Eurasian Collared Doves

bruceg2661 <gmtranch@...>

I watched five Eurasian Collared Doves here in Laytonville valley this evening at 6:15 pm feeding in a horse pasture with 8-10 California quial and a small flock of Brewer's black birds. I was able to watch them for about 10 minutes before they were "spooked" along with the quail and blackbirds by some one coming out of a house to tend the horses. The location was/is 44700 Tolen Ave. Access is west at the Laytonville Auto Parts store, across from the Cheveron station in Downtown Laytonville. Take the second left just past a large two storie building. Then, it's the second house on the right. Yesterday 4/30 I saw what I thought was a Collered dove fly over hwy 101 approx. 4 miles south of Laytonville at the Shamrock Ranch. (Where the Elk hang out on the east side of the hwy)But was unable to make a good ID.

Bruce Gullett, Laytonville, Ca.

Dipper on Potter Valley Road

George Chaniot

Fri, 01 May 2009 -- Today I found an AMERICAN DIPPER, perhaps two, at the
'quarry' area along Potter Valley Road at about milepost 0.97. There is
quite a bit of fresh dipper sign downstream as far as the parking area at
milepost 0.75. I saw a dipper carrying food upstream from the rapids, and I
suspect that there is a nest in that vicinity.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Y-B Chat (Bot Gardens)-- WTSP & GCSP (Ocean Mdws Yard)

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Fri, 1 May 2009 -- A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was heard by Toby Tobkin at the Botanical
Gardens this morning.  The Chat was along the south boundary fence by the large "Events" lawn
area.  The Gardens are west of Hwy 1, about 1/2 mile south of Hwy 20 & Hwy 1.  There is a
fee to enter if one is not a member.  Of note, Toby said theYBCH is a new addition to the  MC Bot.
Garden's Bird Checklist. -- (for) Dorothy Tobkin.

Fri, 1 May 2009 -- I have been marking the calendar each day for some time to write that we still
coming to our front yard to feed near the driveway on Ocean Meadows Circle, north of the Ten
Mile R. bridge. 

Karen & Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA

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Sun, 17 May Pelagic - Still a Few Spaces for You

K A Havlena

We still have a few spaces available for Sun, 17 May's pelagic trip out
of Fort Bragg.  We will meet at 7:30-am for orientation before leaving
Noyo harbor for a 7-hour quest for seabirds and ocean mammals.

The cost is $95 per person.  Please respond immediately to participate.

CHECK:  Make your check payable to MCAS -- and mail it to:
     K. Havlena - Pelagic,  PO Box 40,  Fort Bragg, CA  95437.

CREDIT CARD:  Please contact me by email ASAP, so I can call
    you at your convenience to obtain the information.

We need contact info, even if you have more than just yourself in a
party.   Thanks!

Karen Havlena (for MCAS)

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USTP Wilson's Phalarope

Cheryl Watson

29 April 2009 Wednesday

Rich Hubacek found a WILSON'S PHALAROPE on the north pond at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant late this morning. The bird is between distinctive plumages. When we snuck up to get a better look it flew across the pond, revealing a Wilson's white rump and unmarked wings.

Cheryl Watson

John Muir Laws to give slide presentation in Ukiah on May 14



Passionate about the Sierra Nevada and its wildlife, John Muir Laws backpacked the peaks, passes, and foothills of our country's highest mountain range for six years to observe and paint 1,700 species for The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada. This pocket-sized book is packed with 2,710 original watercolors illustrating the full spectrum of life forms: mushrooms, lichens, wildflowers, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The guide also includes sections on animal tracks, weather patterns, and stars. Laws will give a presentation in Ukiah titled "Finding Connection in Nature" on Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Ukiah Civic Center.

John Muir (Jack) Laws is in high demand around the state as a speaker and environmental educator. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and conventions since the publication of his book, including a climate change conference, a CNPS conservation symposium, and numerous birding conventions.

Trained as a wildlife biologist and artist, Laws shares his delight in the natural world through workshops on wildlife, conservation, sketching from nature, and scientific illustration. "Finding Connection in Nature" will be illustrated with Laws' vivid and detailed paintings of "the beautiful and amazing species of the Sierra and the relationships between them." His talk will also touch on the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, the process of creating a field guide, and the conservation challenges facing the stewards of the Sierra Nevada. Signed copies of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada as well as his book Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Please note that in order to secure Jack Laws as a speaker, Peregrine Audubon Society has made a departure from its usual schedule. Laws will speak on the second Thursday in May rather than the third Thursday. This presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. For more information please go to

Written and submitted by
Kate Marianchild
Writer, Editor, Publicist

Mendocino Coast Audubon May Program

Charlene McAllister

Finding Connection in Nature

The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society is delighted to bring well known
author, naturalist, educator, and artist, John (Jack) Muir Laws to the
Mendocino Coast. Laws, who delights in exploring the natural world and
sharing this love with others, will be speaking on "Finding Connection in
Nature" on Monday May 11 at 7:00 pm at Dana Gray Elementary School, 1197 E.
Chestnut Street in Fort Bragg. (Please note this is an earlier date than
normal and a changed location)

For six years, John Muir Laws backpacked the Sierra Nevada to research and
illustrate The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada, a pocket size field guide to
over 1,700 species found in the Sierra Nevada. The guide, which includes
2,710 original watercolor paintings was reviewed by educators, naturalists,
and scientists throughout the country, and was intensively field tested by
adults and youth. This guide helps visitors or residents of the Sierra
understand and appreciate the biodiversity of the region. This comprehensive
and easy to use guide allows botanists to identify the insects that come to
their flowers, birders to identify the trees in which the birds perch, or
hikers to identify the stars overhead at night.

Deeply committed to stewardship of nature, Laws collaborates with
organizations throughout the state to further the cause. He is currently
coordinating efforts to create a standards based sixth through eighth grade
curriculum to help teachers convey a love of nature and an understanding of
biodiversity to their students through field studies and nature sketching.
He has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California,
Wyoming, and Alaska and teaches classes on natural history, conservation
biology, scientific illustration, and field sketching. He is trained as a
wildlife biologist and is an associate of the California Academy of
Sciences. His illustrations capture the feeling of the living plant or
animal, while also including details critical for identification.

Audubon programs are free to the public, however donations to offset the
cost of the programs are always welcomed.

For further information go to or email

Note: Laws will be speaking in Ukiah on Thursday May 14th.

4/27 HREC Lawrence's Goldfinches

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirder- This morning I saw a pair of LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES feeding on fiddleneck above the office area at HREC. Maybe this year these irruptive birds will stick around to breed here again. We didn't see a single individual here in 2008.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

Barred Owl - Willits

Mike Curry

Hi Birders:

I had a Barred Owl of the darker variety tonight about 7:30 PM at my neighbor's property. I went back to get my family to show them and it had moved on. It may be resident there, as the property consists of 11 acres of fairly mature woods. If anyone wishes to try their luck with me tomorrow evening, I'll be happy to accompany them. Please give me a call or email me if so. I have my neighbor's permission as long as people are with me.

Good birding.

Mike Curry
(707) 456-1032

Red-winged Blackbirds/Timber Lake

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>

On Friday 4/24/09 I visited Timber Lake at approx. 5080 ft. elev. on the southern slope of Snow Mtn in northern Lake County. The lake would better be described as a small tule pond. There were at least 4 male and 5 female Red-winged Blackbirds in the tules around the lake. Bryan McIntosh confirmed nesting by Red-winged Blackbirds at Timber Lake in 1994. I did not observe any behaviors to confirm nesting, but their continued presence suggests the possibility that they are long-term breeders at the lake.
Earlier this month on 4/5/09 I visited a small lake that has no official name at the low (west) end of the slides in the Blue Slides area near Snow Mtn. It is ringed by Ponderosa Pines, Douglas-Firs and live oaks and is in the drainage from the the southern slope of Snow Mtn. at approx. 3500 ft. elev. There were two male Wood Ducks and also one male and two female Mallards on the lake at that time.
Dave Woodward

collared doves

Henrietta Bensussen

A pair of Eurasian collared doves visited our backyard Thursday, in Ft. Bragg.

USTP 4/23

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders: I met Dave Bengston and Cheryl Watson at the USTP oxidation ponds this morning. Things were pretty much as Karen described from yesterday except that there were 5 AMERICAN AVOCETS, and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. The real surprise was a pair of MUTE SWANS on the north pond.
Floating languidly among their smaller cousins, they appeared so huge and elegant. For a brief moment we thought we heard strains of "Dance of the Swans" echoing through the sludge digestors...NOT!


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

Hooded Orioles/Lake County

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>

On 4/8/09 an imm. male Hooded Oriole visited our feeders in southwest Lakeport and stayed until 4/11. This evening 4/22/09 there were two imm. male Hooded Orioles at our feeders, both visiting together on several occasions. I suspect both of the orioles we saw today are new to the location.
Dave Woodward

Y-B Chat at USTP, Ukiah 4/22

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Wed, 22 April 2009 -- This AM I birded the USTP in Ukiah.  I had an early arrival
of YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT along the Russian River at the east boundary of the
water treatment plant.  I pished twice and the bird popped out of the willows to perch
on the barbed wire just a few yards away. 
Two AMER AVOCET were at the most north pond.  Interesting behavior:  For no
apparent reason, other than possibly territorial, one of the Avocets stretched out its
neck parallel to the ground, called and chased a female Mallard a few yards.  The duck
flapped out into the water. (George Chaniot told me that several years ago, that a pair
of Avocets had a nest, with eggs, at USTP that failed only because of rising water levels). 

Other birds at USTP were:  1 m. LESSER SCAUP; a pair of GREATER SCAUP;
Lst +Western Sandpipers;Yellow, Wilson's & Org-crowned Warblers, and other
waterfowl (NOSH, RNDU, RUDU, CAGO).

At Lake Mendocino, I watched a ROCK WREN sing near the parking lot by the
Coyote Dam.  It sang a variety of phrases! There was a HOODED ORIOLE on
Cromwell Dr.  I also checked the palms on Empire Dr but didn't see any HOOR.

Karen Havlena
Visiting from FB, CA

Lake Mendocino

Bob Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>

18 April 2009 - Saturday - With the weather warming there was lots of human activity on the lake ...skiers, kayakers, fishermen, etc. by late morning. However, I was able to spot a mature and immature BALD EAGLE on the east side, along with a single BONAPARTE'S GULL. Good birding. Bob Keiffer

Gualala River Bridge Swallows

Richard Trissel

18 April 2009

Hello -

This morning I had 6 swallow species (well, 5 + martin) while standing in one spot (for less than 20 minutes) on the bridge over the Gualala River. There were at least 10 Purple Martins present.

Good Birding,


Purple Martins at Coastal Bridges

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Fri, 17 April 2009 -- This morning at both Noyo R. and Ten Mile R. bridges,
a few pair of PURPLE MARTIN just arrived early this morning.

I looked briefly for the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the MC Botanical Gardens
but did not see it.  (Best wishes to Matthew quest tomorrow )!!

17 May Pelagic update:  The pressure is on from Jason.  He is charging the same
as for the defunct 2/22 trip, due to fishing season opening on 5/15.  So, we
really do need several of you to join up, please.  We have 13 paid and 5-6 "yes."
That leaves us short 5 to 6 people.  Please contact me as soon as possible.
Thanks very much.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA   

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USTP & L. Mendocino

George Chaniot

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 -- This morning at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant there
were five AMERICAN AVOCETS on the south pond. The water is falling in all
ponds. The middle pond is mostly puddled mud now, and the is mud appearing
in the north and south ponds as well. This should pull down some passing
shorebirds. This morning there were 11 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 4 LEAST
4f) flew over the sludge pond, landed in a nearby tree for a few minutes,
and then flew off far to the SE. This species bas been increasing in
Mendocino Co. in the last five years. I am trying to keep track of this,
and I would appreciate any observations.
Lake Mendocino had very few birds on it today, but the following were
of interest: 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS between the mesa and the boat-in
campground, a COMMON LOON in the same area, a ROCK WREN singing on Coyote
Dam, and a 2nd year BALD EAGLE near Deer Camp.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Eurasian Collard-Dove (common)?

William Leair

My wife and I have spotted what we believe to be an Eurasian collard dove pair roosting in a red wood tree in south Ukiah. We have never seen this bird before in this area. They have been around for a couple of weeks.  Sibley's says not in this area.
Are they common to this area???

4/16 Ukiah Calliope Hummingbird

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders: Late this afternoon Barbara showed me a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD which visited our feeders twice during a 30-minute watch. I will let you know if it sticks around.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

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