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Osprey,©Barry Kent Mackay

07 Mar Bolinas spring arrivals and departures ["Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Mar Re: Copper bullet... ["'Paul Kienitz' paul AT paulkienitz.net [northbaybirds]" ]
06 Mar Re: Copper bullet... ["Robin Winning robinwinning AT icloud.com [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Mar Copper bullet... ["j.kuhn1 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Mar Re: Leucistic Turkey Vulture ["Ann Howald annhowald AT vom.com [northbaybirds]" ]
5 Mar Red-naped Sapsucker - Santa Rosa - 3/5/15 ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
5 Mar Lewis's Woodpecker on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road ["David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
5 Mar Rails at Las Gallinas ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Mar green-winged teals ["daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Mar Red-breasted Mergansers ["ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Mar Greater fronted geese at Corte Madera Marsh ["daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Mar Local Interest - Pictures of Birds in Petaluma ["'Ron Storey' ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Mar Solitary Sandpiper Napa ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Mar Black Rails, China Camp State Park ["Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar misc. Sonoma Co. birds ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: Ongoing Brown Booby, Black Vuture & others ["David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar Ongoing Brown Booby, Black Vuture & others ["David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar Chimney Rock-Drakes Beach ["'Dave Shuford' dshuford AT horizoncable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar Bolinas Black Vulture ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
2 Mar Lewis Woodpecker near Mankas Corner, Fairfield ["Scott Restivo srestivo AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
02 Mar Rufous hummingbird in Sonoma Valley ["annhowald AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
01 Mar Burrowing Owl at Point Reyes ["mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
01 Mar Black Vulture etc. ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Mar Hudeman Slough Sonoma County 2/28 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Feb Stinson Beach Black-and-white Warbler ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Feb Brown Boobies at Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes ["rosita94598 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Feb Ross's Goose ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Feb Olema Bolinas Road -- Black Vulture ["Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Feb Re: spring has sprung ["Drechsler Debbie deb AT debdrex.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb American Dipper in Muir Woods this evening ["daphnehatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb male Rufous Hummer at Diekmann's ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: spring has sprung ["Rita Bevans irenenerick AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: spring has sprung ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: spring has sprung ["Cynthia Rathkey jc27post AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb spring has sprung ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Feb Active Osprey Nest ["lgnorwood AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Feb Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands ["daphnehatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Feb Re: Rufous Hummingbird - Novato (Marin County) ["Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Feb Rufous Hummingbird - Novato (Marin County) ["Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Feb Brown Booby Continues at Chimney Rock ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Feb Leucistic Turkey Vulture ["Rebecca Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Feb Brown Booby Continues at Chimney Rock ["ralph_chins AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Feb NBB in Marin Magazine ["Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Feb Mt. St. Helena and Calistolga ["j.chiropolos AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Feb Birding by boat, Tomales Bay with John Kelly ["Megan Isadore megan.isadore AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Brown Boobies continue at Chimney Rock ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Prairie falcon at Nicasio Reservoir, Feb. 21, 2015 ["plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Steller's Jay question ["lgnorwood AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands ["judisierra AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Ongoing Brown Boobies @ Chimney Rock & White-winged Scoter ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Feb Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands ["Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Black Vulture continues ["diomedea.stephen AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Shollenberger - Local Interest ["Ron Storey ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Northern Pygmy-Owl, Leucistic Turkey Vulture ["Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Osprey nesting activity? ["dh1236 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Small White-fronted Goose in Mill Valley ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Chimney Rock trail: Brown Boobies, Long-tailed Duck, Black Scoter ["Peter Headland Peter AT matrixlink.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb Black Vulture ["Roy Carlson rbcarlson1 AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb small White-fronted Goose at Mill Valley Community Center. ["langdon stevenson langdonstevenson AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Angwin birds ["elmendorf3 AT verizon.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Ash Throated Flycatcher ["Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Rufous hummingbird ["Margareta Luff luffmar AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Re: Benicia Lark Sparrow ["'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Benicia Lark Sparrow ["'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Feb SPOTTED TOWHEE WITH KERATIN DISORDER-SACTO VALLEY ["Harry Fuller anzatowhee AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Black Vulture still around? ["Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Benicia Lark Sparrow ["Danny Swicegood dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Vaux's Swifts ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb Ferry Ride Larkspur to SF ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Feb IN CASE YOU;RE PLANNING TO BIRD FAR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ["Harry Fuller anzatowhee AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Feb Snow Geese, Petaluma ["ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Feb Re: Steller's Jay question ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Feb Re: Steller's Jay question ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Feb Re: Steller's Jay question ["Ann Howald annhowald AT vom.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Feb Re: Steller's Jay question ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Bolinas spring arrivals and departures
From: "Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:17:38 -0800
The following have arrived along Wharf Road and in the lagoon during 
the past week:

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Feb 28 (4-5)
Violet-green Swallow - Mar 6 (7-10)
Barn Swallow - Mar 6 (4-5)
Cliff Swallow - Mar 7 (1)
Caspian Tern - Mar 7 (3)

Departures in past week:

Most Avocets (500 on the 28th, 138 today)
Most Bufflehead, Coomon Goldeneye, Red-throated Loons
All Dunlin

Still here in winter numbers:
Willets, Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, Brant, American 
Wigeon, Northern Pintail

Cheers, Peter



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Subject: Re: Copper bullet...
From: "'Paul Kienitz' paul AT paulkienitz.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 07:33:25 -0800
Varied thrushes aren't something I'm used to seeing, but this year a pair have 
settled in where I see them almost daily at my workplace, between Napa & AmCan. 

Been some time since seeing any rufous hummy, but a pair of Allen's are holding 
their own against the Annas in our yard, which doesn't usually happen. 


-- Paul Kienitz, American Canyon
Subject: Re: Copper bullet...
From: "Robin Winning robinwinning AT icloud.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:51:14 -0800
We’ve had 2 varied thrushes in our backyard all winter too! Such a treat. 

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 2:43 PM, j.kuhn1 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> Yard bird (Larkfield): FOS (for us) male rufous hummingbird has taken over 
the yard--at least for a day. Also a particularly good look at a 
brightly-colored varied thrush, one of two which have hung around most of the 
winter. Varied thrush is not a common yard bird for us so we've been lucky to 
have them this year. 

> 
> Chris Kuhn
> 188 Wembley Court
> Santa Rosa  CA  95403
> 707-541-0180
> 
> 
Subject: Copper bullet...
From: "j.kuhn1 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:43:36 +0000 (UTC)
Yard bird (Larkfield): FOS (for us) male rufous hummingbird has taken over the 
yard--at least for a day. Also a particularly good look at a brightly-colored 
varied thrush, one of two which have hung around most of the winter. Varied 
thrush is not a common yard bird for us so we've been lucky to have them this 
year. 


Chris Kuhn 
188 Wembley Court 
Santa Rosa CA 95403 
707-541-0180 
Subject: Re: Leucistic Turkey Vulture
From: "Ann Howald annhowald AT vom.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:23:22 -0800
Still here today. Wendy Smit and I are seeing it from the No Sonoma Mtn trail 
overlook 2.2 miles out. Soaring with other TVs 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 24, 2015, at 3:10 PM, "Rebecca Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Today at the new North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park (Santa Rosa), Helen 
Kochenderfer and I saw a leucistic turkey vulture soaring with several other 
TVs. It was mostly white on top with black edging. Underneath was mostly white 
as well, with black mottling on the body. It was truly a beautiful bird! It was 
soaring not to far from the parking lot and then went out of sight. As we left 
and drove down Sonoma Mountain Road, we saw it again. 

> Becky Olsen
> Santa Rosa
> 
> 
Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker - Santa Rosa - 3/5/15
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:53:52 -0800
Today (3/5/15), I found a male Red-naped Sapsucker at the Keysight
Technologies site in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.  I saw it well for a minute
or two and took some mediocre photos of it through my binoculars before it
flew off to the east.  It looked to be a clean Red-naped without any signs
of hybridization.  This location is about 2.5 miles from the Red-naped
Sapsucker sightings in Santa Rosa earlier this year.

Here's my eBird checklist with photo and description:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22185203

Please note that this location is private property.

Also present at this location today were an adult male Rufous Hummingbird as
well as 1-3 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbirds heard and/or seen poorly.

Also in Sonoma County, on 2/27/15 at the water channel north of Wilfred
Avenue and east of Stony Point Road, there were four male/female pairs of
Hooded Mergansers.

Alan Wight
Petaluma, CA
Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road
From: "David Wimpfheimer ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:35:31 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday at about 3:00 pm I saw a Lewis's Woodpecker at the top of a wood 
power pole.  The pole is on the west side of Point Reyes - Petaluma Road near 
the address 4800.  This location is a few hundred yards north of the 
intersection with San Antonio Road in Sonoma County.  I had seen the bird 
there a few weeks ago as well.  This location is not that far from the I 
Street site where several Lewis's Woodpeckers were being seen earlier in the 
winter. 
Subject: Rails at Las Gallinas
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:38:32 -0800
25 birders joined Marin Audubon's "First Thursday" walk at the Las Gallinas
treatment ponds today. We tallied 57 species, including open views of Sora
and American Bittern at the east end of pond #1, life birds for some. Marsh
Wrens were plentiful and in full song, some in areas with no cattails.
Other good birds included an Aleutian Cackling Goose and a male Common
Merganser. Several male Great-tailed Grackles have returned and sung loudly
along the berm between ponds 2 & 3. Usual thanks to Susan Kelly for her
excellent spotting and compilation, with a little help from friends.

Las Gallinas in located in San Rafael, at the end of Smith Ranch Road. Take
SRR left before you enter the golf course.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
Subject: green-winged teals
From: "daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 17:35:39 -0800
Forgot there were some of these at Corte Madera Marsh as well. Probably think 
of more later. Beautiful place especially at this green time of the year. 

 

 Sharon Salisbury
 Mill Valley
Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers
From: "ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 17:12:20 -0800
03/04/15
 

 Today at the mouth of the Russian River 2 male (drake) RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS 
in breeding plumage were swimming. They reacted aggressively when approached by 
COMMON MERGANSER drakes. 

 

 Also present were several hen COMMON GOLDENEYES as well a 1 brilliant drake.
 

 Dave Barry
 Santa Rosa
 

  
Subject: Greater fronted geese at Corte Madera Marsh
From: "daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 16:36:18 -0800
Yesterday I was up at Corte Madera Marsh and in one of the vernal ponds there 
were 3 Greater Fronted Geese, many Killdeer and what I believe were Western 
Sandpipers, a Lesser Yellowlegs, American and Eurasion Wigeons, Shovelers, 
Meadow Larks(the first I have seen in years), and more that I have already 
forgotten...and one huge Red Shouldered Hawk's nest. 

 

 The marsh is behind Trader Joe's...just enter the parking lot and then veer 
left along a small road around to the back of TJ's. Climb up onto the berm that 
runs around the marsh and go right. The tidal pond is to your right and the 
vernal ponds and nest are behind that. Great place to just wander or take your 
dog for a walk. 

 

 Sharon Salisbury
 Mill Valley
Subject: Local Interest - Pictures of Birds in Petaluma
From: "'Ron Storey' ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:49:37 -0800
In the past two weeks I have taken some pictures at Shollenberger, Helen
Putnam Park, and Tolay Regional Park here in Petaluma.  I have posted
sixteen of these pictures on my Website.  If you are interested in viewing
the pictures you can at http://ronstorey.com/Recent03/

 

Ron Storey

Petaluma, CA
Subject: Solitary Sandpiper Napa
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:21:25 +0000
Birders,

Originally found by Jason Celaya on 19 January but not seen since (I haven't 
looked for it since 1/21), a Solitary Sandpiper was in view from the Third St. 
bridge over the Napa R. in downtown Napa at 11 am Wednesday. It was on the mud 
near the east bank within 50 yds south of the bridge. On foot, all of both 
sides of the river is accessible from First St. downstream well past 3rd St. 
Suitable habitat is scattered throughout the area. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: Black Rails, China Camp State Park
From: "Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:12:46 +0000 (UTC)
A year and a half ago, Betsey and I heard black rails in the Miwok Meadows 
marsh at China Camp State Park. After many fruitless attempts to repeat the 
experience since then, we were beginning to doubt that it had ever 
happened--until tonight. 


Around 5:00, I heard three distinct black rails calling, two in the northeast 
corner of the marsh, one across the road. I stayed for about fifteen minutes, 
and the closest rail called pretty much non-stop for that whole time. The other 
two seemed to respond to it intermittently. I checked the call against other 
rails' vocalizations (quietly to myself) and made several recordings to check 
later. They were a perfect match of the unique three-note call. 


If you're not familiar with Miwok Meadows, it's on the back side of China Camp 
in San Rafael. There is a trail that forms a horseshoe around the marsh and 
goes back toward a wonderful picnic spot and through a wooded area. It's about 
to really heat up, with various migrants joining the usual turkeys (including 
one leucistic female), pileated woodpeckers (a resident pair), and swallows. 
I've found blue-gray gnatcatcher, orange-crowned warbler, red-breasted 
sapsucker, white-throated swift, and more there over the last few weeks. The 
best place to park to be near the rails would be the gravel pull-out near the 
north side of the horseshoe. 


Matt Perry
Sausalito
Subject: misc. Sonoma Co. birds
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:01:55 -0800
Hello Birders,
Three NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were perched on snags at the N. end of 
Spring Lake on 28 Feb. following the refreshing mid-day hail storm. It had been 
a beautiful sunny morning while a dark anvil cloud loomed, then moved in from 
the North. My sapsucker search around the lake (particularly the S. end) failed 
to produce anything; i.e. no sign of the Red-naped reported a few days ago. 

Later on 28 Feb. I refound two of the ROCK WRENS working the boulders lining 
the spillway below Warm Springs Dam. Only a few feet away about 8-10 STEELHEAD 
TROUT were shooting the rapids, trying to ascend from the spillway current into 
the pond area. 

 
Today (3/2) I birded Geysers Rd. where the lone highlight was two calling 
CALIFORNIA THRASHERS, seen perched atop the chapparal then foraging on bare 
ground. 

I missed seeing any owls at the old S.R. Airfield (between Stony Point Rd. and 
S.Wright Rd.) but saw one Ring-necked Pheasant there. 

I finished the day with a pair of calling WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS at my 
traditional spot on Lichau Rd. (off Roberts Rd.) 

Good Birding,
~Dan Nelson  - Sonoma County
Subject: Re: Ongoing Brown Booby, Black Vuture & others
From: "David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:16:44 -0800
Sorry, I called the Brown Booby a juvenile, instead of sub-adult.

Denise Hamilton
 

________________________________
 From: "David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" 
 

To: North Bay Birds  
Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 10:03 PM
Subject: [NBB] Ongoing Brown Booby, Black Vuture & others
  


 



Hi all,

3/2/15 We finally made a trip over to Pt. Reyes, out to Chimney Rock (10:OO AM) 
to look for the Brown Boobies. We were not disappointed. We ran into a large 
birding group who informed us that one of the boobies (juv) was on the rock 
below. There were just a few beautiful BRANDT'S CORMORANTS next to it, so had 
excellent views of it. A PEREGRINE FALCON cruised by several times. Other birds 
seen: looking into the bay from the park-service house, we saw the LONG-TAILED 
DUCK & 2 male BLACK-SCOTERS with a probable female. In the cypress there was a 
BLACK-THROATED GRAY & TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and a few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. 


Our next target bird was the BLACK VULTURE, so we headed over to Bolinas, 
arriving there around 4:00 pm. We found the produce stand on Olema-Bolinas Rd. 
but saw no vultures. So we birded the lagoon for awhile (heard an 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER) and then returned and parked by the Bolinas Lagoon Open 
Space (comes before the produce stand.) The BLACK VULTURE was sitting by itself 
in a bare tree of the preserve. My, is the dead deer is rather ripe right now!! 
We had excellent views of it, while a large kettle of TURKEY VULTURES, a 
PEREGRINE FALCON, & A RED-TAILED HAWK circled overhead. We walked into the 
preserve about 200' and came on a nice mixed flock of birds- CHESTNUT-BACKED 
CHICKADEE, BUSHTITS (with almost a complete nest close to the entrance), BROWN 
CREEPER, 2 or 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, PURPLE FINCH, ANNA'S & a SELAPHOROUS 
HUMMER, & several HAIRY, DOWNY & NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS. Standing in one spot, 
we had 30 species! 


We ended the day with 106 species at Pt. Reyes/ Bolinas. The weather was 
beautiful! 


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


 


 
Subject: Ongoing Brown Booby, Black Vuture & others
From: "David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:03:22 -0800
Hi all,

3/2/15 We finally made a trip over to Pt. Reyes, out to Chimney Rock (10:OO AM) 
to look for the Brown Boobies. We were not disappointed. We ran into a large 
birding group who informed us that one of the boobies (juv) was on the rock 
below. There were just a few beautiful BRANDT'S CORMORANTS next to it, so had 
excellent views of it. A PEREGRINE FALCON cruised by several times. Other birds 
seen: looking into the bay from the park-service house, we saw the LONG-TAILED 
DUCK & 2 male BLACK-SCOTERS with a probable female. In the cypress there was a 
BLACK-THROATED GRAY & TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and a few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. 


Our next target bird was the BLACK VULTURE, so we headed over to Bolinas, 
arriving there around 4:00 pm. We found the produce stand on Olema-Bolinas Rd. 
but saw no vultures. So we birded the lagoon for awhile (heard an 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER) and then returned and parked by the Bolinas Lagoon Open 
Space (comes before the produce stand.) The BLACK VULTURE was sitting by itself 
in a bare tree of the preserve. My, is the dead deer is rather ripe right now!! 
We had excellent views of it, while a large kettle of TURKEY VULTURES, a 
PEREGRINE FALCON, & A RED-TAILED HAWK circled overhead. We walked into the 
preserve about 200' and came on a nice mixed flock of birds- CHESTNUT-BACKED 
CHICKADEE, BUSHTITS (with almost a complete nest close to the entrance), BROWN 
CREEPER, 2 or 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, PURPLE FINCH, ANNA'S & a SELAPHOROUS 
HUMMER, & several HAIRY, DOWNY & NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS. Standing in one spot, 
we had 30 species! 


We ended the day with 106 species at Pt. Reyes/ Bolinas. The weather was 
beautiful! 


Enjoying the birds!
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net
Subject: Chimney Rock-Drakes Beach
From: "'Dave Shuford' dshuford AT horizoncable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:59:40 -0800
Hello,

 

A group of us met this morning on Point Reyes at the parking lot for Chimney 
Rock and walked out to look over the rocks. Cloudy and blustery wind on the way 
out, but clearing and wind dying down considerably later in the morning. 


 

One sub-adult Brown Booby was still on the right side of the largest rock just 
offshore. A couple of Peregrines cruising by at intervals and a variety of 
spring wildflowers along the trail and by Chimney Rock added to the ambiance. A 
couple of probable Common Dolphins passed close to the rocks, but didn’t see 
all the field marks. In Drake’s Bay on the way out we saw a Long-tailed Duck, 
and on the way back saw that bird again and were shown three Black Scoters (2 
males,1 female) by a couple (names unknown). On the way by the cypresses by the 
main house at the Fish Docks, the couple had spotted some landbird activity and 
to our surprise out popped a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, which was a 
surprise at this date. Seems too early to be a spring migrant, so wondering if 
it might have wintered at that site or perhaps it wintered somewhere else 
relatively close by and is wandering around before moving on to its breeding 
grounds. Didn’t spend much time looking in the cypresses, but some other 
landbirds there included Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets and a 
Townsend’s Warbler, with young elephants seals nearby calling loudly serving 
as the soundtrack. 


 

After lunch at the parking lot we drove over to Drake’s Beach. Surf Scoters 
seem to be on the move, as many small flocks had been going Nerly past Chimney 
Rock and very large numbers in the water off Drake’s Beach. Scoters in one 
flock were foraging right on the beach walking around in 1-6 inches of wave 
splash water, with their bellies very visible, perhaps feeding on sand crabs. 
Red-necked Grebe coming in to breeding plumage, and a couple others over by the 
Fish Docks. Right on the beach by the Drakes parking lot there were a couple of 
oblivious male elephant seals, looking a lot like the large logs washed up at 
the upper drift line,and right before we left a “big daddy” elephant seal 
came out of the surf and with a number of short slow motion “sprints” it 
hauled its behemoth body up on the beach. A site to see, and capping a great 
day by the shore. 


 

Dave Shuford

Point Reyes Station

 

 

 
Subject: Bolinas Black Vulture
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:15:31 -0800
Not seeing any other reports today (Monday) of the Marin Co Black Vulture, 
I’ll submit mine. I arrived in Bolinas around 1:30, quickly finding the 
aforementioned Gospel Flat produce stand at Olema-Bolinas and Horseshoe Hill 
Rds. The cypress tree and old windmill were great landmarks, and the smell from 
the deer carcass made it easy to locate. (Great directions!) I was obviously in 
the right spot, but there was only one Turkey Vulture in the vicinity. Since it 
was a sunny, cloudless day, I figured any self-respecting vulture would be 
soaring high above, so I spent the next 90 minutes driving around, checking out 
every vulture I could find. It made sense to drive up to Mesa Rd, and this is 
where I eventually found several vultures congregating. One suddenly appeared 
that was stouter and had a stubbier tail, giving glimpses of its white outer 
underwings. After a few minutes, it peeled off from the others, in the 
direction of where else, the Gospel Flat area. I hopped in my car and drove 
down the hill, and surprise, surprise, there was the Black Vulture perched high 
in the cypress, exactly as described by others. Great state bird! 


Also of interest in the field at Mesa Rd and Overlook Rd were 7 Greater 
White-fronted Geese and 1 Aleutian Cackling Goose, along with several dozen 
Canadas. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton
Subject: Lewis Woodpecker near Mankas Corner, Fairfield
From: "Scott Restivo srestivo AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:17:44 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
On Saturday, I saw a Lewis's Woodpecker on a telephone pole on Mankas Corner 
Road, just past the bend that is just north of where Ledgewood Rd joins Mankas 
Corner Road. It was on the left side of the road when heading north. There is a 
canal that runs along the road there. 


Scott Restivo
Benicia


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Subject: Rufous hummingbird in Sonoma Valley
From: "annhowald AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 08:36:35 -0800
Yesterday afternoon we had a male rufous hummingbird show up at our feeder on 
the east side of the Sonoma Valley. Still here this morning. We noticed it the 
day after thunderstorms, hail and rain (0.37 inch). First record for this bird 
in our yard after 24 years of living here. 
Subject: Burrowing Owl at Point Reyes
From: "mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 17:51:34 -0800
There's was a Burrowing Owl at Abbott's Lagoon today. About a third of a mile 
from the parking lot is a bench next to a large sign that says "Coastal Dunes a 
Vanishing Legacy". There are three small freshly excavated piles of earth 140 
degrees SE of the bench (bring a compass), across the fence and about 75 feet 
beyond it. Two piles are close together and the owl was standing next to the 
one on the left. The third pile is a few feet away. I first saw it at 7:45 AM 
and it was still there asI passed by again on my way out at 10:45. A spotting 
scope would be useful. 

 

 Moss Henry 
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Black Vulture etc.
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:38:50 -0800
Bob,

Thanks so much for your help seeing the BLACK VULTURE today, March 1st.
It's easy to overlook when flying really high.  I posted a description and
some distant photos at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/BlackVultureDSCN8742.htm

Stopped up at Two Rock on the way home and five TUNDRA SWANS were still
present...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/TundraSwanP1220551.htm

Also counted 65 MUTE SWANS at Laguna Lake SON...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/MuteSwansP1220552.htm

On Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:51:28 -0800, "'Bob Battagin'
bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]"
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>The on-going Black Vulture was on a cypress tree branch 100 east of the Gospel 
Flat produce stand on the Olema Bolinas Road. As noted previously, it has been 
feeding on a deer carcass on the other side of the road from the cypress tree. 
(There is a historic windmill adjacent to the cypress tree.) 

--
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Subject: Hudeman Slough Sonoma County 2/28
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:18:14 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,

 I walked the 2.4 mile levee loop around Hudeman Slough area off Ramal Road on 
Saturday looking for a Prairie Falcon seen yesterday (ebird report) and I 
failed to find it, but found a immature ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near the ne corner of 
the property. I heard many claps of thunder to the north while I was out there 
and was surprised when a bolt of lightning touched the levee 20 feet in front 
of me. Luckily, my tripod did not attract the bolt to me. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Stinson Beach Black-and-white Warbler
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:51:28 -0800
Hi NBBers,

This afternoon there was a Black-and-white Warbler in the willows at the 
northeast corner of the northern-most parking lot at the Stinson Beach 
Recreation Area. It was with a flock of other insectivores including Bushtits, 
Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 


The on-going Black Vulture was on a cypress tree branch 100 east of the Gospel 
Flat produce stand on the Olema Bolinas Road. As noted previously, it has been 
feeding on a deer carcass on the other side of the road from the cypress tree. 
(There is a historic windmill adjacent to the cypress tree.) 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Brown Boobies at Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes
From: "rosita94598 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 20:29:52 -0800
Eugenia Larson was kind enough to drive us to Pt. Reyes this morning where, 
despite the wind, we saw probably 2 Brown Boobies on Chimney Rock. One bird was 
mostly hidden behind a preening Brandt's Cormorant, but when we no longer 
noticed it, another bird was well seen farther to the right on the rock. We 
were not certain if the first bird had moved, or if this was truly a second 
bird. While the temperature was actually fairly mild, the wind was pretty 
fierce. 

 

 Hugh B. Harvey
 Walnut Creek

Subject: Ross's Goose
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:05 -0800
Hi All,

Yesterday morning about 10:00 am a small white goose flew over the group 
of "Vagrant" birders and I while we were walking on the Laguna trail 
just east of Sebastopol on Highway 12.  later, about 3:00 pm I saw a 
Ross's Goose on High School Road, just north of Sebastopol along the 
Laguna Channel with a group of Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese 
and some domestic Geese.  This is very likely the very same bird.

We had a wonderful day yesterday,

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol


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Subject: Olema Bolinas Road -- Black Vulture
From: "Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:03:48 -0800
This morning around 9:45 am the oft-mentioned Black Vulture was sitting 15
feet up on a small dead tree eyeing a deer carcass in the ditch just east
of the farm stand & nursery along the Olema Bolinas Road.

Graham

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Subject: Re: spring has sprung
From: "Drechsler Debbie deb AT debdrex.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:24:21 -0800
I heard then watched two males chase each other wildly around for a good ten 
minutes last week in Howarth Park. 


> I hiked up through the oak woods above the Sonoma Development Center near
> Glen Ellen yesterday (February 24) and was surprised to hear Orange-crowned
> Warblers singing every which way (I counted a total of 17). They must have
> just arrived. 

Debbie Drechsler
Santa Rosa CA


Subject: American Dipper in Muir Woods this evening
From: "daphnehatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:41:32 -0800
I received an email today from Mia Monroe, long-time and knowledgeable National 
Park Service employee, who sighted a Dipper in Muir Woods today - dipping in 
Redwood Creek - so the previous possible report may have been one. We believe 
this is the 1st confirmed report in Muir Woods history. The park has no 
previous reports on record and none are in eBird. We will try to relocate and 
document. 


Daphne Hatch
Novato and National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Subject: male Rufous Hummer at Diekmann's
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:03:13 -0800
NiBBers,

 

There was a male Rufous Hummer at Diekmann's (the famous parking lot in
Bodega Bay) today about noon.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Re: spring has sprung
From: "Rita Bevans irenenerick AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:53:15 -0800
We have had our first orange crowned warbler of the season here in our backyard 
in Windsor. We also have a Western Tanager, brown creeper, western bluebird 
checking the boxes, varied thrush, and for the first time in 20 years Band 
tailed Pigeons visit. 


Rita Bevans
Windsor, Ca.  
Sent from my iPod

On Feb 25, 2015, at 9:35, "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


> NiBBers,
> 
>  
> 
> I hiked up through the oak woods above the Sonoma Development Center near 
Glen Ellen yesterday (February 24) and was surprised to hear Orange-crowned 
Warblers singing every which way (I counted a total of 17). They must have just 
arrived. Bolander and Parmeter’s Birds of Sonoma County list March 12th as 
the average arrival date and February 28 as the earliest. Global warming? I 
also heard one very early singing Wilson’s Warbler (average arrival April 4, 
earliest March 21). 

> 
>  
> 
> Gene Hunn
> 
> Petaluma
> 
> 
Subject: Re: spring has sprung
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:32:03 -0800
Hi all,

I just returned from a walk at Timberhill Park in my neighborhood in Napa, and 
heard at least 3 singing Orange-crowned Warblers. Chestnut-backed Chickadees 
and Bushtits were collecting nesting material and birds were singing away- 
Brown Creeper, Hutton’s Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Juncos and 
more. Nuttall’s Woodpeckers were quite vocal and doing a lot of drumming. 
Only saw 4 Varied Thrushes, which is hardly any at all compared to the mobs of 
them 2 weeks ago. 


Backyard: continuing White-throated Sparrow or 2, Pine Siskins, Tree Swallows 
checking out nesting boxes, and arrival of Allen’s Hummingbirds (no definite 
Rufous yet.) 


Yes, spring is springing, though still hoping for more rain.

Denise Hamilton
Napabirders AT att.net
Napa

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Subject: [NBB] spring has sprung




NiBBers,

 

I hiked up through the oak woods above the Sonoma Development Center near Glen 
Ellen yesterday (February 24) and was surprised to hear Orange-crowned Warblers 
singing every which way (I counted a total of 17). They must have just arrived. 
Bolander and Parmeter’s Birds of Sonoma County list March 12th as the average 
arrival date and February 28 as the earliest. Global warming? I also heard one 
very early singing Wilson’s Warbler (average arrival April 4, earliest March 
21). 


 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma



Subject: Re: spring has sprung
From: "Cynthia Rathkey jc27post AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:59:09 -0800
I was in Helen Putnam park in Petaluma last weekend and heard several
singing there as well.
Cynthia Rathkey
Petaluma

On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:35 AM, 'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net
[northbaybirds]  wrote:

>
>
> NiBBers,
>
>
>
> I hiked up through the oak woods above the Sonoma Development Center near
> Glen Ellen yesterday (February 24) and was surprised to hear Orange-crowned
> Warblers singing every which way (I counted a total of 17). They must have
> just arrived. Bolander and Parmeter’s *Birds of Sonoma County* list March
> 12th as the average arrival date and February 28 as the earliest. Global
> warming? I also heard one very early singing Wilson’s Warbler (average
> arrival April 4, earliest March 21).
>
>
>
> Gene Hunn
>
> Petaluma
>
>  
>
Subject: spring has sprung
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:35:37 -0800
NiBBers,

 

I hiked up through the oak woods above the Sonoma Development Center near
Glen Ellen yesterday (February 24) and was surprised to hear Orange-crowned
Warblers singing every which way (I counted a total of 17). They must have
just arrived. Bolander and Parmeter's Birds of Sonoma County list March 12th
as the average arrival date and February 28 as the earliest. Global warming?
I also heard one very early singing Wilson's Warbler (average arrival April
4, earliest March 21).

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Active Osprey Nest
From: "lgnorwood AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:13 -0500
Someone was interested in photographing an active Osprey nest.  
 
There is an active nest a mile or so down river from Monte Rio on 116 on  
the left.  You can park safely a bit past where you see the nest, and you  
can get good pictures/videos.  
 
Contact me directly if you need other directions or to see the nest from  
the beach across the river.
 
Leah Norwood
_LGNorwood AT aol.com_ (mailto:LGNorwood AT aol.com)  
Subject: Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands
From: "daphnehatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:26:32 -0800
I found the Common Poorwill at 6:45 this evening in the exact location 
described. It was only making the faintest of repeated one-note calls, none of 
the typical ones, and as I was turning and walking trying to locate the call, 
the bird flew up from the pavement about 3 ft. In front of me- its moth-like 
flight visible in the dim moonlight. It flew off but I heard it again a short 
distance down the trail and found it sitting on the side of the paved trail, 
visible in the dark. It continued making the repeated on-note calls and flew 
about 50 ft. further down the trail. What a sweet encounter. 


Daphne Hatch
Novato

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Subject: Re: Rufous Hummingbird - Novato (Marin County)
From: "Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:50 -0800
P.S. He sounds like an angry bee & zooms around super fast.

On Feb 24, 2015, at 5:18 PM, "Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


> I have one at my feeder right now! It's a beautiful male. I heard it before I 
saw it. 

> 
> Maggie Rufo
> Novato
> 
> 
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird - Novato (Marin County)
From: "Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:18:25 -0800
I have one at my feeder right now! It's a beautiful male. I heard it before I 
saw it. 


Maggie Rufo
Novato

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Subject: Brown Booby Continues at Chimney Rock
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:45:11 -0800
Idyllic weather on the Outer Point today. My wife Patti and Don Reinberg
joined me to hike to the Chimney Rock look-out around noon, slowed by good
shows of wildflowers. Looking down at Chimney Rock itself from the right
side of the overlook (actually we had to go further right, a bit past past
the warning sign) we spotted the upper portions of a single Brown Booby on
the back side of the right shoulder of the rock, about 6 feet west of the
cliff face. A mob of Brown Pelicans and Brandt's Cormorants did their best
to hide the adult Brown Booby, but we did get the occasional window for a
clear look at the steel blue bill, and the sharp contrast between the brown
breast and white underparts. Other Boobies might have been present on the
unseen portions of the rock, as it was standing room only on the flatter
sections. Leave it to the Peregrine to upstage the Booby. A close flyover
made all turn to watch, and it obliged by interrupting its cruising to
stoop on a Turkey Vulture that had the temerity to violate its airspace.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Subject: Leucistic Turkey Vulture
From: "Rebecca Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:10:51 -0800
Today at the new North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park (Santa Rosa), Helen 
Kochenderfer and I saw a leucistic turkey vulture soaring with several other 
TVs. It was mostly white on top with black edging. Underneath was mostly white 
as well, with black mottling on the body. It was truly a beautiful bird! It was 
soaring not to far from the parking lot and then went out of sight. As we left 
and drove down Sonoma Mountain Road, we saw it again. 

Becky Olsen
Santa Rosa

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Subject: Brown Booby Continues at Chimney Rock
From: "ralph_chins AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 22:12:57 -0800
An adult Brown Booby was observed at Chimney Rock (Pt. Reyes) between 12:30 and 
1:30 today along with a pair of adult Peregrine Falcons. 

 

 Ralph Pericoli
Subject: NBB in Marin Magazine
From: "Maggie Rufo magwhls AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:20:07 +0000 (UTC)
Follow the link below - a nice birding article featuring some of the regulars 
in this group! 


http://digital.marinmagazine.com/marinmagazine/march_2015#pg46

Maggie Rufo
Novato


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Subject: Mt. St. Helena and Calistolga
From: "j.chiropolos AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 11:27:27 -0800
On Sunday Ann Griffith and I saw a pileated woodpecker and 6 hooded mergansers 
on the Napa River 1 block north of downtown Calistoga (at the bridge)! The 
pileated was very tame, we watched it from 15 feet away for ten minutes. They 
seem to be a suburban backyard bird here! 

 

 We then biked up Mt. Helena but very few birds were seen or heard with the 
strong winds. The highlight was one Thick-Billed Fox Sparrow at the first 
summit. No Towensends Solitaires seen..... Two types of manzinitas were 
blooming with lots of Anna's hummingbirds zooming around nectar feeding on the 
mazinita blossoms, the highlight of the day on the mountain for me. Mt. Lassen 
could be seen from the Helena summit in the cool clear air. 

 

 Good birding,
 Jim Chiropolos, Orinda
Subject: Birding by boat, Tomales Bay with John Kelly
From: "Megan Isadore megan.isadore AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:42:31 -0800
The River Otter Ecology Project is offering two great birding trips as part of 
our online auction. A personal Hawkwatch during fall migration with Allen Fish, 
Director of Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, and Birding by boat on Tomales Bay 
during fall migration with John Kelly, Director of Conservation Science at 
Audubon Canyon Ranch. Please take a look, and bid at will! Both of these are 
unusual and difficult to obtain trips, and we're delighted to offer them. 

Check them out here: 
http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/river-otter-ecology-project/73905/ 


Good birding!
Megan Isadore
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Subject: Brown Boobies continue at Chimney Rock
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:26:51 -0800
NiBBers,

 

We observed three Brown Boobies perched and flying about at Chimney Rock (at
Pt. Reyes) this afternoon about 3:30 PM. Also a fierce adult female
Peregrine Falcon perched on the rock.

 

We had to take the shuttle from Drake's Beach ($7 per head) to the
trailhead, but then a nice hike as the fog had lifted above the headland.

 

Lots of flowers out already.

 

Gene Hunn, Petaluma
Subject: Prairie falcon at Nicasio Reservoir, Feb. 21, 2015
From: "plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 15:32:36 -0800
While driving past the spillway at Nicasio Reservoir today, I was thrilled to 
see a prairie falcon take off from a perch near the side of the road. at first 
I thought it was a small red-tail due to the brown plumage and stockiness. I 
was able to pull over and see it circling above the southwest corner of the 
reservoir and then it moved north as it circled. Notable field marks were the 
pale area around the face with the distinctive moustache, long pointed wings 
with dark axillaries, brown tail with pale markings down the outside distal 
portions. This one was my first county record. 


Also of note was a red-throated loon not far from the biggest pullout on the 
right about .25 mile beyond the gate to the spillway. Further north, at the 
cypress tree pulloff .25 mile before Nicasio Valley Road, there were wood 
ducks, ring-necked ducks among a variety of waterfowl. Song sparrows are 
courting - I saw a female fluttering and looking over her shoulder as a male 
followed her around the coyote brush thickets. I've seen tree swallows and 
violet-green swallows there this past week. 


Todd Plummer
Inverness, CA
Subject: Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:06:03 -0800
eBird shows 0-2% in February up the coastal mountains of CA. Great find report 
it in eBird. Very easy if you haven’t done it before. Great find! 


Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl AT Gmail.com

> On Feb 20, 2015, at 8:58 PM, Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com 
[northbaybirds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> Tonight we walked from the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot to the 
beach and back. After a nice Allen's hummingbird sighting close to the parking 
lot, a peregrine flying over the cliffs near the beach, and several vocal great 
horned owls along the way, we distinctly heard a common poorwill vocalizing as 
we neared the parking lot in the dark. We recorded the call and later checked 
the recording against the call on iBird, and it was a perfect match. We heard 
the bird at about 6:30 toward the end of the line of tall eucalyptus trees 
closest to the parking lot on the south side. I would guess that it was about 
100 yards away, but quite loud enough to hear. The bird was not visible, of 
course, and we didn't play any calls to keep it talking. What a treat that such 
a rare Marin bird has stopped by! 

> 
> Matt Perry and Betsey Finn
> Sausalito
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Steller's Jay question
From: "lgnorwood AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:54:21 -0500
Along the Russian River between Duncan's Mills and Monte Rio, we still have 
 our full compliment of STJA.  We have around 50 in the nearby area (even  
when I don't throw peanuts out for them).
 
Leah Norwood
 
 
In a message dated 2/18/2015 2:11:45 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
northbaybirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
We have lots of STJA here on the coast in forest and edge.  We get a  few 
SCJA, who can oust the Stellers.
Normal numbers here (Sea Ranch).
 
Diane Hichwa


Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net


Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130  (cell) 
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007





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[northbaybirds]"  <_northbaybi  rds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com_ 
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Reply-To: Gordon Beebe <_gdbeebe AT earthlink.net_ 
(mailto:gdbeebe AT earthlink.net) >
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:06  PM
To: <_northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com) 
>
Subject: [NBB] Steller's Jay  question




 
 
This morning, I counted 10 Steller's Jays (STJA) in my yard, primarily oak  
and mixed grassland habitat. They were all feeding close to each other,  
without much competition. The Western Scrub-Jay, which is normally in this  
habitat, maintained a low profile (though it will chase the STJA if there is  
only one or two around). 

Have any NBB'ers been in typical STJA  habitat, i.e., forested areas, 
lately, and seen STJA?

It seems that  there are two likely possibilities:
1) No STJA are in the forest habitat,  possibly due to lack of food,
2) STJA are still in the forest habitat as  well, but there are so many of 
them that some have left due to  competition.

Thanks,

Gordon Beebe
Laguna Rd, Santa  Rosa






Subject: Re: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands
From: "judisierra AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 08:47:15 -0800
Not to mention that it's illegal to play apps/tapes/ mp3/ CD bird/wildlife 
songs/sounds in any National Park/ Recreation area or monument managed by NPS 
or National Wildlife Refuge or to call in birds on the list of endangered 
species. 


 "1. Do not use any audio or mechanical device to attract birds and other 
wildlife (Code of Federal Regulations). State law strictly prohibits 
broadcasting recorded vocalizations of an endangered species, such as the great 
gray owl (California Code of Resources). The use of such devices may induce 
stress and disrupt mating/nesting activities of wildlife. 

 2. Do not view birds or other wildlife with a flashlight or spotlight (Code of 
Federal Regulations)." 
Subject: Ongoing Brown Boobies @ Chimney Rock & White-winged Scoter
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:38:13 -0800
Ala recent reports, including yesterday’s, four 
BROWN BOOBY individuals remained today on Chimney Rock 
in Point Reyes National Seashore, with one male
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER ~150 yards from the rock.

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA 

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Subject: Common Poorwill in Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands
From: "Matthew Perry somanybirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:58:28 +0000 (UTC)
Tonight we walked from the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot to the beach 
and back. After a nice Allen's hummingbird sighting close to the parking lot, a 
peregrine flying over the cliffs near the beach, and several vocal great horned 
owls along the way, we distinctly heard a common poorwill vocalizing as we 
neared the parking lot in the dark. We recorded the call and later checked the 
recording against the call on iBird, and it was a perfect match. We heard the 
bird at about 6:30 toward the end of the line of tall eucalyptus trees closest 
to the parking lot on the south side. I would guess that it was about 100 yards 
away, but quite loud enough to hear. The bird was not visible, of course, and 
we didn't play any calls to keep it talking. What a treat that such a rare 
Marin bird has stopped by! 

Matt Perry and Betsey FinnSausalito
Subject: Black Vulture continues
From: "diomedea.stephen AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 20:43:02 -0800
NBB'ers,
 

 The Bolinas BLACK VULTURE was seen soaring low over the Bolinas Fire Station 
on Mesa Road at 10:50 AM this morning (02/20). 

 

 Good birding,
 Stephen Long
 Oakland, CA
Subject: Shollenberger - Local Interest
From: "Ron Storey ronstorey AT ronstorey.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:16:27 -0800
This afternoon at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma I observed one Eurasian Wigeon 
(yesterday I saw two), two Hooded Mergansers, and I had a Merlin fly over me 
headed north. To see the Eurasian Wigeon and Hooded Mergansers walk west from 
the bathrooms keeping the water channel on your right. Stop at the furthest 
Willow Tree across the channel, and before the trail turns right, and look in 
the water under the tree on the west side for the Mergansers. To see the 
Eurasian Wigeon, continue west several feet (not far) to the right turn and 
look across the pond to the other side and look for the Wigeon in the water 
near the bank or on the bank. 


Ron Storey
Petaluma

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Subject: Northern Pygmy-Owl, Leucistic Turkey Vulture
From: "Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:52:40 +0000 (UTC)
This morning, my wife, Anne, and I visited the new jewel of Sonoma County 
Regional Parks: North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park.  Starting shortly after 
8, we hiked up out of the fog to be treated to spectacular views.  In the sun, 
Anne picked out a Nothern Pygmy-Owl enjoying the morning.  That was the first 
treat of the day as we picked up 30+ species.  Back at the parking lot, we met 
an amiable Park Aide who mentioned that there is a resident leucistic TUVU in 
the area.  I looked up and said, "Is it that one?"  Whoohoo! Other than a 
couple of mountain bikers who either are illiterate or inconsiderate (or both) 
on the trail designated and clearly marked "No bicycles", one couldn't ask for 
a better morning.  Be sure to get out there.  I think spring birding will 
bring some nice surprises.Rob O'DonnellSanta Rosa  

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Subject: Osprey nesting activity?
From: "dh1236 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 15:09:16 -0800
Any osprey nesting activity yet this year at Point Reyes or elsewhere in Marin 
County? 

 A friend and I are interested in videotaping and photographing osprey nesting 
activity. 

 Thanks!
 

 Dan Harris
Subject: Small White-fronted Goose in Mill Valley
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:56:37 -0800
A group of birders gathered this morning along the bike path in Mill Valley
(west of the dog park at the end of Sycamore) and found the small
White-fronted Goose grazing in a grassy/weedy area behind the "Redwoods"
facility. Comparison of the black speckles on the flanks and belly left no
doubt it was the same goose seen late yesterday on the athletic field
behind the MV Community Center. Good views showed the well-defined orbital
ring to be off -white (grayish pink to my eye) rather than yellow. Size of
the goose seemed within the range for Greater White-fronted Goose.

Experienced observers in the group included Keith Hansen, Dave DeSante, Dan
Singer, Rich Cimino, Jeff Miller, Jim White and Ron Mallory.

Cheers,
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Subject: Chimney Rock trail: Brown Boobies, Long-tailed Duck, Black Scoter
From: "Peter Headland Peter AT matrixlink.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:55:35 -0800
Seen yesterday afternoon (Thursday 2/19):

3 immature and 1 adult Brown Booby on Chimney Rock.

One female Long-tailed Duck about 1/4 mile offshore from the Fish Dock.

One male Black Scoter on the ocean side of the head.

We also got nice views of a Rock Wren on the head and a pair of 
Peregrines on the rock.

-- 
Peter Headland
Redwood City



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Subject: Black Vulture
From: "Roy Carlson rbcarlson1 AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:48:30 -0800
Was soaring with Turkey Vultures near the mouth of Pine Gulch Creek in Bolinas 
at 10:30 this morning. Seen from the pullout at the trailhead. 


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Subject: small White-fronted Goose at Mill Valley Community Center.
From: "langdon stevenson langdonstevenson AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:39:10 -0800
Late this afternoon I headed for the gym at the Mill Valley Community Center. 
As I approached the building I noticed a group of geese on the large grass 
playing field which adjoins the rear of the center. The flock contained 15 
large Canada Geese, 2 Cackling Geese, and a single small White-fronted Goose. 
The White-front was the size of the Cackling Geese or slightly smaller. Without 
a camera, I called Keith Hansen and described the bird in question. It had a 
definite orbital ring which I saw as pale yellow. The white blaze behind the 
bill appeared long enough to reach the fore-crown. Legs were orange. There were 
some black patches on the belly. To me at times the wing tips appeared to 
extend beyond the tail and at other times the tail looked to project beyond the 
wings. With Keith's assistance I spoke with Dave deSante and Dan Singer while 
looking directly at the bird. 

Light was fading fast but I managed to reach my wife Mary and Len Blumin who 
joined me with cameras. In the low light we could see the orbital ring but very 
little color. In terms of size comparison the small White-front seemed the size 
of a Ross's Goose or a Cackling Goose rather than a Snow Goose or Canada 
Goose.The photos may not be good enough for an absolute identification due to 
approaching darkness. 

We are hopeful of finding the small White-front on Friday. The Mill Valley 
Community Center is reached from the Blithedale Avenue exit from Highway 101. 
Go west to the major intersection with Camino Alto, turn left onto Camino Alto. 
The Communitiy Center is at the immediate first left. Parking is ample. The 
playing field may crowded with baseball and soccer practicers. With luck it 
will be empty except for geese, gulls and killdeer. While the size seems 
right,we realize that Lesser White-fronted Goose would be long,long shot. 


Lang Stevenson
Mill Valley



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Subject: Angwin birds
From: "elmendorf3 AT verizon.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 22:18:02 -0800
This afternoon there was a fly over adult Bald Eagle above the pond near the 
Angwin airport and an adult male Hooded Merganser at the water treatment 
facility. 

 Ed Elmendorf
Subject: Ash Throated Flycatcher
From: "Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:17:27 -0800
At Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park, San Rafael - toay. Isn't this bit 
too early? 

 
Gail MacMillan
Lucas Valley
Subject: Rufous hummingbird
From: "Margareta Luff luffmar AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:59:10 -0800
A male Rufous hummingbird visited the feeders in my yard today. His magnificent 
red back took my breath away. He was beautiful ! And feisty. 

The Allen's have been at the feeders for almost a month now. They usually stay 
until fall. 

Margareta Luff
Novato, Marin county.



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Subject: Re: Benicia Lark Sparrow
From: "'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:44:01 -0800
Sorry for double-posting.and replace "male" with "adult."  Duh.

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA
Subject: Benicia Lark Sparrow
From: "'Danny Swicegood' dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:22:37 -0800
This afternoon an adult male Lark Sparrow was feeding alongside a few Song,
White- and Golden-crowns at my home here in Benicia.  Sweet yard bird.#102.

Good birding-

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA

 

 
Subject: SPOTTED TOWHEE WITH KERATIN DISORDER-SACTO VALLEY
From: "Harry Fuller anzatowhee AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:07:41 +0000 (UTC)
 OUCH--SPOTTED TOWHEE WITH KERATIN DISORDER Harry Fuller
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Subject: Black Vulture still around?
From: "Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:03:59 -0800
Has anybody seen the Black Vulture lately? If so, could somebody give me 
directions? I'm not familiar with the Bolinas area. 

Thanks much,
Becky Olsen
Santa Rosa 

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Subject: Benicia Lark Sparrow
From: "Danny Swicegood dsw860 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:40:51 -0800
This afternoon a Lark Sparrow was coming to a feeding area at my home here 
in Benicia, feeding alongside Song, White- and Golden-crowneds.  Sweet yard 
bird. #102.
Good Birding,

Danny Swicegood
Benicia, CA




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Subject: Vaux's Swifts
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:41:17 -0800
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael

I made a visit to the McNear stacks yesterday evening and saw 18 Vaux's 
Swifts dive down the left chimney. Sunset was 5:51, the birds showed and 
abruptly went in at 6:00 PM.

Looking back on the past migration, we never did 'zero out'.  The last 
count was of 63 birds on the late date of November 2nd.

    Rusty Scalf
    Berkeley
Subject: Ferry Ride Larkspur to SF
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:03:44 -0800
Phenomenal numbers of cormorant and brown pelicans escorting us the entire 
trip. So many as to cause the ferry to have to slow down. 


Dawn Williamson
Corte Madera



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Subject: IN CASE YOU;RE PLANNING TO BIRD FAR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
From: "Harry Fuller anzatowhee AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:50:01 +0000 (UTC)
SO SOON THE SPRING
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and northern California. Below 7000’ there’s no snowpack. While we are 
above average for precipitation thi... | 

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Subject: Snow Geese, Petaluma
From: "ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Feb 2015 18:07:18 -0800
02/18/15
 

 This morning at 10:30AM near Meadow School in Petaluma a flock of about 100 
Snow Geese were first heard then seen migrating North. 

 They were fairly low in altitude, yet flying due North in 2 joined V's.
 

 Dave Barry
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Re: Steller's Jay question
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:11:33 -0800
We have lots of STJA here on the coast in forest and edge.  We get a few
SCJA, who can oust the Stellers.
Normal numbers here (Sea Ranch).
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From:  "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]"

Reply-To:  Gordon Beebe 
Date:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:06 PM
To:  
Subject:  [NBB] Steller's Jay question

 
 
 
 
   

This morning, I counted 10 Steller's Jays (STJA) in my yard, primarily oak
and mixed grassland habitat. They were all feeding close to each other,
without much competition. The Western Scrub-Jay, which is normally in this
habitat, maintained a low profile (though it will chase the STJA if there is
only one or two around).

Have any NBB'ers been in typical STJA habitat, i.e., forested areas, lately,
and seen STJA?

It seems that there are two likely possibilities:
1) No STJA are in the forest habitat, possibly due to lack of food,
2) STJA are still in the forest habitat as well, but there are so many of
them that some have left due to competition.

Thanks,

Gordon Beebe
Laguna Rd, Santa Rosa



 
   

 

Subject: Re: Steller's Jay question
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:50:39 -0800
My hunch is that many of these Jays are a long ways from home; perhaps 
from the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. In that case they'd be 
nomadic, searching for food, and with very little site fidelity.  I 
would only expect the situation to be dynamic.

    Rusty Scalf

> Hi Gordon and All,
>
> I have pondered the same question recently. Back in November and 
> December I saw numerous Steller's Jays along the forested ridges in 
> Shiloh Ranch Park. I had around 10 per day there for a while. Then in 
> January the numbers dropped down about 60% when the weather turned so 
> nice and dry. This past weekend I did a 18 mile hike through North 
> Sonoma Mountain Regional Park to Jack London SP and back and passed 
> through many miles of great forested habitat and only had one or two 
> Steller's Jays and 1 Western Scrub Jay. Back in late 2014 the 
> Steller's were in redwoods and pines and now I am finding them in the 
> oaks.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Doug Shaw
> Santa Rosa
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> > This morning, I counted 10 Steller's Jays (STJA) in my yard, 
> primarily oak
> > and mixed grassland habitat. They were all feeding close to each other,
> > without much competition. The Western Scrub-Jay, which is normally 
> in this
> > habitat, maintained a low profile (though it will chase the STJA if 
> there is
> > only one or two around).
> >
> > Have any NBB'ers been in typical STJA habitat, i.e., forested areas, 
> lately,
> > and seen STJA?
> >
> > It seems that there are two likely possibilities:
> > 1) No STJA are in the forest habitat, possibly due to lack of food,
> > 2) STJA are still in the forest habitat as well, but there are so 
> many of
> > them that some have left due to competition.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Gordon Beebe
> > Laguna Rd, Santa Rosa
>
Subject: Re: Steller's Jay question
From: "Ann Howald annhowald AT vom.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:48:49 -0800
Hi Gordon,

We live in oak-bay woodland on the east side of Sonoma Valley. For the first 5 
years or so we saw only scrub jays. Family groups common. Steller's Jays we saw 
in the bottom of the canyon below us where it's cooler and there are more firs. 
Then one year (I could look up which one if you want to know) we saw the first 
Steller's in our yard. Since then (for the last 20 years) we've seen them most 
years including this one. One year we had a just fledged chick so they likely 
bred nearby. Scrub jays still around. They do get into dustups with the 
Steller's. I haven't figured out who's ahead. 


Not sure if our yard counts as forested habitat so this might not address your 
question. We did see many STJA over on the coast in mixed forest grassland in 
January. David and I Also saw a few on the new North Sonoma Mtn trail in oak - 
fir woodland last weekend. 


Ann

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2015, at 1:06 PM, "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> This morning, I counted 10 Steller's Jays (STJA) in my yard, primarily oak 
and mixed grassland habitat. They were all feeding close to each other, without 
much competition. The Western Scrub-Jay, which is normally in this habitat, 
maintained a low profile (though it will chase the STJA if there is only one or 
two around). 

> 
> Have any NBB'ers been in typical STJA habitat, i.e., forested areas, lately, 
and seen STJA? 

> 
> It seems that there are two likely possibilities:
> 1) No STJA are in the forest habitat, possibly due to lack of food,
> 2) STJA are still in the forest habitat as well, but there are so many of 
them that some have left due to competition. 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Gordon Beebe
> Laguna Rd, Santa Rosa
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Steller's Jay question
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:40:47 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Gordon and All,

 I have pondered the same question recently. Back in November and December I 
saw numerous Steller's Jays along the forested ridges in Shiloh Ranch Park. I 
had around 10 per day there for a while. Then in January the numbers dropped 
down about 60% when the weather turned so nice and dry. This past weekend I did 
a 18 mile hike through North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park to Jack London SP 
and back and passed through many miles of great forested habitat and only had 
one or two Steller's Jays and 1 Western Scrub Jay. Back in late 2014 the 
Steller's were in redwoods and pines and now I am finding them in the oaks. 


Good Birding,

Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa

----- Original Message -----
> This morning, I counted 10 Steller's Jays (STJA) in my yard, primarily oak
> and mixed grassland habitat. They were all feeding close to each other,
> without much competition. The Western Scrub-Jay, which is normally in this
> habitat, maintained a low profile (though it will chase the STJA if there is
> only one or two around).
> 
> Have any NBB'ers been in typical STJA habitat, i.e., forested areas, lately,
> and seen STJA?
> 
> It seems that there are two likely possibilities:
> 1) No STJA are in the forest habitat, possibly due to lack of food,
> 2) STJA are still in the forest habitat as well, but there are so many of
> them that some have left due to competition.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Gordon Beebe
> Laguna Rd, Santa Rosa
>  
> 
> 


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