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Brown Thrasher,©Barry Kent Mackay

28 Nov Petaluma River - Port Sonoma ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Tufted Duck (Abbott's), American Dipper (Shafter Bridge), Marin, 11/27 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Nov Lagunitas Creek Dipper and Novato Blvd. Lewis's Woodpeckers ["daphne hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Clay-colored Sparrow ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Muir murrelets, 2 species ["Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Limantour - Red Breasted Sapsucker ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Bird Walk Clay-colored Sparrow Bodega Bay ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Ferruginous and Golden Eagle ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Re: Indigo Bunting at Nunes ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Indigo Bunting at Nunes ["Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Gulls: Last Two Days &..... ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Least Bittern present today (Nov. 26, 2014) at Foothill Regional Park ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Foothill Regional Park Winsor Least Bittern continues 11/26 ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Nov Re: NO Possible Japanese Murrelet- Pt. Reyes Fish Docks ["Will Brooks willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov NO Possible Japanese Murrelet- Pt. Reyes Fish Docks ["willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Warblers and sparrows at feeders ["Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov American Dipper at Shafter Bridge in Lagunitas ["Adam Donkin adam AT donkincreative.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Siskin Flurry - Corte Madera ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Outer Point Reyes: other spa. of interest ["avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Nov Foothill Regional Park, Windsor ["Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: Pine Siskins ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Pine Siskins ["Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Siskins ["j.kuhn1 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Foothill Regional Park ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Least Bittern ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Nov Bodega Head , etc...11/24/14 ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Nov Lewis's Woodpeckers in Marin and Sonoma ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Nov Phainopepla In Lake County Along Cache Creek ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Nov Lark Sparrows by Ernie Smith park, Arnold Drive, Sonoma ["Chris Harbard chrisharbard AT hotmail.co.uk [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Nov Muir marbled murreletts ["Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Nov Tufted Duck at Abbott's Lagoon (MRN 11/23/14) ["everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Nov Tropical Kingbird Continues at Las Gallinas ["dre71478 AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Nov Least Bittern - Sonoma County - 11/23/14 ["'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
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]" ]

Subject: Petaluma River - Port Sonoma
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 06:42:26 -0800
Rare treat to end our tradition of enjoying a beautiful few hours of birding on 
Thanksgiving with the Barrow's Goldeneye being escorted up the Petaluma River 
inlet by several dozen beautiful Bufflehead. It was a great reminder of what 
awaits us outdoors... and a beautiful benediction to Thanksgiving Day. 


Subject: Tufted Duck (Abbott's), American Dipper (Shafter Bridge), Marin, 11/27
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:27:33 -0800
Hello Birders,
  Spent this lovely morning out birding at Abbott's Lagoon where we found a
TUFTED DUCK. This was at the south end of the lagoon. It was associating
with some Greater Scaup. The tuft was small but distinct. Other birds of
note were the two continuing Tundra Swan's, two Redhead (male and female),
a male Hooded Merganser, a flock of 10 or so Tree Swallows, and a
Large-billed Savannah Sparrow (south side of lagoon just after you round
the corner nearest the ocean). Full list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20703105

Then went to look for the American Dipper reported yesterday by Adam
Donkin. This is near Shafter Bridge just west of the town of Lagunitas. A
handy parking area is the Leo Cronin Fish Viewing Area at the bridge. First
checked the area Adam described on the north side of the bridge ("the
inkwells", small pools in a cascade) and didn't see the bird. Then walked
downstream (west) a little bit past the Samuel P. Taylor sign and saw the
bird happily foraging in the stream. Great looks! Great find Adam!

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Lagunitas Creek Dipper and Novato Blvd. Lewis's Woodpeckers
From: "daphne hatch daphnehatch AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:22:40 +0000 (UTC)
The American Dipper was still present on Lagunitas Creek today approx. 0.2 mi. 
downstream of Shafter Bridge about 100 ft. upstream of the 1st pullout west of 
Shafter Bridge.  Bobbing and diving for aquatic invertebrates.  Thanks to 
Steve Howell and Mark Dettling for finding it!   

And thanks to Steve Howell for the Lewis's woodpeckers report on Novato Blvd. 
0.9 mi. west of the entrance to Stafford Lake County Park, on the south side of 
the road near a house and small vineyard.  I saw 2 Lewis's on telephone/power 
poles, though Steve observed at least 5 with possibly more in the surrounding 
oaks.  No shoulder, narrow roadway.  There is a small pullout west of the 
driveway to the house.  Please respect the residents- we were observing from 
the road and they seemed fine once I told them I was photographing birds. 

https://flic.kr/p/qdtdSX

Daphne Hatch
Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:37:13 -0800
Hi Birders,
Around noon I stopped to look for the previously seen Harris' Sparrow. I could 
not find it, but found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW just off Hwy 1 near the dirt 
pullout just S. of Smith Brothers Lane in Bodega Bay. This is just S. of the 
Fire Station 

on the W. side of Hwy 1. I made a few calls to other birders, and learned Dea 
had seen likely the same bird an hour earlier, but 100 yds. S. of my location. 
The sparrow was rather tame and approachable, seen on both sides of the short 
steep trail 

leading up to the trail encircling the dried-up ponds. Two White-throated 
Sparrows were also present in the area, but I did not see the Harris'. Happy 
Thanksgiving! 

~Dan Nelson , Sonoma County
Subject: Muir murrelets, 2 species
From: "Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:40 -0800
Had a kayak lifer while getting the thanksgiving crab, several ancient 
murreletts at the mouth of Muir. Their unmurre-like frosty colored backs and 
black faces separating them from marbled even without binocs. Without a wake or 
motor I got close and even heard little " chip" alarm calls as a gull came down 
on them and they dove. About the distance to the central rock in the cove but 
to the south end of the cove. Probably best scoping from the sw most part of 
beach or bluffs above. They are chasing schools of baitfish at the surface that 
appear to be sandlance or top smelt. There were at least 2 pairs of marbled and 
perhaps 10 ancients out there easily visible on the smooth water. On my way 
down from the fish docks yesterday I placed an entire fresh, free range, 
sustainably raised, road killed, raccoon in a crab pot. The suspense was 
killing me. Overnight the crab fairy took the entire carcass away and replaced 
it with huge Dungeness crabs! Happy holidays and enjoy your bird. 


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 




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Subject: Limantour - Red Breasted Sapsucker
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:40:07 -0800
Red breasted sapsucker in snag opposite Muddy Hollow Trailhead near restrooms.

Dawn Williamson
Corte Madera



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Subject: Bird Walk Clay-colored Sparrow Bodega Bay
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:26:16 -0800
 

Happy Thanksgiving Birders! 

This morning at 10 AM there was a Clay-colored Sparrow in the vicinity
of the parking lot of Bird Walk Park (on Rt 1) in Bodega Bay. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Ferruginous and Golden Eagle
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:59:57 -0800
Hi folks

 

  I don't know what the ranches are out there, but I saw the Golden Eagle at
dawn as I drove out to the Fish Docks. On my way out there were actually two
different Ferruginous Hawks. I had a another Golden Eagle on Lucas Valley
Road, soaring with Turkey Vultures. 

 

Good birding

 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

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On Behalf Of Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:25 PM
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NBB] Indigo Bunting at Nunes

 

  

To add birds of interest to Will Brooks' prior post, I found an apparent
female Indigo Bunting in the fuchsia bushes at Nunes Ranch that Keith Hansen
helped me id.
We also found a Tropical Kingbird at Mendoza, a Ferruginous Hawk just before
Mendoza and a Golden Eagle on the way out in the morning.
Another wonderful day on the OP even without the Japanese Murrelet.
Thinking of Rich Stallcup.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Ron Mallory

Sent from my iPad


Subject: Re: Indigo Bunting at Nunes
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:07:56 -0800
Hi all,
After looking for the murrelet, Josiah Clark, Cedric Duhalde, and I 
birded at a few spots at the Outer Point from 1:15-2:15. While we missed 
the Golden Eagle reported by Jules (seems like it may have been the same 
bird that John Sterling and Alvaro Jaramillo saw between Spalleta and 
Mendoza earlier that morning), we did independently find the Tropical 
Kingbird at Mendoza and the Indigo Bunting at Nunez as well as a male 
Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco at Nunez and a Palm Warbler at Nunez. The 
only birds of local interest at Drakes were a few Bushtits, a 
scarcity/rarity at the Outer Point.
The only non-bird highlight was seeing a Long-tailed Weasel carrying and 
tossing around a vole near its burrow.
Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco
On 11/26/14 6:24 PM, Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds] 
wrote:
>
> To add birds of interest to Will Brooks' prior post, I found an 
> apparent female Indigo Bunting in the fuchsia bushes at Nunes Ranch 
> that Keith Hansen helped me id.
> We also found a Tropical Kingbird at Mendoza, a Ferruginous Hawk just 
> before Mendoza and a Golden Eagle on the way out in the morning.
> Another wonderful day on the OP even without the Japanese Murrelet.
> Thinking of Rich Stallcup.
> Happy Thanksgiving.
> Ron Mallory
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> 
Subject: Indigo Bunting at Nunes
From: "Ron Mallory ron.mallory AT ymail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:24:49 -0800
To add birds of interest to Will Brooks' prior post, I found an apparent female 
Indigo Bunting in the fuchsia bushes at Nunes Ranch that Keith Hansen helped me 
id. 

We also found a Tropical Kingbird at Mendoza, a Ferruginous Hawk just before 
Mendoza and a Golden Eagle on the way out in the morning. 

Another wonderful day on the OP even without the Japanese Murrelet.
Thinking of Rich Stallcup.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Ron Mallory


Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Gulls: Last Two Days &.....
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:37:53 -0800
Seven gull species in last two days, per:

1. Clear Lake State Park (11/24/14):

- 1 adult THAYER’S GULL on buoy adjacent to
shoreline at Lower Bayview Campground parking area

2. Bodega Bay & Head & Salmon Creek mouth  AT  beach area (11/25/14):

- CA GULL (5)
- WESTERN GULL (22)
- RING-BILLED GULL (13)
- GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (2)
- HEERMANN’S GULL (9)
- BONAPARTE’S GULL (6)

Also worth noting today in this area:

- SURFBIRD (7 on rock off the Head’s parking lot)

- BLACK TURNSTONE (8 on the shoreline on north side of the Tides Restaurant
and 5 on rock off the Head’s parking lot)

- PIGEON GUILLEMOT (2 off the Head’s parking lot)

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

www.warblerwatch.com

Novato, CA 







Subject: Least Bittern present today (Nov. 26, 2014) at Foothill Regional Park
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 17:22:25 -0800
Robin Blaney and I went up to Foothill Regional Park today to try to see the 
Least Bittern. We found it--or Robin spotted it--at about 2:45. We watched it 
for about 20 minutes when it flew into the reeds and was lost to view. It was 
on both sides of Pond C at the end of the pond to your left if you're standing 
on the little wooden bridge that overlooks the pond. Got very good looks, 
although the bird was too far way to photograph well. Life bird 424 for me, 
Sonoma County bird 263. 

 

 Foothill Regional Park is here:
 
http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Foothill_Regional_Park.html 
http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Foothill_Regional_Park.html 


 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

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

Subject: Foothill Regional Park Winsor Least Bittern continues 11/26
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:21:10 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,

Around 4:30 this afternoon the LEAST BITTERN was on the west end of Pond C. I 
made a loop around the pond after seeing the bird and it was no longer at the 
same location. I caught a glimpse of most likely the bittern flying into the 
reeds on the south shore about 4:45. I also had a COMMON GALLINULE and a SORA 
at the west end of the pond. 


Good Birding and Happy Thanksgiving,

Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County



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Subject: Re: NO Possible Japanese Murrelet- Pt. Reyes Fish Docks
From: "Will Brooks willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:19:04 +0000 (UTC)
I forgot to mention I also saw around 7 Brant.
Good Birding,Will BrooksStanford CAhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/111721922 AT N04/
Subject: NO Possible Japanese Murrelet- Pt. Reyes Fish Docks
From: "willjaponicus AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 15:54:34 -0800
Hey All,
 

 This morning from 8:30 to 12:00 I went to the Fish Docks in search of the 
possible Japanese Murrelet along with around 80 other birders. There were many 
murrelets there including many Ancient Murrelets. One murrelet that we saw 
caused a brief excitement in the group but from what I could tell along with 
many others in the group, it was an Ancient Murrelet. The bird did have 
prominent white bars on the sides of the head that appeared to meet at the back 
of the head. The neck pattern however was identical to the two other Ancient 
Murrelets. This bird being in breeding plumage to my knowledge is quite 
unusual. Despite this many think that this bird is a different bird than the 
bird photographed by Steve Howell. After looking at the photos by Steve I am 
really not sure whether this is a Japanese Murrelet or not. It does appear to 
have a large amount of white on the head, but looking at photos on google 
images there are Ancient Murrelets that have large amounts of white as well. 
The fact that it has white during this time of year also can not be trusted as 
a field mark because we just saw that Ancient Murrelet today. For me personally 
the fact that the apparently alternate plumaged Ancient Murrelet was seen today 
makes me very nervous about calling that other bird as a Japanese murrelet. I 
hope that other information comes out about it. 

 

 Other seabirds noted (by me) at the fish docks include:
 20 Red-throated Loons
 5 Common Loons
 5 Western Grebes
 4 Red-necked Grebes
 30 Eared Grebes
 200 Surf Scoters
 1 Black Scoter
 1 Long-tailed Duck
 20 Buffleheads
 5 Brown Pelicans
 10 Double-crested Cormorants
 5 Western Gulls
 300 Gull sp.
 23 Ancient Murrelets
 2 Marbled Murrelets
 2 Cassin's Auklets
 

 Good Birding,
 Will Brooks
 Stanford CA
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/111721922 AT N04/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111721922 AT N04/ 


 

Subject: Warblers and sparrows at feeders
From: "Sharon Salisbury daisy44 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:16:29 -0800
Lots of action at the feeders with the upcoming storms moving in. Wilsons's
Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Fox Sparrows, Townsend's Warblers, mobs of
Chickadees, Juncoes and Pygmy Nuthatches and many more. Never had Yellow
Warblers here before.

For some reason I cannot see my own posts, so hope someone sees this.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sharon Salisbury
Mill Valley
Subject: American Dipper at Shafter Bridge in Lagunitas
From: "Adam Donkin adam AT donkincreative.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:05 -0800
An AMERICAN DIPPER was bobbing around the rapids this afternoon (11/26/14) at 
“the inkwells”. It was visible from the north side of Shafter Bridge on Sir 
Francis Drake Blvd. 


We did not see any salmon, though they’ve been reported the last few days.

Adam Donkin
Forest Knolls

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Subject: Siskin Flurry - Corte Madera
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:52:06 -0800
No less than a dozen arguing over spots on my thistle feeder.

Dawn Williamson
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Subject: Outer Point Reyes: other spa. of interest
From: "avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 13:30:40 -0800
En route to the murrelet overlook this morning several less noteworthy birds: 
imm. Golden Eagle (near Abandoned Ranch), two Ferruginous Hawks, and a Tropical 
Kingbird in the coastal scrub about 200 m north of Mendoza Ranch (aka B Ranch). 
Jules Evens 

 

Subject: Foothill Regional Park, Windsor
From: "Wendy Dandridge wendy.dandridge AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:13:08 -0800
Hello,

Returned to Foothill Park yesterday afternoon at about 2 p.m. to try to see the 
Least Bittern at Pond C. Spent about an hour scouring the reeds alongside the 
pond--looking across from the area in front of the bridge. Once again did not 
see it, but saw a Virginia Rail (saw what I thought was a Virginia Rail on 
Sunday when we went, it was getting dark so I wasn't positive--and confirmed it 
yesterday--a first for me), several Soras, (also heard them calling from 
different areas than where they were seen), a Common Gallinule, and American 
Bittern. Along with numerous American Coots and Mallards and a beautiful big 
coyote. 


What a nice park! Thankful the quest for the Least Bittern introduced us to 
this pretty place! 


Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:53:33 -0500
Lots of Pine Siskins moving through the Marin Headlands for the last two days. 
We've had flocks of up to 25 moving over Rodeo Lagoon, heading mainly SE. Also 
lots of Varied Thrushes around at the moment in southern Marin. 

 
Unrelated, the adult male Barrow's Goldeneye returned to Rodeo Lagoon yesterday 
for his sixth plus year! He always seems to arrive in the last week of 
November, so right on schedule! 


William Legge
Mill Valley, CA
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds] 
 

To: North Bay Birders 
Sent: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 2:14 pm
Subject: [NBB] Pine Siskins


 
  
    
                  

I have a few at my feeder too in Lucas Valley.
 
Gail MacMillan
Lucas Valley

    
             

  
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:14:28 -0800
I have a few at my feeder too in Lucas Valley.
 
Gail MacMillan
Lucas Valley
Subject: Siskins
From: "j.kuhn1 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:53:08 +0000 (UTC)
A flock of 20+ pine siskins feeder-hopping in the yard today...Is this one of 
those irruptive years? 


Chris Kuhn 
188 Wembley Court 
Santa Rosa CA 95403 
707-541-0180 
Subject: Foothill Regional Park
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Nov 2014 13:09:16 -0800
I've taken the opportunity of the Least Bittern's appearance at Foothill 
Regional Park to add an information page to my website for that location. It's 
still a little spare, but I'll add photos (maybe even a photo of a Least 
Bittern, which would be a life bird for me) if I ever get out there. In the 
meantime, there's a map, GPS coordinates, directions, links to the Sonoma 
County Regional Parks page for the location and the usual other information. 

 

 Look for the link on the front page, toward the bottom.
 http://colintalcroft.com/ http://colintalcroft.com/ 

 

 Anyone seen the Bodega Bay Harris's Sparrow lately??
 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

 Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
 http://colintalcroft.com/ 
Subject: Least Bittern
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:29:28 -0800
Hi Birders,
The LEAST BITTERN and AMERICAN BITTERN both continued this morning at the 
aforementioned 

Pond "C" at Foothill Regional Park, in Windsor, Sonoma County. I first saw the 
Least around 0715 perched 

motionless at the waters' edge along the N. edge of the pond. It became more 
secretive around 0815, but 

moved around a bit. It moved E into the narrow finger of the lake, and around 
0930 flew across to the W side; 

S. of the bridge crossing the spillway. About six of us birders enjoyed fine 
views, and nice photos. The American 

Bittern was seen a few times along the N side of the pond. I also saw a Coyote 
upslope about 100 yds from the pond. 

Good birding,
~Dan Nelson, Sonoma County
Subject: Bodega Head , etc...11/24/14
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 17:22:02 -0800
Did a hour + sea watch today at Bodega Head around 12 pm today. 
 Highlights were 40 Ancient Murrelets ( 24 in one flock in the foam line , 
others further out in 2-3 groups while others were flybys) 

 4 Marbled Murrelets
 300 Red-throated Loons flying south .
 1  imm Heerman's Gull 
 

 At Salmon Creek the male Eurasian Wigeon was present and a female Hooded 
Merganser upstream from Highway 1. 

 There was a single Elegant Tern in the gull roost on Salmon Creek Beach.
 There was a Red Phalarope and two Common Gallinules on the Chanslor Ranch Pond 
. 

 

 

 Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Lewis's Woodpeckers in Marin and Sonoma
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:53:34 -0800
Hi birders,

This morning on my way to look for Lewis’s Woodpeckers reported near 
Petaluma, I noticed one flying over a hillside oak just west of McEvoy Ranch 
along the Petaluma-Point Reyes Road in Marin Co. There may have been more than 
one, but by the time I parked and got out of my car only one was visible. It 
flew to the south and I spent another 30 minutes looking around but never saw 
it again. When first spotted it was in oaks on the hillside NW of the ranch 
entrance at 5935 Petaluma-Point Reyes Road. 


The woodpeckers in Sonoma County are SW of Petaluma along I Street. These came 
to my attention through eBird and were initially reported this past Saturday by 
Scott Sorby. I saw four birds this morning, but there could easily be more as 
they were moving around a lot. But today anyway, there were at least four I saw 
simultaneously. To look for these birds head out of Petaluma on I Street (going 
southwest I believe). Continue 4/10s of a mile past the junction with Deer 
Creek Lane and note the pullout on the right just before a large eucalyptus. 
The birds were in this area. There are several not too distant dead or 
dead-looking trees and a large stump in the field to the north; several of the 
Lewis’s kept returning to these. I approached this area from the south off 
San Antonio Road and the woodpeckers are 1.5 miles from the junction of San 
Antonio and I Street. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: Phainopepla In Lake County Along Cache Creek
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:57:24 -0800
Today, while hiking along Cache Creek on the south side of Highway 20
(and .25 mile from the trailhead parking lot), I noted
1 female PHAINOPEPLA.

This BLM public hiking trail is approximately five miles east of Highway 53
and approximately 10 miles east of Clear Lake Oaks.

Regards, 

Daniel Edelstein

www.warblerwatch.com

Novato, CA 







Subject: Lark Sparrows by Ernie Smith park, Arnold Drive, Sonoma
From: "Chris Harbard chrisharbard AT hotmail.co.uk [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:42:04 -0800
I was walking the dogs this morning, at 11.30 and saw at least three Lark 
Sparrows in the tree next to the bridge which crosses the creek from Gillman 
Drive to Ernie Smith Dog park, immediately south of the small wetland. I also 
saw four birds in the same place in early January, so it appears to be a 
regular wintering spot. 


Chris

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Subject: Muir marbled murreletts
From: "Josiah clark josiah.clark621 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:08:03 -0800
At least a few pairs feeding actively towards the mouth of the cove, laying low 
on the water and secretive. Also a few fly bys. Interestingly no murres, which 
are common there in summer. Elegant terns were confiding as they floated on 
driftwood spat from the storm. It was not many years ago they were rare in 
November, now apparently fairly common and seem in no rush to leave. The 
dungeness crab bonanza by kayak continues with limits every trip. Opening day 
of the season Brian turner caught a vagrant crab from SoCal, a yellow crab. For 
fb users see Josiah mt Clark naturalist for photos and account. But as for the 
birds really looking forward to the CBC season! For loyal pt reyes folks it's a 
great chance to check out the crystal springs count on dec 14. I think the 
first time in my memory that these two high ranking counts do not conflict. 


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 




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Subject: Tufted Duck at Abbott's Lagoon (MRN 11/23/14)
From: "everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 14:47:47 -0800
 A male Tufted Duck was among the numerous ducks and coots at the south end of 
Abbott’s Lagoon at about 11:00 this morning. This is the same location where 
a Tufted Duck was present last December and January. The two, young Tundra 
Swans continue as well. 

 

 Everett Clark
 Tiburon
 

Subject: Tropical Kingbird Continues at Las Gallinas
From: "dre71478 AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 11:24:18 -0800
Haven't seen anyone post about the Kingbird in a while, so I figured I'd let 
everyone know that it is still out there. Same area, the back corner, bouncing 
from snag to snag. Here are a few photos from yesterday, as well as previous 
days. 



 Tropical KingBird  AT  Las Gallinas 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/algregoire/sets/72157646854180423/ 

 
 
 Tropical KingBird  AT  Las Gallinas 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/algregoire/sets/72157646854180423/show 
ALGREGOIRE's Tropical KingBird  AT  Las Gallinas set 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/algregoire/sets/72157646854180423/show 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 -Andre Gregoire
 -San Rafael

Subject: Least Bittern - Sonoma County - 11/23/14
From: "'Alan Wight' threereaders AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:22:16 -0800
The Least Bittern continued this morning (11/23/14) at Pond C of Foothill
Regional Park in Windsor, Sonoma County.

 

The bird was in view on and off at various points around the pond from 7 to
8:35 am when I left.

 

Alan Wight

Petaluma, CA
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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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 
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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 :)

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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
Kenwood


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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/
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> 
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
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