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Eskimo Curlew,©Barry Kent Mackay

05 Mar Red-shouldered Hawk in Plumas County (Sierra Valley), etc. ["'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
5 Mar The Big Year film screening, plus live birds - Tahoe City - tonight!!! ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
5 Mar Anna's Hummingbird ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
2 Mar Sierra County Harris' Sparrow and Varied Thrush ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
28 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye, Oxbow/Ralston Afterbay (Placer) ["gbbirder AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Feb Sierra Valley Sandhill Cranes ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Feb Lake Almanor Plumas Mew Gulls+ ["David Vander Pluym scre AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
17 Feb Sierra Valley (2/15-2/16) ["cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
16 Feb Spring arrival? ["david AT sierranaturalist.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
15 Feb Sandhill Cranes and a few raptors at Sierra Valley yesterday. No luck on Rusty Blackbird at Glenshire. ["'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
14 Feb 2015 Kern Southern Sierra Special Events ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
13 Feb Documentation for Rusty Blackbird ["Thomas Benson tbenson AT csusb.edu [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
11 Feb Tahoe Purple Finch, Sugar Pine State Park ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
9 Feb Plumas-Lake Almanor ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
8 Feb Lt duck ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
8 Feb Tahoe Long-tailed Duck ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
7 Feb Long-tailed Duck - Carnelian Bay ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
5 Feb South Lake Tahoe Harris' Sparrow continues ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
03 Feb Rusty Blackbird comtinues at Glenshire ["Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
3 Feb Harris's Sparrow at Lake Tahoe ["Kirk Hardie krhardie AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
2 Feb Harris's Sparrow, South Lake Tahoe, Eldorado County ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
2 Feb Harris's Sparrow, South Lake Tahoe, Eldorado County ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
27 Jan Sierra County -- Harris's Sparrow continues ["diomedea.stephen AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
27 Jan Rusty blackbird ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
26 Jan Rusty Blackbird - Glenshire Pond area (Truckee) ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Jan Sierra County Red-necked Grebe ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
29 Dec RE: [NBB] Le Conte's Sparrow Point Reyes Abbotts Lagoon, Marin County ["Michael Feighner feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
28 Dec North Shore Birding (Lake Tahoe) ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
21 Dec Auburn Area CBC Results ["derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Dec 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
15 Dec Honey Lake CBC postponed ["ylightfoot ylightfoot AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
13 Dec Local interest -- Red-breasted Merganser at Glenshire (Nevada County) ["'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
10 Dec South Lake Tahoe CBC ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
9 Dec Ancient Murrelet - Portola/Quincy area ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
8 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull, Upper Truckee Marsh ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
30 Nov Leucistic Varied Thrush ["jozyme AT earthlink.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
27 Nov Re: Long-tailed Duck continues at he Truckee Ponds, but no Red-necked Grebe at Boca Reservior ["'C.V. Vick' cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
26 Nov Long-tailed Duck continues at he Truckee Ponds, but no Red-necked Grebe at Boca Reservior ["cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
21 Nov Nevada County Red-necked Grebe continues ["'Rudy Darling' rdarling AT sbbmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
19 Nov South Lake Tahoe Varied Thrush ["kngfshr33 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
19 Nov Red-necked Grebe continues at Boca ["Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Nov Several interesting birds around Truckee (Nevada County) today ["'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
18 Nov Red-necked Grebe at Boca dam ["Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
16 Nov Upper Truckee Marsh Surf Scoter and More ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
16 Nov Lake Tahoe Birds ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
15 Nov Long-tailed Duck- Nevada County ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
15 Nov Truckee long tailed duck ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
14 Nov Nevada County rarities continue ["'Rudy Darling' rdarling AT sbbmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
14 Nov Westbound white waterfowl, by the bazillions ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
13 Nov Tahoe Big Year ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
12 Nov Cackling Goose sub species correction ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
12 Nov Cackling Goose and others, Lake Tahoe ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
12 Nov Plumas County, Lake Almanor ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
10 Nov Nevada & Sierra Counties 11/10 ["Frances Oliver hummer52ffo AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
10 Nov Re: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior ["'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
8 Nov Lake Forest Birding ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
8 Nov Lesser Black-backed Gull at Tahoe ["'Kirk Hardie' krhardie AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
5 Nov Lake Forest Birding ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
4 Nov Red-naped Sapsucker (South Lake Tahoe) ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
03 Nov Lesser Black-backed Gull at Taylor Creek ["Don Harriman donh999 AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
2 Nov Plumas County, Lake Almanor - Nov 2 birding ["dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
1 Nov Lesser Black-backed Gull Still at Truckee Delta ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
30 Oct S Tahoe birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
29 Oct Lesser BB Gull - yes! ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
29 Oct Probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at Tahoe today ["Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
22 Oct Surf Scoter and Swamp Sparrow, Upper Truckee Marsh ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
21 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow, Upper Truckee Marsh ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
19 Oct Thayer's Gull, Taylor Creek (Lake Tahoe) ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
12 Oct Surf Scoter- Eagle Lake ["David Arsenault david.arsenault1 AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
7 Oct Greater White Fronted Goose- Alpine Cty ["Bill Frey bill.freynv AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
7 Oct White-throated Sparrow (Tahoe City) ["Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
05 Oct Sierra Valley Raptors ["rupo AT att.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
1 Oct Re: Update: Auburn Area Turkey Vulture Migration (PLA) ["Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
01 Oct Update: Auburn Area Turkey Vulture Migration (PLA) ["derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
23 Sep Kern River Valley Am. Redstart ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
22 Sep arctic tern in Alpine County ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]

Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk in Plumas County (Sierra Valley), etc.
From: "'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:12:57 -0700
I spent a couple of hours in Sierra Valley this afternoon.  Beautiful
day, tee-shirt weather. Lots of water around (for the time being.)

Driving from Sierraville to Sattley, I had a pair of Red-tailed Hawks
copulating on a power pole.  

I came across a young Red-shouldered Hawk at the "Lost Marbles Ranch." 
That's the property you reach after passing the ranch with ponds near
the Iron Bridge,  While I've had quite a few Red-shouldered Hawks in
Sierra Valley over the years, this is my first on the Plumas County
side.

The wetland west of Harriet/Heriot was full of Northern Pintails and
Greater White-fronted Geese (and lots of other waterfowl). A very rough
estimate was 700 of the geese and 400 Pintails.

There were a couple of pairs of Sandhill Cranes along the way, and then,
on a walk at Maddelena Ranch, I spotted a larger group, perhaps 30 or
so.  The guys at the Lost Marbles Ranch said there had been hundreds
(one said maybe a thousand) earlier in the day.

And I finally connected with a single Ferruginous Hawk for the year,
near "Ferruginous Corner", the intersection of Heriot and 49.  Other
raptors in the valley included two adult Bald Eagles, a dozen Red-tailed
Hawks, one Northern Harrier, a couple of American Kestrels, and one
Rough-legged Hawk.

I made a stop at the feeders in Loyalton but dipped on the Harris's
Sparrow (again). 

Here are a couple of lists from today:

Sierra County (not including Loyalton):

Canada Goose
American Wigeon	12
Mallard
Bufflehead	2
Red-tailed Hawk	8
Ferruginous Hawk	1
American Kestrel	2
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
European Starling


Plumas County:

Greater White-fronted Goose	700
Canada Goose	
Gadwall	
American Wigeon	
Mallard	
Northern Shoveler	
Northern Pintail	400
Ring-necked Duck	
Bald Eagle		2
Northern Harrier	1
Red-shouldered Hawk	1
Red-tailed Hawk		4
Rough-legged Hawk	1
American Coot	
Sandhill Crane		34
Northern Flicker	1
Black-billed Magpie	
Common Raven	
European Starling	
Red-winged Blackbird	
Brewer's Blackbird

Martin

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 Martin Meyers
 email: Martin  (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
 Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
 Truckee, CA



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Subject: The Big Year film screening, plus live birds - Tahoe City - tonight!!!
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:55:00 -0800
Just a reminder about tonight's event in Tahoe City. We hope to see many of you 
there, as it should be a really fun event. The live birds have been confirmed: 
a Rose-breasted Cockatoo that'll fly around over the crowd, a big and beautiful 
King Vulture from Central America, and Great Horned Owl. I'm particularly 
excited to see the two big ones up close. Doors open at 6:30, and I'm pretty 
sure the birds will be out for everybody to see. Program starts at 7. Here's 
last week's press release: 


Squaw Valley Institute and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science present “The 
Big Year” at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema 


March 5, 2015

 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) and the Tahoe Institute 
for Natural Sciences (TINS) are pleased to present “The Big Year.” This feature 
film presentation is part of the SVI Monthly Movie Night Series at the Tahoe 
Art Haus & Cinema and part of the Tahoe Big Year, hosted by the Tahoe Institute 
for Natural Sciences. 


The Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that visit or reside 
in the Tahoe region. Beginning January 1, 2015, Tahoe Big Year participants 
began exploring the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as 
they can find during 2015. This event is not strictly a competition, but an 
opportunity to learn about the Tahoe region's diverse bird community. The Tahoe 
Big Year will be a gateway into the world of birding itself and a deeper 
appreciation of the region's natural history. Participation is free and open to 
anyone, though TINS members benefit from additional perks such as member-only 
guided outings. For more information about the Tahoe Big Year, visit 
www.TahoeBigYear.org. 


The March 5 event will begin with a brief overview of the Tahoe Big Year, 
including an update from the first two months of the Tahoe Big Year competition 
and discussion of how people can participate during the remainder of the year. 
A live bird program at the Tahoe Art Haus will allow attendees to see owls and 
other species up close. Raffle prizes from Northstar California, Patagonia, and 
Squaw Valley Institute will be given out. The evening will culminate with a 
screening of “The Big Year,” a feature film starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, 
and Owen Wilson. In the movie, their characters are at crossroads, and all 
three dedicate a year of their lives to following their birding dreams. Their 
big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing 
adventures. 


For details and tickets please visit: http://tahoearthauscinema.com.
The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, Tahoe/Truckee’s only cinema drafthouse, offers 
major motion pictures, independent films, action sports movies, a popcorn spice 
bar, and seven taps of beer and cider along with premium-bottled beer. 

TINS is a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement 
of natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region 
through science, education, and outreach. TINS has a long-term goal of bringing 
a world class interpretive nature center and educational facility to the Tahoe 
area. For more information, visit www.tinsweb.org. 


SVI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs that 
span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; 
education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports. Our 
goal is to bring intellectually provocative programs to the region that will 
inspire uncommon conversations. Memberships are available that include 
admission to most events. For SVI event details, event tickets and membership 
information visit www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. 


Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director, 
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
530.412.2792
www.tinsweb.org
Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:22:39 -0800
I just had a male Anna's hummingbird check out my seed feeder here in Truckee. 
March 5th. This "winter" is nutty! 

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
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Subject: Sierra County Harris' Sparrow and Varied Thrush
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:32:09 -0800
I relocated the Loyalton HARRIS' SPARROW yesterday, March 1, at the
feeders at the corner of Mill Street and 2nd Street yesterday
late-afternoon.

I found a VARIED THRUSH 0.1 miles up Pike City Road from the junction with
Ridge Run Road yesterday morning.

On Saturday, Feb 28, large numbers of SANDHILL CRANES were flying over
Quincy, Plumas County (I counted 252 fly over my yard in two flocks in the
late afternoon, and heard two other flocks that I didn't see).

-- 
Colin Dillingham
Quincy
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Oxbow/Ralston Afterbay (Placer)
From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 16:08:38 -0800
2/28/2015
 

 Greeting Birders,
 Birded the foothills today even though the weather was a bit damp at times.
 Highlights included CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES on Blackhawk Lane just out of 
Foresthill, CANYON WREN at mile marker 10 on Mosquito Ridge Road, a male 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in the Oxbow/Ralston Afterbay Reservoir, and a FOS 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on Driver's Flat Road. 

 

 Get Out There!
 Ron Pozzi
 Granite Bay, CA
Subject: Sierra Valley Sandhill Cranes
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:56:17 -0800
Lots of mentions of early Sandhill Cranes in the Sierra and Carson Valley 
areas, so I wanted to make sure I got it out there that we had 3 cranes near 
Loyalton on Jan. 30, during our raptor survey on that date. I did not see them 
in December, but that doesn't mean they weren't around. Who knows? Anyhow, 
sorry I keep forgetting to post that! 

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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Subject: Lake Almanor Plumas Mew Gulls+
From: "David Vander Pluym scre AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:46:11 -0500
Lauren Harter and I birded around the northern Sierra Mts the past two days 
(Feb 16 and 17). 



Yesterday 16 Feb we birded the Fall River valley (Shasta Co) and the Pit River 
Valley (Lassen/Modoc Co Ash Creek) good numbers of waterfowl (thousands with 
25000+ Snow/Ross's Gesse at Ash Creek Wildlife Area Modoc Co) and good numbers 
of Sandhill Cranes flying over. Nothing unusual though always nice for us in 
the southern deserts to see Eurasian Wigeons and Rough-legged Hawks (10+) as 
well as a Liz West and Linda Pittman sighting. 



Today 17 we started at Lake Almanor with ~1500 Tundra Swans around the causeway 
plus thousands of ducks (4 Eurasian Wigeon tied the high count in ebird for the 
county) at Lake Haven Resort on the east side in a nice group of gulls we had 3 
adult MEW GULLS plus Ring-billed, California, Herring, and Bonaparte's. We 
ended the day in Sierra Valley Plumas/Sierra Co with small numbers of waterfowl 
off Heriot Rd and Marble Hot Springs Rd (seemed to be more birds off the later 
road than the previous two reports) as well as both Ferruginous Hawk (Sierra Co 
only) and Rough-legged Hawk (both counties). Good birding 



David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City
Subject: Sierra Valley (2/15-2/16)
From: "cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 09:11:25 -0800
I birded Sierra Valley on 2/15 and 2/16 focused on raptors. My basic route was: 
at Sierraville go west to A23, take A23 North, go east on to Marble Springs 
road/Dyson, east on to A24 to 49, 49 south to Sierraville. I did take a side 
trip to Yuba Pass Campground where I had great views of a Pine Grosbeak flock. 

  
 It was a fine weekend for raptors: I spotted a adult Bald Eagle on the right 
as I enter Sierraville and then another soaring over Dyson Rd. On 2/15 I 
spotted a Ferruginous Hawk while on 49 going south to Loyalton. Nearby was a 
Red-shouldered Hawk. Just outside of Sierraville (going west) was a Prairie 
Falcon perched on a wire. Spotted a Rough-legged Hawk on Dyson Lane and another 
just west of Sierraville sparring with a Red tailed Hawk. There were American 
Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks (including a dark morph on Dyson) found 
throughout the valley 

  
 At the pond west of Sierraville, I saw Western Bluebirds, Mallards, Killdeer, 
a Bufflehead and a Ruddy Duck. There was very little to see along Marble 
Springs Rd except gulls and Canada Geese, but at the pond I saw a Ring-necked 
Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon, Redhead, Greater White-fronted Geese 
(plus a fly over), and a pair of Sandhill Crane. 

  
 Going south on 49 to Sierraville I saw a lone Say’s Phoebe and a couple of 
Rock Doves (new for me) 

  
 C.V. Vick
 Sacramento, CA
 cvvick(AT)yahoo.com
  
 Pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nuclearbunny/
  
 Bald Eagle (2)
 Golden Eagle (1)
 Ferruginous Hawk (1)
 Rough-legged Hawk (2)
 Red-shouldered Hawk (1)
 Red-tailed Hawk (9 including a dark morph)
 American Kestrel (4)
 Prairie Falcon (1)
 Western Bluebird (3)
 Mallard (5)
 Killdeer (2)
 Bufflehead (1)
 Ruddy Duck (1)
 Western Bluebird (3)
 California Gull (5)
 Mallard (10)
 Gadwall (4)
 Redhead (1)
 Ring-necked Duck (1)
 Greater White-fronted Goose (30)
 Sandhill Crane (2)
 Say’s Phoebe (1)
 Rock Dove (2)
 American Robin (5)
 Black-billed Magpie (10)
 Common Raven (20)
 European Starling (100+)
 
 Canada Goose (100+)
 

Subject: Spring arrival?
From: "david AT sierranaturalist.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Feb 2015 12:40:51 -0800
Hi All,
 

 Yesterday (Feb. 15) I had a first of the year Rufous Hummingbird in Groveland! 
This is nearly 3 weeks earlier than their usual arrival date at this location 
(Tuolumne County at 3000'). 

 

 Cheers,
 

 David Lukas
 Groveland
 "Sierra Nevada Birds"
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes and a few raptors at Sierra Valley yesterday. No luck on Rusty Blackbird at Glenshire.
From: "'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:29:36 -0700
I spent a few hours in the Sierra Valley yesterday (2/14/15). 
Sierraville west to A23, north to Marble Hot Springs Road (Dyson), east
to A24, north to Maddalena Ranch, then back south to Harriet/Heriot,
south to 49, east to Loyalton, north on A24 and back over to
Harriet/Heriot, back down to 49, and west to Sierraville.

I saw three Sandhill Cranes (two along Harriet in Plumas and one at the
Maddalena Ranch.)  This is my earliest date (by five days.)

Raptor numbers were very low, but diversity wasn't bad. One Bald Eagle
(Sierra), two Rough-legged Hawks (Sierra), two Red-shouldered Hawks (one
at Sierraville, one at Sattley), one Cooper's Hawk (Sierraville
airport), one American Kestrel (Sierra), and a total for the entire
valley of only five Red-tailed Hawks (with probably a couple more
unidentified flying in the distance.)  Despite careful searching around
Poole Lane and two passes at "Ferruginous Corner" (Heriot and 49), I was
not able to find any Ferruginous Hawks.

The usually productive drive across Marble Hot Springs Road from A23 to
the intersection past the Iron Bridge produced very little. Canada Geese
and two Ring-necked Ducks.  The only concentration of waterfowl was west
of Harriet/Heriot. Scoping from the roadside revealed a few Tundra
Swans, a few Greater White-fronted Geese, lots of Canada Geese, plus
Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Redhead, and many unidentified
duckies

I saw one Western Bluebird near Loyalton. In Loyalton, at the feeders at
Mill and 2nd, there were American and Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, a
few White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed (Oregon) Juncos, Pine Siskins,
plus House Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eurasian Collared-Doves, and
European Starlings, Alas, I was not able to find the Harris's Sparrow
reported some weeks ago.

Lots of Black-billed Magpies around, with at least three dozen just
along Poole Lane.


On returning home to Glenshire, I decided to take another look for the
Rusty Blackbird but with no luck.  A large blackbird/starling flock was
near the clubhouse, with a smaller flock at the northwest corner of the
pond.  I was hoping for a better look and maybe photos of the Rusty to
submit to the CBRC. My only view of that bird, back on 2/3, was too
brief to be able to supply useful documentation. 

Martin
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Subject: 2015 Kern Southern Sierra Special Events
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:46:47 -0800
*2015 Kern Southern Sierra  Special Events:*
*
3:30pm, Thursday, April 30 to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3 - Kern County Big 
Birding Weekend/Birdiest Inland County Species Count including Greenhorn 
Mountains and Kern River Valley portions of the southern Sierra Nevada.**

Saturday, May 9 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Spring 
Bird Count - *This year's count will also serve both as a stand alone 
event and as part of a *Regional Bioblitz* initiated by the Tejon Ranch 
Conservancy. One of the interfaces the same day will be the *South Fork 
Kern River Valley Butterfly Count*. NOTE: The 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz 
is a new event organized by Tejon Ranch Conservancy. Distinct areas *to 
date* to be covered in this initial effort are the South Fork Kern River 
Valley, Tejon Ranch, and Walker Basin contiguous private ranches with 
conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy. These formerly 
distinct date events will be held at the same time thus allowing 
accomplishing three purposes within a one day effort. What this means to 
me is while counting birds for the Rapid Assessment - butterflies, 
herps, mammals, plants, or any other natural history notes will be 
recorded according to our respective abilities and knowledge for 
contribution to the 24 hour 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz. Since some to many 
of you will no doubt be birding *Butterbredt Spring* on May 9th please 
send me any data you gather to add to the overall Bioblitz 
characterization - start and end time, species and numbers, nature 
notes, etc. Direction to submitted eBird lists will be helpful as well.

*Friday-Monday, May 22-25 - Morro Coast Audubon Society Field Trip to 
East Kern Desert Oases, Kern River Valley, and Southern Sierra Nevada - 
*Specific field trip days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt. 
Contact Bob to see if non-chapter members are welcome to fill the trip.*

Friday-Monday, June 12-15 - Los Angeles Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Friday-Monday, June 26-29 - Sea & Sage Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Saturday, June 27 - North Fork Kern River Butterfly Count

Sunday, June 28 - Giant Sequoia National Monument South Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 11 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Summer 
Bird Count
***
Serving as the messenger and able to answer some to many questions plus 
direct you to contacts for each event.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Southern Sierra Conservancy, Secretary/Treasurer
24/7 Cellular Phone Number: 760-382-1260
Subject: Documentation for Rusty Blackbird
From: "Thomas Benson tbenson AT csusb.edu [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:53:48 +0000
Hello birders,


Rusty Blackbird is a California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species. 
As such, I request than any observers of the recent bird at Glenshire Pond 
submit documentation to the email address below. There is an optional fill in 
the blank form on the CBRC 
website. Thank you. 



Tom


Thomas A. Benson
Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
secretary AT californiabirds.org

Subject: Tahoe Purple Finch, Sugar Pine State Park
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:06:05 -0800
Hi,

I was surprised to see a small flock of Purple Finch at the Sugar Pine State 
Park Nature Preserve today. I have only seen this species in the Tahoe Basin in 
the fall and have not seen any historical sightings of this bird in the Sierra 
at this elevation in the winter time. I know in the breeding season they can 
get up to higher elevations, but most of the time they winter in the lower 
foothill elevations. The flock was feeding on the ground near a patch of 
whitethorn (shrub) near the trail as you walk in to the nature preserve. As 
they flushed to the tree ahead me they were giving their characteristic "pic” 
calls. I was able to get some decent photos and posted one on my website 
tahoebirding.com. 


Other Birds-

The Nature Preserve was crawling with birds everywhere, I estimated 50 Western 
Bluebird and a couple of Townsend’s Solitaire that were working the cedar 
mistletoe. This a great place to see and hear calls from many common birds such 
as all 3 nuthatches (calling like crazy), White-headed Woodpecker, Hairy 
Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker. It was great to start to hear the Brown 
Creeper singing it seems they have just started within the last couple of days. 


Pomin Park also had a small flock of Western Bluebird (flyover) and a large 
flock of Red Crossbill that were working the lodgepole pines near the creek. 


Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Plumas-Lake Almanor
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:41:47 -0800
Yesterday I spent the day in the rain at Lake Almanor, Plumas County in
search of some storm-related birds.

Highlights were:
46 GREATER SCAUP, perhaps the largest flock I've ever seen at Lake Almanor
at the Canyon Dam boat ramp.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21739067

Loads of EARED GREBE, including an estimated 1200 at Canyon Dam Boat Ramp.

2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Lake Haven resort on the east shore.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21739292

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Subject: Lt duck
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:39:28 -0800
Showing well in this am in Agate Bay off of stag drive

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Subject: Tahoe Long-tailed Duck
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:24:59 -0800
Hey all,
About 45 minutes after my post yesterday (and minutes before I got on the 
scene), Scott saw the bird flying off to the east, wrapping around the point 
and into Agate Bay. Kirk Hardie and I did the best we could to scan all the 
vantages from there through Burnt Cedar Beach (Incline Village), but the 
weather and scoping conditions were simply awful. I then put my kayak in the 
water and paddled all around Agate and then back across Carnelian west beyond 
Flick Pt. No dice, but there were nine Red-breasted Mergansers in two flocks. 
There were also two Eared Grebes off Flick Pt. I also scanned off Commons Beach 
and the Lake Forest Aspen St. overlook at the very end of the day. Lots of 
birds, but no Long-tailed Duck. I'm headed back out to try again... 

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck - Carnelian Bay
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:24:51 -0800
I just got text from Scott Dietrich, who is looking at a Long-tailed Duck in 
Lake Tahoe more or less straight off the Gar Woods pier, hanging around with a 
small group of goldeneye. I'm going to load up my kayak and see if I can't get 
some photos in an hour or two. 

Will Richardson
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Subject: South Lake Tahoe Harris' Sparrow continues
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:58:54 -0800
I got word from Greg Hemig earlier this morning that the Harris' Sparrow at 
Cove East was seen again in the vicinity of the barges in the Tahoe Keys 
Marina. 

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird comtinues at Glenshire
From: "Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:13:54 -0500
Bird seen at northwest corner of pond at 1:00. With large blackbird/cowbird 
flock. 


Martin


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Subject: Harris's Sparrow at Lake Tahoe
From: "Kirk Hardie krhardie AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:59:28 -0800
Hello birders,
Will Richardson just re-found the Harris's Sparrow found by Scott yesterday. It 
is at Cove East in South Lake Tahoe with a flock of juncos between the house 
boat and crane barge. 


Kirk Hardie
Incline Village, NV

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow, South Lake Tahoe, Eldorado County
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:29:54 -0800
Hello,

Today while birding around Cove East in South Lake Tahoe area I had a Juvenile 
Harris’s Sparrow. It was mixed in with a flock of Junco’s that were feeding on 
the ground near the large group of willows along the Upper Truckee River. The 
sparrow was tough to get a good look at due to movement of flock through the 
meadow. I was eventually able to catch up with the flock and get decent looks. 
I am going to try get out tomorrow or Wednesday and possibly put some seed down 
to try to get better looks and pics. 


I was able to get some decent photos and I posted one to my new website 
tahoebirding.com. 


The website also has other features such as bird blog, rare birds seen, videos 
and audio recordings, birding hotspots and guiding information. 


Other notable birds at marsh were Mountain Bluebird and flock of about 30 
Horned lark but no longspur. 


Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow, South Lake Tahoe, Eldorado County
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:29:54 -0800
Hello,

Today while birding around Cove East in South Lake Tahoe area I had a Juvenile 
Harris’s Sparrow. It was mixed in with a flock of Junco’s that were feeding on 
the ground near the large group of willows along the Upper Truckee River. The 
sparrow was tough to get a good look at due to movement of flock through the 
meadow. I was eventually able to catch up with the flock and get decent looks. 
I am going to try get out tomorrow or Wednesday and possibly put some seed down 
to try to get better looks and pics. 


I was able to get some decent photos and I posted one to my new website 
tahoebirding.com. 


The website also has other features such as bird blog, rare birds seen, videos 
and audio recordings, birding hotspots and guiding information. 


Other notable birds at marsh were Mountain Bluebird and flock of about 30 
Horned lark but no longspur. 


Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Sierra County -- Harris's Sparrow continues
From: "diomedea.stephen AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jan 2015 22:28:13 -0800
Today, I was able to see the continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW at the corner of 2nd & 
Mill Streets in Loyalton. It was on the ground beneath the seed feeders in the 
front yard at 8:30 & 11:05 AM. It seems a little skittish -- both times it 
flushed when a car drove by, and remained hidden for a while. I also added 
LESSER GOLDFINCH & AMERICAN GOLDFINCH to my Sierra County list, both in 
association with the Harris's Sparrow. A Ferruginous Hawk was on Beckwith Rd, 
and a Rough-legged Hawk was just west of Sierraville. 

 

 Nice day in Sierra Valley.
 

 Good birding,
 Stephen Long 

Subject: Rusty blackbird
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:51:07 -0800
Still here at glenshire pond east of truckee. Calling and by itself near tennis 
courts on east side of pond. 


John Sterling.
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Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Rusty Blackbird - Glenshire Pond area (Truckee)
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:56:01 -0800
Greg Hemig, Carla Stokes, and Kristine Mitchell found a male Rusty Blackbird on 
the north side of the Glenshire Pond yesterday (1/25/25). The bird never showed 
well, however, though they did manage to get one photo that showed a few key 
features. I just managed to relocate the bird among a large mixed flock of 
blackbirds a few blocks to the north of the pond. The flock was originally 
south and west of the pond, and flew into the neighborhood to the north and 
west of the pond in several large groups. Eventually the group concentrated 
around the corner of Bexhill and Sudsbury, which is where I found the bird on 
the peak of the roof of one of the homes there. Prior to this, a Sharp-shinned 
Hawk tore through the group a couple of times, keeping things well-fragmented 
and spread out. I only got about five minutes of close-range study and 
digiscoping while it was on the roof, and I wasn't able to relocate the bird 
again. I went back and spread a bunch of seed along the path at the dam of the 
pond, in hopes that the flock will find that and folks don't have to go 
creeping through the neighborhoods in search of this bird. If they take to that 
seed, I'll be sure to go back and restock it periodically. 


This bird was returned to the CBRC review list in 2006, and population declines 
have made it quite rare. This is a GREAT find for the state, much less Truckee, 
so congrats to Greg, Carla, and Kristine!! 


Good luck!!!

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA 
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Subject: Sierra County Red-necked Grebe
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:46:45 -0800
Today I relocated the RED-NECKED GREBE at Stampede Reservoir from the Dam
Overlook last reported in December.  I was not able relocate the
Red-breasted Merganser from the boat ramp area.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21411919

In Loyalton, there was a HARRIS' SPARROW at Second St and Mill St.


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Subject: RE: [NBB] Le Conte's Sparrow Point Reyes Abbotts Lagoon, Marin County
From: "Michael Feighner feinerVogel94551 AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:26:51 -0800
Forwarding to CALBIRDS....

Thanks, Judy, without your report nobody would know...better for one report 
than none at all... 


OK, Monday Birders, keep those reportscoming.

Michael Feighner
http://www.linkedIn/in/michaelfeighner
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From: "Judi Sierra judisierra AT yahoo.com [northbaybirds]" 
 

Date:12/29/2014  9:42 AM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: northbaybirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NBB] Le Conte's Sparrow 

With all the birders out there yesterday (Sunday) I'm surprised no one has 
posted the continuing Le Conte's sparrow at Abbots Lagoon, Pt. Reyes NS. It was 
seen by a small crowd at around 11 where it crossed a path and hopped around in 
some bushes on the "hillside" (not lupine). It was seen shortly thereafter 
briefly further towards the water. If you're as unfamilar with the area as I am 
be prepared for at least an hour's hike (approx.2+ miles) to the site. The 
little stream now has 2 small unstable logs you can use to cross or I wore 
leather hiking boots and waterproof knee high gaiters which worked fine. 

Judi Sierra
Oakland


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Subject: North Shore Birding (Lake Tahoe)
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:03:54 -0800
Hello,


The birding around the north shore has been a bit slow but did have a large 
group 50 Tundra Swan and 1 Greater White-fronted Goose at Tahoe City today. 


Also had Varied Thrush and an unusual for winter Black Phoebe at Pomin Park.

Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Auburn Area CBC Results
From: "derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Dec 2014 09:11:48 -0800
Season’s Greetings,
 

 The Auburn Area CBC was held on Saturday, December 20th. Preliminary numbers 
for the day were 120 species and approximately 60 participants. Complete 
results will be posted to the Audubon CBC website. 

 

 Notable highlights for this Sierra foothill count were: Greater White-fronted 
Goose, Cackling Goose, Mandarin Duck, Snowy Egret, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous 
Hawk, Golden Eagle, Sora, Herring Gull, Lewis’s Woodpecker, possible 
Red-naped Sapsucker, Merlin, Say’s Phoebe, numerous Steller’s Jay, Mountain 
Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Dipper, 
Golden-crowned Kinglets, numerous Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, 
Black-throated Gray Warbler, numerous White-throated Sparrows, Great-tailed 
Grackle, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak. 

 

 For their efforts and support, many thanks to the area leaders and all the 
participants. 

 

 Merry Birding!
 

 Deren Ross
 Auburn Area CBC Compiler
 
 

Subject: 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:03:31 -0800
EVENT: Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count, Kern County, California

DAY/DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WEATHER: Very light showers off and on most of the day, sunshine the 
last hour or two.

PARTICIPANTS: John Wilson (Compiler), Bob Barnes, Gary File, Brenda 
Kyle, Ken Kyle, Darrin Heindel, Kelli Heindel-Levinson, Bill Lydecker, 
Michael McQuerrey, Priscilla Summers, and Steve Summers, plus Kern 
Audubon Society field trip covering the Beale Park neighborhood (Dana 
Adams, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Susan Castle, Margaret Dolan, Kevin 
Fahey, Harry Love, Bill Moffat, and Deb See).

HIGHLIGHTS (out of  a preliminary total of 133 species):

    * CACKLING GOOSE 1 - Hart Park
    * COMMON GOLDENEYE 37 - Kern River, Lake Ming
    * HOODED MERGANSER 37 - Hart Park, Kern River, Lake Ming
    * PACIFIC LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * COMMON LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 784 - Hart Park, Kern River, Kern River
      County Park between Lake Ming and Hart Park, Lake Ming
    * CATTLE EGRET 143 - Bakersfield WTP
    * THAYER'S GULL 1
    * COMMON GROUND-DOVE 3 - Orange Grove RV Park vicinity
    * FOUR FALCON SPECIES - including AMERICAN KESTREL 22, MERLIN 2,
      PEREGRINE FALCON 1, PRAIRIE FALCON 2
    * ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET 102 - including Hart Park & 75 in the Beale
      Park neighborhood
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER 1 - Hart Park
    *   RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2 - Hart Park
    * BROWN CREEPER 1 - Hart Park
    * AMERICAN DIPPER 3 - mouth of Kern River Canyon
    * BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - 9
    * MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD 144
    * VARIED THRUSH 27
    * CEDAR WAXWING 452
    * BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * FOX SPARROW 16 - Kern River corridor
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 1 - Hart Park
    * TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD 6 - Kern River
    * PURPLE FINCH 2- Hart Park


HIGHEST COUNTS:

    * 4591 EUROPEAN STARLING
    * 3782 CALIFORNIA GULL
    * 3609 NORTHERN SHOVELER
    * 3398 AMERICAN COOT
    * 3101 GULL SPECIES
    * 1531 BREWER'S BLCKBIRD
    * 0962 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
    * 0837 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
    * 0830 HOUSE FINCH
    * 0814 AMERICAN ROBIN
    * 0784 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    * 0757 RUDDY DUCK
    * 0757 EARED GREBE
    * 0600 ROCK PIGEON


ONLY ONE:

    * SNOW GOOSE
    * CACKLING GOOSE
    * PACIFIC LOON
    * COMMON LOON
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * GREATER YELLOWLEGS
    * THAYER'S GULL
    * PEREGRINE FALCON
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER
    * BROWN CREEPER
    * BEWICK'S WREN
    * YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
    * BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Subject: Honey Lake CBC postponed
From: "ylightfoot ylightfoot AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:08:31 -0800
The Honey Lake CBC, scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, has been postponed due 
to weather and road conditions. I hope to reschedule the count for either 
December 30 or January 1. Anyone who had been unable to attend on the 16th but 
who might be able to attend on either of those dates is urged to contact me and 
let me know a date preference. I hope to have a date selected within a week or 
so, depending on feedback I receive. 


Cheers,

Tim Manolis
Sacramento
Subject: Local interest -- Red-breasted Merganser at Glenshire (Nevada County)
From: "'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:05:21 -0700
A female-type Red-breasted Merganser was present this afternoon on the
Glenshire Pond (Glenshire is about five miles east of Truckee.)  This is
the first one I've seen at this location. Also a first for me at the
pond were a few Redheads.  At present, there are lots of ducks at
Glenshire Pond, including a couple hundred American Wigeon -- a Eurasian
was present a month ago, but I haven't seen him recently.  There is one
male wigeon showing a bit of Eurasian ancestry.  Common Mergansers,
Ring-necked Ducks, and Northern Shovelers are here in good numbers, and
there are some Gadwalls, Mallards, Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, and a few
Common Goldeneyes.  A Belted Kingfisher was around.

We got almost no precipitation out of the big storm this week (we did
get the very high winds). There is no snow on the ground at my house or
around the pond.

I went out to Boca Dam yesterday afternoon and did not see the
Red-necked Grebe.

Martin
p.s. Happy 12/13/14.  Last "consecutive number" date for a long time.  
: < )
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Subject: South Lake Tahoe CBC
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:17:52 -0800
Greetings and apologies for what will surely be a whole bunch of cross-posting!

Next Monday, December 15th, TINS is sponsoring the South Lake Tahoe Christmas 
Bird Count. For a quick overview of the Christmas Bird Count and its history, 
here is a link to the TINS CBC webpage:http://tinsweb.org/cbc 

 
Our survey area is focuses on the lower elevations of the southern Tahoe basin, 
the 7.5-mile radius circle centered around the mouth of the Upper Truckee 
River. It stretches from approximately Cave Rock to Bliss State Park, east to 
west. About 1/3 of the circle is on the water, so there are lots of habitats to 
survey—which will ensure a nice diversity of species. Here is a rough map: 
http://goo.gl/HXiunO 

 
At 8 in the morning, we will meet at Alpina Coffee Café (822 Emerald Bay Rd, 
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150). Before splitting up into small groups with a mix 
of skill levels, we will head to Cove East together. Folks that can't make 
Alpina or show up late, can surely meet up with us there. Feel free to call my 
cell if you need to. Once we split up into smaller groups, there will be a lot 
of moving around, so you’re free to take breaks and grab lunch at any time. And 
if you can only make it out for part of the day, don’t worry—we’re happy to 
have your help. We’ll reconvene for a final tally and pizza party after 
sundown. Directions will be provided the morning of the count. 

 
We're surely going to get a little snow at lake level over the next few days, 
so for some areas you might want to bring snowshoes or skis. There are plenty 
of places however, such as Cove East, that may be packed out and easy to walk 
on. It should be a fairly warm storm with warm days following, so that should 
help to pack it down as well. Nevertheless, we recommend snow boots! We're 
expecting temps in the mid- to upper 30s for Monday, and the winds from this 
storm will surely mix things up. With an Ancient Murrelet recently touching 
down in Quincy, who knows what might turn up this year?!? 

 
Also note, Count Week extends for three days before and after the official 
count date, so any species found in the circle during the week, but not on 
Saturday, can count towards our Count Week total. Count week begins Friday, and 
it might be good to get out there just after the storm! Further, feeder 
watchers are welcome to participate by keeping tabs on their own backyards. 
Please contact Ruby (contact info below) for more information on feeder 
watching. 


Please RSVP with Ruby or myself if you haven't yet so we can rough out a plan 
of attack for the afternoon. We're looking forward to seeing you on Monday, and 
for any questions please contact Ruby at Ruby AT tinsweb.org, or call 775.298.0066 

 
Will Richardson
Truckee, CA
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T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
530.412.2792
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Subject: Ancient Murrelet - Portola/Quincy area
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:00:04 -0800
I just received photos of an Ancient Murrelet that was found on a wet road in 
the Quincy/Portola area yesterday. I don't the details of the exact location or 
timing of when this bird was first encountered, but right now the poor thing is 
sitting in a box in somebody's home and they're trying to figure out a way to 
get the bird to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe, or perhaps 
straight back to the coast if it's in decent shape. Crazy!!! If anybody up in 
that area wants to help facilitate, maybe give LTWC a call at 530.577.2273. 


Will Richardson
Truckee, CA
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Upper Truckee Marsh
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:02:10 -0800
I was surprised to see The Lesser Black-backed Gull hanging out near the Tahoe 
Keys area today since the bird was last seen about a month ago. I am hoping it 
sticks around for the South Lake Christmas count. 


Other notables today were the 2 continuing Surf Scoter, Bonaparte’s Gull and 
Tundra Swan. Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and other ducks hanging around in small 
numbers. 


It was also a good raptor day with 7 species seen including a dark phased Melin 
and Peregrine Falcon. There were also 3 age groups of Bald Eagle hanging out in 
the meadow. 


Overall a great December Tahoe birding day with 48 species. 

My big year total is at 185 birds for Tahoe Basin hoping to get to my goal of 
190. Coming down to December crunch time. 


Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Leucistic Varied Thrush
From: "jozyme AT earthlink.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Nov 2014 21:51:04 -0800
Hi all,
 I have a flock of Varied Thrushes here the past few weeks. Last week I saw a 
leucistic one from my kitchen window. I set down my coffee and grabbed my Nikon 
Coolpix L820 and took some pictures, and have uploaded them to the Thrushes 
folder. Any comments would be appreciated, confirming or refuting my belief 
that it is leucistic. 

 Yours truly,
 John Lace
 Grass Valley at 2900'
Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck continues at he Truckee Ponds, but no Red-necked Grebe at Boca Reservior
From: "'C.V. Vick' cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:45:09 +0000 (UTC)
I scoped from the East side, then scoped at the bridge at the sluice and then 
again on the west side. I thought I might have got a glimpse from the east side 
but by the time I got to the west side I couldn't find it. Kaitlyn (another 
birder) was on the west side at the same time and had taken pictures, but I 
reviewed them and they were Common Loons.  

C.V. VickSacramento, Ca
Subject: Long-tailed Duck continues at he Truckee Ponds, but no Red-necked Grebe at Boca Reservior
From: "cvvick AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 19:25:54 -0800
Visited Boca Reservior on 11/24 and couldn't find the Red-necked Grebe reported 
by Martin Meyers (neither could another birder, Kaitlyn who was on the other 
side of the dam). Eared, Horned, Western, Pied-billed and Clark's Grebes were 
present along with a couple of Common Loons and lots of American Coots. I 
spotted one lone Gadwall past the rafts of Grebes. 

 

 The Long-tailed Duck continues at the Truckee Ponds behind Deerfield Drive. 
Besides the usual (American Coots, Buffleheads, American Wigeons, Canada Geese, 
Common Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks) were a pair of Canvasbacks. 

 

 C.V. Vick
 Sacramento, CA
Subject: Nevada County Red-necked Grebe continues
From: "'Rudy Darling' rdarling AT sbbmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:41:34 -0800
Today Dale Rubach and I saw the Red-necked Grebe at Boca Reservoir, Truckee,
Nevada County. It was close to the dam on the west side. The reservoir also
featured Common Loons, Eared, Horned, Western and Clark's Grebes as well as
numerous Ruddy Ducks.

 

Also of interest were both a Canvasback and a Redhead at Prosser Reservoir -
two birds that are difficult in Nevada County. The reservoir was chock full
of thousands of American Coots as well.

 

Rudy Darling

Nevada City/County
Subject: South Lake Tahoe Varied Thrush
From: "kngfshr33 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 15:32:22 -0800
Greetings All,

I've had a Varied Thrush in my yard in Meyers, CA the past two days. I am 
wondering if this is normal or if this poor soul is lost? Do they stay in Tahoe 
for the winter? In the fifteen years I've lived in South Lake Tahoe, I have 
never encountered a Varied Thrush in the Basin. Thanks in advance. 


Andrew Klem
Meyers, CA  
 

Subject: Red-necked Grebe continues at Boca
From: "Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:31 -0800
The Red-necked Grebe was present this morning at the same location as yesterday 
-- fairly close to the dam at Boca Reservoir.  Also present were two Horned 
Grebes, one Pied-billed Grebe, and many Eared and Western Grebes.  Also at 
least five Common Loons, many Common Goldeneyes and Ruddy Ducks, one adult Bald 
Eagle, and lots of Coots. 


Martin

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Subject: Several interesting birds around Truckee (Nevada County) today
From: "'Martin Meyers' martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:53:49 -0700
I spent a few hours birding with Steve and Diane Rose and Jon Dunn today
around the Truckee area today. Dale Rubach joined us for a part of the
day. 

In Glenshire (at the clubhouse pond), there was a male EURASIAN WIGEON. 
At my feeders in Glenshire, there was a late Chipping Sparrow. Prior to
this bird, my latest was October 20 (in 1996.)  

At the gravel ponds at the end of Deerfield Drive, the LONG-TAILED DUCK
continued.

At Boca Reservoir, viewed from the dam, there was one RED-NECKED GREBE
and one Horned Grebe (along with Eared Grebes, Western Grebes, and
Pied-billed Grebes. I really tried to turn one of the many Western into
a Clark's but was unsuccessful.)  Unfortunately, Jon, Steve, and Diane
had left the area before I went to Boca.

And for those who might be interested in the REAL Nevada, a Lark Bunting
has been reported present at University Farms (Cleanwater Way) in Reno
since Sunday. 

Martin


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Boca dam
From: "Martin Meyers martin AT sierrabirdbum.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:41:17 -0800
Boca Reservoir, nevada County.
3:40 p.m.  Close to the dam on east side

Martin

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Subject: Upper Truckee Marsh Surf Scoter and More
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:06:22 -0800
Today, Nov 16, my wife and I relocated the SURF SCOTER offshore from the
mouth of the Truckee River.  It was a gorgeous day out along the lake
shore. We also found 2 DUNLIN, 2 first winter BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 5
TUNDRA SWANS at the mouth of the Truckee River and offshore.
The gulls were abundant, but we were unable to find the Lesser
Black-backed Gull today.

Overall, we found 42 species during our walk this morning.  See attached
ebird list if you are interested.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20579654

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Subject: Lake Tahoe Birds
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:02:21 -0800
Yesterday my wife and I had good luck relocating the LONG-TAILED DUCK at
the Truckee Gravel Ponds.  It was still in the first pond on the right as
you walk out the trail from the end of the pavement on Deerfield.  Thanks
to Todd Easterla for picking it out in the back corner of the pond.  Later
in the morning it was more cooperative and diving in the middle of the
pond.  We also relocated the 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in a different
pond with large boulders, immediately south of the long-tailed duck pond.


We did not have any luck trying to relocate the Lesser Black-backed Gull
at the mouth of Taylor Creek, although there were hundreds of gulls.  We
met Craig Swolgaard as he left the site, but did not relocate his common
loon.  We did find 1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 1 HORNED GREBE and 1 first
winter THAYER'S GULL.

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck- Nevada County
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:23:16 -0800
Birders-

The duck was still there at the gravel pond at the end of Deerfield Drive in 
Truckee, 3:15PM today. Got some good looks in between its disappearing under 
the water. It takes some effort to locate it as it dives a lot. 

I also visited Upper Truckee Marsh earlier but saw little to mention- a common 
loon and a couple Bonaparte’s gulls among the usual suspects. A nice flock of 
horned larks buzzing around near the delta. 


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Subject: Truckee long tailed duck
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:52:39 -0800
Still here this morning 

John Sterling.
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Subject: Nevada County rarities continue
From: "'Rudy Darling' rdarling AT sbbmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:43:45 -0800
For those that aren't also subscribers to county birders listserve, the
Long-tailed Duck at the Truckee gravel pits large pond and the Bonaparte's
Gull at the Boca Reservoir inlet were there again today and seen by many.
Both required some degree of patience. The duck only surfaced for a few
seconds at a time and the gull moved about the upper end of the reservoir.

 

Rudy Darling

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Subject: Westbound white waterfowl, by the bazillions
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:07:35 -0800
Sounds like it's been Snow and Ross' Geese all last week, and now there's 
thousands of swans pushing west through the greater Tahoe area. A friend just 
wrote me to say that Sierra Valley has had them stream past by the "hundreds 
upon hundreds" for the past few nights. Two similar reports/queries from 
non-birder friends on the west shore of Tahoe. It's surely worth stepping 
outside for a few minutes each evening/dawn and tipping an ear skyward. 


Will Richardson 
Truckee, CA
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Subject: Tahoe Big Year
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:57:54 -0800
It sounds like the polar vortex is working its magic and driving large numbers 
of migrants into the region. With cacklers on the North Shore of Tahoe and a 
Long-tailed Duck in Truckee (and a lingering Lesser Black-backed Gull in South 
Lake), I'm inspired and reminded that these list-servs are in need of an 
overdue, formal introduction to the 2015 Tahoe Big Year! This will be a 
year-long event meant to inspire people to explore Tahoe's natural areas, 
promote Tahoe as a birding destination, and cultivate a thriving community of 
nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Also, there will be prizes. 


To make a long story short, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is 
sponsoring a big year for the Tahoe region, covering the Tahoe basin north 
through incorporated Truckee. A more detailed description of the area and a map 
can be found here (http://www.tahoebigyear.org/boundaries.cfm). Note that the 
reservoirs north of I-80 are out, but we had to try and draw a discrete 
boundary somewhere. Sorry if that's a bummer for some of you. 


Participating bird enthusiasts, both local and visiting, expert and novice, 
will attempt to find as many bird species as they can within a set boundary 
(essentially the Lake Tahoe basin and north through incorporated Truckee) and 
will submit any records of new species on the Tahoe Big Year website. The 
competition is free and open to anyone, though those who become TINS members 
(starting at $35/year) will enjoy quite a few perks during the Tahoe Big Year. 
Members can join on monthly guided Tahoe Big Year tours and each month TINS 
will focus on new groups of birds. Additionally, TINS members will be eligible 
for prizes, monthly random prize drawings, and discounted lodging among other 
benefits and special events. With two categories to compete in, Youth (15 years 
of age or younger) or Adult, everyone in the family can participate. In January 
2016, a special gala for TINS members will award first, second, and third place 
winners for each age group to celebrate a full year of enjoying Tahoe’s birds. 
It is important to note, however, that this event is not strictly a 
competition, but an opportunity for the entire community to learn about and 
experience the Tahoe region's diverse bird community and rich birding 
opportunities. We expect that for many participants, of all ages, the Tahoe Big 
Year will be a gateway into the world of birding itself and a deeper 
appreciation of the region's natural history. 

Species missed in late winter or spring will likely return in the fall, so 
folks that miss out on the first half of the year may be able to catch up. It's 
never too late to start, but early entrants will have the best odds at winning 
one of the random monthly prizes. We have encouraged those interested in 
participating to register starting on October 1st, 2014 (visit 
www.tahoebigyear.org to register). Early registrants will be entered into a 
raffle for two pairs of Northstar tickets during the 2014-2015 ski season: one 
raffle for those registered by November 1st has already passed, but there is a 
second for all those registered by December 1st, 2014. 


We're really hoping that as many folks from the broader region as possible 
participate. If we can get a decent number of birders regularly combing the TBY 
area, exploring new areas and thoroughly covering the hotspots, I'm sure we'll 
turn up all kinds of fun discoveries. The Harrimans' consistency and Scott 
Dietrich's big year efforts this year are proof of that, and we can't wait to 
see what we can turn up in 2015! 


Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions.

Will Richardson
Truckee, CA

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Subject: Cackling Goose sub species correction
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:27:03 -0800
Hello,

after looking at the photos (rounder head than initially thought) a little more 
and knowing that hutchinsii sub species usually don’t winter in California Im 
calling the Cackling Goose sub species taverneri. 


Scott Dietrich 
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Cackling Goose and others, Lake Tahoe
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:17:12 -0800
Hello,

I was just going to bird a few hours on the north shore in the morning but the 
birding was so good I continued around the lake.The highlight was 2 Cackling 
Goose both were “Hutchinsii” subspecies hanging out with a group of 110 Canada 
Goose at Pomin Park in Tahoe City. Also here were Red Crossbill and Pine 
Siskin. 


It seems likes just over night a great migration of birds made there way to 
Lake Tahoe. I spent the evening yesterday at the Lake Forest area and 
everything was quiet. 


I estimated 200 Common Goldeneye at Lake Forest alone were I had none 
yesterday, overall I had 300 around the Lake including a small group making 
there way to the south shore. 


Tundra Swans were also in large numbers with a count of 200 sitting on the 
water in 2 different locations along the north shore. 


A flock of 30 Snow Goose flew around the west shore near Blackwood Canyon.

A raft of mixed ducks estimated around 500 was seen on the west shore mostly 
made up of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Northern Pintail. 


2 Pacific Loon were seen today 1 at Carnelian Bay and the other at Lake Forest. 
Common Loon were seen throughout at numerous locations and 3 Red-breasted 
Merganser were seen along the north shore. 


Also single Lesser Scaup was seen at Meeks Bay and American White Pelican 
continued near Upper Truckee Marsh in South Lake. 



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Subject: Plumas County, Lake Almanor
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:37:15 -0800
Yesterday I paddled my canoe out on Lake Almanor to the island south of
Prattville.  A gorgeous day out on Lake Almanor, with almost no wind, and
nice, warm and sunny!  I searched the island and was excited to see a few
sparrows, but they were all savannah sparrows and it seems as if the
American tree sparrow found by Ryan Burnett has moved on to greener
pastures.  Highlights from the island were: 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 1
RED-NECKED GREBE, and 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.  Once I counted 77
Bonaparte's gulls in one scan.  A flock of 96 white geese flew over that
had 93 Snow Geese, 2 Ross' Geese and 1 Blue phase Snow Goose.

Because the weather was so nice, I decided to paddle over to the peninsula
after birding on the island a few hours. I enjoyed my visit with a friend,
then got back into the canoe and was surprised to see how quickly the wind
and waves had come up.  Made for an interesting paddle back across Lake
Almanor into a head wind with waves.  I got my work out!  The Snow and
Ross' geese flights increased and I ended up with a total of 580 SNOW
GOOSE and 53 ROSS' GOOSE in 6 flocks.

I met up with Ryan Burnett after he said the American Redstart was still
coming into his yard in Chester.  We had a nice visit, and Ryan showed me
the AMERICAN REDSTART and there was a friendly VARIED THRUSH hopping
about.  We also had a flock of 220 SNOW GOOSE fly over his yard, with at
least 1 ROSS' GOOSE in the flock.

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Subject: Nevada & Sierra Counties 11/10
From: "Frances Oliver hummer52ffo AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:50:26 -0800
Today Bill Frey, Linda Pittman and I birded Nevada & Sierra Co. We started off 
the morning at Boca Dam (NEV) where we had 3 HORNED GREBES and a number of 
Common Loons. As we drove along the shoreline we noticed a TUNDRA SWAN. 
Surprised to see one here! Eventually it took off and circled the reservoir a 
couple of times constantly gaining elevation and flying S toward Tahoe. 


Looking north from the observation deck by the dam at Stampede Reservoir (SIE) 
Bill noticed more TUNDRA SWANS, 12 adults and 2 juvenile. When we moved to the 
boat ramp they could were well hidden from view. Other highlights included: ~ 
21 COMMON LOONS that were spread over the lake, 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 1 GREATER 
SCAUP in a flock of Lesser's, and 3 HORNED GREBES. 


After lunch we check the Truckee gravel ponds (NEV) for the GREATER-WHITE 
FRONTED GEESE that Diane & Steve Rose recently reported. We found 3; 1 at the 
main big duck pond and 2 more at the smaller eastern most pond. 


A great day of birding!

Frances
Lodi, CA
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders AT att.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:23:57 -0800
Sorry, I'm not in 'your' area, but I have noticed it too. At Timberhill Park 
here in Napa, on Oct. 23 had a male flaring his ruby crown and burst out into 
full song. Was up there again today and saw the same bird ??? - ruby crown and 
full song. I have wondered about the same thing since I mentioned it in my 
Ebird report. I do not remember them singing this time of year. Denise Hamilton 
Napa, CA napabirders AT att.net 



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[central_valley_birds] Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 1:34 PM To: CV Birds ; 
sierra-nevadabirds Subject: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior Hi Birders- 
Thought I’d throw this out to see if others have noticed. This fall I’ve 
seen several instances of ruby-crowned kinglets singing and/ or flaring out 
their ruby crown, which I don’t normally notice this time of year. Just now 
there were two having a scuffle in my yard with plenty of flaring and 
vocalizations (not calls). First, are there others noticing the same thing? 
Second, is this unusual for this bird as it seems to be? An obvious, not 
necessarily correct, conclusion is that the unseasonably warm temperatures are 
causing this. I’d welcome any ideas. Craig Swolgaard Georgetown, CA 
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Subject: Lake Forest Birding
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:33:03 -0800
Hello,

I was able to get out in this beautiful fall evening and bird around Lake 
Forest Point. Pacific Loon and Red-breated Mergansers were continuing from a 
couple of days ago. 


Also first for the fall were a group of 10 Hooded Merganser and a single 
Goldeneye. Also hanging around were 6 Common Loon. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Tahoe
From: "'Kirk Hardie' krhardie AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:47:12 -0800
Hello birders,

I found the Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Tahoe today at Taylor Creek
from 3:45 until 4pm. He was hanging out on the lake and was the farthest
gull out from the mouth of Taylor Creek. After checking out the other birds
(nothing notable) I went to search for the LBBG again, but could not
relocate him. 

 

I had a lone Dunlin and one Lesser Sandpiper at the Upper Truckee Marsh
today as well. 

 

Kirk Hardie 

Incline Village, NV
Subject: Lake Forest Birding
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:46:50 -0800
Hello,

Birded around the North side of the lake today was able to turn up a Pacific 
Loon and 4 Red-breasted Merganser at Lake Forest Point area. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker (South Lake Tahoe)
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:26:49 -0800
Hello,

I was able to bird around the Upper Truckee Marsh and Taylor Creek and was 
lucky enough to get good looks at a clean Red-naped Sapsucker in the small 
pines near the lake as you walk from San Francisco Ave. 


Other birds around the area were an adult and young Thayer’s Gull, Bonaparte's 
Gull and continuing Surf Scoter (2). 


Scott Dietrich
Lake Tahoe

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Taylor Creek
From: "Don Harriman donh999 AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:21:46 -0800
Went down to Taylor Creek at sundown to see what the eagles were up to. 
Among the gulls by the creek mouth was a Lesser Black-backed Gull. The 
bird sighted last week in the Upper Truckee Delta area moved west to 
join the red/dead fish feeding frenzy at Taylor Creek? And what a frenzy 
it was...

Expected to see eagles and many gulls and ravens and ducks. Surprised 
when flight after flight of Common Mergansers joined the hundreds 
already chasing supper. 300-400-500 birds?

Five Bald Eagles, 3 adult, one very white bellied immature, and one 
possible juvenile (it was pretty dark by then). The rising gull alarm is 
a great prompt to stop scanning gulls, look up, and watch eagle magic.

There was also an immature Snow Goose, though just grazing, not 
participating in the frenzy

Don Harriman
South Lake Tahoe
Subject: Plumas County, Lake Almanor - Nov 2 birding
From: "dillingham7 AT digitalpath.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:16:48 -0800
I spent the day at Lake Almanor.  The highlights were:

Lake Haven Resort gull roost had about 180 gulls including:
1 first winter Thayer's Gull
1 adult Mew Gull
Photos are attached in my ebird checklist.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20423434

At Goose Bay there was:
1 Pacific Loon
1 Red-breasted Merganser
A full list of birds at Goose Bay is attached to my checklist.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20423619

At Prattville there was 1 Red-breasted Merganser.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20423587

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull Still at Truckee Delta
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:34:06 -0700
Birders-

I went up to the Upper Truckee River Delta today (parked by Tahoe Keys) and 
looked for the gull. Was lucky enough to run into Todd Easterla and Fritz S___ 
(forgot last name) also looking. We found the gull at the mouth of the river 
with other gulls. Photos on my Flickr site: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477 AT N08/with/15687817812/

Also dunlins there and some semi-palmated plovers.

Good birding,

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Subject: S Tahoe birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:08:57 -0700
Adult lesser black backed gull and surf scoter off east side of upper truckee 
river delta now 


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Subject: Lesser BB Gull - yes!
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:32:27 -0700
Currently straight off Regan Beach. Congrats to the Harrimans on another great 
Tahoe bird! 

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Subject: Probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at Tahoe today
From: "Will Richardson t.will.richardson AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:06:22 -0700
Hey all, 
I just heard from the group birding the Upper Truckee Marsh of a gull that sure 
sounds like a ringer for adult Lesser Black-backed. It has been seen on the 
eastern edge of the beach where you walk in from SF and Argonaut. If it's not 
there, it would be worth searching the gull flock at Regan Beach, a short 
distance to the east. 

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Subject: Surf Scoter and Swamp Sparrow, Upper Truckee Marsh
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:34:09 -0700
Hello,

It was a good day at the marsh! Swamp Sparrow was found near the tules and 
cattails as our group walked along the fence line. 

Jon Dunn was able to nail down 2 Surf Scoter just out from the main 
shoreline.Other notables here were a Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, 3 Dunlin 
and a young Bonaparte’s Gull. 



Taylor Creek had a single Thayer’s Gull along with a single Crow (rare in 
Tahoe) in with the Ravens. 


A single Bonaparte’s Gull was also seen at Lake Forest Pt. on north side of the 
Lake. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow, Upper Truckee Marsh
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:45:13 -0700
Hello,

This Morning I was able to re-find a bird last week that I thought was a 
possible Clay-colored Sparrow. I was able to get good enough looks to and some 
decent photos to confirm Clay-colored Sparrow. The bird hung around for a few 
hours working the grassy area near the mouth of the Upper Truckee River. I 
tried to find it a little later but was not able to re-find but will try in the 
morning. 


Other birds around were a single Dunlin, 3 Mountain Bluebirds and Common Loon.
Jon Dunn joined later in the afternoon to spot a young Thayer’s Gull near the 
Cove East side as we were looking for the Clay-colored Sparrow. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Thayer's Gull, Taylor Creek (Lake Tahoe)
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:43:06 -0700
Hello,

With the annual fall spawning of Kokanee at Taylor Creek a lot of gull’s have 
been stacking up near the mouth with Herring Gull and California Gull most 
abundant. This week I was able to pick out an juvenile Thayer’s Gull and get 
some decent photos. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Surf Scoter- Eagle Lake
From: "David Arsenault david.arsenault1 AT gmail.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:08:01 -0700
My son River and our friend Val and I saw an adult female SURF SCOTER while
fishing at Eagle Lake this morning.  We caught some nice trout too.  There
were still at least 7,000 *Aechmophorus* grebes on the lake plus a few
HORNED GREBES and a REDHEAD.  In the afternoon, River and I looked for the
scoter that was seen at Lake Almanor yesterday with no luck.

Good Birding,

David Arsenault
Quincy, CA
Subject: Greater White Fronted Goose- Alpine Cty
From: "Bill Frey bill.freynv AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:31:44 -0700

There has been a juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose at the Indian Creek 
Reservoir in Alpine County. It has been in the lake's west end. You may have to 
look around thousands of coots first. 



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Subject: White-throated Sparrow (Tahoe City)
From: "Scott Dietrich dietrichscott71 AT yahoo.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:22:10 -0700
Hello,

I was able to bird around Pomin Park in Tahoe City this morning and was able to 
find a White-throated Sparrow (personal 1st for the Basin) hanging around the 
north end of the soccer field. The bird was with a mixed flock of White-crown 
and Golden-crown Sparrows. 


The park was very active other notables were flocks of Cedar Waxwing (15), and 
Evening Grosbeak (40), Clarks Nutcracker, 

Common Yellowthroat and possible Purple Finch ( didn’t get great look and no 
vocalization but first impression was Purple). 


Lake Forest Point was a little slow today but did have Horned Lark, Greater 
White-fronted Goose and an lone acceptor working the willow point. 


Scott Dietrich
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Subject: Sierra Valley Raptors
From: "rupo AT att.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Oct 2014 18:03:02 -0700
Hi All, 
 

 Yesterday was a good day for raptors in Sierra Valley. On a Sierra Foothills 
Audubon field trip led by Ted Beedy and myself we had the following: 

 

 Prairie Falcon- At the Sierraville cemetery.
 Swainson’s Hawk - At the Sierraville cemetery.
 American Kestrel- On Marble Hot Springs Rd.
 Golden Eagle - A juvenile bird north of Dyson Rd.
 Furruginous Hawk- On A24 north of Loyalton.
 

 Also seen were Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Harriers.
 

 dale rubach
 Grass Valley
 Nevada County
 
 

 

Subject: Re: Update: Auburn Area Turkey Vulture Migration (PLA)
From: "Deren Ross derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:01:45 -0700
I should thank Robyn Fujii, Dennis Cavallo, and Barbara Tellman for their 
reports this morning. 


Deren Ross
Auburn, CA
 


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Auburn, CA

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Subject: Update: Auburn Area Turkey Vulture Migration (PLA)
From: "derenross AT sbcglobal.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Oct 2014 11:55:16 -0700
Hello,
 

 The Turkey Vulture migration picked up again this morning with several hundred 
birds coming out of the Meadow Vista and Christian Valley area. Today's north 
winds could bring a surge of vultures through the area today. 

 

 Over the past week and a half, from a handful of local observers, we have 
randomly recorded upwards of 1500 Turkey Vultures in migration. I suspect 
several thousand passed through unnoticed. 

 

 Unable to take in the action today, although I did see a few of the 
magnificent migrants from the window. 

 

 Vicariously Vulture Watching in Auburn,
 

 Deren Ross
 Auburn, CA
Subject: Kern River Valley Am. Redstart
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:55 -0700
Hi,

The AMERICAN REDSTART in clean, crisp, fresh yellow plumage on the sides 
of the chest and prominently displayed in the fanned tail (vs. adult 
male's orange/reddish orange) along the Kern River Preserve portion of 
Fay Rancah Rd in Weldon, South Fork Kern River Valley, Kern County, at 
c. 2650' in the southern Sierra Nevada was observed again this morning - 
continuing from this past Saturday, September 20th. North on Fay Ranch 
Rd from CA Hwy 178 c. 0.25 miles to a small willow at the edge of the 
road next to the pasture on the right/east and a large willow and three 
large cottonwoods on the left/west across Fay Ranch Rd from the small 
willow.

The Kern River Valley is not known as a hotspot for southbound, fall 
landbird migrants vs. during northbound, spring landbird migration when 
it is a hoptspot (e.g.: single mornings with up to 10,000 Vaux's Swifts, 
200 Swainson's Thrushes, 1200 Western Tanagers, 900 Black-headed 
Grosbeaks tallied from a single point). This morning was likely about as 
good as it gets in fall along Fay Ranch Rd with SIX WARBLER SPECIES 
present within 100' of one another - 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 3 Common 
Yellowthroats, 1 American Redstart,  3 Yellow Warblers, 1 Wilson's Warbler.

SUMMER TANAGER continue to be present into the last week of September 
when the last of this species usually departs the South Fork Kern River 
Valley for winter season to the south, although some years and 
individual or two lingers into the first week in October. One was along 
Fay Ranch Rd this morning while last Thursday three were along Sierra 
Way and last Saturday one was along Fay Ranch and two were along the 
closed Public Access Trail at Canebrake Ecological Reserve (access 
letter required until new on-site staff hires).

This morning's eBird list of thirty-nine species may be view via...



Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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Subject: arctic tern in Alpine County
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:33:42 -0700
John Luther just called to report an adult Arctic Tern at Indian Springs 
Reservoir. First record for Alpine County! 


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