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UWTP Swamp Sparrow still there...

Cheryl Watson
 

Monday March 28, 2011

Geoff re-found the SWAMP SPARROW at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning at 10:50. The bird was foraging at the base of the dirt pile at the northeast corner of the sludge pond, then flew up into the willow to pose.

Cheryl Watson for Geoff Heinecken
Ukiah, CA


CR Presentation Date - March 30

Cate Hawthorne
 

Whoops - forgot to post the date for our Paddle Mendocino Presentation.
It is going to be

Wednesday March 30

Cate


Cormorant monitoring on the coast this year

Ron LeValley
 

Hi all,



It's getting to be that time of year again - actually on Pt. Cabrillo is
already is that time of year!



For the past few years volunteers have been monitoring cormorants (and other
birds) on the rocks off of Mendocino County and northern Sonoma County. This
has been done in conjunction with the Mendocino and Madrone Audubon
Societies and the BLM's California Coastal National Monument.



As an example of what we are doing, the last two reports for Gualala Point
Island and Fish Rocks are now on the BLM web site listed below. I am hoping
to get the Mendocino Headlands, Pt. Cabrillo and Noyo Harbor reports on
there in the next few months.



http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ca/en/prog/blm_special_areas/nm/ccnm.html



We are looking for more volunteers to help with the Mendocino Headlands,
Noyo Harbor and Pt. Cabrillo sites this year. And are looking to expand our
project along the coast, especially looking at more Pelagic Cormorant
colonies.



I have scheduled an evening get-together for those of you who can help us
this year. We will have at least 5 Pelagic Cormorant colonies and the large
Brandt's colony at the Mendocino Headlands to watch this year.



We are going to meet at the Mendocino Coast Photography Gallery, 344 North
Main Street, in Fort Bragg on April 7th at 7:00 p.m. This will only take
about an hour or two at the maximum but I would like as many of us as
possible to get together and discuss the coming year. I will also give a
short report on the past two years.



Please let me know if you are interested in helping and if you can make the
meeting And feel free to pass this on to others that you think might be
interested in coming to the meeting or helping this summer.



Thanks!



Ron



Ron LeValley

Mad River Biologists

Mendocino Office

P.O. Box 332

Little River CA 95456

Office:: 707/937-1742

Cell: 707/496-3326

ron@madriverbio.com


Presentation at College of the Redwoods

Cate Hawthorne
 

WWW Paddle Mendocino - Waves, Wildlife, and WonderPersonal Enrichment
Series Presentation at College of the Redwoods Mendocino Campus
[Mendocino kayak nature and wildlife tours.]

Experience the scenery, wildlife, and wonder of Mendocino County's
waters without getting wet. Join Cate Hawthorne and Jeff Laxier of
Liquid Fusion Kayaking on a multi-media journey of Mendocino County's
coast and rivers. Explore off the beaten paddle locations like Anderson
Valley's Rancheria Creek and the Eel River and experience the unique
wonders of our coastal waters.

Cookies and Coffee are served from 5:30-6pm

Presentation starts at 6pm.

Click here <http://www.redwoods.edu/Mendocino/map.asp> for directions.


Pigeon Guillemot

Rick Harris <birdmanofthewoods@...>
 

Saw my first Pigeon Guillemot of the year off the Mendocino Headlands. Actually I should say "identified" my first PG of the year. I first saw this single bird about 2 weeks ago but was unable to positively identify it even after repeated sighings. Always far, far out at about 500+ yards and since I don't own a scope, tantalizingly hard to make a for sure call with 8X binoculars. No matter how hard I squinted my eyes and steadied my hand it was always an "almost sure". Not a rare bird for sure, but nice to see and finally confirm.

Also: The dark morph Peregrine Falcon (aka Gull Killer) is still hanging tough on the far Bird Rock off Heeser Drive. The Western Gulls are starting to stake out territory and court. Will it stay for the season?

Rick Harris


Cackling Geese

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

25 March 2011 - Last Friday I and Ryan Keiffer took a close look at the
Crofoot Ranch which is the white-fenced property on the east side of Highway
101 about 4 miles north of Hopland. There is a one-laned access road (east
side of HWY 101 where you will see the obvious "Crow-Foot" sign) that you
can turn down to view the pasture on the left side. Along with the
numerous Canada Geese (moffitti) there are still two CACKLING GEESE of the
Aleutian variety and one of the "minima" variety. Amongst the mallards and
about 25 AMERICAN WIGEON was a nice drake CINNAMON TEAL. Two ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOWS were my first for the year. Good birding. Bob Keiffer (new home
email rjkeiffer@att.net ).


Al was here March 25, 2011

jackson_us
 

March 27, 2011

Al, the Laysan, Albatross, was seen on March 25th! See Tom Reid's report below.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay

From Tom Reid, who is having Internet problems in Point Arena:

According to Peter Bogdahn, Harbormaster of the Arena Cove, Al swooped in mid-day during a completely gnarly weather happening, tried to settle in to his regular spot the the north of the pier, then after running off, circled the inner cove 5 - 7 times, finally trying to settle in just west of the outside left break, and then disappearing from view... this is the first time (that I know of) he/she has returned after an absence of more than a day or two...

he was here approx. 1 - 2 hours


Tom Reid
Point Arena CA

PS sorry for the delay in responding; our (City of Point Arena) email is crapped out.


Re: Bald Eagle near Albion, CA

HowardG <hbg@...>
 

--- In Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com, "HowardG" <hbg@...> wrote:

Two bald eagles just passed over my home on the south side of Salmon Creek cove. One vectored SE before I could determine maturity. The second one soared circular patterns over the Albion bridge campground area. I was able to view with binoculars - full white head and tail - a mature beauty.
Neglected to provide my full name. Apologies.

Howard B. Guyer
Albion, CA


Bald Eagle near Albion, CA

HowardG <hbg@...>
 

Two bald eagles just passed over my home on the south side of Salmon Creek cove. One vectored SE before I could determine maturity. The second one soared circular patterns over the Albion bridge campground area. I was able to view with binoculars - full white head and tail - a mature beauty.


Upcoming Audubon Program

Charlene McAllister
 

Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

April 11, 2011- 7 PM

Gualala Arts Center



Birds and Nature of the Southern Cone



The Southern Cone? Is that an Ice Cream place in Georgia? Nope, it is the
triangle-shaped southern section of South America. The cone includes Chile,
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and the southern bits of Bolivia and Brazil.
What makes it special is that there are so many habitats and neat areas
here, the Pampas, Patagonia, the Matorral, the Humboldt Current, Iguazu
Falls, the Yungas, the Chaco - so many spots that are truly and uniquely
South American. It is the land of Rheas, penguins, horneros, seriemas, as
well as Southern Right Whales, Marine Otters, Viscachas and Vicuñas. A part
of the world blessed with some enigmatic, unusual, beautiful and often
rather unique creatures. But what absolutely is the icing on the cake is
that the southern cone includes some of the most memorable and scenic parts
of the Americas. This includes snow-capped volcanoes, huge granitic spikes,
the big sky country of the Pampas and Patagonia and coastlines that are
perhaps only rivaled by California for their beauty. Come enjoy an evening
exploring a gorgeous part of the world and its equally fantastic bird and
wildlife through the eyes of Alvaro Jaramillo, a birder-biologist who has an
unbridled passion for this part of the world. The April 11, 2011 7 PM
meeting will be held at the Gualala Arts Center. Carpooling is encouraged.
Audubon meetings are open to everyone at no charge, however, donations to
offset the cost of presenting programs is encouraged. For further
information, go to http://www.mendocinocoastaudubon.org/ or write to
charmac@mcn.org









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Lake County-Clearlake

jerry white
 

This morning there was a SWAMP SPARROW at Anderson Marsh State Park (north). Drive to the end of Lakeview Way which is off of Old Highway 53. There were also at least 30 Wood Ducks enjoying the flooded fields and woodlands.
In the afternoon I found an adult "VEGA GULL" at Redbud Park. The bird had a dark gray mantle,noticeably darker than a nearby adult American Herring Gull but just a shade lighter than an adult Californa Gull that was also nearby. The Vega Gull appeared to be about the same size as the Herring Gull. The head and neck were white with no brownish streaking. The legs were very bright pink. The bird had a brownish-yellow iris and a reddish orbital ring. I was able to study the bird for several minutes(at about 2:45 PM) with a scope as it stood on a dock, until all of the gulls took flight. Jerry White


Re: Red Crossbills

Ron LeValley
 

Probably Common Murres. There are lots around now and they are beginning to
move towards their nesting islands.



Ron

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Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332

Little River CA 95456

707/937-1742

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From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Pam Huntley
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 9:11 AM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Re: Red Crossbills





Hi the Red Crossbills, remain prevalent up on Comptche Ukiah rd. When the
sun was shining last month there was lots of courtship singing.
We heard a large group Sun in the Caspar cemetery. Could anyone say who was
flying by in the small flocks low over the ocean this weekend?
They were in groups of 20 or so. They had rapid wing beats dark on back
light on bottom. Very stocky, we were guessing Murrelets. Saw 100's on
Sat and fewer on Sun.


Re: Iceland-like Gull in Clearlake

Floyd Hayes
 

Apologies to Bill Rudden: his name is not Bill Rudder.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


Re: Iceland-like Gull in Clearlake

Floyd Hayes
 

For the benefit of those of you who are not registered for CalGulls, I have posted photos of the 1st-cycle Iceland-like Gull and--joy of joys--what may be an adult Iceland Gull as well, in a Mendobirds photo album titled "Iceland-like Gulls at Clearlake 03-23-11." The direct link is here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/1163546688/pic/list

To my chagrin I didn't notice the adult until I looked at the photos and realized one of the adult "Thayer's" Gulls had paler wingtips, but didn't give it much thought until Bill Rudder pointed out that it also had a paler mantle. Weird how the gulling had been rather boring all winter until this week. On Sunday we had 9 species of gulls.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


anyone have The Marin County Breeding Bird Atlas by Dave Shuford?

kmarianchild
 

I would like to look at it to determine whether I should buy it for my research.

Thanks,

Kate
463-0839


Iceland-like Gull at Clearlake

Floyd Hayes
 

Unfortunately nobody has seen the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL since Sunday, but yesterday and today I saw a 1st-cycle ICELAND-LIKE GULL on several occasions at Clearlake. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted several of my best photos when not all inexplicably downloaded from my camera. I just uploaded 9 photos to a Calgulls file titled "Iceland-like Gull at Clearlake 03-23-11." The direct link (which probably requires registration) is here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/calgulls/photos/album/2067182057/pic/list

The gull is rather neatly speckled--unusually so for this late in the season--with a distinct dark subterminal dot on primaries 6-8 (maybe more?). The bill seems a bit heavy and the facial expression a bit fierce for what we think of being typical for Iceland Gull. However, the bill, body and legs were consistently smaller than nearby Herring Gulls, and very similar although perhaps slightly larger (or so it appeared in the field, but not the photographs) than nearby Thayer's Gulls. The bill was the size of some California Gulls but larger than others, and the body was larger than most if not all California Gulls. Wing projection is impressively long, just as long as nearby Thayer's Gulls.

In my opinion it's either a large male Kumlien's Iceland Gull or an odd hybrid; if the latter, I would guess Herring X Glaucous Gull.

Yesterday I saw it for <1 minute at WalMart at 8:32. It flew to the landfill, where I relocated it from 9:15-9:30, then I had to leave for a meeting. Nick Shepherd later called me to tell me he had just found an Iceland Gull--the same gull--on the docks at Redbud Park at 10:00. This morning I briefly saw it on a dock near Redbud Park at 7:32, relocated it at WalMart from 8:15-8:25, and relocated it at the landfill from 8:45-9:45.

Please, please, please DO NOT REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENTER THE LANDFILL!!! The manager specifically asked me to announce this to other birders. The gulls can be viewed from a paved road above the landfill, but do not block the road. Unfortunately the views are very distant--you will need luck to accurately identify anything rare.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


Rufous H'bird in Albion

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Tuesday March 22, 2011 - I finally have a bright-orange male Rufous Hummingbird visiting the feeders, disrupting the delicate political balance. This is three weeks after the first Allen's, and 19 days after Karen reported a Rufous in Fort Bragg.

Tim Bray
Middle Ridge, Albion


Re: format request for posts

David Jensen
 

21 March 2011 Monday.
Excellent ideas, and here's one more. Please do not assume that everyone knows WHERE you are talking about. When I read posts, especially from out of the area near a location that I hope to visit, it is incredibly frustrating to read a report of a rare bird "at Jack's pond," or "by the old red barn," or even "on Highway 99." Please be specific- at least give the name of the nearby town and other helpful clues. The purpose of this listserv is to help one another, not simply to boast. Most of the Mendobird posters are pretty good in this regard, but remember that local novices and visitors from around the country are relying on our postings to locate and enjoy our local birds.
Dave Jensen, Fort Bragg

----- Original Message -----
From: Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
To: rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu
Cc: Mendobirds
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] format request for posts



Hear Hear! I could not agree more with Bob's suggestion. On another
yahoogroups birders list, Calbirds, it is very clearly stated that: "A
signature is required at the end of every message and must contain your
first and last names and your city." Those are very good rules, and might
well be considered for Mendobirds.

My 2 cents...Chuck

> 21 March 2011 - Monday - First of all, thanks to all who post messages on
> Mendobirds as it is many times the "first-mode-of-communication" for
> exciting new bird "finds" in Mendocino and Lake Counties. As the
> compiler
> of records for Mendocino County I many times print out hard copies (yes, I
> tend to be old-fashioned) of certain posts for the files. When I print
> these out I prefer not to waste ink and effort on all the associated
> irrelevant "stuff" on the posts, and therefore VERY MUCH APPRECIATE posts
> that begin with the date and end with the COMPLETE NAME of the observer
> and/or person posting the message. Thanks and good birding. Bob
> Keiffer
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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Re: format request for posts

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Hear Hear! I could not agree more with Bob's suggestion. On another
yahoogroups birders list, Calbirds, it is very clearly stated that: "A
signature is required at the end of every message and must contain your
first and last names and your city." Those are very good rules, and might
well be considered for Mendobirds.

My 2 cents...Chuck

21 March 2011 - Monday - First of all, thanks to all who post messages on
Mendobirds as it is many times the "first-mode-of-communication" for
exciting new bird "finds" in Mendocino and Lake Counties. As the
compiler
of records for Mendocino County I many times print out hard copies (yes, I
tend to be old-fashioned) of certain posts for the files. When I print
these out I prefer not to waste ink and effort on all the associated
irrelevant "stuff" on the posts, and therefore VERY MUCH APPRECIATE posts
that begin with the date and end with the COMPLETE NAME of the observer
and/or person posting the message. Thanks and good birding. Bob
Keiffer







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Ukiah, CA


format request for posts

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

21 March 2011 - Monday - First of all, thanks to all who post messages on
Mendobirds as it is many times the "first-mode-of-communication" for
exciting new bird "finds" in Mendocino and Lake Counties. As the compiler
of records for Mendocino County I many times print out hard copies (yes, I
tend to be old-fashioned) of certain posts for the files. When I print
these out I prefer not to waste ink and effort on all the associated
irrelevant "stuff" on the posts, and therefore VERY MUCH APPRECIATE posts
that begin with the date and end with the COMPLETE NAME of the observer
and/or person posting the message. Thanks and good birding. Bob
Keiffer

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