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be alert for snowy owls

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

3 December 2011 - My brother-in-law just found a Snowy Owl in southern Idaho last evening ... and if you check out the eBird website http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/got-snowies you will see that the 48-states are in for an "irruption year" (winter) for snowy owls ...that is when a fair number of them winter much further south than normal usually due to a crash in the lemming population. They have already been found far south along the east coast (see the eBird map) ... and this could very much happen along our west coast. In Mendocino County we do not have any historical records ...but there are past records for both Humboldt and Sonoma Counties. Places to keep a close-eye on this winter are the Dunes at MacKerricher State Park (Cleone to Ten Mile) and the Manchester State Beach area. Of course, anywhere along the coastal bench is possible. Also a Emperor Goose was reported at Point Reyes on Nov 27 ...so another species to keep an eye out for along our coast.

Good birding. Bob Keiffer


Caspar Pond Ducks

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Good duck watching at Caspar Pond off of Highway 1 in Caspar. Really attractive couple of ruddy ducks. One northern shoveler and a ménage à trois of common mergansers among other fowl. Note the really bizarre black duck which appears to be some sort of hybrid/domestic that is a dead ringer for Daffy Duck.

Rick Harris
Littleriver


Re: Snow Goose in Fort Bragg

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

Thanks for the head's up on this. Hopefully I can get a chance to shoot a photo from a distance so as not to scare it. Thankful for a 720mm zoom :)

--- On Fri, 12/2/11, carolynkinet <ckinet@gmail.com> wrote:

From: carolynkinet <ckinet@gmail.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Snow Goose in Fort Bragg
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011, 1:26 PM








 









Toby Tobkin reported seeing an immature Snow Goose today near the "surfer's parking lot" just north of Fort Bragg. It was foraging in the field away from the roadside. She saw it at about 10 a.m. and again at noon. The parking lot is a large dirt area just north of the town, across Highway 1 from the path that leads to the south end of Virgin Creek beach.



For Toby Tobkin ...



Carolyn Kinet






















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Snow Goose in Fort Bragg

carolynkinet
 

Toby Tobkin reported seeing an immature Snow Goose today near the "surfer's parking lot" just north of Fort Bragg. It was foraging in the field away from the roadside. She saw it at about 10 a.m. and again at noon. The parking lot is a large dirt area just north of the town, across Highway 1 from the path that leads to the south end of Virgin Creek beach.

For Toby Tobkin ...

Carolyn Kinet


Harrs's Sparrow - Ocean Meadows - not seen

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

2 Dec 2011 - On 1 December, I saw an imm. HARRIS'S SPARROW
in our front yard, perched atop a rock rose.  I called to Jim, but he
did not get to see it.  We are having our house remodeled, and 7
construction workers and their trucks were in the yard.  I put out
extra seed, but the commotion was just too much for the Harris's.
This bird had terrible timing!  The crowned sparrows have adapted
fairly well, however. 

I looked carefully this morning, but I could not find the Harris's.  If
it does show up, I will post as soon as I can.  My computer has to
be turned off part of the time, with plastic covering the room. 

Karen Havlena
Ocean Meadows - Ten Mile Area, MEN, Ca

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Re: Big Al Not Back Yet

Jeff Petit
 

We looked for Al at the cove for a couple of hours starting at noon yesterday- 11/30/11, no luck.  We're heading back there in a few minutes and will report back if he's arrived. 
Beth and Jeff Petit
Point Arena
 
 


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From: Rick & Jeanne Jackson <jackson2@mcn.org>
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2011 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet


 
Yes, we are on Al alert here. We are checking every day and keeping our fingers crossed that this special bird will return.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
From: whzerd1
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:06 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet

I spent 2 hours (8:45 Am - 10:45 AM) on Tuesday on the pier at the cove at Pt. Arena looking for him and he was absent. Did find some other birds: Pelagic and DC Cormorants, Western, Eared and Horned Grebes, one Red-throated Loon, a few Pacific Loons, dozens of Black Oystercatchers and some gulls which I'm not good at identifying unless they are wearing a badge. I'm reasonably certain I saw at least one Mew Gull due to small bill size.

Also seen were 6 - 8 frozen surfers - they only stayed out about an hour before they came back in.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County

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Re: Big Al Not Back Yet

jackson_us
 

Yes, we are on Al alert here. We are checking every day and keeping our fingers crossed that this special bird will return.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
From: whzerd1
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:06 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet

I spent 2 hours (8:45 Am - 10:45 AM) on Tuesday on the pier at the cove at Pt. Arena looking for him and he was absent. Did find some other birds: Pelagic and DC Cormorants, Western, Eared and Horned Grebes, one Red-throated Loon, a few Pacific Loons, dozens of Black Oystercatchers and some gulls which I'm not good at identifying unless they are wearing a badge. I'm reasonably certain I saw at least one Mew Gull due to small bill size.

Also seen were 6 - 8 frozen surfers - they only stayed out about an hour before they came back in.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County





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Lake Pennyroyal

kmarianchild
 

Dec. 1, 2011 Today (and yesterday) I saw one common goldeneye at Lake Pennyroyal (private pond NW of Ukiah) for the first time. There were also 2 American wigeons, one Wilson's snipe, about 20 ring-necked ducks, 4 ruddy ducks, 40 coots, 4 pied-billed grebes, and one belted kingfisher (seems to be resident).

Of interest is that there were only a few osprey sightings at Lake Pennyroyal this summer, possibly because a family of river otters descended on the lake for a month the previous fall and may have decimated the fish population.


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


Harris's Sparrow

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

1 December 2011 - Thursday - Karen Havlena reports that an immature Harris's Sparrow showed up this morning at their yard at Oceanside (just north of Ten Mile River). She and Jim saw it briefly though their window ... but they have some construction wok going on right now and the yard/house is in a bit a disarray and have not been able to relocate it yet. They have a local flock of crowned-sparrows that they feed regularly, and they are hoping that the Harris's Sparrow settles in with the flock and stays for a while. If they refind the bird they will post it. If you have a huge desire to search for this bird you should call Karen at 707-972-5440 (cell). Posted for Karen by Bob Keiffer. Good birding.


Lake Cty: Lawrence's Goldfinch

irishcream7 <satintex@...>
 

I saw a Lawrence's Goldfinch today at noon at the Red-naped Spasucker spot on Diener Rd. The bird was with a small flock of Lesser Goldfinches in the walnut trees past the pump house/cattails.
Maureen O'Reilly


White-throated Sparrow

Dave <algott@...>
 

This morning a White-throated Sparrow showed up at my feeders. This is the 1st one in a long time for me. I hope it sticks around. I have been hearing of high numbers of them south of us at peoples' feeders this year.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


Big Al Not Back Yet

whzerd1 <whzerd@...>
 

I spent 2 hours (8:45 Am - 10:45 AM) on Tuesday on the pier at the cove at Pt. Arena looking for him and he was absent. Did find some other birds: Pelagic and DC Cormorants, Western, Eared and Horned Grebes, one Red-throated Loon, a few Pacific Loons, dozens of Black Oystercatchers and some gulls which I'm not good at identifying unless they are wearing a badge. I'm reasonably certain I saw at least one Mew Gull due to small bill size.

Also seen were 6 - 8 frozen surfers - they only stayed out about an hour before they came back in.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County


Black Scoters at Ward Ave

K A Havlena
 

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 -- Today, Dorothy Tobkin saw 8 BLACK SCOTERS off Ward
Avenue in the usual scoter flock.  The scoters range from the parking area north
to end of the rocky outcroppings (adjacent to the ramp down to the beach).

Ward Ave goes NW from Hwy 1 just north of the Cleone Grocery.  The beach
is part of MacKerricher SP.

For Dorothy Tobkin
 
 
(K Havlena) Fort Bragg, CA


Red-naped Sapsucker Returns (LAKE)

dhecomovich
 

Maureen O'Reilly asked me to report that the Red-naped Sapsucker has returned to the Diener Ranch property where it was seen last December. She saw it around noontime today working hard on an oak that abuts the wire fence in front of the apple orchard where it was first seen last year. The orchard is just past the white farm house that is .7 miles from the intersection of Hwy 29 with Diener Drive. It is on the right hand side of the road as you are driving on Diener from the
intersection.


Lake Cty: Red-naped Sapsucker

irishcream7 <satintex@...>
 

I saw a Red-naped Sapsucker this morning (11/27) at same spot one was seen last winter: on Diener Drive, .7 miles from HWY 29 in the small apple orchard just past the white farm house on the right side of road. The bird was in a small oak along the right street-side fence line.

Maureen O'Reilly


Lake County Sapsuckers

jerry white
 

Yesterday Nikki White and I saw the adult female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at Lakeside County Park at its usual location on St. Francis Drive in the small euc. tree next to the ball field on the west side of the park. This is the 4th Fall/Winter this bird has showed up in Lake County.

On November 12th(not seen since) we found an adult male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the row of trees on the east side of Park Drive across from the maintenance building, also at Lakeside County Park. Jerry White


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker returns

Dave Woodward
 

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that has spent the past several winters in
Lakeside County Park off Soda Bay Rd. in Lake County was back in it's
favorite Eucalyptus tree this morning. The tree is about 50 ft. south of
first base at the most southwesterly softball field at the park.

Dave Woodward


The Geese and N Mockingbird - Ocean Meadows

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 -- The 8 GTR WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have returned to the
yards of Ocean Meadows the last few days.  This morning, while looking at
the beautiful sunrise, the geese walked into our yard with a friend - a "minima"
CACKLING GOOSE.  The N MOCKINGBIRD is still here, also, perched on
a small cypress across the street.

Karen and Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Cattle Egret in Mendocino

albionwood <albionwood@...>
 

Friday 12 November 2011 - While showing off the resident Peregrine Falcon perched on Goat Rock off the north end of the Mendocino Headlands, I noticed a white bird among a group of Cormorants and Brown Pelicans roosting on a nearby rock. This turned out to be a small egret, actively foraging around the rocks among the other birds. Small, stocky, with a short thick yellow bill and black legs, and a relatively short neck, this Cattle Egret was quite a surprise.


Report from Point Arena Cove

Jeff Petit
 

Hey Everyone,
 
Happy Turkey Sandwich Day!  So far no report of Al the Laysian except maybe in Stornetta Public Land.  We saw about 20 black oyster catchers, 35 black turnstones, pacific loons, western grebes, white tailed kites, the resident red tailed hawks and assorted gulls - bonapartes . . .Great place to bird.  A local here says she has a Whiskered Screech Owl,she's rehabilitating. 
 
Best Birding,
Beth and Jeff Petit

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