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Call for papers: WFO's conference in Petaluma, Sept 26-30

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Hi, Birders:

Western Field Ornithologists is now soliciting papers for presentation at its 37th annual conference, in Petaluma, Sonoma County, Sep 26-30.

As in past years, papers should reflect original research or summarize existing unpublished information about birds in western North America. The papers should be presented in a manner that will be of interest to serious amateur and professional field ornithologists alike. Each presentation will be allotted fifteen minutes, including three minutes for questions from and discussion with the audience -- a hallmark of WFO meetings.

Review the call for papers at <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/docs/2012/CallForPapers_WFO2012.pdf> Note the range of topics and the geographic area appropriate for the meeting, as well as the format to be followed when submitting an abstract, which you can do NOW. July 20 is the deadline for receipt of abstracts.

See <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php> for complete information about the conference. SIGN UP NOW to get the field trips and workshops you want.

Apologies for cross-posting . . . see you in Petaluma!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Bald Eagle - Hopland

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

13 April 2012 - Ed Owens, a local Hopland neighbor, called me this morning to report a mature BALD EAGLE along Feliz Creek right below my house. Over the last couple months there have been 1 to 2 mature birds reported along the Russian River between Hopland and the SON/MEN county line. For the last couple years I have suspected nesting in this region, but as of yet no one has located a nest .... So maybe this year! Good Birding. Bob Keiffer


No sighting of Al, the Laysan Albatross , since March 20th.

jackson_us
 

Friday, April 13th. Though I guess it's possible we could see this bird again, I think Al has left. The last recorded day and time Al was seen was by Beth Petit on Tuesday, March 20th in the waters off Arena Cove. Al left at 3:30 pm. There was talk that crab fisherman had seen the bird off of Elk a few days later but I have no actual dates or confirmation. None of my other spotters have seen Al in several weeks. So it looks like we need to wish this special bird god speed and hope it returns in the late fall to grace us with its presence once again.

We are enjoying the return of Ospreys. They are rebuilding nests and mating and, of course, fishing. They signify spring to me. We have two nests on our road. One of them I can see through my spotting scope.

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Purple Martins have arrived.

Richard Hubacek
 

Thu Apr 12, 2012--Sara Grimes call this evening to report (she was having problems with Mendobirds) that she heard PURPLE MARTINS over her house this morning. She lives 4 miles up Little River Airport Rd. She then went down to Elk and found that there were 2 males and a female near the Greenwood Bridge. Sara, in addition to her duties as a marine mammal rescuer, is now the "backup biological monitor" for the Greenwood Bridge replacement project that should be starting up soon. I noted the Purple Martin "Houses" put up along the road on a recent trip to Point Arena. It will be interesting to see if they work during the project.

Richard Hubacek
Little River

Reporting for Sara Grimes, also of Little River.


Update: 2012 Birding & Nature Festival - April 27-30

will_w04
 

The following message is posted on behalf of the 2012 Point Reyes
Birding and Nature Festival. Questions should be directed to the
Festival leadership at prbnfestival at gmail.com .


Will Wilson

Corte
Madera______________________________________________________________




Update on the

2012 POINT REYES BIRDING & NATURE FESTIVAL

April 27 to 30

www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org
<http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org>



Go to the website to check out these new events, recently added to the
schedule:



Tomales Bay to Drake's Bay with Ken Wilson

Sunday, April 29 (8 am -12.30 pm)



Walk Like a Heron: A Half-Day Exploring Inner and Outer Nature on Mt.
Tamalpais with Tai Chi and Careful Observation with Christopher Anderl
<http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/site/?page_id=891#christopher_\;
anderl>

(Sunday, April 28(10 am – 3 pm)



Tickets still available for:



Birding trips to Five Brooks Pond, Bolinas Lagoon and Coast,Rush Creek

Wildflower hikes to Mt.Tam, Chimney Rock and Bull's Point.

Butterfly and dragonfly walks to Five Brooks and Muddy Hollow

Nature hikes along Lagunitas Creek, and at Bolinas Lagoon



For families:

Rich Stallcup's program and field walk on habitat restoration

Birds & Dunes of Abbott's Lagoon for Families

Birdathon4Kids

Tidepooling atDuxbury Reef

Nesting Egrets at Griffin Preserve, Bolinas

Birding for Beginners

Tracking and Awareness

Terrestrial Mammals of Point Reyes



Visit www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org
<http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org> today to sign up! Don't
miss out by delay!



The Festival benefits the habitat conservation work of the Environmental
Action Committee of West Marin (EAC). You can read about some of
EAC's conservationwork at www.eacmarin.org
<http://www.eacmarin.org/> .



See you there!


Ten Mile River

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Tue, 10 April 2012 -- Mid-late afternoon, there was a GREEN HERON standing
out in the middle of Ten Mile R. on one of the old stumps east of the bridge.  A
HORNED GREBE, almost in full breeding plumage, was diving next to the bridge.

I didn't see any swallows or martins, but it was getting cold and windy, just after
a passing rain shower.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Western Field Ornithologists Conference: Petaluma, CA September 26-30

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Bay area (extended) birders:

Late September in northern California is the peak of pelagic birding, ideal for finding rare songbirds, and a great time to see an excellent variety of shorebirds. The conference will have field trips focusing on all these and more. Shearwater Journeys offers four pelagic trips at discounted rates for conference registrants, including an exclusive Photographer's Pelagic for only six participants.

The conference also offers a rich combination of science sessions and workshops to improve your field skills. We offer ID workshops on shorebirds with Al Jaramillo, pelagic birds with Jim Danzenbaker and Scott Terrill, and raptors with Homer Hansen and Allen Fish. Peter Pyle will show how understanding molt can enhance your time in the field, Keith Hansen will teach new ways of looking birds as you learn to make field sketches, and Richard Vacha will help you identify tracks of birds and other wildlife.

To register and see full details go to <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/> and click on the 'Annual Conference' banner in the middle of the page.

You will probably want to download the Conference Details and Conference Planner documents to review before you begin registration.

Some of the most popular events have already filled, a reminder that EARLY REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL to get the field trips and workshops you want.

I hope to see you in Petaluma; meanwhile, please forgive cross-postings.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Western Kingbird - Ocean Mdws 4/8

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 8 April 2012 -- While making coffee to power our morning, a Western Kingbird
landed briefly in the yard.  Cedar Waxwings, the N Mockingbird, a Rufous Hummer,
a 'Sooty' Fox Sparrow, and Pine Siskins are still here in the neighborhood.

Yesterday, 4/7, we saw the Steller's Jay and an Orange-crowned Warbler in the yard.

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


Black-headed Grosbeak, etc

Matt Brady <podoces@...>
 

Hello all. Today a Black-headed Grosbeak breezed through my parent's yard in Potter Valley, singing a bit before moving on. Two male Bullock's Orioles were also new arrivals. Three Purple Finches were somewhat expected new additions to the yard list.

Matt Brady
Potter Valley


Re: Everyone is going North except the Rock Sandpiper

Dan Airola
 

Hi Richard - Just as you directed, I found 1-2 gray jays w steller's at L River Inn by little pond. Many thanks!!!


Everyone is going North except the Rock Sandpiper

Richard Hubacek
 

Fri Apr 6, 2012--There was a major bird movement North today as observed from Point Cabrillo. This movement consisted of continuous lines of LOONS (both PACIFIC and RED-THROATED with Pacific being more numerous). There were also CACKLING GEESE and BRANT. One large flock of geese (over 300) were flying low over the water. Parts of the flock were trying to form a "V" and the rest were irregular. I reviewed the picture and it was a mixed flock of Cackling and Brant. I have not observed this before. SURF SCOTERS were a part of the movement with many flocks going by. There were even numbers of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flying in "V's" going by. CASPIAN TERNS continued to move North although I saw more of them last Thursday. Even all the gulls(mostly CALIFORNIA) were moving North.

There was one bird that should have gone North already. That was a ROCK SANDPIPER that was with a small group of SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES just West of the lighthouse. It might be the latest Rock Sandpiper for Mendocino County. It is showing some rufous in the feathers on it's back.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Pacific Loons

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Friday, April 6, 2012 - Stopped for lunch at Little River today and noticed flocks of Pacific Loons on their northbound migration. Thousands of them streaming by, mostly in flocks of 20 to 40 individuals, all within the same narrow path about a mile offshore. From the air it must look like a dotted black line!

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Re: Scattered sightings of moderate interest

Dan Airola
 

Sorry forgot to sign previous message.

P.S. If anyone has something good to suggest (recent Gray Jays?), feel free to
call. I will be here a few more days.
Dan Airola
916/494-1283
d.airola@sbcglobal.net




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From: dan_airola <d.airola@sbcglobal.net>
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Fri, April 6, 2012 4:18:05 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Scattered sightings of moderate interest


I've been birding mornings since Tuesday (4/3)between McKerricher S.P and Elk.
I haven't seen anything outstanding, but here are a few notes of species of some
interest to some perhaps:
- Brant - One bird exited water at Whiteboro Cove, south of Albion on Hwy 1
- Black-crowned Night Heron - Two roosting in early evening with Snowy Egret
along Noyo River across from the main boat harbor
- Black Scoter/Harlequin Duck - 4 scoters (1 Ad M, 1 Imm M, 2 F) still at usual
spot at end of Ward Ave.
- Caspian Terns - Two groups of 5 and 8 moving north past Mendocino Headlands on
two different days.
-Common Murre - Est 2,100 at Bird Rock (?)at Mendocino Headlands

I dipped on the orioles at East Rose Cemetery and Nashville Warbler during two
visits here. Many Rufous and Allen's Hummers at Banksia trees.

I didn't try for the reported Bobolink. Has anyone else tried or seen it?

Migrant action has been very slow, other than Orange-crowned and Wilson's
Warblers. No other warblers, no migrant vireos, grosbeak, etc. I checked know
Purple Martin nesting sites along Hwy 1 north of Mckerricher, Hwy 1 bridge over
Noyo Harbor, and Greenwood Creek bridge.


Scattered sightings of moderate interest

Dan Airola
 

I've been birding mornings since Tuesday (4/3)between McKerricher S.P and Elk. I haven't seen anything outstanding, but here are a few notes of species of some interest to some perhaps:
- Brant - One bird exited water at Whiteboro Cove, south of Albion on Hwy 1
- Black-crowned Night Heron - Two roosting in early evening with Snowy Egret along Noyo River across from the main boat harbor
- Black Scoter/Harlequin Duck - 4 scoters (1 Ad M, 1 Imm M, 2 F) still at usual spot at end of Ward Ave.
- Caspian Terns - Two groups of 5 and 8 moving north past Mendocino Headlands on two different days.
-Common Murre - Est 2,100 at Bird Rock (?)at Mendocino Headlands

I dipped on the orioles at East Rose Cemetery and Nashville Warbler during two visits here. Many Rufous and Allen's Hummers at Banksia trees.

I didn't try for the reported Bobolink. Has anyone else tried or seen it?

Migrant action has been very slow, other than Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers. No other warblers, no migrant vireos, grosbeak, etc. I checked know Purple Martin nesting sites along Hwy 1 north of Mckerricher, Hwy 1 bridge over Noyo Harbor, and Greenwood Creek bridge.


Bullocks Orioles back in Potter

patti.boatwright
 

Saw a female Bullocks Oriole hogging the hummingbird feeder yesterday. Haven't seen any males yet. Last 2 years they nested in the trees in my front yard. Hope this year is a "threepeat". Time to build up the sugar supply!


One Less Euro Collared-Dove!!

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 1 Apr, 2012 --  This morning, a Cooper's Hawk captured a Eur. Collared-Dove
and flew over to the bluff with it.  There was a trail of grayish-white feathers scattered
about.  Hooray!
Also, there were Pine Siskins, a Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco, the Steller's Jay, and
the usual crowd waiting for seed.
Two Black-bellied Plovers, a/the Long-billed Curlew, and a dozen Sanderlings on
Seaside Beach.  The surf was very high, even though the high tide was only 4.9 ft.

Karen & Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Cal


Bald Eagle and less one American Coot

Joleen <j_ossello@...>
 

On behalf of Michael Stewart, Fort Bragg
Saturday, 3/24/12 Two of us went up the Albion river in my White Hull row boat using an electric motor. As we traveled up river, flocks of coots kept flying ahead of us. When we rounded a bend, about one mile up river, we saw a Bald Eagle swooping down going back and forth left to right trying to catchm a Coot. Each time the Coot would duck under water and avoid being caught. After several attempts, the Eagle changed its approach and came in from behind the Coot and snagged it. It rose from the water and flew up river slowly gaining in altitude.


Baltimore Oriole Still at Rose Mem'l Cemetery - FB

K A Havlena
 

Sun, 1 April, 2012 -- Dorothy Tobkin called to say that the female
BALTIMORE ORIOLE is still at Rose Memorial Cemetery in Fort
Bragg.  She watched the bird at close range for quite a while, getting
great looks.  The bird was in the Banksia tree next to the "Non-endowment"
wooden sign (this is near the "sapsucker" Banksia).

Rose Memorial Park is located at E Spruce and N Franklin in the
NE part of Fort Bragg (Pudding Creek runs just to the north).

For Dorothy Tobkin

K Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Selasphorus humm.

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

What appeared to be a female Rufous Hummingbird showed up at my feeders this evening. A resident Anna's male, his mate and a single youngster all chased her off, but not before I saw the tell-tale flash of rufous on the tail - with the three white spots on the outers... and sides.... :)


2012 Black Oystercatcher Workshop

Joleen <j_ossello@...>
 

On behalf of Mendocino Coast Audubon, Audubon CA, & California State
Parks, you are cordially invited to the first Black Oystercatcher
workshop along the Mendocino Coast.

Anna Weinstein, of Audubon California, will share the results of last
year's first-ever statewide survey, with a focus on the invaluable
information many of you collected in Mendocino and northern Sonoma
counties.

Together we will discuss plans for evaluating the breeding success of
your local birds and how you can become a citizen scientist to help
conserve these amazing birds this coming summer.

Short field trip with mini-training included.

When: Saturday, May 5th 9am - 2pm

Where: Russian Gulch Recreation Hall

Provided: Continental Breakfast

Bring: Binoculars (and scope if available), appropriate dress for
weather, and sack lunch

RSVP and questions by May 1st please: Joleen Ossello, 707-962-0142,
j_ossello@earthlink.net <mailto:j_ossello@earthlink.net>

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