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Bald Eagle again

Ron LeValley
 

Today just before 10:00 a.m. an adult Bald Eagle flew past the Little River
Headlands going north.



Good birding!



Ron LeValley


Brewer's Sparrow (another negative)

carolynkinet
 

Thurs., Apr. 26, 2012. -- I went up to Juan Creek bridge to look for the BREWER'S SPARROW, but was unable to find it. I was there from approx. 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. I did see the two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. I walked a few hundred yards down the dirt road leading from the south side of the bridge and saw a group of sparrows that turned out to be 3 WHITE-CROWNED and 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW. My disappointment was mitigated a bit by the sight of a male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in full breeding plumage and a glimpse of a paler yellow bird that was probably his mate.

Several flocks of BROWN PELICANS flew by on their way north while I was at the bridge, in groups of approx. 20, 11 and 8.

On the home front, yesterday I saw my first BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK of the season, a handsome male, at my feeder. He was soon joined by a male PURPLE FINCH and a male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, both in breeding plumage. Colorful times at the feeder now!

Carolyn Kinet
Inglenook


Common Loon - Breeding Plumage

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Saw a COMMON LOON today at the Laguna in MacKerricker State Park. The bird was in partial molt to breeding plumage. I realize that seeing Common Loons in breeding plumage is not big deal to birders north of here, but gosh darn it, I have to see them in drab non-breeding plumage most of the year, so I get excited seeing one in full dress garb.

I also timed how often Common Loons breathe between dives. It is approximately 2.5 seconds. I also timed how long it takes for a photographer to take a photograph of a Common Loon and it is 2.6 seconds. After a lot of shots of empty ocean, I did manage to get a fair to middling picture of the bird. Picture link below:

The Loon Ranger

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/1660781497/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc


Brewer's Sparrow (negative)

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

24 April 2012 - Ryan Keiffer & I looked for the Brewer's Sparrow at Juan Creek along Highway 1 this morning from 7:50AM until about 9:10 AM with no luck. We could only find two White-crowned Sparrows in the vicinity. However, there were 7 Purple Martins nearby and a Orange-crowned Warbler building a nest. Cheryl Watson & Geoff Heinecken showed up about 9:00 Am and were there when we left ... but I don't think they found it either as they would have called me.

Good Birding. Bob Keiffer.


Re: Potter Valley Dipper status?

George Chaniot
 

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 -- This morning two dippers were feeding young at the nest
under the old bridge on Potter Valley. At least three young were visible at
the entrance to the nest. They appear unscathed after the public onslaught
at the beach on the first warm Sunday of the year.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Brewer's Sparrow

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Good job on the Brewer's Sparrow Karen. It makes me wonder how many LBJ's I've seen that were actually Brewer's Sparrows. Pretty darn few I suspect. Makes me want to study my Emberzine sparrows a little closer. Good spotting!

All I can report is that I finally got a confirmation of a Swainson's thrush today. I've been hearing them for a week or more here on the immediate coast at Littleriver, but no confirmative sighting. Finally one came out onto the birdbath for a bath and good look. Spring is here!


Potter Valley Dipper status?

irishcream7 <satintex@...>
 

I stopped yesterday on my way home from Godwit Days to check out the nesting Dippers. Time was 6 pm. To my surprise at least 50 cars were parked in the pullout area near the old bridge. Children were running everywhere. The river shoreline to the left of the bridge was covered with people. There was no way to walk along it. Even the rocks under the bridge were covered with people having picnics. The area is obviously a hot spot for families and partying on warm days. It wasn't a holiday so I suspect it may be like this every weekend and maybe even some weeknights. Makes me worried about the nesting success of the Dippers. I hope someone who lives closer can check it out this week and please report. Thanks.

Maureen O'Reilly
Hidden Valley Lake


Re: Brewer's Sparrow - Hwy 1, north of Westport

George Chaniot
 

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 -- Chuck Vaughn and I went this morning to the Juan Creek
bridge north of Westport and refound the BREWER'S SPARROW found yesterday by
Karen Havlena. We arrived at 08:48 and had the bird in view off and on from
about 09:10 to 09:40. Most of the time it was on the SE side of the bridge.
When Chuck first found it, it was foraging about 20 feet away in the middle
of the dirt road that leads down from the SE corner of the bridge. Then it
moved downhill into the coyotebush and other brush and weeds on the slope,
seeming to move with several White-crowned Sparrows. It went onto the sand
at the bottom of the gulch and then to the north side of the creek where it
spent some time foraging on the gravel of a road in the bottom of the gulch.
From there it flew west toward the bridge and perhaps underneath it. It
reappeared later from the west and spent some more time on the brushy slope
where I got telescope views of it.
A nice find, Karen.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


PAS presents Tues 04/24: Gary Alt on Deer and Habitat

Cheryl Watson
 

Tuesday, April 24, 7pm, in the Ukiah Civic Center Dr. Gary Alt will introduce us to deer, their impacts on habitat and the reasons to wisely manage the herds. He is sure to have us laughing while we are learning important principles of wildlife ecology.

Alt is one of the nation's leading experts on deer biology and one of our most entertaining speakers. While supervising Pennsylvania's deer management program a decade ago, he found himself at the center of the whitetail deer management controversy. It got so bad that he was advised to wear a bulletproof vest while lecturing to the public.

Come to this month's Peregrine Audubon meeting and discover why a bear biologist who had been crawling into hundreds of dens with cubs and nursing mothers without serious incident, takes a job managing deer and finds the risks much more challenging and dangerous than protective mother bruins.

This Peregrine Audubon sponsored presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. The Ukiah Civic Center is located at 300 Seminary Ave. To join 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. For more information on a wide variety of topics related to birding in Mendocino County and to sign up for email notifications please go to www.peregrineaudubon.org.


Brewer's Sparrow - IS Still at Juan Ck 4/23

K A Havlena
 

Mon, 23 Apr 2012-- The BREWER'S SPARROW was well seen
this morning by George Chaniot and Chuck Vaughn on the
SE side of Juan Creek bridge, mm 82.91 (mm 83.00 north
end.  This is in N MEN County on Hwy 1. It ranged from
the turn-around at the bottom of the hill back up to
the highway.

They said to mention that this is a "morning bird," if
you going searching for it.  It has not vocalized at all
that I know of.

For George and Chuck

K Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Re: Brewer's Sparrow - not refound

K A Havlena
 

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 -- Jerry White zoomed over and met me at
Juan Creek this afternoon.  He searched for 3-hours and
came up empty-handed, not refinding the Brewer's Sparrow.
Darn it!

After it moved over to the north edge of the large turnout
on the SW side of the Juan Ck bridge, Toby thought that it
flew back east under the bridge.  Where did it go?  Jerry
checked the northeast side of the bridge, where there is a
small meadow-like area.  He had no luck.  I'm so sorry he
did not find it.
 
For Jerry White

K Havlena
Northwest MEN County, CA

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Brewer's Sparrow - Hwy 1, north of Westport

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 22 April, 2012 -- About 10:45-am, I found a BREWER'S SPARROW
at Juan Creek along N Hwy 1 about mm 83.00.  There is a very large turnout
on the west side of the highway.  The bird spent most of its time on the SE
side of the Juan Ck bridge, however. 

I had driven down the dirt road to a parking area on the southeast side of the
creek.  While slowly driving back up the hill, a small group of White-crowned
Sparrows hopped onto the road to feed.  Without my binoculars, I noticed
the WCSPs, and then a tiny bird SO pale, it was like a ghost.  With my binocs
I could see the tiny bill well. The bird was so blah and small.  Then I noted a
definite ashy-whitish eye ring and ashy-white malar stripe and supercilium
markings.  Then, I concentrated on the crown -- there was NO central crown
stripe (Clay-colored), just tiny, black stipling in a vague striping pattern
(dorsal to ventral).  Also, there was a very short (2-3 feathers) forming a whitish
wing bar (if one can call it a bar...).  The overall color wasbetween light tan and
light gray.  I mentally ruled out Field Sparrow (just found in SoCal) and
Clay-colored.

Viewing time was at least 8 minutes the first time.  I had forgotten to
bring my iPhone and camera, so driving time back home was less than it
took to get to Juan Creek!  Toby Tobkin was at home, so she drove up right
away.  Jim rode back up with me.  It took about 40 minutes, then Jim called
out when he refound the bird.  We all got very good looks at about 1-pm.
The bird perched on top of Coyote bushes and the wooden posts on the
southeast side of the bridge. 

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Mendocino Coast Audubon Workshop Reminder

Joleen <j_ossello@...>
 

2012 Black Oystercatcher Workshop

On behalf of MCAS, 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 and 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 by May 1st please: Joleen Ossello, 707-962-0142, j_ossello@earthlink.net


4/21 Phainopepla at HREC

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning on the Peregrine Audubon Society
field trip to the UC Hopland Center, George Gibbs spotted a male
PHAINOPEPLA. It was seen by all 29 participants. This is the first HREC
record, the first spring record for Mendocino County, and just our ninth
record ever. The bird was in an unlikely location on the edge of the
chaparral at about 2800'. The is in the upper reaches of the southern
Scott's Creek watershed, a tributary to Clear Lake. These birds are much
more common in Lake County than locally, and it is not a stretch to
imagine that this bird originated there. Thank you, George!

Chuck




--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Re: High Count at MCBG

Virginia R. Wade
 

Hi Tim

That is indeed the high count since October of 1995 when MCAS started the
first bird walk in the garden. I kept the records with Toby and Art's
help up until a few years ago when Tim took over leading the bird walks.
My husband and I are on a birding trip to Florida and have covered the
Gulf Coast, the Florida Keys and we are now working our way up the east
coast.

We have really grown to appreciate all the wonderful birding spots we have
on the Mendocino Coast.

Thanks, Tim for sharing the list.

Ginny Wade
From Titusville Florida

Greetings Mendobirders - On the Third Wednesday birdwalk (18 April 2012)
at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we tallied 61 species. Toby
informs me this is a record high count for this walk. We were all quite
surprised, as it did not seem especially "birdy" that day, the numbers
of individual birds sighted were quite low. (15 of the species were
represented by a lone individual, and 7 were identified only by ear.)
But we did have six experienced birders in our group, and I think each
of them added one or more species that the others did not see or hear.
Great fun!

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Species Name
Canada Goose
Mallard
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Black Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


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Lake County birds

jerry white
 

From Rodman Slough Park along the lake this morning there were 2 Forster's Terns and a flyover PACIFIC LOON. Further south just north of Robin Hill Subdivision I found 2 Great-tailed Grackles. Jerry White


High Count at MCBG

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Greetings Mendobirders - On the Third Wednesday birdwalk (18 April 2012) at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we tallied 61 species. Toby informs me this is a record high count for this walk. We were all quite surprised, as it did not seem especially "birdy" that day, the numbers of individual birds sighted were quite low. (15 of the species were represented by a lone individual, and 7 were identified only by ear.) But we did have six experienced birders in our group, and I think each of them added one or more species that the others did not see or hear. Great fun!

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Species Name
Canada Goose
Mallard
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Black Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


First Swainson's Thrush

jackson_us
 

Yesterday, 4/19/12, Rick and I heard the first Swainson's Thrush song of the spring at our property. Wonderful...

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Re: Turkey Vulture Copulation or Gay Deceiver

vishnu
 

That's an incredible picture, birdman. Such detail & facial expression!
My *Birder's Handbook* indicates that Turkey Vultures are Monogamous,
however - like all good American birds should be. But even more worrisome;
as I look closer at your picture, I'm wondering... are you *sure* that
"female" is *really* a female?


On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM, birdmanofthewoods3 <
birdmanofthewoods3@yahoo.com> wrote:

**


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:


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/1620415509/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc



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Adult Bald Eagle

Dave <algott@...>
 

Today, during a 5th grade Flight School hike at Redwood Valley Outdoor Edc. Project we observed an adult Bald Eagle soaring above us. Right after we spotted it, it was attacked and harassed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Time was 11:45 am. It was great for the kids and us.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah

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