Turkey Vulture Copulation

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>

While at the Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday I observed a TURKEY VULTURE female mating with multiple males. I hadn't realized that TV's were polyandrous. This also might mean that they are nesting nearby in the Botanical Gardens (cliffs?). If you really want to see what TV's look like when they mate, I have posted a picture here:

Wht-Throated Swifts - at MEN & HUM County Line

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Wed, 18 April 2012 -- Four WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, a
VAUX's SWIFT and various swallow species flew around
the Hwy 271 & Hwy 101 bridges at the Mendocino and
Humboldt County lines close to noon today.  Jim and
I were coming home from a drive up/out the Lost Coast
as a break from work.
At the MEN/HUM county line, we also saw (or heard)
WOODPECKER, and other common species.

We drove up to Redway(HUM)and took in Honeydew, Petrolia
and Cape Mendocino.  It is was a fun outing.

Karen & Jim Havlena

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Re: Dipper Nest

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>

Good find! It looks to be the most secure nest location we’ve seen there.
They were very active this afternoon with at least one of them hanging on the sheer concrete beneath the nest.
I watched them fly out of sight up the reach north of the new bridge toward the quarry.
Maybe we will have to coordinate observations to see if they are two couples or one.
Jim Armstrong

Noyo River Loons and Bald Eagle

Becky Stenberg

I spent Monday April 16 at the launch ramp below Dolphin Isle on Noyo
River, monitoring sport fishing effort. Since that was pretty slow, my
work partner and I spent a lot of time birdwatching. Of note were some
Loons, which we tentatively identified as Red-throated, based on coloration
and slim bills, held pointed slightly upward. Can someone confirm this as

The Ospreys provided a lot of entertainment with their courting antics.
Then around 3:30, to our amazement a Bald Eagle flew through, heading
downriver to the south. I'm glad two of us had a really good look, because
I might have thought I was hallucinating. And I think I remember there was
a sighting a couple of miles upriver a little while back?

Becky Stenberg
Fort Bragg

FOS Hooded Orioles & Bald Eagle

Dave <algott@...>

This afternoon (3:40) a pair of Hooded Orioles showed up at my feeders. I assume it is the pair from next door. If so, it is the earliest that I have seen them. Last year I saw them first on May 1.

This morning from my yard, I saw a Bald Eagle flying south over the Russian River heading south (about 10:30 am.)

Dave Bengston
Rogina Heights, Ukiah

Dipper Nest

George Chaniot

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 -- For the first time since June 2004 there is an AMERICAN DIPPER nest under the old bridge on Potter Valley Road. The nest is atop the first of three support piers, but it can only be seen well from beneath the bridge on the far left side. It seems to be a place from which to observe which will not disturb the birds. This morning there were two birds courting on the rocks beneath the bridge with one entering the nest periodically. I saw no nest material or food being carried, so I infer egg laying or incubation. Dippers were easily observed from the top of the bridge or the beach. This used to be the most accessible and reliable place to see them in Mendocino Co., and hopefully they will be easy to see here for the near future.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Shorebirds at Virgin Creek


Tues., Apr. 17 -- Toby Tobkin called to report several breeding-plummaged shorebirds at Virgin Creek in FB. She noted 10 species, of which there were 1 DUNLIN, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER and several SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS in full breeding plummage.

For Toby Tobkin,

Carolyn Kinet

Re: American Crow

Lisa Walker &#92;(Feather&#92;) <feather7023@...>

I went back later to see if the bird was still wasn't....

--- On Sun, 4/15/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] American Crow
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:16 PM


Sea Bird Lodge is on the corner of Main and South streets in Fort Bragg. The pine is behind the lodge on the office side near Franklin Street and the small field between the Dept of Social Services and the lodge.

--- On Sun, 4/15/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <>

Subject: [Mendobirds] American Crow


Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:06 PM


I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....

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Re: American Crow

Lisa Walker &#92;(Feather&#92;) <feather7023@...>

Sea Bird Lodge is on the corner of Main and South streets in Fort Bragg. The pine is behind the lodge on the office side near Franklin Street and the small field between the Dept of Social Services and the lodge.

--- On Sun, 4/15/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <>
Subject: [Mendobirds] American Crow
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:06 PM


I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....

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American Crow

Lisa Walker &#92;(Feather&#92;) <feather7023@...>

I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....

Adult Bald Eagel

Dave <algott@...>

This morning at 10:45 an adult Bald Eagle cruised over my house going south at a fairly high altitude. I live in Rogina Heights.

I also saw my FOS Black-headed Grosbeak. I know they have been around, but I have been traveling, and so it was still a thrill.

Dave Bengston

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 <> 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 <> 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

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.


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


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 .

Will Wilson


Update on the


April 27 to 30

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

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

(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


Tidepooling atDuxbury Reef

Nesting Egrets at Griffin Preserve, Bolinas

Birding for Beginners

Tracking and Awareness

Terrestrial Mammals of Point Reyes

<> 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
<> .

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 <> 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

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

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