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Re: Solitary Sandpiper in Albion

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Just added a photo of this bird to the folder "Albion Birds" on this Group's page, in case anyone wants to see the color variation I was talking about. If you were looking at this bird with Sibley's in hand, you might have a difficult time matching it up.


Other Birds at Usal - 9/15/10

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Wed, 15 Sept 2010 -- Jim Havlena & I also birded Usal this AM, where we talked
with

Jerry White & Chuck Vaughn.  I spotted a LONG-BILLED CURLEW flying
over the beach, that Jerry said was a 1st for Usal.  We also saw SAY'S PHOEBE,
(2) BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, and 4 WARBLING VIREOS.
There were many other Western migrants: Townsend's, Yellow, Wilson's,
and Orange-crowned Warblers, plus Brown Creepers, Red-breasted Sapsucker,
and Hutton's Vireos.

We could not find the particular flock inwhich the others saw the rare warblers.
However, I will be there again tomorrow at the appointed time to look again.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA


9/15 Usal warblers

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Jerry White and I birded the Usal Beach campground this morning. It was very quiet early, but at 930 we found a large mixed flock in the area of the pay station which we followed for about 45 minutes. Among these birds we found a TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. The road into the campground from Hwy 1 has been recently graded and access is much better than it has been for the past several years.

Chuck Vaughn and Jerry White





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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net


Coast Birds 9/14/10

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Tue, 14 Sept 2010 -- A RED-NECKED GREBE was with the Scoter flock off
the north end of the Haul Rd at Ward Ave, Cleone, this morning.  Along the
still backed-up Ten Mile River, I saw 7 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and
heard several others!  There are also some in my neighborhood.  A MERLIN
swooped past the front yard today. 

After my Ten Mile beach hike, I walked the Skunk RR tracks above Pudding
Creek, near Rose Mem'l Cemetery.  There was not much action there, but
I did have a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 3 WESTERN TANAGERS,
YELLOW and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, many VIRGINIA RAILS,
PYGMY NUTHATCHES, and CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg and North


Re: Coast Indigo Bunting

Henrietta Bensussen
 

Apologies to you all--the "evening" grosbeak is a black-headed grosbeak. I got my names mixed up. Jerry has been here and it was nice to meet him.
Henri

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From: "Henrietta Bensussen" <gardnrz2@mcn.org>
To: <Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>; "Chuck & Barbara Vaughn" <cevaughn@pacific.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Coast Indigo Bunting


An evening grosbeak was in our bird feeder this afternoon, also flocks of Amer. goldfinches, pine siskins, chickadees, plus a (probably) downy woodpecker on the trunk of the apple tree.
Henri Bensussen, Fort Bragg

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck & Barbara Vaughn" <cevaughn@pacific.net>
To: <Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Coast Indigo Bunting


Greetings Mendobirders- Jerry White saw a female INDIGO BUNTING at about
10 am today. The bird was off of Rd 500B/Brewery Gulch Dr just south of
Mendocino, and about 50 yards west of Hwy 1. It was in a large mixed
flock, composed largely of Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Yellow Warblers.

Jerry White




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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net



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Re: Coast Indigo Bunting

Henrietta Bensussen
 

An evening grosbeak was in our bird feeder this afternoon, also flocks of Amer. goldfinches, pine siskins, chickadees, plus a (probably) downy woodpecker on the trunk of the apple tree.
Henri Bensussen, Fort Bragg

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Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Coast Indigo Bunting


Greetings Mendobirders- Jerry White saw a female INDIGO BUNTING at about
10 am today. The bird was off of Rd 500B/Brewery Gulch Dr just south of
Mendocino, and about 50 yards west of Hwy 1. It was in a large mixed
flock, composed largely of Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Yellow Warblers.

Jerry White




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Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net



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Coast Indigo Bunting

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Jerry White saw a female INDIGO BUNTING at about 10 am today. The bird was off of Rd 500B/Brewery Gulch Dr just south of Mendocino, and about 50 yards west of Hwy 1. It was in a large mixed flock, composed largely of Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Yellow Warblers.

Jerry White




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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA 95482

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Chadbourne Gulch 9/13 MEN

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Mon, 13 Sept 2010 -- Today, I saw an adult female MacGILLIVRAY's WARBLER
at Chadbourne Gulch, on the east side of Hwy 1, between Ten Mile R. and
Westport.
It was overcast all day, so I didn't go out until after 1-pm.  Other birds
present at
Chadbourne were several YELLOW and WILSON'S WARBLERS, 2 HUTTON'S
VIREOS, a BROWN CREEPER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and other common
resident birds.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Cal




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Sea Life Revealed: Sept 16 Peregrine Talk

Roger Foote
 

Sea Life Revealed: Mendocinos Closest Marine Sanctuary

Just 6 miles off the coast of the Marin/Sonoma coast, another world begins.
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary provides a lush feeding ground
for fish, invertebrates, seabirds, and marine mammals.

On Thursday, September 16, Jennifer Stock will tell us why this area, so
close to home, attracts mammals and seabirds from thousands of miles away.
Stock says that she loves to show people the mysteries of the underwater
world and reveal what we cannot easily see. She will give an overview of the
Cordell Bank, its ecology and species such as albatrosses, shearwaters,
humpback and blue whales. She has worked for over fifteen years in
environmental education as an interpretive park ranger.

Peregrine Audubon presentations are free to the public, though donations are
welcome. The Ukiah Civic Center is located at 300 Seminary Avenue. To join
Peregrine Audubon Society and receive a newsletter with regular
announcements about programs and field trips, please send $20 to PAS, P.O.
box 311, Ukiah, CA 95482. For more information on a wide variety of topics
related to birding in Mendocino County, please go to
www.peregrineaudubon.org.


Got shorbirds? 55 mph observations, N, Bay Marshes

Gunn
 

Sunday was a family fun day for me and the fam,
(Six Flags Discovery Kingdom sic)

The highway 37 between Novato and Vallejo
was just dripping with all manner of untold observations

Boatloads of Avocets et al

Annabell y mas


Solitary Sandpiper in Albion

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Sunday Sept 12, 2010 - A juvenile SOLITARY SANDPIPER visited the little pond just outside our living-room window this morning around 10. It stayed a few minutes, just long enough to snap a few photos, before winging off to the south. This bird's back was brownish-grey, with white edges to most of the feathers, making it look quite different from the dark grey bird pictured in Sibley's. Feathers were clean, sharp, and bright, like a brand-new bird.

I reported a SOSA at the same location two years ago on Sept 5.

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Middle Ridge, Albion


flocking at dusk

J Rosen <mendojanet@...>
 

A friend who lives on the Ukiah end of the Boonville Rd asked me today: right near dusk all of a sudden a flock of birds will appear winging directly west at high speed. He says they are cowbird-sized, make no vocalizations, but he hears wingbeats. He does not think they are blackbirds or robins. This occurs only in the fall and has just started anew. Any ideas?


Mendocino Coast- Clay-colored Sparrow

jerry white
 

In addition to the birds already reported for the past 3 days; there was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Usal on Tuesday September 7th. On that same day at Virgin Creek Beach Chuck Vaughn and I had a Long-billed Curlew.
On Wednesday September 8th there was a Willow Flycatcher at Howard Creek. Chuck and I also had a flycatcher on September 7th at the Westport Headlands which was probably this species.
On the 8th at Glass Beach there was a female Bullock's Oriole and 2 singing Fox Sparrow's. Later that same day there was a very bright Cassin's Vireo at the Botanical Gardens. Jerry White


Orchard Oriole -- Westport Headlands Park, MEN

K A Havlena
 

Tue & Wed, 7-8 Sept 2010 -- A female/immature ORCHARD ORIOLE was
seen briefly yesterday in bright sunlight by Jerry White and Chuck Vaughn,
but they did not get really satisfactory looks at the bright yellow and lime
green bird with a short tail, short, slightly decurved bill, and two wide, white
wing bars.

This morning the coast was blanketed in dense fog.  As I was driving north
on Hwy 1, I saw Jerry's car at the Vista Point at mm 74.09.  He was close
by and had just encountered a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.  The important
news was that he saw the ORCHARD ORIOLE again in the drippy fog.  The
bird was wet, so the colors did not show as well.  I'm sure glad he told me
that fact!  When I arrived at the Westport park, I saw the bedraggled oriole
just
at the top of a stand of berry bushes.  The short, lime green tail and the
wing bars were correct.  I could also see the bill shape and the fact that it
was not long and more narrow, like a Hooded Oriole.  The face and body
feathers were indeed wet, so I did not get good color on the bird.  Both
Jerry and I agreed that this bird was not a Hooded Oriole since it wasn't
elongated enough, the tail was definitely short, the two, well-marked white
wing bars, and the bill all point to Orchard. Jerry was much happier with
this second look at the bird and is comfortable with the call.  Also, even
though for several years there has been a few Hooded's that summered in
Westport, I have not noticed them for a couple of years.

The Westport Headlands Park is on the west side of Hwy 1, across from the
Westport Hotel.  The bird has now been seen almost everywhere in the small
park in the tall shrubs.

For Jerry White

(by, Karen Havlena)




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Dusky Flycatcher - Ocean Meadows 9/5

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 5 Sept 2010 -- A DUSKY FLYCATCHER was in a neighbor's garage
in Ocean Meadows.  The neighbor did not know a bird was temporarily
"trapped" when I saw it as I went to take something into Fort Bragg for
her.  I had a broom to try to get it to leave and was able to get under the
bird and got good looks at the lower mandible, narrow with a diffused,
darkish tip (not like Gray).  The head was nicely rounded and the eyes
had narrow, whitish eye rings.  I had to leave, but the bird got out of the
garage on its own a little later.  Dusky Flycatchers are not often seen
on the immediate coast, except occasionally during early fall migration.

Karen Havlena
Ocean Meadows, north of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca




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Labor Day Birding at Miner Hole Rd.

Richard Hubacek
 

Mon. 6 September, 2010--An unplanned bird outing came into being today when Jerry White, Rich and Nancy Trissel and myself all found ourselves at Miner Hole Rd this morning. The best bird of the day was a coastally rare BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER first spotted by Nancy Trissel. YELLOW and TOWNSEND WARBLERS were found but the consensus of the group was that it's still early for Fall migration.

Jerry and I explored the Alder Creek area and the best bird was a BLUE-WINGED TEAL that flew in.

Jerry reported that the AMERICAN AVOCET was still at the Ukiah Waste Treatment Plant as of this morning.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


UWTP birds

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Jerry White reports that the AMERICAN AVOCET continued at the UWTP oxidation ponds this morning. It was there yesterday morning as well, and there was also a juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the edge of the north pond then. Jerry could not refind it today. An adult COMMON MOORHEN was seen by Dan Maxwell and myself at HREC on Sept 3. It is not a stretch to believe that this is the bird which first wintered there in 2006-07, which would make this its fifth consecutive winter there.

Chuck




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Ukiah, CA 95482

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Juv. Common Moorhen - Ten Mile River Estuary

K A Havlena
 

Sun, 5 Sept 2010 -- Dorothy Tobkin called to say that a juv. COMMON MOORHEN is
at the east side of Ten Mile River bridge as of 9:15-am.  She saw the bird about
a 1/4
mile east of the bridge along the Haul Rd remnants.  If one walks on the old
Haul Rd,
there is a spring that causes a marshy, wet area on the road surface.  Just west
of
this area, one can look out over the marshy area.  This is where the juv. COMO
was
seen.  No Amer Coots have been around here recently.

For Dorothy Tobkin

K Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California




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Re: Ringed turtle doves

Lisa Walker \(Feather\) <feather7023@...>
 

I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that they are Eurasian Collared Doves and not Ringed Turtle Doves :)

--- On Sun, 9/5/10, konagregg <konagregg@pacific.net> wrote:

From: konagregg <konagregg@pacific.net>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Ringed turtle doves
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2010, 10:28 AM







 









Not sure how common these are around the Ukiah Valley, but I've been watching a pair of turtle doves that come to my sunflower seed feeder. They're also watering at the bird bath. This is out by Lake Mendocino Dam near the end of Redemeyer Road. Have pictures, but not sure how to attach.






















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Ringed turtle doves

konagregg <konagregg@...>
 

Not sure how common these are around the Ukiah Valley, but I've been watching a pair of turtle doves that come to my sunflower seed feeder. They're also watering at the bird bath. This is out by Lake Mendocino Dam near the end of Redemeyer Road. Have pictures, but not sure how to attach.

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