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Mendocino Audubon November Program

Charlene McAllister
 

A Natural History of Birds in Ecuador

Presented by Rudy Gelis

When: Monday November 20, 2006 7:00 p.m

Where: Caspar Community Center



Rudy Gelis began his career in ornithology when he was awarded a Thomas J.
Watson Fellowship in 1997. After studying nesting Andean Condors in
Argentina and penguins on the Falkland Islands, he settled in Ecuador. Over
the past decade, as an active member of the Yanayacu Natural History Group
based in cloud forest of northeastern Ecuador, he has collaborated in
numerous publications in refereed ornithology journals. In Ecuador he has
studied the nests and breeding behavior of Long-wattled Umbrellabird,
Red-winged Wood-Rail, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, five species of antpitta,
Masked and Bluish Flowerpiercers, Barred Hawk, plus many dozens more. He has
assisted in other ornithological works, including breeding bird surveys in
the northeast U.S. and clay-lick use by parrots and macaws in the rainforest
of southeastern Peru. Rudy instructs university-level natural history
courses in Ecuador and frequently offers ecotourism courses and assists in
professional workshops for guides and park guards in Latin America. Applying
his strong background in botany and great interest in all of the natural
world, Rudy leads birding and natural history tours throughout much of
Ecuador and Peru. He is co-author with Murray Cooper of "Plumas: Birds in
Ecuador ", a fine art photography book published in Quito. He currently
lives in Quito, Ecuador.



For further information call 964-6362





Charlene McAllister
P.O. Box 332
Little River, CA 95456
707-937-4463


late WIWA

Tina Fabula <cfabula@...>
 

October 29, 2006
I saw a late Wilson's Warbler in my backyard.... maybe that goes with the lovely fall weather we have been having until recently.

-Tina Fabula


Ferruginous Hawk - Fort Bragg area

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Toby Tobkin called to report that she saw a/the returning
Ferruginous Hawk on Bald Hill Rd, north of Pudding Creek
Rd, east of Hwy 1 in Fort Bragg. She thought that the
Burrowing Owl was in its place on the east side of Bald
Hill Rd, but it was difficult even with a scope.
The Canada Geese were way west of the road, so she
could not tell if any other species were there.

A Slate-colored Junco is coming to her feeder in Fort
Bragg. Call 964-6216 for info.

KH


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Black-necked Stilt/Lake County

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>
 

Mon. Oct. 30, 2006. This morning there was a Black-necked Stilt in the
flooded northern pond along the Nice-Lucerne cutoff. The stilt was in
the southern end of the pond while I was there. That portion of the
pond is only visible from the extreme northern end of the pond near
the small wooden barn. There were also at least three Dunlin and three
Pectoral Sandpipiers among the dowitchers and peeps along the
shorlines. The only egret at the pond this morning was a Great Egret.
Dave Woodward
Lakeport


Lapland Longspurs - Mendocino 10/28/06

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Hi Birders- This morning at 8:30, I saw 2 Lapland Longspurs on
the Mendocino Headlands. They were south of the monument
and dirt parking lot at the foot of Little Lake St. I was out on the
trail closest to the ocean. From behind me where the short grass
meets the long grass, I heard the "rattle" call. Turning, I saw the
2 birds fly a short distance further south (and nearer to me).
They landed about 15 yards away on the edge of the slope. One
bird flew down to the narrow, strip of green grass. The other
bird joined it. When I left, they had flown back up to the edge
of the slope and the trail.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg


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Lake Cleone - Red Crossbills

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

This morning I walked around Lake Cleone in MacKerricher St Park.
There was a group of about 9 or 10 Red Crossbills in the tall, shore
pines on the SSE side of the lake. Two were adult, orange-red males.
Warblers included Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Yellow-rumped and
Common Yellowthroat.
Along the ocean, an Osprey made its way south near Laguna Point.
Just south of the Lake Cleone restrooms, a male Northern Harrier
hovered and hunted only a few yards from me. I got great looks at
that beautiful bird.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg


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Common Moorhen

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

27 Oct 2006 - Friday - One adult Common Moorhen continues to reside
at the "middle" sag pond located on the west side of University Road
at the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center near Hopland. If
interested in seeing this bird please contact Chuck
Vaughn (cevaughn@ucdavis.edu) or myself, Bob Keiffer, at
(rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu) Soras and Virginia Rails can be
heard also, but not likely seen. Good birding. Bob Keiffer

Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how
the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have
done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the
arena." Theodore Roosevelt


the gull and the crayfish

kmarianchild
 

I was on the Feather River last week and saw a juvenile gull with a crayfish in its mouth. Suddenly the crayfish was no longer in the gull's mouth, but was clinging to the left side of its breast. The gull kept making short little hop-flights trying to get rid of it, to no avail. The gull cried out piteously over and over again, fluttering up into the air and landing in a new place every time. The other gulls didn't seem to notice. I wish I could have seen the end of this drama, but my kayaking group was heading downstream and I had to keep moving. Would another gull have finally pulled it off?


Cattle Egret in Lake Co.

George Chaniot
 

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 -- This morning I saw a CATTLE EGRET along the
Nice-Lucerne cutoff in the northern field which currently has water in it.
It was in a group of about 15 Snowy Egrets. At about 08:30 a group of
egrets flew off to the SE; I do not believe the Cattle Egret was among
them. I could not find it after that - it may have been out of sight behind
the reeds in the foreground. The most recent Lake County checklist shows
only one previous record of Cattle Egret, a fall record.
On the field to the south, which is currently dry, there were 14
CACKLING GEESE, apparently Aleutians, visable from the green gate.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Clay-colored Sparrows- Laguna Point

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Toby Tobkin called this afternoon (10/23) to say that she
had two Clay-colored Sparrows about 1/4 mile south of
the far platform at Laguna Point in MacKerricher St Park.

(for Toby Tobkin) Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg


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Lake County

Floyd Hayes
 

On 22 October, a CACKLING GOOSE and a male EURASIAN
WIGEON were at Borax Lake, about 75 HORNED GREBES
(outnumbering EARED GREBES) and an adult
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL were at Clearlake, and seven
CINNAMON TEAL were at the Hidden Valley Lake
Wastewater Treatment Plant (HVLWTP).

Belated bird observations at HVLWTP include: four
CINNAMON TEAL on 23 September and 15 October; a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 1 October (best of eight
shorebird species recorded this fall); and what
appeared to be a melanistic NORTHERN SHOVELER that was
jet black with neatly patterned paler-fringed feathers
(unlikely to have been oiled) and pale outer tail
feathers on 23 September (unfortunately not
photographed).

And very belatedly, four CANVASBACKS were at Detert
Reservoir on 23 September and a flock of 34 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES at Borax Lake on 10 September.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County


HREC COMO's/Round Vly LEWO's

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: At noon today I saw 2 COMMON MOORHENS on the
middle sag pond at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. The
last time there was a Moorhen here it stayed into the winter. Early
in the morning 3 LEWIS's WOODPECKERS were in the oaks at our upper
weather station at 3000'. With regards to the woodpeckers, I am
copying below a note I received from Lue Owens of Covelo. She
reports that she is seeing them at their usual spot along Dobie
Lane. This is easily the most reliable spot in Mendocino County to
see these birds.

"Yesterday, October 22, I saw at least five (5) Lewis's Woodpeckers
on Dobie Lane, 1.3 mile north of where it starts at Fairbanks
Road. A fence goes west across the field, and there are two trees on
the north side of the fence close to the road, and one on the south
side a little farther away, and they flew back and forth. I am
putting down the details because I read in the "Falcon Flyer" that
sometimes people come out here birding. "

Chuck




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Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net


Burrowing Owl & Other Birds

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Toby Tobkin called to say that today she saw one Burrowing Owl
on Bald Hill Rd, north of Pudding Creek Rd in Fort Bragg. The owl
was seen at 4:30 PM on the south side of the mound east of
the gate marked with a yellow cord.
On the west side of the road, there were a Cackling Goose and
an Aleutian Cackling Goose with the large flock of Canada Geese.
Saturday, Toby had a Palm Warbler at the Mendo Coast Botanical
Gardens in the west end of the cultivated gardens.

Karen Havlena for Toby Tobkin
Fort Bragg



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Horned Larks/Lake County

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>
 

Sat. Oct 21, 2006 This morning I scoped the dry flat behind the metal
barn on the Nice-Lucerne cutoff. The flat is several hundred yards
east of the Rodman bridge. The most interesting birds on the flat were
three Horned Larks. There were also six Cackling Geese, several of
which had very thin white collars. Also present were about 20 American
Pipits and about 25 Am. White Pelicans. Around the corner to the east
in the pond that is now drying the Marbled Godwit reported yesterday
was still present.
Dave Woodward
Lakeport


Lake County

Jerry White <grwhite@...>
 

Yesterday a quick stop at "Robinson Lake" (Nice-Lucerne Cutoff) turned up a flock of about 50 Bonaparte's Gulls and a continuing Marbled Godwit .
Just west of mile post 21 on Highway 20 at the large turnout overlooking Clear Lake there was a Rock Wren.

At Austin Park in Clearlake there was a Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Jerry W.


Swamp Sparrow

Ron LeValley
 

And to add to the earlier report of a Palm Warbler, there was a Swamp
Sparrow on the Little River Headlands this morning as well.



October 19, 2006.



Ron LeValley

LeValleyPhotos

P.O. Box 332

Little River California USA 95456

Cell: 707/496-3326

Office: 707/937-1742



www.LeValleyPhoto.com <http://www.levalleyphoto.com/>

Ron@LeValleyPhoto.com



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Palm Warlber

Ron LeValley
 

To the plethora of eastern warblers along the north coast of California, you
can add a single Palm Warbler on the Little River Headlands October 19, 2006
seen by Ron LeValley and Charlene McAllister.



Good birding,



Ron LeValley

LeValleyPhotos

P.O. Box 332

Little River California USA 95456

Cell: 707/496-3326

Office: 707/937-1742



www.LeValleyPhoto.com <http://www.levalleyphoto.com/>

Ron@LeValleyPhoto.com



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Usal Camp 10/18/06

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

This morning Jim and I traveled up to Usal Camp again. The
weather was a little windy early, but it got pretty warm later.
Last night was quite clear with high pressure. There are less
people there mid-week, so we went ahead.

The best bird we could find was a wayward Bewick's Wren!
A N Flicker looked like an intergrade (neither Red- or Yellow-
shafted), but it was at a distance, so I could not be sure.

There were the usual large flocks in the same places as in
past weeks. Other birds besides RCKI and CBCH were
Warbling Vireo, Townsend's, Orange-crowned & Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Pine Siskins, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Lesser Gold-
finch, the usual sparrows, etc. Even the Great Blue Heron has
departed. The spots of water have almost completely dried up.

It is surely a great birding spot, though.

Karen & Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg



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GWFG

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Tuesday - 17 October 2006 - Two large flocks of migrating (south) Greater
White-fronted Geese were seen over the UC-Hopland Research & Extension
Center. The first flock had about 200 birds, the second about 100 ...
both were heard before being seen. Keep an eye (and ear) out for other
migrating geese as the heavy storm front hitting Alaska and British
Columbia is driving them southward. Good Birding. Bob Keiffer

Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how the
strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done
better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena."
Theodore Roosevelt


Misc HREC birds

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: There was a single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the permanent pasture at the lower end of the Center. A female BLUE-WINGED TEAL, first observed 10/9, continues on the middle sag pond just above the office area. Yesterday I saw a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER in an open pasture just east of the office. Last week I had one-time sightings of a BURROWING OWL and a PRAIRIE FALCON. I apologize for the late posts.

Chuck




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Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net

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