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golden eagle fledging

kmarianchild
 

The single golden eagle chick in the nest off of Black Bart trail above Redwood Valley fledged sometime between May 6 and May 12, three to four weeks earlier than the fledging of two chicks from the same nest two years ago. Darn! I wanted to get a good look with my scope.

Kate


Disappointing Nest

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>
 

I am always delighted when I find an active nest in my yard.
Yesterday an unnoticed accumulation of poop led me to a cavity in a
dead branch about 30 feet up a Poplar tree.
Binoculars, then a scope, showed three fairly well-grown chicks with a
lot of interest in their surroundings. A little time turned up an
early explorer fluttering around the nest, always in danger of falling
from the tree.
A parent would make really quick feeding approaches, with the chicks
moving back in the hole to be fed, instead of leaning forward for
first dibs as seems more common.
I finally got a good look at Mom: Phooey, a Starling.
Well, heck, I guess they don't know they were imported. Still
interesting to watch.


Re: Common Redpoll in Ft Bragg

Feather Forestwalker <feather7023@...>
 

Hooray for confirmation on this. Thank you. I stand very happily corrected (yet again). ;)

Feather


Paul Hawks <paulandbettyhawks@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
I saw the Common Redpoll at a residence in Ft. Bragg on March 10, and
have several pictures posted in the Mendobirds photo section.

Paul Hawks





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Re: Common Redpoll in Ft Bragg

Paul Hawks <paulandbettyhawks@...>
 

I saw the Common Redpoll at a residence in Ft. Bragg on March 10, and
have several pictures posted in the Mendobirds photo section.

Paul Hawks


Some birds from Willits area

Jim Tietz
 

Hi,

On May 6th, I birded for an hour and a half in the afternoon along
the northern end of the Reynolds Hwy which is just north of Willits.
The only highlights were a Golden Eagle flying over the ridge to the
east and a Pileated Woodpecker calling to the north. Nuttall's
Woodpecker and Oak Titmouse, which were both present, are regular
here, but rare just to the north.


Location: Reynolds Hwy
Observation date: 5/6/07
Number of species: 54

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 12
Wild Turkey 3
California Quail 8
Turkey Vulture 24
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 1
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 1
Acorn Woodpecker 1
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Western Wood-Pewee 3
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 3
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Western Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 2
Western Scrub-Jay 1
American Crow 6
Common Raven 5
Tree Swallow 3
Violet-green Swallow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Cliff Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 3
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Western Bluebird 3
Wrentit 2
European Starling 8
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Lazuli Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Brewer's Blackbird 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Bullock's Oriole 7
Purple Finch 1
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 4
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2
(http://www.ebird.org)



James R. Tietz
Arcata, CA



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Banded WCS

Feather Forestwalker <feather7023@...>
 

At MacKerricher State Park yesterday, I photographed a White-crowned Sparrow - nothing unusual in that - but this bird had a seamed band on its right leg.

Does anyone know of any banding projects involving White-crowned Sparrows?

Feather


Re: Common Redpoll?

Maria Wetzel <mwetzel@...>
 

Hi Nick,

The Common Redpoll was around my small backyard for about a week
early in March. I had several of the local bird experts confirm its
identification. Since I was participating in Project Feederwatch, I
submitted it to the Cornell site.

Maria

At 4:16 PM +0000 5/11/07, nick_whelan2 wrote:
Hello:

Can anyone shed some light on the presence of a Common Redpoll this
last Winter in a backyard in Ft. Bragg? Its picture, taken by "Maria
Wetzel," is on the Cornell Project Feederwatch web site, in the Explore
Data,Rare Birds section.


Re: Common Redpoll?

paulandbettyhawks@...
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Feather Forestwalker
To: nick_whelan2 ; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Common Redpoll?


Looks like a Pine Siskin to me - the red might be an anamoly - but that beak seems way too thin for a Redpoll. . .anyone else?

Feather


nick_whelan2 <eurohobby@aol.com> wrote:
Hello:

Can anyone shed some light on the presence of a Common Redpoll this
last Winter in a backyard in Ft. Bragg? Its picture, taken by "Maria
Wetzel," is on the Cornell Project Feederwatch web site, in the Explore
Data,Rare Birds section.

Thank you.

Nick Whelan
Corte Madera, CA


Varied Thrushes still here in Anchor Bay

jackson_us
 

We have a pair of Varied Thrushes still in the Anchor Bay area. One of
my expert birding friends says it is very late for them to still be
here. Do you know if this is at all unusual? Maybe they are expanding
their territory? Anyway, I love hearing their calls.

Thanks, Jeanne


Re: Common Redpoll?

Feather Forestwalker <feather7023@...>
 

Looks like a Pine Siskin to me - the red might be an anamoly - but that beak seems way too thin for a Redpoll. . .anyone else?

Feather


nick_whelan2 <eurohobby@aol.com> wrote:
Hello:

Can anyone shed some light on the presence of a Common Redpoll this
last Winter in a backyard in Ft. Bragg? Its picture, taken by "Maria
Wetzel," is on the Cornell Project Feederwatch web site, in the Explore
Data,Rare Birds section.

Thank you.

Nick Whelan
Corte Madera, CA


birth announcement

kmarianchild
 

Last weekend, on May 5 I believe, 3 lovely chicks were born to a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks in the nest near my house.

This hatching was approximately one week later than the 2005 hatching. Both parents and chicks appear to be doing well, though with three chicks the "sitting adult" has difficulty finding a place to rest in the nest and is often a "standing adult."

Kate


Common Redpoll?

nick_whelan2 <eurohobby@...>
 

Hello:

Can anyone shed some light on the presence of a Common Redpoll this
last Winter in a backyard in Ft. Bragg? Its picture, taken by "Maria
Wetzel," is on the Cornell Project Feederwatch web site, in the Explore
Data,Rare Birds section.

Thank you.

Nick Whelan
Corte Madera, CA


RFI - N Saw-whet Owl Still by Ukiah Golf Course?

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Hi -- Has anyone gone over to the Ukiah golf course to look for the
N Saw-whet Owl, reported from the week of May 2nd? Jim and I
will be in Ukiah the night of May 18, and we would like to look for
the bird, if it is still in that area.
The people wrote that they saw the owl for five consecutive nights,
at least. The cross streets are Live Oak, Cypress and Maple.

Thanks very much. Please reply to Mendobirds for all to read.

Karen Havlena



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Eel River near Potter Valley

George Chaniot
 

Thu, 10 May 2007 -- This morning Chuck Vaughn and I birded along the Eel
River near the Pioneer Crossing Bridge. There was a lot of song:
Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo,
Lazuli Bunting, i.a. We saw seven species of warblers: Yellow,
Orange-crowned, Hermit, MacGillivray's, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray, and
Yellow-breasted Chat. An Osprey was sitting on a nest along the county
road, but we did not see a bird on the recently discovered Bald Eagle nest
nearby.
Saturday morning, May 12, there will be a Peregrine Audubon field
trip to this same area. We will leave from the Ukiah Long's parking lot at
8:00 am, or you can meet us at the old Potter Valley Road bridge along the
Russian River at 08:30 am.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Birds and Bugs at RVOEP

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Please see the announcement below about a
birding/bugging field trip to the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project
facility on Saturday, May 19. The mixed woodlands at the RVOEP support an
abundant and varied population of both birds and bugs.


DISCOVER THE WORLD OF BUGS AND BIRDS

Saturday, May 19, 8:30 to 12:30, at the

Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP)



Spring is the perfect time to learn about insects and the birds that eat
them. On Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 to 12:30, the public is invited to
participate in a morning of hands-on insect and bird study at the
RVOEP. Caterpillars are abundant in the spring and some studies show that
in a healthy forest ecosystem, birds eat eighty to ninety percent of leaf
destroying caterpillars. This helps insure the survival of many of our
broad leaf trees. Starting at 8:30 AM sharp, Chuck Vaughn and other local
birding experts will help participants find out more about the many
important jobs birds perform in our ecosystems and learn to identify birds
by their songs, field marks, and behavior. Participants will take a short
hike to observe newly arrived spring migrant birds as they stake out their
territory in the insect rich forest of the RVOEP. Chuck, a researcher at
the Hopland Field Station and local Audubon member, has led many birding
walks at the RVOEP.

At 10:00 AM, Mendocino Community College professor Jim Xerogeanes will lead
participants in a focus on the favorite springtime food of birds ---
insects! Jim is an avid entomologist and participants can look forward to
becoming genuine bug hunters as they learn about the life cycle and unique
adaptations of some of our spring insects. This is guaranteed to be a fun
and educational morning for all ages. Children should be seven or older
and accompanied by an adult. Those participating are asked to park at
Redwood Valley Elementary School and walk to the RVOEP located at 8301
Pinecrest Drive. Pinecrest Drive is directly across from the
school. Participants should wear good hiking shoes, long pants and a hat
and bring a snack, mosquito repellant, and binoculars. The RVOEP also has
binoculars available for use. The workshop will be cancelled if it
rains. For further information call 485-0690.

The Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP) is a
community-supported project of the Ukiah Unified School District providing
outdoor environmental education opportunities to students, their families,
and our community.



Helen Menasian, Educational Coordinator

Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project

PO Box 45

Redwood Valley, CA 95470 Email: hmenasian@uusd.net Phone:
485-0690 or 743-2065







*********************************
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net


Correction to GG

Feather Forestwalker <feather7023@...>
 

Thanks to everyone who has responded. I sent a rather grainy photo to two of the folks; it is not a Glaucous Gull - it was so windy it was hard to keep the camera steady at that distance. Turns out it was a Glaucous-winged Gull .. . .

Am happily, though somewhat disappointedly, corrected. ;)

Feather


Glaucous Gull

Feather Forestwalker <feather7023@...>
 

Somewhere on this list recently I read that someone had spotted a Glaucous Gull at Virgin Creek.

It was still there yesterday on top of a headland rock separated from the cliffs and not near the creek mouth- resting on the grassy blufftop amongst the Mendocino Indian Paintbrushes and other wildflowers. . .it was pretty windy out.

Solid white bird with transluscent wingtips and a dark beak, larger than most of the other gulls that were milling around overhead.

Feather


MCAS Pelagic Trip

Charlene McAllister
 

This is a reminder that Mendocino Coast Audubon has scheduled a Pelagic Trip
out of Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg for May 20th.



We leave the harbor at 8 a.m., returning at approximately 3 p.m. There are
still spaces open and if we don't fill the boat, we will need to cancel the
trip. To reserve a place, call Ginny at 964-6362, or email wwade@mcn.org.
You can also send your check for $95.00 to 14233 Hanson Circle, Mendocino,
CA 95460. If you prefer to pay by credit card, you may send that
information to MCAS at the same address.



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


No Thrasher Seen - TRKI Possibly Seen

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Hi Birders -- I birded the Glass Beach area for quite a while with
Toby early on, then Ron & Charlene briefly, covering the entire area
twice. Toby said she saw (earlier) what looked like a kingbird (from
the back), and it seemed to show a little yellow at the top of the chest.
We could not refind it or any thrasher as the morning progressed.
Toby said she might try again in the early evening.

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg area


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Upcoming Sonoma County Bird Walks

kmarianchild
 

From: katem@mcn.org
Subject: Upcoming Sonoma County Bird Walks
Date: May 3, 2007 11:21:48 AM PDT
To: katem@mcn.org

 
Saturday May 5, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BODEGA BAY.  Beginners Bird Walk. Meet at the rail ponds parking lot.
From the center of the town of Bodega Bay, drive north on Highway 1,
turn left at East Shore Road (the Bodega Head turnoff), then turn right
at the stop sign and continue 0.3 mile to the parking lot on the right.
Informal carpools leave Santa Rosa at 7:15 AM. To participate, please
arrive about ten minutes earlier to make arrangements. Santa Rosa
meeting place: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District office, 747 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. The parking lot is
behind the office (access from Carillo Street).  Bring lunch, liquids,
and layers of clothing.  Rain cancels. Leaders: Tom Cashman, 433-2528
and Richard Hurley, 833-4286. 
 
Thursday May 10, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
MAYACAMAS MOUNTAIN AUDUBON SANCTUARY AND PINE FLAT ROAD. Walkabout.
Meet for carpooling at Alexander Valley Community Church on Alexander
Valley Road, immediately west of the Jimtown Store. Bring lunch and
liquids. For information: Tom McCuller, <sisyphus@sonic.net> or
546-1812.
 
Saturday June 16, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Kathy and Dave Biggs will help us find and identify the dragonflies
along Pine Flat Road and on the Mayacamas Sanctuary. Behavior and
biology will be explained. We'll visit seeps, springs, ponds, creeks,
and end at the Russian River. Each habitat should present us with a
different Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) fauna. Close focus
binoculars are best; 10X or higher hand lenses would be helpful. Please
wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Minimum age is 12 years.
 NOTE: Rain cancels this easy hike.
 
Saturday June 23, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A second hike with Lynn Houser to see late spring flowers and plant
growth in the Sanctuary. Plant identification, ecology, and natural
history of the Mayacamas area will be featured. This is a moderately
strenuous three-to four-mile hike. Bring binoculars, field guides, and
camera.  Plant lists will be available. Older children OK with
supervision.

Wednesday May 16, 8:30 AM
ANDERSON MARSH AND CLEAR LAKE STATE PARKS. Walkabout. Meet in the
Anderson Marsh State Park parking lot (3/4 mile north of Lower Lake on
Highway 53). There is a $4 parking fee. Bring lunch and liquids. For
information: Tom McCuller, <sisyphus@sonic.net> or 546-1812.
 
Saturday May 19, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
MAYACAMAS AUDUBON SANCTUARY. Beginners Bird Walk. A day’s excursion
through the Mayacamas Sanctuary and along Pine Flat Road. Bring lunch
and liquids. Meet for carpooling at the Alexander Valley Community
Church, two doors west of the Jimtown Store on Alexander Valley Road.
Rain cancels. Leaders: Tom Cashman, 433-2528; Ken Wilson, 775-2558; and
Ian Morrison, 833-2065.
 
Saturday May 19, 10:00 AM
SHOLLENBERGER PARK. Petaluma Wetlands Alliance leads a children/family
nature walk. One to two hours, dependent on age of children. Meet at
the first kiosk. Rain cancels. Contact Gerald or Mary Edith Moore,
763-3577.
 

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