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22 Nov Harris' Sparrow continues ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov RROS field trip to Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov RE: Least Bittern continues ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov Least Bittern continues ["John Codding woodstock63 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov Hooded Merganser Schollenberger ["mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov Bay Area Christmas Bird Counts ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Nov Harris's Sparrow photo + Diekmann's oriole ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Nov summer tanager and clark's nutcracker in bolinas ["Diana Humple dianahumple AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Nov Least Bittern photos ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Nov Foothill Regional Park 11/21 Least Bittern Update 4:30 - 5:10 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Nov Least Bittern at Foothill Regional Park ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Nov Harris's sparrow continues at Bird Walk Park B. Bay ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Nov Least Bittern continues at Pond C, Foothill Regional Park, Windsor ["djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Nov Semipalmated Sandpiper on Brooks Island ["tobiasrohmer AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Nov No Snow in the rain at Tennessee Valley nursery. ["'Eddie Bartley' eddie AT naturetrip.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Nov The Joy of Kids Birding! ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Nov bittern at Foothills Park, Winthrop ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Nov Eastern Alameda County (EAC) - CBC call for participants ["richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Nov Snow Bunting - Tennessee Valley ["Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Nov Least Bittern ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Nov Re: Least Bittern Foothill Reg Park Sonoma Co Continues 11/18 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Nov Possible Harris's Sparrow. Bird Walk, Bodega Bay, Sonoma County ["denisevh AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Nov Ancient and Marble Murrelets - Pt. Reyes Fish Docks ["Eric Scholz ewscholz AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Nov Least Bittern Foothill Reg Park Sonoma Co ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Nov Wednesday, Nov. 19th 7:00PM- Sonoma in the Ice Age - A Serengeti Plain ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Bon Tempe Lake, Marin Co. - Common Loon, Hoodie & Woodies ["Lory Poulson lory AT poulsongluck.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Ancient murrelets, tundra swans, snow goose at Pt. Reyes ["Daphne Hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Townsend's Warblers ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Ancient Murrelet, Pt. Reyes, 11/16 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Re: Rusty Blackbird? ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Rusty Blackbird? ["Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Ferruginous Hawks ["sfcottage AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands) - Influx of ducks and movement ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Tundra Swan & Common Goldeneye @ Milton Road, Napa County ["Berger Terry terryberger99 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Nov Point Reyes Ancient Murrelets ["rdigaudio AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Nov Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk - Sonoma County - 11/15/14 ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Nov marin co. abbots lagoon TUNDRA SWANS ["tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Nov abbotts lagoon tundra swans Marin Co. ["tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Eurasian Wigeon ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Salmon Creek odd ducks ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Re: Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS ["jules evens avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Outer Point Reyes 11/12-13 ["mkudrav AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Nov Re: Interesting warbler near Fish Docks yesterday, 11/12 ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Re: Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS ["Will Brooks willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Nov Backyard feeding frenzy in Santa Rosa ["daluz AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Nov OP warbler photo ["Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Nov Interesting warbler near Fish Docks yesterday, 11/12 ["Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Nov Las Gallinas Boneparte's ["Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Nov Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS ["Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Nov SAN MATEO COUNTY CBCs - JOIN US! ["lflint AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Nov Richardson Bay waterbirds ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Nov San Geronimo Golf Course Hooded Merganers ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Nov Marbled murrelets Muir beach ["Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Nov RROS field trip to Tolay Lake RP Saturday ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Nov It's raining Cassin's Auklets ["brookseabirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Nov Cordell Bank Pelagic Trip Photos - 9/7/14 ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Nov No Clark's Nutcracker, afternoon 11/9 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Nov Kingbird, Swans, Geese, Falcon. No Nutcracker. (MRN 11/9/14) ["everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Nov Bodega Head Cassins Auklet and other notes ["'Robert Lewis' bob AT wingbeats.org [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Nov Point Reyes and Las Gallinas highlights from Saturday, 11-9-14 ["Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Nov More at Bodega Bay ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Nov Abbott's Lagoon 11/8 ["mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Nov Re: Bayview Trailhead Clark's nutcracker ["daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Nov Ancient Murrelets -Bodega Bay ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Nov Bayview Trailhead Clark's nutcracker ["Daphne Hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Nov Twenty Years of Bird-A-Thon ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov RE: Greater White-Fronted Geese ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Nov Drake's Beach: White-winged Scoter ["taramcintire AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov Re: Cackling Geese ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov Bodega Bay Chat 11/7 ["Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Nov Cackling Geese Kenwood hybrid Sapsucker Spring Lake ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov FOS Pine Siskins in Napa yard ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov RE: Greater White-Fronted Geese ["'Candace' candacek AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov Greater White-Fronted Geese ["Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
7 Nov Five Cackling Geese in Benicia ["Scott Restivo srestivo AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
07 Nov RE: a second Clark's Nutcracker (Bolinas) ["cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Harris' Sparrow continues
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:04:23 -0800
Hi All,

This morning around 10ish, Don Kirker, Bob Speckles and I observed the 
Harris' Sparrow found by Denise Herzberg (et al) a few days ago.

We walked on the Bird Walk trail form the Highway 1 parking lot of Doran 
Park and went around to the far end of the loop trail.  We stood by the 
bench dedicated to John and Colette Voin and watched a large flock of 
Zonotrichia sparrows in the waterless pond below us.  The Harris' 
Sparrow was feeding on the ground with the flock.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, Ca



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Subject: RROS field trip to Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:03:36 -0800
NiBBers,

 

A small but hardy crew of birders joined our leader Dave Barry on a
invigorating morning hike in Lynch Canyon Open Space Park (Solano County)
with an afternoon extension to Rush Ranch Open Space off Grizzly Island
Road.

 

We persevered through the tail end of this morning's rain to enjoy clearing
skies and broad views with lots of raptors drying and stretching their
wings.

 

Lots of Red-tailed Hawks of all phases and ages, lots of Northern Harriers
and American Kestrels similarly various, several White-tailed Kites, a
single PEREGRINE in hot pursuit of a duck, a soaring ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
(Lynch Canyon) and a distant FERRUGINOUS HAWK (over Rush Ranch). Perhaps the
raptorial highlight were three GOLDEN EAGLES out hunting (two at Lynch
Canyon, one at Rush Ranch). Also a Loggerhead Shrike, three Barn Owls (Rush
Ranch), various sparrows, tons of meadowlarks, lots of Say's and Black
Phoebes, and to top it off at least 100 Long-billed Curlews along Grizzly
Island Road and a colony of at least half a dozen LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS and a
pair of ROCK WRENS, both on the North Ridge at Lynch Canyon.

 

Gene Hunn

For RROS
Subject: RE: Least Bittern continues
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:21:37 -0800
15:00 the LEAST BITTERN was seen on the "east" side. It was moving counter 
clockwise to the north side by picnic table. Seen from the opening below the 
bridge and further along the main trail going counter clockwise.  


Calvin Lou
SF


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-------- Original message --------
From: "John Codding woodstock63 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]"
Date:11/22/2014 12:39 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NBB] Least Bittern continues
At 11 a.m. Today my friend Sean and I spotted the least bittern left of the bridge at on C in your heart. Great views were afforded. Photos to follow. Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Subject: Least Bittern continues
From: "John Codding woodstock63 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:39:48 -0800
At 11 a.m. Today my friend Sean and I spotted the least bittern left of the 
bridge at on C in your heart. Great views were afforded. Photos to follow. 


Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Subject: Hooded Merganser Schollenberger
From: "mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 11:01:02 -0800
I saw one female Hooded Merganser at Schollenberger yesterday, Friday, about 
1:00. It was in the open water along the path on the right about 100 yards from 
the entrance gate. 

 

 Moss Henry
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Bay Area Christmas Bird Counts
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 09:58:01 -0800
Just wanted to point out that I've added a page to my website that lists all 
the Bay Area CBCs for the 2014-2015 season in one place alphabetically and also 
by date, along with all the North Bay CBC4Kids events (Thanks to Tom Rusert for 
help with the kids events) in one place as well. Hope it's helpful. 

 

 See the link at the top of the front page of the site. (Please let me know if 
you see any errors or have a count that you think should be added to the 
list--thanks) 

 

 http://www.colintalcroft.com/ http://www.colintalcroft.com/
 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

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

 

Subject: Harris's Sparrow photo + Diekmann's oriole
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:31:31 -0800
 

I posted a photo of the Bodega Bay Harris's Sparrow to the album "Dea
Freid photos". It is a poor photo but the best I could manage. Rick
LeBadour got better photos. I went to Diekmann's store around 3 PM and
found a lot of activity. One of the first birds I saw was a female
oriole. It was a too-brief look for me to positively ID it, but it was
either a Hooded or an Orchard Oriole. Seemed like it was too greenish
for an Orchard but the light was poor at that point. Hopefully someone
else will see it and ID it. Some of the other birds there were at least
3 Orange-crowned Warblers, a Nashville Warbler (first spotted by Brook
O'Connor), a Townsend's Warbler, a male Common Yellowthroat, Hermit
Thrush, Fox Sparrow and others. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: summer tanager and clark's nutcracker in bolinas
From: "Diana Humple dianahumple AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:24:24 -0800
Hi - yesterday I had a surprise SUMMER TANAGER in my yard in Bolinas, heard
calling and seen for a couple minutes in the light rain, but not
encountered since. And this morning I saw the continuing Bolinas CLARK'S
NUTCRACKER; it was seen in the same location by others earlier in the week
(along Poplar Road next to the Point Reyes National Seashore parcel that we
colloquially call "Poplar Field") and was perched on a fencepost for at
least 10 minutes, allowing for very good looks at it. Guessing it's likely
the same individual that was found a couple weeks ago at a different
location in Bolinas.

Cheers,

Diana
Bolinas, CA
Subject: Least Bittern photos
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 20:16:46 -0800
I posted two small photos of the Least Bittern that Gene Hunn found this 
afternoon at Foothill Regional Park. They are in the Gordon Beebe Nature album 
on NBB. One photo has an American Coot swimming in front of the Least Bittern 
for a handy size comparison. 


Gordon Beebe
Santa Rosa
 

Subject: Foothill Regional Park 11/21 Least Bittern Update 4:30 - 5:10
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:05:40 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,

 After seeing Gene's report I headed over to Foothill Regional Park in Windsor. 
While standing on the north shore of Pond C at 4:30 I saw the LEAST BITTERN 
perched in the open by a clump of dry reeds just north of the bridge. I circled 
the pond and at about 4:40 saw the Least Bittern flush to the sw corner of the 
pond where it remained hidden from view. Shortly before 5:00 I heard the 
AMERICAN BITTERN calling from the north shore. At about 5:00 the bittern 
flushed to the south shore and landed in the reeds in line with the house with 
the tall chimney. About 4:45 I heard a SORA along the south shore. I missed 
Virginia. 


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Least Bittern at Foothill Regional Park
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:00:17 -0800
NiBBers,

 

A two bittern day in Sonoma County! Nancy and I ran into Gordon Beebe about
2:30 PM at Pond C at Foothill Regional Park, north edge of Winthrop off
Arata Road. The American Bittern was conspicuous as were Virginia and Sora
Rails, a gallinule, etc. Then Ruthie Rudesill showed up. Still no Least
Bittern. Then about 3 PM I noticed an odd looking yellow leaf along the
south shore of the pond tucked back in the bulrushes which moved just enough
to suggest it was a bird rather than a leaf. Gordon snapped a photo which
showed clearly that it was in fact the LEAST BITTERN. It was stalking at the
shoreline and practically motionless for most of twenty minutes. Ruthie had
her scope, which allowed clear views of the bill, head, breast, and front
edge of the wing. It seemed hardly larger than the Virginia Rails foraging
nearby. Then it struck, grabbed some prey item from the mud, and scooted
back into the cover of the vegetation. The needle in the haystack! 

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Harris's sparrow continues at Bird Walk Park B. Bay
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:06:17 -0800
 

The Harris's Sparrow found by Denise H continues today at Bird Walk Park
in Bodega Bay. I believe it is a first winter bird. It was behind the
farthest pond in the general vicinity of the benches. It was in a mixed
sparrow flock. Patience may be needed to see it especially since walkers
keep disturbing the flock. It was along the path some of the time and in
the ice plant & coyote bushes on the hillside sloping down to the marsh
some of the time. I watched the flock for about 15 min before I saw it.
I first saw it at 10:30 AM and watched for about an hour. Tried for
photos but I don't think I got any decent ones. Beware, there is more
than one sparrow flock at this park.
Nice find Denise! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Least Bittern continues at Pond C, Foothill Regional Park, Windsor
From: "djkirker AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 18:33:38 -0800
Hello All,
 

 This morning (Thursday, Nov 20th) at about 7:30 I found the Least Bittern at 
Pond C. It was in the north-northeast portion of the pond where it narrows. The 
bird was clinging on to the reeds approximately 4-inches above the waters edge 
and allowed great looks. The size of a nearby American Bittern (also at waters 
edge) sure put into perspective how small the Least Bittern truly is. 

 

 Good luck!
 

 Don Kirker
 Santa Rosa 
Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper on Brooks Island
From: "tobiasrohmer AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 15:06:32 -0800
During today's annual shorebrid survey, there was a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 
mixed in with least sandpipers and dunlin on the south shore of Brooks Island 
(Richmond). We were surveying by kayak, so the bird let us get very close for 
the best views I've ever had of this species. It was nice to have direct 
comparisons with the nearby LESAs 


It had a gleaming white breast, throat and lower cheeks, with a blunt stubby 
bill and black legs. Generally it appeared the size of a LESA, but plumper. 


Also on the survey were 14 black oystercatchers, over 500 dunlin, 4 snowy 
plovers, 2 peregrines and a nice flock of 75+ entertaining sanderlings. 


Cheers!
Toby Rohmer
SF  
 

Subject: No Snow in the rain at Tennessee Valley nursery.
From: "'Eddie Bartley' eddie AT naturetrip.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:50:26 -0800
Nov. 20 ~ 10:30 - 11:00 AM - rained out at the GGRO raptor study today so a
few of us tried for the Snow Bunting at the TV Nursery in a steady drizzle
without success. Not much of anything with wings in that area and then the
rain picked up a good bit.

 

Otherwise it was very birdy around the parking lot on the way in with an
adult female Sharp-shinned hawk being the highlight.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Eddie Bartley

San Francisco
Subject: The Joy of Kids Birding!
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 09:20:11 -0800
Thanks for helping us get the word out to your associates and other nature 
organizations. This can "go global" easily... in every language...We really 
need more kids enjoying the sport of birding for life. This is the spark! 

 BEN Bulletin 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 

 
 
 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 

 
 BEN Bulletin 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 
Many nature centers, bird clubs, and environmental organizations are running 
successful outreach programs across the North America. Some ... 

 
 
 
 View on archive.co... 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs112/1102078786210/archive/1119002277270.html 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  

 

Subject: bittern at Foothills Park, Winthrop
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:23 -0800
NiBBers,

 

I took a walk in the mist this afternoon in Foothills Park on the northeast
edge of Winthrop in hopes of an encounter with the Least Bittern that had
been reported seen yesterday and the day before.

 

I hiked up to Pond 3 and had just arrived when I flushed a bittern from
right beside the pond shore path. It flew across and perched in plain sight
in the reeds on the north shore. However, it was an AMERICAN BITTERN, not
the hoped for Least. Nevertheless, a nice bird and one of the better looks
I've had at this skulker.

 

Also noted, at least three SORAs, walking around in plain sight, even
swimming on one occasion.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Eastern Alameda County (EAC) - CBC call for participants
From: "richard cimino yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:41:11 -0800
Good Morning on this fine rainy day,
The EAC-CBC is in need of several more volunteer counters.
If you have beginner skills or more consider joining a fun fill team.
We're also in need of a volunteer section leader for the Arroyo Mocho in 
Pleasanton.
This year CBC count is being held on Friday Dec. 19th.
Please contact Rich Cimino at Yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com if you are 
ready to sign-up or with questions.
Good day for the ducks,
Yours,
Rich Cimino




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Subject: Snow Bunting - Tennessee Valley
From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:13:52 -0800
I received photos this morning of a Snow Bunting that was being seen around the 
native plant nursery in Tennessee Valley yesterday afternoon by Jim Caldwell. 


That's all I know :)

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


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Subject: Least Bittern
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:57:43 -0800
Sorry about the late post but family obligations kept me from my 
computer until now -  this morning I went to Foothill Reg Park in 
Windsor to Lake C.  David Hofmann showed up as well as another birder 
named John.  David glimpsed a yellow bird the right size going from one 
reed bed to the other .  Later I saw the bird fly up and down. LEAST 
BITTERN - caramel yellow and the bird appeared lighter than some I've 
seen.  But it was only a split second look. We could not relocate the 
bird.

This pond had a lot of birds in and around it.  Many Virginia Rail and 
Sora were seen and calling.

This area would be great to check out this Spring for the Breeding Bird 
Atlas.  This park is on Arata Lane Windsor which is an exit off Hwy 101 
head east.

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Subject: Re: Least Bittern Foothill Reg Park Sonoma Co Continues 11/18
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:41:58 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
 Shortly after 5 pm tonight, getting darkish I heard the LEAST BITTERN calling 
for several minutes from the south side of the pond. No visual this evening. I 
wonder if this is the same bird I saw at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park 10/17? The 
two parks are about 2 miles apart as a crow flies. The park closes at 5:30 PM. 


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> At tonight's Madrone Audubon meeting Terry Haag mentioned that Craig
> Roth had seen a LEAST BITTERN yesterday morning at Pond C at Foothill
> Reg Rark in Windsor, Sonoma county.  It was at Pond C on 3 Ponds Trail.
> This park is on Arata Ln (exit from 101) I've never been to this park
> before so I don't know any other details.
> 
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Subject: Possible Harris's Sparrow. Bird Walk, Bodega Bay, Sonoma County
From: "denisevh AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Nov 2014 17:37:29 -0800
This afternoon about 3:00, Will German and I saw what we suspect is an immature 
Harris’s Sparrow. It originally caught our eye because it was so strikingly 
different from the White-crown Sparrows it was associating with. I have seen 
Harris's Sparrows in Texas and that was my first thought. It had a white/buffy 
throat with thick black streaking below. The head was a warm brown. 
Unfortunately, we can’t be certain the bill was pink since we saw it briefly 
in not great light. 

 

 The flock was on the path at the Bird Walk/Coastal Access that parallels the 
highway. The walk is adjacent to Doran Park. If it's not raining tomorrow I 
will try to find it again and get some pictures. 

 

 Earlier in the day, at Salmon Creek, we saw the Eurasian Wigeon earlier 
reported. 

 

 Denise Herzberg
 
 Bodega Bay
 

Subject: Ancient and Marble Murrelets - Pt. Reyes Fish Docks
From: "Eric Scholz ewscholz AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:17:10 -0800
My wife and I saw one Ancient Murrelet and one Marbled Murrelet among the many 
water birds from the Fish Docks at Pt. Reyes today Tuesday between noon and 1 
p.m. 


Eric  and Starling
Subject: Least Bittern Foothill Reg Park Sonoma Co
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:48:47 -0800
At tonight's Madrone Audubon meeting Terry Haag mentioned that Craig 
Roth had seen a LEAST BITTERN yesterday morning at Pond C at Foothill 
Reg Rark in Windsor, Sonoma county.  It was at Pond C on 3 Ponds Trail.  
This park is on Arata Ln (exit from 101) I've never been to this park 
before so I don't know any other details.

Ruthie Rudesill
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Subject: Wednesday, Nov. 19th 7:00PM- Sonoma in the Ice Age - A Serengeti Plain
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Nov 2014 07:10:33 -0800
Wednesday, Nov. 19th 7:00-8:30PM 
 Sonoma in the Ice Age - A Serengeti Plain
 Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist - CA. State Parks
 
 "It was a California Serengeti," Parkman said, "but our birds and animals were 
even more diverse than the Serengeti's." In 1972, the tusk, lower jaw and tooth 
of a Columbian mammoth was discovered at nearby Bodega Head. Mammoth and 
mastodon teeth had been found previously in the area. Parkman will unearth 
Sonoma during the late Pleistocene, the very end of the last Ice Age, when 
Sonoma resembled something significantly larger than the Serengeti Plains. 
Sonoma Birding's Wine Country Nature Lecture Series is in partnership with 
Sonoma County Regional Parks. All public lectures are at the Veteran’s 
Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. (Free Parking) At 
door - $8.00 Information at Celebrating Sonoma's Good Nature 
http://www.sonomabirding.com 


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Subject: Bon Tempe Lake, Marin Co. - Common Loon, Hoodie & Woodies
From: "Lory Poulson lory AT poulsongluck.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:14:20 -0800
Walking with Susan Gluck around Bon Tempe Lake today from 3:15 to sunset, 
surprises included: a single Hooded Merganser (male), 6 Wood Ducks (along 
Sunnyside Trail near the Sky Oaks Rd inlet), and a Common Loon. 


Looking at online Southern Marin Christmas Bird Count records from 1978-2009 
for Bon Tempe Lake, Common Loon was recorded in 4 years and Wood Duck in 3 
years. Neither was reported in the Xmas Bird Count for 2013. (Havent been able 
to look up the missing years yet.) 


There were clusters of Varied Thrush at two locations (Lagunitas Creek 
immediately below the bridge off Lagunitas parking lot, and on the Shadyside 
Trail adjacent to one of the bridges mid-trail). 


Add to that a Golden-crowned Kinglet at eye level (part of a Shadyside Trail 
mixed flock) and a Peregrine flyover near the dam  and it was a very 
satisfying couple hours! 


Complete list below.  

good birding! 

Lory 

----------------
Complete list: 

6  Wood Duck  
(2 male, 4 female. Resting at 5 pm along the Sunnyside Trail shoreline -- the 
flat stretch immediate North of the Sky Oaks Rd. "inlet" area. They headed 
across the water to Pine Point Trail (presumably to roost). Interestingly, they 
were originally resting about 8 feet from a Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron 
-- almost as if the two "skyscraper" birds were providing some cover.) 

American Wigeon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck 
Hooded Merganser  
(Lone male seen at S end of the lake with American Wigeons. 1.5 hours later a 
lone male was in the Sky Oaks "inlet" near a cluster of 30 Mallards. Not sure 
if same or 2 different individuals.) 

Common Loon  (along Sunnyside Trail about 5 pm) 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Great Egret 
Turkey Vulture 
Red-shouldered Hawk 
American Coot 
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Anna's Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker 
Peregrine Falcon (in flight near Bon Tempe Dam)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Varied Thrush
(6-8 at each of two locations: Lagunitas Creek below the parking lot bridge, 
foraging on the muddy ground. Shadyside Trail roughly opposite Pine Point 
Trail, drinking in the reduced creek near a footbridge and moving around in the 
canopy (one of the bridges opposite Pine Point Trail). 

Townsend's Warbler 
California Towhee 
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco


--
Lory Poulson
Richmond, CA
Subject: Ancient murrelets, tundra swans, snow goose at Pt. Reyes
From: "Daphne Hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:17:49 -0800
I too had a wonderful experience watching the ancient murrelets at the Fish 
Docks this morning- 4-5 swimming bubbly just beyond the dock, also saw a total 
of about 12 with 2 groups of flying birds. What a treat. By afternoon no sign 
of the Ross' geese, but snow goose still present at Abbotts and tundra swans 
moved between north and west shores of the lagoon. Lots of birds out there! 


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Subject: Townsend's Warblers
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:52:23 -0800
Today, there were flurries of Pgymy Nuthatches, Juncoes, Chickadees,
woodpeckers including Nuttalls, Downey, Hairy, House Wrens, Towhees,
Titmice, Anna's hummingbirds, and several Townsend's Warblers. All so
focused on getting suet and bark butter that we could stand within 1 ft. of
them and they didn't even notice. It was like standing in a whirlwind of
birds. Wonderful. I took a very bad photo of the warbler with my cell
phone. A camera, a camera, my Kingdom for a camera!

Yesterday, one of our 2 resident Red-Shouldered Hawks was perched at the
very top of a tree behind our house, screaming wildly into the setting sun
that illuminated his entire body. Beautiful

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley


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Subject: Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Ancient Murrelet, Pt. Reyes, 11/16
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:42:52 -0800
Hello Birders,
  This morning I went out to Abbott's Lagoon in search of the Tundra Swans
and Snow Goose that have been reported. The two young Tundra Swans were
easily found near the shore shortly after crossing the bridge. The Snow
Goose was on the opposite side of the lagoon and to my surprise was
accompanied by two Ross's Geese. At one point they were joined by three
Brant. The south end held impressive numbers of waterfowl of all the
varieties you would expect. There were also tons of American Pipits, 3
Horned Larks, and a flyover Lapland Longspur.
   After Abbott's I went to quickly check the fields near mile marker 4 for
plovers. I found a flock of Killdeer, got my scope out and was able to pick
out a Pacific Golden-Plover from the side of the road. Didn't think it was
going to be that easy!
   I then went out to the Fish Docks to look for Ancient Murrelets and was
lucky enough to have a similar experience to Ryan. There were 5 birds
feeding and calling near the dock below the parking lot. The best looks
I've ever gotten at this species. I also had another 12 Ancient Murrelets
flyby further out in the bay.

Great day to be out there!

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Re: Rusty Blackbird?
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:20:42 -0800
Sure looks like a Rusty to me. Very nice!

Dan Singer
San Rafael


> On Nov 16, 2014, at 4:57 PM, Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com 
[northbaybirds]  wrote: 

> 
> Please try the link below to 7 photos, again, poor quality due to distance, 
etc. 

> I saw the bird today at the Mendoza Pond and think it is possibly a Rusty 
Blackbird. It could also be a Brewer's in molt or something else? 

> Please ignore the photo of the Townsend's X Black-throated Grey or ?
> Another nice day on the OP.
> Ron Mallory, Larkspur
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/129363730 AT N02/
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Subject: Rusty Blackbird?
From: "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:57:03 -0800
Please try the link below to 7 photos, again, poor quality due to distance, 
etc. 

I saw the bird today at the Mendoza Pond and think it is possibly a Rusty 
Blackbird. It could also be a Brewer's in molt or something else? 

Please ignore the photo of the Townsend's X Black-throated Grey or ?
Another nice day on the OP.
Ron Mallory, Larkspur

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Subject: Ferruginous Hawks
From: "sfcottage AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 15:29:09 -0800
I saw two FERRUGINOUS HAWKS on highway 37 just west of Lakeville Highway on 
Friday 11/14. Here are a couple of pictures. 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbur/sets/72157649315732461/show 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbur/sets/72157649315732461/ 


 

Subject: Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands) - Influx of ducks and movement
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:33:42 -0500
David Wiechers and I managed an impressive list of 74 species in 3 hours at 
Rodeo Lagoon this morning and we missed many of the common species in the 
process! 


A good selection of duck at the lagoon (13 species counted), and better numbers 
than we've had for many a year at this location. Several species have only 
appeared in the last few days, most notably Common Goldeneye and Hooded 
Merganser. Lots of passerines moving over the Marin Headlands this morning, 
most too distant to ID, and quite a few that flew in off the ocean over Rodeo 
Beach, given the gusty offshore winds. 


Our highlight of the morning was a female/1st winter BARROW'S GOLDENEYE hanging 
out at the eastern end of the main lagoon - mainly by itself. Classic head 
shape, with almost vertical forehead, small dark lime green bill and a very 
dark brown head. You can almost pick it out by its head alone. 


Best of the rest as follows: 

14 Canada Goose - Single flock that flew NW high before returning SE 5 minutes 
later at c. 9:45am. 

71 American Wigeon - all but 1 on the inner lagoon
7 Northern Shoveler
9 Ring-necked Duck
5 Greater Scaup
46 Lesser Scaup 
20 Bufflehead
16 Common Goldeneye - just one adult and 2 1st winter males
4 Hooded Merganser - of which 3 were adult males
10 Red-breasted Merganser -  all females/1st winters
20+ Ruddy Duck
1 Red-throated Loon on the main lagoon and others offshore 
17 Eared Grebes (16 on the main lagoon and 1 on the ocean)
5 Horned Grebes - (A flock of 4 on the ocean and 1 on the main lagoon)
18+ Bonaparte's Gulls on the main lagoon (we've had up to 25+ hanging about at 
the lagoon for the last week or so). 

1 Thayer's Gull - adult - our first of the Fall
1 Eurasian Collared Dove flew over SE
1 Say's Phoebe
6 Varied Thrush that flew over NW
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet that flew in off the ocean and over Rodeo Beach at 
head height. Good one for a sea watch! 

1 White-throated Sparrow - tan striped - with White-crowned Sparrows in the 
grass adjoining the NE corner of the main lagoon (near Shed T1111). 

35+ Pine Siskins - passing through and heading SE in several small flocks.

I'm sure that the San Francisco crowd will have seen some good birds/numbers 
today from Battery Godfrey given the offshore winds and I look forward to their 
report. 


Good Birding!

William

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA 
Subject: Tundra Swan & Common Goldeneye @ Milton Road, Napa County
From: "Berger Terry terryberger99 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:37:15 -0800
A little after Noon on 11/15/14 Joyce Wallen and I scoped a single Tundra Swan, 
Readhead, and a Common Goldeneye at the large pond about a half mile from the 
end of Milton. 


Also of note were approximately (75) Canvasbacks, (50) Buffleheads and (<20) 
Double-crested Cormorants. Ruddy ducks and a Lesser Yellowleg were also seen. 


Milton Road: take Cuttings Warf (CW) road off Hwy-12 to Sonoma about a mile 
west of Hwy-29 in Napa. When CW turns south (left) keep straight and follow it 
about 4 miles. Gated/walk-in entrance will be on your right. 


Terry Berger
Napa, Napa County

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Subject: Point Reyes Ancient Murrelets
From: "rdigaudio AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 10:39:25 -0800
Hi all- it seems there's a decent number of ANCIENT MURRELETS moving offshore 
right now, and at least 5 were taking a break at the fish docks yesterday 
(11/15). I was doing a short seawatch from Abbott's Lagoon around noon 
yesterday and saw at least 3 (maybe more) murrelets flying south, however I 
wasn't 100% sure of the ID given the distance, wind, and waves. Afterwards I 
headed to the Fish Docks on a hunch that I might find a few hanging there. As 
it turned out I got excellent looks at a group of 5 Ancient Murrelets hanging 
out very close to shore around the northern fish dock just below the parking 
area. They were actively foraging (diving) but vocalized constantly when at the 
surface. I'd never heard Ancient Murrelet vocalizations before, and it was 
really cool, almost musical sounding. Here's a Xeno-Canto recording if you're 
curious: XC135265 Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) 
http://www.xeno-canto.org/135265 

 

 In "related" news, there were at least a dozen or so MARBLED MURRELETS just 
offshore from Bolinas/Stinson last weekend, all in groups 2 or 3, and their 
"Keer!" calls were sometimes audible from shore. 

 

 Good birding,
 Ryan DiGaudio, Bolinas CA
 
 
 http://www.xeno-canto.org/135265 
 
 XC135265 Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) 
http://www.xeno-canto.org/135265 natural vocalization; calls from a group of 
nine birds sitting on the water in the harbor, about 40m away from the mic. 
bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 

 
 
 
 View on www.xeno-canto.org http://www.xeno-canto.org/135265 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk - Sonoma County - 11/15/14
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:17:20 -0800
Today (11/15/14), there was a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk along East
Railroad Avenue less than a quarter mile west of its intersection with Davis
Lane.  This area is northeast of Penngrove in Sonoma County.  The bird was
perched on a telephone pole to the north of East Railroad Avenue.  This is
presumably the same dark morph Ferruginous Hawk that has been seen in this
area the last few winters.

Alan Wight
Petaluma, CA
Subject: marin co. abbots lagoon TUNDRA SWANS
From: "tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 21:32:11 -0800
Today, 15 November, we had the two continuing juvenile "bewick's" TUNDRA SWANS 
at the very south end of the lagoon. There was also a female EURASIAN WIGEON 
there. On the west shore there was a SNOW GOOSE. 
Subject: abbotts lagoon tundra swans Marin Co.
From: "tony briggs tony.briggs108 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:35:48 -0800
Today, 15 November, we had the two continuing Bewicks juvenile TUNDRA SWANS 
at the very south end of Abbotts Lagoon, at around 200PM. There was also a 
female EURASIAN WIGEON there. 


Tony Briggs
Petaluma

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Nov 2014 20:34:36 -0800
There was one drake Eurasian Wigeon in with several hundred American Wigeon, 
Pintail, and Green-winged Teal, with smaller numbers of Northern Shovelers, 
Bufflehead, Gadwall, and Ruddy Duck today at the Giacomini Marsh in Tomales 
Bay, just north of the town of Point Reyes Station. They all took flight as a 
disinterested adult Bald Eagle flew over, then settled back down to feed in the 
shallows. 


Gordon Beebe
Santa Rosa

 

Subject: Salmon Creek odd ducks
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:23:40 -0800
NiBBers,

 

I did some birding around Bodega Bay and up north to Salmon Creek today.
Lots of winter waterfowl are coming in. Lots of loons and grebes. Six Brant
off Bodega Head (spotted by Tony Briggs) were my first of the fall. A flock
of Canada's flew over with half a dozen Cacklers in tow. 105 Ruddy Ducks
have congregated on the north shore of Bodega Harbor and 20 or so
Red-breasted Mergansers were off the west shore, plus lots of Buffleheads
and Surf Scoters.

 

Up at Salmon Creek there was a very nice variety of ducks (where I ran into
Mookie Fudemberg), including Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon (one male), American
Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal,
Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, and all three mergansers. 

 

Also, on the creek just above the Highway 1 bridge were two odd ducks.
Mookie and I spent some time studying them as they dove and swam around.
Mookie took some distant photos.

 

The first one I suspect could be a juvenile Tufted Duck, though there are
some discordant features. It had a dark brown head, brownish black back,
gray sides, whitish belly, including the undertail (slightly mottled), plus
a neat round white spot just behind the bill, not at all like a female
scaup's white face. Also a bright white basal wingbar. The head was steeply
rounded with a hint of a tuft, rather unlike the Lesser Scaup's hind crown
peak. The bill was blue-gray with a narrow black nail (but Tufted is
supposed to show a wide black tip?). The eye appeared to be orangish.
Anyway, it didn't compute for any sort of Lesser Scaup, though it could, I
suppose, be a Tufted X Lesser Scaup.

 

The other one, with which the first closely associated, was another of
those, "Is it a Common Pochard or just a Redhead" sort of bird. Overall a
light tan, with the back a bit grayer than the head, a rather sloping
forehead, more pochard-like than redhead-like (unless I just don't see
enough Redheads to appreciate the variation). It was noticeably larger than
the suspected Tufted Duck. Both dove actively in tandem. There was a rather
prominent pale ring around the eye, with a trailing pale line. The bill was
gray with a blackish tip that seemed to curve somewhat towards the base of
the bill a bit at the edges (perhaps pochard-like). Could these two strays
have gotten lost together?

 

Anyway, if you are up that way and bored, you might have a look at them.
Mookie may post some photos.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Re: Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS
From: "jules evens avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:06:24 -0800
Heres a putative spring male Townsends x Black-throated Gray found on 
www.birdfellow.com with the following caption: 

"Adult male Townsend's Warbler X Black-throated Gray Warbler (April). This bird 
was netted and banded at the Tommy Thompson Banding Station in Toronto, 
Ontario, Canada on 25 April 2012. 


Jules Evens



Jules Evens
On Nov 13, 2014, at 8:17 PM, Will Brooks willjaponicus AT yahoo.com 
[northbaybirds]  wrote: 


> 
> Hey All,
> 
> I took a look at the photos and it certainly is an interesting bird. My first 
thought was a Townsend's x Black-throated Grey hybrid. There are obviously a 
couple issues with that, the main one being how light the cheek is instead of 
the bold black you would expect. The small patch of yellow right around the 
supercillium just looks good for that kind of hybrid. I don't know what this 
bird is but I thought I might as well put in my two cents. Here is a similar 
looking bird that I found on google images which was thought to be a Townsend's 
x Black-throated Grey: 

> https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8457/8048791398_4cda906d0f_z.jpg
> 
> Good Birding,
> Will Brooks
> Stanford CA
> 
> 
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 11/12-13
From: "mkudrav AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Nov 2014 08:16:38 -0800
All,
 I spent a couple of days birding outer Point Reyes. On 11/12 at around 11am, 
the MYSTERIOUS WARBLER showed up at the Fish Docks. It was associating with two 
TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS. Initially, I thought it was a Black-throated Green, but 
left feeling it was a strange Townsend's. It called a few times sounding like a 
Townsend's (though it's been several years since I've heard BT Greens in the 
field). Glad there has been some discussion regarding the bird. It's weird. 

 There were a few other interesting birds calling at the Fish Docks on that 
same day. A VARIED THRUSH called multiple times from the pines. Two GREAT 
HORNED OWLS sounded off at noon near the residence. Lastly, there were several 
COMMON LOONS calling at around the same time. Very cool. 

 I ran into Keith Hanson and we swapped bird intel. I got to see the ROUGH 
LEGGED HAWK soaring above the bluffs near the Chimney Rock Rd. Overlook area. 
The next day on 11/13, it was near the lighthouse/chimney rock split in the 
road. 

 Back to 11/12, the FERRUGENOUS HAWK continues in the Mile marker 4/Abbotts 
area. I then chased a flock of 60+ KILLDEER near what I think was Ranch I 
(perhaps 1 mile north of Abbotts-- black McClures mailbox). In with the 
Killdeer was a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER. This was on the east side of the road. I 
could not find the flock or the plover on 11/13. 

 Now onto 11/13, started the day not finding the Bayview Clark's Nutcracker. 

 Next, I walked Abbotts and saw the continuing TUNDRA SWANS (2) and the SNOW 
GOOSE. 

   Great fun again on the outer point.  
 

 Mark Kudrav
 Pescadero
Subject: Re: Interesting warbler near Fish Docks yesterday, 11/12
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:02:34 -0800
On Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:33:15 -0800, "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com
[northbaybirds]"  wrote:

>Following up on Peter Pyle's email today re. the above referenced, I've 
attached a photo of the suspect bird. The shot isn't great since it was taken 
with my iPhone through my scope of a fast moving warbler while above Fish Docks 
with Keith. 


Reminds me of this bird...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/mywa.htm
-- 
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


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Subject: Re: Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS
From: "Will Brooks willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:17:02 +0000 (UTC)
Hey All,
I took a look at the photos and it certainly is an interesting bird. My first 
thought was a Townsend's x Black-throated Grey hybrid. There are obviously a 
couple issues with that, the main one being how light the cheek is instead of 
the bold black you would expect. The small patch of yellow right around the 
supercillium just looks good for that kind of hybrid. I don't know what this 
bird is but I thought I might as well put in my two cents. Here is a similar 
looking bird that I found on google images which was thought to be a Townsend's 
x Black-throated 
Grey:https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8457/8048791398_4cda906d0f_z.jpg 


Good Birding,Will BrooksStanford CA
Subject: Backyard feeding frenzy in Santa Rosa
From: "daluz AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:34:23 -0000




Subject: OP warbler photo
From: "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:15:14 -0800
My prior email photo attachment apparently didn't work so please try this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129363730 AT N02/

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Interesting warbler near Fish Docks yesterday, 11/12
From: "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:33:15 -0800
Following up on Peter Pyle's email today re. the above referenced, I've 
attached a photo of the suspect bird. The shot isn't great since it was taken 
with my iPhone through my scope of a fast moving warbler while above Fish Docks 
with Keith. 

We also had good views of a Rough-legged Hawk near the Lighthouse and on our 
way to the Fish Docks. 

There were three Blue-winged Teal at the Martha's Marsh section of the Corte 
Madera Ecological Reserve this evening along with many other expected birds. 

Ron Mallory, Larkspur





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Subject: Las Gallinas Boneparte's
From: "Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:08:59 -0800
A mid-afternoon circuit of the ponds yielded a high-altitude feeding
aggregation of 30-50 white-throated swifts, 3 boneparte's gulls on Pond 3,
a flock of 30+ W meadowlarks settling into the salicornia east of the
dikes, 4 spp of grebe, one or possibly 2 merlin, a quick look and listen to
three dowitchers on Pond 1 which appeared to be short-billed, one Lincoln's
sparrow E of the yellow maintenance shed, and the usual web-footed mob.

Bill Noble, Novato
Subject: Interesting warbler at Fish Docks, PRNS
From: "Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:53:09 -0800
Yesterday Keith Hansen videotaped a Townsend's-like warbler in the 
swale that is anomalous in plumage. It is an adult male with a full 
black throat but lacks yellow to the underparts and most of the head 
(yellow confined to loral area and front of face), and has grayish 
infusion to the back. The throat patch seems larger than on 
Townsend's and boldly extends down the sides and flanks. It strikes 
me as very similar to a Black-throated Green Warbler except that the 
auricular patch is bolder than normal. It could be a washed-out 
Townsend's, but in this case the crown and back are uniform 
green-gray, with no hint of black except for a thin stripe bordering 
the eyeline and a hint of dusky streaking to the back.

So adult male Black-throated Green with bold auricular or adult male 
Townsend's lacking any black to the upperparts?  I thought it'd be 
worth getting the word out in case others want to see if it's still 
there. Not much migrated last night with the incoming rain, so 
there's a good chance.

Peter



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Subject: SAN MATEO COUNTY CBCs - JOIN US!
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Date: 12 Nov 2014 16:09:27 -0800
HI ALL,
 

 Please join us for two Christmas Bird Counts in San Mateo County
  
 Crystal Springs – Sunday, December 14
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 Birders of all experience levels are welcome. San Mateo County has a great 
diversity of habitat and we count from the Bay to the Coast, in the suburbs and 
in great open spaces. If you are unable to be on a tema for the count, we are 
also looking for those who have feeders – count from the comfort of your own 
home. 

  
 Each Count is followed by a Compilation Dinner – a time to recap what is 
seen for the day. Everyone is welcome. 

  
 
 In order to sign up, go to: SAS - Christmas Bird Count 
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Subject: Richardson Bay waterbirds
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 13:26:52 -0800
Yesterday's waterbird survey of Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary documented a 
large increase of birds on the bay. The total count was nearly 7500 within the 
900-acre sanctuary, as compared to about 2500 two weeks ago. Of the total, 
about 2400 were Greater/Lesser Scaup, 2000+ Double-crested Cormorants, 870 
Bufflehead, 730 Ruddy Ducks, 200 Western/Clark's Grebes. Also of note, we had 
one Pelagic Cormorant, and 44 straggling Elegant Terns, apparently too tempted 
by the fish in the bay to start their southern journey to South America just 
yet. 

 

 The cormorant raft was clearly honing in on some fish in the bay, and although 
it seems early for herring, I've heard rumors that they may have arrived early. 

 

 Kerry Wilcox
 Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
 Tiburon
 

Subject: San Geronimo Golf Course Hooded Merganers
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:31:40 -0800
Hi NBBers,

Today 3 HOODED MERGANSERS showed up in the pond at the hole 9 tee box of San 
Geronimo Golf Course. This pond is adjacent to the intersection of San Geronimo 
Valley Drive and Nicasio Valley Road in San Geronimo. The average arrival date 
for them at this location for the past five years has been November 4th. 


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Marbled murrelets Muir beach
From: "Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:52:59 -0800
On the alcid note I have seen pairs of marbled murrelets at the outside edge of 
the cove at Muir beach the last couple of times while out checking crab pots. A 
fair bit of bait in the water with actively feeding pelicans and corms. I also 
was very surprised to learn of an early " light spawn" of herring over the last 
10 days on the high tides at Richardson bay. Usually they wait for the rain and 
go in mass. Perhaps an adaptation to the dry conditions? 


Josiah Clark I Consulting Ecologist I www.habitatpotential.com I 415.317.3978 


Nature's Acres Nursery I Bay Area Native Plants I www.naturesacresnursery.com 



> On Nov 9, 2014, at 9:31 PM, "brookseabirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hello birders,
> 
> After reading other posts, I decided to mention that those Cassin's Auklets 
are near shore because they are being washed onto the shore. We could see them 
along the break line being pummeled in the waves at Salmon Creek Beach South, 
especially nearer to Mussel Point. And that says nothing about how many we 
found on the beach. 

> 
> Brook OConnor
> Bodega Bay
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RROS field trip to Tolay Lake RP Saturday
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:33:39 -0800
NiBBers,

 

The Redwood Region Ornithological Society field trip to Tolay Lake Regional
Park Saturday past was ably led by Andy Lacasse. It is bone dry out there,
but the raptors put on a good show, especially the Peregrine and Prairie
Falcons that herded massive murmurations of starlings (several thousands
strong). Also noted, a quick flyby by a Merlin, lots of American Kestrels,
Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, two Ferruginous Hawks (an adult and an
immature), and three Golden Eagles (two adults with a youngster, no doubt
locally raised). A Varied Thrush posed for photographers in the oak woodland
on the trail towards the East Peak. Steller's Jays at the headquarters
reflected this species seasonal wanderings, much noted elsewhere this fall.
A flock of 20 Long-billed Curlews had arrived for the winter, despite the
drought. Lots of Loggerhead Shrikes (the local resident family) and Say's
Phoebes. We failed to find Burrowing Owls but heard rumors of one elsewhere
in the park. Access to this Regional Park property is restricted to those
who have "qualified" for a pass (by attending an orientation session) or to
organized groups.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: It's raining Cassin's Auklets
From: "brookseabirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Nov 2014 21:31:31 -0800
Hello birders,

After reading other posts, I decided to mention that those Cassin's Auklets are 
near shore because they are being washed onto the shore. We could see them 
along the break line being pummeled in the waves at Salmon Creek Beach South, 
especially nearer to Mussel Point. And that says nothing about how many we 
found on the beach. 


Brook OConnor
Bodega Bay
 

Subject: Cordell Bank Pelagic Trip Photos - 9/7/14
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:48:46 -0800
Here are some photos from the 9/7/14 Redwood Region Ornithological Society
pelagic trip from Bodega Harbor to Cordell Bank:

http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/cordell_bank_090714/cordell_bank_090714.htm

Alan Wight
Petaluma, CA
Subject: No Clark's Nutcracker, afternoon 11/9
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:35:44 -0800
Hello Birders,
  I was out at the Bayview trail parking area from about 3-4pm and did not
hear or see the Clark's Nutcracker. There were a few flyover calling Red
Crossbills. I hope others have better luck!

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Kingbird, Swans, Geese, Falcon. No Nutcracker. (MRN 11/9/14)
From: "everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Nov 2014 17:53:29 -0800
I looked for the Clark’s Nutcracker this morning from 8:45 to 9:45 near the 
parking area for the Bayview trail off Limantour Road. Other birders had been 
looking since 6:45. It never made an appearance. Maybe someone has had better 
luck since then. 

 

 Earlier at Las Gallinas, at about 7:15, the Tropical Kingbird was perched in 
one of the dead trees at the southeast corner of the perimeter roadway where it 
has been found intermittently for the past 10 days or so. 

 

 A little after 10:30, the fog over lower Abbott’s Lagoon lifted enough to 
reveal the continuing Tundra Swans, both first year birds. A bright Snow Goose 
foraged along the north shore of the lagoon near a roost of several hundred 
gulls. Many, many ducks were on the lagoon. 

 

 At Nicasio Reservoir I walked down to the receding shoreline and scoped the 
goose flock where one Cackling and one Greater White-Fronted were among the 
Canadas. I was lucky and a Prairie Falcon materialized above me heading south. 
It took a turn westward and disappeared beyond Petaluma/Pt. Reyes Rd. This was 
shortly before 2:00. 

 

 Everett Clark
 
 Tiburon
 

Subject: Bodega Head Cassins Auklet and other notes
From: "'Robert Lewis' bob AT wingbeats.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 17:15:28 -0800
The Birds of the Bay Area class was again at Bodega Bay today, and again
braving the hoards of crab fishermen.  Beautiful light early in the morning
illuminated at least 10 Snowy Plover on the beach, mixed in with as many
Semipalmated Plovers.  The gulls across the road from the main parking area
included 3 Bonaparte's, 1 Heermann's and 1 Herring.  At Porto Bodega we were
surprised to see 2 Surfbirds resting with the Black Turnstones on the wooden
breakwater, and 3 Ruddy Turnstones almost close enough to touch along the
rocky shoreline.  But the best bird for us was spotted by Jan Sutcher off
Bodega Head in the fog - the previously reported Cassin's Auklet.  It was
quite close to shore, then worked its way out while we watched.  Also on the
rocks were another 12 Surfbirds, a couple oystercatchers and many Black
Turnstones.

 

Bob Lewis

Berkeley, CA
Subject: Point Reyes and Las Gallinas highlights from Saturday, 11-9-14
From: "Bruce Mast cathrasher4 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:00:03 -0800
Marin birders,
I spent yesterday visiting several sites around the county in quest of a
few continuing rarities for my county list. On the drive out to Pt. Reyes,
I stopped briefly at the east end of Nicasio Reservoir to scope a goose
flock. I found 3 CACKLING GEESE among the Canadas.


I arrived at the Bayview Trailhead at the crest of Limantour Rd. at 7 am.
Conditions were clear and calm--a beautiful morning to be out. I studied
the thinned bishop pines for awhile, looking for unusual corvids but no
such luck. Plenty of bird activity of interest, including a half dozen
Hairy Woodpeckers all foraging in close proximity. I kept hearing what
sounded like Crossbill calls from the valley across the road so I walked up
Limantour Rd. toward Sky trailhead in search. The Crossbills continued to
elude me but I discovered a male CASSIN'S FINCH perched calming at the top
of a tree next to the road. Description and diagnostic photos can be found
in my eBird checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20483972.

After a couple hours, I was poised to leave when I realized a gleaning
flock was moving through the pines around the trailhead and there appeared
to be a finch-sized bird in the flock. Switching back into birding mode, I
studied the flock for a bit until a red bird flew into a tree above my
head. By then a couple other birders had joined and we were all able to get
on a foraging RED CROSSBILL. After clicking off some poor photos, I was
really ready to move on when a larger bird flew out and down canyon: Gray
body, black and white wings and tail, blank gray face with spiky black
bill--CLARK'S NUTCRACKER! Patience rewarded.

On to Pierce Point Rd., just the usual sparrows at mile marker 4.0. I
scanned the fields to the east for pipits, plovers, and longspurs but saw
no movement. Best bird was the returning FERRUGINOUS HAWK. I was reluctant
to climb the fence to walk the pastures. (Is crossing fences at Pt. Reyes
considered trespassing?) Instead I went to Abbott's Lagoon.

Lots of gulls roosting at the outer lagoon and what appeared to be a huge
flock of dabbling ducks at the far end but I didn't spend the time to
check. Lots of pipits and Horned Larks foraging near the beach next to the
gull roost and it sounded like there might be a longspur or two in the mix
but I could never make visual contact. Out at the beach, I watched a
thousand Surf Scoters wing their way south, along with a number of
loons--mostly Red-throated as far as I could tell. Also saw a half dozen
Cassin's Auklets, which was good for my county list. I ran into a trio of
NOAA researchers who were just finishing up their beach monitoring and they
reported finding something like 10 dead Cassin's Auklets on the beach,
along with a dead Fulmar. They said November is a tough month for these
guys.

On the way home, I stopped at Las Gallinas and walked the gravel road out
to the furtherest pines overlooking the salt marshes. I scanned the trees
and fields carefully but couldn't locate any flycatchers that weren't
Phoebes. As the sun was going down, I hung around awhile to listen to the
cackling Ridgway's Rails. Before heading back, I scanned the tree tops one
more time and noticed an interesting silhouette in a dead pine. In the
scope it proved to be the elusive TROPICAL KINGBIRD. Patience rewarded.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland
Subject: More at Bodega Bay
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:06:59 -0800
A group of seven from Yolo Audubon Society spent the day, dodging the crowds
and getting truly excellent viewing nonetheless around Bodega Harbor and
from the Head.  We missed the murrelets reported by Rusty Scalf but saw one
CASSIN'S AUKLET from the Head around 10:30 am plus thousands of Surf Scoters
in very large flocks flying south over the ocean about a mile offshore (plus
a few much smaller rafts closer to shore).  Also a late RED KNOT in the
Harbor hanging with a single Short-billed Dowitcher - interesting pair.
Without the amazing crowds, it would have been a perfect day for birding -
well, it was perfect anyway.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis, CA



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Subject: Abbott's Lagoon 11/8
From: "mosshenry2 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 19:46:29 -0800
Two Tundra swans at Abbott's Lagoon today. One light phase juvenile Ferruginous 
Hawk over the parking lot. 

 Moss Henry
 Santa Rosa
Subject: Re: Bayview Trailhead Clark's nutcracker
From: "daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 17:10:25 -0800
Clark's Nutcracker was seen at 9:20 am, not 10:20.  Seen by 3 people.
Subject: Ancient Murrelets -Bodega Bay
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:18:08 -0800
Bodega Bay
Sonoma County


Bodega Bay was a 'zoo' this morning with the opening of crab season. 
More people, cars and boats I have ever seen there by more than double. 
We had to abandon trying to park at the end of Doran Beach Rd and found 
ourselves in a traffic jam!

But our GGAS class field trip had it's reward looking down from Bodega 
Head:  Four sharp looking Ancient Murrelets and a single Marbled 
Murrelet.  We tracked the Ancients  along an offshore foam line for 
about 5 minutes before losing them. The single Marbled Murrelet made a 
briefer appearance.

A great ending to an other somewhat difficult outing.

   Rusty Scalf
   Berkeley, CA

Subject: Bayview Trailhead Clark's nutcracker
From: "Daphne Hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:56:32 -0800
Clark's nutcracker was see at 10:20 today flying north from the vicinity of the 
trailhead. 

Daphne Hatch

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Subject: Twenty Years of Bird-A-Thon
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:10:49 -0800
The Sonoma County Gray Jays completed our 20th Rich Stallcup Bird-A-Thon
this September for Point Blue (formerly PRBO).

Here is a table of all species observed over the years for anyone who might
be interested:

http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/birdathon_summary.htm

All of our Bird-A-Thons have been within the boundaries of Sonoma County.

Alan Wight
Petaluma, CA

Subject: RE: Greater White-Fronted Geese
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 23:31:13 -0800
I also saw what was very likely this same flock of Greater White-fronted
Geese.  I was at Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa (along Fountaingrove Parkway)
at lunchtime today (11/7/14) and heard and then saw 220+ Greater
White-fronted Geese flying southeast high overhead.  This matches up nicely
in terms of time, number, and flight path with Becky's report from Rincon
Valley.

 

Just a few minutes ago (11:18 pm on 11/7/14) I heard at least five Greater
White-fronted Geese flying over our house in east Petaluma and saw them
briefly flash across the gibbous moon as they flew in a southeast direction.

 

Alan Wight

Petaluma, CA

 

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On Behalf Of 'Candace' candacek AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]
Sent: Friday, November 7, 2014 2:00 PM
To: 'Becky Olsen'; 'Northbaybirds'
Subject: RE: [NBB] Greater White-Fronted Geese

 

  

I saw them too-but they were flying a tad north and east when they flew over
Montgomery Village.  They were LOUD, and I could hear them approaching
before I could see them.  As I watched them they spread out into one very
long single-spaced formation.  Impressive!  

 

Candace Krout

Santa Rosa

 

 

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[mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Becky Olsen
ryderbird AT comcast.net   [northbaybirds]
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2014 1:02 PM
To: Northbaybirds
Subject: [NBB] Greater White-Fronted Geese

 

  

We just had a flock of approximately 300 Greater Whited-fronted geese fly
overhead going Southeast.
Very cool!

Becky Olsen
Ken Wilson
Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa.

Sent from my iPad


Subject: Drake's Beach: White-winged Scoter
From: "taramcintire AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Nov 2014 19:08:13 -0800
Seen mid-day today. One (possibly two) male, White-winged Scoters. This is a 
life bird for me, so not sure how excited other people will be (I was!). Was 
seen just off shore in a flocks of Surf Scoters. 
Subject: Re: Cackling Geese
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:22:13 -0800
A flock of 30 Cackling Geese circled Rodeo Lagoon in fog this morning  AT  9:20am. 
I think lots of birds were displaced by the fog this morning. 


Also, another Palm Warbler - this one at the footbridge leading to the bridge.
 
William Legge
Mill Valley

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On Nov 7, 2014, at 5:18 PM, "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


> This afternoon in Kenwood (Sonoma Valley) I had 2 calling Cackling 
> Geese fly over the yard for a new yard bird! I had thought I had heard 
> Greater White-fronts and then saw Becky's post. Geese are on the move!
> 
> Went to Spring Lake Reg Park late this afternoon (where a High School 
> Cross Country meet was going on Nice to see young folks outdoors away 
> from their computers) A male Sharp-shinned Hawk flew through a flock of 
> Bustits. On The North Peninsula there was a very active Sapsucker. It 
> looked like a Red-naped with a sprinkling of red on the cheeks. After 
> looking in the latest Sibley, the bird looked like the female southern 
> Red-breasted but brighter face pattern. Is this the same bird grown up? 
> New bird that is also hybrid. The back pattern looked like a Red-naped 
> but is colored golden like a Red-breasted
> 
> Ran into Linda & Leah; nice see them.
> 
> Ruthie Rudesill
> Kenwood
> 
> 
Subject: Bodega Bay Chat 11/7
From: "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:55:18 -0800
Hey Birders,

I birded Bodega Bay today with my brother Kurt & his friend Les. At around 9:30 
we got brief but very good looks at a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in a tall shrub on 
Bay Flat Rd., adjacent to the Rail Ponds. It flew across the road into the 
myrtle and willows next to and behind 1717. We could not relocate the bird 
after it flew, nor about 15 minutes later. While looking we had a merlin fly 
over the ponds. Nothing of note at Owl Canyon, nor Campbell Cove. Below 
Diekmann's Store there was a very busy spotted sandpiper. 


Good Birding,

Mike Heffernon
'Occidental

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Subject: Cackling Geese Kenwood hybrid Sapsucker Spring Lake
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:18:23 -0800
This afternoon in Kenwood (Sonoma Valley)  I had 2 calling Cackling 
Geese fly over the yard for a new yard bird!  I had thought I had heard 
Greater White-fronts and then saw Becky's post.  Geese are on the move!

Went to Spring Lake Reg Park late this afternoon (where a High School 
Cross Country meet was going on Nice to see young folks outdoors away 
from their computers)  A male Sharp-shinned Hawk flew through a flock of 
Bustits.  On The North Peninsula there was a very active Sapsucker.  It 
looked like a Red-naped with a sprinkling of red on the cheeks.  After 
looking in the latest Sibley, the bird looked like  the female southern 
Red-breasted but brighter face pattern.  Is this the same bird grown up? 
  New bird that is also hybrid.  The back pattern looked like a Red-naped 
but is colored golden  like a Red-breasted

Ran into Linda & Leah; nice see them.

Ruthie Rudesill
Kenwood



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Subject: FOS Pine Siskins in Napa yard
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:09:47 -0800
Hello all,

Yesterday, 11/6, I had my first-of-season Pine Siskin at my backyard feeder. 
Last time I had one was April 2013! Today, there were more than 6 mixed in with 
the goldfinches, eating and bathing. A lovely, male, Spotted Towhee is also a 
nice addition. 


Enjoy the birds!
Denise Hamilton
Napa
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Subject: RE: Greater White-Fronted Geese
From: "'Candace' candacek AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:59:37 -0800
I saw them too-but they were flying a tad north and east when they flew over
Montgomery Village.  They were LOUD, and I could hear them approaching
before I could see them.  As I watched them they spread out into one very
long single-spaced formation.  Impressive!  
 
Candace Krout
Santa Rosa
 
 
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Sent: Friday, November 07, 2014 1:02 PM
To: Northbaybirds
Subject: [NBB] Greater White-Fronted Geese
 
  
We just had a flock of approximately 300 Greater Whited-fronted geese fly
overhead going Southeast.
Very cool!

Becky Olsen
Ken Wilson
Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa.

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Subject: Greater White-Fronted Geese
From: "Becky Olsen ryderbird AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:02:25 -0800
We just had a flock of approximately 300 Greater Whited-fronted geese fly 
overhead going Southeast. 

Very cool!

Becky Olsen
Ken Wilson
Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa.

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Subject: Five Cackling Geese in Benicia
From: "Scott Restivo srestivo AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:43:11 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
There were five Cackling Geese in with the Canada Goose flock at the Benicia 
9th Street beach this morning. The geese spend some time on the lawn, some time 
on the beach. 


Scott Restivo
Benicia, CA


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Subject: RE: a second Clark's Nutcracker (Bolinas)
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:19:25 -0800
Friday morning.
 CLARK'S NUTCRACKER continues at Bayview Trailhead. By parking lot, .

Calvin Lou
SF 


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From: "Diana Humple dianahumple AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]"
Date:11/05/2014 6:29 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [NBB] a second Clark's Nutcracker (Bolinas)
Hi - regarding the Bayview Trailhead Clark's Nutcracker that was seen yesterday and again this afternoon: Megan Elrod and I went there yesterday and were in the area for about half an hour (~4:45-5:15pm) and neither saw nor heard it. But it must have been nearby... However, while we were looking for that bird on 11/4, Steve Howell heard (and then saw) a Clark's Nutcracker in Bolinas, across Mesa Road from Gasper Lane, as it went in to roost in a row of five isolated pine trees immediately to the north of the Niman turkey barn. This morning, Burr Heneman had it emerge from the same trees ~7am, whereas a few of us didn't detect it in the area an hour later. Then this afternoon, Megan Elrod, Ryan DiGaudio and I saw it fly into the same trees, again apparently to roost, at about 4:45pm. We had crazy luck as it flew in about 15 seconds after we got there and started looking for it. It briefly called, just after it had landed in the trees. Note, it flew in from the Gasper Lane side of Mesa Road. If you don't know the spot, Gasper Lane is a dirt road (look for the jackrabbit sign) off of Mesa Road that isn't on Google Maps and that will be on your right (East) as you head along Mesa Road towards the Palomarin Field Station and the south entrance to Point Reyes National Seashore. More specifically, it is ~1.3 miles up Mesa Road from the turnoff from Olema-Bolinas Road, and is a few hundred meters beyond the 90 degree curve that Mesa Road makes a few blocks after you pass the fire station. The turkey barn will be to your left (West). It is unclear to me if the public is allowed onto that parcel or not (we looked from the paved road). Does two an irruption make? In addition, Megan Elrod and I had a FERRUGINOUS HAWK along Mesa Road this morning between Commonweal and the Coast Guard station (it has been seen just about daily in the area for the past week); and the Palomarin banders caught a MORPHNA SUBSPECIES OF SONG SPARROW today at Pine Gulch Creek along the Bolinas Lagoon, and on Monday caught the first-of-season SWAMP SPARROW at Muddy Hollow in Point Reyes National Seashore. Cheers, Diana Humple Bolinas, CA Posted by: Diana Humple Reply via web post • Reply to sender • Reply to group • Start a New Topic • Messages in this topic (1) 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.com VISIT YOUR GROUP New Members 11 New Photos 18 • Privacy • Unsubscribe • Terms of Use