UWTP Pectoral Sandpiper and Bufflehead

Cheryl Watson

Sunday 7 August 2011

Geoff and I found an early female BUFFLEHEAD on the middle pond of the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning. And a single PECTORAL SANDPIPER was probing the mud on the north edge of the south pond. The south pond has nice muddy edge all the way around and the sludge pond beach has expanded. Just in time!

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA

Lesser Yellowlegs at Lake Cleone

K A Havlena

6 August 2011 -- Dorothy Tobkin called to say that a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was
calling and flying over and around Lake Cleone in MacKerricher SP today.  Turn
west from Hwy 1 onto Mill Creek Drive and park in the parking lot by the lake.  The
main entrance to the state park is located about 5 miles north of Fort Bragg.

For Dorothy Tobkin

K Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

Covelo release GOEA - volunteers?

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>

5 August 2011 - I was contacted by Ms. Carla McPherson of Round Valley (Covelo). Apparently a too-soon-to-be- fledged Golden Eagle ended up at the M&M feed store in Round Valley some time ago. The Marin Raptor Center has cared for the bird ever since. They said that when received the bird still had blood in the developing feathers thus telling them that the bird was not ready for flight yet. Now that the bird has been "fattened up" and the feathers are developed they are hoping that it can be released back to the parent golden eagle's territory.

Carla is looking for volunteers to help her locate the pair of eagles. She has some ideas as to where to look, but would appreciate assistance from a knowledgeable birder. If any of you are interested in helping please contact her at 983-6368. Or if you by chance know of a Golden Eagle nest in the area please let her know. The bird will probably be brought back to Covelo in a week or so.

The alternative to releasing the bird back to the parents is to have a falconer train the bird how to hunt ... about a 1.5 year process.

Posted for Carla McPherson by Bob Keiffer. Good birding!

Elegant Terns

Joleen <j_ossello@...>

Thursday, July 28th half the length of Ten Mile to the North, I spotted two Elegant Terns among the gulls at the shoreline. One was mature, the other traveling partner a juvenile. The young tern had a bald (white) head with a black ring around the base. Its legs had already turned a darker color but the bill was shorter and a more pale shade of orange. The juvenile was smaller than the adult and actually made chick sounding calls. This was definitely the highlight of my survey.

Red Knot and another Semipalmated Sandpiper at Virgin Creek

Richard Hubacek

Fri Jul 29, 2011-- This morning, Toby joined me on my SOS Survey. We were talking about SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS when she said, "there's one now". This bird was generally in the creek west of the bridge. We both agreed that it was a differert bird from the one I found last week. Overall the feathering was much more crisp then that bird. Later after walking over and around the first rock cropping north of the creek I spotted a very red RED KNOT feeding next to a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. The Knot was found later on the main beach in the water line but was chased back north of the rocks by a jogger. Peeps were in short supply but there were large numbers of TURNSTONES(5 RUDDY'S), SURFBIRDS, WHIMBELS, and 2 WILLETS.

Richard Hubacek
Little River

Beautiful deceased owl

jojesshol <jojesshol@...>

We came to the office this morning to find a beautiful owl deceased on our front porch. We believe it may have flown in to the window. This bird is so beautiful, it is a waste to dispose of it. Is anyone interested in coming to get it? It is not being refrigerated at this time (Office Manager has a phobia of anything dead!) so please contact asap. 707-462-2395. Thank you

Green Herons on the Noyo River

Cate Hawthorne

We've been enjoying a lot of green heron activity this summer on the
Noyo River. We have been regularly watching one feeding along the river
and flying into the trees and vegetation across from the old launch ramp
at Dolphin Isle. Yesterday, we saw a newly-fledged green heron in the
same area poking about along the river's edge and interacting with the

They have typically been active in the morning till 11ish and in the
afternoon from 4-6pm. If you are out and about birding, stop by and
check them out.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking <>

Lake Mendocino

George Chaniot

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 -- This morning I covered Lake Mendocino and peered into
every corner - at least telescopically. The water level is up to the inlet
road and the Oak Grove parking lot, but thankfully the lake is not
overfilled like last summer. I found no shorebird habitat anywhere, but
there might be some deep in Hunter's Cove or Perry Cove. Canada Geese and
Western/Clark's Grebes predominate. Of summer interest were two BONAPARTE'S
GULLS in the south half and one HERRING GULL in the north half.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Western Grebe 15
Clark's Grebe 12
Aechmophorus sp. 61
Great Egret 1
Canada Goose 195
Mallard 24
Common Merganser 6
Osprey 2
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Herring Gull 1
Belted Kingfisher 1

White-tailed Kite fledglings

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>

27 July 2011 (Wednesday) - Saw 3 White-tailed Kites in juvenile plumage (rufous head and breast) sitting in a single small fir tree near my house this afternoon. This is near the west end of Middle Ridge Road in Albion. I have been seeing a single adult (male?) bird hunting nearby and carrying prey to a presumed nest somewhere to the northeast of me. That bird is still out hunting while the juveniles sit in a tree and scream.

Tim Bray

7/27 USTP Wilson's Phalaropes

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning there were 4 juvenile WILSON'S
PHALAROPES feeding along the bank in the NW corner of the N oxidation pond
at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant. The only other shorebirds that I saw
out there were a single Least Sandpiper and 2 adult Long-billed
Dowitchers. With the exception of the sludge pond, there is very little
mud out there...just like last year.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Semipalmated Sandpiper Still at Virgin Creek Beach

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

21 - 26 July 2011 -- A (or the) SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, found by Richard
Hubacek and also seen by me on 7/21, was seen again today by Dorothy Tobkin
at the north end of the first (main) beach.  It is an immature.  When I saw it in my
spotting scope, I noticed a slightly orange/buff wash.  Toby also mentioned this blush
on the breast.

Ten Mile beach (part II):  I forgot to mention that there were 10 SNOWY PLOVERS
on the beach north of Ward Ave ramp.  Nine were south of the symbolic fence and
a lone SNPL was just north of the fence.  From the parking area on Ward Ave, Cleone,
walk to the north end of the Haul Rd, and continue walking on the beach about 1/3 mile.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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One Franklin's Gull - Ten Mile Beach (Later at Virgin Ck)

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

26 July 2011 -- At about 9-am while walking south on my SOS survey, a
FRANKLIN'S GULL flew just over the waterline only 15-20 ft away from me.
I could see its eye crescents without my binoculars, and they looked quite
broad.  As it continued to fly south, I looked carefully at its wingtips to see
if they were black or white.  I could see just a small amount of white at the
tip of the primaries, indicating a Franklin's (but I was hoping for a Laughing
I called some folks including Toby Tobkin.  I knew Toby was scheduled for
Virgin Creek (another SOS survey), and told her to watch for this gull.  After
looking around Lk Cleone and Laguna Pt, I again called Toby, who had just
arrived home.  She didn't see the Franklin's Gull until she reached the north
section of beach.  It flew south to the gulls standing north of Virgin Ck mouth.
We discussed the bird having a full, jet black hood, but smaller amounts of
white on the wingtips and concluded that it must be a 2nd cycle (of 3 cycles),
almost an adult.
I was in Fort Bragg and drove up to Virgin Ck to see if I could get a better
look, but it had apparently moved on.  Earlier, I notified Ron LeValley to
watch around Van Damme, but also, it could keep moving down towards
Garcia River, Point Arena or Gualala.  Good luck and good birding.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California    

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Correcting Pelagic Trip Announcement (Hopefully)

K A Havlena

Sunday, 18 September will be the next MCAS pelagic trip.
Just the facts:

Cost: $105 for all

Send checks, payable to MCAS for $105 to:
K Havlena, PO Box 40, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Credit card requests: Please send an email to me with a
good time to call you.

The leaders will be Ron LeValley and Rob Fowler on the
charter boat Telstar, located on North Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg's
Noyo harbor.

Sorry for all of the "A's" and other characters.  I don't know
what happened to make the first announcement such a

Thanks,  Karen Havlena

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Birds on Coast Beaches

K A Havlena

24 July 2011 -- The adult Baird's Sandpiper, a Wandering Tattler and 3 Ruddy
Turnstones were noted by Dorothy Tobkin on Virgin Creek beach today. Becky
and Win Bowen walked Ten Mile beach on their Sunday SOS survey, where
they saw 9 Snowy Plovers and another Ruddy Turnstone.  The SNPLs were
north of the Ward Ave ramp down to the beach (symbolic fence now in place).

For Dorothy Tobkin and Becky & Win Bowen

K A Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California  

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UWTP Western Gulls

Cheryl Watson

Sunday 24 July 2011

Steve Stump found two WESTERN GULLS at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning, one adult and one juvenile. When Geoff and I arrived, the birds were standing together on the berm between the north and middle ponds. After a few minutes, the younger bird took wing, circled the middle pond once, then rejoined the adult. They stood there for another five minutes before flying off together to the west. Good idea.

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA

MCAS Fall Pelagic Trip - Sun, 18 Sept - Fort Bragg

K A Havlena

Please make your plans to join us on the Sun, 18 September pelagic
trip sponsored by Mendocino Coast Audubon Society.  Spaces
are limited on the TELSTAR, which is a smaller boat than we
have used in the past.  The meeting place will be on North Harbor
Drive, Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg.  Prepaid reservations are needed.
Here are the specific details:

DATE: Sunday, 18 September, 2011.
COST: $105           
TIME: Now 8 hours.  Meet at 7:00-am; we will return at 3:30-pm.
PLACE: Parking lot of TELSTAR, large sign on North Harbor Drive
           shortly after rounding the curve at the bottom of the hill.

Prepay either by check or credit card.
MAIL your check, PAYABLE to MCAS  for $105 to:
        K. Havlena,  PO Box 40,  Fort Bragg, CA  95437

CREDIT CARD:  Send an email to me at
with your phone number and a good time to call you.

Please commit as soon as possible; we don't deposit checks,
etc, until trip time. Remember: spaces are limited.  Sorry, but
nobody under 11 years old or folks unable to stand for long
periods can participate.  Confirmations will be sent out shortly
before the trip date.  Thanks!!!

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California

Semipalmated and Baird's Sandpipers at Virgin Creek

Richard Hubacek

Thu July 21, 2011--This afternoon I found a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at Virgin Creek. Both are listed as extremely rare during the Summer period. The BASA was first found in the creek west of the bridge but it roamed across the beach while I was there. The SESA was found just south of the first rock outcrop north of the creek. Listed as rare during the Summer were two RUDDY TURNSTONES at Virgin Creek and one at 10 Mile. There were 4 SNOWY PLOVERS (also listed as rare during Summer) at Ten Mile Beach a short distance north of Ward Ave. where State Parks personnel were putting up plover fencing. They said they had seen 5 total earlier. None of the Plovers I saw were banded. WHIMBRELS (also listed as rare during the Summer) were plentiful at both locations and have been for sometime. There were 3 WILLETS (also listed as rare) in a group of 14 WHIMBRELS at Virgin Creek. I almost forgot the 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS (listed as rare) at Virgin Creek. All in all it was a really good day for shorebird.

Richard Hubacek
Little River

Red Crossbills


7/17/11 1 mile north of Fort Bragg at our home near Airport Road

We have 3 Red Crossbills (here all day today and yesterday). They've been frequenting our front yard feeders for weeks. Here is a link of my Facebook album if you'd like to see. Try copying and pasting the url if you can't click on the links below. Enjoy : )

Sarah and David Flaim

Album of Birds in our yard:

Crossbill photo:

Pileated Woodpeckers

Steve Stump

I identified 3 Pileated Woodpeckers at the Pomo Campground in Ft. Bragg 7/16. There were 2 adults and a juvenile (I think). One didn't have the red head

Rocky shorebirds

Ron LeValley


I put the wrong date on the eagle sighting. It was actually on the 30th.

6/30 Bald Eagle 1 ad.

Best, Ron

Ron LeValley
Mad River Biologists
Mendocino Office
P.O. Box 332
Little River CA 95456
Office:: 707/937-1742
Cell: 707/496-3326

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