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Blackburnian Warbler,©Julie Zickefoose

22 Dec Black-shouldered kite [Janet L Leonard ]
23 Mar leucistic sparrow at Swanton Berry Farm [Janet L Leonard ]
07 Mar Red Fox Sparrow photos 3/7/15 ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
7 Mar OC Warblers at SBM ["Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
7 Mar Bayside sightings Saturday morning ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
7 Mar Re: Wilsons Warbler arrival 3/7/15 ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
7 Mar Foster City shell bar, 3/7/15, MANY Red Knots ["Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
7 Mar San Mateo County Cumulative List-February 2015 ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" ]
07 Mar Wilsons Warbler arrival 3/7/15 ["geodani55 AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
6 Mar Sparrows of note from Coyote Pt. ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
6 Mar Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows ["Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
6 Mar Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows ["Bob Toleno bob AT toleno.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
6 Mar Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows ["Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
06 Mar Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows ["Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
06 Mar Update on Radio Road ["lflint AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
05 Mar Pescadero YB Sapsucker and E. Phoebe ["chrisoco AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
5 Mar Moss Beach seawatch and other recent sightings ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
4 Mar Redwood Shores, 3/2/15, and Skylawn Cemetery, 3/4/15 ["Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
4 Mar Re: San Mateo rarities still around? ["Malia DeFelice maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
3 Mar San Mateo rarities still around? ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
03 Mar Pescadero and Atherton Mar 2 ["Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
02 Mar Pigeon Point 2/28 and new yard birds (sort of) ["mkudrav AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
2 Mar San Mateo County Bay and Coastal sightings ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" ]
2 Mar Yellow-bellied Sapsucker @ Pescadero 3/1/15 ["Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
28 Feb Chipping Sparrow- Skylawn Cemetery 2/28/15 ["geodani55 AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
28 Feb Pescadero Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["dpom AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
28 Feb Holbrook Sapsucker ["Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Feb sapsucker in Holbrook park ["Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Feb Pigeon Pt. seawatch ( Feb. 27 ) ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Feb Merlin, Red-naped, West screech Holbrook park in Atherton ["Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Feb New arrivals or passing through ["Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Feb Fwd: some additional coastal sightings for 2/25/15 ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Feb Persistent Solitaire, Persistent Birder ["ftoldi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Feb YB-Sapsucker, NRW-Swallow, Townsend's Solitaire 2/25 ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
25 Feb Pigeon Pt. seawatch and other notes ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
25 Feb Coastal Birds ["Bill Bousman barlowi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
25 Feb Eastern Phoebe, YB sapsucker, Caracara feb 25 ["Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
24 Feb Re: March 1 Birding by Kayak Pillar Pt. ["Barbara Kossy bkossy AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
24 Feb March 1 Birding by Kayak Pillar Pt. ["Barbara Kossy bkossy AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
24 Feb Tropical Kingbird - finally ["Leslie Flint lflint AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
23 Feb Half Moon Bay, Caracara continues ["tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb Re: Crested caracara/W-w Dove (no)/Brant ["Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb Crested caracara/W-w Dove (no)/Brant ["'Chris MacIntosh' cmaci AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb Re: OCWA ["Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb bayside birding, 2/22/15, kingbird yes, solitaire no ["Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb winter pelagic report ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
22 Feb winter pelagic report ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb Continuing White-winged Dove ["'Francis Toldi' ftoldi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
22 Feb OCWA ["'Susan Cossins' birdersue AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb male Townsend's Warbler, San Pedro Park Brooks Falls Trail - Pacifica ["'megascops.2014' megascops.2014 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb From Caracara to Kingbird ["Al Eisner eisner AT SLAC.Stanford.EDU [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb San Bruno Mt ["Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb White-winged Dove ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb Crested Caracara ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
21 Feb Odds and ends ["Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb 2/20 Pigeon Point and Pescadero Marsh ["mkudrav AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["Alice Miller e271828 AT PACBELL.NET [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb Two last minute openings for tomorrows winter pelagic. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb RE: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["jen k creeturefeeture AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["Malia DeFelice maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb RE: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
20 Feb Big Change In Public Access Proposed for Crystal Springs Reservoir ["Brooke Miller idbirds AT me.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
19 Feb Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19 ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
19 Feb Townsend's Solitaire @ Foster City 2/19/15 ["Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
19 Feb Bald Eagle @ Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir 2/18/15 ["Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
18 Feb Crested Caracara Etiquette, please ["jen k creeturefeeture AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
18 Feb Crested Caracara continues 7:30am 2/18 ["Carol Jordan cajordan64 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb GBBC Preliminary Results ["Rich Ferrick richferrick AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb Tropical Kingbird Continues at Mariner's Island Park ["troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb SCVAS field trip to Foster City and Coyote Point, Jan. 15 ["Al Eisner eisner AT SLAC.Stanford.EDU [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb Crested Caracara continues 9:30am 2/17 ["maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb Murres at Pigeon Point ["Donna Pomeroy dpom AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
16 Feb 2 Bald Eagles at Crystal Springs, etc. 2-16-2015 ["flycatcher AT southcoast.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
17 Feb White-Winged Dove @ Pescadero Marsh (Water Lane) 2/16/15 ["Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" ]
16 Feb Re: Snowy Plovers @ Pescadero SB 2/16/15 ["'megascops.2014' megascops.2014 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" ]

Subject: Black-shouldered kite
From: Janet L Leonard <leonard.janetl AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:35:12 -0800
FYi-

there was a Black-shouldered kite on the wires just north of Davenport
about 12:30 this afternoon.

Jan Leonard
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Subject: leucistic sparrow at Swanton Berry Farm
From: Janet L Leonard <leonard.janetl AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:19:01 -0700
Hi-

FYI
I just (an hour ago) saw a very striking sparrow at Swanton Berry Farm,
north of Davenport, hopping around the picnic tables. It has a
orange/yellow bill and a very striking pure white head and neck.  It has
dark bars on the wings and is dark on the lower back and tail.  My best
guess is that it is a leucistic White-crowned Sparrow; I suppose it could
also be a Golden-crowned.

Jan

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Subject: Red Fox Sparrow photos 3/7/15
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 19:44:25 -0800
Always wanted to see one of these, so today Chris and I went over to Coyote 
Point to look for Ron's 

Red Fox Sparrow. We found the fallen Eucalyptus and immediately saw Sooty Fox 
Sparrows jump-scratching in the surrounding area. But, being the weekend, and 
gorgeous weather, many people were about and the downed tree was a virtual 
clambering magnet for kids and adults alike and photo opportunites were to be 
had with entire families posing on the horizontal trunk. This bird required 
extreme patience. But despite all that, we got these photos of the RED FOX 
SPARROW!: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16561266910/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16561266910/in/photostream/ 


 https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16561260410/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16561260410/in/photostream/ 

 

 At home we still have (1) Tan-striped White-throated Sparrow and (2) Lincoln's 
Sparrows. 

 Our 4th Varied Thrush visited the yard this morning
 

 Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

 

 

Subject: OC Warblers at SBM
From: "Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:32:57 +0000 (UTC)
I heard my second Orange-crowned Warbler today below the quarry on the west end 
of Colma Canyon at San Bruno Mountain. I wouldn't be surprised, as Ron Thorn 
was, about early arrivals. In late February I saw blue larkspurs blooming, a 
full month and a half early. The same is true with other flora on the mountain. 


Doug Allshouse 
Subject: Bayside sightings Saturday morning
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:47:44 -0500

I stopped by Radio Road this morning in Redwoods Shores. Yea, the main pond is 
filling 

up with water! Birds are moving back in! There were ( 6 ) LESSER YELLOWLEGS 
with 

Greater Yellowlegs. Now if only a Ruff would drop-in!
 
Also this morning, scoping San Francisco Bay from Oyster Point in South San 
Francisco, 

there was an alternate plumaged COMMON MURRE flying south into the bay. Most
records of Common Murre on the bay in the county come from late summer and 
fall. 

 
Ron Thorn  
Subject: Re: Wilsons Warbler arrival 3/7/15
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:47:20 -0500
Wow, this is record early for a spring arrival of Wilson's Warbler in northern 
California. 

There were arrivals yesterday in southern California. The earliest spring 
arrival I am 

aware for northern California is March 10. 

There could be other early arrivals of different species with no low pressure 
systems coming 

in to slow down migration.

Nice record George! 

  
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: geodani55 AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding] 
 

To: peninsula-birding 
Sent: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 9:23 am
Subject: [pen-bird] Wilsons Warbler arrival 3/7/15


    
   
    
     
    
This morning, i was surprised to hear and then see a bright male WILSON'S 
WARBLER singing in my back yard. The NASHVILLE WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and 
several alternate plumage male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are still here, making it 
a 4 warbler morning so far. 

    


    
George Chrisman
    
Burlingame, CA
    
    
    
 
   
Subject: Foster City shell bar, 3/7/15, MANY Red Knots
From: "Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:34:01 -0800
This morning I birded spots in coastal San Mateo and Foster City.

I checked the shell bar in Foster City around 9:45am, on the rising tide.
To my surprise, there were 267 RED KNOTS (probably more than that) along
the stretch of shore between Tarpon St. and Marlin Ave.  I also noted 3
RUDDY TURNSTONES and a flock of 18 BLACK TURNSTONES in the area.  There
were ~200 Semipalmated Plovers around, and many vocal Short-billed
Dowitchers.

The 'zaboria' RED FOX SPARROW continued by the downed euc in the meadow at
Coyote Point.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

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San Mateo, CA 94402
robertfurrow AT gmail.com
Subject: San Mateo County Cumulative List-February 2015
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:48:37 +0000
Hello Peninsula Birders,
We added 16 species in February 2015 and added one record from January bringing 
the cumulative year list to 232 species. Of those 14 are rated rarity code 1 
through 4 and 2 are rated 6. The rarity code 6 species are: Royal Tern seen 
February 2 by Ron Thorn during a seawatch; Crested Caracara first observed 
February 10 by Andrew Rush and Irene Steves in Half Moon Bay and enjoyed by 
many observers during the following two weeks. The Crested Caracara is a CBRC 
review species however we feel confident the committee will accept this bird 
given the observations and documentation. We are waiting for more information 
for a few records that are pending; these will be added if validated. 

As mentioned last month following are the California Bird Records Committee 
results in San Mateo County for the time period from 2009 - 2014, the period of 
time these records have been summarized for Sequoia Audubon Society. The 
results for accepted records are: Yellow-bill Loon in 2012; Short-tailed 
Albatross in 2009 and 2011; Hawaiian/Dark-rumped Petrel in 2012;White-chinned 
Petrel in 2009; Great Shearwater in 2011 and 2013; Red-tailed Tropicbird in 
2012; Masked Booby in 2014; Blue-footed Booby in 2013 and 2014; Iceland Gull in 
2013; Slaty-backed Gull in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014; Crested Caracara in 2014; 
Yellow-green Vireo in 2014; Worm-eating Warbler in 2012. Results for pending, 
not accepted and not submitted records are: Great-winged Petrel in 2011 not 
accepted; Hawaiian/Dark Rumped Petrel in 2009 not accepted and in 2013 not 
submitted; Iceland Gull in 2009 one record pending and a second record not 
accepted; Slaty-backed Gull in 2011 one record not accepted, in 2013 record not 
submitted and in 2014 one record is pending; Blue-headed Vireo in 2012 not 
submitted; Cape May Warbler in 2013 not submitted however this bird was 
accepted in Santa Clara County; Brambling in 2014 not accepted. Birds now taken 
off the review list are: Hawaiian/Dark-rumped Petrel in January 2014; 
Blue-footed Booby and Yellow-greenVireo in January 2015. 

Please remember we will be relying on local birders long experienced in the 
status of birds in San Mateo County to update our monthly lists. If a bird 
reported requires California Bird Record Committee Review (CBRC) or review by 
our team of experts it may take some time for that record to appear. If you 
wish information about seasonality and be able to download the San Mateo County 
Bird Checklist please go to the Sequoia Aububon website 
http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/index.html to the Birds tab, San Mateo Checklist 
and Yearlist, the checklist is in the box on the right side of the page. Please 
post all your sightings to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsula-birding/ 
and/or www.eBird.org. For questions or comments regarding 
this February 2015 report, please email 
leonie.batkin23 AT gmail.com. 

Welcome to the Spring period-
Leonie Batkin
Malia DeFelice
Subject: Wilsons Warbler arrival 3/7/15
From: "geodani55 AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 09:23:46 -0800
This morning, i was surprised to hear and then see a bright male WILSON'S 
WARBLER singing in my back yard. The NASHVILLE WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and 
several alternate plumage male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are still here, making it 
a 4 warbler morning so far. 

 

 George Chrisman
 Burlingame, CA
Subject: Sparrows of note from Coyote Pt.
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:20:46 -0500

 
This morning, checking the sparrow flock in the area of the fallen Eucalyptus 
Tree on 

the edge of the meadow behind the Coyote Point Museum, there was still a 
wintering 

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. A nice surprise since I do not often see this sparrow 
in 

San Mateo County was a RED FOX SPARROW of the zaboria race. This is the first
time I have noted this race at Coyote Point. The Red Fox Sparrow is quite a 
bully 

chasing the White-throated Sparrow and ( 3-4 ) Sooty Fox Sparrows. There is ( 1 
) 

Sooty Fox Sparrow with overall warmer color and grayish head, but does not even
come close in matching the bright rusty Red Fox Sparrow.
 
Not much in the way of migrants at this time at Coyote Point. There has been 
Varied 

Thrush and Orange-crowned Warbler passing through. Still present at the 
freshwater 

marsh are a Sora and a Wilson's Snipe.

This spring I plan on spending time noting migrants passing Carlmont Summit.
As expected at this date, it is still early for migrants, but what was noted 
flying 

north this morning were a Great Blue Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin,
Band-tailed Pigeons and Violet-green Swallows. There were the local Cooper's
Hawks in display mode.

Ron Thorn
Subject: Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows
From: "Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:54:44 -0800
Probably not worth discussing any more on pen-bird.  Beginners can and
should use ebird -- the reviewers will be sure to check for good details on
any rare birds.

If you're someone who gets ebird reports, you should use your judgement
about whether an unconfirmed, no-detail report has credibility.  You can
always glance over the full ebird list to see what else they found as a way
to estimate observer experience.

Cheers,
Rob Furrow

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:48 PM, Bob Toleno bob AT toleno.com
[peninsula-birding]  wrote:

>
>
> That eBird user, "BirdSonic," has been reporting rare sparrows like that
> all winter in San Mateo County in areas that have completely unsuitable
> habitat. I've seen reports of Rufous-crowned, Bell's, and Vesper Sparrows
> multiple times, all with descriptions like "this sparrow was smaller than
> the others" or "unique body pattern." I believe this person is just
> extremely inexperienced and misreporting more common emberizids, or even
> female House Sparrows.
>
> Bob Toleno
> Hayward
>
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com
> [peninsula-birding]  wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I am rather skeptical.  2 "Singing adults on a perch" for Rufous-crowned
>> Sparrow in the lowlands of Redwood City?
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:17 PM, Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net
>> [peninsula-birding]  wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Report shows Vesper and Rufous-crowned sparrows . Map coordinates given
>>> for both are a neighborhood near Edgewood Park. Any further info?
>>>
>>> Dave Weber,
>>> Milpitas
>>> by phone
>>>
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert 
>>> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
>>> To:
>>> CC:
>>>
>>> *** Species Summary:
>>>
>>> Black Vulture (1 Marin)
>>> Golden Eagle (3 San Diego)
>>> Common Black Hawk (1 Sonoma)
>>> Vaux's Swift (1 Marin)
>>> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Inyo)
>>> Barn Swallow (1 Napa)
>>> Crissal Thrasher (3 San Diego)
>>> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
>>> Vesper Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
>>> Rustic Bunting (1 San Francisco)
>>> Orchard Oriole (1 San Francisco)
>>> Hooded Oriole (1 Riverside)
>>>
>>> ---------------------------------------------
>>> Thank you for subscribing to the  California Rare Bird Alert.
>>> The report below shows observations of rare birds in California. View this
>>> alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464
>>> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>>>
>>> Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:15 by Mindy Woodruff
>>> - Olema-Bolinas Rd., Marin, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.91631,-122.69209&ll=37.91631,-122.69209 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190989
>>> - Comments: "Could not find it at first but then clouds mostly cleared
>>> and more vultures went airborne. We spotted it from the high ground on Mesa
>>> Rd, scanning from the fire station area; it was circling far to the NW.
>>> Returning to the area of the deer carcass just east of the nursery, we saw
>>> it circling with a couple of Turkey Vultures before it went out of sight
>>> behind the trees.
>>> >> title="Black Vulture by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">>> alt="Black Vulture" />"
>>>
>>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Nathan Chang
>>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190979
>>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group
>>> (SDBF trip)"
>>>
>>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Robert Ruvolo
>>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190968
>>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group
>>> (SDBF trip)"
>>>
>>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Stephen Chang
>>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190845
>>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group
>>> (SDBF trip)"
>>>
>>> Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:48 by Mindy Woodruff
>>> - Lynmar Winery, Sonoma, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.440468,-122.8410101&ll=38.440468,-122.8410101 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190977
>>> - Comments: "Five minutes after arriving, the hawk appeared flying out
>>> of the trees to the NE of the parking area, coasting out and disappearing
>>> in the direction of the lagoon. It gave a loud repeated whistle and gave
>>> fantastic looks for those few brief moments before it disappeared. Barely
>>> grabbed my camera from the car in time go grab a couple quick photos.
>>> >> title="Common Black Hawk by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">>> alt="Common Black Hawk" />"
>>>
>>> Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4) CONFIRMED
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:21 by Mindy Woodruff
>>> - Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District, Marin, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0274109,-122.515583&ll=38.0274109,-122.515583 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190930
>>>
>>> Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 07:00 by Peter Van Acker
>>> - Death Valley NP--Furnace Creek Inn, Inyo, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.4500966,-116.8520282&ll=36.4500966,-116.8520282 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22185391
>>> - Comments: "Salt Creek Boardwalk"
>>>
>>> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 15:45 by Jason Celaya
>>> - Napa-Sonoma Marshes WA--Huichica Creek Unit, Napa, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2076388,-122.3329353&ll=38.2076388,-122.3329353 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191022
>>> - Comments: "Flyover calling, long forked tail. Early FOS for me"
>>>
>>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Stephen Chang
>>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190883
>>> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>>>
>>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Robert Ruvolo
>>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190971
>>> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>>>
>>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 12:19 by Michael Martin
>>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191080
>>> - Comments: "Lightish thrasher with uniform tan color, dark malar stripe
>>> and rufous patch under the tail. Song matches up well with iBird. Up and
>>> singing."
>>>
>>> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) (2)
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
>>> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
>>> - Comments: "Singing adults on a perch."
>>>
>>> Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
>>> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
>>> - Comments: "Unique body pattern."
>>>
>>> Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) (1) CONFIRMED
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 07:37 by Mindy Woodruff
>>> - Golden Gate Park--Big Rec Ball Fields, San Francisco, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.768145,-122.4655652&ll=37.768145,-122.4655652 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190993
>>> - Comments: "Continuing by the brush piles. It dropped out of the trees
>>> and joined the juncos and other birds around 7:45, giving great looks in
>>> the sun and the shade as it hopped around foraging. Glad it stuck around
>>> two and a half months for us to finally make the drive up to see it.
>>> >> title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">>> alt="Rustic Bunting" />
>>> >> title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">>> alt="Rustic Bunting" />"
>>>
>>> Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
>>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 08:34 by Mindy Woodruff
>>> - Fort Mason--Community Garden, San Francisco, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8060557,-122.4286215&ll=37.8060557,-122.4286215 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190991
>>> - Comments: "Continuing, photos
>>> >> title="Orchard Oriole by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">>> alt="Orchard Oriole" />"
>>>
>>> Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
>>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 17:20 by brian sandstrom
>>> - Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk Golf Course, Riverside, California
>>> - Map:
>>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.7395437,-115.3928375&ll=33.7395437,-115.3928375 

>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190866
>>> - Comments: "Striking male at my hummingbird feeder. Orange with black
>>> throat patch. Black tail and wings black with white. Slightly down-curved
>>> bill."
>>>
>>> ***********
>>>
>>> You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's
>>> California Rare Bird Alert
>>>
>>> Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>  
>



-- 
Robert Furrow
233 Virginia Ave. # 7
San Mateo, CA 94402
robertfurrow AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows
From: "Bob Toleno bob AT toleno.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:48:43 -0800
That eBird user, "BirdSonic," has been reporting rare sparrows like that
all winter in San Mateo County in areas that have completely unsuitable
habitat. I've seen reports of Rufous-crowned, Bell's, and Vesper Sparrows
multiple times, all with descriptions like "this sparrow was smaller than
the others" or "unique body pattern." I believe this person is just
extremely inexperienced and misreporting more common emberizids, or even
female House Sparrows.

Bob Toleno
Hayward

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com
[peninsula-birding]  wrote:

>
>
> I am rather skeptical.  2 "Singing adults on a perch" for Rufous-crowned
> Sparrow in the lowlands of Redwood City?
>
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:17 PM, Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net
> [peninsula-birding]  wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Report shows Vesper and Rufous-crowned sparrows . Map coordinates given
>> for both are a neighborhood near Edgewood Park. Any further info?
>>
>> Dave Weber,
>> Milpitas
>> by phone
>>
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert 
>> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
>> To:
>> CC:
>>
>> *** Species Summary:
>>
>> Black Vulture (1 Marin)
>> Golden Eagle (3 San Diego)
>> Common Black Hawk (1 Sonoma)
>> Vaux's Swift (1 Marin)
>> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Inyo)
>> Barn Swallow (1 Napa)
>> Crissal Thrasher (3 San Diego)
>> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
>> Vesper Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
>> Rustic Bunting (1 San Francisco)
>> Orchard Oriole (1 San Francisco)
>> Hooded Oriole (1 Riverside)
>>
>> ---------------------------------------------
>> Thank you for subscribing to the  California Rare Bird Alert. The
>> report below shows observations of rare birds in California. View this
>> alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464
>> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>>
>> Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:15 by Mindy Woodruff
>> - Olema-Bolinas Rd., Marin, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.91631,-122.69209&ll=37.91631,-122.69209 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190989
>> - Comments: "Could not find it at first but then clouds mostly cleared
>> and more vultures went airborne. We spotted it from the high ground on Mesa
>> Rd, scanning from the fire station area; it was circling far to the NW.
>> Returning to the area of the deer carcass just east of the nursery, we saw
>> it circling with a couple of Turkey Vultures before it went out of sight
>> behind the trees.
>> > title="Black Vulture by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">> alt="Black Vulture" />"
>>
>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Nathan Chang
>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190979
>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
>> trip)"
>>
>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Robert Ruvolo
>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190968
>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
>> trip)"
>>
>> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Stephen Chang
>> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190845
>> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
>> trip)"
>>
>> Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:48 by Mindy Woodruff
>> - Lynmar Winery, Sonoma, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.440468,-122.8410101&ll=38.440468,-122.8410101 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190977
>> - Comments: "Five minutes after arriving, the hawk appeared flying out of
>> the trees to the NE of the parking area, coasting out and disappearing in
>> the direction of the lagoon. It gave a loud repeated whistle and gave
>> fantastic looks for those few brief moments before it disappeared. Barely
>> grabbed my camera from the car in time go grab a couple quick photos.
>> > title="Common Black Hawk by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">> alt="Common Black Hawk" />"
>>
>> Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4) CONFIRMED
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:21 by Mindy Woodruff
>> - Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District, Marin, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0274109,-122.515583&ll=38.0274109,-122.515583 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190930
>>
>> Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 07:00 by Peter Van Acker
>> - Death Valley NP--Furnace Creek Inn, Inyo, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.4500966,-116.8520282&ll=36.4500966,-116.8520282 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22185391
>> - Comments: "Salt Creek Boardwalk"
>>
>> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 15:45 by Jason Celaya
>> - Napa-Sonoma Marshes WA--Huichica Creek Unit, Napa, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2076388,-122.3329353&ll=38.2076388,-122.3329353 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191022
>> - Comments: "Flyover calling, long forked tail. Early FOS for me"
>>
>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Stephen Chang
>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190883
>> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>>
>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Robert Ruvolo
>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190971
>> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>>
>> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 12:19 by Michael Martin
>> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191080
>> - Comments: "Lightish thrasher with uniform tan color, dark malar stripe
>> and rufous patch under the tail. Song matches up well with iBird. Up and
>> singing."
>>
>> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) (2)
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
>> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
>> - Comments: "Singing adults on a perch."
>>
>> Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
>> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
>> - Comments: "Unique body pattern."
>>
>> Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) (1) CONFIRMED
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 07:37 by Mindy Woodruff
>> - Golden Gate Park--Big Rec Ball Fields, San Francisco, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.768145,-122.4655652&ll=37.768145,-122.4655652 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190993
>> - Comments: "Continuing by the brush piles. It dropped out of the trees
>> and joined the juncos and other birds around 7:45, giving great looks in
>> the sun and the shade as it hopped around foraging. Glad it stuck around
>> two and a half months for us to finally make the drive up to see it.
>> > title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">> alt="Rustic Bunting" />
>> > title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">> alt="Rustic Bunting" />"
>>
>> Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
>> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 08:34 by Mindy Woodruff
>> - Fort Mason--Community Garden, San Francisco, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8060557,-122.4286215&ll=37.8060557,-122.4286215 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190991
>> - Comments: "Continuing, photos
>> > title="Orchard Oriole by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr">> alt="Orchard Oriole" />"
>>
>> Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
>> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 17:20 by brian sandstrom
>> - Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk Golf Course, Riverside, California
>> - Map:
>> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.7395437,-115.3928375&ll=33.7395437,-115.3928375 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190866
>> - Comments: "Striking male at my hummingbird feeder. Orange with black
>> throat patch. Black tail and wings black with white. Slightly down-curved
>> bill."
>>
>> ***********
>>
>> You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's
>> California Rare Bird Alert
>>
>> Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts
>>
>
>
>
> 
>
Subject: Re: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows
From: "Adam Winer awiner AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:42:54 -0800
I am rather skeptical.  2 "Singing adults on a perch" for Rufous-crowned
Sparrow in the lowlands of Redwood City?

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:17 PM, Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net
[peninsula-birding]  wrote:

>
>
> Report shows Vesper and Rufous-crowned sparrows . Map coordinates given
> for both are a neighborhood near Edgewood Park. Any further info?
>
> Dave Weber,
> Milpitas
> by phone
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert 
> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> To:
> CC:
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black Vulture (1 Marin)
> Golden Eagle (3 San Diego)
> Common Black Hawk (1 Sonoma)
> Vaux's Swift (1 Marin)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Inyo)
> Barn Swallow (1 Napa)
> Crissal Thrasher (3 San Diego)
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
> Rustic Bunting (1 San Francisco)
> Orchard Oriole (1 San Francisco)
> Hooded Oriole (1 Riverside)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  California Rare Bird Alert. The
> report below shows observations of rare birds in California. View this
> alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:15 by Mindy Woodruff
> - Olema-Bolinas Rd., Marin, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.91631,-122.69209&ll=37.91631,-122.69209 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190989
> - Comments: "Could not find it at first but then clouds mostly cleared and
> more vultures went airborne. We spotted it from the high ground on Mesa Rd,
> scanning from the fire station area; it was circling far to the NW.
> Returning to the area of the deer carcass just east of the nursery, we saw
> it circling with a couple of Turkey Vultures before it went out of sight
> behind the trees.
>  alt="Black Vulture" />"
>
> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Nathan Chang
> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190979
> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
> trip)"
>
> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Robert Ruvolo
> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190968
> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
> trip)"
>
> Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Stephen Chang
> - Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190845
> - Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF
> trip)"
>
> Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:48 by Mindy Woodruff
> - Lynmar Winery, Sonoma, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.440468,-122.8410101&ll=38.440468,-122.8410101 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190977
> - Comments: "Five minutes after arriving, the hawk appeared flying out of
> the trees to the NE of the parking area, coasting out and disappearing in
> the direction of the lagoon. It gave a loud repeated whistle and gave
> fantastic looks for those few brief moments before it disappeared. Barely
> grabbed my camera from the car in time go grab a couple quick photos.
>  title="Common Black Hawk by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr"> alt="Common Black Hawk" />"
>
> Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:21 by Mindy Woodruff
> - Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District, Marin, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0274109,-122.515583&ll=38.0274109,-122.515583 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190930
>
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 07:00 by Peter Van Acker
> - Death Valley NP--Furnace Creek Inn, Inyo, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.4500966,-116.8520282&ll=36.4500966,-116.8520282 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22185391
> - Comments: "Salt Creek Boardwalk"
>
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 15:45 by Jason Celaya
> - Napa-Sonoma Marshes WA--Huichica Creek Unit, Napa, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2076388,-122.3329353&ll=38.2076388,-122.3329353 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191022
> - Comments: "Flyover calling, long forked tail. Early FOS for me"
>
> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Stephen Chang
> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190883
> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>
> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Robert Ruvolo
> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190971
> - Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"
>
> Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 12:19 by Michael Martin
> - Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191080
> - Comments: "Lightish thrasher with uniform tan color, dark malar stripe
> and rufous patch under the tail. Song matches up well with iBird. Up and
> singing."
>
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) (2)
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
> - Comments: "Singing adults on a perch."
>
> Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
> - Personal location, San Mateo, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
> - Comments: "Unique body pattern."
>
> Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 07:37 by Mindy Woodruff
> - Golden Gate Park--Big Rec Ball Fields, San Francisco, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.768145,-122.4655652&ll=37.768145,-122.4655652 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190993
> - Comments: "Continuing by the brush piles. It dropped out of the trees
> and joined the juncos and other birds around 7:45, giving great looks in
> the sun and the shade as it hopped around foraging. Glad it stuck around
> two and a half months for us to finally make the drive up to see it.
>  title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr"> alt="Rustic Bunting" />
>  title="Rustic Bunting by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr"> alt="Rustic Bunting" />"
>
> Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 08:34 by Mindy Woodruff
> - Fort Mason--Community Garden, San Francisco, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8060557,-122.4286215&ll=37.8060557,-122.4286215 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190991
> - Comments: "Continuing, photos
>  title="Orchard Oriole by Michael Woodruff, on Flickr"> alt="Orchard Oriole" />"
>
> Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
> - Reported Mar 05, 2015 17:20 by brian sandstrom
> - Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk Golf Course, Riverside, California
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.7395437,-115.3928375&ll=33.7395437,-115.3928375 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190866
> - Comments: "Striking male at my hummingbird feeder. Orange with black
> throat patch. Black tail and wings black with white. Slightly down-curved
> bill."
>
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Subject: Fw:[eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert for For Vesper and RC Sparrows
From: "Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:17:59 -0800
Report shows Vesper and Rufous-crowned sparrows . Map coordinates given for 
both are a neighborhood near Edgewood Park. Any further info? 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert 
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
To: 
CC: 

*** Species Summary:

Black Vulture (1 Marin)
Golden Eagle (3 San Diego)
Common Black Hawk (1 Sonoma)
Vaux's Swift (1 Marin)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Inyo)
Barn Swallow (1 Napa)
Crissal Thrasher (3 San Diego)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
Vesper Sparrow (1 San Mateo)
Rustic Bunting (1 San Francisco)
Orchard Oriole (1 San Francisco)
Hooded Oriole (1 Riverside)

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Thank you for subscribing to the  California Rare Bird Alert. The 
report below shows observations of rare birds in California. View this alert on 
the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:15 by Mindy Woodruff
- Olema-Bolinas Rd., Marin, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.91631,-122.69209&ll=37.91631,-122.69209 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190989
- Comments: "Could not find it at first but then clouds mostly cleared and more 
vultures went airborne. We spotted it from the high ground on Mesa Rd, scanning 
from the fire station area; it was circling far to the NW. Returning to the 
area of the deer carcass just east of the nursery, we saw it circling with a 
couple of Turkey Vultures before it went out of sight behind the trees. 

Black 
Vulture" 


Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Nathan Chang
- Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190979
- Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF 
trip)" 


Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Robert Ruvolo
- Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190968
- Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF 
trip)" 


Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 10:15 by Stephen Chang
- Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2695152,-116.409502&ll=33.2695152,-116.409502 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190845
- Comments: "immature, harassed by ravens, well seen by whole group (SDBF 
trip)" 


Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:48 by Mindy Woodruff
- Lynmar Winery, Sonoma, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.440468,-122.8410101&ll=38.440468,-122.8410101 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190977
- Comments: "Five minutes after arriving, the hawk appeared flying out of the 
trees to the NE of the parking area, coasting out and disappearing in the 
direction of the lagoon. It gave a loud repeated whistle and gave fantastic 
looks for those few brief moments before it disappeared. Barely grabbed my 
camera from the car in time go grab a couple quick photos. 

Common Black Hawk" 


Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:21 by Mindy Woodruff
- Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District, Marin, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0274109,-122.515583&ll=38.0274109,-122.515583 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190930

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 07:00 by Peter Van Acker
- Death Valley NP--Furnace Creek Inn, Inyo, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.4500966,-116.8520282&ll=36.4500966,-116.8520282 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22185391
- Comments: "Salt Creek Boardwalk"

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 15:45 by Jason Celaya
- Napa-Sonoma Marshes WA--Huichica Creek Unit, Napa, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2076388,-122.3329353&ll=38.2076388,-122.3329353 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191022
- Comments: "Flyover calling, long forked tail.  Early FOS for me"

Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Stephen Chang
- Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190883
- Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"

Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 13:10 by Robert Ruvolo
- Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190971
- Comments: "heard only, responded to tape played by Bob Miller"

Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 12:19 by Michael Martin
- Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds, San Diego, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2089621,-116.314702&ll=33.2089621,-116.314702 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22191080
- Comments: "Lightish thrasher with uniform tan color, dark malar stripe and 
rufous patch under the tail. Song matches up well with iBird. Up and singing." 


Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) (2)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
- Personal location, San Mateo, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
- Comments: "Singing adults on a perch."

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 by Bird Sonic
- Personal location, San Mateo, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4752498,-122.2595501&ll=37.4752498,-122.2595501 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190943
- Comments: "Unique body pattern."

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 07:37 by Mindy Woodruff
- Golden Gate Park--Big Rec Ball Fields, San Francisco, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.768145,-122.4655652&ll=37.768145,-122.4655652 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190993
- Comments: "Continuing by the brush piles. It dropped out of the trees and 
joined the juncos and other birds around 7:45, giving great looks in the sun 
and the shade as it hopped around foraging. Glad it stuck around two and a half 
months for us to finally make the drive up to see it. 

Rustic Bunting 

Rustic Bunting" 


Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 08:34 by Mindy Woodruff
- Fort Mason--Community Garden, San Francisco, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8060557,-122.4286215&ll=37.8060557,-122.4286215 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190991
- Comments: "Continuing, photos
Orchard Oriole" 


Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 17:20 by brian sandstrom
- Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk Golf Course, Riverside, California
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.7395437,-115.3928375&ll=33.7395437,-115.3928375 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22190866
- Comments: "Striking male at my hummingbird feeder. Orange with black throat 
patch. Black tail and wings black with white. Slightly down-curved bill." 


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Subject: Update on Radio Road
From: "lflint AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 09:00:36 -0800
Silicon Valley Clean Water has issued some news about Radio Road.  Here it is:
 

 
 With this year's rainfall SVCW has experienced standing water in its Landscape 
Impoundment areas in front of the facility on Radio Road in Redwood City. 

 
 SVCW staff is monitoring the well-being of water fowl that have found the 
water - mostly ducks, but several other species - and to date there has been no 
indication of ill health in any of the birds. 

  
 Over the past year, we have discussed the future need for the majority of this 
area to be used for wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities and 
alternative areas for the Landscape Impoundment feature and related water fowl 
habitat will be developed. The future facility requirements continue to be 
evaluated and appropriate plans and permits will be acquired to do the work 
that is ultimately needed. At this time, we can legally place water back in the 
Landscape Impoundment on an interim basis. We are not allowed to move any soil 
or perform any other work in the area, but returning water there is within our 
permissible actions. 

 

 With this information, SVCW has begun introducing water back into the 
Landscape Impoundment. Please understand this is an interim action and the area 
will be drained again in the future to facilitate necessary treatment 
facilities. We anticipate that there are many months and possibly years of work 
to be performed, related to planning and permitting, prior to the need to drain 
the area again. 

   
 In the meantime, we will continue to work with public and regulatory agencies 
to receive their input on what will be designed for a future long-term 
Landscape Impoundment and water fowl habitat area at the SVCW site. 



 Stay posted.
 

 Leslie Flint
 San Mateo
Subject: Pescadero YB Sapsucker and E. Phoebe
From: "chrisoco AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Mar 2015 19:01:32 -0800
Today was a perfect day for a bike ride to the coast and, while I was at it, a 
check on some rarities for my "green birding" list. (Some might say that I was 
killing two birds with one stone but can we all agree that this saying must 
enter the dustbin of history?) I stopped at the small Eucalyptus grove north of 
1655 Stage Rd. to look for the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker first reported by Dave 
Weber. I immediately noticed the Eastern Phoebe on a fence at the top of the 
hill. But I did not locate a sapsucker over the next 30 minutes. (I also spent 
2 hours in the morning and 1 in the afternoon last Sunday and did not see the 
bird although others saw it that day.) 


After checking for but not seeing the White-Winged Dove and visiting Pescadero 
SB, I went back for the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker at about 2:30. After a few 
minutes, I got a brief glimpse of what I am pretty sure was the bird jumping a 
warbler. A few minutes later I saw it fly higher up in the tree. This was all 
in and around the 1st big Euc on the west side of the road, right at the fence 
that runs perpendicular to the road and up the hill (I've seen the Eastern 
Phoebe on this fence several times including this afternoon.). There are many 
fresh sapsucker holes in it but it is difficult to get good looks into the 
tree. There is a steep bank at its base and lots of leaves blocking views. And 
the bird is very quiet and, for me, elusive. Plus, blackbirds are squawking and 
flying all about. Over the next 40 minutes, I got 3 very good but brief looks 
at the sapsucker before it disappeared around the back or hopped to an adjacent 
limb. I was so happy to see it, it made the very tough ride up Tunitas Creek Rd 
a lot easier. 


Chris O'Connell
Redwood City, CA
 

Subject: Moss Beach seawatch and other recent sightings
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:05:49 -0500

Yesterday ( Mar. 4 ) I did a seawatch from Moss Beach

Time 06:45-09:15 Sky clear Visibility clear to near the horizon Wind north 2-4 
MPH Sea calm 


White-winged Scoter ( 1 north )
Surf Scoter ( 1,056 north, numbers picking up )
Red-throated Loon ( 66 basic plumage north, 2 in alternate plumage are the 
first northbound 

migrants )
SOOTY SHEARWATER ( 1 coming into a feeding frenzy, could be a first arrival, as 
arrival 

date can be as early as Feb. 28 ) 
Brown Pelican ( 607 north, high number for this time of the year )
Brandt's Cormorant ( 16 north )
Double-crested Cormorant ( 1 north )
Pelagic Cormorant ( 3 north )
Heerman's Gull ( 13, includes 1 late adult, coming into feeding frenzies )
Mew Gull ( 1 north )
California Gull ( 41 north )
Herring Gull ( 24 north )
Glaucous-winged Gull ( 112 north, most were first cycles )
Western Gull ( 270 north )
Glaucous-winged x Western Gull ( 3 north )
Common Murre ( 3,000, most in flight )
ANCIENT MURRELET ( 1 north, although there were many last December and early 
January, 

the last Ancient Murrelets I noted on seawatches were on Jan. 15 )
Rhinoceros Auklet ( 13 north )

Today I headed up to Skyline Memorial Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is 
still on the 

early side for migrants. A few passerines were flying north. A migrant Osprey 
is the first I have 

noted to pass the Skyline Memorial Park this season.

On February 28, the first Barn Swallow returned to the wastewater treatment 
plant at the 

end of Radio Road. Today, an adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was with a few American 

Wigeon on the inlet at Steinberger Slough near the dog park along Radio Road. 
There 

have been ( 2 ) Lesser Yellowlegs wintering at Radio Road. Today, there were ( 
3 ) 

LESSER YELLOWLEGS on the small ponds at the fence-in area near the plant.

Ron Thorn 
Subject: Redwood Shores, 3/2/15, and Skylawn Cemetery, 3/4/15
From: "Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:50:10 -0800
On Monday I made my first birding exploration of Redwood Shores (I'm a
fairly recent transplant to San Mateo).  The pond behind Nob Hill Foods had
a nice assortment of ducks, although I didn't find anything rare.  My
highlight was a very sharp SWAMP SPARROW foraging in the pile of dredge and
decaying vegetation by the pump house.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22143056

I didn't turn up any Blue-winged Teal or Eurasian Wigeon along Radio Road,
but the LESSER YELLOWLEGS continues in the eastern dry pond.  There were
plenty of Mew Gulls around, and there were 5 Cinnamon Teal roosting in the
marsh south of the dog park.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22144262

Today I used a free morning to bird Skylawn Memorial Park for a few hours.
No sign of any Chipping Sparrows, but I did encounter a few flyover singles
or pairs of RED CROSSBILL.  Other than that, pretty quiet but with some
nice hole excavating activity by Pygmy Nuthatches and a small foraging
group of Varied Thrush.  A PEREGRINE FALCON powered over the cemetery but
appeared to continue southward.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22171778

At home near downtown San Mateo I continue to have singing Pine Siskins
outside the window, hanging out in Bay Tree Park.


Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

-- 
Robert Furrow
San Mateo, CA 94402
robertfurrow AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: San Mateo rarities still around?
From: "Malia DeFelice maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:32:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Jim,
The Townsend's Solitaire and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were both seen on 
3/2/15 

As best I can tell, the Crested Caracara has not been reported since 2/26/15
Malia DeFelice

 From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" 
 

 To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:53 PM
 Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo rarities still around?
   
  Is it safe to assume that the San Mateo Crested Caracara, Townsend's 
Solitaire, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker are no longer being seen?   

Jim RowothStockton #yiv4884603087 #yiv4884603087 -- #yiv4884603087ygrp-mkp 
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Subject: San Mateo rarities still around?
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:53:30 -0800
Is it safe to assume that the San Mateo Crested Caracara, Townsend's Solitaire, 
and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker are no longer being seen? 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton
Subject: Pescadero and Atherton Mar 2
From: "Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:23:23 -0800
Back to Pescadero yesterday morning to miss the WW dove for the third time, 
though it seems to have been seen later in the day. The Harlequin Duck was on 
the ocean beyond the semi-island off the end of Pescadero rd. Later, on Hwy 
101, I recalled Troy Pittock's Western screech owl report from Holbrook Park in 
Atherton and got off at Marsh Rd. I had never been there before and had no 
directions to the owl but I found it within minutes of getting out of the car 
(hint) and is was very easy to find (hint). Both the dove and owl would be 
county birds. It was a fair trade. 





Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

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Subject: Pigeon Point 2/28 and new yard birds (sort of)
From: "mkudrav AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 17:41:55 -0800
All,
 I did a seawatch on 2/28 (745-11). Winds were from the NW but fairly gentle 
most of the time. Nearly all birds were northbound. Highlights were: 

 SOOTY/SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (1)
 BLACK VENTED SHEARWAER (3)
 BRANT (22)
 BLACK SCOTER (2)
 COMMON MURRE (30,000-though this is probably an underestimate)
 The Common Murre numbers were impressive once again. When I arrived they were 
passing at 1000/min and that rate lasted at least 20 minutes. Many landed on 
the water directly in front of the point for a feeding frenzy with plunge 
diving pelicans and an assortment of gulls. 

 Birding the yard this afternoon 3/2 I found two striking WHITE-THROATED 
SPARROWS, two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and a SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWK. 

 I had two new yard birds (sort of) this weekend (4290 Pescadero Rd). On Sunday 
I found a dead DOUBLE-CREASTED CORMORANT in one of the horse pastures adjacent 
to the creek. I could only hypothisize as to how it got there, but two Turkey 
Vultures were sure glad it was. On Saturday I was tracking a mountain lion 
along the creek and happened upon WILD TURKEY tracks. Other interesting tracks 
included grey fox, coyote, bobcat, grey squirrel, raccoon, great blue heron, 
and common merganser. 

 I haven't seen or heard turkeys here yet but the local flocks are expanding. 
Sightings along Water Lane and North Street in Pescadero are frequent now. YMCA 
camp Loma Mar continues to have a flock of 18+ and this morning I heard turkeys 
at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. 

   Best,
 Mark Kudrav
  
Subject: San Mateo County Bay and Coastal sightings
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:50:53 +0000
Yesterday, March 1st, we visited Foster City and Leonie spotted the continuing 
Townsend's Solitaire. It flew into the pyracantha shrub on Vintage Park across 
from the pond at about 3:50pm. 


Today, March 2nd, we went to the town of Pescadero and located the 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in a eucalyptus tree on the west side of Stage Road, 
the first tree closest to the property where the Eastern Phoebe is usually 
spotted. It was very quietly working the tree and required some patience for it 
to come into view. The Eastern Phoebe was present today chasing bugs stirred up 
by a grazing cow and sheep. Near the end of Water Lane he White-winged Dove was 
perched in a tree above the pen that now holds a lot of sheep in addition to 
pigs. 


We stopped along Higgins Canyon Road but did not locate the Crested Caracara. 
The last record we can locate is in eBirds for last Thursday, February 26th. If 
anyone has a later record please let us know. 


Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker @ Pescadero 3/1/15
From: "Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:03:13 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
Myself and several other birders who arrived around the same time today at 1655 
Stage Road near Pescadero soon found the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the same 
place as has been reported previously.  Today it was found only slightly 
farther south (several eucalyptus down from its clear favorite - the eucalyptus 
near fallen log across the creek covered with sap holes and appears quite dark 
along its entire length due to sap drainage compared to its neighbors).  It 
flew back and forth from good view to deep in a eucalyptus on the north side of 
the road.   It was always high up in the trees. 

Thanks to everyone for the great detailed reporting, it was a life-lister for 
me! 

Bountiful Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada
Subject: Chipping Sparrow- Skylawn Cemetery 2/28/15
From: "geodani55 AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 18:17:36 -0800
This morning I stopped at Skylawn Cemetery on my way over the hill to the 
coast. The best bird of the day for me was a CHIPPING SPARROW mixed in with the 
crowned sparrows feeding in the grass on the eastern edge of the cemetery. It 
was just past the main office and chapel along the first road to the right as 
you enter the property. Other than that it was relatively quiet with nothing 
else unexpected. 

 The NASHVILLE WARBLER in my backyard is still present and must have been 
overwintering. I did not discover it until two weeks ago, on 2/14/15. He is 
very shy. I waited almost 90 minutes this morning to see if it would appear, 
and then finally after I left the bottlebrush and went into my house, I saw it 
fly into the bottlebrush, pose for 5 seconds, and then disappear again. 

 

 Good Birding,
 

 George Chrisman
 Burlingame, CA
Subject: Pescadero Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "dpom AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:48:40 +0000 (UTC)
:The previously-reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along Stage Road in Pescadero 
was still present feeding high in the Eucalyptus trees this morning at 9:00 am. 
The location is the small grove of Eucalytus trees about 100 yards north of 
1655 Stage Road. There are trees on either side of the road showing rows of 
sapsucker holes. We initially saw the sapsucker feeding at the top of the tree 
near the fallen log that crosses the creek on the east side of the road, but 
then it flew to the west side and we lost sight of it. The sapsucker shows a 
complete black border around the red patch on the throat and extensive 
buffy-white barring on the back. 


Donna & Doug Pomeroy 
El Granada 
Subject: Holbrook Sapsucker
From: "Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:39:13 -0800
Thanks, everybody.  The consensus is definitely Red-breasted Sapsucker.
Happy birding.
Troy

Troy Pittock
San Carlos
Subject: sapsucker in Holbrook park
From: "Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:16:58 -0800
Here's pics of the Sapsucker.  The more I look at it, I think it's
a Red-Breasted Sapsucker - (not enough black and white on the head) - what
do you all think?  Is it a hybrid?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16460077877/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16045075644/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16045075734/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16666364672/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16479808748/in/photostream/
P1410337

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 P1410337

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And, here's a pic of the owl... P1410487

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 Happy birding.
Troy

Troy Pittock
San Carlos
Subject: Pigeon Pt. seawatch ( Feb. 27 )
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:31:58 -0500

 
I was out the door early this morning, as the forecast called for 20-25 mph 
northwest wind 

along the coast. It has been months since there has been a brisk northwest 
wind! 

 
Time 06:45-09:00 Sky part cloudy Visibility crystal clear to the horizon 
Northwest wind 

20-25 mph
 
With a change in the wind direction and clear visibility, I was able to note 
other tubenose 

species besides Black-vented Shearwater. Gulls were finally on the move, but 
not in the 

large numbers as noted in past years. The number of Heerman's Gulls still 
remain higher 

than what is expected at this time of the year.
 
Brant ( 22 north ) 
Greater Scaup ( 7 in with a Surf Scoter flock north )
Surf Scoter ( 465 north )
White-winged Scoter ( 3 north )
Red-throated Loon ( 20 basic plumage north )
Pacific Loon ( 30 basic plumage north ) 
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER ( 1 north )
Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater ( 2 at the horizon north )
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER ( 2 north )
Black-vented Shearwater ( 3 north )
Brandt's Cormorant ( 16 north )
Pelagic Cormorant ( 4 north )
Brown Pelican ( 150 coming into feeding frenzies )
Heerman's Gull ( 57 coming into feeding frenzies, includes 7 adults )
Mew Gull ( 14 north )
California Gull ( 350 north )
Herring Gull ( 400 north )
Thayer's Gull ( 7 north ) 
Glaucous-winged Gull ( 27 north )
Western Gull ( 190 north )
Glaucous-winged x Western Gull ( 3 north )
Common Murre ( 8,000, most in flight, others coming into feeding frenzies )
Marbled Murrelet ( 1 on the water )
Rhinoceros Auklet ( 2 on the water )

Headed back to the bayside, a Rough-winged Swallow flew over the Highway 92 
causeway 

at the Crystal Springs Reservoirs.

Ron Thorn

  
Subject: Merlin, Red-naped, West screech Holbrook park in Atherton
From: "Troy Pittock troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:44:26 -0800
First time birding here.  I'll upload pics when I get home. The Red-naped 
Sapsucker may be a bit hybridized. 

Other fun birds - cal thrashers, white-breasted nuthatches, western bluebirds, 
Hairy Woodpecker, varied thrush. The western screech-owl is a lifer for me!  

Happy birding! 
Troy
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

Please excuse typos and brevity - sent from my handheld device. 
Subject: New arrivals or passing through
From: "Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:45:52 +0000 (UTC)
San Bruno Mt. State & County Park 

This morning at sunrise I had a brief encounter with a Selasphorus hummingbird. 
Too brief; by the time I pulled my glass out of my hoodie it was gone, but it 
was not an Anna's. I bit later I heard my first Orange-crowned Warbler singing 
in the acacias along the Old Guadalupe Trail. The White-throated Sparrows are 
still part of a group of White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox and Song Sparrows, 
with Juncos and CA Towhees. 


Doug Allshouse 
Subject: Fwd: some additional coastal sightings for 2/25/15
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:44:50 -0500
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Verdi 
To: tronthorn 
Sent: Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:25 pm
Subject: some additional coastal sightings for 2/25/15


I'm not a member of peninsula-birding, but I do follow it on
sialia.com. I'm
not sure if you are the right person to send this to,
but since your
sea-watches are always interesting, I just wanted to
add a couple of coastal
sightings that I had today (2/25/15).

I counted 26 BRANT on the low-tide
ocean shoreline at Princeton. I
also saw the three at the mouth of Pescadero
Creek.

Near the rocks at Pescadero Beach I saw two adult male BLACK
SCOTERS
along with the male HARLEQUIN DUCK.

The times of these sightings
were mid to late morning approx. 10:00-11:00 am.

Please let me know if this
is of any interest and if so, should I
forward this elsewhere.

Thanks,
Ann
Verdi
San Jose

 
Subject: Persistent Solitaire, Persistent Birder
From: "ftoldi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 10:00:15 -0800
The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues in the hedge along Vintage Park and Lakeside 
Drives in Foster City, as of 8:15 a.m. today (Feb 26, 2014). This was my 6th 
try--if you haven't seen this bird yet don't give up. Just keep checking all 
the spots mentioned in prior reports (including eBird). This time it was in the 
thick hedge of trees about 50 feet farther along (i.e. towards the Bay, not 
towards Highway 92) from the Lakeside intersection. All reports in the last 3 
days have been from this spot. 

 

 While I was gazing at awesome views of this nice bird this morning, a tall, 
young, hard-hatted, safety gear-laden construction worker clumped by, en route 
from the noisy highrise construction project to the nearby noisy utility yard. 

 

 WORKER:  Got a rare bird there?
 ME:  Yes, that gray one right there is a Townsend's Solitaire.
 WORKER: Cool. [pause] Actually what I'm into is butterflies. I've got the big 
camera, go out all the time, always looking for new ones or a better picture. 

 ME:  [smiling]  It never ends, does it?
 WORKER:  [smiling]  Yeah, isn't that great!
 

 Francis Toldi
 San Mateo, CA
Subject: YB-Sapsucker, NRW-Swallow, Townsend's Solitaire 2/25
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 09:17:16 -0800
Yesterday, Bobbi Manian, who is visiting from New York, and I planned to spend 
the morning studying the gulls at Pilarcitos Creek mouth - alas there were zero 
gulls. So plan B was to go to Pillar Point Harbor. We found a lone NORTHERN 
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW flying over the pond by Maverick's parking lot. 

 

 Bobbi wanted me to report that she found the continuing TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE 
around 1:30pm 2/25 in a berry bush at the same location it has been seen 
recently. 

 

 I went to Pescadero following up on an eBird report from Nancy Overholz for 
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. The eucalyptus described in Dave Weber's excellent 
directions was easy to find and I waited 40 minutes before the YELLOW-BELLIED 
SAPSUCKER flew into the euc. I got these photos: 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16647725572/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16647725572/in/photostream/ 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16027256614/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16027256614/in/photostream/ 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16026432094/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49404229 AT N07/16026432094/in/photostream/ 


 

 A few notes from our yard. We had our third Varied Thrush in our yard 
yesterday 2//25. Over-wintering birds: Our tan striped White-throated Sparrow 
continues as does 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, an Orange-crowned Warbler and a very 
"red" Song Sparrow. 

 

 Malia DeFelice
Subject: Pigeon Pt. seawatch and other notes
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:39:14 -0500


 
As I was headed south to Pigeon Point along Highway 1 about one-half mile south 
of 

the Half Moon Bay city limits, there was a SHORT-EARED OWL seen at first light 
this 

morning on the east side of the highway.
 
I did a seawatch from ( 06:30-09:00 ) at Pigeon Point. The sky was clear, haze 
at the 

horizon and a north-northwest wind at 5-7 mph.
 
North bound migrants were ( 6 ) Brant, ( 154 ) Surf Scoters, ( 3 ) White-winged 
Scoters, 

( 1 ) Black Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser. Also a lone LONG-TAILED DUCK 
was flying north.
 
At this time of the year there are basic plumaged Red-throated Loons that are 
noted 

flying north. There can be a return flight from a foraging area. There were no 
alternate 

plumaged Red-throated Loons, but I have noted in the pass the first north bound 
migrants 

at the end of February. There were today ( 70 ) basic plumaged Red-throated 
Loons. 

What I was surprise about were the numbers of basic plumaged Pacific Loons 
flying north. 

Seawatches at this time of the year I might get one or two. Basic plumaged 
Pacific Loons 

do not increase in numbers until the later part of March when many alternate 
plumaged 

birds are moving north. So unexpected today were ( 152 ) basic plumaged Pacific 
Loons 

flying north.  

There were ( 7 ) Black-vented Shearwaters cruising back and forth.
 
North bound shorebirds were ( 5 ) Surfbirds and a Black Turnstone
 
This has become the third year in a row, where there are not the hundreds of 
gulls 

that would be streaming by headed north. Very low numbers for this time of the 
year! 

There are still lingering Heerman's Gulls. ( 23 ) Were coming into a feeding 
frenzy. 

( 1 ) Adult was in the group. 

Hundreds of Common Murres on the move. Other alcids were ( 2 ) Marbled 
Murrelets 

and ( 4 ) Rhinoceros Auklets.

I can only recall one time I have seen Pacific White-sided Dolphins at Pigeon 
Point, 

and that was last fall where I had several. Today the water was boiling with at 
least 

( 140 ) Pacific White-sided Dolphins! There were also ( 6 ) Gray Whales.

Stayed tune to more seawatches coming up this spring!

I did have one passerine of note. A wintering House Wren was along the Lobitos
Creek Cut-off Road.

Ron Thorn
 

Subject: Coastal Birds
From: "Bill Bousman barlowi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:31:21 -0800
Folks:

This morning, 2/25/15, I tried for various coastal stakeouts.  About 
0930 hr, I pulled beside Higgins Canyon Road and saw the CRESTED 
CARACARA on a post on the opposite side of the field.  Gena Zolotar 
and David Nickerson had pulled off as well and also saw the 
bird.  Later, I ran into Dave Weber, and he told me where to find the 
EASTERN PHOEBE on Stage Road and I saw it there on the hilltop about 
1125 hr.  In between, I visited the Pescadero Creek mouth.  Gena and 
David were there and pointed out three BRANT.  The male HARLEQUIN 
DUCK was foraging in rough water between some of the rocks.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park



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Subject: Eastern Phoebe, YB sapsucker, Caracara feb 25
From: "Dave Weber dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:05:47 -0800
Eastern phoebe on hillside north of 1655 Stage rd in Pescadero. Yellow bellied 
sapsucker about 100 yds north in eucs late morning. Last seen high in euc next 
to log over creek on east side of road. Tree has lots of sapsucker holes. 
Caracara still along Higgins canyon rd 1pm. 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Subject: Re: March 1 Birding by Kayak Pillar Pt.
From: "Barbara Kossy bkossy AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:37:50 -0800
http://www.calkayak.com/infopop.cfm?classID=500 
 


Here’s the link to the outing.


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> On Feb 24, 2015, at 12:32 PM, Barbara Kossy bkossy AT coastside.net 
[peninsula-birding]  wrote: 

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> My friend Gregg Berman is leading a 
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> Birding by Kayak trip at Pillar Point
> Sunday March 1 (start 10 am.)
> 
> It’s a great opportunity to get a unique perspective.
> Barbara
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Subject: March 1 Birding by Kayak Pillar Pt.
From: "Barbara Kossy bkossy AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:32:47 -0800
My friend Gregg Berman is leading a 
Birding by Kayak trip at Pillar Point
Sunday March 1 (start 10 am.)

It’s a great opportunity to get a unique perspective.
Barbara


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Subject: Tropical Kingbird - finally
From: "Leslie Flint lflint AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:31:55 -0800
This morning I made a quick stop at Mariners Island Park - my 7th visit! 
Finally there was the Tropical Kingbird sitting in the sun at the top of the 
bare tree near the corner of Neptune and Shoal. It's been frustrating because 
this bird is walking distance from my house!! 


Leslie Flint
San Mateo
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Subject: Half Moon Bay, Caracara continues
From: "tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 15:47:09 -0800
 Thanks to the fine directions provided me by Chris MacIntosh, I was able to 
locate the CRESTED CARACARA on the far side of the large field along Higgins 
Road. I arrived at about 11am and after carefully surveying with binoculars, 
located a raptor on a fence post at considerable distance. The scope was 
necessary to achieve a positive ID. It then proceeded to the reported carcass 
and fed, quite by itself. As before, the field is on the left as you head east 
on Higgins Road about 1/2 mile beyond Hwy.1. This is the first large field past 
the large, white Johnson house on the right. The carcass that has attracted the 
bird is beyond the distant fence and can be located by scanning with a scope. 

 

 Good birding, all.
 Tracy Farrington
 Walnut Creek
Subject: Re: Crested caracara/W-w Dove (no)/Brant
From: "Joseph Morlan jmorlan AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:17:13 -0800
On Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:16:14 -0800, "'Chris MacIntosh' cmaci AT sbcglobal.net
[peninsula-birding]"  wrote:

>Around noon today I saw the Crested Caracara along Higgins- Purisima Rd. 
Unfortunately it became visible about 5 minutes after Joe Morlan left 


Distant photos from this morning at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/CrestedCaracaraP1220473.htm
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"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


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Subject: Crested caracara/W-w Dove (no)/Brant
From: "'Chris MacIntosh' cmaci AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:16:14 -0800
Around noon today I saw the Crested Caracara along Higgins- Purisima Rd.
Unfortunately it became visible about 5 minutes after Joe Morlan left. It
was just inside the second, wire fence on the far side of the large plowed
field.  Several people (Ken M from SF, Sally from HMB, Kathryn from bay
side, and some others) enjoyed watching it walk about and preen, showing off
its tail band.  Eventually it flew across the field to the carcass mentioned
by many on this list (which looked to me more like a decayed log than an
ex-cow).  Its coloration blends in beautifully with the carcass. It also
seemed to be "digging" pretty hard to get at something in the ground, using
feet and beak. 

If it helps anyone to find the spot, we were parked at the end of the field
nearest Pescadero and the coast.

 

At Water Lane the doves, all Eurasian Collared, were snoozing. But, as
Francis notes, the pigs were cute.

 

A final stop at the bluff-top parking lot above Pescadero Creek mouth seemed
fairly useless on a busy Sunday, until a guy flew his kite from the point
and scared 3 Brant into flight, which had been sheltering under the cliff.
They flew around the point and landed just past the surf.

 

It was a truly beautiful day at the coast, and it seemed every raptor and
vulture in the neighborhood was up in the air enjoying it. 

 

Thank you to all for posting good info and directions on this list.

Chris MacIntosh

 
Subject: Re: OCWA
From: "Bob Power rcpower AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:30:04 -0800
Sue, whenever I see "early" or "late" in a post I like to pop open the Santa 
Clara County Breeding Bird Atlas and see what Bill Bousman has to say.... I 
know I know.... San Mateo Co., but close enough. 


"The Orange-crowned Warbler is one of the earliest arriving breeders in Santa 
Clara County, the first males arriving on breeding territories between 22 Feb 
and 16 Mar (median 2 Mar, county notebooks)." 

Amazingly on-time.  


Thanks for the report. I know what I'll be listening for tomorrow.

Bob Power
Oakland, CA




On Sunday, February 22, 2015 11:02 AM, "'Susan Cossins' birdersue AT earthlink.net 
[peninsula-birding]"  wrote: 

 


  


Seems early to be hearing Orange-crowned Warblers singing at Filoli
yesterday.

Sue Cossins, Burlingame

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Subject: bayside birding, 2/22/15, kingbird yes, solitaire no
From: "Robert Furrow robertfurrow AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:29:31 -0800
I used the late morning and early afternoon today to ride my bike from San
Mateo out to the bay, and to search for some of the recent rarities.

An hour of searching around midday did NOT yield any solitaire at Vintage
Park or near the intersection of Vintage Park and Lakeside.  There were 5
HOODED MERGANSERS on the lake, and there were plenty of other passerines to
keep me busy.

Heading over to Mariners Island Park, I and another birder located the
TROPICAL KINGBIRD pretty quickly.  The bird was working the far western
edge of the park, at the intersection of Shoal Drive and Neptune Court.  It
seemed to be doing well for itself, making frequent successful sallies for
bees and other large insects.  A lutescens ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also
singing from nearby.  My understanding is that this is probably a local
winterer, since most of the newly arrived birds this early in the season
are found in more appropriate breeding habitat.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

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Subject: winter pelagic report
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:20:22 -0800
Hi folks, 

 

   A quick report on yesterday's pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay, which
was mostly in San Mateo Waters with a bit at of San Francisco at the edge of
the Pioneer Canyon. The day started off with dense fog, so we were not
seeing very much for the first few hours of the trip unfortunately.
Nevertheless we were able to find a superb diversity of alcids, 8 species in
total for the group! The best of which were four Scripp's Murrelets, perhaps
only the second winter record in the county of San Mateo? Tufted Puffin was
in San Mateo as well, a great view of Marbled Murrelets on the way in and
lots and lots of great views of Rhinoceros Auklets in superb breeding
plumage. The arrival Pigeon Guillemot, in breeding plumage, was closer to
shore as we headed north to the harbor. Some folks in the front of the boat
were able to see an Ancient Murrelet, and throughout the day we had a nice
assortment of Cassin's Auklets, and many breeding plumaged Common Murres. 

    Tubenoses were few and far between, other than a nice assortment of
Northern Fulmars, a distant and unidentified albatross, and great views of
close Black-vented Shearwaters. A surprise for me was seeing a few Red
Phalaropes out there, neat to know they are there mid-winter. Most
frustrating for me was seeing a Black-legged Kittiwake through the fog that
disappeared as soon as we stopped the boat, not to be seen again. Grey
Whales, Harbor Porpoise and California Sea Lions added some mammalian
interest to the trip. It was a nice day to be out, we would have preferred
no fog, but weather you can't control. 

 

Good birding, 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

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Subject: winter pelagic report
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:20:22 -0800
Hi folks, 

 

   A quick report on yesterday's pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay, which
was mostly in San Mateo Waters with a bit at of San Francisco at the edge of
the Pioneer Canyon. The day started off with dense fog, so we were not
seeing very much for the first few hours of the trip unfortunately.
Nevertheless we were able to find a superb diversity of alcids, 8 species in
total for the group! The best of which were four Scripp's Murrelets, perhaps
only the second winter record in the county of San Mateo? Tufted Puffin was
in San Mateo as well, a great view of Marbled Murrelets on the way in and
lots and lots of great views of Rhinoceros Auklets in superb breeding
plumage. The arrival Pigeon Guillemot, in breeding plumage, was closer to
shore as we headed north to the harbor. Some folks in the front of the boat
were able to see an Ancient Murrelet, and throughout the day we had a nice
assortment of Cassin's Auklets, and many breeding plumaged Common Murres. 

    Tubenoses were few and far between, other than a nice assortment of
Northern Fulmars, a distant and unidentified albatross, and great views of
close Black-vented Shearwaters. A surprise for me was seeing a few Red
Phalaropes out there, neat to know they are there mid-winter. Most
frustrating for me was seeing a Black-legged Kittiwake through the fog that
disappeared as soon as we stopped the boat, not to be seen again. Grey
Whales, Harbor Porpoise and California Sea Lions added some mammalian
interest to the trip. It was a nice day to be out, we would have preferred
no fog, but weather you can't control. 

 

Good birding, 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Continuing White-winged Dove
From: "'Francis Toldi' ftoldi AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:35:14 -0800
The WHITE-WINGED DOVE continues on Water Lane in Pescadero.  At around 9:00
a.m. this morning (Sunday Feb 22, 2014) it was feeding on the ground near
the fence line of the pig pasture in the company of Euro Doves.  If it
hasn't showed yet you can enjoy the antics of the adorable pigs while you
wait.

Francis Toldi
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: OCWA
From: "'Susan Cossins' birdersue AT earthlink.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:01:51 -0800

Seems early to be hearing Orange-crowned Warblers singing at Filoli
yesterday.

Sue Cossins, Burlingame

 



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Subject: male Townsend's Warbler, San Pedro Park Brooks Falls Trail - Pacifica
From: "'megascops.2014' megascops.2014 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:59:43 -0800
hi, all,

A male Townsend's Warbler was seen half up the hill on the Brooks Falls 
Trail in San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica  AT  1:30pm - actively foraging 
in flowering Manzanita.

It was relatively quiet middle of the day -- others seen include male 
Spotted Towhee, Bushtits, Turkey Vulture, Brown Towhee, several Juncos.  
Will be back to the creek in the morning to try to identify another 
warbler, which was heard singing a fairly long, somewhat detailed song.

Good birding!

Mary
Subject: From Caracara to Kingbird
From: "Al Eisner eisner AT SLAC.Stanford.EDU [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:47:10 -0800 (PST)
I got a late start along the coast today (Feb. 21).  I got to Higgins
Canyon Road a bit before 9:30, hoping for Wild Turkey, but all that 
was there was the CRESTED CARACARA.  Doug Brown, who arrived a minute
later, spotted a bird perched on a post near the far fence wekk west
of the carcass.  It proved to be the Caracara, providing nice scope
views.  (To reiterate past advice:  a scope is really needed here.)

I next stopped at the north pond of Pescadero Marsh, which had all
three Teal species, and then at Water Lane, where the WHITE-WINGED 
DOVE (already seen by other birders) was cooperative.

Then to the mouth of Pescadero Creek.  I only found a few Ducks
offshore here, among them 1 or 2 BLACK SCOTER.  I watched farther
out for only 10 or 15 minutes, seeing more than 50 COMMON MURREs
heading south, about 1/3 of the way to the horizon.  The creek
mouth had the continuing 4 BRANT.

After lunch, I visited Marriner's Island Park in San Mateo.  It
didn't take long to find the TROPICAL KINGBIRD.  At about 2:45
I saw it fly in to a bare roadside tree near the playground.
It proceeded to move south from bare tree to bare tree along
the road.

Al Eisner

[PS:  If "From Caracara to Kingbird" is treated in terms of taxonomic
order, the two species are rather close.  I only found one species in
between today, although  a few others might have been possible.]


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Subject: San Bruno Mt
From: "Doug Allshouse dougsr228 AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:46:54 +0000 (UTC)
This (Friday) morning there was a flock of Cedar Waxwings--with a few Robins on 
the periphery--flying overhead close to the Crocker gate. 


Doug Allshouse 
Subject: White-winged Dove
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:29:53 -0800
Showing nicely at the end of Water Lane near pigs in Pescadero.

Matthew Dodder

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Subject: Crested Caracara
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:50:23 -0800
On Higgins Canyon Road near carcass.

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Subject: Odds and ends
From: "Ronald- Thorn Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:12:35 -0500

Below are some recent sightings.

February 11, while scanning gulls on Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir, I was 
surprised 

to see a RED-NECKED GREBE flying by. An adult TUNDRA Peregrine Falcon flying
low over the water is a race of Peregrine Falcon I have only seen a few times 
in San 

Mateo County.

February 13, a seawatch from Moss Beach. Black-vented Shearwaters were still in
high numbers with ( 764 ) flying north. The first migrant groups of Surf 
Scoters were 

moving through.

February 18, an unexpected YARD BIRD in Redwood Shores was a Bald Eagle flying
towards Oracle. 

The first Orange-crowned Warblers I have noted arriving were at Tuntias Creek 
February 18 and today at Coyote Point.

The Scarper Peak pair of Golden Eagles were noted.

Ron Thorn 
Subject: 2/20 Pigeon Point and Pescadero Marsh
From: "mkudrav AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 18:19:21 -0800
All, 
 This morning I seawatched from Pigeon Point from 7:30-10. Wind was more or 
less calm. 

 COMMON MURRES streamed by in groups by the hundred. Maybe 8000 total? 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (40) also were southbound. One PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER 
passed by less than halfway to the horizon. I counted 12 RHINOCEROS AUKLET, 
most of which were in the first hour I was there. A BLACK SCOTER was floating 
just beyond the big rock. Mammals included one GRAY WAHLE, about 12 COMMON 
DOLPHIN, and 2 HARBOR PORPOISE. 

 I spent several hours this afternoon leading our naturalists from Outdoor 
Education on a bird walk in Pescadero Marsh. At 1pm, there were two SNOW GEESE 
that flew to the back of the marsh. I got distracted and lost them so I don't 
know if they ever landed. 8 TREE SWALLOWS gave us great looks. A pair of 
MARBLED MURRELETS were beyond the breaker. Four BRANT were at the creek mouth, 
two of which were banded. One with black 2Y- on a yellow band. The other had a 
black band with what looked like white symbols-something that looked vaguely 
like a triangle, 1, and a less than sign (>). Never seen that before. Kinda 
strange. I'll report them if I can figure out how to report symbols. 

   ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were singing all day at multiple locations. 
 Best, 
 Mark Kudrav
Subject: Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "Alice Miller e271828 AT PACBELL.NET [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:36:52 -0800
This is a tangent, but three weeks ago, early in the morning (around 7am), I 
saw a wild turkey on the Stanford campus--not on the open areas on the campus 
periphery, but on a patch of lawn by the business school, near the center of 
the campus. 


Alice Miller



>________________________________
> From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" 
 

>To: 'Malia DeFelice' ; 
peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 

>Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 9:54 AM
>Subject: RE: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
> 
>
>
>  
>Thanks everyone for the information. I guess I totally missed that there were 
observations last year. I guess it suddenly becomes a hoped for bird in my 
backyard J. 

> 
>Regards, 
>Alvaro 
> 
>Alvaro Jaramillo
>alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
>www.alvarosadventures.com
> 
>From:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Malia DeFelice 
maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding] 

>Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 9:39 AM
>To: Alvaro Jaramillo; peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Crested Car! acara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
> 
>  
>Hi Alvaro, 
>
>
> 
>The first time I've seen Turkeys in Half Moon Bay was on Mar 21, 2013 up 
Higgins Canyon Rd. right across from the fenced in Brussels Sprouts field when 
I saw 1 lone female. Then in May of the same year, we saw 2 females on Higgins 
Canyon Rd near the riparian area a bit further east up the road. Yesterdays 
count was (2) males (4) females. 

>
>
>
>Malia
> 
>
>________________________________
>
>From:Alvaro Jaramillo 
>To: maliadances AT yahoo.com; peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
>Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:23 AM
>Subject: RE: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
> 
>Malia et al. 
> 
> Have there been Wild Turkeys in Half Moon Bay before? Maybe I missed that, 
but seems like these could be new for the Half Moon Bay region? 

> 
>Alvaro 
> 
>Alvaro Jaramillo
>alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
>www.alvarosadventures.com
> 

>From:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] 
On Behalf Of maliadances AT yahoo.com[peninsula-birding] 

>Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:19 PM
>To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/1! 9
> 
>  
>Chris Hayward reports that he saw the continuing Crested Caracara this morning 
2/19 at 10:15am and 12:15pm at the same location it has been since it was first 
spotted. There were also (6) WIld Turkeys in the Brussels Sprouts field. 

>
>Malia DeFelice
> 
> 
>
>
>
Subject: Two last minute openings for tomorrows winter pelagic.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:50:28 -0800
Hi folks

 

   If anyone is interested, let me know. 

 

Regards, 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: RE: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:54:44 -0800
Thanks everyone for the information. I guess I totally missed that there were 
observations last year. I guess it suddenly becomes a hoped for bird in my 
backyard :). 


 

Regards, 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Malia DeFelice 
maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 9:39 AM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo; peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19

 

  

Hi Alvaro, 



 

The first time I've seen Turkeys in Half Moon Bay was on Mar 21, 2013 up 
Higgins Canyon Rd. right across from the fenced in Brussels Sprouts field when 
I saw 1 lone female. Then in May of the same year, we saw 2 females on Higgins 
Canyon Rd near the riparian area a bit further east up the road. Yesterdays 
count was (2) males (4) females. 






Malia

 

  _____  

From: Alvaro Jaramillo <  chucao AT coastside.net>
To:  maliadances AT yahoo.com; 
 peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 

Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:23 AM
Subject: RE: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19

 

Malia et al. 

 

 Have there been Wild Turkeys in Half Moon Bay before? Maybe I missed that, but 
seems like these could be new for the Half Moon Bay region? 


 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

  alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

  www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From:  
peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com [  
mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
 maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:19 PM
To:  
peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 

Subject: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19

 

  

Chris Hayward reports that he saw the continuing Crested Caracara this morning 
2/19 at 10:15am and 12:15pm at the same location it has been since it was first 
spotted. There were also (6) WIld Turkeys in the Brussels Sprouts field. 


Malia DeFelice

 

 


Subject: Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "jen k creeturefeeture AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:38:24 +0000 (UTC)
There have from time to time..I live on Higgins Canyon (and saw them yesterday 
as well), and they appear from time to time scurrying across the road..as 
recent as last year. Jen Kotkin 





 


 On Friday, February 20, 2015 8:24 AM, "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net 
[peninsula-birding]"  wrote: 




   Malia et al.     Have there been Wild Turkeys in Half Moon Bay before? 
Maybe I missed that, but seems like these could be new for the Half Moon Bay 
region?  Alvaro  Alvaro 
Jaramilloalvaro AT alvarosadventures.comwww.alvarosadventures.com  From: 
peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:19 PM
To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19    Chris Hayward 
reports that he  saw the continuing Crested Caracara this morning 2/19  at 
10:15am and 12:15pm at the same location it has been since it was first 
spotted.   There were also (6) WIld Turkeys in the Brussels Sprouts field. 



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Subject: Re: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "Malia DeFelice maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:39:05 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Alvaro, 

The first time I've seen Turkeys in Half Moon Bay was on Mar 21, 2013 up 
Higgins Canyon Rd. right across from the fenced in Brussels Sprouts field when 
I saw 1 lone female.  Then in May of the same year, we saw  2 females on 
Higgins Canyon Rd  near the riparian area a bit further east up the road. 
Yesterdays count was (2) males (4) females.  

Malia
      From: Alvaro Jaramillo 
 To: maliadances AT yahoo.com; peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:23 AM
 Subject: RE: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
   
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Subject: RE: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:23:27 -0800
Malia et al. 

 

 Have there been Wild Turkeys in Half Moon Bay before? Maybe I missed that, but 
seems like these could be new for the Half Moon Bay region? 


 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of maliadances AT yahoo.com 
[peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:19 PM
To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [pen-bird] Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19

 

  

Chris Hayward reports that he saw the continuing Crested Caracara this morning 
2/19 at 10:15am and 12:15pm at the same location it has been since it was first 
spotted. There were also (6) WIld Turkeys in the Brussels Sprouts field. 


Malia DeFelice

 


Subject: Big Change In Public Access Proposed for Crystal Springs Reservoir
From: "Brooke Miller idbirds AT me.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:14:19 -0800
Hi Pen Birders!

My daughter just alerted me to this article that appeared in the San Jose 
Mercury a couple weeks ago. The article says that the SF Public Utilities 
Commission will hold public hearings next year. 


This would be great for birding, but I’m not sure if it’s such a good idea 
to let the general public into this area (I’m particularly thinking about the 
Bald Eagles.) 



http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_27500181/big-change-public-access-proposed-peninsula-watershed 
 



Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose
Subject: Crested Caracara and Wild Turkeys 2/19
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 13:18:42 -0800
Chris Hayward reports that he saw the continuing Crested Caracara this morning 
2/19 at 10:15am and 12:15pm at the same location it has been since it was first 
spotted. There were also (6) WIld Turkeys in the Brussels Sprouts field. 


Malia DeFelice
 

Subject: Townsend's Solitaire @ Foster City 2/19/15
From: "Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:06:01 -0800




Subject: Bald Eagle @ Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir 2/18/15
From: "Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:15:02 +0000 (UTC)
Evening Folks,
Further to Garth's recent report, I had tried twice unsuccessfully since to see 
the species near the blue ranger house on Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir 
(about 1 mile down Canada Road (south) from Hwy 92).  But tonight I stopped by 
on my way over the hill and as I was stepping out of the car saw a huge black 
raptor flying up the middle of the lake, got the binoculars on it pronto just 
in time to observe the pure white head and tail as the noble adult BALE EAGLE 
swept up the lake right over Hwy 92 - only 20 feet or so above the cars 
crossing the reservoir - if they looked up they had quite a view!  Thanks for 
the tip Garth! 

A few negative reports from the past few days include:WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS: 
been trying for these in the Hwy 92 / I-280 area both yesterday and today 
shortly after 5:00 PM both days, but no luck at that time. 

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: did not locate yesterday around lunchtime (12:30 to 
1:00ish) nor today around the same time.  Lots of construction going on in the 
area and maybe this has made it hide out or move on?  Quite a racket with all 
the big trucks / equipment / people moving about.  There were a few other 
birders there at that time as well and none had seen it as of that time period. 

TROPICAL KINGBIRD: I stopped into Mariner's Island Park around Noon yesterday, 
about an hour after Troy located it, but it was not to be found.  Though I did 
turn up a NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER which was a nice surprise. 

Bountiful Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada
Subject: Crested Caracara Etiquette, please
From: "jen k creeturefeeture AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:07:53 +0000 (UTC)
 
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Because I live on Higgins Canyon where the Caracara has been for the past few 
weeks, I am hearing whispers from my neighbors of poor etiquette on *some* of 
our parts; that being said, that are asking any and all birders to please pull 
their cars off the road ENTIRELY and mind the traffic that is coming through. 
 Perhaps we can do a better job of parking on one side of the road at a time, 
so as to alleviate any tight squeezes of travellers passing through.   

I am guilty of this as well, as I stopped in the middle of the road to look at 
the Ferruginous Hawk flying overhead.  Not a very polite thing to do on my 
part, especially to the bicyclists that were trying to get by :o)  

I would also like to mention that even though we'd all like to get a closer 
look/photograph of the Caracara, we are taking a chance on that bird taking 
flight if we get too close, and therefore leaving the area completely. Although 
this is a bird that isn't too flighty in the presence of people, please be 
respectful of the farmland that this bird has chosen to take a mini vacation 
on, as well as the folks who are currently viewing the bird from a respectable 
distance.  

Just the messenger,
 Jen Kotkin 


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Subject: Crested Caracara continues 7:30am 2/18
From: "Carol Jordan cajordan64 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:46:03 -0800
The Crested Caracara was still present along Higgins Canyon Rd., east of
the Johnston house - long looks but distant across the field.  This is
right across from the first '35 mph' sign.

-- Carol Jordan, Redwood City / Santa Cruz
Subject: GBBC Preliminary Results
From: "Rich Ferrick richferrick AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:20:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Pen-Birders: 



Thanks to everyone who took part in the GBBC over the last four days. Over the 
four day count period 317 checklists have been submitted and 190 species have 
been recorded. 23 individuals submitted 5 or more checklists. Of the 317 
checklists, 34 were noted as green birding lists with 117 species recorded (62% 
of county total). 





A few additional checklists will likely be submitted and the number of green 
birding lists is likely higher as several lists noted home/backyard/feeder but 
we only compiled those with the "green birding" designation in the comments 
section. 





Rich Ferrick 

Menlo Park 


Subject: Tropical Kingbird Continues at Mariner's Island Park
From: "troypittock AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 12:02:08 -0800
Appeared around 10:45a this morning (2/17/15) in tree in middle of playground 
then flew across channel to trees near apartments. Long distance photo here... 

 Tropical Kingbird https://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16561476651/
 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16561476651/ 
 
 Tropical Kingbird https://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16561476651/ Explore 
troybirds' photos on Flickr. troybirds has uploaded 293 photos to Flickr. 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/troybirds/16561476651/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  Happy birding.
 Troy
 Troy Pittock
 San Carlos
Subject: SCVAS field trip to Foster City and Coyote Point, Jan. 15
From: "Al Eisner eisner AT SLAC.Stanford.EDU [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:02:10 -0800 (PST)
On Sunday (Feb. 15) I led a Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society field trip
to three locations in Foster City and San Mateo.  I'll mention a few
highlights and then link to eBird lists.  Thanks to Kirsten Holmquist
for helping me finalize the numbers.

Foster City Shell Bar (around high tide, but not super-high):
http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist?subID=S21875551

When I arrived at 7:40, I saw a flock of over 100 shorebirds flying
off to the south, and a dog-jogger along the shell beach.  The field
trip found only a single Willet on the shell bar.  But there were 2
RUDDY TURNSTONEs among some dozens of Godwits and Willets on the rocks
at the edge of the bike/pedestrian path just north of the shell beach.
Perhaps best of all:  a (very) young birder spotted a MERLIN as it
came in to perch atop a palm across the street, where it gave us all
some nice views.

Wheelhouse Lane, Foster City:
http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist?subID=S21876675

We walked from Sea Cloud Park, past the end of the Foster City lagoon,
and over to Belmont Slough.  As in my scouting on the previous day,
a cooperative and photogenic GREEN HERON was along the near shore of
the lagoon, staying most of the time we were there.  When scouting
I had a single female COMMON MERGANSER on the lagoon; for the field
trip one was seen only by Kirsten as a flyover.  The flooded pond
between Sea Cloud Park and Belmont Slough had a flock of about
350 AMERICAN AVOCETs, presumably most of the more than 500 I had
seen on the slough the previous day.  Most unexpected, one of the
participants noticed 4 BLACK SKIMMERs landing on an island in that 
pond.  They stayed for about 5 minutes, and briefly returned later.

Coyote Point harbor and marsh:
http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist?subID=S21878242

We had a nice variety, but nothing of particular note.  (We did not
find the Harlequin Duck, alas.)  Both here and at the shell bar, most
of the relatively close-in ducks were Buffleheads; other ducks
(presumably mostly Scaup) were out in the Bay, and in relatively
low numbers (compared to past years).

Al Eisner




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Subject: Crested Caracara continues 9:30am 2/17
From: "maliadances AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 11:36:57 -0800
This morning Kimberly Jannarone and I went to look for the Crested Caracara. 
She spotted it as soon as we got out of our cars. We first saw it at approx. 
9:30am and it was still being veiwed by other birders when we left at 10:15am. 
During the time we were there, I did not see it on the cow carcass once. 
Instead it was spending time on the ground to the right of the carcass and a 
bit up the hillside. It was walking, scratching and picking at things. At times 
it would be obscured behind foliage and at times it was out in the open. 


Malia DeFelice


 

Subject: Murres at Pigeon Point
From: "Donna Pomeroy dpom AT comcast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:37:25 -0800
This morning as we were driving by Pigeon Point Lighthouse, I noticed a large 
congregation of birds on the water. We stopped for a moment to look with 
binoculars and saw thousands of Common Murres, as well as lots of cormorants 
and pelicans sitting on the water in multiple rafts off of Pigeon Point. It is 
the largest number of Common Murres I have ever seen in one place. 


Donna Pomeroy 



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Subject: 2 Bald Eagles at Crystal Springs, etc. 2-16-2015
From: "flycatcher AT southcoast.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:32:59 -0800 (PST)
Hi All,
 
I started out today at Pigeon Pt. lighthouse thinking to do a long seawatch. 
But the fog came in like a slammed door twenty minutes after my arrival so I 
was back at the drawing board. I had just enough time to spot 3 White-winged 
Scoters before that point, so at least that was one more species for the GBBC. 

 
Sunshine then drew me to the north so I made my way up to Half Moon Bay 
(nothing of note at the Ocean Colony pond; and the Caracara was the only cool 
raptor along Higgins Cyn Rd). Then it was off to the Foster City Shell Bar at 
high tide, where my experience was just like Al Eisner's from yesterday - dead 
quiet. 

 
Over to Vintage Park, where the solitaire was a no-show, twice (both before and 
after lunch.) Lots of others drew blanks at mid-day, as well, so it's great 
that Chris O'Connell persevered to give us hope for another day. 

 
On my way home, I veered away from the beach traffic clogging Hwy 92 onto 
Canada Rd and decided to try for Bald Eagle at the 'blue house' ranger 
residence about a mile south of 92. Sure enough, there was an immature flying 
over the water. I was startled but pleased to see a second, adult bird in the 
same tree from which the younger bird had flown! This was about 2PM. There were 
also White-throated Swifts (10) at the Hwy 92/280 junction. 

 
Tried for the Wurr Rd. Dipper near home but no luck. Better luck in my own yard 
when a chickadee flock contained two tag-along Golden-crowned Kinglets. 

 
Good birding to All - Garth Harwood, Pescadero
Subject: White-Winged Dove @ Pescadero Marsh (Water Lane) 2/16/15
From: "Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:14:27 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Folks,
I birded Pescadero Marsh today and took a late lunch break to stake out the now 
famous pig pen area just at the Water Lane entrance to Pescadero Marsh where 
Garth first spotted the White-Winged Dove.  When I arrived I saw about a dozen 
Eurasian-Collared Doves foraging on some type of grain scattered on the ground 
inside the pig pen (right side).  I scanned the group continually as well as a 
few doves in the trees nearby but could only find Eurasians.  After about 10 
minutes out from behind a mulch pile near the pen walked a smaller dove with 
obvious leading white edge along the forewing... bingo!  Half of my lunch was 
spilled in my lap at this point.  Then some of the cute piglets came around to 
work the same ground and scared most of the flock off but the White-winged Dove 
flew up to a fence post and stayed for another minute or so giving me a great 
look at the white wing patches (as it flew up) and also the shorter brownish 
and rounded off tail of the species as it perched on the post.  Soon 
thereafter larger pigs moved in to the pen area and scared off the White-Winged 
who flew by itself in to some trees nearby and soon thereafter disappeared.   

Several other birders showed up about 10 minutes later and we were unable to 
relocate it the rest of the time I was there (about 20 minutes or so). 
 Hopefully it came back so they could see it after I left. 

Other notables at the Marsh were much of what Garth reported on his epic day 
there yesterday and were still present today: BLACK SCOTER (1) just off the 
creek mouth, BRANT (BLACK) (4) in the lagoon near the creek mouth, there were a 
good number of CINNAMON TEAL (17) in the north pond, always one of my favorites 
to look at and legions of GREEN-WINGED TEAL (130+).  HOODED MERGANSER (2) were 
in the channels between the north and main pond, and I found RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSER (2) in the lagoon.  In my earlier email for the GBBC I also noted 
the SNOWY PLOVER (11) I found in their known area about 2/3 of the way down 
Pescadero State Beach north of the Hwy 1 lagoon bridge. 

Bountiful Birding Everyone!Kent ForwardEl Granada
Subject: Re: Snowy Plovers @ Pescadero SB 2/16/15
From: "'megascops.2014' megascops.2014 AT gmail.com [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:59:48 -0800
Fantastic -- I saw 10 at Pacifica State Beach today, and am reporting 
them now.


Recently, I saw as many as 33 SNPLs at Half Moon Bay beach.

good birding!
Mary

On 2/16/2015 4:52 PM, Kent Forward kforward AT yahoo.com 
[peninsula-birding] wrote:
>
>
> I saw 11 Snowy Plover at Pescadero State Beach today. Hope it helps 
> the GBBC! They were feeding along the surf line well north of the Hwy 
> 1 Pescadero Lagoon bridge.
>
> Kent Forward
> El Granada
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone 
>
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