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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]" ]
10 Oct 10/07 -- Team Long-Distance Migrants Bird-a-thon highlights (long) ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Oct Prairie and Blackpoll W at fish docs ["jcsolisbanuel AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Oct Las Gallinas pectoral sandpiper ["Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Oct Chillin' at Sea ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
9 Oct Chillin' at Sea ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Oct Fwd: Unable to deliver your message ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Oct Pt Reyes Wed 10/8 ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Oct Re: Spring Lake, Santa Rosa ["Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Oct Spring Lake, Santa Rosa ["Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Oct Influx of Eared Grebes? ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Oct 10/07 -- Pectoral Sandpiper -- Las Gallinas ponds ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Oct Vaux's Swifts, McNear Brickyard ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Oct Director Judy Irving in Sonoma Wed Night 10/8 ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Oct Bodega Bay Monday AM ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
06 Oct White-throated Sparrow ["Danny Swicegood dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
06 Oct Vaux's Swifts, McNear Brickyard ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Oct Nicasio Reservoir Pectoral Sandpiper ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Oct Blackpoll Warbler @ Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands - Oct 6. ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Oct Occidental Selasphorus Hummer 10/6/14 ["Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Oct Outer Point Reyes 10-05-2014 ["Eric Feuss ericfeuss AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
05 Oct Was the B. Bay Tropical Kingbird seen on Sun? ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Oct Outer Point Reyes 10-04-14 ["Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Oct Tropical Kingbird ["djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Oct Nicasio Reservoir Blue-winged Teal ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Oct Ellis Creek and Shollenberger this morning ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
3 Oct Nicasio Reservoir Common Tern ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
03 Oct 10/8 -Pelican Dreams Director Irving in Sonoma ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
02 Oct Outer Point Reyes, October 2, 2014 ["eurohobby AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Oct bad Link and heat wave vagrants ["Josiah Clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Oct Las Gallinas Eurasian Wigeon and MAS field trip ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]

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

Kenwood  (where I had a Pileated Woodpecker in the yard this morning)


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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.

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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 


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Concluding words from Logan:

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

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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/

-----

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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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
http://colintalcroft.com/
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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From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 3:17 PM
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
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 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  


 

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)




Subject: 10/07 -- Team Long-Distance Migrants Bird-a-thon highlights (long)
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:06:53 -0400 (EDT)
Dominik Mosur of San Francisco and I conducted a short bird-a-thon to support 
conservation and in tribute to the memory of Rich Stallcup. We searched from 
700AM to 430PM. 


In total, we encountered 129 species. We did not use playback of vocalizations 
to entice or harass birds. 


Some highlights: PECTORAL SANDPIPER (Las Gallinas), PRAIRIE WARBLER (Fish 
Docks), BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Fish Docks), TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Mendoza -- Ranch B), 
PILEATED WOODPECKER (Five Brooks Pond), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (Fish Docks, 
Five Brooks Pond), BALD EAGLE (Giacomini Wetlands), RIDGWAY'S RAIL (Las 
Gallinas), PEREGRINE FALCON (Point Reyes Lighthouse). 


Unlikely misses: Downy Woodpecker (Five Brooks Pond).

Other not-so-surprising misses: Green Heron (Las Gallinas), Rock Wren (Point 
Reyes Lighthouse) 


-----

We began the morning without a plan other than to find birds and visit the 
outer Point Reyes Peninsula. Because of dense fog, we improvised and began at 
Las Gallinas ponds. 


The morning light and birding at LAS GALLINAS was sublime: the PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, a lonely BARN SWALLOW, a flyover flock of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW. and 
more GREEN-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN PINTAIL than I have ever seen there 
previously. 


Also seen was a lone SORA and heard were RIDGWAY'S RAIL and VIRGINIA RAIL.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW were back.

-----

From there we drove over Lucas Valley Road, through Nicasio, checked Nicasio 
Reservoir, and stopped in Point Reyes Station for baked goods (at Bovine 
Bakery). We scanned Giacomini Wetlands, south Tomales Bay and adjacent 
woodlands from Inverness en route to the Outer Point. 


At Nicasio Reservoir there was a lone WILSON'S SNIPE; and at Giacomini 
wetlands, 2 adult BALD EAGLE scattered birds that otherwise were enjoying a 
peaceful morning. 


-----

Because of heavy fog at Point Reyes Lighthouse, we checked on the FISH DOCKS 
first. There were many great birds: 


PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, all three LOON 
species, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK TURNSTONE, and others. 


-----

The LIGHTHOUSE was mostly fogged in. There was some clear air south of the 
point. One PEREGRINE was hunkered down in a rocky crevice and the other was 
briefly seen clutching a small prey item. 


-----

On the way out, we stopped at Nunes (Ranch A) and at Mendoza (Ranch B). The 
most interesting birds were at MENDOZA: 


TROPICAL KINGBIRD, 2 SAY'S PHOEBE, 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRD, and TRICOLORED 
BLACKBIRD. 


-----

Running short on time, we bypassed Spalleta (Ranch C) and went directly to 
DRAKE'S BEACH: 


RING-BILLED GULL, HEERMANN'S GULL, ELEGANT TERN, SANDERLING, MARBLED GODWIT, 
and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. 


-----

We checked the lower portion of Mount Vision Road, where we able to get 
woodpeckers: HAIRY WOODPECKER and NORTHERN FLICKER. 


-----

Our final stop was at FIVE BROOKS POND. There was a PILEATED WOODPECKER calling 
and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW scratching at the ground near the horse stalls. 


-----

We thank those who supported our effort with a donation and encourage those who 
have been waiting for the right moment to consider supporting Team 
Long-Distance Migrants by visiting the bird-a-thon webpage for Point Blue at 


http://www.pointblue.org/help-the-environment/support-us/birdathon/

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Berkeley




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Subject: Prairie and Blackpoll W at fish docs
From: "jcsolisbanuel AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 22:53:37 -0700
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 

 

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Subject: Las Gallinas pectoral sandpiper
From: "Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:46:33 +0000 (UTC)
The pectoral sandpiper reported by Dominik Mosur and Michael Park was still at 
Las Gallinas as of 2:30 this afternoon.  I first spotted it on the north side 
of the main island in pond 1, then a harrier flew by and scared it (and the 
peeps with which it was hanging out) to the west side of the island closer to 
the parking lot. The snipe that has for the last month or so been occasionally 
present in the muddy area near the southwest corner of the pond (right at the 
entrance) was there yesterday afternoon, but not today. 

Matt Perry,Sausalito
Subject: Chillin' at Sea
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:29:31 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Beat the heat and join Shearwater Journeys on Monterey Bay this Saturday, 
October 11th. Our trip runs from 7 am until 3 pm. Parking is $5 with our 
discount coupon. Bring lunch and dress in layers for peeling like an onion. 
Leaders on this day: Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf and Debi 
Shearwater. This will be trip #32 for our 2014 pelagic season, our 39th year! 
For a reservation, please email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 


Our Sunday, October 12th trip from Half Moon Bay is sold out. 

Some highlights of our October 4 Monterey trip included: SABINE'S GULL (just 
outside of the harbor); great views of CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; Grand Slam on all of the 
jaegers and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; ARCTIC TERN and one lingering PIGEON GUILLEMOT. 
One young HUMPBACK WHALE breached some 34 times! Great photo-ops! A stream of 
cold water had pushed up from Carmel Bay, bringing many seabirds with it. Small 
balls of krill were hanging off of Carmel Bay. 


Some highlights of our October 5th Half Moon Bay trip included: BROWN BOOBY on 
the weather buoy; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; BULLER'S SHEARWATERS; SOUTH POLAR 
SKUA, SABINE'S GULLS; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN'S AUKLETS; TUFTED PUFFIN. Marine 
mammals included HUMPBACK WHALES and HARBOR PORPOISE. One BLUE SHARK made a 
nice appearance. I haven't seen any for many years. 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Chillin' at Sea
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:29:31 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Beat the heat and join Shearwater Journeys on Monterey Bay this Saturday, 
October 11th. Our trip runs from 7 am until 3 pm. Parking is $5 with our 
discount coupon. Bring lunch and dress in layers for peeling like an onion. 
Leaders on this day: Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf and Debi 
Shearwater. This will be trip #32 for our 2014 pelagic season, our 39th year! 
For a reservation, please email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 


Our Sunday, October 12th trip from Half Moon Bay is sold out. 

Some highlights of our October 4 Monterey trip included: SABINE'S GULL (just 
outside of the harbor); great views of CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; Grand Slam on all of the 
jaegers and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; ARCTIC TERN and one lingering PIGEON GUILLEMOT. 
One young HUMPBACK WHALE breached some 34 times! Great photo-ops! A stream of 
cold water had pushed up from Carmel Bay, bringing many seabirds with it. Small 
balls of krill were hanging off of Carmel Bay. 


Some highlights of our October 5th Half Moon Bay trip included: BROWN BOOBY on 
the weather buoy; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; BULLER'S SHEARWATERS; SOUTH POLAR 
SKUA, SABINE'S GULLS; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN'S AUKLETS; TUFTED PUFFIN. Marine 
mammals included HUMPBACK WHALES and HARBOR PORPOISE. One BLUE SHARK made a 
nice appearance. I haven't seen any for many years. 


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

Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi










Subject: Fwd: Unable to deliver your message
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:11:31 -0700
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From: Sharon Salisbury 
To: "northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
Cc:
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:52:06 -0700
Subject: nbb has been hacked again
Don't open the link on an e-mail sent from larry Broderick. I was a fool
and opened it. It appeared to be a weight loss ad and I am hoping that is
all.

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley

-- 
*Always for the animals*
Subject: Pt Reyes Wed 10/8
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:00:14 -0700
 

Went down to Pt Reyes today with mixed results. My first stop at Mt
Vision Rd produced the best bird of the day. At the intersection of Sir
Francis Drake and Mt Vision Rd was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD - quite
unexpected there! The bird was pretty skittish but I got good views with
my scope. There was also a nice mixed flock of passerines that made its
tree of choice one that caused me to look straight up at the sun and
only able make out shapes. A few birds took brief side trips so I could
see there were at least 2-3 Townsend's Warblers and a Warbling Vireo.
Next, I made a brief stop at Mendoza where I didn't see the Tropical
Kingbird reported for yesterday. Maybe the one I saw at Mt Vision was
that bird. At the Fish Docks, I once again missed seeing a Prairie
Warbler there. I have an almost perfect record of missing Prairie
Warblers there! Other highlights were: 

Fish Docks: 2-3 Yellow Warblers, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Warblers, gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler, Pacific and House Wrens,
Brown Creeper, group of 4 Fox Sparrows digging side by side by the steps
to the residence 

Mendoza (B Ranch) in the afternoon: Tan-striped White-throated Sparrow
in the grove of trees opp the buildings, 2 Yellow Warblers,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Say's Phoebe. On the pond shore: 10 Least
Sandpipers, a Dowitcher (Long-billed?), Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's
Snipe. Most memorable sighting: 3 elk with humungous antlers on the
ridge behind the pond 

Nunes (A Ranch): Verrry windy by the time I got there. Found a Yellow
Warbler hiding out in the Nasturtium patch 

Drakes: got there late in the afternoon, it was very quiet, I only
managed an Orange-crowned Warbler in the willows alongside the parking
lot 

I heard the Lighthouse was very cold and windy so I skipped it. Stopped
again at Mt Vision Rd on my way home at 5 PM but did NOT see the
Tropical Kingbird again. Guess this means someone else will have the
chance to find it again tomorrow! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Re: Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
From: "Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:24:42 -0700
Hi Wendy,

Don't SEE them much at Spring Lake, but they are there. I've mostly encountered 
them there in the reeds on the east side of the North Peninsula at Spring Lake 
or generally around the north end of the lake, which is where you saw yours. 
They are around here all year long but a little more common in the summer 
months, perhaps--but others on the list will know better than me. Having said 
that, you may find my page on the species useful. 



http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Common_Yellowthroat.html 



On that page you'll find photos of birds in the kind of plumage you seem to 
have seen. 


Hope that helps. :)

Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

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


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 From: "Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" 
 

To: "northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
Sent: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:54 PM
Subject: [NBB] Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
 


  
Walked at Spring Lake this afternoon.

Saw what I believe was a Common Yellowthroat. I've never seen one, but based on 
the sort of faded mask, yellow throat, and wren-like behavior foraging around 
in the reeds on the north (?) side of the lake I think it was, and maybe a 
young male? I thought it was a wren when I first saw it, but then when I found 
it in my binoculars it was obviously not. 


My Audubon app says these are in this area year round, I don't hear of them 
though and I've never seen one, is this a common sight at Spring Lake and 
elsewhere in the county? 


Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
From: "Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:54:41 -0700
Walked at Spring Lake this afternoon.

Saw what I believe was a Common Yellowthroat. I've never seen one, but based on 
the sort of faded mask, yellow throat, and wren-like behavior foraging around 
in the reeds on the north (?) side of the lake I think it was, and maybe a 
young male? I thought it was a wren when I first saw it, but then when I found 
it in my binoculars it was obviously not. 


My Audubon app says these are in this area year round, I don't hear of them 
though and I've never seen one, is this a common sight at Spring Lake and 
elsewhere in the county? 


Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

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Subject: Influx of Eared Grebes?
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:59:29 -0400
Over the last 10+ years of watching Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands), the largest 
number of Eared Grebes I have managed to record at this location was 16 back in 
2000! So I was pretty please to beat this personal record at the Lagoon with a 
count of 19 on Tuesday. I made a quick visit to the lagoon mid-morning today 
(Oct 8) and counted a staggering 48 Eared Grebes on the main lagoon, including 
a tight flock of 22 at the western end of the lagoon. Obviously the species is 
on the move right now, but I was curious as to whether any other observers are 
seeing above numbers of Eared Grebes in other locations right now? 


Good birding

William

William Legge
Mill Valley,CA



Subject: 10/07 -- Pectoral Sandpiper -- Las Gallinas ponds
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:45:07 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Yesterday morning, Dominik Mosur and I birded the south half of Las Gallinas 
ponds. 


At the northeast corner of the main pond nearest the parking lot, there was a 
juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER. It was present just after sunrise. 


We apologize for the late post, but we unreasonably thought that a summary 
report, for our team Long-distance Migrants effort for the Rich Stallcup 
Bird-a-thon from 7AM to 4PM, would be completed last night. 


Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: Vaux's Swifts, McNear Brickyard
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:46:57 -0700
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael, Marin County

The Vaux's Swift count this evening was 1,955
Thanks to Maureen Lahiff for her invaluable help.

    Rusty Scalf
    Berkeley
Subject: Director Judy Irving in Sonoma Wed Night 10/8
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Oct 2014 07:34:38 -0700
10/8 - 7PM "PELICAN DREAMS" - A new documentary, six years in the making, 
discussed in Sonoma with guest speaker - Sundance and Emmy-Award Director Judy 
Irving. Of the 8 species of pelicans in the world, our plunge diving Ca. Brown 
Pelican is the star. 


International Bird Rescue will be sharing the stage with Judy for this great 
story related to the challenges that face our Brown Pelicans on the west coast. 
This will be Judy's last major presentation on the story behind this six year 
documentary opening across America this fall. The film is in memory of our 
birding friend Jay Holcomb, ED-IBR. 


Info on lecture and the exclusive North Bay movie premier 11/1 in Sonoma, CA. 
posted at - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/ . 
Director Judy and Mark Bittner will be here to greet you at the Sebastiani 
Theatre premier. "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" will will also be a matinee 
offering on Nov. 1st. 


Bring a friend!
tom rusert & darren peterie
sonoma, ca 

Subject: Bodega Bay Monday AM
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:34:03 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I checked Diekmann's, Doran, Owl Canyon, Campbell Cove/Hole-in-the-Head, and
Gaffney Point this morning. Quiet, but a few new birds.

 

At Diekmann's there were two Yellow Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, an
Orange-crowned Warbler, and a Hermit Thrush. Owl Canyon was quiet but for
Fox Sparrows. Hole-in-the-Head was alive with Yellow-rumped Warblers,
predominantly Myrtle, plus one Yellow Warbler and an elusive bird that I
thought was a Palm Warbler but could never see quite well enough to be sure.
It was on the north slope in wax myrtles.

 

The Red Knot appeared on the falling tide at Gaffney Point with 40
Black-bellied Plovers. There was one Mew Gull at the godwit concentration at
Doran Spit.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: White-throated Sparrow
From: "Danny Swicegood dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:21:10 -0700
For the past few days I've had a White-throated Sparrow feeding with the 
usual suspects here in Benicia. Yard bird #99... waiting for 100.

Good Birding,
Danny Swicegood
Benicia,  CA




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Subject: Vaux's Swifts, McNear Brickyard
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:33:48 -0700
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael, Marin County

The counts so far this season:

Sept 6 ...... 620
Sept 7 .... 1,690
Sept 8 .... 1,007
Sept 9 .... 7,570
Sept 10 .. 13,080
Sept 11 .... 8,730
Sept 12 .... 5,540
Sept 13 .... 8,120
Sept 14 .. 10,560
Sept 15 .... 9,120
Sept 16 .... 8,175
Sept 17 .. 14,360
Sept 18 .. 12,000
Sept 19 .. 19,685
Sept 20 .. 16,300
Sept 21 .. 13,360.
Sept 22 .. 12,431
Sept 23 .. 17,930
Sept 24 ..   a large number; entry began 70 min before counter arrived.
Sept 25 .. 15,534
Sept 26 .... 5,300
Sept 27 .. 10,100
Sept 28 ..  24,700
Sept 29 .. 16,512
Sept 30 .. 18,340
Oct 1 ..... 4,360
Oct 2 ..... 4,230
Oct 3 ..... 3,470
Oct 4 ..... 3,875
Oct 5 ..... 1,013
Oct 6 ..... 1,100

Big thanks to Michael Helm, Emilie Strauss, Bob Hinz, Joanne Wallin and 
Maureen Lahiff for resent perseverance.
Subject: Nicasio Reservoir Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:57:26 -0700
Hi NBBers,

I’ve been waiting for an unusual wader to show up this fall at the reservoir 
and a Pectoral Sandpiper finally made it. 


In the shorebird category there were also Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, 
Killdeer (51), Black-bellied Plover (more rare at the reservoir than Pectoral 
Sandpiper), Semipalmated Plover, Wilson’s Snipe, and Greater Yellowlegs. 


A few more duck species besides Mallard are showing up, in small numbers: 
Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, and 
one female Blue-winged Teal. 


The hundreds of American Pipits noted yesterday are still everywhere along much 
of the east side shoreline. 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Blackpoll Warbler @ Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands - Oct 6.
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:07:13 -0400
I managed to locate a 1st winter Blackpoll Warbler at Rodeo Lagoon this morning 
midway along the north side of the main lagoon. The warbler is favoring the 
patch of willows just east of the picnic table area, adjoining main road, with 
the willows marked at the road by a white plastic post with a yellow reflector. 
The warbler is a brightly colored individual associating with 1-2 Yellow 
Warblers. 


Best of the rest in thick fog, that only started to lift at c. 11:00am, as 
follows: 


1 Ruddy Duck - first of the fall at this location
6 Eared Grebes
1 Whimbrel - at the beach
1 Say's Phoebe - beach dunes
9 Pygmy Nuthatch
4 Yellow Warbler
1 Townsend's Warbler

Good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Fox Sparrows around.

Good birding.

William

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA










Subject: Occidental Selasphorus Hummer 10/6/14
From: "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:57:18 -0700
Hey All,
Last week here at home I had a couple of too-brief glimpses of what I thought 
were Selasphorus hummers. This morning I'm getting very good looks at a 
female-type Allen's/Rufous hummingbird visiting the feeders and cruising 
around. Compared with the past several years here, this bird is about a month 
late. 

Good Birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental



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Subject: Outer Point Reyes 10-05-2014
From: "Eric Feuss ericfeuss AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:34:59 -0700
Santa Cruz Bird Club trip with 6 people sighted the following highlights:

OVENBIRD at Nunez Ranch at around 10:30 to 11:00 AM. It was at the back of the 
row of Cypress trees, on ground under oven like canopy of ground touch 
branches, moving between this oven and a large nightshade like exotic. 



PRAIRIE WARBLER with WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the Fish Docks in the pines 
behind ranger residence (11:30 AM to Noon). There was also a LARK SPARROW on 
the lawn of the ranger residence, which then few into the pines. 



PALM WARBLER was reported at Mendoza while we were there, but was gone by the 
time we responded to sighting. 



It was nice to see morning fog at the outer point, but, assuming with the 
previous days weather patters of high temperatures and clear skies, there were 
not only very few western migrants seen, but general species diversity and 
abundances were very low, with the Cypress trees at the point, fish docks, Nu 
Nez and Mendoza ranches having few to no birds in them. 


As for western migrants, I just have to mention the Black-throated Gray at 
Drakes Beach (reported to us). The bird we found was a female in the Cypress 
tress located behind the concessions stand (deliveries area). Just a beautiful 
bird in absolute great light. 



Happy Birding, Eric Feuss (Soquel)
Subject: Was the B. Bay Tropical Kingbird seen on Sun?
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:43:08 -0700
 

Went out after work and looked at the Marine Lab trees, Owl Canyon and
Hole in the Head/Campbell Cove and didn't see it. If anyone saw it on
Sun please post the location. 

Thanks! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 10-04-14
From: "Matthew Dodder mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:54:23 -0700
Conditions were much better than last Saturday with less wind. 
Lots of Yellow-rumped, Yellow and Townsends Warblers at each stop.

Highlights are below:

LIGHTHOUSE TREES:
Rock Wren
Hermit Thrush (3)
Western Tanager
Golden-crowned Kinglet

FISH DOCKS (last pine grove after residence)
Prairie Warbler (first winter bird)
White-throated Sparrow

SPALETTA PLATEAU:
Ferruginous Hawk (juvenile) 

DRAKES BEACH:
Common Tern (on pond with River Otters)

RCA STATION:
Chestnut-sdied Warbler (first winter bird)




Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
neornithes.wordpress.com


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Subject: Tropical Kingbird
From: "djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Oct 2014 17:36:30 -0700
While birding the Bodega Bay area this morning, I spent a little time talking 
to Steve Howell, Todd McGrath, and two others (I didn't catch their names) as 
they were leaving Owl Canyon. About five minutes later they came back to tell 
me that they had just seen a Tropical Kingbird on the wires along the road 
adjacent to Westside Regional Park. When I finally found the bird, it was 
perched on the wires just southwest of the entrance to the Marine Lab. I spent 
about 15 minutes taking pictures of it until it flew west over the eucalyptus 
trees at Owl Canyon. At that point, I could not re-find it! 

 

 Good luck!
 

 Don Kirker
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Nicasio Reservoir Blue-winged Teal
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:43:11 -0700
Hi NBBers,

At Nicasio Reservoir this morning:

1    Blue-winged Teal
1    Common Tern
1    Greater White-fronted Goose (with a group of 60 Canada’s)
5    Ring-necked Duck
1    Peregrine Falcon
1    Wilson’s Snipe
160 American Pipit

All these birds can be viewed by parking at what would be mile marker 0.5 on 
Nicasio Valley Road and walking SW out onto the (still) expanding reservoir 
shoreline. From there one can view much of the remaining eastern portion of the 
reservoir water surface and its shoreline. 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Ellis Creek and Shollenberger this morning
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:03:18 -0700
NiBBers,

 

The draining of Pond D at Ellis Creek continues. This morning there were
lots of Canada Geese, Gadwalls, Mallards, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shovelers,
and Green-winged Teal, about 20 American White Pelicans, maybe 20 Snowy and
5 Great Egrets, some 300 Long-billed Dowitchers, 25 Greater Yellowlegs, 15
Killdeer, 3 Wilson's Snipe, and 2 Black-necked Stilts, plus lots of coots
and quite a few Common Gallinules. Other observers reported a Sora out and
about.

 

It was high tide so there were some shorebirds around the remnant pond at
Shollenberger including 300 Least Sandpipers, 18 Black-bellied Plovers, and
a single Pacific Golden Plover.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Nicasio Reservoir Common Tern
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:23:51 -0700
Hi NBBers,

This afternoon a COMMON TERN was foraging over the reservoir in the NE corner 
(near the jcn of Nicasio Valley Rd x Petaluma-Pt. Reyes Rd). My only other 
Common Tern sightings at Nicasio Reservoir were in September of 2011. 


Also there: 10 American Pipits, two Dowitcher sp., and two Greater Yellowlegs. 
This has been the most shorebird poor year, in terms of species diversity and 
numbers, for the reservoir since I started visiting it regularly 4 years ago. 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: 10/8 -Pelican Dreams Director Irving in Sonoma
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Oct 2014 09:51:14 -0700
10/8 - 7PM "PELICAN DREAMS" - A new documentary, six years in the making, 
discussed in Sonoma with guest speaker - Sundance and Emmy-Award Director Judy 
Irving. Of the 8 species of pelicans in the world, our plunge diving Ca. Brown 
Pelican is the star. Info on lecture and the exclusive North Bay movie premier 
11/1 in Sonoma, CA. posted at - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ 
http://www.sonomabirding.com/ 


tom rusert
sonoma,ca
 

 

Subject: Outer Point Reyes, October 2, 2014
From: "eurohobby AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Oct 2014 20:26:49 -0700
It was a beautiful day at Pt. Reyes today, but it's possible the clear weather 
overnight allowed most of the migrant passerines seen the past several days to 
continue their journeys. There were a few other birders about, and they may 
have more to report. 

 

 The Mendoza trees harbored lots of Yellow-rumped and some Yellow and 
Orange-crowned Warblers; earlier, someone had also seen a Philadelphia Vireo. 

 

 The Lighthouse trees had one or two Red-breasted Nuthatches.
 

 The Fish Docks had lots more Yellow-rumps and Orange-crowns. A Palm Warbler 
was in the Pines, and a Gray Catbird was in the swale between the Pines and the 
Ranger Residence. 

 

 Raptors overhead all day, but I saw nothing unusual.
 

 Thanks.
 

 Nick Whelan
 Corte Madera, CA
Subject: bad Link and heat wave vagrants
From: "Josiah Clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:51:20 -0700
Watched several raptors passing south from Marin today, some very high up
as Bob mentioned yesterday. Lots of vagrant songbirds around here in SF. In
these hot conditions fresh water is often a major concentrating point and
most songbirds are staying put. Check riparian and moist spots near you.
A few people let me know the link I posted was old. This one works. Thanks!

http://pointblue.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1118295&team=6162092 

-- 
Josiah Clark | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
www.youtube.com/josiahmtclark
Natures Acres Nursery 
josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com
Subject: Las Gallinas Eurasian Wigeon and MAS field trip
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:47:07 -0700
We beat the heat this morning on the MAS First Thursday walk, a 3 hour
circuit of the Las Gallinas treatment ponds. 25 people enjoyed views of 55+
species. Highlights included a Lesser Yellowlegs at the northwest corner of
Pond #1, a Sora just in front of the cattails at the southeast end of Pond
#1, and a striking rufous Eurasian Wigeon at the southeast corner of Pond
#2 (photo link below). 3 Ring-necked Ducks were scoped at the far end of
Pond #3, first of the season for our group. The dabblers right now fill the
spectrum, molting from eclipse to breeding ("bright") plumage. Some of the
Northern Pintails are looking pretty spiffy already, while the Northern
Shovers are just starting. Good smattering of expected shorebirds were
present, and Yellow-rumped Warblers probably number 100+.

Sad to find the still warm body of a young Great Horned Owl, deposited
along the levee by a walker who found it further out towards the fields.

Eclipse Eurasian Wigeon


Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
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