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Allen's Hummingbird returns

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

3 February 2009 - First sighting of Allen's Hummingbird of 2009 in my yard. A male has taken up residence on a prominent shrub, having driven off the Anna's formerly occupying the spot.

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Middle Ridge, Albion


Harlan's Hawk

Bob Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

2 February 2009 - 12:30 PM Monday - The Harlan's Hawk (Red-tailed Hawk), assumed the same as discovered by Matt Brady on the Dec. CBC, was seen just north of Burke Hill adjacent to Hwy 101. Again, this is south of Ukiah. The bird was sitting atop the Vichy Springs / Jack London billboard (viewed from the northbound lane) on the east side of Hwy 101. This is a striking bird, especially in flight as the mottled white on the back gives the bird almost appears solid white on a portion of the lower back and wings. The bird flew to a heavy cable telephone line just to the north. There was good safe viewing from the side road on the west side of Hwy 101. Good birding. Bob Keiffer


Upcoming Audubon Program

Charlene McAllister
 

Mendocino Audubon Presents-The Veracruz River of Raptors

A river is an abundant stream or flow, and a raptor is a bird of prey. And
yes, it is a River of Raptors that passes overhead each fall in Mexico. The
central Veracruz area is host to one of the largest and most important
migration flyways in the world, and Pronatura Veracruz, one of the branches
of Pronatura, a Mexican NGO that promote environmental conservation and
preservation of biodiversity, dedicates a significant part of its efforts to
the monitoring of this special migration site. This raptor flyway is known
as the largest in the world, with over 4 million raptors belonging to 25
different species passing through each fall. Days of 50,000 are not rare,
and 700,000 a day can also occur!

Join Mendocino Coast Audbon members as they hear the stories and see the
pictures of this remarkable event. The speaker, Norma Ferriz was the
executive director of Pronatura Veracruz from 2002 to August 2007. Norma is
a biologist with a Master's in non profit organizations management and a
very enthusiastic bird watcher. This program is open to the public and
children are welcomed. The date is Monday February 16, 2009, the location
is College of the Redwoods, Room 300 and the meeting begins at 7 pm. For
further information see <blocked::http://www.mendocinocoastaudubon.org/>
www.mendocinocoastaudubon.org or call 964-6835. You can join Mendocino
Coast Audubon for $15.00 per year. Send a check to MCAS P.O. Box 2297, Fort
Bragg, CA 95437


Lake County merganser

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>
 

Yesterday morning there was a Red-breasted Merganser in Clear Lake
near Hwy 20 mile marker 26.44. That is at the western edge of Clear
Lake Oaks.
Dave Woodward


W. Lake County

George Chaniot
 

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 -- This morning between 06:15 and 06:50 I found 2 NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWLS, about 4 WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS, and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL at
several stops along Scott's Valley Road. At Rodman Slough there was a good
variety of dabbling ducks in the flooded rice fields to the east including a
male EURASIAN WIGEON. In the flooded fields along Route 20 at Bachelor
Valley Road there was a male REDHEAD among some CANVASBACKS.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Saw-whet Owls

Bob Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

31 January 2009 - Saturday - at least three Northern Saw-whet Owls were calling at dusk or shortly after at Montgomery Woods S.P. Mountain Quail were also calling at dusk. Good birding. Bob Keiffer


please confirm bird pics

lakshmikary <lakshmikary@...>
 

Hi All,
I posted some pics to the photo section
titled "Redwood Valley, Road D."
I have some regulars,
please confirm,
a female nuttals(Male is around as well)
a red breasted sapsucker
thank-you
Lynne


Five LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Ward Ave, Cleone

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

30 Jan 2009 -- Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin just called that she saw 5
LONG-TAILED DUCKS just off the north parking area at Ward Ave,
Cleone.  They were associating with SURF and BLACK SCOTERS.
 
Ward Ave is just north of the Cleone Grocery off Hwy 1, north of
Fort Bragg.
 
For Toby Tobkin
 
(K Havlena)


Local Pelagic Trip Dates - Mark your Calendars

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Here are the dates for the locally sponsored pelagic birding
trips out of Fort Bragg aboard the Trek II. 
 
[1]  Mendocino Coast Audubon Trips - Leader Ron LeValley + TBA

Sun, 17 MAY       Sun, 20 SEPTEMBER
 
The cost is yet to be determined, but last year's trips were $95-each
to give you an idea.  We meet at 7:30 am at the Wharf Restaurant
dock for a 7-hour trip.

[2]  Leaderless Exploratory Pelagic Trip
 
Sun, 22 FEBRUARY
 
This trip is being coordinated by Bob Keiffer.  It may cost a little more,
depending on how many people sign up.  It will probably have an earlier
departure time, also.  Please contact Bob at rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu
for details ASAP. 
 
Thanks very much for your support.
 
Karen Havlena  jkhavlena@yahoo.com





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Re: Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Neither Jim nor I could see a grin patch, its bill was so dirty. So,
okay, I take it back. But, I still do not think that the culmen looked
particularly Snowy.....

Karen

--- On Fri, 1/30/09, Ron LeValley <ron@madriverbio.com> wrote:

From: Ron LeValley <ron@madriverbio.com>
Subject: RE: [Mendobirds] Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks
To: jkhavlena@yahoo.com, mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, January 30, 2009, 11:24 AM








Actually, I saw that bird and photographed it as well, and I think it is a hybrid Rosss X Snow Goose.. Bruce Deuel agrees that the grin patch and the shape of the bill are not consistent with a pure Rosss Goose and look a lot like other hybrids from this pair of species.

Ron

Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332
Little River CA 95456
707/937-1742

Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
301 North Main Street
Fort Bragg California USA 95437
Cell: 707/496-3326
Gallery: 707/964-4706
Ron@LeValleyPhoto.com

For a free natural history Picture of the Day in your e-mail, go to http://www.levalleyphoto.com/gallery/omw.php
For archives of past Picture of the Days, go to www.levallyphoto.com/gallery





From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Karen Havlena
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 10:04 AM
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks




30 Jan 2009 -- Jim and I saw the small, white goose at Caspar pond.
It is definitely a ROSS'S GOOSE. It was first thought to be a
"possible" hybrid, but virtually all characteristics point to Ross's.
So, for any of you keeping count, it is countable.

Jim also saw the 4 BRANT at Ten Mile River mouth this morning.

Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin said that 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS are still
at Ward Ave, Cleone, along with several BLACK SCOTERS on
29 Jan 2009.

Jim & Karen Havlena
Toby Tobkin
North of Fort Bragg, CA

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Re: Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks

Ron LeValley
 

Actually, I saw that bird and photographed it as well, and I think it is a
hybrid Ross's X Snow Goose.. Bruce Deuel agrees that the grin patch and the
shape of the bill are not consistent with a pure Ross's Goose and look a lot
like other hybrids from this pair of species.



Ron



Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332

Little River CA 95456

707/937-1742


Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
301 North Main Street
Fort Bragg California USA 95437
Cell: 707/496-3326
Gallery: 707/964-4706

<mailto:Ron@LeValleyPhoto.com> Ron@LeValleyPhoto.com



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<http://www.levalleyphoto.com/gallery/omw.php>
http://www.levalleyphoto.com/gallery/omw.php

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<http://www.levallyphoto.com/gallery> www.levallyphoto.com/gallery





From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Karen Havlena
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 10:04 AM
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks



30 Jan 2009 -- Jim and I saw the small, white goose at Caspar pond.
It is definitely a ROSS'S GOOSE. It was first thought to be a
"possible" hybrid, but virtually all characteristics point to Ross's.
So, for any of you keeping count, it is countable.

Jim also saw the 4 BRANT at Ten Mile River mouth this morning.

Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin said that 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS are still
at Ward Ave, Cleone, along with several BLACK SCOTERS on
29 Jan 2009.

Jim & Karen Havlena
Toby Tobkin
North of Fort Bragg, CA


Coastal Ross's Goose, Brant & L-T Ducks

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

30 Jan 2009 -- Jim and I saw the small, white goose at Caspar pond.
It is definitely a ROSS'S GOOSE.  It was first thought to be a
"possible" hybrid, but virtually all characteristics point to Ross's.
So, for any of you keeping count, it is countable.

Jim also saw the 4 BRANT at Ten Mile River mouth this morning.
 
Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin said that 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS are still
at Ward Ave, Cleone, along with several BLACK SCOTERS on
29 Jan 2009.

Jim & Karen Havlena
Toby Tobkin
North of Fort Bragg, CA




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Feb pelagic trip

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

29 January 2009 - Thursday - We have postponed the pelagic trip for
tomorrow ....as we had some interest but not enough to make it
worthwhile. We have a tentative date for another try on Sunday,
February 22nd about the Trek II. If you are sincerely interested
please email me & I will keep a list of contacts. I believe that we
can get enough participants (21) to keep the cost at $100 per person
or less...IF everyone helps to solicit participants. This trip
should be of interest to birders and marine mammal enthusiasts.... so
please spread the word. Of course, as usual, weather and sea
conditions will dictate the opportunity. So ....please email me at
rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu and let me know.

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


Black-headed Grosbeak

Barbara E. Dolan <BDolan@...>
 

To all; the BHGB was seen the 8:00AM in my yard. This is the first
sighting/and visit since 1-9-09. I figure it has been feasting on the
berries around. It only stayed seconds on the feeder nearest the house.
It looked less ragged and the orange very bright. I was unable to see
if feathers had returned to its nape and collar . It had a previous loss
of feathers in the area.

I also have a returning and/ or another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW-TAN
STRIPE MORPH and was surprised to see again. The RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
was seen coming down the tree on 1-24-09. It used to come to the suet
but it appears it its feeding more outside the yard. Barbara






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possible pelagic trip inquiry

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

28 January 2009 - With the recent sightings of Parakeet Auklets off
southern California there has been an interest in having a pelagic
boat trip (soon) off Mendocino County waters. Parakeet Auklets have
been recorded in Mendocino County waters ...3 in 1988 ...but they
were 75-98 nautical miles out. However the recent sightings down
south have been 50 miles or closer. Several of us have often
speculated that we may routinely have this species off our coast each
winter ...however there have only been one or to winter pelagic trips
for birders off our Mendo coast ever so opportunities have been
limited. Other winter possibilities might include: Laysan
Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy &
Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Black-legged Kittiwake, Ancient Auklet,
Cassin's Auklet, Rhino Auklet, Tufted Puffin, & Horned Puffin.

The Trek II is available for THIS Friday .... for a charter cost of
$2100. That means we would need to get at least 14 birders at $150
each (cost drops if more people go). It would probably be a long ten
to twelve hour day on the water. The seas conditions look very good:
Friday: NNW wind 6 to 9 kt increasing to between 15 and 18 kt. Sunny.
NW swell 4 feet. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Friday Night: NNW wind 18 to 21 kt becoming N between 23 and 26 kt.
Mostly clear. WNW swell 4 feet. Wind waves 4 to 7 ft.

Please call or email me ASAP if you are interested and can commit to
such an adventure THIS Friday. Good Birding. Bob Keiffer
707-744-1424 (you can leave a message...leave name and contact info)
or call my cell 707-391-8190. I need to let Jason, the Trek II
captain, know by tomorrow morning.

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


Ukiah - Mendocino Co.

Joe Parker
 

Birded a couple of places for a few hours this afternoon around Ukiah. Was too early for the Lewis's Woodpecker on Old River Rd., but I did come across a small flock of LARK SPARROWs. The CANVASBACKs were at the Beckstoffer Pond on Old River Rd. just south of Talmadge.
Drove up Low Gap Rd. mostly to see what it is like. By this time, the sun was going down behind the hills, so the bird activity was pretty slow. However, at a pullout 1.1 miles below the first cattleguard, I was trying to pish up a White-breasted Nuthatch I thought I had heard, when out popped a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. It was only about 30 feet away, and stayed out in the open for about 5 minutes. What a treat! It is amazing how fierce such a small bird can look.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos


Oops - I meant Elk

Ron_Storey
 

Sorry about the error in my previous post on the name of the town. I
meant to type Elk (Elkin is a town in North Carolina that I recently
visited) - sorry for the error.

Ron Storey
Petaluma, CA


Ferruginous Hawk Pictures

Ron_Storey
 

On January 3rd I spotted a Ferruginous Hawk on the ground just north
of the town of Elkin. I didn't take much notice of this Ferruginous
Hawk except to stop along Highway 1 to take a picture of it, but now
that there appear to be several postings of sightings I am realizing
this sighting may be significant. I have posted a couple pictures of
the hawk as it was in the field and as it flew past me under photos of
this discussion group. You can find the pictures in the folder
Ferruginous Hawk. I hope you will enjoy the pictures.

Ron Storey
Petaluma, CA


Potter Valley Hawks and a Mystery

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>
 

I also had a Ferruginous Hawk this afternoon along Burris Lane in SE
PV. It was sharing a thermal (such as it was) with a Red-tailed Hawk,
but they did not seem to interact as they climbed.
Flying hrough the same air space (I think) were two birds in close
formation moving speedily due south but with no wing motion, i.e. sort
of soaring but really moving. They looked like nothing so much as two
fighter planes; they went behind a line of oaks and I could not find
them again. Kind of eerie.


Ferruginous Hawk - Ocean Meadows/Ten Mile Area

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Tue, 27 Jan, 2009 -- This morning, Ron LeValley and I (independent of
each other) saw the FERRUGINOUS HAWK along Hwy 1, across from
Ocean Meadows Cir, mm 70.32.  This hawk has been around on and
off again for at least the last four winters.  It must have a large range.

Ron LeValley & Karen Havlena
                        North of Fort Bragg, CA




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