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CCG/ACG

Lisa Walker \(Feather\) <feather7023@...>
 

So far, five flocks of Cackling Canada/Aleutian Canada Geese have been flying high, southwards, in the last couple of hours or so over Fort Bragg......seems like there was one flock every five minutes or so. I slept in so it was neat waking up to their calls.....got to see at least two of the five flocks....


Lake Mendocino

George Chaniot
 

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 -- I did a complete survey of Lake Mendocino today.
Western/Clake's Grebes topped the list with about 622 birds. American Coots
were next with 353, and there was an unusual number of Double-crested
Cormorants, 182. Of particular interest was a first-winter THAYER'S GULL at
the south marina, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a SNOW GOOSE at the Oak
Grove Parking Lot, and some COMMON GOLDENEYES near the boat-in campground.
On the return trip to Potter Valley I found, alas, a roadkilled
RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW along Potter Valley Road.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Burrowing Owl

George Chaniot
 

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 -- Tuesday morning there was a BURROWING OWL sitting on a
rock north of the knoll at the end of Burris Lane in Potter Valley. It was
at a distance, and it took a scope to distinguish it from the kestrels,
groundsquirrels and meadowlarks which also like these perches. An adult
GOLDEN EAGLE appeared close overhead, but it took it 20 minutes to appear
rather than the 15 minutes which I have promised before.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


baseline goose count at CroFoot's

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

7 November 2011, I am reporting this just to establish a "baseline" goose count at the Crofoot Ranch along Highway 101 (east side with white fence and cattle and llamas) between Hopland and Ukiah. This is a favorite pasture for Canada Geese to use throughout the winter/spring daytime hours. Yesterday (7th) there were 65 Canada Geese of the Great Basin subspecies (Branta Canadensis moffitti) and 3 Cackling Geese of the Aleutian subspecies (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia). The Canada Geese tend to be a resident population that breeds mostly near farm ponds in the local area .... but the flock tends to draw in occasional migratory birds such as the Cackling, Snow, Ross's, and Greater white-fronts... or other forms of the Canada Goose. So, it is worth watching throughout the winter.

Good birding. Bob Keiffer.


pelagic trip preliminary results

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

7 November 2011 - Yesterday's pelagic trip out of Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg went quite well. We left the harbor at 8:00 AM and headed almost due west until we were over the Noyo Canyon ... this was out about 12-14 miles. Water temp was 54 degrees at that point. From there we headed south towards warmer water temps and then eventually turned back towards Noyo and headed in. We had a constant flock of gulls following the boats chum-line of popcorn, dripped menhaden oil, and a few tidbits of beef fat, bait fish, and fish carcasses. We stopped three different times to layout a menhaden/cod oil slick ... which seemed to attract birds on every occasion. The leaders Ron LeValley, Rob Fowler, and Peter Pyle are still summarizing the totals, and I or Rob Fowler will post those final results when available. The swells at times were 12 to 15 feet, but spread apart and therefore not to uncomfortable... there were few whitecaps, a couple rain showers, mostly cloudy but sunshine in the afternoon ... with good visibility throughout the day.

There were 23 participants aboard the Telstar Charter boat for the trip which was sponsored by the Peregrine Audubon Society via a grant from the Mendocino County Fish & Game Commission. The focus of the grant was to gather bird and mammal data during a time of the year that there is currently little data for Mendocino County waters.

Highlights include: quite a few Black-footed Albatross, 1 or 2 Laysan Albatross; lots and lots of Northern Fulmars in every color phase possible; Buller's Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters, and 1 definite Short-tailed Shearwater (a couple other possibles), a probable Flesh-footed Shearwater, NO storm-petrels, a few Brown Pelicans, a Peregrine Falcon, a Pomarine Jaeger (maybe a couple more jaegers), and many gulls including Heermann's, Bonaparte's, Mew, California, Herring, Thayer's, Western, Glaucous-winged, and Black-legged Kittiwake; no terns; alcids included Common Murres, 1 or 2 Xantus's Murrelets (seen from the bow of the boat), Cassin's Auklets, and many Rhinoceros Auklets. Marine mammals were lacking with only a couple Dall's Porpoise and Harbor Porpoise seen, one probable Steller's (Northern) Sea Lion and California Sea Lions at Noyo Harbor.

Good birding. Bob Keiffer


hooded merganser and a bufflehead

\ LFK\ Liquid Fusion Kayaking
 

were hanging out near Liquid Fusion Kayaking on the Noyo River yesterday.
we hope to see them again today.
cheers,
jeff

--
Jeff Laxier
(707) 962-1623(office)
(707) 684-9459 (cell)
jeff@liquidfusionkayak.com
http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
-Claude Monet


Re: Varied Thrush north of Fort Bragg

Jeff Petit
 

October 31, 2011
 
We had a Varied Thrush in our yard on the ridge in Point Arena at 10 am on Halloween.  Beautiful.
 
Beth and Jeff Petit
Point Arena

________________________________
From: Becky <casparbeck@comcast.net>
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2011 11:05 AM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Varied Thrush north of Fort Bragg


 
November 5, 2011

This morning at 9 a.m., we saw two Varied Thrush in the treetops on the Enchanted Trail between Highway 1 and Virgin Creek Beach north of Fort Bragg (State Parks trailhead on turnout on west side of Highway 1 just north of Three Rivers Charter School). First hint was the song. Also two Hairy Woodpeckers in the dead treetops with distinctive bright yellow outer tail feathers first described by Ron LeValley.

Becky Bowen
Caspar


Varied Thrush north of Fort Bragg

Becky
 

November 5, 2011

This morning at 9 a.m., we saw two Varied Thrush in the treetops on the Enchanted Trail between Highway 1 and Virgin Creek Beach north of Fort Bragg (State Parks trailhead on turnout on west side of Highway 1 just north of Three Rivers Charter School). First hint was the song. Also two Hairy Woodpeckers in the dead treetops with distinctive bright yellow outer tail feathers first described by Ron LeValley.

Becky Bowen
Caspar


Birds North of Fort Bragg

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Tue, 1 Nov 2011 -- Before the wind got too blustery, I saw one MARBLED
and one ANCIENT MURRELET between Hardy and Juan Creeks about
mm 83.xx on Hwy 1.  A PALM WARBLER was at the west end of the
village of Westport.

One RHINOCEROS AUKLET was just offshore in the cove by the Laguna
Point parking lot, MacKerricher SP (far west end of Mill Ck Drive).  

The five GTR WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are still grazing near our house
at Ocean Meadows Circle.  Our house remodel begins tomorrow (noise),
so I wonder if they will tolerate the activity.  Perhaps a rare palindrome
of tomorrow's date, 11022011, will bring both the geese and us good luck.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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coots swim amok

\ LFK\ Liquid Fusion Kayaking
 

Been seeing numerous Coots on the Noyo River surrounding Dolphin Isle.
This is a new one for me and numerous others, that is on the Noyo River.
Also seeing Salmon running up river, well when they can get passed the
guards (harbor seals).
Best of birding today,
Jeff

--
Jeff Laxier
(707) 962-1623(office)
(707) 684-9459 (cell)
jeff@liquidfusionkayak.com
http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
-Claude Monet


Sandhill Crane spotted at the Garcia River Flats

jackson_us
 

10/28/2011
When I got home there was a phone message from Mel Smith. Thursday mid-day he was driving towards Manchester when he saw a SANDHILL CRANE just off Highway One by the Garcia River Flats.
I wonder if it is one the birds I photographed dancing in front of my home in Anchor Bay last fall.
Best, Jeanne Jackson


Rock Sandpiper at Point Cabrillo

Richard Hubacek
 

Fri Oct 28, 2011--There was a fairly early ROCK SANDPIPER at Point Cabrillo this morning. It was one cove north of the Lighthouse with Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. This was the first one I've seen at this location.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Lapland Longspur on Mendocino Headlands

carolynkinet
 

Friday, Oct. 28 - Toby Tobkin called to report a sighting around noon of a Lapland Longspur on the Mendocino Headlands near the monument. There was a Savannah Sparrow nearby and some American Pipits were calling. For Toby Tobkin.

Carolyn Kinet


Red Knot at Ward Ave.

Richard Hubacek
 

Oct 27, 2011--This morning there was a "very late" first year Red Knot just south of the end of Ward Ave on the flat rocks that jut out into the ocean. It had molted most of it's juvenile feathers.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


North Coast Birds Seen

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

27 October, 2011 -- At Wages Creek, I saw a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a
"Rocky Mtn" (orestera) ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER** with a gray head.  An
OSPREY flew south.  At mm 73.00 by Hwy 1, a flock of 80 "Aleutian" CACKLING
GEESE grazed in a pasture. 

Back at Ocean Meadows, a FERRUGINOUS HAWK flew over the pasture across
Hwy 1 at mm 70.32.  The 5 imm. GTR WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue in some
of the yards, and 12 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS were coming to our seed today.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

** Check pg. 50-51 of Dunn & Garrett's WARBLERS (Peterson guide) for the
illustrations of the various races of OCWA.

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10/26- Hopland Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning I saw an adult male YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER in a California Coffeeberry tree at the UC Hopland R&E Center.
This tree is visited regularly by wintering Red-breasted Sapsuckers, and
we have seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker previously in the same tree
(2007), and also a male Red-naped Sapsucker (1998,99). It must produce
sufficient sap suitable for sucking.

Chuck


--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Townsend's Solitaire

kmarianchild
 

Sunday, 10-24-11, Steve Grams and I saw a Townsend's Solitaire in a low-elevation oak woodlands habitat at Lake Pennyroyal on Round Mountain Ranch. We were able to watch it for about 10 minutes as it alternately flew and perched on foliage bordering an inlet of the lake.

Kate




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.

katem@mcn.org
707-463-0839

















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OWL ON FINAL APPROACH--Absolutely Amazing Video!!!!!!!!!!

rocknridgeranch
 

Not Local, but amazing anyway...!
Kitty

Just wait for the final flare: the "stall" on the leading edge of the wings is very graphic!!
OWL ON FINAL APPROACH
Enjoy this one minute video of the majesty of flight.
The aeronautical engineers can't improve on this model......
Watch the wing feathers as he Flares to slow down.
You can see the airflow.
This is an awesome video.... Flight lessons from
a real pro!
Best viewed full screen...
http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/


Swamp Sparrow & Nashville Warbler - Lk Cleone

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 23 October, 2011 -- This morning I was surprised by a SWAMP SPARROW
along the Trex section of the boardwalk (SE part).  Near the NE part of the boardwalk,
just north of crossing Mill Creek, an imm. NASHVILLE WARBLER briefly showed
itself, but it called a few time.  Lake Cleone is in the main section of MacKerricher SP,
north of Fort Bragg, west of Hwy 1.

There were also 3 (minima) CACKLING GEESE by the Lake Cleone parking lot
(Dorothy Tobkin). Also today, 23 Oct, 2011.

The 5 imm GTR WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are still feeding happily in the yards of
Ocean Meadows, north of Ten Mile River.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Common Gallinule

George Chaniot
 

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 -- This afternoon there was a COMMON GALLINULE in the
cattails of the Red Post Vineyard pond across the road from my home in
Potter Valley. On the 18th I heard an odd call from the same cattails which
I thought might be a gallinule, and today I got a visual. It was not in
view very long.
Today there is a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER visiting a very perfect array of
holes that it has made in the bark of a silver maple, and yesterday a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW began visiting my feeders - the first of the season
here.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

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