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Dueling Flickers

Jim Armstrong
 

I observed a pair of Northern Flickers doling a noisy little dance a few days ago that took them to several different trees in my yard.
I found out that this is well known behavior in the spring but not so common in the fall.
I'd never seen it before at either time. 
The twittering is high pitched and sounds like it should come from much smaller birds.
 


Mt Plover Ward Ave

Roger Adamson
 

Monday oct 19
The Mt Plover reported yesterday on eBird is still here. Almost two miles north of the Ward Ave parking area, high on the beach, alone. This is about a quarter mile south of the outlet of Inglenook Creek.
Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


Possible Cattle Egret at Lake Mendocino

geogibbs
 

Too distant to be sure but it has short stocky bill mostly light (not black), dark legs and no yellow on feet that I can see. Grazing with Geese just East of North boat ramp.

George Gibbs
Ukiah


FOS

darliss60
 

Darliss and I just enjoyed seeing our first of the fall season Varied Thrush in our yard in Brooktrails. 
Luck!
F&D Sanderson 
Willits (Brooktrails)



Broad-billed Hummingbird seen at The Sea Ranch, Sonoma County Fw: Mendonoma Sightings

jackson_us
 

10/2 and 10/3 in Sonoma County.
Just a few miles from the Mendocino County border this Broad-billed Hummingbird was seen and photographed. I thought you might enjoy seeing it and keeping an eye out for it. The sound this hummer makes is quite different from the ones we see and hear. I have a link below if you’d like to listen to it.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
 

From: Mendonoma Sightings
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Mendonoma Sightings


A Broad-billed Hummingbird paid a rare visit to the Mendonoma Coast.

Posted: 09 Oct 2020 04:41 PM PDT

A beautiful hummingbird was seen on October 2 and 3 at The Sea Ranch. John Batchelder’s daughter, Marianne, was the first to see it and identify it.

BBIH @TSR 100220

Diane Hichwa wrote, “There is a rare bird staying for a few days at Sea Ranch - a Broad-billed Hummingbird. It has been seen on two other occasions in Sonoma County.  It SHOULD be in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico, but not here. But it is.”

Several other photographers got wonderful photos of the colorful hummer, including Craig Tooley.  Craig wrote, “It is spectacular. Also, it makes a very different sound than our local Hummers.” Here is a link to hear their calls, which are quite different! https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-billed_Hummingbird/sounds

Karen Wilkinson also photographed the beautiful hummingbird.

Why this little bird was so far from its normal territory is a puzzle, but we know how to appreciate beauty when we see it. Welcome to the Mendonoma Coast, little hummer!

Thanks to John, Craig and Karen for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

We are having a oh-so-lovely autumn day today. Perhaps a little rain tomorrow, please rain gods and goddesses!


Weird sparrow returns

Roger Adamson
 

I had a strange sparrow last winter. It was a hatch-year bird that was
intermediate in appearance between White-throated Sparrow and
White-crowned Sparrow. Assuming there are not very many of these, the same
bird has returned to my yard in company with a flock of Golden-crowned
Sparrows. Like WTSP, it has yellowish lores (although very slight), scaly
breast and sides (again, very slight), and narrow black crown stripes down
the forehead, and the auricular area and below the eye is smudgy dark. But
not like WTSP, and more like WCSP, it has a pinkish-yellowish bill. And
not like either, the post-ocular stripe is broken and not attached to the
nape. The dark patches on the nape, which should be continuous with the
crown stripe in WTSP (or continuous with the post-ocular stripe in WCSP)
are brown, not black. Bird is very odd.
eBird list and photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74581667
more photos: https://radamson.smugmug.com/VariousBirds/Hybrid-WTSPxWCSP/

Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


Burrowing Owl Mendo Headlands

Roger Adamson
 

Chris L. Reports that he found a Burrowing Owl on the nearest (East-most) large offshore rock at the northwest corner of Mendocino Headlands today, Wednesday, Oct 7. Visible from the north parking area.

ROger Adamson
For Chris Lamoreaux


Accipiter fest!

Tim Bray
 

5 October 2020 - Middle Ridge, Albion 

This morning we had an amazing spectacle in our garden.  Hearing an unfamiliar vocalization, I looked out to see several Steller's Jays mobbing something, which turned out to be a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. To my surprise, a second one also appeared, flying out of the hedge and circling the yard, swooping right over the first one. The two of them and the Jays proceeded to chase each other around the yard, and at one point I am certain there was actually a third Sharpie present. This went on for several minutes before the hawks moved on. When I went out to look for them again, there were two Cooper's Hawks out in the brushy meadow as well. All the hawks were immature (hatch-year) birds.

Fun times!


FOS White-throated Sparrow

Roger Adamson
 

I had my first-of-season White-throated Sparrow today at the brush pile in
our garden.

Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


Lewis's Woodpecker at Enchanted Trail

Shannon Underhill
 

A juvenile Lewis's Woodpecker found this morning at Enchanted Trail. According to Chuck Vaughn, one hasn't been recorded on the Mendocino coast for 20 years (last record was in Point Arena).


Re: White-fronted Geese

Francois Christen
 

Band-tailed pigeons arrived at our place in Philo last week. That’s our signal that Fall is here!

 

From: "Mendobirds@groups.io" <Mendobirds@groups.io> on behalf of Tim Bray <tbray@...>
Date: Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7:49 AM
To: "Mendobirds@groups.io" <Mendobirds@groups.io>
Subject: [Mendobirds] White-fronted Geese

 

28 September 2020 - Just heard a small flock of White-fronted Geese at my house in Albion. To me that means it is officially Fall.

We also had our first-of-season Fox Sparrows on Friday morning (the 26th).  The first Golden-crowned Sparrows appeared about a week ago, but a lot more of them showed up in the last two days.

Middle Ridge, Albion, about a mile from the coastline.


White-fronted Geese

Tim Bray
 

28 September 2020 - Just heard a small flock of White-fronted Geese at my house in Albion. To me that means it is officially Fall.

We also had our first-of-season Fox Sparrows on Friday morning (the 26th).  The first Golden-crowned Sparrows appeared about a week ago, but a lot more of them showed up in the last two days.

Middle Ridge, Albion, about a mile from the coastline.


FOS Fox Sparrow

Roger Adamson
 

Had my first of season Fox Sparrow in our yard brush pile this morning in Fort Bragg. Yesterday we had our first Golden-crowned and Lincoln Sparrows. First Fox Sparrow last year was on the 29th September.

RHA


Re: Need Help With Small Warbler ID

Erica Fielder
 

Cornell Ornithology says the hermit warbler hybridizes with Townsend's. That might be the reason it looked a bit different. Maybe a drop Townsend’s making the demarkations so distinct. 

The wonder of nature.

Erica



On Sep 26, 2020, at 2:15 PM, Tim Bray <tbray@...> wrote:

Hi Erica,

I struggle with warbler ID when I'm looking right at them, so maybe am not the best help... having said that, your description sounds to me like a Hermit Warbler. Plain yellow face plus white wing-bars on dark gray wings, not many warblers have that combo. Hermits are not uncommon out here but they are very hard to see because they spend almost all their time high in the canopy of tall conifers. In spring they will sometimes respond to calls and come down where you can see them, and in fall on migration (i.e. now) they can occasionally be found in gardens and thickets. Beautiful little birds!

-- 
Cheers,
Tim
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Ecology Hour
Oak & Thorn
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On 9/26/2020 1:39 PM, Erica Fielder efielder@... [Mendobirds] wrote:


Hello All, 

The small warbler was bathing at our tiny pond. Clear yellow face to above the eye and high forehead, yellow front of neck down to breast. Pale gray-white fading from yellow breast to lower breast down to beneath tail. Strong white-dark wing  bars. Darkish gray, maybe dark olive, hood at top of head and back of neck with clear demarkation between yellow face the edge of dark gray on back of neck. Gray back including tail. 

Can someone please help us identify this bird?

Thank you, 

Erica


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Tennessee Warbler at Big River

Roger Adamson
 

I refound the Tennessee Warbler at the Big River Parking area this
morning. It was with a group of Bushtits, Yellow Warbler, OC Warb, and
Warb Vireo. They were in the alders just on the north side of the road. I
looked for a while with no luck for the Cassin's Sparrow.

Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


Slaty-backed Gull still here

Roger Adamson
 

Three people today reported finding the Slaty-backed Gull. Today it was nearer Ten Mile River Than Ward Avenue.
Roger Adamson
For Jerry & Nikki White and Tim Steurer


Slaty-backed Gull still here

Roger Adamson
 

Shannon Underhill photographed the same bird that Todd Easterla reported last Wednesday. Shannon saw it again About a “mile north of Ward Ave“. It is still here. Park at the beach access on Ward Ave and head north.

RHA


American Avocet at Ten Mile Beach

Shannon Underhill
 

Around noon, about halfway between Ward Ave and Ten Mile River, foraging at the water line.


Cassin’s sp refound

Roger Adamson
 

The Cassin’s Sp is still at Big River -beach parking area east of bridge. Between parking and River.

RHA


Cassin's Sparrow at Big River 9/20

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Visiting birder Alex Merritt found and photographed a Cassin's Sparrow on Big River at 0715 this morning. The bird was in the vegetation between the river and the road east of the parking lot with the portapotty. Also in the area were a Tennessee Warbler and a Vesper Sparrow.

Messenger Chuck Vaughn