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18 Apr Scrub Jay Carnage []
18 Apr Re: Hooded Oriole [Paul Kienitz ]
17 Apr Bolinas Exhibit by Walter Kitundu [Maggie Rufo ]
17 Apr Hooded Oriole []
16 Apr Black Vulture []
16 Apr April 12 - Rare Red Fox Sparrow in Carson Hills []
16 Apr Mt. Burdell []
16 Apr Re: Point Reyes this morning - CEWA...maybe not [Renee Cormier ]
16 Apr Re: Point Reyes this morning - CEWA...maybe not [Renee Cormier ]
16 Apr 4/17 - 7PM (Thursday) Raptor Migration & ID []
16 Apr Bald Eagle []
16 Apr Point Reyes this morning [Jeff Miller ]
15 Apr Sonoma Big Day trip report 4-13-14 (long) [Bruce Mast ]
15 Apr Napa Co. misc. 4/14/14 [Dominik Mosur ]
15 Apr Napa Co. misc. 4/14/14 [Dominik Mosur ]
15 Apr Sonoma Big Day trip report 4-13-14 (long) [Bruce Mast ]
15 Apr No Black Vulture this morning [Jeff Miller ]
15 Apr Lewis's Woodpecker persisting @ Crane Creek regional park []
14 Apr NO Marsh Sandpiper Monday, but other highlights ["Denise Hamilton" ]
14 Apr NO Marsh Sandpiper Monday, but other highlights ["Denise Hamilton" ]
14 Apr Solano County Big Day Highlights and Lowlights (4/13/14) []
14 Apr Re: Black Vulture this morning [Mike Heffernon ]
14 Apr Hooded Oriole (local interest) [Colin Talcroft ]
14 Apr Sonoma Co. Big Day highlight (4-13-14) Black Vulture [Bruce Mast ]
14 Apr Black Vulture this morning [John Sterling ]
14 Apr Re: Black Vulture location [Colin Talcroft ]
14 Apr Re: Black Vulture location [Colin Talcroft ]
14 Apr Re: Black Vulture location [Joseph Morlan ]
14 Apr Re: Black Vulture location [Doug Shaw ]
14 Apr Black Vulture location [ruth ]
14 Apr Continuing Black Vulture 4/13 at 5:15 PM Sonoma County [Doug Shaw ]
13 Apr Black Vulture no TV drama yes ["Ruth Rudesill" ]
13 Apr Re: Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday? [Sarah Mayhew ]
13 Apr Re: Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday? []
13 Apr Ash-throated Flycatcher: Pacheco Valle, Novato, Marin Co. [Daniel Edelstein ]
13 Apr Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday? []
13 Apr Sonoma County BlackVulture refound north of Bodega Farm Pond [Dominik Mosur ]
13 Apr Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Joseph Morlan ]
13 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Wendy Dandridge ]
12 Apr Re: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County [Tracy Farrington ]
12 Apr Painted Bunting []
12 Apr Re: [CVBirds] [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present [Joseph Morlan ]
12 Apr Olive-sided Flycatcher today []
12 Apr Marsh Sandpiper continues in Solano County 4/12 [Doug Shaw ]
12 Apr Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County [dea freid ]
12 Apr RE: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present ["Michael Feighner" ]
12 Apr Marsh sandpiper present Sat 4-12 Solano County [dea freid ]
11 Apr Re: Marsh Sandpiper continues this afternoon in Solano County [Lisa Hug ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper continues this afternoon in Solano County [dea freid ]
11 Apr Black-throated Gray Warbler: Indian Valley College Area, Novato, Marin Co. [Daniel Edelstein ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper directions [dea freid ]
11 Apr Marsh SP directions [dea freid ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper directions [dea freid ]
11 Apr Marsh Sandpiper in Solano Co. [Bill Noble ]
10 Apr FOS oriole [Paul Kienitz ]
10 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak continues ["Eugene Hunn" ]
10 Apr Willowside Trail... [Bill Doyle ]
9 Apr early Olive-sided Flycatcher [Dan Singer ]
9 Apr White-throated Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Etc. [Daniel Edelstein ]
09 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak [ruth ]
8 Apr Santa Rosa Creek @ Willowside Rd. [Brian Webb ]
8 Apr FOS Hooded Oriole [rita bevans ]
8 Apr grosbeaks ["Eugene Hunn" ]
08 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak []
7 Apr Red-necked Grebe in near breeding plumage: McClure's Beach, Pt. Reyes National Seashore [Daniel Edelstein ]
7 Apr Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Rd., Apr 7, 2014 [David Hamilton ]
7 Apr Seasonal Sightings: SF Bay/S. Rafael (Next Rod & Gun Club) [Daniel Edelstein ]
6 Apr Osprey in Nest _ North Cloverdale [Robin Blaney ]
6 Apr local interest Steller's Jays return to Strawberry feeder [Marjorie Siegel ]
6 Apr Red Crossbills and other notes from the Sonoma Coast, Saturday, 4-5-14 [Bruce Mast ]
04 Apr Birds of interest and recent arrivals the last few days []
04 Apr Cedar Waxwings at Bodega Bay []
5 Apr Cackling Goose [Murray Berner ]
04 Apr Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk []
4 Apr RE: and more Cackling Geese ["Eugene Hunn" ]
4 Apr Lewis' Woodpecker [Kathleen M ]

Subject: Scrub Jay Carnage
From: <kimberly.ventresca AT gmail.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 08:22:33 -0700
I'm writing to solicit some advice/wisdom. I live in downtown Larkspur, and for 
the past few years have had a nice mix of expected regulars in the yard- 
spotted and california towhees, a variety of fly catchers, finches, siskins and 
cedar wax wings passing through, and my loyal Anna's hummingbird. Suddenly, a 
pair of extremely aggressive scrub jays have all but run every other bird out 
of the yard, and even worse are predating near by nests and I have to watch 
them ripping apart baby birds and leaving the remains in my yard. A neighbor 
seems to have a peanut feeder because they fly in to our yard every day to 
crack and sometimes stash their shells. They first seemed attracted by the 
coconut husk mulch we have in the garden- apparently it looks like excellent 
nesting material because I estimate they have removed about a yard of it, but 
they no longer seem to be gathering it. 


 I know scrub jays are a part of our local mix, and their presence really 
wouldn't bother me if my other birds were still coming around and if they were 
not leaving half eaten baby birds all over my yard. They ripped apart my nyjer 
seed bag and knocked down my seed feeders, so I have removed both of those- all 
that remains is my hummingbird feeder. Is there anything I can do to ward them 
off or do I just have to accept them? Maybe once they are done nesting near by 
they will leave? 

 

 Any insight would be appreciated,
 

 Kim Ventresca
 Larkspur 
Subject: Re: Hooded Oriole
From: Paul Kienitz <paul AT paulkienitz.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:18:48 -0700
Our young male Hooded has been joined by a young male Bullock's, and both are 
hollering "Hey everybody, good spot here", but no others are responding yet. 


-- Paul Kienitz, American Canyon
Subject: Bolinas Exhibit by Walter Kitundu
From: Maggie Rufo <magwhls AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:03:06 +0000 (UTC)
Not be missed! Walter's photographs of birds are unique, and so is his 
installation at the Bolinas Museum! 



http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25581679/avid-birder-walter-kitundu-re-creates-avian-experience 


Can't wait to get out there and see this.

Maggie Rufo


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Subject: Hooded Oriole
From: <spinningskunk AT gmail.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 09:55:06 -0700
As of last week, a male Hooded Oriole returned to Marin Country Day School 
(Corte Madera). I've been concerned he might not show because one of the two 
Eucalyptus Trees they've been hanging around in over the past years was cut 
down last year resulting in them leaving within a week of arrival. Crossing my 
fingers I see a female soon. 


Sharon Barnett
Subject: Black Vulture
From: <gdbeebe AT earthlink.net>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0700
While checking my mailbox in the warm afternoon today, I noticed a lot of 
Turkey Vultures circling overhead. As I stopped to count them (16), one with 
broad, shorter wings and white outer primaries stuck out, a Black Vulture! It 
had to flap a little more than the others, but they all circled higher, and 
headed off to the northwest. Maybe it's the same one as seen earlier? 


Gordon Beebe
Laguna Rd, off Guerneville Rd, just a mile from the Laguna de Santa Rosa, 
Sonoma Co. 
Subject: April 12 - Rare Red Fox Sparrow in Carson Hills
From: <plumtodd AT gmail.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 15:11:28 -0700
I photographed a red fox sparrow along Pine Mountain Road on Saturday, April 
12. I believe it to be Passarella iliaca subsp. zaboria - the western taiga 
subspecies, but perhaps an integrade with something else, based on this 
discussion: http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTYbirdsFOSP4.html 
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTYbirdsFOSP4.html. The overall color is 
foxy red with light reddish brown streaks on the chest, gray face, nape, and 
supercilium. The bill is bicolor - gray on top, bright yellow below. The back 
is very clean rufous with little to no streaking. The wings show no wing bars - 
whether that is due to wear or innate plumage, I'm not sure. I posted the 
observation here: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/626742 
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/626742 . 


 Todd Plummer
 Inverness
Subject: Mt. Burdell
From: danieledelstein AT att.net
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:59:33 -0700
Brief visit today to gorgeous San Andreas Trail apex in high meadow where a 
somewhat, nearly tardy/late Lincoln's Sparrow foraged in Valley White Oak....& 
nearby I heard two 

different Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein
Novato

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Subject: Re: Point Reyes this morning - CEWA...maybe not
From: Renee Cormier <cormier_renee AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:18:45 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

The record that was entered into eBird as a Cerulean Warbler, should have been 
Cedar Waxwing. 


The mistake has been fixed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Cheers,
Renee


________________________________
 From: Renee Cormier 
To: Jeff Miller ; 
"northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com"  

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:19:07 PM
Subject: Re: [NBB] Point Reyes this morning - CEWA...maybe not
 


  
Hi Everyone

It's possible that the Cerulean Warbler entered by our crew at the Palomarin 
Field Station was a typo - unfortunately, the interns who reported the bird are 
all in the field right now, and unreachable. We'll be able to confirm with them 
when they return early this afternoon, but until then, I would hold off on 
driving out here. Sorry if we caused any of you to drive out here...and we'll 
be sure to post again if it turns out the bird was indeed a CEWA! 


Good birding,

Renee
Point Blue's Palomarin Field Station, Bolinas CA


________________________________
 From: Jeff Miller 
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:23:28 AM
Subject: [NBB] Point Reyes this morning
 


  
I birded the Outer 
Point early this morning. The wind was brutal.
 
Most of the action 
was at the Fish Docks, where a very large aggregation of seabirds was feeding 
on 

some kind of bait fish run. From the elephant seal overlook, I estimated a 
minimum of 1,600 BONAPARTE'S GULLS (most in breeding plumage), 
50 BROWN PELICANS, and hundreds of cormorants and loons (mostly Pacific Loons). 

There certainly must be some other goodies in there, but I was without my scope 

and eventually had to flee from the wind.
 
The PALM 
WARBLER continues at Mendoza Ranch.
 
Just FYI - there was 
an eBird report yesterday from PRBO of a CERULEAN WARBLER at their Palomarin 
Field Station, in Bolinas. No details given.
 
Jeff Miller
Point 
Reyes Station
 

Subject: Re: Point Reyes this morning - CEWA...maybe not
From: Renee Cormier <cormier_renee AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:19:07 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Everyone

It's possible that the Cerulean Warbler entered by our crew at the Palomarin 
Field Station was a typo - unfortunately, the interns who reported the bird are 
all in the field right now, and unreachable. We'll be able to confirm with them 
when they return early this afternoon, but until then, I would hold off on 
driving out here. Sorry if we caused any of you to drive out here...and we'll 
be sure to post again if it turns out the bird was indeed a CEWA! 


Good birding,

Renee
Point Blue's Palomarin Field Station, Bolinas CA


________________________________
 From: Jeff Miller 
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:23:28 AM
Subject: [NBB] Point Reyes this morning
 


  
I birded the Outer 
Point early this morning. The wind was brutal.
 
Most of the action 
was at the Fish Docks, where a very large aggregation of seabirds was feeding 
on 

some kind of bait fish run. From the elephant seal overlook, I estimated a 
minimum of 1,600 BONAPARTE'S GULLS (most in breeding plumage), 
50 BROWN PELICANS, and hundreds of cormorants and loons (mostly Pacific Loons). 

There certainly must be some other goodies in there, but I was without my scope 

and eventually had to flee from the wind.
 
The PALM 
WARBLER continues at Mendoza Ranch.
 
Just FYI - there was 
an eBird report yesterday from PRBO of a CERULEAN WARBLER at their Palomarin 
Field Station, in Bolinas. No details given.
 
Jeff Miller
Point 
Reyes Station
 
Subject: 4/17 - 7PM (Thursday) Raptor Migration & ID
From: <sonomanature AT gmail.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 12:15:54 -0700
Thursday, April 17th 7:00-8:30PM
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Brian Sullivan and noted raptor expert, Jerry Liguori will be featured. Cornell 
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using technological innovations like eBird 
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tom rusert
sonoma, ca
Subject: Bald Eagle
From: <ymotherwell AT gmail.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 09:46:38 -0700
While on Frei Rd yesterday, an adult Bald Eagle flew overhead giving us pretty 
good looks. He was flying South. 
Subject: Point Reyes this morning
From: Jeff Miller <jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:23:28 -0700
I birded the Outer Point early this morning. The wind was brutal.
 
Most of the action was at the Fish Docks, where a very large aggregation of
seabirds was feeding on some kind of bait fish run. From the elephant seal
overlook, I estimated a minimum of 1,600 BONAPARTE'S GULLS (most in breeding
plumage), 50 BROWN PELICANS, and hundreds of cormorants and loons (mostly
Pacific Loons). There certainly must be some other goodies in there, but I
was without my scope and eventually had to flee from the wind.
 
The PALM WARBLER continues at Mendoza Ranch.
 
Just FYI - there was an eBird report yesterday from PRBO of a CERULEAN
WARBLER at their Palomarin Field Station, in Bolinas. No details given.
 
Jeff Miller
Point Reyes Station
 
Subject: Sonoma Big Day trip report 4-13-14 (long)
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:06:25 -0700
Our crack team of Lisa Hug, Dominik Mosur, Logan Kahle, and myself
assembled at the Petaluma  Park and Ride at Hwy 101 and 116 at 11:30 pm.
Our first targets were rails. Ellis Creek and Port Sonoma were locked but
we had a couple drive-up / walk-up locations thanks to Lisa and Peter
Colasanti. Nevertheless, by 1 pm we were still 0 for rails.

At Lucchesi Park we finally got on the board with the long lingering ROSS'S
GOOSE in the spotlight. Over to 9th St. Rookery in Santa Rosa, our
flashlights quickly picked out nesting SNOWY and CATTLE EGRETS and
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.

On to Sugarloaf Ridge for owls and Poorwills. We tracked down a calling
NORTHERN PYGMY OWL and WESTERN SCREECH-OWL but a heavy marine layer kept
the Poorwills silent.

On to Salmon Creek for more owls. One week before, at least 4 pairs of
Great Horned Owls were dueting nonstop. On Sunday, we located a single
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL but nothing else. Our best guess is that owls are on
nests now so they've gone silent.

Nest stop Pine Flat Road. It was still dark and a heavy marine layer made
travel between MM 3 and 9 excruciating. But we broke through the fog and I
roused the passengers with the prospect of a Poorwill on the road. Right on
cue, a COMMON POORWILL flew up in the headlights as all 4 groggy birders
got a look. Dawn broke at the summit windy and clear. Local birds were
hunkered down--no hint of a Thrasher and just a weak chip note from a
BELL'S SPARROW. We detected the short buzz of a migrating LAZULI BUNTING
but we were unable to make visual contact. Skywatching gave us no Martins.
A MOUNTAIN QUAIL called in the distance.

We retreated to the second pump house where I had enjoyed an active
Ash-throated Flycatcher the day before. On Big Day, no flycatcher but a
flock of PURPLE MARTINS materialized around us, including several perched
birds that gave good views. Back at Sulphur Creek Flats, we cleaned up on
Woodpeckers, including PILEATED WOODPECKER. From there, we had to endure
several miles of unproductive fog before we could return to birding. At
Ferguson Flat, we picked up RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS but the Grasshopper
Sparrow colony that had been so active 24 hours earlier was absolutely
quiet. The woodlands gave us few more gems, including CHIPPING SPARROW and
CASSIN'S VIREO but neotropical migrants were virtually non-existent.

From Pine Flat Rd., we headed down Westside Rd. where we had an OSPREY nest
staked out. At Wohler Bridge, we picked up our stake-out BELTED KINGFISHER
and a bonus pair of WOOD DUCKS on a river gravel bar. A quick detour to
Wohler Rd. and Eastside Rd. gave us our stake-out HOODED ORIOLE.

Armstrong Redwoods gave us a predictable PACIFIC WREN and PYGMY NUTHATCH
flock but not much else. More satisfying was a flooded lowlands area along
Armstrong Woods Rd. that hosted a noisy flock of PINE SISKINS and CEDAR
WAXWINGS.

We then proceeded to the Jenner overlook of the Russian River mouth, where
we picked up our cormorants, loons, expected gulls, a few diving ducks, and
4 RED-NECKED GREBES. Duncan's Landing gave us SURFBIRDS, BLACK TURNSTONES,
and a fly-away PEREGRINE FALCON.

We made a sketchy pull-over maneuver at the Salmon Creek ponds where we
added RING-NECKED DUCKS. Bodega Bay enabled us to pad our list of
shorebirds, waders, diving ducks, etc. Highlight was a couple WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS off of Bodega Head. Low light was the throngs of beach goers that
left no undisturbed beach for Snowy Plovers and no parking space for us to
send out a search party. Diekmann's Store was free of passerines and the
Doran's entrance ponds lacked the Eurasian Wigeon.

We headed to Bodega Farm Pond, which lacked any ducks but gave us
spectacular views of the previously reported BLACK VULTURE.

On to Santa Rosa Creek Trail, we added WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BULLOCK'S
ORIOLE, a stake-out nesting COOPER'S HAWK, but every singing Grosbeak
turned out to be BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

On the way to Petaluma, we made a quick stop at Robert's Lake, where the
CACKLING GOOSE was conveniently snoozing next to the road. We continued on
to Shollenberger Park, where Dom picked out a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER on the
mudflats and a few AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS in the distant sky. At Ellis
Creek, we cleaned up on dabbling ducks and added a couple walk-around
SORAS, a calling COMMON GALLINULE, and a handful of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES.

On the way to Hudeman Slough, we stopped at a cow pasture along Stage Gulch
Rd. where Logan had staked out some Grasshopper Sparrows. We had to be
careful because the field also hosts plenty of Savannah Sparrows but we
felt sure we were also hearing GRASSHOPPER SPARROW songs and Dom eventually
added confirmation with a visual ID.

Along Ramal Rd. we picked up our expected LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. Hudeman Slough
gave us a fly-over LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a flushed WILSON'S SNIPE. We moved
over to the north end of Skaggs Island Rd. to pick up a calling HORNED LARK
but failed to locate any Short-eared Owls, As dusk settled over the
marshlands, we finally picked up our first GREAT-HORNED OWLS for the day.

At that point, we contemplated the possibility of chasing more rails and
owls but elected instead to declare victory and go home.

Full list follows.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

Ross's Goose

Brant

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Mountain Quail

California Quail

Wild Turkey

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark's Grebe

Brandt's Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

White-tailed Kite

Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Pacific Golden-Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Whimbrel

Marbled Godwit

Black Turnstone

Surfbird

Dunlin

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Pigeon Guillemot

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Western Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Common Poorwill

Anna's Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Western Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Cassin's Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Steller's Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Horned Lark

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Oak Titmouse

Bushtit

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Pacific Wren

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Wrentit

Western Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

California Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Bell's Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Brewer's Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow
Subject: Napa Co. misc. 4/14/14
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:53:32 -0700 (PDT)
Recovering from the exhausting big day effort in Sonoma on Sunday, I took it 
easy yesterday morning and spent some mellow birding time in Napa. 


Between 9:30 - 10:40 I checked out Partrick Rd., parking at the wide pullout 
near the gate at mm 2.50 and walking about a half mile up the road stopping 
where the woods began to get thick. Some sightings of note here were: 


Pileated Woodpecker - calling from the canyon west of mm 2.50
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird - female, in the bay tree near mm 2.50
Cassin's Vireo - singing persistently from oaks west of the road at mm 2.50
Chipping Sparrow - at mm 2.50
White-crowned Sparrow - 3, "Pugetensis"
Lark Sparrow - singing
Black-headed Grosbeak
Bullock's Oriole

I then spent another 1.5 hours birding Huichica WA, walking west from the 
parking lot to the restored freshwater pond noting: 



Eurasian Wigeon - male with 100+ American Wigeons on the big pond about 1/2 
mile west of the abandoned building 

Red-tailed Hawk - dark/black morph, possibly same bird seen in the area in 
early March 

Loggerhead Shrike - near the restored freshwater pond south of RR tracks about 
1 mile west of the parking lot 




Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/
Subject: Napa Co. misc. 4/14/14
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:52:41 -0700 (PDT)
Recovering from the exhausting big day effort in Sonoma on Sunday, I took it 
easy yesterday morning and spent some mellow birding time in Napa. 


Between 9:30 - 10:40 I checked out Partrick Rd., parking at the wide pullout 
near the gate at mm 2.50 and walking about a half mile up the road stopping 
where the woods began to get thick. Some sightings of note here were: 


Pileated Woodpecker - calling from the canyon west of mm 2.50
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird - female, in the bay tree near mm 2.50
Cassin's Vireo - singing persistently from oaks west of the road at mm 2.50
Chipping Sparrow - at mm 2.50
White-crowned Sparrow - 3, "Pugetensis"
Lark Sparrow - singing
Black-headed Grosbeak
Bullock's Oriole

I then spent another 1.5 hours birding Huichica WA, walking west from the 
parking lot to the restored freshwater pond noting: 



Eurasian Wigeon - male with 100+ American Wigeons on the big pond about 1/2 
mile west of the abandoned building 

Red-tailed Hawk - dark/black morph, possibly same bird seen in the area in 
early March 

Loggerhead Shrike - near the restored freshwater pond south of RR tracks about 
1 mile west of the parking lot 




Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/
Subject: Sonoma Big Day trip report 4-13-14 (long)
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:46:55 -0700
Our crack team of Lisa Hug, Dominik Mosur, Logan Kahle, and myself
assembled at the Petaluma  Park and Ride at Hwy 101 and 116 at 11:30 pm.
Our first targets were rails. Ellis Creek and Port Sonoma were locked but
we had a couple drive-up / walk-up locations thanks to Lisa and Peter
Colasanti. Nevertheless, by 1 pm we were still 0 for rails.

On to Sugarloaf Ridge for owls and Poorwills. We tracked down a calling
NORTHERN PYGMY OWL and WESTERN SCREECH-OWL
Subject: No Black Vulture this morning
From: Jeff Miller <jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:33:44 -0700
Rich Cimino and I spent a couple hours on Bodega Highway this morning (until
about 11:30) looking at vultures - lots of turkey vultures, but no sighting
of the black vulture.
 
Jeff Miller
Point Reyes Station
 
Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker persisting @ Crane Creek regional park
From: <linda.penngrove AT gmail.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 12:00:01 -0700
The Lewis's woodpecker is still there in his usual spot along the creek trail 
as of this morning (4/15). Does anyone know their usual movements? It seems 
late for him to be hanging around still, but I don't know their habits. 

 Linda Schneider
 Penngrove, Sonoma Co.

Subject: NO Marsh Sandpiper Monday, but other highlights
From: "Denise Hamilton" <napabirders AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:54:45 -0700
Hi all,

We realize that the Marsh Sandpiper was not seen since Saturday AM, but needed 
to go to Fairfield, so checked out Liberty Island this morning. No Marsh 
Sandpiper, but fields full of over 200 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many in breeding 
plumage. SORA called, flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew overhead, and 
correct us if we’re wrong, but had a WHIMBREL. Not reddish like a LB Curlew, 
stouter, heavier bill, not a whole lot larger than the BB Plovers. A young, 
tiny KILLDEER was walking about + GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and other 
species. Really was quite nice! 


Next headed over to Pedrick Road along Putah Creek, near Davis. Only new 
migrants: vocal, chasing SWAINSON’S HAWKS, BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, WESTERN 
KINGBIRD, WILSON’S WARBLER, HOUSE WRENS & SWALLOWS. Still MANY YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWINGS & crowned 
sparrows. 


Then over to Yolo Bypass. NOT a lot of water, but did see at least 2 pairs of 
BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Saw an interesting FALCON, which we believe was a young 
PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the ground (will try to post pictures onto the CV 
Birds website), and the marsh by Parking Lot B was full of YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRDS. DUNLIN in breeding colors! A SORA was out walking around, and a 
MUSKRAT was coming out of the water, chewing/ripping off greens and taking them 
back into the water. 


We’re sorry we missed the Marsh Sandpiper (it is helpful that we’ve seen 
them in Australia) but really saw some lovely birds! 


Denise & David Hamilton
napabirders AT att.net
Napa
Subject: NO Marsh Sandpiper Monday, but other highlights
From: "Denise Hamilton" <napabirders AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:54:45 -0700
Hi all,

We realize that the Marsh Sandpiper was not seen since Saturday AM, but needed 
to go to Fairfield, so checked out Liberty Island this morning. No Marsh 
Sandpiper, but fields full of over 200 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many in breeding 
plumage. SORA called, flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew overhead, and 
correct us if we’re wrong, but had a WHIMBREL. Not reddish like a LB Curlew, 
stouter, heavier bill, not a whole lot larger than the BB Plovers. A young, 
tiny KILLDEER was walking about + GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and other 
species. Really was quite nice! 


Next headed over to Pedrick Road along Putah Creek, near Davis. Only new 
migrants: vocal, chasing SWAINSON’S HAWKS, BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, WESTERN 
KINGBIRD, WILSON’S WARBLER, HOUSE WRENS & SWALLOWS. Still MANY YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWINGS & crowned 
sparrows. 


Then over to Yolo Bypass. NOT a lot of water, but did see at least 2 pairs of 
BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Saw an interesting FALCON, which we believe was a young 
PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the ground (will try to post pictures onto the CV 
Birds website), and the marsh by Parking Lot B was full of YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRDS. DUNLIN in breeding colors! A SORA was out walking around, and a 
MUSKRAT was coming out of the water, chewing/ripping off greens and taking them 
back into the water. 


We’re sorry we missed the Marsh Sandpiper (it is helpful that we’ve seen 
them in Australia) but really saw some lovely birds! 


Denise & David Hamilton
napabirders AT att.net
Napa
Subject: Solano County Big Day Highlights and Lowlights (4/13/14)
From: <ericpilotte AT gmail.com>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 13:58:51 -0700
Roger Muskat and I attempted to become the first Big Day team in the history of 
civilization to locate Yellow-billed Magpie, Costa's Hummingbird, and Marsh 
Sandpiper. While we failed on two of those three species, we did manage to 
locate 171 species despite a very poor day for migrant songbirds. 

  
 As with all Big Days, luck works in weird ways.  
  
 We had good luck with Black Oystercatcher, Brown Pelican, and Pelagic 
Cormorant (all on the jetties at the southern end of Mare Island in Vallejo), 
Cattle Egret (flyby flock at the Dixon Sewage Ponds), Black Rail (found in two 
locations, while we struggled mightily to find 1 Sora and 1 Virginia Rail), 
Hooded and Common Mergansers (one each at Lake Solano), Redhead (Mare Island 
ponds by Highway 37 in Vallejo), Cooper's Hawk (a Crow fortunately harassed a 
roosting Coop unseen to us by a known nesting location, which caused the Coop 
to vocalize), gulls (single Glaucous-winged and Herring were still around), and 
Big Day gifts of Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, a Merlin hunting at 
dusk at Liberty Island, and our last bird of the day: a Lincoln's Sparrow 
sounding off as we scanned one last unsuccessful time for Common Gallinule at a 
small marsh at Liberty Island. Perhaps best of all, other than gallinule we 
didn't have any other birds to look for and called it a day at 8:03pm. 

  
 We had bad luck with Chestnut-backed Chickadee (which we wasted 20-30 minutes 
searching for at several spots before finally locating one), while missing 
staked-out breeding species such as Mountain Quail, Pileated Woodpecker, 
Western Wood-Pewee, Common Gallinule, Golden Eagle, and Rock Wren (we wasted 
another 20+ minutes not finding this in 3-4 locations where they were happily 
singing a few days ago - they apparently take naps in the mid-afternoon); a 
flock of Bonaparte's Gulls which wintered at the Dixon Sewage Ponds which 
probably just left; and migrants including Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes, 
Townsend's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Hermit 
Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager, and several other species that will 
soon be seen migrating over the ridges of Solano into Napa County. Worst luck 
of the day was a flat tire on the way home. 

 

 Enjoy the rest of spring migration (I'll be sleeping)! 
 

 Eric Pilotte
 Benicia, CA
Subject: Re: Black Vulture this morning
From: Mike Heffernon <mheff AT sonic.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:44:22 -0700
Parking on Joy Rd. may be easier and safer than along Hwy 12 near the farm 
pond. Hoping to see this bird after school today. 


Mike Heffernon
Occidental


On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:15 AM, John Sterling wrote:

> John Luther just saw the Black Vulture on hillside to the northwest of 
junction of Joy Road and Bodega Hwy. There is a carcass on the hillside. The 
vulture flew in at 8:45 am and flew off again. High fog conditions right now. 

> 
> 
> John
> 
> John Sterling
> VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
> 
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> Woodland, CA 95695
> 530 908-3836
> jsterling AT wavecable.com
> www.sterlingbirds.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Hooded Oriole (local interest)
From: Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:29:55 -0700 (PDT)
Looking out my window as I prepare to head out to Bodega, A beautiful male 
HOODED ORIOLE just landed in a tree in my neighbor's yard and then flew off 
right after I got my binoculars on it. Pretty bird. 


Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: Sonoma Co. Big Day highlight (4-13-14) Black Vulture
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:19:18 -0700
Folks,
Our still nameless Big Day team scoured Sonoma County yesterday as part of
the Golden Gate Audubon Society's annual Birdathon. Team consisted of Lisa
Hug, Dominik Mosur, Logan Kahle, and myself--three ringers and only one
weak link! Our preliminary total ended at 172, with only 5 or so species
not detected by the entire group. I'll provide a full trip report once we
finish compiling the data. For the moment, I'll just share one highlight.

We stopped briefly at Bodega Farm Pond despite the fact that we had
previously scouted it and knew it was likely to be dead. Indeed, no action
on the pond itself but one of our party, probably Dom, called our attention
to some unusual activity in a Vulture kettle up on the ridge to the north
of the pond and west of Joy Rd. A half dozen vultures were soaring and
wheeling normally but a Raven was harassing a vulture that looked smaller
than the others. As it turned, Dom and I shrieked BLACK VULTURE!

It was immediately recognizable, both by structure and plumage.
Structurally, the bird was bigger than the Raven but smaller than the TVs.
It was shorter tailed than the TVs and the all-dark head contrasted more
with the sky, making it appear bigger headed than the TVs. Wings were
rectangular with differentiated fingers, characteristic of buteos, eagles,
and vultures, but the wings were shorter than the TVs. Wing-beats were
faster and choppier. Plumage-wise, the bird was solid black with the
exception of flashing white patches in the primaries. Notably, the tail was
all-black with no white bars.

At the start of the day, I had admonished the team: "Do NOT find any
Shanks, Stints, Gyrfalcons, or anything else that will distract us from our
quest!" A lot of good that did. We abandoned our route and tried to refind
the bird as the kettle seemed to move over the ridge. We drove to the top
of Joy Road but realized it quickly enters oak-conifer cover that precludes
any sky watching. Coming back down the hill, we found one turn-out at the
gate to a pasture on the west side of the road that provided marginally
better viewing of the ridge than the pond itself. TVs were still swooping
in and out of view along the ridge but no longer in a nicely organized
kettle. After a few minutes, we gave up on the BLVU and resumed our big day
quest. Unfortunately, our photographic attempts were dismal failures.
Hopefully other observers will experience better results.

You can support GGAS's great conservation work by donating to GGAS at

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/goldengateaudubon/campaign.jsp?campaign=411&fundraiser=110590560 



Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: Black Vulture this morning
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:15:48 -0700
John Luther just saw the Black Vulture on hillside to the northwest of junction 
of Joy Road and Bodega Hwy. There is a carcass on the hillside. The vulture 
flew in at 8:45 am and flew off again. High fog conditions right now. 


John

John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com
Subject: Re: Black Vulture location
From: Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:06:15 -0700 (PDT)
Art Hoffman has pointed out that it's probably worth noting also that PARKING 
IS LIMITED AND DANGEROUS at this location. There is room for only about two 
cars right at the gate where there's a pull-out, otherwise you have to pull 
over on a long, straight, downhill stretch of road that's narrow and people 
routinely speed. BE CAREFUL. 


Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
http://www.colintalcroft.com/
Subject: Re: Black Vulture location
From: Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:52:21 -0700 (PDT)
I just updated the Bodega Farm Pond page Joseph sent a link to. There is a map 
there, a GPS address, GPS coordinates in both formats, and directions. Heading 
out there myself in a couple of hours. Hope to see it. I've seen these birds in 
the south, but, not surprisingly, it would be a Sonoma County bird list bird 
for me. The north side of the road will be on your right if approaching the 
pond from the direction of Sebastopol, on your left if approaching from the 
direction of the town of Bodega.  



From: Joseph Morlan 
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 8:33 AM
Subject: Re: [NBB] Black Vulture location
 


  
Map here...


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


On Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:16:39 +0000 (UTC), Doug Shaw
 wrote:

>Hi,
> I received requests for directions also which I privately responded to. I 
will add to Ruth's directions as follows: The pond is about 1/4 mile east of 
Joy Road. The Black Vulture was hanging with Turkey Vultures along the high 
ridge on the north side of the road. The birds do dip over the back side of the 
ridge out of view at times. 

>
>Good Birding,
>
>Doug Shaw
>Santa Rosa, CA
>
>----- Original Message -----
>> Some folks emailed me for directions.  I did not see the bird but was
>> told it was seen  north of the Bodega Farm Pond which is the large pond
>> located along BODEGA HWY (HWY 12)  just passed JOY RD.  I put this in my
>> post.  I have no address...
>> 
>> Ruth Rudesill
>> Kenwood
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Subject: Re: Black Vulture location
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:33:49 -0700
Map here...


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



On Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:16:39 +0000 (UTC), Doug Shaw
 wrote:

>Hi,
> I received requests for directions also which I privately responded to. I 
will add to Ruth's directions as follows: The pond is about 1/4 mile east of 
Joy Road. The Black Vulture was hanging with Turkey Vultures along the high 
ridge on the north side of the road. The birds do dip over the back side of the 
ridge out of view at times. 

>
>Good Birding,
>
>Doug Shaw
>Santa Rosa, CA
>
>----- Original Message -----
>> Some folks emailed me for directions.  I did not see the bird but was
>> told it was seen  north of the Bodega Farm Pond which is the large pond
>> located along BODEGA HWY (HWY 12)  just passed JOY RD.  I put this in my
>> post.  I have no address...
>> 
>> Ruth Rudesill
>> Kenwood
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Subject: Re: Black Vulture location
From: Doug Shaw <dougshaw09 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:16:39 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
 I received requests for directions also which I privately responded to. I will 
add to Ruth's directions as follows: The pond is about 1/4 mile east of Joy 
Road. The Black Vulture was hanging with Turkey Vultures along the high ridge 
on the north side of the road. The birds do dip over the back side of the ridge 
out of view at times. 


Good Birding,

Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA

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Subject: Black Vulture location
From: ruth <ruthier AT sonic.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:04:58 -0700
Some folks emailed me for directions.  I did not see the bird but was 
told it was seen  north of the Bodega Farm Pond which is the large pond 
located along BODEGA HWY (HWY 12)  just passed JOY RD.  I put this in my 
post.  I have no address...

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood


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Subject: Continuing Black Vulture 4/13 at 5:15 PM Sonoma County
From: Doug Shaw <dougshaw09 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:36:35 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
 I spent about 45 minutes looking for the BLACK VULTURE ( 2nd lifer this 
weekend ) reported this afternoon and saw it with my binoculars and scope 
flying along the top of the ridge north of the Bodega Hwy. Farm Pond. The bird 
caught my attention by several quick shallow wing beats than a short glide and 
it repeated that a few times over about 1 -2 minutes before dropping over the 
ridge. 

 On the way home I almost had Wild Turkey for dinner along Frei Road near 
Hwy.116. A dumb Tom was on the shoulder looked at me and then decided to play 
chicken and I slammed on my brakes ( no other cars on road ). I missed him by 
inches. 

 Over the past week 2-6 Tom Wild Turkey have been in full display on the west 
side of Hwy.101 just north of Kohl's in Sonoma County. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Black Vulture no TV drama yes
From: "Ruth Rudesill" <ruthier AT sonic.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:18:53 -0700
Couldn't leave to chase the Sonoma Co Black Vulture until 5:45pm. Zoomed out 
Bodega Hwy to Joy Rd area and saw a kettle of birds to the north. But there 
wasn't a Black Vulture with them. Most of the Turkey Vultures flew to the nw 
and settled into the big trees below the ridgeline (this would be the area to 
check tomorrow morning.) 


I continued to check all soaring birds - dozens of Ravens, a few hawks, and one 
Turkey Vulture flew by with a noticeable full crop. It went to the big trees 
area, too. 


It began to get darker and colder when I noticed some black birds in the field 
with diary cows behind me, to the west. There were several Ravens and vultures. 
Unfortunately, they were TVs feeding on an apparently stillborn calf. I watched 
as the mama cow kept chasing the birds away. Then I noticed a coyote was 
sitting nearby - waiting her turn. 


The Ravens were braver and would walk under the cow to feed but the TVs waited 
until the cow moved off. The coyote was spotted - charged by the mama cow and 
her helper cow. The coyote was smart;disappeared over a hill and came around 
the other side. She almost got to the calf but the two cows charged her at the 
last moment. She then sat down, waiting. 


The Ravens and 1 TV left, but 3 TVs stayed as it got dark. I didn't know they 
would feed at night...I assume the coyote will get the calf later in the night. 
But check this field in the morning for more vulture activity. 


Good luck,
Ruth Rudesill, Kenwood 


Subject: Re: Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday?
From: Sarah Mayhew <slmayhew77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:18:47 -0700
Thank you everyone for letting me know the Marsh Sandpiper hasn't been seen
since Sat. morning. Guess I probably missed my chance.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis


On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM,  wrote:

>
>
> Did anyone see the Marsh Sadnpiper today? Hope to finally get out there
> tomorrow evening if it is still around. Thanks.
>
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis
>  
>



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Subject: Re: Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday?
From: <judisierra AT yahoo.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 21:11:03 -0700
Not seen  this morning. No reports on CalBirds.  Check  GGAS BirdBox
Judi Sierra- Oakland
Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher: Pacheco Valle, Novato, Marin Co.
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:12:21 -0700
I've seen at least a couple of previous reports in the last couple of weeks for 

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in the NBB area, but I thought I'd toss mine 
in the ring, tooas it's my First Of Season (FOS) detection.

I heard one vocalizing individual in the open space forest in front of our 
house 

today at 10 am.

Is it early to detect this returning Marin County nesting species that is 
absent during the non-breeding season? 


According to Dave Shuford's "Marin Breeding Bird Atlas," for 13 seasons of 
monitoring 

from 1967-1989 at Palomarin near Bolinas, the average date of return is 4/26, 
with the earliest 4/10 and the latest detection 5/9. 


So, interesting: at least one of the earlier reports for this species was prior 
to 4/10.and, obviously, mine today is 3 days later than 4/10. 


*

Aside from the birding fun, here's wishing everyone a fine Total Lunar Eclipse 
tomorrow night. 

Cannot wait (!) Got my PhoneSkope ready on my spotting scope.

Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

Birding Guide/Certified Wildlife Biologist (associate)

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

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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper seen Sunday?
From: <slmayhew77 AT gmail.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 18:02:13 -0700
Did anyone see the Marsh Sadnpiper today? Hope to finally get out there 
tomorrow evening if it is still around. Thanks. 


Sarah Mayhew
Davis
Subject: Sonoma County BlackVulture refound north of Bodega Farm Pond
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:37:09 -0700
230pm , Sunday 4/13/14, with Lisa Hug, Logan Kahle and Bruce Mast while on a 
Golden Gate Audubon Big Day. 




Dominik Mosur
SF
415-786-2768

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Subject: Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:56:21 -0700
It was reported yesterday on eBird.  


On Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:31:22 -0700, Wendy Dandridge
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>
>Did anyone see it at Willowside Rd. in Santa Rosa yesterday?
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:31:22 -0700
Did anyone see it at Willowside Rd. in Santa Rosa yesterday? We spent a couple 
of glorious hours walking there and didn't see him. Quite a few Black-headed 
Grosbeaks (beautiful birds too), a Wilson's Warbler and heard lots of birds we 
couldn't i.d., but no Rose-breasted. We'll try again today, while everyone's in 
Solano staking out the Marsh Sandpiper. 


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Subject: Re: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County
From: Tracy Farrington <tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:05:46 -0700 (PDT)
Allow me to make it simple: 38.329135,-121.704207   Put these coordinates 
into the search field of Google Maps.  

Good hunting,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek 
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:35 AM, dea freid  wrote:
  
  
HI, 
  
If anyone copies and posts the directions I posted  yesterday, please use the 
version below which contains the update I posted last night (update was if 
going on  Rt 80 to Midway Rd exit turn east on Midway (not south)) etc 

Thanks! 
from Linda Pittman: 
Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east.  It might be more direct 
for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east.  Continue east on 
Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113.  Turn left on Hwy 113 and next 
road up will be Binghampton Rd.  

from Ruth Rudesill: 
There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past 
Vacaville- head EAST. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left 
on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S 
LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where everyone 
parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading 
towards the levee. Alternate route: Take wy 80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards 
Rio Vista. Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghampton Rd. I felt it was 
longer due to driving thru Suisun 


Dea Freid
Sebastopol 
  
 
 
Subject: Painted Bunting
From: <susyannah94901 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 20:55:16 -0700
I have a beautiful Painted Bunting visiting my feeder every day. I live in San 
Rafael and he comes, along with the finches, bushtits, and sparrows. He just 
has extraordinary color, outshining the finches. Cobalt blue head, yellow back 
and bright red underside, greenish wings. He has been here for about a month. 
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:34:52 -0700
Here's more details on the Marsh Sandpiper.  Posted by request...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/MarshSandpiperP1160097s.htm

>Thank you for that wonderful informative page on the Marsh Sandpiper. When we 
got there yesterday, the bird was on a mud flat and doing that sweeping motion 
with its bill that you described. It was very distinctive. Once it entered the 
water, I didn't see it do that again. 

>
>It would be great if you could post a link to your page on North Bay Birds. 
I'm sure a lot of people would look at it. 


-- 
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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher today
From: <lflint AT earthlink.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 18:16:54 -0700
I was at a meeting of Ranch Guides at ACR (Martin Griffin Preserve - Bolinas 
Lagoon today). After the meeting, John Kelly led a bird walk and the first bird 
we looked at was an Olive-sided Flycatcher! Definitely the FOS for me and I 
wonder if this is early. Thursday at a walk at Mitchell Canyon we had a Western 
Wood Pewee which I also thought might be early. 


 Leslie Flint
 San Mateo
Subject: Marsh Sandpiper continues in Solano County 4/12
From: Doug Shaw <dougshaw09 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:38:54 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
 We first caught glimpses / silhouette of the bird at about 0620 - 0630. Around 
0730 the sandpiper put on a good showing about half way between the 90 degree 
turn and the white bridge. The bird is skittish and flew off and circled back 
several times in about a 30-40 minute period. A large group of us got the best 
looks by walking slowly as a group from the turn towards the bridge. 

 I followed Dea's / Ruth's directions, but got a little off course at Midway / 
113 in the predawn hours ( my internal compass in my mind apparently does not 
like the dark ). 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:35:10 -0700
 

HI, 

If anyone copies and posts the directions I posted yesterday, please use
the version below which contains the update I posted last night (update
was if going on Rt 80 to Midway Rd exit turn east on Midway (not south))
etc 

Thanks! 

from Linda Pittman: 

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more
direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east.
Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left
on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghampton Rd. 

from Ruth Rudesill: 

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd
exit past Vacaville- head EAST. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several
miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to
SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide
left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch
along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.

Alternate route: Take wy 80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista.
Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghampton Rd. I felt it was
longer due to driving thru Suisun

Dea Freid
Sebastopol

 
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present
From: "Michael Feighner" <feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:59:06 -0700
Read below for today's 4-12-2014 initial continuing sighting of the Marsh 
Sandpiper. 


 

It would be nice if the first person of the day copy and paste the following 
directions to post for immediate access to readers avoiding scanning through 
many emails for the directions. 


 

from Ruth Rudesill:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past 
Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn 
left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right 
on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

 

Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 


 

from Linda Pittman:

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more direct 
for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east. Continue east on 
Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road 
up will be Binghamton Rd. 


from Ruth R:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past 
Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn 
left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right 
on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where 
everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road 
heading towards the levee. 

 

Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left 
on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving 
thru Suisun 


--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County 

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


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who can best manage change.” 

― Charles Darwin  
-- 


 

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Linda Terrill 

Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups. com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

 

The Marsh Sandpiper was seen to fly in at approximately 6:30am 
 and present for viewing as dawn broke. As has been 
the case, it and accompanying yellowlegs are skittish and flushing frequently 
with cars passing, etc. It has flown off and returned - and flown off again 
several times since first sighting this morning. 


Linda and Scott Terrill
Los Gatos,CA

Make it happen.
Make it happen.



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Subject: Marsh sandpiper present Sat 4-12 Solano County
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:36:21 -0700
 

For those of you not connected to CALBIRDS, Linda Terrill posted that
the Marsh SP flew in at 6:30 AM to the canal where it's been seen. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Re: Marsh Sandpiper continues this afternoon in Solano County
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:49:25 -0700
Hi All,

I uploaded 2 photos of the marsh Sandpiper in Solano County in my photo 
album "Lisa Hug's photos".   One of the photos is with a Greater 
Yellowlegs.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, Ca


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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper continues this afternoon in Solano County
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:41:49 -0700
 

Lisa Hug and I went up this afternoon and saw the sandpiper for about an
hour and a half. We arrived around 2:30 and it was present at that time!
It's gotten more used to people and we were able to join the group that
was already there viewing it from the road past that 90 degree turn. It
stayed fairly close the whole time, walking up and down feeding. It was
still there when we left around 3:45 - 4 PM. 

I have an amendment to the directions posted earlier. We went via the
route described by Ruth R and when we took the Midway Rd exit off 80E,
the choices were east and west, not north and south. East was the
correct direction to take. 

It was a great day and a lifer for me! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler: Indian Valley College Area, Novato, Marin Co.
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:02:59 -0700
Waterfall Trail, Indian Valley College Area, Novato, Marin Co.

4/11/14

Today around 4 pm, I heard one singing
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
on the Waterfall Trail where it meets a bridge and 
comes back to the main trail (that leads from ball fields west and where the 
main trail descends, eventually ending a .5 mile later toward the horse 
trailers). 


The bridge area on the Waterfall Trail is ~1,200' west of the ball fields.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

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

www.warblerwatch.com

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Subject: Marsh Sandpiper directions
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:57:07 -0700
 

Got a request to post reply to group. Got a number of different
suggestions, will list several. 

from Linda Pittman: 

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more
direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east.
Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left
on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghampton Rd. 

from Ruth R: 

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd
exit past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel
several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will
change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until
a wide left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the
ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.

Alternate route: Take wy 80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista.
Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghampton Rd. I felt it was
longer due to driving thru Suisun

Dea Freid
Sebastopol

 
Subject: Marsh SP directions
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:38:56 -0700
 

Got the info I needed. Thanks to everyone who replied ! 

Just went down Santa Rosa Creek from Willowside Rd in Sebastopol/S.Rosa.
Saw lots of birds but not the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Marsh Sandpiper directions
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:10:03 -0700
 

Hi, 

Can someone tell me if you can get onto Rt 113 from 12 East? I would be
coming from Sonoma County. I tried Google Maps and it looks like 113
intersects 12 but it didn't say for sure. I plan to go up this
afternoon. 

Thanks, 

Dea Freid 

 
Subject: Marsh Sandpiper in Solano Co.
From: Bill Noble <misternoble AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:39:50 -0700
A Marsh Sandpiper - the first "chaseable" record in North America away from
the Aleutians - was first seen on 4/9 and was still present yesterday. I've
been surprised no mention has showed up here.


Lots and lots of postings on *Calbirds* with detailed information,
including how not to disturb a very skittish bird so that others have a
chance to see it.


Bill Noble

Novato
Subject: FOS oriole
From: Paul Kienitz <paul AT paulkienitz.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:28:47 -0700
First year male Hooded Oriole, rather unafraid of people, just a day or two 
after putting up a feeder. 


-- Paul Kienitz, American Canyon
Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak continues
From: "Eugene Hunn" <enhunn323 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:02 -0700
NiBBers,

 

The young male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK first spotted by Don Kirker Monday,
April 7, was seen again on Wednesday (by Ruthie Rudesill) and again today,
Thursday, April 10, about 10 AM by Bill Doyle, who watched it singing, and
between 6:07 and 6:17 PM by me, finally. It was AWOL on several other visits
between times. It has generally been silent, or it may sing for a bit from
some hidden location, then be silent for an hour or so. It looks just about
like an adult male in breeding plumage except for a whitish supercilium.

 

There are a number of singing Black-headed Grosbeaks along the trail between
Willowside Road and Delta Pond, and the Rose-breasted has been seen at
various points from about 100 yards west of Willowside to just short of the
pond gate. Mostly, however, it seems to favor a gap about 50 feet west of
the first magenta stand pipe where a trail leads down to the river shore. I
spotted it as it flew across the river south to north at that spot, then
lost it in the new foliage of some oaks. I then walked around over the
Willowside Road bridge to the north side trail (signed the "Me Wok Trail")
where I managed to get close views as it fed on the oak flowers before it
flew back across to the south side.

 

Lots of noisy Bullock's Orioles, singing Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Cassin's
Vireos, Wilson's Warblers, very vocal goldfinches, chattering Brown-headed
Cowbirds, and even a few singing White-throated Sparrows still hanging on.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Willowside Trail...
From: Bill Doyle <shortbill AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:40:04 -0700
Willowside Trail this morning was a terrific spring listening 
experience.  I have not noticed anyone reporting vocalization from the 
Rose-throated Grosbeak, but it was in full song today, and putting our 
local guys to shame.  I has two Yellow WA's singing steadily as well, 
f.o.s. for me.  All three vireos, and everything else that's been in the 
news lately, were bustin' it out, too. Listen for Pewee...it's not here 
yet, but it'll be early, I'll bet.

Bill Doyle
Santa Rosa


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Subject: early Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: Dan Singer <dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:25:00 -0700
Hi all,

After stepping out of my car early this morning I greeted by a singing 
Olive-sided Flycatcher. It sat atop a Douglas Fir for some 15 fifteen minutes 
singing and calling. This was along the Fairfax-Bolinas Road at approximately 
mile marker 3.36. I normally don't encounter this species before mid-month 
though at least one or two seem to show early most springs. Lots of activity 
along the road including multiple Black-throated Gray Warblers and one 
Ash-throated Flycatcher. Townsend's Warbler remains the dominant warbler song 
with plenty of Orange-crowned, Wilson's and Yellow-rumped warblers adding 
background vocals. 



Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Etc.
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:21:00 -0700
Today was a joyful day to bird in several spots, with the following highlights:

- 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the Blackstone Canyon Trail trailhead beginning 
within riparian area (in Marinwood, S. Rafael) 


- 2, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW(s) singing near Lucas Valley Road as you go south on 
the Loma Alta Trail 

at Big Rock in west S. Rafael

- 1 Common Gallinule in Pond #1 at Las Gallinas, S. Rafael

- 1 Sora calling in Pond #1, n.e. cattails area, Las Gallinas, S. Rafael

Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

Birding Guide/Certified Wildlife Biologist (associate)

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

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: ruth <ruthier AT sonic.net>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:01:05 -0700
The immature (not quite in alternate plumaged)  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK 
found by Don Kirker was present this morning (Wednesday) along the 
Willowside Rd trail.  He was silent and feeding along the westbound 
trail(towards Delta Pond)  This was about 100 yards  beyond the purple 
pipe.   Access is Willowside Rd between Hall and Guerneville Rds, park 
at bridge over Santa Rosa Creek to access trail.

I went on to do some Breeding Bird atlasing in my new block Flora Ranch 
which is behind Chalk Hill.  Great habitat and saw a Spotted Sandpiper 
along the creek. More singing Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood


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Subject: Santa Rosa Creek @ Willowside Rd.
From: Brian Webb <poolwizrd8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:21:06 -0700
  I use this trail daily and must say the last week or so the area west of
Willowside Rd. has been been loaded with beautiful, crisp songs from
several different passerines. I'm very ignorant when it comes to passerines
but can confidently report seeing or hearing several White-throated
Sparrows, a Hermit Thrush and as reported earlier a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

   I would also personally like to give a big Thank You to Colin Talcroft
whose awesome website about birds of Sonoma County has helped me immensely.

Brian Webb
Santa Rosa
Subject: FOS Hooded Oriole
From: rita bevans <irenenerick AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:16:53 -0700
Hello birders, 
Had the first of season in our Windsor yard

Rita Bevans
Windsor, Ca 

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Subject: grosbeaks
From: "Eugene Hunn" <enhunn323 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:26:48 -0700
NiBBers,



I checked the Delta Pond trail west from Willowside Road this afternoon
about 3 PM in search of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported by Don Kirker
early this morning. I heard two grosbeaks singing and got a good look at
one, which was a male Black-headed Grosbeak. Never saw the other singer and
I can't tell them apart by song.

 

Also singing: Pacific Slope Flycatchers, Wilson's Warblers, Bullock's
Orioles, and Cassin's Vireos, plus the nesting Cooper's Hawk cackled.

 

Felt like summer.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: <djkirker AT yahoo.com>
Date: 08 Apr 2014 08:20:33 -0700
This morning at about 7am, I went for a walk along the Santa Rosa Creek trail 
west of Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. Approximately 50 west of the first 
vertical purple colored pipe along the trail, I spotted an immature male 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in top of the trees on the north side of the creek. It 
still had the white supercillium and malar mark and was just starting to show 
the red triangle on its white breast. 


Good Luck!
Don Kirker
Santa Rosa
Subject: Red-necked Grebe in near breeding plumage: McClure's Beach, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:57:46 -0700
McClure's Beach, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, 4/7/14

Enjoyed scoping from McClure's Beach shoreline today one RED-NECKED GREBE in 
near breeding plumage. 

Gorgeous.

Waxing into breeding plumage nearby was one
PACIFIC LOON.

Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

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

www.warblerwatch.com

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)
Subject: Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Rd., Apr 7, 2014
From: David Hamilton <napabirders AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:23:59 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

Had to go to Santa Rosa today to visit our Mom in the hospital. So we made a 
quick trip over to the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. Earlier than we usually go, so 
not a whole lot of migrants yet and still some wintering birds- quite a few 
White-throated Sparrows! EBIRD list is below. 


Enjoy the birds!
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net 

Directions: (thanks Colin Talcroft!) Access:West of the Guerneville 
Rd./Steele Ln. Exit from 

Hwy. 101. Midway between Guerneville Rd. to the north and Hall Rd. to the 
south. 

The creek area can be approached from either side. Note that Hall Rd. is the 
western extension of W. Third St. in Santa Rosa. There is a small informal 
parking area just south of the creek on the east side of Willowside Rd., but 
there is roadside parking elsewhere in the vicinity of the bridge over the 
creek 

on Willowside Rd. as well. There are paths on both banks of the creek channel 
and on both the east and west sides of Willowside Rd.



Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Rd., Sonoma, US-CA
Apr 7, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:  Just time for a short walk. Lots of large puddles on the 
road/path. Trees leafing out and being enjoyed by many species. Lots of water 
flowing in the creek. Sunny, 60s- low 70s. 

40 species

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Turkey Vulture X
Red-shouldered Hawk 2   vocal pair
Mourning Dove X
Anna's Hummingbird X
Acorn Woodpecker X
Nuttall's Woodpecker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Pacific-slope Flycatcher X
Cassin's Vireo 1   calling a lot, but could not see
Warbling Vireo 1
Western Scrub-Jay X
American Crow X
Common Raven X
Tree Swallow X
Oak Titmouse X
Bushtit X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Brown Creeper X
Bewick's Wren X
Wrentit X
Hermit Thrush 1   singing a little!
American Robin X
Northern Mockingbird X
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler X   beautiful breeding plumage!
Wilson's Warbler X
Spotted Towhee X
California Towhee X
Fox Sparrow X   singing!
Song Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X  several, seen high up in the tree eating fresh 
buds 

White-crowned Sparrow X   also up eating in the trees
Golden-crowned Sparrow X   on ground, but up in the trees, too
Dark-eyed Junco X
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Bullock's Oriole 1
House Finch X
Lesser Goldfinch X
American Goldfinch X

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17797932 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/)
Subject: Seasonal Sightings: SF Bay/S. Rafael (Next Rod & Gun Club)
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:39:36 -0700
Tardy posting here for 4/4/13 to mention I noted 
a common non-breeding resident  an EARED GREBE  but it was exquisite with 
breeding plumage waxing in to its 

expression, especially gorgeous in the head region.

A CLARK'S GREBE was also present close to the shoreline from my scope viewing 
area at the parking lot area that is 

adjacent to the frontage road immediately west of the bridge as you exit while 
entering Marin Co. 


Happy spring to all, Daniel

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

www.warblerwatch.com

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Subject: Osprey in Nest _ North Cloverdale
From: Robin Blaney <robin.blaney AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:53:41 -0700
Driving back from Mendocino county I spotted a very big nest on top of a
telephone pole on the right of 101 near the last Cloverdale exit, hwy 128
to Booneville. I pulled over and got great views of the Osprey in the nest
with my binocs.

Robin Blaney
Petaluma, CA
Subject: local interest Steller's Jays return to Strawberry feeder
From: Marjorie Siegel <masiegel3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:19:37 -0700 (PDT)
I didn't see any Steller's this winter, after watching the count go from a high 
of 3-5 year round, incl. breeders in 15 yrs of observation. Tree loss & 
development in the Golden Gate Theological Seminary, accompanied by influx of 
corvids, & Scrub jay aggression have increased until the last Steller's Jay 
became only a seasonal visitor. Last summer, there were two that seemed to 
avoid one another, and none at all throughout winter. 


This morning, to my delight, I saw two together on my balcony waiting in the 
usual spot to find peanuts. Usually stealthy & quiet to avoid attracting Scrub 
jays, these birds were advertising with their clack-clack-clack-clack-clacking. 
Sheer delight! 


Marjorie Siegel, Mill Valley
Subject: Red Crossbills and other notes from the Sonoma Coast, Saturday, 4-5-14
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:09:05 -0700
I was scheduled to lead a Golden Gate Audubon Birdathon trip to the Sonoma
Coast yesterday so I took the opportunity to do some big day scouting
beforehand. Started at 5 am along Salmon Creek Road west of the town of
Bodega where I checked for owls. There were probably 4-5 Great-horned Owl
pairs dueting along the road. Enjoyed hearing both NORTHERN SAW-WHET and a
pair of SPOTTED OWLS along the route. Also enjoyed running into Peter
Colasanti about day-break.

I checked for Grasshopper Sparrows at the field across from the farm pond
at 38.356465, -122.985295. They've been reported here in years past.
Habitat looks good but no sparrows in evidence.

I then birded Joy Rd. going north from Bodega to the point it intersects
Coleman Valley rd., where I headed west to the coast. Joy Rd. is fairly
heavily settled along its entire length so I didn't stop much. Coleman
Valley Rd. was a birding pleasure. Nothing unusual turned up but the usual
montane residents. The last couple miles look good for Poorwills but I was
there the wrong time of day to confirm.

At 11 am I met my group in Bodega Bay. We birded the west side of the
harbor, then went birded the first 5 miles of Coleman Valley Rd from the
coast to the high country. We ended the day by birding Doran Park and Porto
Bodega. Highlight of the trip was a pair of RED CROSSBILLS associating with
a flock of Pine Siskins at a water seep along the road. Coordinates are
38.3896, -123.0455. The male and female pair showed the Crossbill's
characteristic large round-headed look, with a stout, heavily curved bill.
The male was solid red with no streaking and dark wings. The female was
dull yellow-green with dark wings. Bob Brandriff first spotted the male on
a tree-top. The birds were on the ground drinking water when I got my bins
on them. Unfortunately the birds scattered soon after we saw them and they
didn't return. This spot is along an open section of the ridge without a
lot of seed cone sources nearby so I doubt the Crossbills will spend much
time here, assuming they stay in the general vicinity.

At Doran Beach, we refound the continuing flock of SNOWY PLOVERS. There
were 10-12 birds within view from the parking lot by the statue. Back in
downtown Bodega Bay, we paused to admire the flock of 100s of Cedar
Waxwings that Brook and Orion O'Connor reported on Friday. As we watched, a
PEREGRINE FALCON flew in and put on a show. It was probably the same bird
that strafed the roosting shorebirds at Porto Bodega about 30 minutes
later. We ended the outing by watching an OSPREY pull a nice fat fish out
of the harbor and haul it away, pursued by gulls.

A few photo highlights are available at

https://picasaweb.google.com/115664736039227190081/GGASBirdathonFieldTripToSonomaCoast20140405?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCI34oLX1n7OxIw&feat=directlink 


As a reminder, our 24-hour Sonoma County Big Day is next Sunday. This is a
Birdathon fundraiser for Golden Gate Audubon Society. Team consists of
myself, Logan Kahle, Dominik Mosur, and Lisa Hug. You can support GGAS's
great conservation work and cheer on our team by donating to GGAS at

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/goldengateaudubon/campaign.jsp?campaign=411&fundraiser=110590560 


Bird on!

Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: Birds of interest and recent arrivals the last few days
From: <corvus8x AT yahoo.com>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 23:40:46 -0700
A few notes of birds seen recently:
 This evening at my house in West Sebastopol, I saw a stunning male 
Black-headed Grosbeak show up at my feeders . The 4/4/14 seems a little early 
by a week for this species. 

 

 A another male Rufous Hummingbird ( third male for the spring here at my house 
) arrived yesterday and continued today and taking on all other hummers at the 
feeders. 

  
 Back on 4/2/14 as I drove over the Petaluma River on Highway 101 , I saw a 
skein of 60 Cackling Geese heading north . Too far up (and way too dangerous 
while driving) to I.D. to race . As others have observed , there seems to be a 
major pulse of this species this week. 

 

 Also of local interest is the movement of Cedar waxwings, I have seen large 
flocks( 50-350) of this species this whole week since last Sunday at places 
such as Bodega Bay, Novato ,and Sebastopol. 

 

 Lastly, At least one Sooty Fox Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow continue 
on at my house. 

 

 Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
 

     
 

 

Subject: Cedar Waxwings at Bodega Bay
From: <brookseabirds AT yahoo.com>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 22:40:59 -0700
Driving through Bodega Bay town we counted approximately 220 Cedar Waxwings 
perched together on three electrical wires. They had flushed out of a large 
bush with red berries. Though it was windy, we managed to count them and check 
for any Bohemian Waxwings. Not a single rufous undertail covert to be seen from 
our perfect view below them. But someone is going to be shocked when they see 
what happened to their car below the wires! 

Cheers,
Brook and Orion O'Connor
Bodega Bay, CA
Subject: Cackling Goose
From: Murray Berner <vireocity AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 03:27:11 +0000
Birders,

Interesting flights of Cackling Goose. On March 20, about 600 passed west over 
Hudeman in three flocks each about an hour apart. On April 2, another 600 in 
three flocks flew west over Buchli Stn in Napa Co 0710-0815. All of these birds 
have broad white neck collars. I followed the largest of the 3/20 flocks to see 
them cross west at the lowest point in the hills at Stage Gulch Rd toward 
Petaluma. Two of the 4/2 flocks were seen to emerge out of the west from 
Jameson Canyon, Solano/Napa Cos, then take the Stage Gulch route over the 
hills. So these birds are coming from the Central Valley or at least Suisun 
Marsh. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
From: <litehawk AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 18:01:53 -0700
This morning around 10:00, I saw a leucistic red-tailed hawk at the Napa Rd. 
turn-off from SR 12/121. It flew from the filed or fence on the right (north), 
up to a power pole on the left (south). As it flew upwards across the road in 
front of the car, various white patches could be seen on the back, wings & 
tail. 


Very cool!

Ken Ealy
Davis
Subject: RE: and more Cackling Geese
From: "Eugene Hunn" <enhunn323 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:40:33 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I also noted two long strings of small geese flying north west of Stony
Point road north of Petaluma about 8:30 AM yesterday.

 

Gene

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Kathleen M
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 7:56 AM
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NBB] and more Cackling Geese

 

  

I too, saw a flock of maybe 75 Cackling Geese flying northerly over Carriger
Road in Sonoma Valley (April 3 2014).  This was about 9:30 also, so not the
same birds.  My friends had seen a couple of flocks earlier in the morning
(8am?) at the same location, flying north.  I had seen a flock (about 50
birds) earlier in the week at the same location (March 30th), flying north.


 

What a delightful noise they make as they fly over, not nearly as strident
as the big Honkers.

 

Kathleen Mugele

Sonoma

 

 

 

 

From: Alan Wight 

To: northbaybirds 

Sent: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 12:13 am

Subject: [NBB] Sonoma County - 4/3/14

 

 

 

I also saw some large flocks of northwest-bound geese in Sonoma County on
4/3/14, perhaps some of the same flocks Logan Kahle reported further south.
I was driving north on US101 near Healdsburg around 9:30 am and noticed two
large (>150 birds each) flocks of geese heading north.  They headed up Dry
Creek Valley as did I.  Just before I was going to pull off the road and
look at them with binoculars they disappeared into the clouds.  About 45
minutes later while I was standing near the spillway at Warm Springs Dam, a
flock of at least 150 Cackling Geese flew in from the southeast and< /FONT>
then over the dam.  I suspect the two prior flocks were likely also Cackling
Geese.

Also on 4/3/14, I heard my FOY Bullock's Oriole below Warm Springs Dam and
saw my FOY Hooded Oriole in north Santa Rosa.

Alan Wight

Petaluma, CA


Subject: Lewis' Woodpecker
From: Kathleen M <kamnick AT sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:07:30 -0800
Birded at Crane Creek Regional Park yesterday (April 3 ) and yes, the  
LEWO is still there...glowing in the sun as he sat and preened atop  
his favorite branches...then entertained with his fly-catching  
abilities.

This is part of our new BBA block and we confirmed 6 species  
including Acorn Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch.

Nice.

Kathleen Mugele
Kathi Province
Terry Province
Sonoma



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