Male Rufous Hummingbird and male Hooded Oriole

Dave <algott@...>

This morning I have seen a male Rufous Hummingbird several times and a female Selasphorus Sp. in my yard. I observed saw the male doing a display dive.

I observed the resident male Hooded Oriole singing from the top of a redwood tree this am also.

From Rogina Heights in Ukiah.

Dave Bengston

Chadbourne Gulch - Hwy 1

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

May 1, 2011 -- This morning, I was able to leave Jim and his back
injury for a while.  I drove north along Hwy 1 to Chadbourne Gulch.
It appears that someone had put up a barrier to the east section,
but it was not intentional.  A willow has fallen at the entrance, but
one can easily get by it to the trail.

the resident GREAT HORNED OWL along the trail.  One critter I have
never encountered there was a tick ----- this time I came home with at
least 6 to 8 ticks!  Yucky.  So, be careful if going there.

Chadbourne Gulch is south of Westport at mm 75.47.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California 

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2011 Black Oystercatcher Survey

Joleen <j_ossello@...>

Greetings fellow bird enthusiasts,

California Audubon is embarking on a major population survey of the coastal Black Oystercatcher. This is the first of its kind and Mendocino Coast Audubon Society is excited to coordinate our coastline.

We are looking for volunteers to survey during the weekends of June 2-5 and June 9-12. The second weekend is optional; however, the protocol suggests a particular site be visited twice within a seven day period. The survey can also begin the weekend of May 20-23 if necessary. Perhaps you are already envisioning your favorite birding area, and that is what makes this opportunity so exciting.

If you are interested, please send me your contact information and I will forward pertinent information.

Audubon CA has set up a website…..maps, additional information, boat protocols etc etc etc


Joleen J Ossello
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Conservation Chair

5/1 UWTP White-faced Ibis

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- Steve Stump found 2 WHITE-FACED IBIS at the Ukiah
Wastewater Treatment Plant early this morning. They were on the levee
between the middle and north oxidation ponds, and still there at 8 am.

Chuck for Steve

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Lake County Solitary Sandpiper

jerry white

This afternoon Nikki White and I saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the (Noble) Meadow Pointe Mobilehome Park in Upper Lake. The park is located right off of Hiway 20. Drive to the backside (south side) of the park and look for the obvious fenced in pond. The bird was just to the east of the pond in the low wetlands. There were also 3 male Great-tailed Grackles in the vicinity. Jerry White

Lake County Calliope

jerry white

Yesterday mid-afternoon a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD showed up at our feeder in Kelseyville. It fed briefly two times and has not been seen since. Jerry White

Anyone have Dawson's "Birds of California"


I would like to look at this 3-volume set of books to help with my research, if anyone has it.



Kate Marianchild, nature writer
Currently researching and writing
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, a book
of fascinating and little-known
facts about plants and animals
that live among the oaks;
to be published by Heyday in 2013.

Pair of Harlequin Ducks and 10 Black Oystercatchers


Today, April 19, 2011 10:15 a.m. ten Black Oystercatchers roosting with a pair of Harlequin Ducks on the near offshore rocks of Virgin Creek--some 250 meters from the north end of the beach. The roosting rock was just at the wateredge. Virgin Creek Beach is just north of Fort Bragg, CA.

Becky Bowen
Caspar, CA

Winged Mirgration: Follow-up

rbharris11 <rbharris11@...>

Checked the Mendocino Headlands today for mirgrating seabirds. The loon migration continues unabated. Heavier than last reported with a rate estimated at 25-30 Pacific Loons per minute average(LPM). Interestingly, there were more mixed flocks with Common Loons mixed in with the Pacific loons as part of the formations. The size difference was marked and easy to pick out. Also, other seabirds "hitch-hiking" and drafting the big loons. Most of these birds were bringing up the rear in small groups of 2 to 8 birds. Identification difficult. Probably Scoters and Alcids (not common murres) and ???. Quite an interesting mix.

(It sure would be nice if an expert birder would go out on the headlands with a good scope and make some postive identifications as it seems some interesting migrants are going by right now. Puffins?)

Also heard yesterday 2 miles inland from the coast in Little River: drip...drip... No, not the rain, but a Swainson's thrush call. First of the year. It took me a couple of seconds to register the call note as a Swainson's but it finally sunk in. I know that call... It will be so common here this summer I don't even hear it after a while. Welcome back Mr. Swainson.

Rick Harris

HREC birds 4/28

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning there were 3 PURPLE MARTINS (2m, 1f)
on the utility lines that parallel University Road adjacent to the
permanent pasture at the bottom of the UC Hopland Research Center. The
birds were between the large ag pond and the cattleguard. Near the office
area, along Parson's Creek, there was a continuing SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a
bird which I first saw yesterday morning.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Northern Lake County

jerry white

On Tuesday April 26th I birded the Lake Pillsbury/Hull Mt area. There were good numbers of singing Nashville, Hermit and Yellow Warblers. Cassin's and Warbling Vireos were also easily found.
On the way up on Elk Mt. Road there was a Townsend's Solitaire. On Hull Mt. there were 4-5 more Townsend's Solitaires, Mt. Chickadees, at least 3 singing "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrows (this is somewhat early for Lake County) and at least 4 Red-breasted Sapsuckers.
Missing on the day were Western Wood-Pewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Dusky Flycatcher.

The two best birds of the day (both difficult to find in Lake County anywhere except in the Snow Mt. area) were a Hammond's Flycatcher seen along the Eel River at Benmore Creek and a Cassin's Finch found on Hull.
However, easily the best discovery of the day was a FISHER seen on Hull Mt. mid-morning. A new life mammal for me. Jerry White

A few Coast Sightings

Dave <algott@...>

I went to Ft. Bragg for Easter. A few of the birds I saw included:
a Red Crossbill on Airport Rd in Ft. Bragg at 9:05 am in the 31500 block area on Monday morning 4/25; a Pacific Wren in Van Damn SP up the Fern Canyon Trail where the fallen tree is completely across the trail on Tuesday morning about 10 am on 4/26; a Wandering Tattler at the Botanical Gardens off the bluffs at 2:15 on 4/26; two Spotted Sandpipers at the mouth of the Navarro about 4:15 on 4/26; and one Golden Eagle perched on a snag at the top of Hwy 253 about 9 miles from Hwy 128 at 5:30 on 4/26.

Please note that it is Airport Rd in Ft. Bragg, and not Little River where a lot of the Crossbill sightings have been in the past. I think there were several Crossbills, but all of them flew except one which I got in the scope to positively ID.

Dave Bengston

Pelagic Trip - Sun, 15 May - Fort Bragg

K A Havlena

There are still a few spaces available for the spring MCAS pelagic trip. 
It is scheduled for Sun, 15 May, from Fort Bragg on the Telstar.
Please contact me either way - Yay or Nay.  I would really appreciate
hearing from you.  Spaces are limited, but we can set up a waiting list
if needed.  Prepayment is required, so please contact me ASAP.

DATE: Sunday, 15 May, 2011.
COST: Either $100 (Lake & Mendocino Counties) OR  $110 (all others)
TIME: Now 8 hours.  Meet at 7-am and return to dock about 3:30-pm.
PLACE: North Harbor Drive at the TELSTAR dock, Noyo harbor, Fort Bragg.
   [1] Check -- Make check payable to MCAS.  Mail it to: K. Havlena,
PO Box 40, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.
   [2] Credit Card -- Contact me with your phone

We don't deposit your check or charge your card until trip time. Thanks!

Karen Havlena
for Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Fort Bragg, MEN, California

A strange place for an accipter

J Rosen <mendojanet@...>

I thought folks might get a kick out of this. I'm in Ukiah, way down at the end of South Dora Street. Up my driveway is a covered carport, which is partitioned from a covered entry courtyard by a cinderblock wall. The other day I was looked out the front window and there was this big bird perched on top of the cinderblock wall. Raven? No - hawk! The only thing I can think is maybe a couple of towhees came bopping and chipping into the couryard, as they sometimes do...
The snaps I got are of poor quality, being taken quickly and through old single pane glass looking out with disparities of light and dark. After the hawk flew, I went out and snapped a photo of it perched on a power line. At first I thought it was the sharpie I had seen up the street a couple of days earlier but that was an immature and this is mature and I'm actually thinking this is a Cooper's, yes?

4/24 Ukiah Calliope Hummingbird

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- Barbara and I had a male Calliope Hummingbird
visiting our feeders just NE of Ukiah from mid-afternoon through late this
evening at 20-25 minute intervals. If it continues tomorrow we will let
you know.

Chuck and Barbara

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Two Glaucous Gulls - Pudding Creek, Fort Bragg (MEN)

K A Havlena

24 April, 2011 -- Dorothy Tobkin called to report that 2 first-cycle
GLAUCOUS GULLS are at Pudding Creek lagoon, on the west
side of the bridge at the north end of Fort Bragg.  One is pure

Also, in the cove off the Laguna Point parking lot in MacKerricher SP,
LOON in breeding plumage.

MacKerricher SP is west of Hwy 1, north of Fort Bragg in Cleone. Turn
west on Mill Creek Drive and drive to the end of the road.

For Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin

(K Havlena)  Fort Bragg, MEN, California

Recent Mendocino Coast birds of Moderate interest

Dan Airola

While birding here on vacation over the past week, I've seen the following that may be of interest to some folks:

Harlequin Duck - Navarro R. Estuary 4/22. A female/imm plumage bird with 4 Surf Scoters.

Red-breasted Merganser - 1 at Ten Mile Creek at Hwy 1 on 4/22.

Clark's Grebe - 1 with W. Grebes at McKerricker S.P on 4/19.

Green Heron - 1 at Ten Mile Creek at Hwy 1 on 4/22.

Common Murre - Roughly estimated 1,600 near sunset at Mendocino Headlands S.P. (Bird Rock?) on 4/22. Obviously not rare, just very cool to see.

Purple Martin - 4 at Hwy 1 bridge over Ten Mile Creek and 3 at snags on hilltop east of Hwy 1 and 0.2 mi south of Little Valley Rd, both in the morning on 4/20. I did not see martins at Hwy 1 bridge over Noyo Harbor during two non-morning visits 4/19 and 4/21.

White-throated Sparrow - 1 on east side of lower pond at Navarro Vineyards along Hwy 128 between Philo and Navarro. Seen 4/18 but not relocated during brief group survey 4/23.

Thanks to those who posted records that allowed me to follow up (including some observations above)

Dan Airola

Re: Mountain Birding in NE Mendocino County

George Chaniot

Also, we stopped both directions at the Hwy 162 bridge near Dos
Rios Rd.  There were no swifts nor swallows at all yet.  Still the
day was great fun!
I was at the Dos Rios Bridge on Apr 15th, and I saw at least three
WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS. They were up high with the Turkey Vultures and would
have gone unnoticed if I hadn't put my binoculars up to look at a soaring

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Mountain Birding in NE Mendocino County

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Wed, 20 April 2011 -- Jim and I spent the day driving up to the snowy
mountains above Eel River Work Station.  One can drive exactly 8-miles
up to a locked gate on Boardman Ridge just past Boardman Camp. 
Two TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES and a N GOSHAWK were the highlights
at this spot up the north part of M1. 

We next drove east from the Eel River station to Mendocino Pass on
FH7 / 338.  The road has been well maintained up to the pass, but we
could not drive further east nor go up M2 adjacent to the MEN County
line.  At that spot, we watched MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and a
and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.  Rain started to fall.

Back at the Eel River station, we headed south up M1 toward Etsel
Ridge.  It had rained there, so Mexico Ridge was a little rough, but
the road got much better the higher we went.  But, at about 8 miles,
we came to a locked gate, which surprised us.  There was no snow
there like our two previous stops, and the road seemed to be in
good shape.  We could see tire tracks going beyond the gate. All
that we saw on that part was a CHIPPING SPARROW and a

Also, we stopped both directions at the Hwy 162 bridge near Dos
Rios Rd.  There were no swifts nor swallows at all yet.  Still the
day was great fun!

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Calif

Lake County Birds

George Chaniot

18 April 2011 -- Sorry for the delay in reporting. On the 16th and 18th I
did some birding in Lake Co. incidental to the tricolor survey and found the
following birds of interest to me: TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS at Lyon's Creek,
Highland Springs Road, and Adobe Creek Reservoir. YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS
at Lyon's Creek and Adobe Creek. A male HOODED ORIOLE at Paradise Cove on
Highway 20 visible in palms from near the call box by milemarker 23.00.
Nice in the wetland along Lakeshore Boulevard behind the Sentry Market. One
male PHAINOPEPLA in Upper Lake in a prominent tree with mistletoe on the
north side of Hwy 20 (getting closer to Mendocino!).

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

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