Pelagic results 8/26

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>

Friday - 26 August 2005 - Once again a trip aboard the Trek II ventured out
of Noyo Harbor on a Shearwaters Journeys trip. We left the harbor at 7:00
AM. The ocean was flat calm all day with water temps being cold ranging
from 51.6 to 52.7 degrees. I am just going to report the highlights,
which may differ from the final numbers tallied by Debi Shearaters' trip
leaders. Birds were within view all day with some of the deep water
pelagic species, like Black-footed Albatross showing up within 3-4 miles of
shore. The highlight of the trip was a concentration of Ashy Storm
Petrels, including a raft of 60-80 birds on the water. Total numbers I
believe were estimated at 170 - 200 Ashy Storm Petrels ...the largest
concentration ever recorded for Mendocino County. The other highlight was
a VERY EARLY 1st-year Mew Gull ... normally a winter resident species.

Pacific Loon - 1 (at the harbor)
Black-footed Albatross 50 - 100 or more
Northern Fulmar 5-8
Pink-footed Shearwater 40-60
Sooty Shearwater 200-500
Buller's Shearwater 10-15
Ashy Storm Petrel 170-200
Brown Pelican 8-10 (one at 14 miles off shore)
Brandt's Cormorant
Whimbrel 3
Marbled Godwit 11
Sanderling 1
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope 80-120
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 4-6
Mew Gull 1 (very early arrival)
California gulls
Western Gulls
Sabine's Gull 20-30
Common Tern 8-20
Arctic Tern 1-2
Common Murre
Cassin's auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet

Passerines included:

Yellow Warbler 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Townsend's Warbler 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1-2
Wilson's Warbler 1 (eaten by a gull)
Western Wood Pewee
Western-type Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) 1

Mammals included:

Elephant Seal 1
Northern fur Seal 2
California Sea Lion
Harbor Seal
Blue Whale (12-20)
Humpback Whale 3
Pacific White-sided Dolphins 100+
Northern Right-Whale Dolphin 100+

I probably missed a few on this list and I am sure that the numbers will be
adjusted on the official tally .... but at least you have the idea of what
we saw.
There is another trip out on the water right now and another on Sunday.

Bob Keiffer.

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Mendocino Coast Audubon Pelagic Trip

Charlene McAllister

Mendocino Coast Audubon Pelagic Trip

Sunday, September 25, 2005

8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Little River, CA 95456

Lake Mendocino 26 Aug

George Chaniot

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 -- Lake Mendocino is still pretty much in its summer
aspect, but a few birds are starting to move in. Today there were two EARED
GREBES in the middle of the north end still in breeding plumage. At Pomo A
there was one adult BLACK-NECKED STILT on the shoreline. The last report
from USTP was of three stilts; could this be the fourth bird gone forth to
the lake? This is a new bird on my provisional list of Lake Mendocino birds
Summer loons are uncommon on inland waters, but I saw one on July 25,
possibly a Pacific Loon, two Common Loons near the dam on Aug 12, and today
a COMMON LOON near Miti campground.
There was also a single CASPIAN TERN flying near the dam.( Jim
Armstrong reports a flock of about 25 Caspian Terns on Aug 24 flying over a
house he is roofing in Potter Valley. I saw a similar flock when I was
roofing my house in Potter Valley on Aug 25, 2001. These flocks of Caspians
flying overland are turning out to be confined to a narrow time slot in
I heard PILEATED WOODPECKERS at three locations around the lake
today. I am also seeing them in my neighborhood flying into vineyards where
I suspect they are indulging their appetite for grapes.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Lake Co.

Bryan McIntosh

24 AUG 2005:
1 Juv. Short-billed Dowitcher Rob. Lk., Nice
6 Long-billed Dowitcher " "
1 Lesser Yellowlegs " "
1 Greater Yellowlegs " "
1 Juv. Semipalmated Sandpiper " "

25 AUG 2005:
3 American Avocet Private Pond N. of abv.
2 Red-necked Phalarope "

By McIntosh, Bryan J. (Thanks to Dave Woodward for last 2 abv.)

Ten Mile River Bridge & Seaside Beach

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

This morning on the north side of the Ten Mile River Bridge, I saw a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT just west of Camp 2 Ten Mile Rd, in the
same vacinity as previous reports of chat(s) since mid-May. Also, the
pines at the NW side of the bridge held a WARBLING VIREO, plus
Wilson's, Orange-crowned, and Yellow Warblers.

At Seaside Beach, between the Ten Mile rivermouth and Seaside Creek,
my husband Jim saw a WANDERING TATTLER still in alternate plumage

Good birding --- Karen Havlena
north of Fort Bragg

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Glass Beach to Ten Mile, 21 Aug

George Chaniot

Sun, 21 Aug 2005 -- At about 12:30 today Chuck Vaughn and I refound the
STILT SANDPIPER at Virgin Creek just west of the bridge. We had checked
the outflow creek of Lake Cleone at about 9:00 and 12:00 without seeing
one. To all appearances it was the same bird seen last Sunday. While we
were watching it, it began calling and then flew off to the south and
disappeared around the rocky point. I don't know if this was a definitive
departure, or whether the same bird moves around from place to place.
On the beach at Virgin Creek was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER in very fresh
juvenile plumage, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and 13 HARLEQUIN DUCKS on a flat rock
just offshore - great close-up views of eclipse plumages.
At the Ten Mile River mouth we saw 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and then when
we walked the beach to near Inglenook Fen we saw another group flying. In
the willows beneath the Ten Mile bridge there was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER,
Yellow, Orange-crowned, and Wilson's Warblers, and a Hutton's Vireo.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Floyd Hayes

Oops! It was a Spotted Sandpiper rather than a
Solitary Sandpiper, the Red-necked Phalarope was at
Lake Borax, and looking at my photos I see that the
Cinnamon/Blue-winged Teal are definitely Cinnamon


Southern Lake County

Floyd Hayes

Large numbers of dabbling ducks appear to be new
arrivals. Here are some birds seen this morning.

NORTHERN SHOVELER: 25 at Clearlake Wastewater
Treatment Plant; 6 at Borax Lake; 5 at Hidden Valley
Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 1 at Clearlake Wastewater Treatment
Plant; 3 at Borax Lake; 1 at Hidden Valley Lake
Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CINNAMON/BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 13 at Borax Lake; 1 at
Hidden Valley Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

GADWALL: 5 at Clearlake Wastewater Treatment Plant; 10
at Borax Lake.

BUFFLEHEAD: female at Clearlake Wastewater Treatment
Plant (couldn't find female at Borax Lake, or the male
Lesser Scaup)


BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 juvenile at Borax Lake.

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: 5 juveniles at Borax Lake.


Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County

Eel River

George Chaniot

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 -- This week (15-18 Aug) I worked on steelhead
reproduction surveys in the Eel River between Van Arsdale Dam and Dos Rios.
Most of the stretch between Van Arsdale Dam and Outlet Creek is seldom
birded because access is through private property. Birding was incidental
to other activities, and there were no surprises, but it was interesting to
note that AMERICAN DIPPERS were present at every location I visited: 3/4 mi
below Van Arsdale, Thomas Creek, 3/4 mile below the Hearst bridge, Covelo
Road mp 11.14. Also at milepost 11.14 on the Covelo Road there was a CANYON
WREN in a pile of boulders on the far bank (Sorry, I forgot to mention
that, Roger.)

George Chaniot
Potter Valley ,MEN, CA

Wood Duck
Common Merganser
California Quail
Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Mourning Dove
Black Phoebe
Acorn Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Violet-green Swallow
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
American Dipper
Canyon Wren
Western Tanager
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Lesser Goldfinch

Stilt Sandpiper continues

Ron LeValley

Toby Tobkin just reported the Stilt Sandpiper continuing at Lake Cleone on
the beach side of the haul road.

It was also present when I stopped by last night around 6:30 pm. I was also
fortunate to see the Stilt Sandpiper in Eureka at the Palco Marsh yesterday
around noon, so I may be the first to see (and photograph) Stilt Sandpipers
in both Humboldt and Mendocino in the same day! Is that my fifteen minutes
of fame?

Ron LeValley
Mad River Biologists
920 Samoa Blvd., Suite 210
Arcata CA 95521
Cell: 707/496-3326
Office: 707/826-0300
Fax: 707/826-0300

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Subject: [Mendobirds] Stilt Sandpiper

Sun, 14 Aug 2005 -- 11:00 Roger Foote and Dorothy Tobkin just phoned me
from Virgin Creek beach where they were looking at a STILT SANDPIPER. It
was wading in Virgin Creek where it crosses the beach. Second county

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Etsel Ridge

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

We took our first drive up Etsel Ridge Road Thursday. We got off to a
late start, so we missed a few target species. . . but, we will return!
We only encountered four other vehicles the entire time (so, mid-week
trips are good, if you can take the time).
Highlights included watching a family of 4 MOUNTAIN QUAIL as they
crossed the road. This was 10:50 AM, 4.7 miles up M1 from the Eel
River Campground, still outside the National Forest.
We also saw a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, 28.5 miles from the Eel R.
Cpgd. The road got quite rocky there, so we headed back north.
Also, in a spruce grove near Grizzly Flat, we saw HAMMOND'S
HERMIT WARBLERS, and many Red-breasted Nuthatches and
Dark-eyed Juncos.
Thanks to Toby, Art and George for their help.
---- Karen & Jim Havlena
Fort Bragg

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Sandpiper saturation

David Jensen

Thursday, August 18, 2005. A bit of advice for any who might come to see the Stilt Sandpiper this weekend (since it seems to be sticking around). Arrive at MacKerricher Park's Laguna Point parking lot as early as possible. 7:00 or 8:00 is a good time. The bird is easy to find and view in the small stream that runs from the west side of the haul road to the beach BEFORE the kids and dogs start wading through. If you arrive after the visitors hit the beach, the bird may be difficult (impossible) to find. Good birding!

Stilt Sandpiper Continues

Charlene McAllister

Thursday, August 18, 2005 Toby reports the STILT SANDPIPER was at the Lake
Cleone Overflow again this morning.

Charlene McAllister
P.O. Box 332
Little River, CA 95456

Lake Co.

Bryan McIntosh

16 AUG 2005:
2 Semipalmated Plover Borax Lake, Clk. Pk.
2 Juv. Baird's Sandpiper " "
1 Juv. Sanderling " "
1 Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper " "
6 W./ Red-necked Phalarope " "
Molt. Juv.

18 AUG 2005:
2 Adult Least Bittern Long Tule Pt., Kvl.
(Thanks to Greg Giusti's initial report via Jerry White)

By McIntosh, Bryan J.

Caspian Terns

Cheryl Watson

This evening at 7:15PM, Geoff and I saw and heard a flock of what we
believe to be Caspian Terns heading southeast over our place off Old
River Road, three miles south of Talmage. They were flying way up
there in a loose flock of about fifty birds, visible only as
glittery specks to the unassisted eye. The big white birds with
black wingtips were croaking distinctively.

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA

Re: More Stilt Sandpipers

George Chaniot

Wed, 17 Aug 2005 -- Today Toby reports one STILT SANDPIPER continuing at
the Lake Cleone overflow

At 18:56 2005 08 16, David Jensen wrote:
Tuesday, August 16: Toby reports that she saw two Stilt Sandpipers at
11:00 this morning. The birds were found at MacKerricher Park, just north
of Fort Bragg, in the Lake Cleone overflow. Drive past the lake, pass
under the trestle, and the birds are in the small stream that flows to the
bay. This is the location where the first county record was found. Toby
reported that one of the birds was a juvenile (perhaps the one seen Sunday
at Virgin Creek). The other was buffier, probably an adult

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I am a novice bird watcher and would like to purchase a good book for bird identification. Any suggestions?

More Stilt Sandpipers

David Jensen

Tuesday, August 16: Toby reports that she saw two Stilt Sandpipers at 11:00 this morning. The birds were found at MacKerricher Park, just north of Fort Bragg, in the Lake Cleone overflow. Drive past the lake, pass under the trestle, and the birds are in the small stream that flows to the bay. This is the location where the first county record was found. Toby reported that one of the birds was a juvenile (perhaps the one seen Sunday at Virgin Creek). The other was buffier, probably an adult.

8/16 at USTP

vishnu <vishnu@...>

Seen at the USTP today, 8/16 between 11:15am and noon were 3 Black- legged Stilts, 5 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Dowitchers, a hunting Cooper's hawk and several Baird's Sandpipers.


Stilt Sandpiper

Jerry White <grwhite@...>

Luke Cole and I were at Virgin Creek about 11:30 AM today . We did not find the Stilt Sandpiper.

However a group of us (15 or more birders) just off the Shearwater boat trip did have great looks at the bird on Sunday at about 5:00 PM; thanks to Roger Foote who met us at the dock with the news.

Congratulations to Roger on his discovery and special thanks to him, to George Chaniot and Toby Tobkin for their phone calls
and all their efforts to notify the local birders of this excellent county bird.

Today Luke Cole and I birded the coast from Juan Creek to Ft. Bragg. By 1:00 PM we had about 85 species. We found nothing exceptional but of interest were; a Marbled Murrelet and Purple Martins at Juan Creek, a large flyover flock of Marbled Godwits (I believe Luke counted 27 birds) and a Lark Sparrow at the Westport Headlands. We ran across 3 or so good sized flocks of mixed passerines which included migrant Wilson's Warblers, Yellow Warblers, a few Orange-crowned Warblers, Western Wood-Pewees and a Cassin's Vireo or two. Not a lot of diversity yet.

Luke continued south on Hiway 1 trying to reach 100 in Mendocino County for the day. I went inland to the Ukiah Treatment Ponds where I found 3 Baird's Sandpipers and a Wilson's Snipe. JRW

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