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22 Aug Re: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Outer Point Reyes 21 Aug 2014 ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Re: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14 ["C F liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14 ["Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Aug Pacific Golden-Plover, Shollenberger, continues ["Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank: Sep 1 & 19 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Shollenberger Shorebirds ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Aug Spring Lake local interest ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
19 Aug Benicia Hermit Warbler ["'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug the Beach Watch Program needs volunteers ["parhelion AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Sept 14 - Optics and Nature Fest. + ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Doran Yellow Warbler ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Bodega Bay evening 8/17/14 ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
18 Aug Blue-gray gnatcatcher ["Catey Ritchie CRitchie AT ParksConservancy.org [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Aug Continuing Semipalmated Sandpiper in Napa Co. ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" ]
17 Aug Re: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd ["Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Aug Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd ["Tom Gardali tgardali AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
16 Aug Eastern Kingbird 8.15.2014 ["Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Aug Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Audubon Center ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
15 Aug Plover pictures ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug American-like golden-plover at Shollenberger ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Aug 31 - Cordell Bank ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug FW: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News ["'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Pelgaic Seabirding News ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
14 Aug Red necked Grebe--Tennessee Valley ["susanaives AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Aug Eastern Kingbird - Outer Point ["Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
13 Aug Napa Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug RE: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :) ["'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :) ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
12 Aug Black-crowned Night Heron with band ["liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug RE: no Black Vulture ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug Re: no Black Vulture ["Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
11 Aug Re: no Black Vulture ["Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
10 Aug no Black Vulture ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Huichica Creek Unit Napa County Pectoral Sandpiper ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Black Vulture in Santa Rosa (August 8, 2014) ["ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
9 Aug Las Gallinas Aug. 9 ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
09 Aug Fwd: Re: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
8 Aug Another New Mammal Big Day Record for North America ["Floyd Hayes floyd_hayes AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
08 Aug 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper ["Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
06 Aug Eastern Kingbird, Home Ranch, Point Reyes NS (Marin Cty) ["hamingsone AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
6 Aug Migrants - Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands) ["William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" ]
05 Aug Cool Lake County ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
5 Aug Re: Golden Crowned Kinglet baby ["Veronica Bowers vlbowers AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
4 Aug Golden Crowned Kinglet baby ["Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Aug Pileated Woodpecker family ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Aug Lark Sparrow, San Rafael ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Aug Solitary Sandpiper Las Gallinas ["Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
03 Aug Bodega Farm Pond ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
04 Aug Kathy Francone shared an album with you. ["Kathy Francone kmfrancone AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
1 Aug Corte Madera shorebirds ["'Peter Pyle' ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
31 Jul Bodega Bay 07/31/14 ["corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
31 Jul Elegant Terns, plus, in Richardson Bay ["kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Jul Big Mammal Day redux ["Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" ]
29 Jul Solitary Sandpiper - An Extremely Low-Grade Bird Report ["Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Jul Semipalmated Sandpiper Bodega Bay ["Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Jul Bodega Farm Pond 7/28 afternoon (Sonoma county) ["dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
28 Jul South Santa Rosa: Leucistic Turkey Vulture ["Robin Winning robinwinning AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Jul Rodeo Lagoon, Fort Kronkhite & Las Gallinas ["Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Jul Buchli Station Rd. wetlands this morning ["'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
27 Jul Spring Lake/Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa ["Robin Winning robinwinning AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Jul Costa's Hummingbird in Bolinas ["kkh195 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Jul Common Poorwill and Spotted Owls in Inverness - July 24-26, 2014 ["plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: Nicasio Reservoir Wilson's Phalaropes ["Peter Colasanti peter_colasanti AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
25 Jul Nicasio Reservoir Wilson's Phalaropes ["'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" ]
24 Jul 7/24/14 - Least Bitterns continue at Las Gallinas WTP ["'Eddie Bartley' eddie AT naturetrip.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Jul Bodega Bay - Wandering Tattler et. al. ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
23 Jul American Canyon Wetlands ["Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
22 Jul Hermit Warbler ["Rob O'Donnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Jul Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Healdsburg ["gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" ]
21 Jul Ruff in Napa County ["ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Jul Early Pectoral Sandpiper, Lake County ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Jul Vulture ["'Jungletouch' Jungletouch AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Jul Richardson Bay loggerhead shrike, fulmar ["maineprairieboy AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" ]
20 Jul Least Bittern at Gallinas ["Jim Yurchenco jimy AT ideo.com [northbaybirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:22:57 -0700
 

Forwarding this for Scott Carey: 

I think Dea covered the highlights pretty well . I can add that there
was yet another Willow Flycatcher at the Bodega Dunes Campground. Pretty
good movement of them for sure! Shorebird numbers in the bay are
increasing with many juvenile Westerns and Short-billed Dowitchers as
well .7 Ruddy Turnstones ( adults and imm birds) and First of season for
me Sanderlings( 20) and Black-bellied Plovers ( 9) were present near
Spud point . Off shore at the Head, Sooty Shearwaters ( 15) were visible
with a scope . Several Red-necked Phalaropes as well. No Jaegers ( from
shore) yet though. 

Scott Carey 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Outer Point Reyes 21 Aug 2014
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:09:50 -0700
Hi all,

I only had time for a quick trip to the Outer Point today so was able to check 
just a few spots. Today and a distinctly fall flavor to it. Here's a brief 
recap: 


Sooty Shearwater - several hundred off the Lighthouse
Elegant Tern - many dozens off the Lighthouse
Parasitic Jaeger - one off the Lighthouse
Willow Flycatcher - two at the Fish Docks
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - one at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Common Yellowthroat - Lighthouse
Yellow Warbler - one at Mendoza, six at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Black-throated Gray Warbler - one at the Lighthouse
Townsend's Warbler - one at Mendoza
Hermit Warbler - one at Mendoza, one at the Lighthouse, one at the Fish Docks
Yellow-rumped Warbler - one juvenile at Mendoza

The Eastern Kingbird continued this afternoon along Drakes Beach Road several 
hundred meters from the junction with Sir Francis Drake. 


Dan Singer
San Rafael



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Subject: Bodega Bay Hermit Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:51 -0700
 

Did some birding in Bodega Bay today and saw a number of migrants. The
best stop was at Owl Canyon where I saw a Hermit Warbler in a flock of
at least 3 Townsend's Warblers. Also there were Warbling Vireo, Wilson's
Warbler, Western and Willow Flycatchers and a W. Wood Peewee plus the
usual resident type birds. Diekmann's store had a Wilson's Warbler and
there was a bright Yellow Warbler in the trees across the road from the
BML housing. Campbell Cove/Hole in the Head had another Willow and
Western Flycatcher. Scott Carey was there and I'll let him post a more
complete list of the birds present. I didn't look much at shorebirds but
I noticed there are still a large number of Elegant Terns around; on Tue
I counted 150 of them at Doran Park. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: Re: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14
From: "C F liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:39:01 -0700
This is exciting!  This is the first time I have heard of this bird and I saw 
one at Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, this morning!  I thought it might be a 
juvenile Western Kingbird, but noticed some color differences.  I do have 
photos! 


C.Faul
San Rafael, Ca.



On Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:04 PM, "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net 
[northbaybirds]"  wrote: 

 


  

Hi All,

This afternoon, while on my deck watching the feeders and reveling in my 
retirement on the first day of school, I watched a Willow Flycatcher 
flycatching in the garden near the feeders. It didn't vocalize and I watched it 
for about 2-3 minutes. 


Good birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental
Subject: Occidental Willow Flycatcher 8/21/14
From: "Mike Heffernon mheff AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:04:12 -0700
Hi All,

This afternoon, while on my deck watching the feeders and reveling in my 
retirement on the first day of school, I watched a Willow Flycatcher 
flycatching in the garden near the feeders. It didn't vocalize and I watched it 
for about 2-3 minutes. 


Good birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental

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Subject: Pacific Golden-Plover, Shollenberger, continues
From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:26:35 -0700
Hello Birders,
   Presumably the same Pacific Golden-Plover found yesterday by Lisa Hug
was refound by Point Blue staff Lishka Arata and Khara Strum at around 1pm.
The bird was on the small bit of water left at Shollenberger proper. This
was directly in front of the Point Blue office. It was associating with
Black-bellied Plovers. Megan Elrod also saw a Semipalmated Plover nearby.
The tide was high, so the bird might be moving between Shollenberger and
Gray's Field depending on the tide.

-- 
Mark Dettling
Subject: Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank: Sep 1 & 19
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:13 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Pelagic trips from Bodega Bay have recorded more rare seabirds than any other 
port in all of North America! A great many, if not most of these seabirds, have 
been discovered on Shearwater Journeys's trips. Let's get out there and add to 
that list! 


Departing from Bodega Bay, we have trips on September 1 with Steve Howell, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini and I co-leading and on September 19 with Peter 
Pyle, Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green and I co-leading. 
The only 50-some degree water is out at Bodega Canyon. If this holds up and the 
area is not infiltrated by warm water, it could be a very interesting place for 
seabirds. 


For a synopsis of what's happening south of Bodega Bay, and what we might look 
forward to on our September trips, see: 

 
Highlights of Shearwater Journeys's most recent three pelagic trips are as 
follows: 


August 15, Monterey (all birds for Monterey County): a massive feeding flock of 
SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED (450) SHEARWATERS along with as many as 30 Humpback 
Whales just outside of the harbor; offshore we found SOUTH POLAR SKUA and the 
first juvenile SABINE'S GULLS of the season, and one CRAVERI'S MURRELET. Marine 
mammals were terrific, ending the day with breaching Humpbacks. Full report: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/monterey-seabirds-august-15-2014.html 


August 16, Half Moon Bay was an incredibly amazing day at sea. Highlights: 
continuing good numbers of (129) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; continuing 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, more BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (first found on our 26 July 
trip); WILSON'S (12), ASHY (13) and BLACK (450) STORM-PETRELS near the 100 
fathom edge (I have not found numbers of storm-petrels in such shallow water 
since the late 1970's to early 1980's); SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS 
(2); and TUFTED PUFFINS (2). 


Marine mammals that favor more tropical areas were a surprise on this trip. 
This included 250 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, one "presumed" offshore 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and one DWARF/PYGMY SPERM WHALE. During the 39 years I've 
been doing pelagic trips, I've only seen Dwarf/Pygmy Sperm Whale once. (I have 
seen them on long range voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific, though). I 
had views of this unique and little known cetacean five times on August 16th. 
Scott Terrill also saw this animal, but we were the only two on the trip who 
saw it. We prefer to identify it as Kogia, only, for want of a better view. 


A ten foot SALMON SHARK that swam around our vessel for about 10 minutes gave 
everyone great views however. The full trip report with images: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trip-jumping-with.html 


The central coast of California is teaming with food. We have, in abundance, 
anchovies, sardines, squid and juvenile rockfish, along with loads of 
zooplankton (see my report). Squid is of particular interest. The salmon shark 
and dwarf/pygmy sperm whale, as well as Risso's dolphins and albatrosses are 
feeding on the squid. I am loathe to make "predictions" because they are so 
often off the mark, but I think it is safe to say that just about anything that 
feeds on squid could turn up. That includes the nocturnal feeding 
Swallow-tailed gull. 


Our next trips from Monterey are August 22 with Scott Terrill, Rick Fournier, 
Jennifer Green and I co-leading, and from Half Moon Bay on August 23 with Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks and I co-leading. Most (all) 
of Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay are welling in warm water at 61 to 63 F. It 
is like one big bathtub out there. The "edge" is 70 miles off Half Moon Bay at 
this time. These things will, of course, change over the next several weeks. It 
seems likely to me that a lot of the birdlife is out at the edge, including 
most of the jaegers, Buller's shearwaters and Arctic and Common Terns. 


And, loads more trips from Monterey and Half Moon Bay throughout September and 
October. See our full schedule at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Squid Schools Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
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Subject: Shollenberger Shorebirds
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:49 -0700
Hi All,

I went to Shollenberger park late this morning.  There was a large flock 
of peeps coming in to roost around 10:30.  The flock started out mostly 
Leasts, but as more peeps came in, the proportion of Westerns increased 
- It was still about 4 to 1 Least to Western when i left.   There was 1 
juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER in this flock.

On the mudflats (Gray's Field) to the south, there were more peeps and 4 
Black-bellied Plovers and 1 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER.

Overall,  there was a conspicuous absence of large shorebirds - no 
stilts or avocets and only 1 Long-billed Dowitcher.

I did happen upon a really neat flock of birds in one elderberry shrub 
near the PRBO/Point Blue parking lot.  This bush had 5 Lesser 
Goldfinches, 4 Song Sparrows, 1 Lark Sparrow, 2 California Towhees, 3 
Nuttall's Woodpeckers, and 1 Ash-Throated Flycatcher.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol, CA


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Subject: Spring Lake local interest
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:52:40 -0700
Was surprised to wake up to rain this morning; decided to bird Spring 
Lake after it stopped for bird action.  Did not find any migrants save 
an uncommon Eared Grebe in basic plumage in the north part of the lake.

Babies still around - amazing!  At the North Peninsula saw 2 Common 
Yellowthroats begging mom for food, a just out of the nest Red-winged 
Blackbird, and a tail-less Marsh Wren begging. A "chocolate" Spotted 
Towhee youngster and young Cal Towhees as well. Several other Marsh 
Wrens were singing. Only warblers were many Wilson's all around the lake 
and 1 female Black-throated Gray Warbler at the Boat Launch.

There only a few swallows over lake (mostly Cliff) and around a half 
dozen Vaux's Swifts.

Best sighting on the day was a MINK that crossed the trail at the end of 
the North Peninsula about 5 yards away!

Spring Lake Regional Park is in east Santa Rosa. Heading north to Del 
Norte County for a few days tomorrow.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood


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Subject: Benicia Hermit Warbler
From: "'Danny Swicegood' zenbirder1960 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:12:04 -0700
I just had a Hermit Warbler stop by my yard here in Benicia.  Nice yard
bird, #98.

 

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: the Beach Watch Program needs volunteers
From: "parhelion AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 15:54:29 -0700
Hi Folks,
 
 Please forgive the crosspost on NWCalbirds, please reply off list using the 
link given. 

 
 The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) in partnership with Gulf of 
the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) is looking for volunteer 
observers to survey parts of our Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines as part 
of the Beach Watch Program. Each observer is expected to survey their beach for 
live and dead wildlife, human uses, and oil- rain or shine; though surveys are 
cancelled in extreme conditions. Surveys can last anywhere from 20 minutes 
minimum to 4 hours. Instruction is given in methodology, as well as the 
identification of living and dead marine mammals and birds, though mainly 
shorebirds and gulls.Check out the program at one of our two mandatory 
orientations (training starts in October): Bodega Bay, Sept. 12, 7:00-9:00pm OR 
Gualala, Sept. 13, 1:30-3:30pm For more information or to reserve a seat at one 
of our orientation presentations. go to: www.beachwatch.farallones.org 
http://www.beachwatch.farallones.org and click on Get Involved!Download the 
flyer here... 

 
http://beachwatch.farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BeachWatchExtensionFlyer.pdf 
http://beachwatch.farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BeachWatchExtensionFlyer.pdf 

 
Subject: Sept 14 - Optics and Nature Fest. +
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 12:07:54 -0700
Sonoma Birding will host another festive day long event featuring most of the 
major binoculars and scopes companies in the USA along with extraordinary 
nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and authors from Northern 
California. Free family event and free parking at the beautiful Cornerstone 
Gardens http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. 
(info -707-939-8007) 

 
 Visit - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/ for fall 
lecture information. On Sept 10th Amaroq Weiss - with Return of the Wolf 
(Center for Biological Diversity) and on 10/8 - Sundance Director, Judy Irving 
discussing her new documentary on pelican. The movie "Pelican Dreams" will 
premiere in the North Bay on Oct. 31st at the Sebastini Theatre in Sonoma. 

 
 tom rusert & darren peterie
 sonoma,ca
 
Subject: Doran Yellow Warbler
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:03:00 -0700
 

There was a Yellow Warbler this morning at the Doran Park (Bodega Bay)
entry station. The passerines are coming!! Yay! 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 
 
Subject: Bodega Bay evening 8/17/14
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 10:00:59 -0700
Hit Bodega Bay for a few hours in the evening yesterday. Though kind of quiet 
overall , the birding is always fun and great, no matter what you see...... 

 Of local interest-    
      
 Bodega Head:
 Two Marbled Murrelets still in alternate plumage.
 Pigeon Guillemots - many now with the odd plumaged youngsters.
 
 Diekmann's Store:
 One of each of Yellow Warbler( Young of year with bright secondaries and 
tertial edges) and Wilson's Warbler( adult male) 

 
 Salmon Creek:
 
 5 Whimbrel.
 6 Semipalmated Plover
 
 
 At Bodega farm pond there were two Red-necked Phalarope and a few dozen Least 
Sandpipers with a few Westerns thrown in. 

 
 Back on August 14 at Bodega Head there were Sooty Shearwater ( 10-12) fairly 
close to shore , 45 Elegant Tern , and one southbound Pacific Loon. Owl Canyon 
was hosting two "Western type" 

 'Flycatchers -both with very buffy wingbars. 
 
 All for now,   Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.
Subject: Blue-gray gnatcatcher
From: "Catey Ritchie CRitchie AT ParksConservancy.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:56:11 +0000
Hi there,

First time poster! I did a nice late morning Marin Headlands loop hike in Rodeo 
and Gerbode Valleys today. Along the lower section of the Bobcat Trail I 
observed a blue-gray gnatcatcher fluttering about a patch of fennel, catching 
insects and looking quite lovely. I am new to birding so I memorized some 
distinguishing features to check - white eye ring, white outermost tail 
feathers (very clearly seen in flight), slight bill, and a pretty blue-gray 
color. I think I got the ID right? It was not terribly far from a large willow 
complex and one of the only busy spots for birds on my hike today - bushtits, 
chickadees, song sparrows all nearby and wrentits upslope in the scrub. 


Catey Ritchie
Tam Valley

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Subject: Continuing Semipalmated Sandpiper in Napa Co.
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Aug 2014 18:38:51 -0700
HI All,
 
 This morning at around 0830 at the Huichica Creek unit of the Napa-Sonoma 
Marshes Wild life Area, I found a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper. Assuming it 
is the same one previously reported. Same location as previous report. Also of 
note, I had 15 Least Terns, almost half of which were juveniles. "Terned" out 
to be a 3 tern day, as there were 12 Forster's Terns and 3 Caspian Terns as 
well. A good "tern-out", ha, ha. 

 
 For a good map of the area, go to the CA Fish and Wildlife website and look up 
the NapaSonomaWA.PDF map. 

 
 Good Birding,
 Scott Hoppe
 Citrus Heights, CA
 
Subject: Re: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd
From: "Burr Heneman burr AT igc.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:35:59 -0700
The bird was still there Sunday at about 11:00. I saw it perched on bull 
thistles about 200 yards east of the Drakes Beach Road, Point Reyes National 
Seashore. Where I stopped on the road, there is a blank rectangular sign on the 
west side of the road. 


Burr Heneman
Bolinas

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Subject: Eastern Kingbird - Drakes Beach Rd
From: "Tom Gardali tgardali AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:31:57 -0700
Today at about 1:45 p.m. Renee Cormier and I observed the previously
reported EASTERN KINGBIRD on Drakes Beach Road, Marin County.  The bird was
flycatching from the fence along the road, about 1/4 mile down from the Sir
Francis Drake junction.
Subject: Eastern Kingbird 8.15.2014
From: "Carlo Arreglo auntiestrophe AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:17:25 -0700
Hi all,

Sorry for the late post. Yesterday (Friday), I saw the continuing bird first 
reported by Ellen Hamingson, then Dan Singer. Seen on fence on the Drakes Beach 
access road leading down to Drakes Beach opposite a pullout with a ranching 
wayside sign. Large black and white flycatcher. Saw the distinctive white tip, 
which appeared as a narrow white terminal band-- as it flew up and fanned its 
tail. I managed a couple of photos though they are quite blurry. Neat bird!  



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19482024


Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco
Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Audubon Center
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Aug 2014 19:40:36 -0700
Late afternoon, about 6:30p as I was heading home from work at the Richardson 
Bay Audubon Center, I heard the distinct 'mew' of a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. Sure 
enough, one was flitting about in the oaks near our office buildings chasing 
the evening insects which were hovering around the trees. 

 
 One of my favorite songbirds, it is very rare, however, here at the Center.
 
 Kerry Wilcox
 Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
 Tiburon
 
 
Subject: Plover pictures
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:21:38 -0700
Finally got the golden-plover photos 
downloaded:https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157646070639730/ 


 
  
 
 
 
 
   
View on www.flickr.com Preview by Yahoo  
 

In several of the photos I can clearly see the primaries extending far out past 
the rather short-looking tertials, exactly what the books say an American 
should look like... What do you all think? 


Noah
Subject: American-like golden-plover at Shollenberger
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:42:50 -0700
This afternoon I met Tom Rusert at Shollenberger Park, and he said there were 
no birds in the pond, so we went into PRBO and poked around for a little while, 
eventually ending up on the second floor. I said, "There have been American 
Golden-plovers here, right?"I then looked out the window with the built-in 
telescope, andnoticed that there were about five shorebirds lined up on the 
shoreline of the pond across the parking lot, and that one of them was a 
strikingly-patterned molting adult GOLDEN-PLOVER! 


I spent most of the next couple hours photographing the bird, which proved to 
be a very long-legged and thin-billed, striped-headed golden-plover with gold 
coloration mostly restricted to the very center of the back. The rest of the 
plumage was black and white. Most importantly, the primaries projected far out 
past the end ofthe tertials, as on American. I'm terrible with plover ID 
sonot 100% sure, but I think this is most likely an American Golden-plover... 


I can't figure out how to get the photos downloaded; I'll try again tomorrow 
morning. 


Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA
Subject: Aug 31 - Cordell Bank
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:50:28 -0700
Hey folks, 

    I am pleased to mention that we have our Cordell Bank Trip happening on
Aug 31st. A great value, great guides (Dan Singer, Keith Hansen, Matthew
Dodder, Bob Power, Logan Kahle, Zach Baer, Lisa Myers, Peter Metropulos). We
have fun, find great birds (like the Salvin's Albatross earlier this year),
we talk biology, we work through identification, we share eBird lists with
you, we enjoy each other's company! It is a great day out. I hope to see you
on the 31st. We make it easy, you can pay with credit card using PayPal on
our site:  

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

good birding, 

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo
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Subject: FW: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News
From: "'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:25:54 -0700
Forwarding from CALBIRDS a recent posting by Debbie Shearwater with the
following two scheduled trips likely of interest to NBB readers.

 

 

September
Sep. 1, Mon.   Bodega
Canyon & Cordell Bank: Offshore 
Sep. 19, Fri.   Bodega
Canyon & Cordell Bank: Offshore

 

--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

  

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

--

"Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived." 
 Eleanor
Roosevelt

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:45 PM
To: Calbirds
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Seabirding Trip News

 



Howdy, 

 

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 

 

This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:

HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel
-on.html

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik
-august-2.html

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-au
gust-2.html

 

SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:

Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terril
l-july-26.html

Images by Todd McGrath:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

 

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-3
3-species.html

 

For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

 

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company
with nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports
that span the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego.
Currently, we offer trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and
Bodega Bay. We've indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of
seabirds and marine mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders
going out on boat trips was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have
joined our trips over these many long years.

 

Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 

 

Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn,
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb,
Brian Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve
Tucker, Jim Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick
Levendosky, Dena Spatz, Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa
Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy,
Mary Gustafson, and other guest leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To
read more about our leaders and see their biographies:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

 

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea
-july-20.html

 

With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see
our entire program here:

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

 

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but
still able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2,
2013. So, the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay
has had its share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live
in the Bay Area. And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare
and mega-rare seabirds than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and
September 19). 

 

I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life at sea!

 

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
 

 

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi,
SOLD OUT

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, berths available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










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Subject: Pelgaic Seabirding News
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debiluv AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:44:45 -0700
Howdy, North Bay birders,

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic 
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN 
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S 
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first 
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S 
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 


This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:
HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel-on.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik-august-2.html 

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-august-2.html 


SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:
Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terrill-july-26.html 

Images by Todd McGrath:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-33-species.html 


For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company with 
nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports that span 
the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego. Currently, we offer 
trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. We've 
indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of seabirds and marine 
mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders going out on boat trips 
was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have joined our trips over these 
many long years. 


Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are 
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott 
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 


Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn, 
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb, Brian 
Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve Tucker, Jim 
Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick Levendosky, Dena Spatz, 
Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, 
Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy, Mary Gustafson, and other guest 
leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To read 
more about our leaders and see their biographies: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so 
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html 


With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see our 
entire program here: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but still 
able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2, 2013. So, 
the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay has had its 
share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live in the Bay Area. 
And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare and mega-rare seabirds 
than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and September 19). 


I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many 
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each 
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life at sea! 


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

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi, SOLD 
OUT 

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, berths available


Subject: Red necked Grebe--Tennessee Valley
From: "susanaives AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 20:31:30 -0700
An adult and chick in surf at Tennessee Valley Beach, Mill Valley. Took me a 
while to ID because hadn't seen this bird in these parts before. Both birds 
very close to shore and struggling chick getting beaten up some by breaking 
waves. 

 Susana Ives, Mill Valley
Subject: Eastern Kingbird - Outer Point
From: "Dan Singer dsg2 AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:53:54 -0700
Hi all,

An Eastern Kingbird was along Drakes Beach Road approximately 300 meters past 
its junction with Sir Francis Drake Blvd this afternoon. It was perched on the 
fence along the northeast side of the road. 


Other migrants or dispersants on the Outer Point today included Western 
Wood-Pewee (Fish Docks and Nunes), Pacific Wren (Lighthouse), two or three 
Bullocks Orioles (Fish Docks, Mendoza), and a juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler 
(Mendoza). 


Dan Singer
San Rafael

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Subject: Napa Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:07:26 +0000
Birders,

Between 0640-0820 on Wednesday, I loitered at the northeastern corner of the 
Huichica Creek WA salt evaporation pond. The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper 
appeared at the end of that interval, and stayed put. This location is about 
1/2 mile due south of the parking lot at the dead end of Buchli Station Road. 
Also in the area were Least Terns and a Snowy Plover. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: RE: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :)
From: "'Michael Feighner' feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:33:45 -0700
Everyone:  

 

1.  Click on the link at the end of every message labeled "Website".

2.  Enter logon-id and password if prompted to do so.

3.  Click on "Photos Menu",

4.  Click on "New Album" if you do not already have one.

5. File out the form and click on Post Photos, and it should be easy from 
there... 


 



 

 

--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

  

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

--

“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” ― 
 Eleanor 
Roosevelt 


 

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Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron...I forgot how to post a photo here...help :)
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Aug 2014 14:12:53 -0700
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Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron with band
From: "liveinwinecountry AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Aug 2014 14:10:57 -0700
This morning, at Ellis Creek, Petaluma, I saw 2 Night Herons and just noticed 
that this one has a leg-band. I am wondering if this could be one of the 
rescued Herons from that awful Oakland-Post Office tragedy... 
Subject: RE: no Black Vulture
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:49:46 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I spent 1.5 hours this afternoon in the neighborhood of the most recent Black 
Vulture sightings. I ran into Carol, the lady who first spotted the bird, at a 
deer carcass in a gully behind her house very near the intersection of Los 
Arboles and Vista Grande. This is down in a declivity so the views were 
limited, but one can get more expansive views of the area from the high point 
on Wikiup and along Fraught. If I had time I would have hiked the trails in 
Shiloh Regional Park (entrance off Fraught), which should provide excellent 
overlooks of where the bird has been seen recently. 


 

I saw maybe 15 Turkey Vultures but no sign of the Black.

 

Gene Hunn

Petaluma

 

From: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds] 

Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 2:06 PM
To: ruth
Cc: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NBB] no Black Vulture

 

  

Just got word of vulture flyover at 1:00pm. I'm here but haven't seen the bird. 
Report frim near Los Arboles way and Vista Grande 


Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 10, 2014, at 8:52 PM, "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


  

Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
is apparently still around. I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads. Shiloh 
Park in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim. Saw 0 vultures.

In Knights Valley, Hwy 128 heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
(Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing. Anyway no Black 
Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.

Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
TVs.

Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood


Subject: Re: no Black Vulture
From: "Colin ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:06:02 -0700
Just got word of vulture flyover at 1:00pm. I'm here but haven't seen the bird. 
Report frim near Los Arboles way and Vista Grande 


Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 10, 2014, at 8:52 PM, "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" 
 wrote: 


> Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
> is apparently still around. I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
> checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
> Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads. Shiloh 
> Park in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim. Saw 0 vultures.
> 
> In Knights Valley, Hwy 128 heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
> (Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
> kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing. Anyway no Black 
> Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.
> 
> Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
> TVs.
> 
> Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
> next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.
> 
> Ruth Rudesill
> Kenwood
> 
> 
Subject: Re: no Black Vulture
From: "Colin Talcroft ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:45:45 -0700
I got a message from the original source who said there has been no sign of the 
Black Vulture since it was last seen off Los Arboles Way, in Larkfield. It's 
probably moved on, but I imagine it's out there somewhere. 


Colin Talcroft
Santa Rosa

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Subject: no Black Vulture
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:52:18 -0700
Having the afternoon off, I decided to try for the Black Vulture which 
is apparently still around.  I drove over Fountain Grove parkway 
checking the hills and valleys then to Old Red heading north thru 
Larkfield/ Wikiup checking all over and driving up side roads.  Shiloh 
Park  in Windsor and then out Chalk Hill Rd on a whim.  Saw 0 vultures.

In Knights Valley, Hwy 128  heading se saw some soaring Turkey Vultures 
(Ravens, Red-tails too)Coming back on Franz Valley Rd there was a large 
kettle over Safari West - which I thought was amusing.  Anyway no Black 
Vulture... finished up on Porter Creek, Mark West and Riebli roads.

Please keep an eye out for this bird if you're out and about and see 
TVs.

Did find a nice flock of Lark Sparrows right next to the road on Hwy 128 
next to open field with a good view of Mt St Helena.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood




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Subject: Huichica Creek Unit Napa County Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 18:40:45 -0700
Hi All,

On a Sacramento Audubon field trip today we did not find a Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, nor great numbers of shorebirds, as previously reported. Winds were 
pretty high, and the tide was in, making shorebird viewing somewhat difficult. 
However, we did find a Pectoral Sandpiper associating with Greater Yellowlegs 
and a few peeps. The bird was loafing on an island with the yellowlegs, etc. 
east of the parking lot, accessed by following the railroad tracks east. 

Huichica can be reached by taking Highway 12 west from Napa to Cuttings Wharf 
south, then west on Las Amigas to Buchli Station Rd. south. 


Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA

 

Subject: Black Vulture in Santa Rosa (August 8, 2014)
From: "ctalcroft AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 14:43:10 -0700
I've seen photos taken (by a non-birder) and passed on to me by Sam Johnson 
that indicate the Black Vulture seen earlier this year near Bodega and 
elsewhere is still around (I'm assuming it's the same bird). The photos are 
blurry but clearly show a Black Vulture. The people who have seen it describe 
it as a smallish black vulture with a grey head and whitish wingtips. It was 
seen yesterday (August 8, 2014) and the day before in the Larkfield area, 
feeding with Turkey Vultures near a carcass. The bird was observed on the 
ground and in flight, apparently at close quarters on the ground. I went up to 
the area this morning for about an hour and a half but had no luck. I didn't 
really want to mention this until I'd seen the bird myself to confirm it, but 
from the photo and description it seems pretty certain that it is the vulture 
and it seemed sensible to get it on record to alert people to keep their eyes 
open in the north Santa Rosa area. The people who own the property where the 
bird was photographed and Sam have been very helpful and have said they will 
call me if it shows up again. I will relay the information as soon as I get 
anything new. 

 

 Colin Talcroft
 Santa Rosa
 

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Subject: Las Gallinas Aug. 9
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:09:35 -0400 (EDT)
David Wiechers and I undertook a circuit of the Las Gallinas Sanitary District 
Ponds this morning. Lots of birds and plenty of fall migrants, but nothing 
unexpected. 54 species recorded in 2 hours. Highlights as follows: 


1 Mute Swan - adult
1 Cackling Goose - the adult.  Continuing bird I believe on Pond No. 3 
22 Northern Pintail - which all came into Pond No. 1 while we were there, 
including a flock of 14 

1 Northern Shoveler
14+ Cinnamon Teal
1 Green-winged Teal
73+ American White Pelicans
1 Sora - briefly seen at Pond No. 1
7 American Avocets - Pond No. 2
1 Spotted Sandpiper - Pond No. 3
32 Long-billed Dowitchers - Pond No. 2
2 Least Sandpipers
1 Caspian Tern
3 Yellow Warblers - together in a lone tree on the northern side
1 Bullock's Oriole - Juvenile in scrub on the northern side of Pond No. 1

No sign of the Least Bitterns, but we didn't spend much time looking for them. 

Good birding.

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA
Subject: Fwd: Re: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2014 01:20:26 -0700
Redirecting. Original message follows:



Huichica has been very birdy of late.
Although I haven't picked out any semipalmated sandpipers I have noted 
over the last week many thousands of westerns and leasts, at least two 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE among the Wilson's, a SNOWY PLOVER hanging out near 
a group of semipalmated plovers along the south shore of Pond 7A, and a 
flyover by an ELEGANT TERN. Yellowlegs and pelicans abound, common 
yellowthroats are in the reeds with downy young in tow, and the virginia 
rail in the ditch across the road from the first pond is often quite 
tame and readily visible at a close distance (~15 feet). Two weeks back 
I saw a SWAINSON'S HAWK there, a first at that location for me. Likely 
it is associated with the pair that has been hanging out in the Jamieson 
Cyn. area this summer.
A good tip is to bird Huichica in the evening, when the light is at your 
back on the first pond. At least it is for someone like me who has 
trouble picking out details at a distance with no scope. There is 
usually good activity in the ~1.5 hour before sunset. That the light 
makes the place more beautiful at this time doesn't hurt either.

Happy birding,

Kurt Niznik
Napa




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Subject: Another New Mammal Big Day Record for North America
From: "Floyd Hayes floyd_hayes AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:10:35 -0700
On August 3, Peter Pyle (the mastermind), Pat Kleeman and I made an all-out 
attempt to break the previous mammal “big day” record for North America of 
30 native species, set last year by Peter Pyle, Sarah Allen and myself. We 
began at Point Reyes at midnight and tallied 19 species–two behind last 
year’s pace–by the time we reached the dock in Sausalito at 7:15 am. We 
added only six new species of marine mammals during a Debi Shearwater pelagic 
trip to the Farallon Islands and beyond, where we saw the lingering NORTHERN 
GANNET, a BROWN BOOBY and a LAYSAN ALBATROSS. After returning from the boat 
trip we continued searching for mammals until 11:00 pm, finding our 
record-breaking 31st native species (excluding humans) at 10:35 pm. At times we 
were accompanied by Sarah Allen (midnight to the boat, briefly in the evening) 
and Gary Fellers (after the boat to the finish), who provided expert assistance 
on where to search for selected species. 


Of the 31 native species detected, 30 were detected by all. Three species were 
heard only. Although we used a bat detector, which converts ultrasound signals 
of bats to audible frequencies, to aid in the identification of bats, only one 
species was identified exclusively by its vocalizations. We also observed two 
introduced species and eight domesticated species of mammals. Just like last 
year, our biggest misses were Sonoma Chipmunk and Botta’s Pocket Gopher, and 
we also missed Bottlenose Dolphin and Dusky-footed Woodrat this year. We 
journeyed 173 miles by car, 90 miles by boat, and 4.5 miles by foot. Here is 
our list of species (English names for species, not subspecies) in three 
categories, arranged by the time each was first detected with the number of 
individuals detected and clarification given in parenthesis: 


NATIVE SPECIES
1)  00:00   Northern Elephant Seal (10)
2)  00:01   Mule Deer (71)
3)  00:13   Striped Skunk (4)
4)  00:27   Raccoon (6)
5)  00:28   American Badger (4)
6)  00:42   Coyote (1)
7)  00:47   Elk (3; heard only)
8)  01:35   Mountain Beaver (2; heard only at known burrows)
9)  01:51   Black-tailed Jackrabbit
10)  02:32   Northern River Otter (2; heard only)
11)  02:12   North American Deer Mouse (2)
12)  04:02   Big Brown Bat (30)
13)  04:06   California Myotis (20)
14)  04:06   Gray Fox (2)
15)  04:21   Brazilian Free-tailed Bat (1; identified by bat detector)
16)  05:08   Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (2)
17)  06:12   Harbor Seal (95)               
18)  06:16   California Vole (2)
19)  07:24   Western Gray Squirrel (2)
20)  08:14   Harbor Porpoise (50)
21)  09:36   California Sea Lion (400)
22)  10:37   Steller Sea Lion (25)
23)  11:12   Northern Fur Seal (400)
24)  14:37   Humpback Whale (3)
25)  13:30   Risso’s Dolphin (1; seen only by Peter Pyle)
26)  17:27   Muskrat (1)
27)  17:49   California Ground Squirrel (1)
28)  19:38   Brush Rabbit (2)
29)  20:48   Yuma Myotis (2)
30)  22:28   Pallid Bat (10)
31)  22:35   Fringed Myotis (1)

INTRODUCED SPECIES
32)  00:21   House Mouse (1; captured by a Domestic Cat!)
33)  00:29   Virginia Opossum (1)

DOMESTICATED SPECIES
34)  00:13   Cattle
35)  00:16   Domestic Cat
36)  00:16   Domestic Dog
37)  04:35   Horse
38)  18:21   Sheep
39)  18:24   European Hare
40)  18:28   Llama
41)  18:29   Goat

Floyd Hayes
Angwin, CA
Subject: 2014.08.04 -- Huichica Creek -- Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: "Michael Park dpbot AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:17:42 -0700
Sorry about the late post.

-------

On Monday (08/04), Dominik Mosur (of San Francisco) and I birded the 
Huichica Creek Unit of the Sonoma-Napa Marshes. The highlight of the day 
was an interesting peep with a very short bill and blackish legs. We 
weren't immediately sure of its identity. In strong light, this juvenile 
had rufescent tones on some of its feathers. However, these were not as 
extensive as that of a juvenile Western Sandpiper.

Neither of us had seen such a richly colored juvenile SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPER. I took many images for further study. Unfortunately, I 
neglected to look at those images until Thursday AM. Not until late in 
the day, did we suspect its true identity. Images were sent to Dan 
Singer, and he confirmed its identity.

It was found along the shoreline in the northeast corner of the pond 
with many snags. It is directly south about 1/4 mile from the parking 
lot at the end of Buchli Station Road. When you walk out of the path, 
the pond is the one to your right. It will be obvious because of the snags.

An album was a variety of images is here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157645857275087/

-------

In contrast, a different juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER found a few 
days later (08/06) at Pescadero State Beach was much paler and duller.

Those images are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345 AT N02/sets/72157646318835083/


Michael Park
Berkeley


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Subject: Eastern Kingbird, Home Ranch, Point Reyes NS (Marin Cty)
From: "hamingsone AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Aug 2014 21:58:54 -0700
Spotted 1 Eastern Kingbird Wednesday about 1 p.m. while traveling on a ranch 
road (not publicly accessible) from the Drakes Head/Estero Trail junction 
toward Home Ranch. The bird flew up (flycatching), then landed close on a fence 
where I could see not only the kingbird shape but also the dark head and back, 
white breast, and pronounced white terminal band on tail. 

 

 Ellen Hamingson
 Inverness, CA
Subject: Migrants - Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands)
From: "William Legge WGDLegge AT aol.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:35:16 -0400 (EDT)
David Wiechers and I undertook a quick circuit of Rodeo Lagoon this morning, 
including a 30 minute sea watch from Rodeo Beach. The offshore wind and last 
night's light rain managed to pull in a few migrants, and birds are definitely 
on the move. New in today were: 


1 Cinnamon Teal (good here)
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Jaeger sp. - seen well offshore - probably a Parasitic given rapid wing 
beats. Our first of the season 

1 Glaucous-winged Gull (1st summer) at the beach 
1 Belted Kingfisher - male
2 Pacific-slope Flycatchers
14 Northern Rough-winged Swallow - which all passed through heading SE
6 Cedar Waxings - groups of 4 & 2 - favoring the willows, but mobile

A breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon continues off Rodeo Beach and there was a 
trickle of California Gulls flying SE/S along the coast. On Tuesday morning we 
conservatively counted 205+ Elegant Terns moving northward offshore in a 20 
minute period, but we could only manage 8 today! 


Next few days could be good assuming the offshore winds hold.

Good birding.

William 

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA
Subject: Cool Lake County
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:08:26 -0700
Decided to take advantage of cool weather and bird Lake County.  Had no 
idea where the mouth of Kelsey Creek was but headed to Clear Lake State 
Park to locate it.  The Ranger didn't know; ran into some locals who 
guided me to an unmarked trial in the woods from the boat launch parking 
area. (beware of ticks and biting flies.)

A local birder name Tess came with me and we finally came out of the 
reeds onto a clear peninsula next to the creek.  It was full of birds. 
It was lightly raining.  California Gulls, Caspian Terms, White 
Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and several Green Herons too. 
Many swallows.

There were 5 Wilson's Phalaropes, lots of peeps which Tess found a 
Semipalmated Sandpiper (I saw Jerry White's report that he had one there 
earlier) 2 Virginia's Rails were walking on the lakeshore in the open.  
1 Black- bellied Plover still in mostly alternate plumage. Many Killdeer 
and Semipalmated Plovers - one of which had strange dark markings.  Tess 
left before I found a Snowy Plover which was on the beach on the other 
side of the creek. No larger sandpipers.

A young Chipping Sparrow was in the small trees there...and saw 2 young 
Common Yellowthroats later had a Black-thr Gray Warbler in the parking 
lot trees.

Went to Rodman Slough after lunch.  Many nesting Clark's and Western 
Grebes which is always cool to see.  Drove into the mountains to the 
north of Clear Lake but it began to rain harder and thunder /lightening 
so I turned around.

Gained 9 county birds!  Very close to 300 ytd in Northern California.

Ruth Rudesill
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Subject: Re: Golden Crowned Kinglet baby
From: "Veronica Bowers vlbowers AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:34:01 -0700
They're found year-round in Marin, Gail, but they're not a common intake at
our local wildlife centers.  However, we did receive a fledgling GCKI last
year from the San Geronimo area that was also cat-caught.  Fortunately that
one survived and was released back to the area it was found.

-- 
Veronica Bowers, Director
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www.nativesongbirdcare.org
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Board Member, California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators
www.CCWR.org
Subject: Golden Crowned Kinglet baby
From: "Gail Macmillan gailmacmillan AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:34:27 -0700
Perhaps this has been reported somewhere else. A baby GC Kinglet was brought 
into WildCare last Monday from Lagunitas. It had been caught by a cat and did 
not survive, but its identity was verified by Veronica Bowers from the 
Sebastopol Songbird Hospital. Is this unusual or not? 


Gail
Lucas Valley
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker family
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:31:05 -0700
Hi Birders,

Went to Spring Lake this afternoon and saw a good variety of species.  A 
family of 4 Pileated Woodpeckers were on the Fisherman's Trail about 100 
yards north of the boat launch parking lot.  These birds were working 
the weeping willow next to the bench that reads "Rosenbaum" and the big 
pile of rocks with a large dead snag.

Many walkers were enchanted and awed by these cooperative birds - they 
were calling to each other and at one point were within 8 feet of me!

A family group of Belted Kingfishers were in the same area.  On the 
north end, viewed several large flocks of birds- chickadees, creepers, 
Hutton's and Warbling Vireos,  Wilson's, Yellow and Orange-crowned 
Warblers with Bushtits and Downy woodpeckers. On the Fisherman's Trail 
near the small peninsula, a family group of Ash-throated Flycatchers 
were quite vocal and on the other side near the big forest by the 
spillway a family group of Hooded Orioles were vocal and still feeding 
fledged youngsters. Several Western Tanagers too.

Saw 2 families of Mallards with ducklings and a newly fledged W 
Scrub-Jay so breeding is not over quite yet.

Spring Lake Regional Park is in eastern Santa Rosa and accessed via Hoen 
on the south or Montgomery Drive to the north.

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Subject: Lark Sparrow, San Rafael
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Aug 2014 17:56:20 -0700
Late post, but unusual for me here in San Rafael. On Sunday afternoon I noticed 
a single LARK SPARROW in the scrub/eucalyptus woodland adjacent to the San 
Rafael High School football field off Embarcadero Street. 

 

 Kerry Wilcox
 San Rafael
Subject: Solitary Sandpiper Las Gallinas
From: "Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:44:04 -0700
Hi all -

Dave DeSante found a Solitary Sandpiper at 8 am yesterday (Sunday) in 
the southeast corner of the second pond, with an adult Spotted 
Sandpiper. He's not on this list and asked me to post it. It flew 
east toward the next impoundment before he departed. He also heard a 
Least Bittern.

By the way, our big mammal team also stopped briefly there around 5 
pm and a muskrat obliged us right away in the first pond. I thank all 
of those who responded to my post last week; we got 31 native 
mammals, breaking our record of last year by one species. More on that later.

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Subject: Bodega Farm Pond
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:17:38 -0700
 

I made a 5 min stop at the Bodega Farm Pond (see my previous post for
directions) on my way home from work today and can report the 5 Wilson's
Phalaropes continue on there. 

Dea Freid 

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Subject: Kathy Francone shared an album with you.
From: "Kathy Francone kmfrancone AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:52:04 +0000
Hi Birders,
On August 1st there were two Wandering Tattlers at Bodega Head.  Both birds  
were in breeding plumage.
I snapped this shot of one of the birds when it flew closer to where I was  
standing.

Kathy Francone
Pt. Richmond


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Subject: Corte Madera shorebirds
From: "'Peter Pyle' ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 01:34:17 -0400 (EDT)
Scouting for gophers (you'd think they'd be everywhere...) I stopped
briefly at Corte Madera "marsh" on the frontage road east of 101 and there
was quite a variety of shorebirds. Among a flock of about 200 peep on the
two long islands off the small parking lot (Leasts and a handful of
Westerns), was one that looked like an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper. I did
not have a scope so couldn't be positive. Farther out there were a number
of adult Black-bellied Plovers (could be a good pull fir a golden-plover)
and other shorebirds of various sizes - yellowlegs, dowitchers, willets,
and what looked like some other interesting things. Also pelicans, egrets,
stilts, etc. Worth a check if you are going by, best with scope.

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Subject: Bodega Bay 07/31/14
From: "corvus8x AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2014 20:06:51 -0700
A few birds of note today at Bodega Bay:
 A Green Heron in immature plumage was at Hole in head. odd place.......
 1 Ruddy Turnstone in with Black Turnstones at Porto Bodega
  1 Wandering Tattler at Bodega Head. Several Elegant Terns offshore.
 At least 12 Elegants scoped in  bay at gull roost  at South/west edge.
 

 At Bodega farm pond there was 1 Wilson's Phalarope , 8 Least Sandpipers and 6 
Long-billed Dowitchers. The lone young oddball Wood duck continues with the 
young Mallards..... 

 

 Best,   Scott Carey, Sebastopol, Ca.
 

Subject: Elegant Terns, plus, in Richardson Bay
From: "kerry_83 AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2014 13:32:32 -0700
The numbers of ELEGANT TERNS in Richardson Bay is starting to increase. This 
morning there were about 80 resting up on the mudflats just east of Strawberry. 

 

 I also counted about 40 MARBLED GODWITS, 15 WILLETS, 22 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 
a LONG-BILLED CURLEW and a pair of GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the same area. 

 

 The BLACK OYSTERCATCHER family on Aramburu Island that was in the news over 
the last couple days appears to have moved on as the remaining chick has likely 
fledged. As of Monday it was approximately five weeks old, so at least 35 days 
since hatch, which is around when fledging takes place according to BNA. 

 

 Kerry Wilcox
 Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
 Tiburon
 

 

Subject: Big Mammal Day redux
From: "Peter Pyle ppyle AT birdpop.org [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:50:29 -0700
Greetings all -

We are going for another Big Mammal Day attempt on August 3rd. I've 
pasted in Floyd Hayes's recap from last year's adventures, below. We 
will again be on Debi Shearwater's trip to the Farallones from Sausalito.

We know about the muskrat and otters at Las Gallinas and will likely 
head up east Marin this year in the afternoon, rather than returning 
up the coast, as we did last year. We are interested in reliable 
locations or recent sightings of the following species, which we 
missed last year or may miss elsewhere this year. If any of you know 
of any places in Marin to see these, please let me know off-site.

Botta's Pocket Gopher (aka "gopher") - we missed this last year 
because, by the time we got back up to our stake-out spot at Bear 
Valley, it was cold and foggy, and they had all gone to sleep. So we 
are looking for some areas closer to Sausilito or anywhere up the 101 
corridor, where they may still be active in the afternoon.

Long-tailed Weasel
Western Harvest Mouse
Pinyon Mouse
Audubon's Cottontail(?)
River Otters recently (Rodeo?, Gallinas? elsewhere?) - we have 
several W Marin spots that we'll be checking
Bobcat
Any Bottle-nosed Dolphins recently in Marin? (we'll be looking for 
the ones off Cliff House from the boat)
Any other truly rare things like Mountain Lion (we can dream on), 
Spotted Skunk, Ringtail, mole, any shrews anywhere? Etc.

Thanks, Peter

On 4 August, Peter Pyle, Sarah Allen and I made an all-out attempt to 
break the previous mammal "big day" record for North America of 17 
native species, set independently by Peter Pyle and Richard Stallcup. 
We began at Point Reyes at midnight and managed to break the record 
before dawn, recording our 18th species at 5:25 am! By the time we 
reached the dock in Sausalito at 7:15 am we had already tallied 21 
species. We added 7 new seven species of marine mammals during a 
Debbie Shearwater pelagic trip to the Farallon Islands, where we saw 
the lingering NORTHERN GANNET (obviously our best bird of the day). 
After returning from the boat trip we spent another 6 hours searching 
for mammals but added only 2 more species, finishing our big day at 
10:20 pm with 30 native mammals (29 detected by all; 3 heard only), 3 
introduced mammals and 5 domesticated mammals. We used a bat 
detector, which converts ultrasound signals of bats to audible 
frequencies, to aid in the identification of bats at known roosts. 
Our biggest misses were Coyote, Badger, Gray Whale, Blue Whale, 
Sonoma Chipmunk and Muskrat. We journeyed 171 miles by car in a 
Toyota Prius, 90 miles by boat and 2 miles by foot. Here is our list 
of species in three categories, arranged by the time each was first detected:

NATIVE SPECIES
1) 00:01 Mule Deer
2) 00:06 Northern Elephant Seal
3) 00:12 Striped Skunk
4) 00:33 Raccoon
5) 00:50 Elk
6) 01:09 Brush Rabbit
7) 01:29 Deer Mouse
8) 01:33 Bobcat
9) 01:55 Pacific Jumping Mouse
10) 02:10 River Otter (heard only)
11) 03:11 Gray Fox
12) 03:35 Brazilian Free-tailed Bat
13) 03:41 Black-tailed Jackrabbit
14) 04:10 Pallid Bat
15) 04:15 California Myotis (heard only)
16) 04:18 Big Brown Bat
17) 04:48 Dusky-footed Woodrat (heard only)
18) 05:25 Townsend's Big-eared Bat
19) 06:05 Harbor Seal
20) 06:11 Meadow Vole
21) 06:55 Western Gray Squirrel
22) 08:20 Harbor Porpoise
23) 10:30 California Sea Lion
24) 10:30 Steller's Sea Lion
25) 11:25 Northern Fur Seal
26) 12:02 Dall's Porpoise
27) 12:31 Humpback Whale
28) 15:33 Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
29) 18:18 California Ground Squirrel
30) 19:55 Yuma Myotis

INTRODUCED MAMMALS
31) 12:58 Virginia Opossum
32) 04:41 Fallow Deer
33) 05:25 Human

DOMESTICATED MAMMALS
34 00:30 Cattle
35 03:51 Dog (heard only)
36 05:05 Horse
37 05:57 House Cat
38 18:32 Goat

Floyd Hayes
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Subject: Solitary Sandpiper - An Extremely Low-Grade Bird Report
From: "Bill Noble misternoble AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:41 -0700
This morning about 3:35 I was sitting in the dark on our front porch, in
the Marin Valley neighborhood of southeastern Novato, trying to dislodge
a dream. The wee-hours silence was broken by a single bird call, directly
above me. I grew up in New England, and the call felt
instantly unmistakable: the clear, long familiar "peet-weet" of a solitary
sandpiper.

We live west across the bay agricultural fields from the southern end of
Hamilton, and we do occasionally get nighttime overflights of shorebirds in
migration, often black-bellied plovers. So, am I reporting a solitary
sandpiper? Nah. But I betcha it WAS one.

Bill Noble, Novato


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you could miss it.

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Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper Bodega Bay
From: "Lisa Hug lisahug AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:21:17 -0700
Hi All,

This evening around 5:00, there was a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper on 
the mudflats at Doran Park in Bodega Bay (Sonoma County).

I took pictures, but they did not turn out.

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Subject: Bodega Farm Pond 7/28 afternoon (Sonoma county)
From: "dea freid lemuria AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:50:17 -0700
 

Stopped at the Bodega Farm Pond ( 1 mi E of town of Bodega on Bodega Hwy
that runs from Sebastopol to Rt 1) late this afternoon and saw 5
Wilson's Phalaropes, 3 Yellowlegs (Greater?) and 1 Dowitcher
(Long-billed?). Two Peregrines flew overhead and when I looked back at
the pond I couldn't see the phalaropes any more. 

Dea Freid 

Sebastopol 

 
Subject: South Santa Rosa: Leucistic Turkey Vulture
From: "Robin Winning robinwinning AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:31 -0700
This morning I saw the same (I assume - how many could there be?) leucistic 
Turkey Vulture noted and photographed by Gary on this board a week ago. It was 
on the West side of Inverness Rd. near Crane Canyon Road, in the trees that 
line the creek there. It was in the company of 2 or 3 other TVs and flew off 
with them eventually. 


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Subject: Rodeo Lagoon, Fort Kronkhite & Las Gallinas
From: "Daniel Edelstein danieledelstein AT att.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:11:04 -0700
Nothing too unusual to report, but some interesting seasonal sightings, per my
travels today to

Rodeo Lagoon:

Near the bridge in the willows adjoining the lagoon, one YELLOW
WARBLER disperser/migrant was seen.

Fort Kronkhite:

Large rocks off the beach hosted one SURFBIRD and two BLACK TURNSTONE

Las Gallinas:

No Least Bittern seen at Pond #1 after watching for 1.5 hours, but interesting 
to see at Pond #1 one female 

Green-winged Teal, two Green Heron, and five female Cinnamon Teal.

Last Wednesday in a slough about .7 mile from the parking lot, I saw one male 
GREATER SCAUP, which I presume is 

an over-summering individual.

Regards always, Daniel Edelstein

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

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http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com (my 8-year-old warbler-centric blog)
Subject: Buchli Station Rd. wetlands this morning
From: "'Eugene Hunn' enhunn323 AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:38:41 -0700
NiBBers,

 

I checked Hudeman Slough about 10 AM but it seems dry as a bone, so I headed
on over to the Buchli Station Rd. ponds. There was nothing to speak of on
the first pond on your left but in the big pond with the tall dead snags, at
the far west end, were a dozen or so LEAST TERNS diving. By Google Earth
they were within 200 yards of the Sonoma County Line. Then they disappeared,
likely off to the southwest into Sonoma County.

 

Gene Hunn
Subject: Spring Lake/Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa
From: "Robin Winning robinwinning AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:31:37 -0700
Hi All,
Had a nice romp around both Spring Lake and Lake Ralphine today. At Lake 
Ralphine, on the north side, there is a very tall dead tree, the only one on 
the ridge there, so it stands out. There was an OSPREY sitting near the top of 
the tree. At Spring Lake, at the East Spillway, there was a female WOOD DUCK, 
hanging out with some mallards. While I was looking at her, an ALLEN'S or 
RUFOUS hummingbird swooped down for a few seconds and flew off again in a flash 
of bright orange. A little further down the path there are points where you can 
go through the bramble to the waters edge. I sat there for a while and saw a 
female belted kingfisher dive down to the water with a big splash, not catch 
anything, then swoop up about 20 feet above the water and kite for 15 or 20 
seconds, then she swooped down again and this time emerged with a 4 long fish! 
I walk around Spring Lake most mornings before work and have seen or heard this 
kingfisher every day for the last couple of weeks, but this was the first time 
I got to see her in action. 


Have a great week, everyone.

//Robin
 

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Subject: Costa's Hummingbird in Bolinas
From: "kkh195 AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jul 2014 20:40:49 -0700
At 8:15 this evening we observed an immature male Costa's Hummingbird on our 
feeder. 

 Kirk Hopkin & Heidi Lundy
Subject: Common Poorwill and Spotted Owls in Inverness - July 24-26, 2014
From: "plumtodd AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jul 2014 13:40:43 -0700
Hi, Nibbers,
 I was awoken about 3:30 this morning by a poorwill calling from my yard. It's 
the first one I've ever heard in Marin County, though I know they are around. 
It called repeatedly for about 5 minutes and then I did not hear it again. I 
live in "Second Valley" in Inverness - up Vision Road a little ways from Sir 
Francis Drake Blvd. 

 

 I'll keep my iPhone close to my bed tonight and hopefully record it if it 
sticks around. 

 

 Earlier in the evening, my wife and I heard a tremendous, multi-species ruckus 
- something was attacking chickens in the neighbor's chicken house, and that 
squawking set off some wailing skunks and two or three barn owls who were all 
raising cain and flying around the valley. 


 

 Earlier this week, I heard both a male and a female spotted owl hooting and 
whooping not far from my house about 2 a.m. 

 

 Todd Plummer
 Inverness
Subject: Re: Nicasio Reservoir Wilson's Phalaropes
From: "Peter Colasanti peter_colasanti AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:43:10 -0700
We had 5 of them (Wilson's Phalaropes) fly over Ellis Creek yesterday to on a 
PWA survey led by Gene Hunn and organized by Len Nelson. More surprisingly, we 
had a VAUX'S SWIFT flyby too. 


Peter Colasanti
Petaluma
Subject: Nicasio Reservoir Wilson's Phalaropes
From: "'Bob Battagin' bigfootbob AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:07:56 -0700
Hi NBBers,

This morning at the Nicasio Reservoir NE corner mudflats (junction of Nicasio 
Valley Road and Pt. Reyes Petaluma Road) there were five WILSONS PHALAROPES (2 
adults, 3 juveniles). 


In the past week a smattering of shorebirds have been showing up at the 
reservoir, all along the shoreline adjacent to Nicasio Valley Road. Least 
Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, and more of the ever 
present Killdeer. 


Also, lately:

July 16            4 Osprey
July 21            Peregrine Falcon
July  23            Adult Bald Eagle
July 21, 23        Wood Duck


Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
Subject: 7/24/14 - Least Bitterns continue at Las Gallinas WTP
From: "'Eddie Bartley' eddie AT naturetrip.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:02:34 -0700
Continuing Least Bitterns (2). Tiny pale yellow bittern with dark flight
feathers, yellow bill, pale eyes. We had four separate sightings all in pond
one: A rather long (~200 feet) view of bird in flight from NW corner of pond
heading south then out of sight; a cat-tail clambering along the west shore
we listed as juvenile due to the pale cap and broad streaking in throat, a
second bird we listed as female with a darker back and cap but not as dark
as a male and a separate fly out from the west shore to the island cat tails
that was probably the same as the third sighting.

 

Also of interest was a family of GT Grackles; at SE corner of pond a male
and then female (presumed) parents were perching up with several silvery,
small 2 - 3 inch fish in bills; they called to three juveniles who then flew
to the rocky shore area where parents evidently collected the fish and
eagerly explored. Never saw any of them actually catch fish so it could be
they were wash ups or leftovers from foraging AW Pelicans but the fishes
looked quite fresh.

 

Also had a juvenile Green Heron on the SW corner of pond 1 island.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Eddie Bartley

San Francisco
Subject: Bodega Bay - Wandering Tattler et. al.
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:17:14 -0700
Visited Bodega Bay today (9:30-12:30) with Patti and Don Reinberg. Hundreds
of shorebirds in the Doran Park entry pond (on the right before the kiosk),
including scads of Marbled Godwits and Western Sandpipers, along with 3-4
Least Sandpipers, a few Dowitcher sp, and several distant unidentified
peeps that looked like large Westerns.  Mike Parmeter and David Hoffman
stopped to tell us they had just seen Wandering Tattler at the end of Doran
(Jetty parking lot). We did pick up about 6 Surfbirds and 6 Black
Turnstones near the end of the entry channel, but no Tattlers. Heading back
on the harbor we stopped at the Rich Stallcup platform (Cypress Parking
lot) to view the Caspian Terns and gulls. Further along we watched adult
Caspians feeding juveniles, and some 80+ Elegant Terns, including some
juveniles. Lisa Hug graciously spent time to have us note the variation in
bill size and color of the young Elegants, and then got us on 4 alternate
Sanderlings, some with enough red still in their necks to pass as a large
Red-necked Stint! The 4' high tide was perfect for pushing the birds close
to the shore, while leaving enough mud for loafing and foraging.

Headed over to Bodega Head, where some helpful Sonoma birders pointed out 2
Wandering Tattlers on the rocks below. The Tattlers were in alternate
plumage, making for good scope views and an acceptable digiscoped image
(distance 225' per Google Earth).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/14542532469/

Other fun birds at the Head were a small Black Oystercatcher chick, and an
adult from another oystercatcher pair sitting on a speckled egg on a near
rock, below and to the right. Along the cliff side to the left we had
decent views of a Pigeon Guillemot, probably tight on an egg.

Great morning to be out birding.

Cheers,
Len
Gear: Swaro STX 85, DCB II, Nikon V1, 18.5 mm lens, Manfrotto 501, Gitzo
tripod
http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
Subject: American Canyon Wetlands
From: "Murray Berner vireocity AT hotmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:21 +0000
Birders,

Beyond Ruthie's fantastic one day male Ruff, American Canyon Wetlands is 
currently teeming with birds - especially if you work the tide properly. The 2 
1/2 hours prior to high tide are best, getting out west to the big Green Island 
Lagoon early as birds move across the area massing at a few slightly higher 
elevation sections of mud and derelict levees. The best of these sections are 
concentrated in the east central part of the lagoon, with a 'corner' of high 
mud close to Green Island Rd attracting huge numbers of birds. Several thousand 
roosting waders will be at the small lagoon north of the methane recovery plant 
(where the Ruff was) before and during high tide. However, the Ruff lagoon will 
fill completely on a tide > 5.2 feet, driving all birds out. I select the 
Edgerley Island tide table for this area, and use a bicycle to get around 
quickly to all the good spots. 


Other highlights over the past few days are 2 Ruddy Turnstones Saturday-Monday 
and 5 Red Knots on Monday. The latter with a spectacular flock of 600 
Black-bellied Plovers. 


Murray Berner
Napa
 		 	   		  
Subject: Hermit Warbler
From: "Rob O'Donnell rob52849 AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:30:30 -0700
Of local interest, I found a bright HY Hermit Warbler at Spring Lake, Santa 
Rosa this morning. It was on the north side of the lake feeding in the dead 
pines at the foot of the trail leading down from the dam. Also present were two 
Hooded Orioles, Hutton's Vireo, Vaux Swifts overhead and the piping of many 
Swainson's Thrushes. 

Rob O'Donnell
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Healdsburg
From: "gdbeebe AT earthlink.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Jul 2014 16:12:24 -0700
I received a call today from someone who works at Rio Lindo Academy in 
Healdsburg. They had photos a friend took of a bird at their property along the 
Russian River in Healdsburg. I posted one photo of the adult male Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak near their feeders in the Gordon Beebe Nature album. Sorry, but I do 
not have an exact location for the property. 


Gordon Beebe
Laguna Road, Santa Rosa
 

Subject: Ruff in Napa County
From: "ruth ruthier AT sonic.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:10 -0700
Awesome day!!  After seeing the Red-necked Stint in Richmond -which was 
a North American bird for me -thank you Logan!  I took Lisa Hug's idea 
to go look at shorebirds in Napa County.

Went to the Napa River Bay Trail in American Canyon which has another 
name that escapes me (take Rio Del Mar from Hwy 29 and turn right on 
Eucalyptus and follow to end. Park in lot walk west on wide trail/road)  
There is a pond across from the methane gas plant/tanks that was FULL of 
shorebirds at high tide.

Scoping through the 100s of shorebirds I found an odd one  It was 
sleeping at first with some yellowlegs, dowitchers and avocets.  I 
noticed it was dark and had black feathers over the hind neck and 
reddish feathers on breast.  Lower breast was black to white and bright 
orange legs. The head was reddish too but looked weird.

A male Ruff still in almost full alternate plumage! OMG!  It finally put 
its head up when a Peregrine Falcon flew over and it took off with other 
zillion shorebirds.

I was not able to relocate it after that - some birds took off over the 
berm. I hope someone else can relocate it and get a photo!

Napa local interest - there was an adult Golden Eagle flying over the 
hills near North Kelly Rd.

Very excited,
Ruth Rudesill
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Subject: Early Pectoral Sandpiper, Lake County
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jul 2014 20:49:23 -0700
A nice surprise today, in a flock of 336 Western Sandpipers was an adult 
Pectoral, seeming rather early (eBird confirms this). This particular location 
is on private land, but they do not roost here, so I imagine that it will be 
spending some time on Clear Lake or elsewhere (I'd be curious if anyone knows 
of roosts or other good shorebird spots on Clear Lake to check out). 

 

 Eric LoPresti
 Davis, CA
Subject: Vulture
From: "'Jungletouch' Jungletouch AT comcast.net [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:31:38 -0700
I saw a vulture today that was brown with a lot of white. I could not find
anything on Google so thought I would ask here. All I had was my phone with
me so pic is not great but you can certainly see the pattern. There were 3
other normal vultures around as well. 

 

Here is a link to the pic.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/northbaybirds/photos/albums/451253035 

 

Gary

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Subject: Richardson Bay loggerhead shrike, fulmar
From: "maineprairieboy AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jul 2014 13:53:10 -0700
On July 15 from the Richardson Bay Audubon Center Kerry Wilcox and I spotted a 
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE on Aramburu Island just after finishing a regular survey for 
birds on the eastern shores of the 3 islands in Richardson Bay. It was not seen 
the next day. French broom, iceplant, etc. has dominated the upland of Aramburu 
Island for many years, but now RBAC is well underway in replacing those 
invasives with native plants of Marin. 


In the evening of the same day I spotted a bedraggled, unhealthy-looking 
NORTHERN FULMAR a few feet from shore in the cove at the end of Richardson Bay 
near Tiburon Blvd./Greenwood Cove Rd. 


Bob Hinz
Mill Valley

 

Subject: Least Bittern at Gallinas
From: "Jim Yurchenco jimy AT ideo.com [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:17:12 -0700
Yesterday, July 20, two Least Bitterns were observed early in the morning in 
the rushes along the east end of the 1st pond. The birds were observed from the 
path along the south side of the pond. At least one appeared to be a juvenile. 
The second bird did not show well enough for us to determine its age status. 


James Yurchenco
Amy Lauterbach

Palo Alto< CA
jimy AT ideo.com

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