Eared Grebe in basic plumage in the north part of the lake.

Babies still around - amazing!  At the North Peninsula saw 2 Common 
Yellowthroats begging mom for food, a just out of the nest Red-winged 
Blackbird, and a tail-less Marsh Wren begging. A "chocolate" Spotted 
Towhee youngster and young Cal Towhees as well. Several other Marsh 
Wrens were singing. Only warblers were many Wilson's all around the lake 
and 1 female Black-throated Gray Warbler at the Boat Launch.

There only a few swallows over lake (mostly Cliff) and around a half 
dozen Vaux's Swifts.

Best sighting on the day was a MINK that crossed the trail at the end of 
the North Peninsula about 5 yards away!

Spring Lake Regional Park is in east Santa Rosa. Heading north to Del 
Norte County for a few days tomorrow.

Ruth Rudesill
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Subject: Benicia Hermit Warbler
From: "'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:12:04 -0700
I just had a Hermit Warbler stop by my yard here in Benicia.  Nice yard
bird, #98.

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA

 

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say
something clever."

Ariostophanes

424 B.C.E.

 
Subject: the Beach Watch Program needs volunteers
From: "parhelion AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 15:54:29 -0700
Hi Folks,
 
 Please forgive the crosspost on NWCalbirds, please reply off list using the 
link given. 

 
 The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) in partnership with Gulf of 
the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) is looking for volunteer 
observers to survey parts of our Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines as part 
of the Beach Watch Program. Each observer is expected to survey their beach for 
live and dead wildlife, human uses, and oil- rain or shine; though surveys are 
cancelled in extreme conditions. Surveys can last anywhere from 20 minutes 
minimum to 4 hours. Instruction is given in methodology, as well as the 
identification of living and dead marine mammals and birds, though mainly 
shorebirds and gulls.Check out the program at one of our two mandatory 
orientations (training starts in October): Bodega Bay, Sept. 12, 7:00-9:00pm OR 
Gualala, Sept. 13, 1:30-3:30pm For more information or to reserve a seat at one 
of our orientation presentations. go to: www.beachwatch.farallones.org 
http://www.beachwatch.farallones.org and click on Get Involved!Download the 
flyer here... 

 
http://beachwatch.farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BeachWatchExtensionFlyer.pdf 
http://beachwatch.farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BeachWatchExtensionFlyer.pdf 

 
Subject: Sept 14 - Optics and Nature Fest. +
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 12:07:54 -0700
Sonoma Birding will host another festive day long event featuring most of the 
major binoculars and scopes companies in the USA along with extraordinary 
nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and authors from Northern 
California. Free family event and free parking at the beautiful Cornerstone 
Gardens http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. 
(info -707-939-8007) 

 
 Visit - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/ for fall 
lecture information. On Sept 10th Amaroq Weiss - with Return of the Wolf 
(Center for Biological Diversity) and on 10/8 - Sundance Director, Judy Irving 
discussing her new documentary on pelican. The movie "Pelican Dreams" will 
premiere in the North Bay on Oct. 31st at the Sebastini Theatre in Sonoma. 

 
 tom rusert & darren peterie
 sonoma,ca
 
Subject: Doran Yellow Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:03:00 -0700
 

There was a Yellow Warbler this morning at the Doran Park (Bodega Bay)
entry station. The passerines are coming!! Yay! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Bodega Bay evening 8/17/14
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 10:00:59 -0700
Hit Bodega Bay for a few hours in the evening yesterday. Though kind of quiet 
overall , the birding is always fun and great, no matter what you see...... 

 Of local interest-    
      
 Bodega Head:
 Two Marbled Murrelets still in alternate plumage.
 Pigeon Guillemots - many now with the odd plumaged youngsters.
 
 Diekmann's Store:
 One of each of Yellow Warbler( Young of year with bright secondaries and 
tertial edges) and Wilson's Warbler( adult male) 

 
 Salmon Creek:
 
 5 Whimbrel.
 6 Semipalmated Plover
 
 
 At Bodega farm pond there were two Red-necked Phalarope and a few dozen Least 
Sandpipers with a few Westerns thrown in. 

 
 Back on August 14 at Bodega Head there were Sooty Shearwater ( 10-12) fairly 
close to shore , 45 Elegant Tern , and one southbound Pacific Loon. Owl Canyon 
was hosting two "Western type" 

 'Flycatchers -both with very buffy wingbars. 
 
 All for now,   Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Blue-gray gnatcatcher
From: "Catey Ritchie CRitchie AT ParksConservancy.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:56:11 +0000
Hi there,

First time poster! I did a nice late morning Marin Headlands loop hike in Rodeo 
and Gerbode Valleys today. Along the lower section of the Bobcat Trail I 
observed a blue-gray gnatcatcher fluttering about a patch of fennel, catching 
insects and looking quite lovely. I am new to birding so I memorized some 
distinguishing features to check - white eye ring, white outermost tail 
feathers (very clearly seen in flight), slight bill, and a pretty blue-gray 
color. I think I got the ID right? It was not terribly far from a large willow 
complex and one of the only busy spots for birds on my hike today - bushtits, 
chickadees, song sparrows all nearby and wrentits upslope in the scrub. 


Catey Ritchie
Tam Valley

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Subject: Continuing Semipalmated Sandpiper in Napa Co.
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Aug 2014 18:38:51 -0700
HI All,
 
 This morning at around 0830 at the Huichica Creek unit of the Napa-Sonoma 
Marshes Wild life Area, I found a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper. Assuming it 
is the same one previously reported. Same location as previous report. Also of 
note, I had 15 Least Terns, almost half of which were juveniles. "Terned" out 
to be a 3 tern day, as there were 12 Forster's Terns and 3 Caspian Terns as 
well. A good "tern-out", ha, ha. 

 
 For a good map of the area, go to the CA Fish and Wildlife website and look up 
the NapaSonomaWA.PDF map. 

 
 Good Birding,
 Scott Hoppe
 Citrus Heights, CA
 
Subject: Re: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd
From: "Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:35:59 -0700
The bird was still there Sunday at about 11:00. I saw it perched on bull 
thistles about 200 yards east of the Drakes Beach Road, Point Reyes National 
Seashore. Where I stopped on the road, there is a blank rectangular sign on the 
west side of the road. 


Burr Heneman
Bolinas

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Subject: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd
From: "Tom Gardali tgardali AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:31:57 -0700
Today at about 1:45 p.m. Renee Cormier and I observed the previously
reported EASTERN KINGBIRD on Drakes Beach Road, Marin County.  The bird was
flycatching from the fence along the road, about 1/4 mile down from the Sir
Francis Drake junction.
Subject: Eastern Kingbird 8.15.2014
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:17:25 -0700
Hi all,

Sorry for the late post. Yesterday (Friday), I saw the continuing bird first 
reported by Ellen Hamingson, then Dan Singer. Seen on fence on the Drakes Beach 
access road leading down to Drakes Beach opposite a pullout with a ranching 
wayside sign. Large black and white flycatcher. Saw the distinctive white tip, 
which appeared as a narrow white terminal band-- as it flew up and fanned its 
tail. I managed a couple of photos though they are quite blurry. Neat bird!  



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19482024


Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco
Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Audubon Center
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Aug 2014 19:40:36 -0700
Late afternoon, about 6:30p as I was heading home from work at the Richardson 
Bay Audubon Center, I heard the distinct 'mew' of a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. Sure 
enough, one was flitting about in the oaks near our office buildings chasing 
the evening insects which were hovering around the trees. 

 
 One of my favorite songbirds, it is very rare, however, here at the Center.
 
 Kerry Wilcox
 Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
 Tiburon
 
 
Subject: Plover pictures
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:21:38 -0700
Finally got the golden-plover photos 
downloaded:https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157646070639730/ 


 
  
 
 
 
 
   
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In several of the photos I can clearly see the primaries extending far out past 
the rather short-looking tertials, exactly what the books say an American 
should look like... What do you all think? 


Noah
Subject: American-like golden-plover at Shollenberger
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:42:50 -0700
This afternoon I met Tom Rusert at Shollenberger Park, and he said there were 
no birds in the pond, so we went into PRBO and poked around for a little while, 
eventually ending up on the second floor. I said, "There have been American 
Golden-plovers here, right?"I then looked out the window with the built-in 
telescope, andnoticed that there were about five shorebirds lined up on the 
shoreline of the pond across the parking lot, and that one of them was a 
strikingly-patterned molting adult GOLDEN-PLOVER! 


I spent most of the next couple hours photographing the bird, which proved to 
be a very long-legged and thin-billed, striped-headed golden-plover with gold 
coloration mostly restricted to the very center of the back. The rest of the 
plumage was black and white. Most importantly, the primaries projected far out 
past the end ofthe tertials, as on American. I'm terrible with plover ID 
sonot 100% sure, but I think this is most likely an American Golden-plover... 


I can't figure out how to get the photos downloaded; I'll try again tomorrow 
morning. 


Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA
Subject: Aug 31 - Cordell Bank
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:50:28 -0700
Hey folks, 

    I am pleased to mention that we have our Cordell Bank Trip happening on
Aug 31st. A great value, great guides (Dan Singer, Keith Hansen, Matthew
Dodder, Bob Power, Logan Kahle, Zach Baer, Lisa Myers, Peter Metropulos). We
have fun, find great birds (like the Salvin's Albatross earlier this year),
we talk biology, we work through identification, we share eBird lists with
you, we enjoy each other's company! It is a great day out. I hope to see you
on the 31st. We make it easy, you can pay with credit card using PayPal on
our site:  

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

good birding, 

Alvaro

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Subject: FW: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News
From: "'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:25:54 -0700
Forwarding from CALBIRDS a recent posting by Debbie Shearwater with the
following two scheduled trips likely of interest to NBB readers.

 

 

September
Sep. 1, Mon.   Bodega
Canyon & Cordell Bank: Offshore 
Sep. 19, Fri.   Bodega
Canyon & Cordell Bank: Offshore

 

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From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:45 PM
To: Calbirds
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News

 



Howdy, 

 

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 

 

This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:

HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel
-on.html

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik
-august-2.html

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-au
gust-2.html

 

SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:

Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terril
l-july-26.html

Images by Todd McGrath:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

 

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-3
3-species.html

 

For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

 

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company
with nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports
that span the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego.
Currently, we offer trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and
Bodega Bay. We've indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of
seabirds and marine mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders
going out on boat trips was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have
joined our trips over these many long years.

 

Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 

 

Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn,
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb,
Brian Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve
Tucker, Jim Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick
Levendosky, Dena Spatz, Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa
Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy,
Mary Gustafson, and other guest leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To
read more about our leaders and see their biographies:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

 

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea
-july-20.html

 

With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see
our entire program here:

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

 

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but
still able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2,
2013. So, the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay
has had its share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live
in the Bay Area. And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare
and mega-rare seabirds than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and
September 19). 

 

I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life at sea!

 

Shearwaters Forever, 

Debi Shearwater

 

DEBRA SHEARWATER

Shearwater Journeys, Inc.

PO Box 190

Hollister, CA 95024

831.637.8527

debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com  

www.shearwaterjourneys.com  

www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
 

 

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi,
SOLD OUT

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, berths available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










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Subject: Pelgaic Seabirding News
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:44:45 -0700
Howdy, North Bay birders,

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic 
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN 
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S 
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first 
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S 
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 


This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:
HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel-on.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik-august-2.html 

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-august-2.html 


SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:
Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terrill-july-26.html 

Images by Todd McGrath:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-33-species.html 


For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company with 
nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports that span 
the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego. Currently, we offer 
trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. We've 
indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of seabirds and marine 
mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders going out on boat trips 
was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have joined our trips over these 
many long years. 


Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are 
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott 
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 


Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn, 
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb, Brian 
Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve Tucker, Jim 
Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick Levendosky, Dena Spatz, 
Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, 
Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy, Mary Gustafson, and other guest 
leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To read 
more about our leaders and see their biographies: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so 
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html 


With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see our 
entire program here: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but still 
able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2, 2013. So, 
the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay has had its 
share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live in the Bay Area. 
And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare and mega-rare seabirds 
than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and September 19). 


I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many 
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each 
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life at sea! 


Shearwaters Forever, 
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi, SOLD 
OUT 

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, berths available


Subject: Red necked Grebe--Tennessee Valley
From: "susanaives AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 20:31:30 -0700
An adult and chick in surf at Tennessee Valley Beach, Mill Valley. Took me a 
while to ID because hadn't seen this bird in these parts before. Both birds 
very close to shore and struggling chick getting beaten up some by breaking 
waves. 

 Susana Ives, Mill Valley
Subject: Eastern Kingbird - Outer Point
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:53:54 -0700
Hi all,

An Eastern Kingbird was along Drakes Beach Road approximately 300 meters past 
its junction with Sir Francis Drake Blvd this afternoon. It was perched on the 
fence along the northeast side of the road. 


Other migrants or dispersants on the Outer Point today included Western 
Wood-Pewee (Fish Docks and Nunes), Pacific Wren (Lighthouse), two or three 
Bullocks Orioles (Fish Docks, Mendoza), and a juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler 
(Mendoza). 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: Napa Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:07:26 +0000
Birders,

Between 0640-0820 on Wednesday, I loitered at the northeastern corner of the 
Huichica Creek WA salt evaporation pond. The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper 
appeared at the end of that interval, and stayed put. This location is about 
1/2 mile due south of the parking lot at the dead end of Buchli Station Road. 
Also in the area were Least Terns and a Snowy Plover. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: RE: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :)
From: "'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:33:45 -0700
Everyone:  

 

1.  Click on the link at the end of every message labeled "Website".

2.  Enter logon-id and password if prompted to do so.

3.  Click on "Photos Menu",

4.  Click on "New Album" if you do not already have one.

5. File out the form and click on Post Photos, and it should be easy from 
there... 


 



 

 

--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

  

http://www.linkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner

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 Eleanor 
Roosevelt 


 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:13 PM
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NBB] Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo 
here...help :) 


 



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Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :)
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Aug 2014 14:12:53 -0700
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Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron with band
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Aug 2014 14:10:57 -0700
This morning, at Ellis Creek, Petaluma, I saw 2 Night Herons and just noticed 
that this one has a leg-band. I am wondering if this could be one of the 
rescued Herons from that awful Oakland-Post Office tragedy... 
Subject: RE: no Black Vulture
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:49:46 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I spent 1.5 hours this afternoon in the neighborhood of the most recent Black 
Vulture sightings. I ran into Carol, the lady who first spotted the bird, at a 
deer carcass in a gully behind her house very near the intersection of Los 
Arboles and Vista Grande. This is down in a declivity so the views were 
limited, but one can get more expansive views of the area from the high point 
on Wikiup and along Fraught. If I had time I would have hiked the trails in 
Shiloh Regional Park (entrance off Fraught), which should provide excellent 
overlooks of where the bird has been seen recently. 


 

I saw maybe 15 Turkey Vultures but no sign of the Black.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds] 

Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 2:06 PM
To: ruth
Cc: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NBB] no Black Vulture

 

  

Just got word of vulture flyover at 1:00pm. I'm here but haven't seen the bird. 
Report frim near Los Arboles way and Vista Grande 


Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 10, 2014, at 8:52 PM, "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


  

Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
is apparently still around. I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads. Shiloh 
Park in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim. Saw 0 vultures.

In Knights Valley, Hwy 128 heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
(Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing. Anyway no Black 
Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.

Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
TVs.

Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood


Subject: Re: no Black Vulture
From: "Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:06:02 -0700
Just got word of vulture flyover at 1:00pm. I'm here but haven't seen the bird. 
Report frim near Los Arboles way and Vista Grande 


Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 10, 2014, at 8:52 PM, "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


> Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
> is apparently still around. I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
> checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
> Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads. Shiloh 
> Park in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim. Saw 0 vultures.
> 
> In Knights Valley, Hwy 128 heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
> (Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
> kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing. Anyway no Black 
> Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.
> 
> Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
> TVs.
> 
> Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
> next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.
> 
> Ruth Rudesill
> Kenwood
> 
> 
Subject: Re: no Black Vulture
From: "Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:45:45 -0700
I got a message from the original source who said there has been no sign of the 
Black Vulture since it was last seen off Los Arboles Way, in Larkfield. It's 
probably moved on, but I imagine it's out there somewhere. 


Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: no Black Vulture
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:52:18 -0700
Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
is apparently still around.  I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads.  Shiloh 
Park  in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim.  Saw 0 vultures.

In Knights Valley, Hwy 128  heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
(Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing.  Anyway no Black 
Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.

Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
TVs.

Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood




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Subject: Huichica Creek Unit Napa County Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 18:40:45 -0700
Hi All,

On a Sacramento Audubon field trip today we did not find a Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, nor great numbers of shorebirds, as previously reported. Winds were 
pretty high, and the tide was in, making shorebird viewing somewhat difficult. 
However, we did find a Pectoral Sandpiper associating with Greater Yellowlegs 
and a few peeps. The bird was loafing on an island with the yellowlegs, etc. 
east of the parking lot, accessed by following the railroad tracks east. 

Huichica can be reached by taking Highway 12 west from Napa to Cuttings Wharf 
south, then west on Las Amigas to Buchli Station Rd. south. 


Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA

 

Subject: Black Vulture in Santa Rosa (August 8, 2014)
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 14:43:10 -0700
I've seen photos taken (by a non-birder) and passed on to me by Sam Johnson 
that indicate the Black Vulture seen earlier this year near Bodega and 
elsewhere is still around (I'm assuming it's the same bird). The photos are 
blurry but clearly show a Black Vulture. The people who have seen it describe 
it as a smallish black vulture with a grey head and whitish wingtips. It was 
seen yesterday (August 8, 2014) and the day before in the Larkfield area, 
feeding with Turkey Vultures near a carcass. The bird was observed on the 
ground and in flight, apparently at close quarters on the ground. I went up to 
the area this morning for about an hour and a half but had no luck. I didn't 
really want to mention this until I'd seen the bird myself to confirm it, but 
from the photo and description it seems pretty certain that it is the vulture 
and it seemed sensible to get it on record to alert people to keep their eyes 
open in the north Santa Rosa area. The people who own the property where the 
bird was photographed and Sam have been very helpful and have said they will 
call me if it shows up again. I will relay the information as soon as I get 
anything new. 

 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

 Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
 http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: Las Gallinas Aug. 9
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:09:35 -0400 (EDT)
David Wiechers and I undertook a circuit of the Las Gallinas Sanitary District 
Ponds this morning. Lots of birds and plenty of fall migrants, but nothing 
unexpected. 54 species recorded in 2 hours. Highlights as follows: 


1 Mute Swan - adult
1 Cackling Goose - the adult.  Continuing bird I believe on Pond No. 3 
22 Northern Pintail - which all came into Pond No. 1 while we were there, 
including a flock of 14 

1 Northern Shoveler
14+ Cinnamon Teal
1 Green-winged Teal
73+ American White Pelicans
1 Sora - briefly seen at Pond No. 1
7 American Avocets - Pond No. 2
1 Spotted Sandpiper - Pond No. 3
32 Long-billed Dowitchers - Pond No. 2
2 Least Sandpipers
1 Caspian Tern
3 Yellow Warblers - together in a lone tree on the northern side
1 Bullock's Oriole - Juvenile in scrub on the northern side of Pond No. 1

No sign of the Least Bitterns, but we didn't spend much time looking for them. 

Good birding.

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA
Subject: Fwd: Re: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2014 01:20:26 -0700
Redirecting. Original message follows:



Huichica has been very birdy of late.
Although I haven't picked out any semipalmated sandpipers I have noted 
over the last week many thousands of westerns and leasts, at least two 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE among the Wilson's, a SNOWY PLOVER hanging out near 
a group of semipalmated plovers along the south shore of Pond 7A, and a 
flyover by an ELEGANT TERN. Yellowlegs and pelicans abound, common 
yellowthroats are in the reeds with downy young in tow, and the virginia 
rail in the ditch across the road from the first pond is often quite 
tame and readily visible at a close distance (~15 feet). Two weeks back 
I saw a SWAINSON'S HAWK there, a first at that location for me. Likely 
it is associated with the pair that has been hanging out in the Jamieson 
Cyn. area this summer.
A good tip is to bird Huichica in the evening, when the light is at your 
back on the first pond. At least it is for someone like me who has 
trouble picking out details at a distance with no scope. There is 
usually good activity in the ~1.5 hour before sunset. That the light 
makes the place more beautiful at this time doesn't hurt either.

Happy birding,

Kurt Niznik
Napa




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Subject: Another New Mammal Big Day Record for North America
From: "Floyd Hayes floyd_hayes AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:10:35 -0700
On August 3, Peter Pyle (the mastermind), Pat Kleeman and I made an all-out 
attempt to break the previous mammal “big day” record for North America of 
30 native species, set last year by Peter Pyle, Sarah Allen and myself. We 
began at Point Reyes at midnight and tallied 19 species–two behind last 
year’s pace–by the time we reached the dock in Sausalito at 7:15 am. We 
added only six new species of marine mammals during a Debi Shearwater pelagic 
trip to the Farallon Islands and beyond, where we saw the lingering NORTHERN 
GANNET, a BROWN BOOBY and a LAYSAN ALBATROSS. After returning from the boat 
trip we continued searching for mammals until 11:00 pm, finding our 
record-breaking 31st native species (excluding humans) at 10:35 pm. At times we 
were accompanied by Sarah Allen (midnight to the boat, briefly in the evening) 
and Gary Fellers (after the boat to the finish), who provided expert assistance 
on where to search for selected species. 


Of the 31 native species detected, 30 were detected by all. Three species were 
heard only. Although we used a bat detector, which converts ultrasound signals 
of bats to audible frequencies, to aid in the identification of bats, only one 
species was identified exclusively by its vocalizations. We also observed two 
introduced species and eight domesticated species of mammals. Just like last 
year, our biggest misses were Sonoma Chipmunk and Botta’s Pocket Gopher, and 
we also missed Bottlenose Dolphin and Dusky-footed Woodrat this year. We 
journeyed 173 miles by car, 90 miles by boat, and 4.5 miles by foot. Here is 
our list of species (English names for species, not subspecies) in three 
categories, arranged by the time each was first detected with the number of 
individuals detected and clarification given in parenthesis: 


NATIVE SPECIES
1)  00:00   Northern Elephant Seal (10)
2)  00:01   Mule Deer (71)
3)  00:13   Striped Skunk (4)
4)  00:27   Raccoon (6)
5)  00:28   American Badger (4)
6)  00:42   Coyote (1)
7)  00:47   Elk (3; heard only)
8)  01:35   Mountain Beaver (2; heard only at known burrows)
9)  01:51   Black-tailed Jackrabbit
10)  02:32   Northern River Otter (2; heard only)
11)  02:12   North American Deer Mouse (2)
12)  04:02   Big Brown Bat (30)
13)  04:06   California Myotis (20)
14)  04:06   Gray Fox (2)
15)  04:21   Brazilian Free-tailed Bat (1; identified by bat detector)
16)  05:08   Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (2)
17)  06:12   Harbor Seal (95)               
18)  06:16   California Vole (2)
19)  07:24   Western Gray Squirrel (2)
20)  08:14   Harbor Porpoise (50)
21)  09:36   California Sea Lion (400)
22)  10:37   Steller Sea Lion (25)
23)  11:12   Northern Fur Seal (400)
24)  14:37   Humpback Whale (3)
25)  13:30   Risso’s Dolphin (1; seen only by Peter Pyle)
26)  17:27   Muskrat (1)
27)  17:49   California Ground Squirrel (1)
28)  19:38   Brush Rabbit (2)
29)  20:48   Yuma Myotis (2)
30)  22:28   Pallid Bat (10)
31)  22:35   Fringed Myotis (1)

INTRODUCED SPECIES
32)  00:21   House Mouse (1; captured by a Domestic Cat!)
33)  00:29   Virginia Opossum (1)

DOMESTICATED SPECIES
34)  00:13   Cattle
35)  00:16   Domestic Cat
36)  00:16   Domestic Dog
37)  04:35   Horse
38)  18:21   Sheep
39)  18:24   European Hare
40)  18:28   Llama
41)  18:29   Goat

Floyd Hayes
Angwin, CA
Subject: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:17:42 -0700
Sorry about the late post.

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On Monday (08/04), Dominik Mosur (of San Francisco) and I birded the 
Huichica Creek Unit of the Sonoma-Napa Marshes. The highlight of the day 
was an interesting peep with a very short bill and blackish legs. We 
weren't immediately sure of its identity. In strong light, this juvenile 
had rufescent tones on some of its feathers. However, these were not as 
extensive as that of a juvenile Western Sandpiper.

Neither of us had seen such a richly colored juvenile SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPER. I took many images for further study. Unfortunately, I 
neglected to look at those images until Thursday AM. Not until late in 
the day, did we suspect its true identity. Images were sent to Dan 
Singer, and he confirmed its identity.

It was found along the shoreline in the northeast corner of the pond 
with many snags. It is directly south about 1/4 mile from the parking 
lot at the end of Buchli Station Road. When you walk out of the path, 
the pond is the one to your right. It will be obvious because of the snags.

An album was a variety of images is here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157645857275087/

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In contrast, a different juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER found a few 
days later (08/06) at Pescadero State Beach was much paler and duller.

Those images are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157646318835083/


Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: Eastern Kingbird, Home Ranch, Point Reyes NS (Marin Cty)
From: "hamingsone AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Aug 2014 21:58:54 -0700
Spotted 1 Eastern Kingbird Wednesday about 1 p.m. while traveling on a ranch 
road (not publicly accessible) from the Drakes Head/Estero Trail junction 
toward Home Ranch. The bird flew up (flycatching), then landed close on a fence 
where I could see not only the kingbird shape but also the dark head and back, 
white breast, and pronounced white terminal band on tail. 

 

 Ellen Hamingson
 Inverness, CA