Thayer's Gull continues

George Chaniot

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 -- The first winter THAYER'S GULL is still at the south
boat ramp area at Lake Mendocino. Today I walked out onto the lakebed and
got scope-filling views in good light at 50 feet. It was the best
opportunity I've ever had to study this plumage well. At times I had it
side-by-side with 1st winter Ring-billed, California, Herring, and
Glaucous-winged Gulls. It also hung out in the parking lot among other
gulls, but was run off by cars from time to time. There were about 75
California Gulls, and they were returning over the dam from the direction of
Ukiah. In Ukiah the only concentration of gulls I could find was in the
parking lot of Carl's Jr. and on the roof of Dorsey's Body Shop next door -
all adult Californias -- George Chaniot

Southwest Clear Lake

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>

Approximately 700 American White Pelicans are roosting near the
outlet of Manning Creek in the southwest corner of Clear Lake. In the
mornings, they swim and fly northward along the west shore of the lake
and feed in the shallows. The Threadfin Shad population in the lake is
low this year, but the shallows along the west shore are loaded up
with Inland Silversides and young-of-the year Sacramento Suckers.
Those species could be providing food for the pelicans. The best
places to see the pelicans would be by boat or at the south end of the
Esplanade off of S. Main St. in Lakeport where there is a beach area.
The beach is private property, but the lake is visible from the public
road. Several Cackling Geese have been hanging around the beach on the
Esplanade the past few days. In the past week there has been a
Peregrine Falcon working the southwest shore of Clear Lake, seen by
Jamie Scott, Terry Sanderson and by me on Nov. 16.
Dave Woodward


jerry white

Milepost 20.35 is east of Lucerne. Jerry White

Lake County Red-necked Grebe

jerry white

There was a Red-necked Grebe west of Lucerne on Highway 20 near
milepost 20.35 today. Jerry White

Prothonotary Warbler in Fort Bragg

Ron LeValley

Karen Havlena just called to report a Prothonotary Warbler at the corner of
River Road and Cypress Avenue in Fort Bragg. This is essentially in front of
the Mendocino Coast Hospital. It was in the yard on the southwest corner of
River Road and Cypress and spent some of its time bathing in the leaves of
the apple tree in the yard. She thinks it is an immature female.

Cypress is the third street north of the Noyo Bridge and River Road is two
long blocks west of Highway 101.

Good luck!


Horned Larks

Richard Hubacek

Mon. 17 Nov. 2008. I found 2 Horned Larks today, walking the bluffs
just north of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse at 3:17PM.

Richard Hubacek

migrating empid ?

J Rosen <mendojanet@...>

A few minutes ago, while my binocs were focused on a red breasted sapsucker in my apple tree, something darted in/out of the field of vision at an angle I couldn't follow. The gestalt impression was empid (pale drab grey/olive with a pronounced pale yellow chin or bib area, definite eyering but couldn't tell if full or broken, wing bars); I know they are supposed to be away for the winter so wondered if it was an empid is there a particular species more likely to still be here before heading south?
Many thanks!
Janet Rosen
Zanshin Art
"When I feed the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor are hungry they call me a communist" - Helder Camara

3 Ferruginous Hawks


I spent about 3 hours walking very slowly along Bald Hill Road north
of Fort Bragg Saturday morning and saw at least 3 Ferruginous Hawks.
At one point there were two on the west side of the road, with one
calling in flight, the other in a tree, while a third bird was
cruising the sky on the east side of the road. Other raptors included
one male and one female Northern Harrier, several Kestrels, and a
Red-tailed Hawk. I found one Cackling Goose among hordes of Canada
Geese, and had a brief look at a Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. Also
saw Meadow Larks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Savannah Sparrows (I think -
couldn't figure out anything else), lots of White-crowned Sparrows,
and one Marsh Wren. And one coyote. I watched it trying to catch
rodents (I think) and then it lay down next to a stump under a bush.

Then I went to Glass Beach just in time to see two Harlequin Ducks
before they dropped into the water and disappeared from view around
the rock. The rock they were on also hosted one Black Oystercatcher,
lots of Black Turnstones, a Brandt's Cormorant, and a Western Gull.

Very nice morning, except that I was sweltering in the wrong type of
clothing for what seemed like 80-degree weather on Bald Hill Road.


Ferruginous Hawk

George Chaniot

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 -- This afternoon there was an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK
along the Hearst-Willits Road east of Willits.
This morning at the south boat ramp at Lake Mendocino there were
six species of gulls continuing: Bonaparte's, Ring-billed,
California, Thayer's, Herring, and Glaucous-winged.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Clearlake

Floyd Hayes

Yesterday I briefly saw the gull on the roof of WalMart from 9:48-9:50 am, when about 200 gulls were present. I was unable to find it earlier in the morning when about 1000 gulls were present.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA

Horned Larks - Laguna Point, MacKerricher SP

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Sat, 15 Nov 2008 - Mid to late afternoon, I saw two HORNED LARKS
just south of the tip of Laguna Point.  Both birds were fairly plain, but
one of them had yellow lores, superciliums and throat.  They were
scared over to a large, short grass-covered "island" about 40 meters
south of the point.
Above the exposed rocks, about 20 MEW GULLS were hawking
insects like nighthawks, and offshore many Pacific Loons and Western
Grebes flew south.
It was a fabulous afternoon, warm, still and crystal clear!  A great day
to finally get the Horned Larks for my MEN list.

In the morning at high tide, the two Rock Sandpipers could not be
found, according to Toby Tobkin.  They still could be there, or maybe
a couple more will arrive soon.

Karen A Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA 

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Lake Mendocino birds 11/15

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- Cheryl Watson, Geoff Heinecken, Barbara and I went to the dam parking lot at the south end of Lake Mendocino early this morning for some casual birding. We saw a good variety of gulls...well, good for Lake Mendocino, but not so good for Lake County. In the immediate area of the parking lot, among dozens of CALIFORNIA GULLS, we found single adult and first-winter HERRING GULLS, a first-winter THAYER'S GULL (seen several days ago by George Chaniot), and a first-winter GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. Out over the lake there was an adult BONAPARTE'S GULL. An adult BALD EAGLE was unsuccessfully strafing a large group of Coots. A flock of 36 SNOW GEESE, including a dark morph bird, circled the lake briefly before leaving directly east towards Clear Lake.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

Ukiah Blk-crn'd Night Herons-Yes, BUT Hooded Merganser Pond Drained

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 - This afternoon, Jim and I could see 2+ Black-crowned
Night Herons in the redwoods at Yosemite & Washo in Oak Manor. Park
on Pomo and look into the trees. This is east of Hwy 101, south of Perkins
and north of Gobbi.
Then, we drove down to Talmage, and continued .6 mile down Old River Rd
to the large pond with signs for Beckstoffer & Mendocino Vineyard Co.
We had hoped to see returning Hooded Mergansers. But NO, the pond was
almost completely drained !! 
RFI - If anyone sees Hooded Mergansers on other MEN County ponds or
at Lk Mendocino, could you please report their location?  Thanks very much.

Karen Havlena

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Full story: The Farallon Islands slideshow next Thursday with Ron LeValley


"The Farallon Islands: Forty Years Later A Conservation Success Story"

Article by Kate Marianchild

"Ten thousand years ago, Mother Earth was shivering through the last
major ice age. The world's oceans were as much as 330 feet lower and
the polar ice masses extended much closer to the equator. The west
coast of California extended 35 miles west of its present day
location. At the edge of this coastline were foothills similar to Mt.
Tamalpais. The ice began to melt, the water began to rise, and those
little foothills became the isolated orphans that we now call the
Farallon Islands."*

Comprised of seven major islands jutting from the Pacific Ocean, the
Farallon Islands add up to 211 barren and largely uninhabitable acres
uninhabitable to humans, that is! Birds and marine mammals see
things differently. The islands, which are set in the midst of one of
the world's most biologically diverse environments, have been home to
as many as 400,000 seabirds during a single breeding season the
largest colony of breeding seabirds in the contiguous United States.
Six species of marine mammals also haul out on the islands to breed,
and 36 species of marine mammals feed in the surrounding waters,
including the largest population of whales found anywhere on earth.
Great White Sharks are common in the nearby waters, probably due to
the large populations of seals and sea lions.

What makes these islands and the waters that bathe them so rich in
animal life? Ron LeValley, biologist and photographer extraordinaire,
will answer that question and more during a slide lecture on
Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center. LeValley
was one of the first biologists to study wildlife on the islands
after a research station was established there in 1968. He has
visited and worked on the islands several times since, including for
two weeks this past summer, and will discuss and illustrate the
changes he has seen over 40 years.

The wildlife of the Farrallones was subjected to heavy predation by
humans between 1810 and 1889 originally for Northern Fur Seals and
later, during the Gold Rush, for seabird eggs. The islands are now a
shining example of successful conservation policies efforts that
began with Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 and culminated with the protection
of waters surrounding the islands in 1981. Conservationists and the
general public alike were ecstatic when, in 1996, the first Northern
Fur Seal pup was born on the islands after an absence of 150 years.

Ron LeValley is founder and Senior Biologist of Mad River Biologists,
a biological consulting firm in Arcata California. Best known for his
work on the identification and distribution of Pacific Coast birds
and for his CD's of bird songs, Ron also has a broad understanding
plants and animals in general. One of his outstanding attributes is
his enthusiasm in sharing his knowledge with others. As a
professional photographer, Ron has compiled over 70,000 wildlife
photographs for use in presentations and publications. He is also a
founding member of the Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
in Fort Bragg, where his photographic art can be seen.

This Peregrine Audubon presentation is free to the public, though
donations will be happily accepted. To join Peregrine Audubon Society
and receive a newsletter with regular announcements about programs
and field trips, please send $15 to PAS, P.O. Box 311, Ukiah, CA
95482. For more information and directions go to

*From article by Danny Sedevic at
farallonislands.php. Permission to quote granted by Bob Wilson,
interim director of Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association.

Evening Grosbeak?


Rain, a birder who lives up the hill from me (near Ukiah), wrote this.

I swear I heard an Evening Grosbeak flying over today. Have you ever
heard of one being around here? I sure miss them from Oregon.


Can anyone answer this?

4 White-throated Sparrows


I just saw four White-throated Sparrows and one White-crowned in a
brush pile on my property in Fort Bragg. White-throated Sparrows have
always been solitary in my previous sightings (which amount to a grand
total of two).


11/11 Long-tailed & Harlequin Ducks - Pudding Ck, Ft Bragg

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Tues, 11 Nov 2008 - Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin called to say that she
saw a LONG-TAILED DUCK and a HARLEQUIN DUCK in the ocean
just off Pudding Creek.  The LTDU was far out, so she could not tell
the gender, but the HADU was a male. 
One will need a spotting scope to bird here.  Park just north of the
Pudding Creek bridge in the public parking lot between the Surf &
Sand and Beachcomber motels, then walk out to the bluffs.

11 Nov at Ocean Meadows, a/the N Mockingbird was in the yard,
and that Cooper's Hawk just won't go away.

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 - Near dusk, I drove east on Pudding Ck Rd and
then north on Bald Hill Rd, hoping for Burrowing Owl in the darkening
skies - still no luck.  There were about 20 Gtr White-fronted Geese and
hundreds of Canada's mixed with some Cackling (minima & Aleutian)

For Toby Tobkin
& Karen A. Havlena
Fort Bragg, CA

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Lesser Black-backed Gull at Clearlake

dhecomovich <heco@...>

Today. along with 2 Chico birders, we refound and viewed from 9:00-9:30
am the Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Clearlake Landfill. The gull was
still present when we left. The road to the landfill was closed because
of the Veterans' Day Holiday, but we were able to achieve good viewing
by taking the Quackenbush Mountain Road immediately above the landfill

Peregrine Audubon Webiste Photos

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Hi all--  I was just looking at the home page of Peregrine Audubon's website.
George Chaniot has put up a new set of photos just two days ago.  These
portraits are particularly lovely, and George's positioning pf them is great.

Viewers should take particular note of Ron LeValley's photo in the upper left
corner.  This is a wonderful comparison of the SNOW vs ROSS's GOOSE.
Not only the bill differences can be studied, but also note the length of each
bird's neck.  One can tell, even without seeing the entire bodies, the significant
size difference in the birds.       Thanks!

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA

Mendo weekend birds 08-09 November 2008

Cindy Lieurance

MendoBirders -

Along with Rich Stallcup and a bunch of good friends, Les and I
enjoyed a rainy Saturday and a sunny Sunday morning mostly along the
Mendocino Coast. We did not see Karen, Toby, nor David, but we do
have a few other highlights to report.

Friday, 07 November 2008 (late afternoon)
1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the beach at Little River

Saturday, 08 November 2008
2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Glass Beach

Sunday, 09 November 2008
From the platform at Laguna Point we saw:
1 ROCK SANDPIPER - we saw this little beauty around 8:30 AM in great
light - it was, as usual, with the BLACK TURNSTONEs & SURFBIRDs

And at the Garcia River we saw 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK.

Cindy Lieurance
San Francisco CA U.S.A.

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