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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


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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


Palm Warbler --- Bruhel Point

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Fri, 21 October 2011 -- Early this afternoon, a Western-type PALM WARBLER
was at the Monterey Pine and cypress forest NW of the Vista Point parking
area on Hwy 1, approximately near mm 74.00.  There were several chickadee
flocks with Orange-crowned, Townsend's and Yellow-rumped Warblers and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, but the Palm Warbler was at the western edge of the
forest where the pines are fairly short.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California


More W-F Geese & Caspian Tern

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

21 October, 2011 -- Now there are 5 imm. WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in
the Ocean Meadows neighborhood.  They have been here since at least
14 October.  While they were in an adjacent yard, a flock of about 45
WFGE flew south, but the young geese did not seen interested in joining
the migrants.  We have a resident flock of Canada Geese that go back
and forth between Ten Mile river mouth and a stock pond across Hwy 1,
and these young geese have not associated with them, either.

19 October, 2011 -- A somewhat late ad. CASPIAN TERN flew by calling
while it headed south.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca


PAS presents Tues 10/18: Greg Giusti on Awesome Oaks

Cheryl Watson
 

Oaks are mighty and majestic, historic and memorable, but also overlooked and ignored. Greg Giusti will tell us about these familiar trees at this month's Peregrine Audubon program on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Ukiah Civic Center. Giusti says "its not about oak trees, its the oak forest, its structure and composition, which provides for multiple animal communities. It is about habitat, habitat, habitat".

He points out that after 150 years growing hops, prunes, pears and, now, excellent grapes we are left with only remnants of the previous almost ubiquitous oak woodlands. Are these pieces still viable? What benefit are they to us? What can we do as a community? Is there a role for the individual?

Giusti believes that we all have a part to play and education is vital. The more people who understand the importance of these forests and how they contribute to our quality of life, the better chance we have to enjoy the remaining oak woodlands for the next 150 years.

Currently, Greg Guisti is the Forest and Wildlands Ecology Advisor in Mendocino and Lake Counties and the director of Lake County UC Cooperative Extension. He was a guest lecturer at Stanford and worked as a biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute. He has advised on many wildlife problems from bears to squirrels.

This Peregrine Audubon sponsored presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. The Ukiah Civic Center is located at 300 Seminary Avenue. To support Peregrine Audubon Society and receive a newsletter with regular announcements about programs and field trips, please send $20 to PAS, P.O. Box 311, Ukiah, CA 95482.

Article by Roger Foote.


Ten Mile River Birds

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 16 Oct, 2011 -- A "tan-stripe" White-throated Sparrow and a
Black-throated Gray Warbler were along the Ten Mile logging road
on the south side of Ten Mile River this morning.  Prior to leaving
Ocean Meadows neighborhood, 5 imm Greater White-fronted Geese
were trying to sit down on the road.  I nudged them aside.

I also walked a short way east on the Skunk RR Tracks, where
only Steller's Jays made their presence known.  Then, I went to
the Mendocino Headlands SP to look for longspurs, but only
Savannah Sparrows were around.  Better luck next time.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Cal


Townsend's Solitaire at Little River Airport

Richard Hubacek
 

Sat Oct 15, 2011--This morning there was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE at the Little River Airport. It was near the marshy drainage area north of the West end of the runway. I could find few records of coastal TOSO's in Mendocino County using Ebird and Mendobirds but I'm sure there are some old dusty records somewhere.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Chukar

Dave <algott@...>
 

I was riding my bike on Sanford Ranch Rd about 5:15 pm today (Friday) and I saw a Chukar crossing the road from east to west into Beckstoffer's Vineyard. This is directly north of the Talmage Post Office by about 1/4 mile. There is no doubt in my mind at all that this bird was released by the Buddhists, but it is still a very neat and pretty bird to see. The bird is a little wary if you try to see it and it stays on the ground.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


Re: white fronted geese

Ron LeValley
 

Both Aleutians and White-fronted are going by now. I've seen flocks of each
species during the past week. This is actually pretty normal for this time
of year. But still fun to see!



Ron



Ron LeValley
Mad River Biologists
Mendocino Office
P.O. Box 332
Little River CA 95456
Office:: 707/937-1742
Cell: 707/496-3326
<mailto:ron@madriverbio.com> ron@madriverbio.com





From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Susan Tubbesing
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:48 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] white fronted geese





This was submitted yesterday, not today. I'm now wondering if
perhaps this south flying flock wasn't reported as Aleutians
sighted over Glass beach yesterday. The time ( after 2 pm) coincides.
Susan

On 10/12/11, Susan <susan.tubbesing@gmail.com
<mailto:susan.tubbesing%40gmail.com> > wrote:
Two flocks of white fronted geese, each with roughly 150 birds, flew over
the coast this afternoon. The first flock flew south over Virgin Creek at
about 2:10 pm, and keep going south, heading down the coast, while the
second flock headed south over 10 Mile Beach, then hung a sharp left just
south of the Ward Avenue access area and headed inland (to the Sacramento
NWR complex?)approximately 30 minutes later. Anyone else see them?
Susan Tubbesing

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Re: white fronted geese

Susan Tubbesing
 

This was submitted yesterday, not today. I'm now wondering if
perhaps this south flying flock wasn't reported as Aleutians
sighted over Glass beach yesterday. The time ( after 2 pm) coincides.
Susan

On 10/12/11, Susan <susan.tubbesing@gmail.com> wrote:
Two flocks of white fronted geese, each with roughly 150 birds, flew over
the coast this afternoon. The first flock flew south over Virgin Creek at
about 2:10 pm, and keep going south, heading down the coast, while the
second flock headed south over 10 Mile Beach, then hung a sharp left just
south of the Ward Avenue access area and headed inland (to the Sacramento
NWR complex?)approximately 30 minutes later. Anyone else see them?
Susan Tubbesing

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Sent from my mobile device

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