Birdingonthe.Net

Recent Postings from
North Bay Birds

> Home > Mail
> Alerts

Updated on Thursday, April 24 at 08:38 PM EST
The most recently received Mail is at the top.


Puerto Rican Tody,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

24 Apr Long-tailed Duck at Doran Beach, Bodega Bay [Len Blumin ]
24 Apr Re: Black Rail calling at Cemetery Marsh -- noon 4/23 [Todd Plummer ]
24 Apr New Sonoma Plaza Tree Tour Map & Urban birds []
23 Apr Black Rail calling at Cemetery Marsh -- noon 4/23 [Bob Power ]
22 Apr Napa Co. 4/21/14 [Dominik Mosur ]
22 Apr Western Wood-Pewee: Sonoma Mtn. Road, Glen Ellen Area [Daniel Edelstein ]
22 Apr Audubon California and National Policy Office Energy Siting Workshop on 4/26/14 at 9:30 AM in Tiburon [Daniel Edelstein ]
21 Apr Pine Flat Rd., Sonoma Co, Apr 21, 2014 [David Hamilton ]
21 Apr Doran Pine Siskins [dea freid ]
21 Apr Birding Apps & Bodega Bay [Floris Lordan ]
21 Apr Birding Apps & Bodega [Floris Lordan ]
21 Apr Red Phalarope at Rodeo Lagoon [daphne hatch ]
20 Apr Error From 4/19/14 Post [Daniel Edelstein ]
20 Apr American Bittern @ Lake Ilsanjo in Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa, Etc. [Daniel Edelstein ]
20 Apr Long-tailed Duck, Fish Docks, Pt. Reyes, 4/20 [Mark Dettling ]
20 Apr Red Phalarope pics [Len Blumin ]
20 Apr Red Phalarope continues at Rodeo Lagoon [Len Blumin ]
20 Apr Red Pharalope - Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands. [William Legge ]
19 Apr Vaux's Swifts [Rusty Scalf ]
19 Apr Sardines in Bolinas area and Drakes Bay [Burr Heneman ]
18 Apr Hooded Orioles visit my feeder []
18 Apr Coast and River birds, pics [Tom Grey ]
18 Apr Red-necked Phalarope: Rodeo Lagoon, Sausalito Headlands, GGRNA [Daniel Edelstein ]
18 Apr Peregrine attacking a Snowy Egret [David Wimpfheimer ]
18 Apr Swainson's Hawk Lakeville Highway [David Wimpfheimer ]
18 Apr PRNS migratiion frenzy []
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 ]

Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Doran Beach, Bodega Bay
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:14:50 -0700
A group of Vagrant birders spent the day with Dave Shuford at Bodega Bay.
One of the highlights was a female Long-tailed Duck, seen floating and
resting about 70-100 yards off of Doran Beach, 250 yards east of the jetty.
The duck appeared to be in transition between adult winter and spring
plumage. It had a dark crown stripe, black neck patch, all dark bill, white
eye arcs, and some rather striking scapular feathers.

Other highlights were views of the expected species decked out in breeding
plumage, including about 12 Common Loons, many Eared Grebes, a few Horned
Grebes, dozens of Dunlins, scattered Western and Least Sandpipers, many
Semipalmated Plovers, dozens of Dowitcher sp. and hundreds of Marbled
Godwits (the pink on the bill getting bright orange on many). Brant were
present in the many hundreds. Strangest sight was a Canada Goose claiming
the highest perch off of Bodega Head, and nearby on a rock we found its
mate tight on a nest.

Some (soft) record shots of the Long-tailed Duck can be seen at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/13998024661/in/photostream
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/13998002382/in/photostream

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Black Rail calling at Cemetery Marsh -- noon 4/23
From: Todd Plummer <plumtodd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:37:55 -0700
Thanks for the heads-up, Bob.  I just happened to read your report as I
started my lunch hour today - and I just happen to work right across Hwy.
101 from Rush Creek Park. So i rushed overand found your spot - near a
flattened area about 50 feet back from the edge of the reed stand. It took
about 5 minutes of my imitations of Virginia and Black rail to get a
response.  I crept down into the reeds to try to find him, and - like you -
got to within 5 or 6 feet - but never saw any movement.  Still, I got a
recording which was awesome.

-- 
Todd Plummer
Inverness, CA
Subject: New Sonoma Plaza Tree Tour Map & Urban birds
From: <sonomanature AT gmail.com>
Date: 24 Apr 2014 08:36:11 -0700

 Arbor Day on the Sonoma Plaza will be celebrating the famous Jack London oak 
tree at his cottage in JL State Park and a new seedling propagation program. A 
new plaza tree and bird tour map will also be unveiled. Downloadable tree map 
at www.sonomabirding.com. http://www.sonomabirding.com. 

 Friday, April 25th 11AM.  All are welcomed. 
 

 http://www.sonomanews.com/collins-honored-arbor-day/#.U1krSsY1lSU 
http://www.sonomanews.com/collins-honored-arbor-day/#.U1krSsY1lSU 


 

 

 tom rusert
 sonoma ca.
 

Subject: Black Rail calling at Cemetery Marsh -- noon 4/23
From: Bob Power <rcpower AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:31:06 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

I was scouting a little today for the weekend's bird festival.
At Rush Creek Open Space's Cemetery Marsh*, I was doing a few hand claps, a 
poor imitation of a sora, and my best grunting Virginia Rail.  As expected, 
there was no response... until the Black Rail started calling.  The Rail then 
entertained me for the next 10 minutes or so coming within 10 feet, I imagine, 
but not a reed budged and no sign of the tiny skulker. This was between 12 and 
12:30 p.m. which beats 12:30 a.m. all to heck. 



A recording can be heard at:  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14935921 AT N00/13985067811/ 



Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, Ca

*Directions: 

101 to Atherton Ave in Novato
East on Atherton.
Left on Bugeia
Immediate parking on the left for the Pinheiro Fire Road.
Take the Fire Road to the marsh (1/2-mile).
The rail was calling adjacent to the fire road along the west side of the marsh 
just as the reeds 

terminate and the deeper water begins.
Subject: Napa Co. 4/21/14
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:41:04 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday I birded around South Napa County with Michael Park.

In grassland- oak woodland/ savannah habitat east of American Canyon we had a 
good mix of recently arrived summer residents: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western 
Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting and 
Bullock's Oriole along with a few lingering Golden-crowned Sparrows and (2) 
Lincoln's Sparrows. 


We then did a biking loop around the clarifying ponds and south portion of 
Green Island Lagoon accessed from the American Canyon Wetlands at the west end 
of Eucalyptus Drive. Tens of thousands of Western Sandpipers were coming in to 
feed on the receding tide (~11 a.m. on), among them approximately (190) 
Semipalmated Plovers, (1400) Dunlin and at least (60) Short-billed Dowitchers 
along with many of the other expected shorebird species. At least one Sora and 
Virginia Rail continue in the clarifying ponds, both species calling unprompted 
as we biked past. 


The evening of 4/20, I stopped at Millerick Rd. in east Sonoma Co., take the 
right turn right before the traffic light on HWY 12 where you go left to the 
town of Sonoma. At dusk a flock of (18) Whimbrel flew over and a couple of 
Wrentits were singing from the riparian strip along the creek about a mile past 
the Larson Family Vineyard. 

 
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/
Subject: Western Wood-Pewee: Sonoma Mtn. Road, Glen Ellen Area
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:49:24 -0700
Perfect timing* for the return of the one 
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE I heard today on
Sonoma Mtn. Rd. west of Glen Ellen today in Sonoma Co.

Others may have already reported this flycatcher family member already in the 
NBB/Sonoma Co. (?), yet 

I have not yet heard it in Marin Co. where I live.

On my Sonoma Co. Breeding Bird Atlas count today for a fantastic block I am 
surveying, 

plenty of other seasonal breeding species were also present despite the windy 
conditions. 


As for its phenology/returning time, this species returns later than many of 
our other neotroprical migrants, with 

Western Wood-Pewee and Olive-Sided Flycatcher often the last of the Tyrannidae 
to return to our area (along with Ash-throated Flycatcher) -- though I 

typically think on average annually that Western Wood-Pewee is often slightly 
more tardy returning by a week to 10 days than Olive-sided Flycatcher. 


(* = For those keeping score at home, the "Birds of Sonoma Co. CA" (Gordon L. 
Bolander and Benjamin D. Parmeter, 2002, 2nd Printing), 

Western Wood-Pewee returns in the final week of April annually (p. 81)…..and 
Olve-sided Flycatcher returns in small numbers by mid-April according to this 

publication.)

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: Audubon California and National Policy Office Energy Siting Workshop on 4/26/14 at 9:30 AM in Tiburon
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:26:04 -0700
To Concerned NBB Activists 
(Who Wish To Help Protect Birds As Alternative Energy Options in CA Are 
Decided): 


You are invited to "Audubon California and National Policy Office Energy Siting 
Workshop" 


Tiburon, CA  AT  The Richardson Bay Audubon Center….4/26/14, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Please see: 
http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=14661 


….because you must pre-register….More details, below: 

Please join Audubon activists, chapter leaders and Audubon staff for this 
day-long workshop in either the Bay Area, April 26 as we strategize on how 
Audubon chapter leaders and activists can be effective voices for birds in 
energy siting. 


Please fill out the following registration information.

For more information, please contact Audubon at cmahan AT audubon.org or 
202-861-2242, ext 3036. 


Travel. We do have some money to help with travel costs. Please indicate your 
needs below. 


Lunch. We will provide lunch. Please indicate dietary preferences below and we 
will do our best to accommodate them. 



*

(Regards, Daniel Edelstein, Novato, CA & member of the Marin Audubon Society 
Conservation Committee, who notes I was 

only advised today that the you, the public, are invited. Otherwise, I would 
have posted this invitation weeks ago to give you more 

advanced notice because I learned of this workshop in January, 2014.)
Subject: Pine Flat Rd., Sonoma Co, Apr 21, 2014
From: David Hamilton <napabirders AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:06:06 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all, Birded Pine Flat Rd. today.  (miles below are from the start of Pine 
Flat Rd intersection with Hwy 128. Birdiest areas were at MM 2.5, at ~ 6.5 
miles under the trees, and at bridge at 8.4 miles.  Quite a few ASH-THROATED 
FLYCATCHERS, LAZULI BUNTINGS & BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS.  (Sorry, we just don't 
like to count every bird we see!)  Below is the details from our EBIRD list. 


Anyone who is doing breeding birds counts, check out the note about the 
RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW. 


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

 

Pine Flat Rd., Sonoma, US-CA
Apr 21, 2014 8:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
23.7 mile(s)
Comments:    partly cloudy, 50s, nice, but breezy up at the top of the road.  
Birds missed- a bit early? ...Purple Martin, WW Pewee, & Olive-sided 
Flycatcher.  Still nice and green and plenty of wildflowers blooming 

58 species

Mountain Quail  1     MM 7.3 on road; others heard at top of road
California Quail  X
Wild Turkey  X
Sharp-shinned Hawk  X    while stopped at side of road ~.8 mile in, fast 
flying  bird flew down right next to car, with hawk in pursuit, almost hitting 
our legs!  One bird 'thunked' into car, and hawk flew off with bird in talons 

Red-shouldered Hawk  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1    not on our copy of the 'bird check list' Luckily 
only saw one at the beginning of the road in the vineyards.  None further up 
the road 

Mourning Dove  X
Anna's Hummingbird  X
Acorn Woodpecker  X     MANY!! most widespread bird on the road
Nuttall's Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  X
Pileated Woodpecker  2     ~ 6.5 miles and one at ~8.2 miles
American Kestrel  X
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  X
Black Phoebe  X
Ash-throated Flycatcher  X
Cassin's Vireo  X
Hutton's Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Steller's Jay  X
Western Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Violet-green Swallow  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  X
Oak Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  X
Bewick's Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2     up at top of road
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     full song several times
Wrentit  X     MANY!!  second behind number of Acorn Woodpeckers
Western Bluebird  X
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  X
California Thrasher  2     singing up at top of road
European Starling  X
Orange-crowned Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  1    by bridge, ~8.4 miles.  Singing some and then chased 
off by an OC Warbler 

Black-throated Gray Warbler  1     with small mixed flock at ~6.5 miles in oak
Townsend's Warbler  1     with the BT Gray warbler
Spotted Towhee  X
Rufous-crowned Sparrow  1    right past 3.0 MM right below lone oak on the 
outer side of road right before curve.  Below oak is mix of poison oak, madrone 
and other vegetation 

California Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Black-headed Grosbeak  X
Lazuli Bunting  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Bullock's Oriole  X
House Finch  X
Purple Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  X

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18024539 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Doran Pine Siskins
From: dea freid <lemuria AT sonic.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:00:13 -0700
 

Four Pine Siskins touched down briefly in a pine tree across from the
entry station at Doran Park in Bodega Bay today. First time I have seen
this species there. After work I went to Diekmann's basement. No sign of
the N. Waterthrush but there were more Pine Siskins, a Fox Sparrow and
an Orange-crowned Warbler that was chasing other birds away 2 of the 3
times I saw it. I don't put out bird feeders because of a killer cat and
don't frequent areas that attract Pine Siskins so I was most
appreciative of the looks I had today. Several of them came in close
while foraging in the garden flowers behind the houses behind
Diekmann's. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Birding Apps & Bodega Bay
From: Floris Lordan <lordanfc AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:58:23 -0700
Hi everyone

Had a nice weekend in Bodega Bay. Lots of the usual birds you all post
about. Also saw a FRANKLINS GULL by the little stream that goes into the
bay next to the charter boat parking area by Porto Bodega. Watched him for
a few minutes then he flew south and that was it. Haven't seen them in the
bay before.

I was wondering if you guys had good info regarding bird listing apps out
there. Before I spend 5/10/15 bucks on it. Any of them worth it? I am
looking for a place where I can compile my Sonoma/California/USA life and
year lists. Any help greatly appreciated!

Take care

Tiaan Lordan
Santa Rosa
Subject: Birding Apps & Bodega
From: Floris Lordan <lordanfc AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:55:58 -0700
Hi everyone

Had a nice weekend in Bodega Bay. Lots of the usual birds you all post
about. Also saw a FRANKLINS GULL by the little stream that goes into the
bay next to the charter boat parking area by Porto Bodega. Watched him for
a few minutes then he flew south and that was it. Haven't seen them in the
bay before.

I was wondering if you guys had good info regarding bird listing apps out
there. Before I spend 5/10/15 bucks on it. Any of them worth it? I am
looking for a place where I can compile my Sonoma/California/USA life and
year lists. Any help greatly appreciated!

Take care

Tiaan Lordan
Santa Rosa
Subject: Red Phalarope at Rodeo Lagoon
From: daphne hatch <daphnehatch AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:14:22 -0700 (PDT)
The red phalarope was still present at 8:30 this morning at the west end of 
Rodeo Lagoon in Marin Headlands.  It was actually so close I almost didn't see 
it.  It was foraging along the shoreline immediately west of the footbridge and 
almost under it, so I was observing it from a distance of 10-20 ft.  


Daphne Hatch
Subject: Error From 4/19/14 Post
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:21:10 -0700
Sorry, I erred in my 4/19/14 post when I wrote Red-necked Phalarope
at the Rodeo Lagoon in Saualito.

It should have stated Red Phalarope.

Apologies please.

Regards, 

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA & Ellison Bay, WI



------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
Subject: American Bittern @ Lake Ilsanjo in Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa, Etc.
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:42:29 -0700
Lake Ilsanjo in Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa 4/20/14

'Twas worth the bike ride to cool off in this freshwater lake and, best, was 
the 

one AMERICAN BITTERN periodically calling nearby from cattails during our 
visit. 


Seasonal detections/local occurrence included four singing
Cassin's Vireo and three singing Black-headed Grosbeak along the Richardson 
Trail. 


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: Long-tailed Duck, Fish Docks, Pt. Reyes, 4/20
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:02:44 -0700
Hello Birders,
  Out at the Fish Docks today, Megan Elrod, Tom Gardali, Renee Cormier, and
I had a LONG-TAILED DUCK. We had distant views of what looked like a winter
female. We were scoping from the T where the road splits to go either to
the Elephant Seal overlook or the house. Though there were many Surf
Scoters, we were unable to find either White-winged or Black.

We saw zero Bonaparte's Gulls in Drakes Bay. I guess the bait fish have
moved on.

Continuing at B Ranch (Mendoza), was a PALM WARBLER. It was looking quite
dapper and even sang once.

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Red Phalarope pics
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:29 -0700
Lighting marginal but some decent digiscope shots of the back and bill. Not
sure why I think this is a male, maybe because the few females I have seen
in migration have been so much brighter. Opinions welcomed.

Back view: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/13930275256/
Side view:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/13930280122/in/photostream/
Side, with some light on face and neck:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/13930275046/in/photostream/

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
Gear: Swaro STX 85, DCB II, Nikon V1, 18.5 mm lens, Manfrotto 501, Gitzo
tripod
http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
Subject: Red Phalarope continues at Rodeo Lagoon
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:43:40 -0700
The Red Phalarope reported by William Legge this morning continued at the
west end of Rodeo Lagoon, foraging mostly in the shoreline mud and
vegetation, easily viewed but backlit. It was still there when Patti and I
left at 10:45. One of the River Otters came within 15' of the phalarope.
The bird is a molting spring migrant, and likely a male. Will post photos
later.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
l 
Subject: Red Pharalope - Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands.
From: William Legge <WGDLegge AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:18:57 -0700
Red Pharalope at the western shore of Rodeo Lagoon this a.m. near the 
footbridge leading to the beach. 


William Legge
Subject: Vaux's Swifts
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf AT sonic.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:45:18 -0700
McNear Brick & Block
San Rafael, Marin County

I made a visit to McNear Brick & Block this evening.
23 Vaux's Swifts went down the northmost (left) chimney.

   Rusty Scalf
   Berkeley



------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
Subject: Sardines in Bolinas area and Drakes Bay
From: Burr Heneman <burr AT igc.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:30:23 -0700
For several days, there have been large schools of sardines close to shore at 
least in Bolinas Bay, Bolinas Lagoon, and Drakes Bay. Jeff Miller mentioned the 
hundreds of BONAPARTE'S GULLS attracted by them near the Fish Docks in Drakes 
Bay a few days ago. 


In recent days, there have been at least dozens of California sea lions, 
CASPIAN TERNS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, large numbers (many hundreds) of 
BROWN PELICANS and WESTERN GULLS), and at least one adult and one juvenile BALD 
EAGLE drawn to the action, creating large feeding flocks in Bolinas Bay and, 
today, in Bolinas Lagoon. 


At low tide in Bolinas Lagoon today, Brown Pelicans swarmed the shallow 
channels, awkwardly using their bills and pouches as dip nets. The pelicans 
were so thick that the cormorants had trouble maneuvering among them. More dead 
or still-flopping sardines were on the mud flats than the gulls and terns could 
eat, though they kept trying. And the sardines I saw were so large (10"-12"?) 
that even the gulls were having trouble getting outside of them. Or else the 
gulls were just too full to get another fish down. Periodically, an eagle would 
swoop in and pluck a fish from the surface and fly off to a perch to eat it. 


A great show. An hour later, water covered the flats, and the action was over.

This is an unusual event. In the past 40+ years, I've seen masses of bait fish 
trapped in the Lagoon maybe once every 10 years at most. I don't think I've 
ever seen it in Spring -- only July or August. And, for the time, the current 
event is sardines. The past events have been anchovies. 


Burr Heneman
Bolinas

------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
Subject: Hooded Orioles visit my feeder
From: <daluz AT sonic.net>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 20:35:31 -0700
For the third consecutive year it appears the same pair of Hooded Orioles are 
visiting my nectar feeder (intended for the hummers) in my east Santa Rosa 
backyard. Don't denigrate our avian friends for their "birdbrain", they have a 
sense of time and place. 
Subject: Coast and River birds, pics
From: Tom Grey <tgrey AT law.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:31 -0700
I went to the Russian River Sunday (4/13) through Wednesday (4/16) this
week for a family vacation, and on the way up spent Saturday afternoon
(4/12) and Sunday morning in Bodega Bay, doing some bird photography in all
spots. Bodega highlights were a COMMON LOON in breeding plumage in the
harbor, plus two in non-breeding; also plenty of BRANT. Then at Bodega
Head, singing SAVANNAH SPARROWS against green grass and poppies, and good
action as an AMERICAN CROW chased a GREAT EGRET that had captured a vole.

Russian River photo highlights included an ORANGE-CROWNED and a WILSON'S
WARBLER on the beach at Russian Gulch, CASPIAN TERNS at Jenner (plus great
views of the Harbor Seals), then a WOOD DUCK on the river in front of our
rental house just downstream from the bridge in Monte Rio, and a
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in the yard. Seen or heard but not photographed were
two vigorously singing PACIFIC WRENS and one BULLOCK'S ORIOLE in the yard,
and on two kayak trips from the Guerneville beach down to our house, an
OSPREY over the river at the beach (it may have been nesting uphill on the
south side of the river), and several pairs each of COMMON MERGANSERS and
BELTED KINGFISHERS along the river, along with the constant songs of
Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warblers and one WARBLING VIREO.
Pictures at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/sonoma2014 .
-- 
Tom Grey
Stanford
www.pbase.com/tgrey
tgreybirds.com
Subject: Red-necked Phalarope: Rodeo Lagoon, Sausalito Headlands, GGRNA
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:16:57 -0700
Today, 4/18, on the western edge of Rodeo Lagoon near the pedestrian bridge at 
the end of the road adjacent to Fort Cronkhite, I 

saw one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 
in non-breeding plumage.

Interesting to note the "A Checklist of Birds of Marin Co., CA" (3rd edition, 
via marinaudubon.org, $5) 

mentions the abundance status level of this species switching to the 2nd most 
common level by the end of April for a span of one week (one below the most 
abundant level — "common" status — for all of May). 


Hence, this individual was probably a northward-bound migrant.

Otherwise, my guiding two SF birders on a tour yielded no other species than 
seasonal sightings such as 

1 Pacific Loon….and for the SF listserv area: 30 Surfbird(s) and 1 Black 
Turnstone on the rocks adjacent to the Cliffhouse in w. SF. 


Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

Birding Guide/Certified Wildlife Biologist (associate)

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

www.warblerwatch.com

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)
Subject: Peregrine attacking a Snowy Egret
From: David Wimpfheimer <ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:39:24 -0700 (PDT)
On the same trip that I saw the Swainson's Hawk, our group saw a Peregrine 
Falcon make six or seven dives and attacked a Snowy Egret on a mudflat.  
Ultimately the egret flew off and the falcon did not pursue it.  



I've seen a fair number of peregrine kills or attempted kills over the years, 
but this was a first.  I'm wondering if anyone else has seen these two species 
interacting like this.  Thanks. 
Subject: Swainson's Hawk Lakeville Highway
From: David Wimpfheimer <ceruleanswift AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:30:04 -0700 (PDT)
Today at 12:15 pm while on a boating trip on the Petaluma River I saw a dark 
morph Swainson's Hawk.  The bird was soaring east of the river and veered 
towards the east.  Potentially it could have been seen over the Lakeville 
Highway two to three miles north of Highway 37.  This location is not far from 
Scaggs Island where I have been told the species has nested recently. 
Subject: PRNS migratiion frenzy
From: gbatmuirb AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:29:16 -0400 (EDT)
Drakes Beach (AM): 


Flybys: constant stream of Pacific Loons, flurries of hundreds of Bonaparte's 
Gulls, 3-4 strings of 100+ Brant Geese, 5 Whimbrels 



On rocks: 15 Surfbirds, 3 Black Turnstones, 3 Semipalmtated Plovers


Inside surf line: dozens of Surf Scoters


Outside surf line: 2 dozen Western Grebes, 3 Clarks Grebes; 2 dozen Eared 
Grebes in full attire, 1-2 Horned Grebes, dozens more Surf Scoters, 1 
White-winged Scoter, 2 Common Loons, 2 Red-Throated Loons, 1 Pelagic Cormorant 



On beach: 7 Western Gulls, 5 Mew Gulls, 1 Glaucous-winged Gull


Behind Beach: 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Myrtle Warbler, 6 House Finches, 2 courting 
Red Tailed Hawks, 1 male Northern Harrier doing show-off acrobatics, Marsh 
Wren, Bewicks Wren, Common Yellowthroat (all heard), 



Elephant Seal Overlook  AT  Chimney Rock (PM)


Feeding Frenzy at base of cliff (great views): 1000+ Bonaparte's Gulls (almost 
all in alternate plumage), 500+ Pacific Loons (with cobra heads and racing 
stripes), 1 dozen Brandt's Cormorants, 3 Common Loons, 1 dozen Western Gulls, 1 
Heerman's Gull, 1 dozen Brown Pelicans (mostly adults, some showing partial 
alternate plumage), 4 dozen Surf Scoters, 1 Black Scoter, 2 dozen Eared Grebes 
(alternate plumage), 1 Pigeon Guillemot (under fish docks) and 400+ immature 
and rowdy elephant seals on beach 



With Vagrant Birders...Gordon Bennett, Inverness






  

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


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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

Sent from my Apple iPhone 6

------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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
Raptor Migration Redux 
Brian Sullivan - Cornell eBird & Raptor Project Leader
Join us for a rare evening dedicated to exploring Cornell's latest raptor 
migration in detail, preview the new Raptor ID and better understand when and 
where to find raptors. A combination of spectacular photos and videos taken by 
Brian Sullivan and noted raptor expert, Jerry Liguori will be featured. Cornell 
Labs is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds 
using technological innovations like eBird 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/ to advance the understanding of nature 
and to engage people of all skill levels. 


The Wine Country Nature Lecture Series is in partnership with Sonoma County 
Regional Parks and is based at the Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 126 First Street 
West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. At door - $8.00. Visit - www.sonomabirding.com 


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
> 
> 26 Palm Ave
> 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
>> 
>> 
>> ------------------------------------
>> 
>> Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
>> Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
>> Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com
>> 
>> Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.
>> 
>> For vacation suspension of mail go to the website.  Click on Edit My
>> Membership and set your mail option to No Email.  Or, send a blank email to
>> these addresses:
>> 
>> Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
>> Resume email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo
>> Groups Links
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt
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
>> 
>> 
>> ------------------------------------
>> 
>> Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
>> Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
>> Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com
>> 
>> Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.
>> 
>> For vacation suspension of mail go to the website.  Click on Edit My
>> Membership and set your mail option to No Email.  Or, send a blank email to
>> these addresses:
>> 
>> Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
>> Resume email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo
>> Groups Links
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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

----- 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
> 
> 
> ------------------------------------
> 
> Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
> Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
> Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com
> 
> Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.
> 
> For vacation suspension of mail go to the website.  Click on Edit My
> Membership and set your mail option to No Email.  Or, send a blank email to
> these addresses:
> 
> Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
> Resume email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo
> Groups Links
> 
> 
> 
> 


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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



------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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
>  
>



-- 
Visit my Websites at: www.sarahmayhew.com
http://sarahmayhewphotography.zenfolio.com/
All Photographs (c) All Rights Reserved
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, too……as 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

www.warblerwatch.com

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)
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

Sent from my iPhone

------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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
 wrote:

>
>Did anyone see it at Willowside Rd. in Santa Rosa yesterday?
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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. 


Sent from my iPhone

------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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. 


-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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



------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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 

   images[1]

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


--

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those 
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.



[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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


------------------------------------

Unsubscribe:  mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com
Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/
Listowners:  mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com

Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds.

For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership 
and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these 
addresses: 


Turn off email delivery:  mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com
Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups 
Links 


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/join
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    northbaybirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com 
    northbaybirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to:
    https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
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

http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)