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UWTP Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper Continues

Cheryl Watson
 

Wednesday September 7, 2011

Geoff and I watched the STILT SANDPIPER from 0940 until 1010 this morning on the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant sludge pond. There are three mudflats on the south edge of the pond and the bird spent time on each of them. The KILLDEER harassment continues.

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA


09/07 UWTP Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- From 845 to 900 I watched a juvenile STILT
SANDPIPER on the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant sludge pond. This is
the first small pond on your right (south) as you enter from the office
area. It was still there when I left, but was being harassed by the many
resident thug Killdeer.

Chuck


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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Virgin Ck & Ten Mile Beaches 9/6/11

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

6 September, 2011 -- This morning, a RED KNOT was at the north end of
Virgin Creek beach (don't know if this is a new bird or continuing). 

I went to the beach north of Ward Ave, Cleone.  I saw a PECTORAL
SANDPIPER, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and 21 SNOWY PLOVERS. 
There was not much time for me this a.m., so I only got to the south
edge of Fen Creek. 

Dorothy Tobkin (Virgin Ck)  &  Karen Havlena (Ward Ave)
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Long-tailed Jaeger at Clear Lake

Floyd Hayes
 

While canoeing on Clear Lake yesterday afternoon, Bryan McIntosh (first spotted it), Doug Weidemann, and I found a juvenile dark-morph LONG-TAILED JAEGER about a mile southeast of Lakeport. We first saw it flying from the northwest (Lakeport), cross the bow of our canoe a few hundred yards in front of us, and land on the water about a quarter of a mile away. It fed voraciously on insects floating on the lake's surface and allowed us to paddle within 100 feet for closeup photos. Twice it flushed, circling a bit the first time and landing about a quarter of a mile away toward the east, and the second time flying southward toward Long Tule Point and landing about a half mile away. I had called Jerry White and Dave Woodward, and amazingly both independently saw it in flight through telescopes from shore.

We also saw a female BUFFLEHEAD at the mouth of Kelsey Creek, presumably the same individual that I found at the north end of Clear Lake on 29 June.

On Friday the 2nd we found two different BANK SWALLOWS at the point between Manning Creek and Rumsey Slough, but yesterday there were fewer swallows and we were unable to find any Bank Swallows among them. One of Friday's birds was photographed and turned out to be a different individual than the three photographed earlier in the week (based on distinctive markings on the breast), so that makes four different Bank Swallows last week.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


Bobolink: Little River Airport continues

Roger Foote
 

Monday, Sept 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. Holly and I saw the Bobolink at the Little
River Airport, s SW end of the taxi way as described by Richard and Art.
Non-Breeding plumage.

Roger Foote
Ukiah CA


Lake Mendocino

George Chaniot
 

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 -- This afternoon there were two FORSTER'S TERNS flying
around Lake Mendocino and diving into the waters. They circulated around
the north half of the lake and could probably be seen from any good vantage
point. I saw them from the Mesa Day-Use Area. Not much else was present due
to the high degree of boat activity.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Re: Bobolink at Little River Airport

Arthur Morley <agmorley@...>
 

Monday Sept. 5. Yesterday, Sunday, I saw the Bobolink three times at the Little River Airport. It was in the area reported by Richard, in the grassy areas at the marked end of the taxiway. The sightings were between 11:30 and 12:00. The bird flew from the grass west of the taxiway east into the grass between the taxiway and the runway where there is a storm drain grate. It then flew back west and then into some thick bushes toward the west and wasn't seen again.

Art Morley
Fort Bragg

To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
From: richhubie@yahoo.com
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 20:50:51 +0000
Subject: [Mendobirds] Bobolink at Little River Airport

Sat Sep 3, 2011--This morning at about 10:45 AM there was a BOBOLINK at the west end of the Little River Airport. I heard a strange Blackbird like sound and then saw a yellowish bird fly out of the grass with a "pick" alarm call and headed to the east end of the airport. The airport must be on a Bobolink flyway. Last year on 10/2/2010 I found a Bobolink at the same exact location. Maybe this is a "returning" Bobolink.

Knowing that Karen Havlena needed a Mendocino Bobolink I gave her a call and provided the details. I didn't have much hope for her seeing the bird. I went on my birding way and sometime after 12 noon I came by the spot again and up flew the Bobolink into the top of a nice green bush. Gave Karen a call and told her that I was looking at the bird. She had arrived at the airport by then. The bird remained in the bush until Karen walked the remaining half mile to add the Bobolink to her list.

We saw some interesting interaction with a Barn Swallow and the Bobolink. They must not get along to well with the Bobolink giving chase to the swallow. We left the area with the Bobolink going back to the grassy area.

Last year's bird stayed for two days. There was speculation that that was because of some fogged in nights.

If you want to look for it, go to the terminal area of the airport on Little River Airport Rd. Park to the right and walk out to the taxiway and head west. At the end of the taxiway there is a grassy area (the grass is tall this year). Walk through the grass and you might have a Bobolink fly up. It likes the larger bushes looking left beyond the grass.

Richard Hubacek
Little River





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

K A Havlena
 

-- We still have 2 or 3 spaces left for the upcoming pelagic trip. 
There are enough participants to make it happen, but there is
room for more.  PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY.  I
will call you back with up-to-the-minute status and provide
directions for payment.  You may use my regular email address,
for quicker communication.   jkhavlena@yahoo.com

Thanks very much!   --Karen
 
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.

PLEASE CONTACT ME NOW, IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE TRIP.
Prepay either by check or credit card.
PAYABLE to MCAS  for $105
   

CREDIT CARD:  Send an email to me at jkhavlena@yahoo.com
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


Forster's Tern

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Forster's tern still sticking around at Little River cove fishing actively at the northeast end with many spectacular plunge dives and coming up with fish. That particular spot seems to be a great fishing spot for sea birds and frequently yeilds something interesting. I think bait fish seem to get confused and concentrate there.

I know the Forster's tern isn't something super rare, but rare enough around here for me at least and such an elegant and attractive bird if there ever was one. Has moved to the top of my favorite sea bird list.

Rick Harris


Bobolink at Little River Airport

Richard Hubacek
 

Sat Sep 3, 2011--This morning at about 10:45 AM there was a BOBOLINK at the west end of the Little River Airport. I heard a strange Blackbird like sound and then saw a yellowish bird fly out of the grass with a "pick" alarm call and headed to the east end of the airport. The airport must be on a Bobolink flyway. Last year on 10/2/2010 I found a Bobolink at the same exact location. Maybe this is a "returning" Bobolink.

Knowing that Karen Havlena needed a Mendocino Bobolink I gave her a call and provided the details. I didn't have much hope for her seeing the bird. I went on my birding way and sometime after 12 noon I came by the spot again and up flew the Bobolink into the top of a nice green bush. Gave Karen a call and told her that I was looking at the bird. She had arrived at the airport by then. The bird remained in the bush until Karen walked the remaining half mile to add the Bobolink to her list.

We saw some interesting interaction with a Barn Swallow and the Bobolink. They must not get along to well with the Bobolink giving chase to the swallow. We left the area with the Bobolink going back to the grassy area.

Last year's bird stayed for two days. There was speculation that that was because of some fogged in nights.

If you want to look for it, go to the terminal area of the airport on Little River Airport Rd. Park to the right and walk out to the taxiway and head west. At the end of the taxiway there is a grassy area (the grass is tall this year). Walk through the grass and you might have a Bobolink fly up. It likes the larger bushes looking left beyond the grass.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Forster's Tern

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

A lovely, delicate Forster's tern was hanging out on a log at the little lagoon at the end of Little River in Van Damme beach this afternoon. Seemed to be in transitional plummage between breeding and nonbreeding plumage with just a little bit of red in the bill, but mostly nonbreeding plumage. I think the thick fog knocked it down and I got a great look as it rested and waited for the fog to lift.

Rick Harris


Two Red Knots & Others at Virgin Ck Beach 9/1/11

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

1 Sept 2011 -- Just after high tide I found 2 imm RED KNOTS at a small
lagoon north of the main beach at Virgin Creek.  I had a nice assortment
of species, including RUDDY TURNSTONE, 4 MARBLED GODWITS, a
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS.  A
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a few SHORT-BILLIED DOWITCHERS
were also in attendance.  I did not see the Snowy Plover that had been
there for a couple of weeks.

I saw Richard Hubacek about the time about 27 school kids and 2 teachers
descended on the beach (a few boys ran all over).  I was afraid that I would
see only a few shorebirds, but the kids left in a very, short period of time.
So, it was a pleasant surprise to see so many species.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Bank Swallow Lake County

jerry white
 

I was able to borrow a kayak and this morning Brad Barnwell and I rowed out to check for Bank Swallows.
After much searching we both eventually saw a single BANK SWALLOW in the same location as described by Floyd Hayes. This was around 10:00-10:30 AM. Floyd's discovery is the 4th time Bank Swallow has been found in Lake County. Jerry White


Off topic: question re Panama birding

Karin Wandrei <kwandrei@...>
 

Linda and I are want to go birding in Panama over Christmas. Money is
definitely an issue for us. In the past I have been reluctant to book tours
from the US when going to different countries because I've usually found
quite a cost differential by cutting out the American intermediary. But I'm
not sure that's still the right strategy for this trip. Is it possible to
go to Panama and book tours when we get there? Is there a significant cost
savings?

What recommendations might you have? We will have between 10-14 days and
want to go over the Christmas holiday. We are definitely budget travelers
who don't need or want a lot of fancy hotels.

Thanks and please respond privately.

Karin Wandrei, PhD, LCSW
Working with individuals and groups to make a better world for ourselves and
our children
www.karinwandrei.com
707-272-4074
kwandrei@gmail.com


Bank Swallows in Lake County

Floyd Hayes
 

Yesterday afternoon (1:30-4:00 pm) I picked out a BANK SWALLOW on four occasions in a flock of perhaps a thousand swallows perched at the edge of the first long point of tules southeast of Lakeport (the point between Manning Creek and Rumsey Slough). I took photos of "the bird" on three occasions and subsequent scrutiny of the photos revealed three different birds! There are only a few previous records from the county.

Unfortunately the site is accessible only by boat. Last year large flocks of swallows often perched on the tules at the point, so it may be an annual event at this time of the year. If you're seriously interested in chasing them (I suspect they'll be sticking around the area for a while) and don't have your own boat, you should be able to rent a kayak or some other boat at Disney Sports Rentals in Lakeport and launch it from Library Park.

I also photographed a weird swallow whose identity I was uncertain of, and posted some photos here:

www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.278559485492483.89112.100000153002720&l=4b520262c3&type=1

Have fun trying to identify it yourself before reading the comments and conclusion.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


Birds at Virgin Ck & Ten Mile Beaches

K A Havlena
 

30 Aug 2011 -- Dorothy Tobkin saw an imm RED KNOT at Virgin Creek
beach by the creek late this morning.  Both she and myself had BAIRD'S
SANDPIPERS, single RUDDY TURNSTONES and MARBLED GODWITS
at both locations.

There were 18 SNOWY PLOVERS at Ten Mile WNW of the symbolic
fence north of Ward Ave.  A lone SNPL was just south of Fen Creek
mouth.

Karen Havlena and Dorothy Tobkin
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Gualala South Polar Skua

Richard Trissel
 

28 August 2011
Gualala

Hello -

Yesterday at 12:15, Rich Kuehn and I saw a SOUTH POLAR SKUA harassing an ELEGANT TERN off the mouth of the Gualala River.

Good Birding,

Rich Trissel
Gualala


Tennessee Warbler at Inglenook Creek

Richard Hubacek
 

Fri Aug 26, 2011-- Yesterday (August 25, 2011) at Inglenook Creek where it goes under the haul road, I observed parts of a warbler in a bush. It had a head very similar to an Orange-crown Warbler only much brighter. When it went belly-up into the bush I saw white undertail coverts and a yellow belly. After consulting field guides and people when I got home I could only conclude that it was a TENNESSEE WARBLER. This is the reason for the late post. This would be the earliest fall TEWA for Mendocino County.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Clear Lake

Floyd Hayes
 

While canoeing on Clear Lake today we saw five MARBLED GODWITS and a GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE flying north over Rumsey Slough toward Lakeport, and a huge flock of 33 CASPIAN TERNS (high count for the county?) flying past Redbud Park at Clearlake.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


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

K A Havlena
 

We still need more participants to make this trip possible for
those who have already signed up.  Please join in, won't you???


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


 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 kahavlena@yahoo.com
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




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