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continuing Ibis and yellow-headed blackbird

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

20 May 2012 - After the successful pelagic trip, Rob Fowler, Dave Bengston, Matthew Matthiessen, Ryan Keiffer, and I went to see the continuing White-faced Ibis at Lake Cleone. As you have probably figured out from other posts, this is a superb photo opportunity as the ibis will feed only feet away from observers and is quite oblivious to its notoriety. Rob and Dave lingered a bit longer and the female Yellow-headed Blackbird (discovered by Todd Easterla on Saturday) arrived near the parking lot & ibis. Both of these birds are found annually in the county now ... but are still difficult to find ... so this is a great opportunity for interested folks.

Good Birding! Bob Keiffer rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu<mailto:rjkeiffer@ucdavis.edu>

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PAS presents Tues 05/22: Matthew Matthiessen on Birding Brazil

Cheryl Watson
 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7PM in the Ukiah City Council Chambers

The incomparable Matthew Matthiessen will bring his beautiful photographs and talented story telling to Peregrine Audubon when he guides us through Brazilian ecosystems from pantanal (the world's largest tropical wetlands) to rainforest.

Each year Matthew travels to locations around the world that most of us will never see. He will share another one of his unusual adventures, this time to Brazil with its 1,700 species of birds, the third most varieties of birds after Colombia and Peru. While birds are always the central feature, Matthew will give us a picture of the regions, the peoples and all the wildlife. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Brazil.

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 visit our home page.


Jaegers Also Seen on 5/20 Pelagic Trip

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 20 May, 2012 -- I forgot to mention the LONG-TAILED JAEGER
and PARASITIC JAEGER seen on the trip. 
 
If other birds of importance to Mendobirds readers has been forgotten,
please report them.  Thank you.
 
Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca

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Short-tailed Albatross - MEN County Pelagic Trip

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 20 May, 2012 -- A 1st year SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS was spotted
by the sharp eyes of Todd Easterla on the Spring Mendocino Coast Audubon
pelagic trip out of Fort Bragg (MEN).  This is the second year in a row that our
May pelagic trip has had a STAL.  Some of us saw the bird last year, and this is
a different individual.  It was less than 5 miles off shore from Fort Bragg.

Todd also announced a TUFTED PUFFIN early in the trip.  Two most-likely
ZANTUS's MURRELETs, and several SABINE's GULLs were also seen on the
trip.
 
Thank you, Todd Easterla,
 
Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Re: White-faced Ibis - Lk Cleone

Sarah
 

Here are some photos of the Ibis from this afternoon - same spot as described below -  thanks for posting about this bird!

Shout out to the 2 ladies who were helping me ID some bird calls as well  ;-)
 
Sarah C. Wagner, MPT
Rehabilitation Services Department Manager
Pilates Instructor


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From: Karen <jkhavlena@yahoo.com>
To: "mendobirds@yahoogroups.com" <mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:29 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] White-faced Ibis - Lk Cleone


 
May 19, 2012 - A White-faced Ibis is at Lake Cleone right next to the parking lot, found by Dorothy Tobkin, and also seen by Rob Doster, Art Morley and myself.

Lake Cleone is on Mill Creek Drive north of the main entrance to MacKerricher State Park.

For Dorothy Tobkin

Karen Havlena
Rob Doster Art Morley
Fort Bragg MEN. Calif
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Re: Spring Male LLS

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

OK, Jospeh Morlan has corrected me.... there was so much white on this bird (the back of the neck) and the way it was acting - plus it seemed so much larger, but the yellow lores are so distinctive that yes, it appears to be a Savannah Sparrow. My bad....

--- On Sat, 5/19/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Spring Male LLS
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 1:43 PM
















 









I am beginning to second-guess my initial ID: IF it is a male Lapland Longspur, it's a first year - there is white on the back of the neck and the head looks a lot like a Savannah Sparrow.



What does everyone else think? My photos stink, btw, but here they are:



http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/1502780300/pic/388082568/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc



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From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>

Subject: [Mendobirds] Spring Male LLS

To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 12:58 PM



 



The Spring male Lapland Longspur continues at Virgin Creek, just south of the mouth of the creek along the headland trails near the 'dip' there, where a smallish creek, dotted with California Yellow-eyed Grasses, head down to the ocean. This is just north of the rocks where the Harbor Seals pull out and just south of the creek-mouth..... I got two photos and will work them and post if they are any good.







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Re: Spring Male LLS

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

I am beginning to second-guess my initial ID: IF it is a male Lapland Longspur, it's a first year - there is white on the back of the neck and the head looks a lot like a Savannah Sparrow.

What does everyone else think? My photos stink, btw, but here they are:


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/1502780300/pic/388082568/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc

--- On Sat, 5/19/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Spring Male LLS
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 12:58 PM
















 









The Spring male Lapland Longspur continues at Virgin Creek, just south of the mouth of the creek along the headland trails near the 'dip' there, where a smallish creek, dotted with California Yellow-eyed Grasses, head down to the ocean. This is just north of the rocks where the Harbor Seals pull out and just south of the creek-mouth..... I got two photos and will work them and post if they are any good.































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Spring Male LLS

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

The Spring male Lapland Longspur continues at Virgin Creek, just south of the mouth of the creek along the headland trails near the 'dip' there, where a smallish creek, dotted with California Yellow-eyed Grasses, head down to the ocean. This is just north of the rocks where the Harbor Seals pull out and just south of the creek-mouth..... I got two photos and will work them and post if they are any good.


White-faced Ibis - Lk Cleone

Karen <jkhavlena@...>
 

May 19, 2012 - A White-faced Ibis is at Lake Cleone right next to the parking lot, found by Dorothy Tobkin, and also seen by Rob Doster, Art Morley and myself.

Lake Cleone is on Mill Creek Drive north of the main entrance to MacKerricher State Park.

For Dorothy Tobkin

Karen Havlena
Rob Doster Art Morley
Fort Bragg MEN. Calif


Photo: Double-crested cormorant on nest

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Thanks to Rich Hubacek for finding the first known Double-crested Cormorant nesting rookery in the area, I have been trying to get a photograph of one on the nest. These nests are extremely well hidden and hard to see. After spending a lot of time watching, I was able to finally spot a nest and get a photo. The photo was taken on the opposite south ridge across the river and might be approaching half a mile a way, so it is a little blurry, but I got it. About 2 miles up from the mouth of Big River. Photo link below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/1239338597/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc


Green Heron at MCBG

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 - On the regular third-Wednesday birdwalk at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we had 60 species, one short of the record for this walk (set last month). Not bad for a 2-mile walk. Best bird was the Green Heron sitting near the top of a dead pine tree near the farmhouse. Seems like a lot of these are being seen on the coast lately.

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Big hawk nest in Potter Valley

patti.boatwright
 

Hey PV birders - there is a hawk's nest on Gibson near Hawn Creek in a stand of oaks. I think it's a redtail nest, but haven't been able to get a good view of the bird to identify. I would love it if someone more experienced could identify the type of hawk. Going east on Gibson from Hawn Creek, it is the pasture between the corner house and the next house across from the vineyard. The nest is in the oaks in the middle of the pasture, and big enough to spot easily. We've gone in late afternoon the last couple days and the hawk was sitting on the edge of the nest. Thanks for your help!


It is a springin'

\ LFK\ Liquid Fusion Kayaking
 

This is what I we have been seeing from both the deck of Liquid Fusion
Kayaking and the old launch ramp at Dolphin Isle Marina:
Pair of Green Herons
Two different male Osprey hunting
Great Egret
Transient Cormorants of both Pelagic and Double Crested
Numerous Juvenile Ravens messing about
Phalropes
Spotted Sand Pipers singing and messing about
Belted Kingfishers
Pacific Pond Turtle
Downy Wood Pecker
Western Flicker
Black Crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Black Phoebe
Red Shoulder Hawks
TV's
...
When you have a bit of time to just sit and watch the tide go by check out
the above listed and many more species.

Best of days with the birds,
Jeff


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(707) 684-9459 (cell)
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UWTP Grackles and Avocets

Cheryl Watson
 

Monday May 14, 2012

Steve Stump spotted a pair of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES near the middle pond at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning. I arrived within half-hour of his call (~9:45) but the birds had either taken off or were hiding. Geoff continued the search until 11:30 with no luck.

Meanwhile on the sludge pond near the entrance, two AMERICAN AVOCETS foraged in the shallow water.

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA


Mothers Day indeed

J Rosen <mendojanet@...>
 

Coming back into Ukiah w/ mom today, we stopped in Calpella to see the osprey nest. What a gift for mom: we arrived just as one of the parents was circling the area with a fish in its talons, and watched it fend off a crow before circling in, landing, and feeding junior.


Forster's Tern & Blue-winged Teal - Lk Cleone

K A Havlena
 

13 May, 2012 -- Dorothy Tobkin called that Lake Cleone was
a busy place today.  There were a FORSTER'S TERN, a pair of
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, an obvious GREEN HERON, a male LESSER SCAUP,
a RED PHALAROPE and two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES all in alternate
plumage.

Even though I could not get there until mid-afternoon, I was
able to see all of the birds except the Red Phalarope, which
was very nice.

For Dorothy Tobkin

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California


5/13 UWTP White-faced Ibis

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Steve Stump found 15 White-faced Ibis at the UWTP
early this morning. By 745, they had all left the ponds. I saw 3 fly out
to the north, and Steve said an earlier group flew out to the south.

Chuck and Steve


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Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Nests of MacGillivray's Warblers

K A Havlena
 

Dave and others on the Eel River field trip wondered
whether MacGillivray's Warblers are ground nesters.
No, is the answer I found in a couple of old bird books.
 
MacGillivray's nests are usually 1 to 4 feet off the
ground and are fairly loose cups of grasses held in dense
patches of shrubs like blackberries or poison oak.  The
clutches are usually 4 speckled, white eggs.
 
The first nest was discovered on 17 May, 1897, in Sonoma.
Ref: North American Bird Eggs, C A Reed, 1965 (revised ed)
from original 1904 first edition.

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca

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Potter Valley & Eel River

George Chaniot
 

Sat, 12 May 2012 -- The Peregrine Audubon field trip today visited the Old
Bridge on Potter Valley Road, the Eel River canyon from Pioneer Crossing
Bridge to Trout Creek Campground, Pine Avenue, and Burris Lane. Highlights
were a family of four fledgling AMERICAN DIPPERS, a half dozen sightings
each of MacGILLIVRAY's WARBLER and HERMIT WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLERS, a
RED-TAILED HAWK diving on a BALD EAGLE, and finally a singing GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW and provisioning TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS along Pine Avenue.
A full day-list follows : participants please look it over for any
omissions or corrections.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Dipper
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

76 Species


More Phalaropes

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

What gives us intermediate birders trouble is when two similar species occur similtaneously in the same spot. I was watching a Red-necked Phalarope on Lake Cleone in MacKerricher park yesterday (May 11) when it disappeared into the reeds and what should come out but what looked like a Red Phalarope! Wait a minute, was my first identification wrong? This disappearing and reappearing act happened several times until I got it that both species were together. Finally I got a picture of both species together which I have posted on Mendobirds at birdmanofthewoods. Link below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/489825034/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc

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