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Crab Plovers,©Tony Disley

21 Sep Please submit photos to iNaturalist Birds and Berries! ["Manette Sandor manette.sandor AT uconn.edu [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Least Bitterns CORRECTION ON DATES ["pelicanday AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Least Bittern Video at Las Gallinas ["pelicanday AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Bodega Bay Sat. 9/20 ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Outer Point Reyes Philadelphia Vireo and Warblers (MRN 09/20/14) ["everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Vaux's Swift photos from Sept 19 big night at McNear's brickyard ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Cooking offshore: Bodega Bay Pelagic Trip ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Re: 09/19 -- Outer Point Reyes bonanza (LONG) ["Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep McNear Brickyard, Vaux's Swifts ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep FOF Fox Sparrow- window strike ["spinningskunk AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep FOF Fox Sparrow- window strike ["spinningskunk AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep Cape May Warbler image -- take 2 ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep 09/19 Cape May Warbler image ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep 09/19 -- Point Reyes bonanza (SHORT VERSION) ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Sep 09/19 -- Outer Point Reyes bonanza (LONG) ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Sora at Ellis Creek, Petaluma ["sherri.oster AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Point Reyes Lighthouse 9.19.14 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Re: Outer Point Reyes 9/19--CAPE MAY WARBLER etc ["Megan Isadore megan.isadore AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Outer Point Reyes 9/19--CAPE MAY WARBLER etc ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Sep Napa warblers ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Fwd: McNear Brickyard ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Re: Orchard Oriole, Keith Hansen's Gallery, Bolinas, 9/18 ["Megan Elrod melrod AT pointblue.org [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Ellis Creek pond drainage ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep more Bodega Bay Birds ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Local Interest - FOF White Crowned Sparrow ["Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Orchard Oriole, Keith Hansen's Gallery, Bolinas, 9/18 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Bodega Bay Thurs. 9/18 ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Tennessee Warbler Napa ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Biking Big Year to raise money for bird conservation ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Sep Re: Longspur question ["teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Re: Longspur question ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Bodega Bay Wed. 9/17 ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep McNear Brickyard ["Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Pectoral Sandpiper ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Oriole Notes for Bodega Bay ["brookseabirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep groups test ["rscimino AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Lesser Yellowlegs at Las Gallinas ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep FOF White-crowned Sparrow 9/17 Strawberry, Mill Valley feeder ["Marjorie Siegel masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Offshore Bodega Bay ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Longspur question ["jules evens avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep "Pelican Dreams" in Sonoma with Judy Irving - Oct 8th & Nov 1st ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Third Rail team Bird-a-Thon Big Day Sept. 16 ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Sep Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Broadwings, Black Swifts, Bald Eagle ["Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep RE: Longspur question ["'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Regarding my question about regular species in CA ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Agate Beach, Bolinas, Sooty Shearwaters, 9/16 ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Prairie Warbler (?) at Owl Canyon; Blackpoll Warbler ["Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Re: Longspur question ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Sep Longspur question ["Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Sep Bodega Bay passerine migraion today ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Sep McNear Swifts ["Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Sep Outer Pt Reyes Sept 14 ["'D Weber' dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep 09/12 -- Pt Reyes Lighthouse -- Baltimore Oriole ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep 09/12 -- Point Reyes Lighthouse-- Baltimore Oriole ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep Bodega Bay, Sat-Sun. 9/13-14. ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep Chestnut-sided Warbler - Bodega Bay ["William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep RROS Bodega Bay field trip Saturday, Sept. 13 ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep Golden-crowned Sparrow ["'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep Re: Outer Point Reyes yesterday ["Robin Blaney robin.blaney AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Sep Outer Point Reyes yesterday ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Sep Re: Fish Docks 9.13.14 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Sep Fish Docks 9.13.14 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Sep Re: Baird's Sandpiper ["Bill Doyle shortbill AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Sep Baird's Sandpiper ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Sep Sunday - Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Sep RE: Hawks, Warblers, & Shark ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Sep Hawks, Warblers, & Shark ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Sep Bodega Bay Fri. 9/12 ["Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Sep Outer Point Reyes 9/12 ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Sep Very, Very Local Interest - FOS Golden-crowned, Fox Sparrows in Corte Madera, Marin County ["eurohobby AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Sep Point Reyes Lighthouse 2014.09.11 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Sep A few notes from the last few days ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Sep Re Estero Rd Mystery warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Please submit photos to iNaturalist Birds and Berries!
From: "Manette Sandor manette.sandor AT uconn.edu [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:57:21 -0400
I need your help!


I am a PhD student seeking photographic observations of wild birds feeding
on berries and other fruits. I prefer the bird in the act of consuming the
fruit, but I also welcome any picture of a bird perched on or near a
fruiting plant. The fruiting plants can be wild or cultivated, native or
invasive. No feeders please. I want birds and plants within North America.
Please submit your photographs to iNaturalist:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/birds-and-berries

No photographs to submit? Test your ID skills by identifying or verifying
the identifications of the birds and plants in other peoples' submissions!

Many birds rely on berries as a food source, especially in the fall and
winter months in North America and many of these plants rely on birds to
disperse their seeds. Yet we do not know nearly enough about this
relationship, particularly all of the species involved. Please help me
collect this information!

-- 
Manette Sandor
PhD Student

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Rd., Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Subject: Least Bitterns CORRECTION ON DATES
From: "pelicanday AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 22:47:35 -0700
SORRY FOR THE ERROR. LEAST BITTERNS WERE FILMED IN JULY BETWEEN JULY 8 AND 14. 

 (FEBRUARY NOT EXACTLY BREEDING SEASON IS IT).
 

 Jeffery Martin
 pelicanday AT aol.com
 San Rafael
Subject: Least Bittern Video at Las Gallinas
From: "pelicanday AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 21:50:24 -0700
Least Bittern at Las Gallinas Marsh February 8th through 14th. 
 

 Hello Fellow Birders, I am a new NBB listserve member. I am a wildlife 
videographer with a special interest in Foraging Behavior in Wading Birds. A 
breeding family of Least Bitterns were observed often in early Feb. this year 
at Las Gallinas Marsh/Ponds. Apparently this was the second known occurance in 
Marin County. Between Feb 8 and Feb 14. I shot HD footage demonstrating several 
characteristics of Least Bittern foraging behavior. The HD film is not of high 
quality because of the distance and wind disturbance (shot at 30 to 50 
magnification). Nevertheless, the foraging behavior was awesome. 

 

 If you are interested, please go to the YouTube link below. This five minute 
film shows early on the classic "Sun Gazing" posture assumed by the Bittern 
when threatened, first by a blackbird flying in, and then by a protective 
Gadwall mother with young who holds her ground while it's young pass ahead of 
her. On several foraging clips you can see the typical outstretched neck with 
bill near the water and ready to strike. You can also see "Neck Waving" while 
the head remains still. Perhaps this functions is to flush prey (insects and 
small fish), or to remain unseen as it waves its neck like the reeds. Another 
classic pose is foraging from a stance with split legs, each on a different 
read. Near the end of the film, notice "Gleaning" behavior where the bird tugs 
on foliage to feed on insects. Finally, the most interesting to me (but the 
poorest quality film because of wind disturbance) is the Least Bittern striking 
with its whole body while holding on with one foot which remains clinging to 
one reed like a tether. 

 

 PLEASE SET YOUR YOUTUBE PLAYBACK SETTINGS TO HIGHEST QUALITY OR HD
 

 

 

 Hope you find this interesting.
 

 Best,
 

 Jeff Martin
 San Rafael
 pelicanday AT aol.com
 

 

 

 

 Least Bitterns of Las Gallinas Marsh, San Rafael, Marin County, CA 
http://youtu.be/GAccAObyRWU 


 
 
 http://youtu.be/GAccAObyRWU 
 
 Least Bitterns of Las Gallinas Marsh, San Rafael, Marin ... 
http://youtu.be/GAccAObyRWU This video was filmed between July 8 and July 14. 
Distance and wind conditions limit the film quality. It was filmed in High 
Definition at 30 to 50 magnifica... 

 
 
 
 View on youtu.be http://youtu.be/GAccAObyRWU 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

Subject: Bodega Bay Sat. 9/20
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:46:37 -0700
At least one BLACKPOLL WARBLER plus the HOODED ORIOLE were seen yesterday 9/19, 
but could not be re-found today. These birds were at the Marine Lab gate trees. 
New today were a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER at these trees, and TENNESSEE WARBLER 
seen around 5 PM., in addition to several Yellow, Wilson's and Townsend's 
Warblers. The trees behind the pond at "Hole-in-the-Head" had a male 
BLACK-and-WHITE WARBLER (apparently the same remaining bird) and a CLAY-COLORED 
SPARROW between the parking lot and the pond. 

Good Birding,
Dan Nelson
Subject: Outer Point Reyes Philadelphia Vireo and Warblers (MRN 09/20/14)
From: "everettclark AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 18:31:12 -0700
A Philadelphia Vireo was in the cypresses above the Mendoza Pond (“B” 
Ranch) shortly before noon today. The vireo was ID’d and photographed by 
Steve Howell. Two Pectoral Sandpipers were at edge of the pond below. 

 

 The Cape May Warbler found yesterday by Michael Park, et al., at the 
lighthouse appears to be continuing. I found the fairly yellow bird in the 
cypress by the residence building at 7:50. A second, paler Cape May was found 
by Steve and Burr Heneman around 8:15. Also at the lighthouse were American 
Redstart, Chestnut-Side Warbler, Yellow, Wilson’s, Townsend’s, 
Yellow-Rumped, and Black-Throated Grey. 

 

 At the Fish Docks in the pines on the way to the life-saving station were 
American Redstart, Blackpoll, Tennessee, Yellow, and Townsend’s Warblers. 

 

 Everett Clark
 
 Tiburon
 

 

Subject: Vaux's Swift photos from Sept 19 big night at McNear's brickyard
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 18:22:01 -0700
I've posted a few shots of the activity at McNear's last night here on Flickr: 
McNear's brickyard Vaux's Swifts, Sep 19, 2014 https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3jMwFi. 
Well worth a visit if you haven't already! 

 

 Kerry Wilcox
 San Rafael
 

 
 
 https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3jMwFi 
 
 McNear's brickyard Vaux's Swifts, Sep 19, 2014 https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3jMwFi 
Over nineteen thousand migrating Vaux's Swifts roosting in un-used brick kiln 
stacks in San Rafael, CA. 

 
 
 
 View on flic.kr https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3jMwFi 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

  
Subject: Cooking offshore: Bodega Bay Pelagic Trip
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:03:14 -0700
Hello, North Bay Birders,

Shearwater Journeys had an excellent pelagic seabirding trip departing from 
Bodega Bay, September 19, 2014. Highlights included: a single GUADALUPE 
MURRELET which offered excellent views and photographic opportunities for all 
on board. To my knowledge, this is the first documented Guadalupe Murrelet in 
Central/Northern California for the past 16 years. 


Other highlights included: 22 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 1 NORTHERN (PACIFIC) 
FULMAR; 341 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, 50 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; 1 WILSONS, 3 ASHY 
and 315 BLACK STORM-PETRELS; POMARINE (23), PARASITIC (12) and LONG-TAILED 
JAEGERS (3); 3 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; a good sized group of migrating ARCTIC TERNS 
(180) and SABINE'S GULLS (48) which were feeding; 100 COMMON MURRES; 3 PIGEON 
GUILLEMOTS; 20 CASSIN'S AUKLETS; 80 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and one, beautiful 
adult TUFTED PUFFIN. 


A solitary male KILLER WHALE appeared to be on a kill and possibly dragging it 
to his pod mates. Many birds, including storm-petrels and albatrosses were 
feeding at the initial kill site. We did not see what he killed. A RIVER OTTER 
was near Hole in the Head in the morning. Offshore sightings included: AMERICAN 
PIPIT, WILSON'S SNIPE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Marine conditions were good with 
a long period swell and ground fog had lifted by 10 am, with uniformly high 
overcast skies for the remainder of the 10 hour trip. Sea surface temperatures 
ranged from a low of 63 to an incredible high of 66.5! ("Normal" SST's would be 
in the high 50's, maybe reaching 60 at an edge). 


Spaces are still available on all of our upcoming trips, although some trips 
are nearly full. Leaders keep adding to the Wednesday, September 24th Half Moon 
Bay, "Leaders Bonanza" trip. Leaders on this date now include: Steve Howell, 
Peter Pyle, Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Jim Danzenbaker, 
Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater. Nine leaders! 


To see the complete schedule of trips:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Hope to see you 'out there."
Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi










Subject: Re: 09/19 -- Outer Point Reyes bonanza (LONG)
From: "Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:22:10 -0700
A point of information about dairy ranches on the Point --

A post from yesterday said:
We stopped briefly at MENDOZA. The cypress across from the farm houses were 
quiet. WILSON'S SNIPE (muddy field near veal pens) 


There is a common misconception that those little white plastic hutches at the 
dairies are veal pens. They aren't. They house calves that become replacement 
cows on the dairy. Here is one of many websites that can give you more 
information if you are interested: 


http://www.agricultured.org/dairy-calf-housing/

Since veal, and treatment of veal calves is controversial, and since these are 
not veal calves in the National Seashore, it's worth being accurate when we 
talk about them. 


Thanks,

Burr Heneman
Bolinas
Subject: McNear Brickyard, Vaux's Swifts
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:08:12 -0700
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael, Marin County

Sept 6   ......  620
Sept 7  ....  1,690
Sept 8  ....  1,007
Sept 9  ....  7,570
Sept 10  .. 13,080
Sept 11 ....  8,730
Sept 12 ....  5,540
Sept 13  .... 8,120
Sept 14 ..  10,560
Sept 15 ....  9,120
Sept 16 ....  8,175  ......   (7,405  left, 770 middle)
Sept 17  .. 14,360 ......   (10,890 left, 3,470 middle)
Sept 18 ..  12,000  ......  (10,630 left, 1,370 middle)
Sept 19 ..  19,685  ......  (16,255 left, 920 middle, 2510 right)

The Vaux's Swift show yesterday evening was record smashing. Many thanks 
for the hard work of counters Michael Helm, Wendy Beers, Joanne Wallin 
and Maureen Lahiff. As I needed to run the receiver, they got stuck with 
the big eye straining job.

Numbers have been running double or more of those detected in previous 
migrations. I have no idea if the intermittent (often just weekly) 
counts of previous years have missed the major migratory pulses, or if 
there really are more birds this year. One often sees intense (10-15 
birds/second) entry, but last night this was sustained for the better 
part of an hour. And oddly the right-most chimney was used. This chimney 
is almost always ignored by the birds.

This evening there will be an organized Audubon outing at McNear 
Brickyard. Please make every effort to keep the entrance road free and 
clear of vehicles. We must be courteous and maintain good relations with 
the residents who live behind that gate.This is terribly important. And 
please note that the 5 mph sign at the entrance to the inner workings of 
the facility is a do-not-cross zone.

    Rusty Scalf
    Berkeley, CA
Subject: FOF Fox Sparrow- window strike
From: "spinningskunk AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 06:24:15 -0700
Yesterday morning a Fox Sparrow died after hitting a classroom window at Marin 
Country Day School in Corte Madera. Some of my students and I have been 
addressing window strikes on campus for a few years now. Check out the new bird 
window monitoring program! 


Sharon Barnett
San Rafael

San Francisco Planning Department : Standards for Bird-Safe Buildings 
http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 

 
 http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 
 
 San Francisco Planning Department : Standards for... 
http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 

 
 
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Subject: FOF Fox Sparrow- window strike
From: "spinningskunk AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 06:18:45 -0700
Yesterday morning a Fox Sparrow died after hitting a classroom window at Marin 
Country Day School in Corte Madera. Some of my students and I have been 
addressing window strikes on campus for a few years now. Check out the new bird 
window monitoring program! 


Sharon Barnett
San Rafael

 San Francisco Planning Department : Standards for Bird-Safe Buildings 
http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 

 
 http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 
 
 San Francisco Planning Department : Standards for... 
http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2506 

 
 
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Subject: Cape May Warbler image -- take 2
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:57:53 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
The link didn't work the first time. An image of the Cape May Warbler here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/15271858236/

If it doesn't work this time, you will have to cut and paste the URL into the 
browser. 


Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: 09/19 Cape May Warbler image
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Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:51:46 -0700 (GMT-07:00)




Subject: 09/19 -- Point Reyes bonanza (SHORT VERSION)
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:47:19 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Zach Baer (of Hayward) and I went to the Point Reyes National Seashore with 
hopes of a magical day. 


In summary: excellent WOOD-WARBLER diversity (14 named taxa) and activity 
throughout Outer Point Reyes and very low SHOREBIRD diversity and activity. 


CAPE MAY WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
BLACKPOLL WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
Audubon's Warbler
MYRTLE WARBLER
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
HERMIT WARBLER
Townsend's Warbler
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
Common Yellowthroat

At the pond near the west end of the road to the beach at DRAKE'S BAY (i.e. 
near the junction with Sir Frances Drake Blvd): 


WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)

Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: 09/19 -- Outer Point Reyes bonanza (LONG)
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:41:31 -0400 (EDT)
Zach Baer (of Hayward) and I went to the Point Reyes National Seashore with 
hopes of a magical day. 


In summary: excellent WOOD-WARBLER diversity (14 named taxa) and activity 
throughout Outer Point Reyes and very low SHOREBIRD diversity and activity. 


CAPE MAY WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
BLACKPOLL WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
Audubon's Warbler
MYRTLE WARBLER
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
HERMIT WARBLER
Townsend's Warbler
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
Common Yellowthroat

Detailed highlights follow:

-----

We started with a quick check at MENDOZA. I had heard that it could be used as 
an indicator for migrant activity at the Point Reyes Lighthouse. There in the 
cypresses above the pond, we found YELLOW WARBLER and WARBLING VIREO. The 
barometer indicated greater than average probability of success. 


-----

As fog poured over the road on the approach to the LIGHTHOUSE, we wondered if 
migrants would even see the lighthouse trees. As we approached the cypress 
stand, we could see the fog clearing to the north -- a very good sign. 


In the very first cypress:

CAPE MAY WARBLER (HY male)
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER

Then:

TENNESSEE WARBLER (HY)
Logan Kahle
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (adult, strongly streaked)

-----

At the FISH DOCKS with Logan, we found a flock of warblers in the pines near 
the swale. In it were: 


AUDUBON'S WARBLER (HY female)
TENNESSEE WARBLER (bright HY)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (adult)
AMERICAN REDSTART (HY)
YELLOW WARBLER (very dull)
WARBLING VIREO (several, incl. one bright)

The cypresses above the residences had a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.

-----

Continuing on to NUNES with Logan:

BLACKPOLL WARBLER (2 -- both HY)
YELLOW WARBLER

-----

Logan continued inward towards Mendoza, but we returned to the LIGHTHOUSE:

MYRTLE WARBLER
TOWNSENDS'S WARBLER (adult)
HERMIT WARBLER (HY)
CAPE MAY WARBLER (still foraging in the first cypress stand)
SOOTY SHEARWATER
PARASITIC JAEGER (3 adults / in pursuit of ELEGANT TERN)

-----

We stopped briefly at MENDOZA. The cypress across from the farm houses were 
quiet. 


WILSON'S SNIPE (muddy field near veal pens)
YELLOW WARBLER
WARBLING VIREO

-----

Our main objective at SPALLETA was to survey the ponds. Shorebird activity was 
low: 


LEAST SANDPIPER (1)
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (2)

-----

Although we were pressed for time, we decided that to not visit DRAKE'S BAY 
would be derelict. At the pond, near the junction of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and 
the road to the beach, we found waterfowl and 


WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)

Continuing on the area around the monument to Sir Francis Drake, we checked the 
willows and the pines and discovered another flock: 


BLACKPOLL WARBLER (HY)
AUDUBON'S WARBLER (3)
YELLOW WARBLER (2+)
WILSON'S WARBLER (1+)
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (HY)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (heard only by MP from the willows near the bridge to the 
pond) 


And at the pond we found our last warbler 

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT

-----

Last we hiked to the south end of ABBOTTS LAGOON, where we arrived in time to 
see a PEREGRINE FALCON in flight over the area where shorebirds are often 
present. Shortly after, we saw a very small mixed-flock of shorebirds exiting 
from the SW corner of the lagoon. They were in rapid and direct flight 
southward. Being somewhat backlit, we didn't agree on identification outside of 
DOWITCHER sp. and WESTERN SANDPIPER. The shorebirds remaining were a WILLET and 
a MARBLED GODWIT. 


-----

Michael Park
Berkeley






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Subject: Sora at Ellis Creek, Petaluma
From: "sherri.oster AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Sep 2014 21:35:52 -0700
Hi!
 

 We had a wonderful evening at Ellis Creek in Petaluma. We spotted our first 
SORA - two, actually, in two of the ponds. I posted a few pictures. We also had 
a great view of a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK eating a mouse - I posted those pictures 
as well. 

 

 Jeff & Sherri Oster
Subject: Point Reyes Lighthouse 9.19.14
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:56:34 -0700
Hi,

During lunch, I spent about 30 minutes at the lighthouse cypress trees and saw 
a warbler that had me sluggishly working through my memory of illustrations of 
East Coast warblers from Sibley's and slides from a warbler class I took two 
years ago. Black streaking on the flanks, yellow in the breast and neck, was it 
a Pine? Fortunately, Michael Park walked up and put me out of my misery and I 
was delighted that I had gotten eyes on a lifer, the aforementioned Cape May 
Warbler. A couple of not-great photos in my Flickr. 


Also had 1 cetacean surprise: 1 humpback that spouted and fluked.

Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8582976 AT N07/
Subject: Re: Outer Point Reyes 9/19--CAPE MAY WARBLER etc
From: "Megan Isadore megan.isadore AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:02:59 -0700
Dear Lovely Birders:

The recent posts from Outer Point Reyes have reminded me to remind you all to 
be on the lookout for river otters out near the Fish Docks and the Lighthouse. 
We usually have sightings out there, but haven't yet this summer. We know they 
are well and reproducing at Drake's Beach and south, but would love to know if 
they are sallying forth to the north again this year. Thanks for your patience 
and cross-posting with us River Otter Pooper Scoopers. 


website to enter otter sightings: riverotterecology.org Click on the OTTER 
SPOTTER icon on the homepage. 


Again, thank you for your patience, and GO VAUX SWIFTS! If you haven't seen 
them at McNear's, you'd best hurry...... 


Cheers, Megan


Megan Isadore, Executive Director
River Otter Ecology Project
415/342-7956 cell
www.riverotterecology.org
www.facebook.com/BayAreaOtters



Subject: Outer Point Reyes 9/19--CAPE MAY WARBLER etc
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:31:10 -0700
Hi all,
Had an awesome day at Outer Point Reyes today, even though I had to 
leave at 1:00.

Started at the Fish Docks, where the highlights were:
Great Egret-2
Barn Owl-1
Parasitic Jaeger-1
American Redstart-2
Lincoln's Sparrow-1
Bullock's Oriole-1

Headed to the lighthouse, where I met up with Zach Baer and Michael 
Park. They had just found a CAPE MAY and a Tennesee Warbler, and we were 
able to relocate them both. We joined up and found a Blackpoll Warbler 
with a Yellow Warbler in the scrub on the way back to the parking lot.

Back at the fish docks, activity had increased, with highlights of:
Tennessee Warbler-1
Blackpoll Warbler-1
American Redstart-1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)-2

We proceeded to Nunez, where the highlights were:
Blackpoll Warbler-2
Lincoln's Sparrow-2

I then went to Mendoza, which was relatively quiet, with mostly just 
Yellow and Townsend's Warbler. A Red-necked Phalarope was in the pond.

At Drakes, no less than 9 Virginia Rails called and 4 Common Gallinules 
were swimming around. Not many migrants in the willows besides Yellow 
Warblers.

I'm sure Zach and Mike will have more to report (they were there for the 
rest of the day) but this is just my brief synopsis of the day.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco


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Subject: Napa warblers
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:30:53 -0700
After reading Murray's post  I headed to Kennedy Park in south Napa to 
look for the Tennessee Warbler.  Found a Bushtit flock and with 
warblers.  I tried to follow the flock but a man came out of the bushes 
and said not to go further as his friend has an encampment...
I saw 8-10 Yellow Warblers, a Wilson's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowtthroats, 
an Orange-crowned Warbler, and an imm  AMERICAN REDSTART. But no 
Tennessee Warbler.

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Subject: Fwd: McNear Brickyard
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:28:38 -0700
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael, Marin County

Another very high count this evening, with Michael Helm tallying a 
number at the left chimney that is remarkably close to what Emilie 
Strauss got last night. Amy Richey worked the receiver, but again there 
were no detects. A hearty thanks to both.

Sept 6   .....  620
Sept 7  ...  1,690
Sept 8  ...  1,007
Sept 9  ...  7,570
Sept 10  .. 13,080
Sept 11 ...  8,730
Sept 12 ...  5,540
Sept 13  ... 8,120
Sept 14 ..  10,560
Sept 15 ...  9,120
Sept 16 ...  8,175  ......   (7,405  left, 770 middle)
Sept 17  .. 14,360 ......   (10,890 left, 3,470 middle)
Sept 18 ..  12,000  ......  (10,630 left, 1,370 middle)

    Rusty Scalf
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Subject: Re: Orchard Oriole, Keith Hansen's Gallery, Bolinas, 9/18
From: "Megan Elrod melrod AT pointblue.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:51:17 -0700
NOT a female, just female-type, most likely a young bird. 

good birding!

Megan Elrod
Bolinas

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Subject: Ellis Creek pond drainage
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:29:32 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I paid a late afternoon visit to Ellis Creek to check on progress in
draining the main pond, begun a few days ago. It was a zoo! Approximately 50
Snowy Egrets, 30 Great Egrets, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Black-crowned Night
Herons; 300 Long-billed Dowitchers, 50 Greater Yellowlegs, 25 Killdeer, two
Wilson's Snipes, one Marbled Godwit, and one Least Sandpiper; 50 Canada
Geese, 100 Mallards, 25 Gadwalls, half a dozen Cinnamon Teal, one
Blue-winged Teal, one or more Northern Shovelers; two American White
Pelicans overhead; a dozen Great-tailed Grackles; a coot; but no Pectoral
Sandpiper.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: more Bodega Bay Birds
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:18:51 -0700
Hi All,  9/18/14

In addition to warbler-watching with Dan Nelson and other birders for 
the day, I also went to Bodega Head for a few minutes until it started 
raining on me.  There were about 20 Sooty Shearwaters flying both north 
and south and a Parasitic Jaeger flew by.

The shorebird show was spectacular at Doran Park in the afternoon.  The 
light was beautiful with the storm clouds and sunshine accentuating all 
the colors on the mudflats.  There was a huge push of birds - probably 
2000 Sanderlings, 50 Dunlin, a few juvenile Long-billed Dowitchers 
interspersed with the Short-billed Dowitchers and both were calling, and 
2 Red Knots amongst many, many birds (other observers such as Gene Hunn 
saw these birds in the morning).  It was a beautiful sight.

Also, two COMMON TERNS were on the mud with the Elegant Terns and there 
was also at least 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the mud near the mouth of 
Cheney Creek - across from the dirt parking lots.  at Doran Park in 
Bodega Bay

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Local Interest - FOF White Crowned Sparrow
From: "Dawn soxdawn AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:13:40 -0700
In my backyard this evening in Corte Madera.

Dawn Williamson
Corte Madera



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Subject: Orchard Oriole, Keith Hansen's Gallery, Bolinas, 9/18
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:04:17 -0700
Hello Birders,
   A female Orchard Oriole was seen throughout the day at Keith Hansen's
Gallery in Bolinas today. I saw the bird around 3pm, but know others that
saw it earlier (~10am). It has been coming to the hummingbird feeders. It
came and went several times and seemed pretty skittish, so if Keith is
around it's best to watch from inside the gallery.

It's a female with two clear wing bars. The small size and relatively
square tail (the outer tail feathers are not much shorter than the inner
ones) separate it from Hooded Oriole.

Keith also reports seeing a Lark Sparrow at his gallery which is quite rare
for Bolinas.

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Bodega Bay Thurs. 9/18
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:49:38 -0700
Two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, (possibly three), remained at the Marine lab gate trees 
and also the brushy area about 200-300 yds. up the entrance road. Also today, 
Lisa Hug, Link Van Cleave, Duke, and myself re-found a single PRARIE WARBLER at 
"Hole-in-the-Head". The bird gave us brief but close-up views near the S.E. 
corner of the pond, about 40 ft. N. of the gap in the fence. Also my 
first-of-season YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER flew over heading South. 

~Dan Nelson
Subject: Tennessee Warbler Napa
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:39:21 +0000
Hi,
At 11 am Thursday, a Tennessee Warbler was at the extreme south end of Kennedy 
Park in Napa. From Hwy 221, follow Streblow Dr all the way west, go past the 
greenspace picnic/playground, turn left upon reaching the adjacent parking lot 
and continue south to the lot just before the softball diamonds. On foot, aim 
for the southeastern corner of the diamonds where a nice patch of Baccharis and 
fennel grows with acacia. There are about 20 warblers there, including two 
orestera Orange-crowneds. The Tennessee is distinctive. 

Murray BernerNapa 		 	   		  
Subject: Biking Big Year to raise money for bird conservation
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:45:39 -0700
Hello Birders,
  A birder from the Boston area has been doing a big year by bike and is
about to pass through our area. I've been emailing with him trying to help
with finding a couple birds. Below is some information he asked me to
forward. You can contact him directly if you want to help.

Has anyone seen or looked for Pacific Golden-Plover at Shollenberger
recently? That's one of his target birds.

North Bay Birders!



My name is Dorian Anderson, and I am currently engaged in a huge birding
project for 2014. In short, I am doing a nationwide big year using just a
bicycle. So far I have biked 12,500 miles, ticked 551 species, and raised
over $25,000 for bird conservation since January 1. Rather than rehash
everything here, I can point you towards my very thorough blog of the
adventure at



http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com



Anyway, I am going to be heading into Petaluma this weekend (I am in Ukiah
tonight - Wed) with hopes of finding Black Rail and/or Pacific
golden-plover. It would be great to speak with any or all of you about
these and other species. It would be equally nice to meet some of the local
birders while I am in the area. I will probably hit Schollenberger and the
wastewater treatment plant for these birds, but any other ideas would be
greatly appreciated. I am also curious about access to these spots.



I will probably go from Petaluma down towards Bolinas and then across the
Golden Gate. I have also been pointed towards Santa Venetia Marsh, but any
other ideas are welcomed!



I hope all of this makes sense. I rode 90 miles from Garberville to Ukiah
toady. Both my brain and body feel like mashed potatoes at the moment.



OK, that's it for the moment.



Thanks so much for the time!



Dorian Anderson

Biking for Birds

bikingforbirds AT gmail.com

http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com

646 593 0374

-- 
Mark Dettling
Subject: Re: Longspur question
From: "teasterla teasterla AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:19:52 -0700
Also Jeff,

I have seen them in Del Norte and Marin (Abbots lagoon) in late August.

Todd Easterla
Fair Oaks, CA


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From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]"
Date:09/17/2014 1:51 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: jules evens ,northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org,jsterling AT wavecable.com
Subject: Re: [NBB] Longspur question
Hi Jeff, Dominik Mosur and I found one on 9/10/2012 at Fort Scott in San Francisco. Ron Thorn states the earliest arrivals for Northern California away from the interior as September 3rd. Good birding, Logan > Jeff, > I had lapspurs in Marin on 9/17/13 and there are records for Monterey as early as 12 September (see Roberson’s “Monterey Birds”). > Jules Evens > > ------------------------------------ > > ------------------------------------ > > 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 > ------------------------------------ > > Yahoo Groups Links > > > ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Unsubscribe: mailto:northbaybirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northbaybirds/ Listowners: mailto:northbaybirds-owner AT yahoogroups.com Please do not post "Out of Office" messages to NorthBayBirds. For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these addresses: Turn off email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-nomail AT yahoogroups.com Resume email delivery: mailto:northbaybirds-normal AT yahoogroups.com ------------------------------------ Yahoo Groups Links
Subject: Re: Longspur question
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:51:30 -0700
Hi Jeff,
Dominik Mosur and I found one on 9/10/2012 at Fort Scott in San 
Francisco. Ron Thorn states the earliest arrivals for Northern 
California away from the interior as September 3rd.
Good birding,
Logan
> Jeff,
> I had lapspurs in Marin on 9/17/13 and there are records for Monterey as 
early as 12 September (see Robersons Monterey Birds). 

> Jules Evens
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Subject: Bodega Bay Wed. 9/17
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:57:02 -0700
We saw at least two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS remaining at the cypress grove at the 
Marine Lab gate, often returning to the single tree south of the road, across 
the road from the gate. And there was an imm. HOODED ORIOLE seen in treetops N. 
of the road, on the telephone wires, and in the low scrubby brush S. of the 
road. Some were thinking it might be another Orchard Oriole.... but HOODED is 
actually the rarer species at Bodega Bay. (only 3 or 4 in last 25 yrs.) 

No PRARIE Warbler seen today. In summary, one was seen and photographed Sunday 
along the Marine Lab Rd, as previously mentioned. Monday : Prarie was seen by 
the O'Conners and myself in the scrubby brush about 100' above the N.W. corner 
of the pond "Hole-in-the -Head" at Campbell Cove. I got distant but adequate 
views. And Rob found a PRARIE at Owl Canyon Tuesday which we searched for. 
Kinda wondering if these three sightings were the same individual. Past Prarie 
Warbler records here have leaped around a bit. 

We tried searching for raptors and swifts atop Bay Hill Rd. from 12-1 PM. There 
was a steady light S.W. wind, so we didn't see anything but 2 Golden Eagles 
near Coleman Valley Rd. - local residents. 

The birding was a wee bit slow, but it was a beautiful day nonetheless.
~Dan Nelson
Subject: McNear Brickyard
From: "Rusty Scalf rscalf AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:10:33 -0700
McNear Brickyard
San Rafael, Marin County

This was a spectacular evening at McNear Brickyard. Unfortunately I 
needed to man the electronics and so the counting fell to Emilie 
Strauss, with Joanne Wallin watching the middle stack. This was a 
daunting task; the swifts were relentless and the wind greatly 
complicated their job. But they persevered.

The total came to 14,360

Sept 6   ...,  620
Sept 7  ...  1,690
Sept 8  ...  1,007
Sept 9  ...  7,570
Sept 10  ... 13,080
Sept 11 ...  8,730
Sept 12 ...   5,540
Sept 13  ...   8,120
Sept 14 ...  10,560
Sept 15 ...  9,120
Sept 16 ...   7,405
Sept 17  ... 14,360

  3,470 birds went down the middle stack this evening. I am convinced 
that the swifts use this one under some duress.Three times Barn Owl 
predation has been witnessed here, with the owl seen going down that 
chimney and coming up with a swift. The owl will likely visit tonight.

    Rusty Scalf
    Berkeley, CA
Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:08:20 -0700
Hi All,

This afternoon, about 5pm, there was a Pectoral Sandpiper on Carmody 
Road Pond in Sonoma County. I watched it for about 5 minutes and then it 
flew away, but it might return.


Carmody Road is just off the Valley Ford - Bodega Rd.  between Petaluma 
and Valley Ford.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Oriole Notes for Bodega Bay
From: "brookseabirds AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 21:20:08 -0700
The long, sleek, long-tailed female oriole I posted yesterday as an Orchard 
Oriole has been reassigned a new identity: it was a Hooded Oriole, thanks to 
those experienced individuals that saw it again today. It makes total sense to 
me, in retrospect, after studying the photographs in Stokes Birds. The Orchard 
Oriole, though entirely yellow on the underside with bright, strong white 
wingbars (like the bird I saw), is shorter, shorter-tailed, and stockier 
overall. The Hooded Oriole is longer overall, longer-tailed, and longer billed 
even though it sometimes has a pale patch on the flanks (which I did not see). 
So I can see why the bird was a Hooded Oriole, and I can see why I was 
hood-winked. The important thing I have learned from this is to look at the 
entire shape, size, bill and call of the bird, not just the coloration. 


Live and learn.  Post and pain.
 

 Brook OConnor
 Bodega Bay

Subject: groups test
From: "rscimino AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 21:09:41 -0700
testing link.

Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs at Las Gallinas
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:17:25 -0700
Did a quick tour of the ponds today. Pleased to see a Wilson's Snipe
drilling near the shore on Pond #1. Then noted 2 Yellowlegs fly in to the
same area. They had straight all-black bills that were just barely longer
than their heads, so good for Lesser Yellowlegs. Lots of eclipse ducks on
ponds 1 and 2, presenting ID challenges. Most were Northern Shovelers and
Northern Pintails. Smaller numbers of Gadwall, Green-winged Teal and
Cinnamon Teal were also noted. A flock of 50+ Dowitchers were on south
shore of pond #2, and a Great-tailed Grackle Family foraged on the
structure at the east end of pond #2. Didn't see any Cackling Geese amongst
the Canada's.

Some photos at the beginning of my Flickr stream at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin AT gmail.com
Gear: Swaro STX 85, DCB II, Nikon V1, 18.5 mm lens, Manfrotto 501, Gitzo
tripod
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
Subject: FOF White-crowned Sparrow 9/17 Strawberry, Mill Valley feeder
From: "Marjorie Siegel masiegel3 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:35:41 -0700
One individual just hopped onto my balcony and looked around briefly. Looked as 
fresh as last spring before departure. Golden-crowneds can't be far behind. 


On a different note...I have the sense that I'm seeing fewer gulls in the last 
few months, in casual observation as I go about commute and errands. The areas 
I see almost daily are Strawberry Cove, small inlet of Richardson Bay & then 
going over the Golden Gate Bridge. 


Marjorie Siegel, Mill Valley
Subject: Offshore Bodega Bay
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:07:49 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys still has a few places available on our pelagic seabirding 
trip departing from Bodega Bay this Friday, September 19. 


Leaders, in addition to myself include: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, 
Lisa Hug, and Jennifer Green. 


For a reservation, please email me off the list: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com

For the results of our "epic" Bodega Bay trip on September 20, 2013, please see 
these links: 



http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/09/trip-report-september-20-2013-bodega.html 



http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/09/birders-speak-about-epic-september-20.html 


Highlights of that trip were 17,325 STORM-PETRELS, a record for Central 
California (all of California?). This flock included: 10,500 Ashy 
Storm-Petrels, 6,500 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, 300 Black Storm-Petrels, and 25 
Wilson's Storm-Petrels. While I do not expect high numbers, if any, Fork-tailed 
Storm-Petrels, we may set a record high count for that area of Black 
Storm-Petrels this Friday. 


For a reservation, please email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com

See you out there!
Storm-Petrels Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi










Subject: Longspur question
From: "jules evens avocetra AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:38:22 -0700
Jeff,
I had lapspurs in Marin on 9/17/13 and there are records for Monterey as early 
as 12 September (see Robersons Monterey Birds). 

Jules Evens

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Subject: "Pelican Dreams" in Sonoma with Judy Irving - Oct 8th & Nov 1st
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 11:28:49 -0700
"Pelican Dreams" in Sonoma with Judy Irving - Oct 8th & Nov 1st
 
Renowned film director, Judy Irving will be speaking in Sonoma, Oct 8th at 7PM 
as part of the Wine Country Nature Lecture Series tenth Anniversary. The North 
Bay Premier, with Irving and her new film - "Pelican Dreams", along with 
husband, Mark Bittner of "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" fame, will be 
presented on Nov 1st at the Sebastiani Theater on the Plaza in Sonoma. Time 
(TBA). Jay Holcomb, whose life work is honored in the film and the important 
work of International Bird Rescue will be highlighted at both events. Details 
at http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/. 


New article in the SF Chronicle today. Film to open in theaters across the US 
this fall. 
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Independent-filmmaker-zooms-in-on-pelicans-5760223.php 
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Independent-filmmaker-zooms-in-on-pelicans-5760223.php 


See you at this reunion of the birding community. 


 Tom Rusert & Darren Peterie
Sonoma, CA


 

Subject: Third Rail team Bird-a-Thon Big Day Sept. 16
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:17:44 -0700
NiBBers,

 

Our team (Bill Doyle, Gene Hunn, Ruth Rudesill) did a Big Day for PRBO (now
Pt. Blue) yesterday. We had beautiful weather and lots of fine birds but a
low species count, just 144, well below our expectations. Nevertheless, a
fine 16 hour day beginning at Shollenberger at 3 AM and ending at Hudeman
Slough at 7:30 PM. Hardly any water at either of those locations, but we
managed to dig out a nice list of dabbling ducks and shorebirds there and
elsewhere during the day.

 

The best find of the day was a most cooperative hatch-year HAMMOND'S
FLYCATCHER at the Hole-in-the-Head at Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay. No photos
but it was classic in every respect, though silent.

 

We recorded our first ever RIDGWAY'S RAIL (just what we have been calling
Clappers prior to the split).

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:11:01 -0700
My definition of a vagrant seems to be radically different from Joe's 
definition....at least for most birders. There are quite a few species that are 
vagrants in my opinion, but are not on the CBRC review list that Joe refers to. 
Although most of these are found each year, I believe that they are still 
regarded as vagrants and are birds that one should not expect to find as 
regularly-occuring species. 



I independently came up with a list of 391 that are regularly-occuring in 
California give or take a few species. I including only a few rare species that 
are often found wintering or breeding in the state. Otherwise, I left out rare 
species that you can't count on seeing in any given year unless you chase 
specific sightings during migration. Even to get to 390-400 species in a year, 
a birder would need to be extremely active throughout the state at all seasons 
for regularly-occuring species and still chase a few vagrants. 




John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
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Special Galapagos Birding Tour
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On Sep 16, 2014, at 10:32 PM, Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds] 
 wrote: 



> Actually the number of regularly occurring species in California is 468.
> It's the total number of species on the official list minus the number of
> irregularly occurring species (vagrants) which are included on the review
> list. The review list consists of rare species which need documentation
> for publication and/or acceptance of sightings.
>
> These numbers come from the CBRC official lists at....
>
> http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html
>
> California official list is 657. The Review list (vagrants) is 189. So
> 657-189=468.
>
> "About 400" is way too low in my opinion.
>
> On 16 Sep 2014 19:22:38 -0700, "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]"
>  wrote:
>
> >After putting out the question below last week, I got a good number of 
thoughtful responses, and the consensus seems to be somewhere hovering in the 
high 300s, or about 400 species. The question is, granted, a bit open to 
interpretation, but I appreciate everyone that responded and feel pretty 
confident that "about 400" is a reasonable answer to this inquiry. 

> >
> >
> > Thank you!
> >
> >
> > Kerry Wilcox
> > Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
> > Tiburon
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > "I'm wondering if anyone out there can tell me the number of regularly 
appearing bird species found in California (breeding, migrating or wintering). 
No vagrants." 

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

Subject: Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:53:28 -0700
Not to belabor the point, but there are many species on the CBRC "Review
List" which occur "regularly" even though all are considered vagrants.  The
guidelines for occurrence on the review list are stated in the heading
at...


http://www.californiabirds.org/review.asp


"In general, review species average four or fewer occurrences per year in
California over the most recent ten year period."  Subtracting those from
the state list give a list of all species which occur in California
annually without including the rarest of the annually occurring species.
That's how I interpreted the original question.   


To me "regular" applies to any species that occurs on average at least once
per year regardless of the mechanism of occurrence (vagrant, rare migrant).
The original question conflated two terms by asking for the number of
"regularly appearing bird species found in California (breeding, migrating
or wintering). No vagrants."  


I parsed this to mean the number of species that occur in California
annually, but not the rarest of the regularly occurring species.   


If we remove anything considered by some to be a "vagrant" then one might
get a number more in line with John Sterling's calculations.  But doing so
eliminates a great many regularly occurring species.  The question asked
how many "regularly appearing bird species..."  


What was the purpose of the original question?  


On Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:11:01 -0700, John Sterling 
wrote:


>My definition of a vagrant seems to be radically different from Joe's 
definition....at least for most birders. There are quite a few species that are 
vagrants in my opinion, but are not on the CBRC review list that Joe refers to. 
Although most of these are found each year, I believe that they are still 
regarded as vagrants and 

are birds that one should not expect to find as regularly-occuring species.
>
>I independently came up with a list of 391 that are regularly-occuring in 
California give or take a few species. I including only a few rare species that 
are often found wintering or breeding in the state. Otherwise, I left out rare 
species that you can't count on seeing in any given year unless you chase 
specific sightings 

during migration. Even to get to 390-400 species in a year, a birder would need 
to be extremely active throughout the state at all seasons for 
regularly-occuring species and still chase a few vagrants. 

>
> 
>John Sterling
>VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
>
>26 Palm Ave
>Woodland, CA 95695
>530 908-3836
>jsterling AT wavecable.com
>www.sterlingbirds.com
>
>Monterey Seabirds
>www.montereyseabirds.com
>(831) 375-4658
>
>Special Galapagos Birding Tour
>9-19 July 2015
>
>On Sep 16, 2014, at 10:32 PM, Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds] 
 wrote: 

>
>> Actually the number of regularly occurring species in California is 468.
>> It's the total number of species on the official list minus the number of
>> irregularly occurring species (vagrants) which are included on the review
>> list. The review list consists of rare species which need documentation
>> for publication and/or acceptance of sightings. 
>> 
>> These numbers come from the CBRC official lists at....
>> 
>> http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html
>> 
>> California official list is 657. The Review list (vagrants) is 189. So
>> 657-189=468. 
>> 
>> "About 400" is way too low in my opinion. 
>> 
>> On 16 Sep 2014 19:22:38 -0700, "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]"
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> >After putting out the question below last week, I got a good number of 
thoughtful responses, and the consensus seems to be somewhere hovering in the 
high 300s, or about 400 species. The question is, granted, a bit open to 
interpretation, but I appreciate everyone that responded and feel pretty 
confident that "about 400" is a 

reasonable answer to this inquiry.
>> > 
>> >
>> > Thank you!
>> > 
>> >
>> > Kerry Wilcox
>> > Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
>> > Tiburon
>> > 
>> >
>> > 
>> >
>> > "I'm wondering if anyone out there can tell me the number of regularly 
appearing bird species found in California (breeding, migrating or wintering). 
No vagrants." 

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


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Subject: Re: Regarding my question about regular species in CA
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:32:37 -0700
Actually the number of regularly occurring species in California is 468.
It's the total number of species on the official list minus the number of
irregularly occurring species (vagrants) which are included on the review
list.  The review list consists of rare species which need documentation
for publication and/or acceptance of sightings.  


These numbers come from the CBRC official lists at....


http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html


California official list is 657.  The Review list (vagrants) is 189.  So
657-189=468.  


"About 400" is way too low in my opinion.    




On 16 Sep 2014 19:22:38 -0700, "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]"
 wrote:


>After putting out the question below last week, I got a good number of 
thoughtful responses, and the consensus seems to be somewhere hovering in the 
high 300s, or about 400 species. The question is, granted, a bit open to 
interpretation, but I appreciate everyone that responded and feel pretty 
confident that "about 400" is a reasonable answer to this inquiry. 

> 
>
> Thank you!
> 
>
> Kerry Wilcox
> Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
> Tiburon
> 
>
> 
>
> "I'm wondering if anyone out there can tell me the number of regularly 
appearing bird species found in California (breeding, migrating or wintering). 
No vagrants." 

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


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Subject: Broadwings, Black Swifts, Bald Eagle
From: "Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:22:56 -0700
Hi all,

The "switch" got flipped yesterday with the first Broadwinged Hawk recorded for 
the season at the GGRO's Hawkwatch at Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. Today, 
there were 5 Broadwing sightings in the 11--1:30 timeframe and I believe they 
all crossed the gate. 14 species of raptor(s) were recorded today. 



A number of Black Swifts were moving through the headlands in the same 
timeframe with single birds and groups of 7, 8, and 12. I think the final tally 
was 29 but if someone told me it was 27 I'd shrug my shoulders. 


I missed a sub-adult Bald Eagle by 60 seconds which i'll blame on poor cone 
placement in Larkspur. This should have crossed to Land's End at about 12:45. 


Hawk talks are on the weekends at noon, if the weather is clear, and Banding 
discussions and hopefully a release of a recently banded bird are at 1:00 on 
weekends; depends on weather, birds, and good timing. There's a team on Hawk 
Hill every day that there is visibility and visitors are encouraged and 
welcome. 


Vaya con binos, don't try this at home,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

p.s. oh, for North Bay folks,.... well, for anyone.... the McNear Swift show 
tonight was in the 7,000 range. Fabulous stuff. 
Subject: RE: Longspur question
From: "'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:50:52 -0700
Not early at all......Just more to come later!!!!!!


Todd Easterla 

Fair Oaks, Ca.

 

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Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:24 PM
To: Jeff Miller
Cc: Northbaybirds AT Yahoogroups. Com
Subject: Re: [NBB] Longspur question

 

  

Lapland Longspurs have been found in late August in Del Norte on several
occasions, so not too early for Pt. Reyes

 

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On Sep 16, 2014, at 2:19 PM, Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org
[northbaybirds]  wrote:





  

 

In the fields south of Abbotts Lagoon today, I thought I heard the rattle of
a longspur flight call overhead. Never saw the bird.

 

Seems a little early. Anyone else seeing or hearing longspurs?

 

Jeff Miller

Fairfax

 

 





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Subject: Regarding my question about regular species in CA
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2014 19:22:38 -0700
After putting out the question below last week, I got a good number of 
thoughtful responses, and the consensus seems to be somewhere hovering in the 
high 300s, or about 400 species. The question is, granted, a bit open to 
interpretation, but I appreciate everyone that responded and feel pretty 
confident that "about 400" is a reasonable answer to this inquiry. 

 

 Thank you!
 

 Kerry Wilcox
 Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
 Tiburon
 

 

 "I'm wondering if anyone out there can tell me the number of regularly 
appearing bird species found in California (breeding, migrating or wintering). 
No vagrants." 

 

 

Subject: Agate Beach, Bolinas, Sooty Shearwaters, 9/16
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:07:45 -0700
Hello Birders,
  This morning and this afternoon there were good numbers (at least a few
hundred) of Sooty Shearwaters flying just offshore from Agate Beach in
Bolinas. Most of the birds were only 500m out with some in closer. I spent
45min in the morning and 30min in the afternoon looking through
shearwaters, but only came up with Sooties. Seems like there have got to be
some Black-vents out there too. Lots of Elegant Terns and several jaegers,
all of which I IDed were Parasitic.

A couple of years ago around this time of year there was a congregation of
thousands of Sooties in Bolinas Bay. Maybe that will happen again this year.

Fun seabirding from shore!

-- 
Mark Dettling
Bolinas
Subject: Prairie Warbler (?) at Owl Canyon; Blackpoll Warbler
From: "Rob ODonnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:31:15 -0700
Hi
Spent the late morning at Bodega. I found one of the Blackpoll Warblers 
reported previously along the road entering the Bodega Marine Lab. At Owl 
Canyon, I found and photographed what I think is the elusive, drab Prairie 
Warbler. It was perched on a Coyote bush to the left of the Yellow jacket nest 
at the entrance to the canyon. BTW, the nest is framed with a heart of shells, 
nice. 

Please feel free to check out photos at my Flickr site...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/robodonnell/
Rob O'Donnell
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
Subject: Re: Longspur question
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:13 -0700
Lapland Longspurs have been found in late August in Del Norte on several 
occasions, so not too early for Pt. Reyes 


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On Sep 16, 2014, at 2:19 PM, Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org 
[northbaybirds]  wrote: 


> 
> In the fields south of Abbotts Lagoon today, I thought I heard the rattle of 
a longspur flight call overhead. Never saw the bird. 

>  
> Seems a little early. Anyone else seeing or hearing longspurs?
>  
> Jeff Miller
> Fairfax
> 
> 
Subject: Longspur question
From: "Jeff Miller jmiller AT biologicaldiversity.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:19:21 -0700
In the fields south of Abbotts Lagoon today, I thought I heard the rattle of
a longspur flight call overhead. Never saw the bird.
 
Seems a little early. Anyone else seeing or hearing longspurs?
 
Jeff Miller
Fairfax
Subject: Bodega Bay passerine migraion today
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 23:51:54 -0700
Looks like no one gave a report from today- so......
 

 The weather looked promising with a high fog bank in the early morning - but 
it may not of been the night before as there was just a fizzle with few sparks 
to report. More vagrant hunters than birds today. 

 

 Yellows and Wilson's and Warblings were the main hints of southward migration. 
At Owl Canyon there was 1 promising Warbler- but we got very fleeting looks , 
not enough to confirm its species. Short stubby tail ,long billed , pale olive 
green. Our best educated guess was Blackpoll or Tennessee .....There were 25 
Vaux Swifts and 2 Tree Swallows above Owl Canyon as well..... 

 

 At the Bodega Marine entrance -actually west of the Cypress patch - One of the 
Blackpoll Warblers from yesterday was relocated by Dan Nelson and seen by 
most...This bird ( Hatch Year female )was actively feeding in the Lupine 500 
meters west from the entrance. 

 There were rumors of a Prairie Warbler at Hole in the head ....But as far as I 
heard it was never refound.... 

 

 

 Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: McNear Swifts
From: "Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:03:12 -0700
Hi all,

Spent a most enjoyable evening with Rusty Scalf, Emilie Strauss and friends 
in San Raphael counting Vaux's Swifts. Suffice it to say, the migration 
is not over and may not have peaked. Thousands poured into the McNear 
eastern chimney; probably has a locally common name, like "chim chiminy 
1."  


Northbabybirders have probably long-since trekked over to Rio Lindo for the 
swift 

spectacle, but if for some reason you've been hesitant, you owe it to 
yourself to treat yourself to this annual avian flurry. Counts and 
counters will continue this week, and maybe beyond.  Parking is outside 
of the facility in the widest part of the entry road to McNear 
Brickyards.


The barest hint of tonight's hour-long snippet can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14935921 AT N00/15068196910/

Good birding,

Bob PowerOakland, Ca
Subject: Outer Pt Reyes Sept 14
From: "'D Weber' dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:14:27 -0700
Sorry for late report. For my first visit to Pt Reyes in five years it was 
reasonably interesting. Parasitic Jaeger off Drake's Beach early morning. A 
Great Horned Owl was at Mendoza Ranch in a cypress overhanging the road. 
Continuing American Redstart in the lighthouse trees. Bullock's Oriole, but no 
Baltimore, was at the lighthouse residence along with a Rock Wren on boulders 
behind the residence. A Peregrine posed nicely on an outcrop visible from both 
the residence and the lighthouse stairs overlook. Fishdocks was best, with a 
Chestnut-sided and a Blackpoll Warbler low in the trees in front of the house. 
A MacGillivray's Warbler was also there at ground-level. 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
Subject: 09/12 -- Pt Reyes Lighthouse -- Baltimore Oriole
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:04:17 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
At about 6PM on Friday, I was able to refind the HATCH-YEAR MALE BALTIMORE 
ORIOLE in the cypresses at the Point Reyes Lighthouse. It was for a brief time 
accompanied by a FEMALE BULLOCK's ORIOLE. 


In his post, Logan incorrectly stated that the oriole was a hatch-year female. 
At his urging, I am providing the links to images of the bird. 


No.1-->  https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/15208595306/
No.2-->  https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/15231621415/



Michael Park
Berkeley


Flickr-->  https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/


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Subject: 09/12 -- Point Reyes Lighthouse-- Baltimore Oriole
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:01:21 -0700 (GMT-07:00)




Subject: Bodega Bay, Sat-Sun. 9/13-14.
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:28:59 -0700
A few highlights from the weekend:
After working at Westside Park Saturday 9/13, I returned to Owl Canyon at 4:00 
and re-found the GRAY CATBIRD and fem. AMERICAN REDSTART. 

I decided to start here Sunday morning, 9/14, but failed to find either bird. 
On to the Marine Lab entrance, where I spotted a BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Soon Roger 
Marlowe, Brook and Orion O'Conner and I were watching two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, 
side-by-side! 

About 1:30 Roger and I saw a first-fall CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near the S.W. 
corner, behind the pond at Hole-in-the Head/ Campbell Cove. The first-yr. male 
AMERICAN REDSTART flew overhead at this point. We followed it to the grove just 
S. of the restroom; re-found it, plus the male BLACK-and-WHITE WARBLER. Soon we 
returned to the area behind the pond, where we saw the Redstart again, and a 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. Dea Freid and I were told that Jackie Sonnes had seen 
one or two Blackpoll Warblers at the Marine Lab. residence trees. We checked 
there and saw one. Jackie tracked us down at Owl Canyon with news of a PRARIE 
WARBLER she found 50 yds. up the Marine Lab. entrance road. It took us awhile, 
but we eventually got good views and a few photos. And we saw two BLACKPOLL 
WARBLERS (again!!) near the Prarie Warbler, foraging in the brush along the 
road--just past where the Bodega Head Trail bi-sects the Marine Lab road. I'm 
sure we saw at least THREE 

 Blackpolls, perhaps even four or five were present today. Beautiful afternoon, 
with no fog and a few distant clouds to the west as the day came to a close. 

Good Birding; fun, fun, fun
~Dan Nelson, Sonoma County
Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler - Bodega Bay
From: "William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:13:15 -0700
Hi all,

This afternoon I found a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Bodega Bay in Sonoma
county. The bird was on the far side of the pond at Hole in the Head,
accessed from Campbell Cove. It was first seen below eye-level and spent
some time hidden in the vegetation but later moved up high into a wax
myrtle as seen in my photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19836325

Cheers,
William Rockey
Esparto
Subject: RROS Bodega Bay field trip Saturday, Sept. 13
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:58:23 -0700
NiBBers,

 

RROS held a field trip at Bodega yesterday. A fine day but nothing earth
shaking. We heard the continuing Northern Waterthrush at "The Swamp at
Coleman Cove" (my name for the hidden swampy spot behind the restrooms off
the Coleman Cove/Hole-in-the-Head parking lot), spotted a few distant Sooty
Shearwaters and several Pacific Loons from Bodega Head plus a distant flock
of what must have been Surf Scoters flying north accompanied by a slightly
smaller sea duck with a pale belly, which could have been a Long-tailed
Duck, but too far to be sure of anything. We spotted a Western Kingbird on
the wires opposite the Westshore Campground, then dashed to Doran Spit to
catch the rising tide. There amongst the hordes of Marbled Godwits and
Willets were a number of Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, and a single
Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher (juvenile), and Red Knot (which had
been first noted the day before). I think it was an adult in basic plumage.
About 100 Elegant Terns roosted at the edge of the mud. The west jetty had
three Surfbirds, a Whimbrel, and good numbers of Heerman's Gulls, plus an
odd heavily worn 2nd cycle Herring Gull. Two Whimbrels, as usual, were
snoozing with the Black Turnstones at the high tide roost at Porto Bodega
and two juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes were close-up on Salmon Creek, along
with Least and Western Sandpipers, several of which were very pale headed
and  virtually lacked rusty on the scapulars, causing some excitement. But
the bills were too long for Semipalmated. A photo in O'Brien, Crossley, and
Karlson's Shorebird Guide (#3, pg. 153) is illustrative, though showing a
lot more rusty on the scaps. A close up flock of peeps at Porto Bodega had
juvenile Westerns all brightly scapulared together with Leasts already in
basic plumage.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma
Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow
From: "'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:14:47 -0700
This morning a Golden-crowned Sparrow joined the 2 White-crowns and 1
Lincoln's at our home here in Benicia.  Seems early to me.

Good Birding-

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA

 

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say
something clever."

Ariostophanes

424 B.C.E.

 
Subject: Re: Outer Point Reyes yesterday
From: "Robin Blaney robin.blaney AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:45:02 -0700
To add to Bob's post...

I got excellent looks at the Chestnut-sided Warbler at the docks, waited
around for 45 minutes to find the Blackpoll but missed it.

However, later at Mendoza Ranch another birder, Jeff (didn't catch last
name) and I found a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, among 2 WARBLING VIREOS, and a few
TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS high in the cypress trees across from the pond. It was
much easier on the neck to look from the hill behind the trees.

Also saw an Acorn Woodpecker at Mendoza. Perplexing. Perhaps it is the same
one and its flying around lost?

On the way home I found a tick crawling on me so make sure to check
yourselves if you're trudging around out there!

-Robin Blaney
Petaluma, Ca
On Sep 14, 2014 8:25 AM, "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net
[northbaybirds]"  wrote:

>
>
>   Hi NBBers,
>
> I joined many other birders on Outer Point Reyes yesterday.
>
> I found the continuing BLACKPOLL WARBLER and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the
> cypress trees near the Fish Docks ranger residence.  There were quite a few
> Yellow Warblers around and a single Western Wood-Pewee.  Everett Clark told
> me that he found a NASHVILLE WARBLER there before I arrived.  There were
> quite a few Elegant Terns foraging in Drake’s Bay and roosting on the
> lifesaving station dock.  At one point three PARASITIC JAEGERS were
> harassing a single Elegant Tern out over the Bay.
>
> At the lighthouse I ran into Mark and Mary Anne Butler and Roger Harshaw
> checking out a female oriole in the lupine below the residence/appt
> building.  We were hoping it might be the Baltimore Oriole that Logan Kahle
> found the other day, but it was a BULLOCK’S ORIOLE in my book.  Still a
> nice find.   I heard from them that the AMERICAN REDSTART was still around,
> but I didn’t see it. There was a jellyfish “bloom” in the near water 
just 

> below the lighthouse overlook and a Fox Sparrow was doing its thing on the
> ground, going from one set of cypress trees to another.
>
> At the Nunes Ranch both a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and female
> BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK were at the low cypress/nasturtium patch.  Also at
> the same location was an ACORN WOODPECKER.  All three of these birds gave
> me and a group visiting from the Santa Clara area very nice views.
>
> The pond at the Mendosa Ranch had four RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.
>
> In the area of the turn off to North Beach another Acorn Woodpecker was on
> one of the wooden fence posts along the side of the road.  Maybe its just
> me, but I don’t see that many Acorn Woodpeckers on or near the Outer
> Point.   As a side note, I was camping in the Sierra National Forest near
> the Ansel Adams Wilderness south of Yosemite at 7000 feet a couple weeks
> ago and seven Acorn Woodpeckers flew up the drainage where I was located.
> Maybe some sort of Acorn Woodpecker dispersal is going on this year.
>
> On the way home I noticed an adult BALD EAGLE at Nicasio Reservoir.
>
> Good birding,
> Bob Battagin
> Woodacre
>  
>
Subject: Outer Point Reyes yesterday
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:25:41 -0700
Hi NBBers,

I joined many other birders on Outer Point Reyes yesterday.

I found the continuing BLACKPOLL WARBLER and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the 
cypress trees near the Fish Docks ranger residence. There were quite a few 
Yellow Warblers around and a single Western Wood-Pewee. Everett Clark told me 
that he found a NASHVILLE WARBLER there before I arrived. There were quite a 
few Elegant Terns foraging in Drake’s Bay and roosting on the lifesaving 
station dock. At one point three PARASITIC JAEGERS were harassing a single 
Elegant Tern out over the Bay. 


At the lighthouse I ran into Mark and Mary Anne Butler and Roger Harshaw 
checking out a female oriole in the lupine below the residence/appt building. 
We were hoping it might be the Baltimore Oriole that Logan Kahle found the 
other day, but it was a BULLOCK’S ORIOLE in my book. Still a nice find. I 
heard from them that the AMERICAN REDSTART was still around, but I didn’t see 
it. There was a jellyfish “bloom” in the near water just below the 
lighthouse overlook and a Fox Sparrow was doing its thing on the ground, going 
from one set of cypress trees to another. 


At the Nunes Ranch both a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and female BLACK-HEADED 
GROSBEAK were at the low cypress/nasturtium patch. Also at the same location 
was an ACORN WOODPECKER. All three of these birds gave me and a group visiting 
from the Santa Clara area very nice views. 


The pond at the Mendosa Ranch had four RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.

In the area of the turn off to North Beach another Acorn Woodpecker was on one 
of the wooden fence posts along the side of the road. Maybe its just me, but I 
don’t see that many Acorn Woodpeckers on or near the Outer Point. As a side 
note, I was camping in the Sierra National Forest near the Ansel Adams 
Wilderness south of Yosemite at 7000 feet a couple weeks ago and seven Acorn 
Woodpeckers flew up the drainage where I was located. Maybe some sort of Acorn 
Woodpecker dispersal is going on this year. 


On the way home I noticed an adult BALD EAGLE at Nicasio Reservoir.

Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: Re: Fish Docks 9.13.14
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:37:22 -0700
Sorry that last post should have been the Fish Docks at Point Reyes National 
Seashore. 

-Carlo
San Francisco
Subject: Fish Docks 9.13.14
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:33:13 -0700
Hi,

Took a brief respite from the elephant seal overlook (103 on the beach) to see 
if any of the warblers reported by Logan Kahle were around. The Chestnut-sided 
was the only one I could locate. 


Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco
Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper
From: "Bill Doyle shortbill AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:26:46 -0700
(The Baird's SA was not seen this afternoon at Carmody Pond, by a group of RROS 
birders.) 


Bill Doyle
Santa Rosa

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 13, 2014, at 11:25 AM, "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Yesterday afternoon (Friday, Sept 12) Mike Parmeter (who does not post 
> online) found a Baird's Sandpiper at Carmody Road Pond in Sonoma County.
> 
> Carmody Road is off Valley Ford Road (which starts out of Petaluma as 
> Bodega Highway).
> 
> (I guess I really like parenthesis)
> 
> Lisa Hug
> Sebastopol, CA
> 
Subject: Baird's Sandpiper
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:25:34 -0700
Hi All,

Yesterday afternoon (Friday, Sept 12) Mike Parmeter (who does not post 
online) found a Baird's Sandpiper at Carmody Road Pond in Sonoma County.

Carmody Road is off Valley Ford Road (which starts out of Petaluma as 
Bodega Highway).

(I guess I really like parenthesis)

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Sunday - Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Sep 2014 09:56:10 -0700
Join us at the biggest one day reunion for nature organizations in Northern 
California! 


Come out and celebrate birds, botany, beavers, bats and of course binoculars! 
The 3rd “Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival” will uncork this Sunday 
from 10AM-4:00PM at beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, 95476. 
(Free family event - free parking). 


This years theme is "Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness". The famous 
Smokey Bear, celebrating his 70th birthday, will be on hand in Wine Country to 
greet your family! 


Twelve Optics Companies with experts present will demo the newest technology 
also for sale. 


Over 40 extraordinary nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and 
authors look forward to share their great work with you. We look forward to 
another wonderful reunion of the nature community! 


tom rusert & darren peterie
http://www.sonomabirding.com http://www.sonomabirding.com
sonoma,ca.
  

 

Subject: RE: Hawks, Warblers, & Shark
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:12:54 -0700
Ruth, 

 

 I was thinking about your fin, and perhaps the fish was an Ocean Sunfish (Mola 
mola). There have been tons of them around this year, big fin on the larger 
ones, and they do breach. Never know. 


 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds] 

Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 9:31 PM
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com; countybirders AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NBB] Hawks, Warblers, & Shark

 

  

Headed out to Pt Reyes this afternoon. While driving though Glen Ellen 
near The BR Cohn winery, there was a dark phase Swainson's Hawk soaring 
over.I don't believe I've ever seen one in the upper Sonoma Valley 
before.

As a bonus I saw a light phase Swainson's Hawk soaring over the outer 
point near Spaletta Plateau (passed C Ranch.) Which was a new Marin 
County bird for me!

Others reported on the warblers out there;I had the best looks at 
Chestnut-sided Warbler (glowing lime chartreuse) and a Blackpoll Warbler 
(probably best look I ever had) in bright sunlight, eye level at the 
Ranger residence at Fish Docks. Several Yellow Warblers were also 
glowing in the dark trees like Christmas lights.

Missed the birds at the Lighthouse...went to Drakes Beach hoping for the 
Royal Tern or at least a Parasitic Jaeger. Got the jaeger. While 
scoping out on the bay, I saw an unusual splash. Saw part of a large 
animal, it was the starboard side and ventral dirty white in color. 
I'm very familiar with all the marine mammals in the area and as I tried 
to puzzle it out -my mind said SHARK! Then I thought I saw the tip of a 
dark fin but the water surface was a little wavy. I watched for anything 
surfacing for air, but saw nothing else/ It was very weird. (Years ago 
I saw a Great White from the Lighthouse in September.)

That's this week's version of Wild Kingdom!
Ruthir Rudesill
Kenwood



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Subject: Hawks, Warblers, & Shark
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:31:20 -0700
Headed out to Pt Reyes this afternoon. While driving though Glen Ellen 
near The BR Cohn winery, there was a dark phase Swainson's Hawk soaring 
over.I don't believe I've ever seen one in the upper Sonoma Valley 
before.

As a bonus I saw a light phase Swainson's Hawk soaring over the outer 
point near Spaletta Plateau (passed C Ranch.)  Which was a new Marin 
County bird for me!

Others reported on the warblers out there;I had the best looks at 
Chestnut-sided Warbler (glowing lime chartreuse) and a Blackpoll Warbler 
(probably best look I ever had) in bright sunlight, eye level at the 
Ranger residence at Fish Docks. Several Yellow Warblers were also 
glowing in the dark trees like Christmas lights.

Missed the birds at the Lighthouse...went to Drakes Beach hoping for the 
Royal Tern or at least a Parasitic Jaeger.  Got the jaeger.  While 
scoping out on the bay, I saw an unusual splash.  Saw part of a large 
animal, it  was the starboard side and ventral dirty white in color.  
I'm very familiar with all the marine mammals in the area and as I tried 
to puzzle it out -my mind said SHARK!  Then I thought I saw the tip of a 
dark fin but the water surface was a little wavy. I watched for anything 
surfacing for air, but saw nothing else/  It was very weird.  (Years ago 
I saw a Great White from the Lighthouse in September.)

That's this week's version of Wild Kingdom!
Ruthir Rudesill
Kenwood






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Subject: Bodega Bay Fri. 9/12
From: "Dan Nelson birdsurf64 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:20:12 -0700
Hi Birders,
There were more birdwatchers than birds at Bodega Bay today, but some birds 
continue at sites previously reported. 

An imm. fem. AMERICAN REDSTART appeared in the half-dead pines to the left as 
you head up the trail into Owl Canyon, 

then vanished up the canyon. The imm. male AMERICAN REDSTART and NORTHERN 
WATERTHRUSH continue in the grove 

adjacent to the restroom at Campbell Cove. Two Black-headed Grosbeaks were 
around, plus a few Willow Flycatchers, Fox Sparrows, and 

the first American Pipits of the season squeeked by overhead. Quite a few 
Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, a few Wilson's Warblers, 

plus at least two Hutton's Vireos were at Owl Canyon and Campbell Cove. 
As far as I know, no sightings of the Catbird or Blackburnian Warbler had been 
recorded today. 

Good Birding,
Dan Nelson (Sonoma County)
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 9/12
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:01:39 -0700
Hi all,
Visited the Outer Point this morning, with pretty good results.

Started at the Fish Docks, where I found a Tennesee, a Blackpoll, and a 
Chestut-sided Warbler in the tall cypresses along the trail by the 
residences and a MacGillivray's by the pines. House and Pacific Wrens 
along with other migrants were also present. Christian Schwartz, Jeff 
Miller, Rich Cimino and some others (didn't catch their names) arrived 
and were able to get the Tennessee and the Chestnut-sided, but it seemed 
the Blackpoll remained elusive.

The New Willows produced just the regular western migrants.

I went on to the lighthouse, where one of the first birds I saw after 
arriving at the cypresses was a nice bright female BALTIMORE ORIOLE. I 
got great looks and horrible (iphonobinned) photos. The bird was quite 
flighty but would occasionally settle down if not disturbed. Also 
present was an American Redstart.

Nunez was slow, though there was some commotion as the small yappy dogs 
actually came up to me through the gate, something I've never seen 
before. Anyway, I headed back to the Fish Docks briefly. The highlight 
at the Fish Docks was a couple flyover American Pipits and the 
continuing Tennessee Warbler.

Mendoza was also fairly slow, though two SINGING Say's Phoebes came as a 
shock.

Drakes, where I met up with Jeff Miller, Rich Cimino, David Wimpfheimer, 
and others was fairly slow with the sole highlights of 5 Virginia Rails 
(good count for the OP) and two Common Gallinules.

May have missed other stuff, but I'll leave that for others to report.

Get out while the weather's good!

Good birding,
Logan


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Subject: Very, Very Local Interest - FOS Golden-crowned, Fox Sparrows in Corte Madera, Marin County
From: "eurohobby AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Sep 2014 15:49:33 -0700
This morning, 12 September 2014, I had my first-of-season Golden-crowned (a 
juvenile) and Fox (a Sooty) Sparrows in my yard on the 400 block of Montecito 
Drive in Corte Madera. Given that GCSP have already been reported south of me, 
no surprise. Yesterday, had a small flock of 4 PISI in the yard. 

 

 Nick Whelan
 Corte Madera, CA
Subject: Point Reyes Lighthouse 2014.09.11
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:10:20 -0700
Hi,

While looking for some of the recent birds reported at the LH recently, I came 
across an Empidonax flycatcher that gave me a headache. I ruled out 
Pacific-slope based on the eyeing and color. I also ruled out Willow based on 
overall size and bill. So I was trying to figure out if it was a Least, 
Hammond's, Dusky, or maybe even that Gray that Logan Kahle reported. The bird I 
saw was small, quite a bit smaller than the Western Wood-Pewee that was 
flycatching in the same cypress. It was gray above, light underneath, and had 2 
whitish wing bars. Small head with barely a crest at the rear. Small, narrow, 
almost dainty bill. White throat with a faint eye-ring. I neglected to observe 
primary projection. 


A couple of other birders showed up--Peter and Bob--and they concluded 
Hammond's. Photos are in the Flickr link attached (hope this method is not 
verboten). I also ran into another birder earlier in the day and he had seen a 
female Bullock's Oriole, which I managed to see and get photos of as well. 


The other birds I noted were 4 Western Scrub-Jays. They silently appeared from 
a fog drift, landed on a cypress tree, silently looked around, and then I had 
to leave. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/8582976 AT N07/


Would love to hear feedback on the empid. 
Thanks!
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco
Subject: A few notes from the last few days
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Sep 2014 21:19:46 -0700
To add to Dan Nelson's report on birds seen today, I can add 3 different Willow 
Flycatcher all seen at Campbell Cove , near where the BAWW was seen. There was 
a gray-headed form of Orange-crowned Warbler at Hole in the Head. In the 
afternoon there was a Epid in the pines at Owl Canyon that looked like a 
possible Least , ( small , small narrow bill ) better views were 
desired......Not calling it on those field marks , so this is one that got 
away........At Campbell Cove proper during high tide there were TEN Black 
Oystercatchers in a flock with two side kick Whimbrels This is the most BLOC I 
have seen in one flock in the Bay or Head. There also was two Spotted 
Sandpipers on the rocks there..... 

 

 On Tues Sept 9 there 5 Wilson's Phalaropes and two Lesser Yellowlegs at Rush 
Creek in Novato. 

 On Monday Sept 8 at Ragle Park in Sebastopol there was a flock of western 
migrants that included two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers .Western Tanagers were 
slinking around feeding on grapes and coffee berry as were Swainson's Thrush. 
65 Cedar Waxwings were on feeding on Mistletoe berries .10 Vaux Swifts over the 
Soccer fields and a very out of place Greater Yellowlegs! 

 

 Today at my house in West Sebastopol a adult Golden-crowned Sparrow made a 
early fall appearance by several weeks!(First of Season). A Chipping Sparrow 
was here as well and several Western Tanagers are hanging around the birdbath. 
My last sighting of Hooded Oriole at my house was Mon Sept 8. 

 

 

 Best to all, Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Re Estero Rd Mystery warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:16:28 -0700
 

OK, I've had time to do some more research on that Estero Rd warbler and
in part because the first row of streaks was black (I didn't mention
this in my original post) and distinct, I now think that bird was a
first fall Prairie Warbler. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol