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Greater Roadrunner - UC-HREC

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

20 September 2010 - It was just reported to me by one of UC-HREC's staff
that a roadrunner was observed in chaparral habitat at the top elevation of
the UC- Hopland Research & Extension Center. I am going to check the area
right now. For those that know the Center and might be interested in
pursuing this bird it was at the top of the Orchard Pasture, east of the
Orchard Rain gage, on the upper 4WD road just ENE of the "cow palace"
structure. You can make arrangements through me (or possibly Chuck Vaughn).
Good Birding! Bob Keiffer 707-744-1424 ext 112.


Mendocino Coast Audubon pelagic results 9/19

Rob Fowler
 

Hi all,
Below is the ebird report for yesterdays pelagic sponsored by Mendocino Coast Audubon aboard the "Telstar." Leaders were Bob Keiffer, John Sterling, and myself, Rob Fowler. Thanks to all the participants for a great time!

Location: Offshore pelagic (MEN Co.)
Observation date: 9/19/10
Notes: Mendocino Coast Audubon fall pelagic trip. Seas were calm so we headed southwest towards Navarro Canyon. We went to 21 miles offshore to where the water temperature shot up to 59 degrees and many albacore were present here but few birds. Heavy drizzle to rain in the morning to partly cloudy sunny skies in the afternoon. Overall a nice trip, especially for the jaegers.

Other animals: Northern Fur Seal-3, Dall's Porpoise-16 (1 melanistic individual seen), Pacific White-sided Dolphin- 10, Northern Right-whale Dolphin-5, Ocean Sunfish-10, Blue Shark-5.

Number of species: 22

Brant (Black) 55 2 flocks seen migrating over open ocean.
Black-footed Albatross 15
Northern Fulmar 10
Pink-footed Shearwater 55
Flesh-footed Shearwater 1
Buller's Shearwater 12
Sooty Shearwater 20
Ashy Storm-Petrel 1 Seen by few observers.
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Red-necked Phalarope 12
Red Phalarope 63 Most seen on the return trip.
Sabine's Gull 94 Many were flying south on the return trip.
Western Gull 60
California Gull 30
Common Tern 7
Arctic Tern 3
Common/Arctic Tern 4
South Polar Skua 9 Good number for the day!
Pomarine Jaeger 8
Parasitic Jaeger 20
Long-tailed Jaeger 70 By far the most common jaeger today with most ages seen and some groups sitting on the water.
jaeger sp. 25
Common Murre 8
Rhinoceros Auklet 110

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

Thanks,

Rob Fowler


Lake County

Floyd Hayes
 

Yesterday I drove around Clear Lake with Doug Weidemann. At Borax Lake we saw two early male EURASIAN WIGEONS, a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Near the north end of Clear Lake we saw an early pair of REDHEADS far from shore, perhaps a kilometer southeast of the bridge at Rodman Slough, while out in a canoe checking up on some late-nesting grebes that are still incubating eggs.

Back on September 3 I saw two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS at Borax Lake.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


American Dipper at Wages Creek 9/18

K A Havlena
 

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 -- Chuck Vaughn & Jerry White also saw an AMERICAN
DIPPER west of the Wages Creek bridge (N Westport) this morning.  They
said that the Dipper was eating a large larva.  This location is a mile north
of Westport on Hwy 1.

Richard also forgot something else -- the SAGE THRASHER at Little River
airport was Richard's 300th MEN County bird -- congratulations Richard!!!

For CE Vaughn & JR White (and RE Hubacek),

(K Havlena)
Coastal Mendocino County




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Northern Waterthrush at Usal

Richard Hubacek
 

Sat Sep 18, 2010--Jerry White and Chuck Vaughn ask me to post a NORTHERN WATERTHUSH when I post the Sage Thrasher. I forgot!! They found the bird at Usal in the creek south of the coastal campground.

Richard Hubacek for Chuck and Jerry


Sage Thrasher --Little River Airport

Richard Hubacek
 

Sat Sep 18, 2010--This morning I found a SAGE THRASHER at the Little River Airport at the west end. A large group of birders failed to refind the bird this afternoon. If you want to try, locate the airport. Park to the right of the terminal. Walk out to the taxiway and head west. Once the taxiway end there is a grassy area and then a large depression. The bird was last seen in the west end of the depression. Sage Thrashers like to hide on the ground but do come up to see what's happening from time to time. Will post a picture later.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Vaux swifts

vishnu
 

Hello All,

I am forwarding this email from a friend in Sonoma county. Her
directions are for coming from the south, so Mendocino folks, coming
from the north, will have to drive to Healdsburg, cross the Russian
R. on Hwy 101 and:

Take the Old Redwood Hwy exit
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Healdsburg Ave
Turn left at Healdsburg Ave

Turn right at Bailhache Ave

Then follow the directions below. ~~~~ Vishnu

For you nature freaks
ML

Begin forwarded message:

From: Betsy Livingstone <betsl@sonic.net>
Date: September 17, 2010 4:46:18 PM PDT
To: ML Carle <mlml@sonic.net>
Subject: Vaux swifts

Hey ...

The Vaux swifts are doing their thing, at Rio Lindo Academy's
chimney. I was up there last night.

First Healdsburg exit Healdsburg Ave. Turn R on Bailache (before
the bridge) - there's a small sign that says Rio Lindo Academy - go
all the way up (3.5 miles), turn left into the campus, left again
around the buildings. It all happens between 6:45 (really by 7) &
is over at 7:45. You should go in the next few days.

Betsy





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Caspar Yellow-headed Blackbird

Richard Trissel
 

17 Sep 2010
Caspar

Jerry White found a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Caspar pond this afternoon at 4:45p. He added that the bird flew off with the blackbird flock.

Good Birding,

Rich Trissel for Jerry White


Black-and-White Warbler at Virgin Creek

Richard Hubacek
 

Fri Sep 17, 2010--A little after noon today there was a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at the north entrance to Virgin Creek. It was with a small Chickadee flock. There were two AMERICAN WIGEON (first of season for me)in the creek east of the bridge.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


migrating White-throated Swifts

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

16 September 2010 - This morning at 10:30 AM I was surprised to see a large
swift banking in front of my vehicle at eye level here at the UC-Hopland
Research & Extension Center. My knee-jerk reaction of slamming on the
brakes and fumbling for my binoculars revealed two White-throated Swifts
flying 30 to 100 feet high over chaparral habitat with a western aspect.
The elevation was 1770'. Strangely, the one bird seemed to be heading
north, however, as they dropped in elevation they were back-dropped by hills
and vegetation and I lost track of them after about 30 seconds. I have
seen fall-migrating Black Swifts here in years past at similar elevation,
but there was no mistaking the white flanks and light underparts on these
birds despite the brief view. I believe this the first record of
White-throated Swift for the UC-HREC. Good birding. Bob Keiffer


Usal Owls September 15th

jerry white
 

Just before dawn on Wednesday morning at Usal a SPOTTED OWL called several times, and then just before sunrise there was a calling Northern Pygmy-Owl. Jerry White


Re: Solitary Sandpiper in Albion

Jim Lomax <birds@...>
 

That might be because it is a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Jim Lomax

On Sep 15, 2010, at 6:32 PM, AlbionWood wrote:

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.


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

----- Original Message -----
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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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
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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Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@pacific.net


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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