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Lake County

Jerry White <grwhite@...>
 

Of local interest were 2 Marbled Godwits seen in flight over Clear Lake from Lakeside County Park this morning.
This is the 3rd "summer" record and the second earliest arrival date for this rare Fall Migrant. Jerry White


Garcia River mouth, Etc.

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

My Dad and I birded along the coast today. Our first stop was the Garcia River mouth, where a number of returning Shorebirds were present. Although most of the peeps were along the far shore and unIDable, I did see a number of SANDERLINGS, most still in breeding plumage, a half-dozen or so BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a large flock of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a single WHIMBREL, a DOWITCHER SP., a small flock of WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and small numbers of both BLACK and RUDDY TURNSTONES. Also present were a dozen or so CASPIAN TERNS and 25 or so HEERMANN'S GULLS. Along Miners Hole Road were a couple of Passerines, but none that I would consider migrants. A pair of Caspian Terns were harassing a Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, which I thought was interesting. Past the last parking area, at the end of the Road was a large stand of apparently naturalized Fuscia that had a cloud of Hummers swarming around it. There were at least a dozen Selasphorus Hummingbirds, and 6 or so Anna's Hummingbirds. We then headed up to the Mendocino Headlands. We didn't see any Puffins, but the Western Gull, Cormorant and Murre colonies were in full swing. We then looked for Toby's Least Tern at Virgin Creek Beach, but we didn't have any luck there, either. However, there were more Shorebirds, including SANDERLINGS, WHIMBRELS, SURFBIRDS, and both TURNSTONES. Back in Ukiah I saw a flock of 5 CANADA GEESE in the big weedy field between the Freeway and the end of Brush Street. Early migrants?

Matt Brady
Ukiah, CA
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LEAST TERN at Virgin Beach

Charlene McAllister
 

Toby Tobkin reported good looks at a LEAST TERN this morning at Virgin
Creek Beach. This is a first county record. She noted that it flew in
to the beach and hopped around for a bit before flying due west. She
thought it possible that it's making circles and will come back in to
shore. She also saw a USFWS silver band, probably on the left leg.

Charlene McAllister
P.O. Box 332
Little River, CA 95456
707-937-4463
email: charmac@mcn.org


Re: Purple Martins

kmarianchild
 

Larry Knowles and I saw 7-8 purple martins soaring around over the Eel River about 1/2 mile upstream from Hearst. Also saw a bald eagle.

Kate Marianchild


Trinity County list on Website

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

Howdy,
I put the newly updated Trinity County Birdlist on my website at
http://www.cal.net/~ani/california_county_birding.htm Please feel free to
download, copy, send to friends! Get the word out and get out there and
find some interesting birds in Trinity County. Still lots to find that
would be a first county record and there are still many species represented
by few records.

John Hunter took the lead on this second edition and formatted it to print
out as a field checklist. Great work, John!

see you in the field,
John

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530 668-1985 (home)
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Trinity checklist

John E Hunter
 

Birders,

Sorry, but apparently you can not send a file via a mailing list as I
attempted. If you would like a copy of the Trinity County Checklist, let
me know and I will email you one. Some of you are about to get one whether
you want it or not.

John E. Hunter
Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
1655 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
707-822-7201 (phone)
707-822-8136 (fax)
John_E_Hunter@fws.gov


TRI checklist

John E Hunter
 

Birders,

Here is the latest version of the Trinity County bird checklist in .pdf
format.

(See attached file: TRI_Co.pdf)

Enjoy,

John Hunter


USTP

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

My Dad, Uncle and I went birding at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant today. Shorebirds were limited to 9 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER and some KIlLDEER, all at the west end of the northern pond. On the duck pond were several hundred eclipse Mallards, 2 WOOD DUCKS (1F, 1M in eclipse), 1 CINNAMON TEAL (M in eclipse), and 1 LESSER SCAUP (M, going into eclipse). Interesting Passerines included 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and 1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH singing from the river, and a pair of LAZULI BUNTINGS along the north pond.
Good birding,

Matt Brady
Ukiah, CA
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Rufous Hummingbird

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Sunday 06 July 2003 - Janet King reports an adult male Rufous Hummingbird visiting her feeder. Bob Keiffer also saw one the same day in Lake County.

Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena." Theodore Roosevelt


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Thursday, 03 July, 2003 This is from the Northern Calif. bird Box posting:

On July 3, an adult male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in a little
drainage just west of Verde Drive in north Mendocino. Although this is a
public road, it may be hard to see the bird. You may try Mar Vista Road
too. (Ed Pandolfino)


Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena." Theodore Roosevelt


Etsel Ridge Rd July 4-6

Demian Ebert <DEbert@...>
 

Morning:
The ridge loop from Covelo to Lake Pillsbury delivered most of the target birds with the Spruce Grove being the best location.

Highlights:
Green-tailed towhees at Grizzly Flat and Spruce Grove
Cassin's finch in one of the old logging clearings between Coffee Mill Flat and Spruce Grove, then singing in Spruce Grove
Mtn. chickadee nest in a cavity about 4 ft off the ground in a fir tree at Spruce Grove.
Dusky flycatcher building a nest in the whitethorn on the southern edge of the wet meadow at Spruce Grove. Nest is about 2-3 ft off the ground. Female was lining it with down from the nearby willows while the male called from across the meadow.
Flammulated owl at 1030 PM Saturday night at Spruce Grove (7-5). Heard calling from up the hill above the camp but the bird eventually moved down the ridge past the camp and was heard much closer to camp.
White-headed woodpecker on a snag in Spruce Grove.
Hermit warblers (a pair) at the wet meadow of Spruce Grove.
Townsend's solitaire at the base of Hull Mtn. at the overlook to Lake Pillsbury (in both Mendocino and Lake counties).
Nesting red-breasted sapsuckers in a snag at Haydon Rock.
The Hammond's flycatchers were probably also at Spruce Grove, but I couldn't get them to sit still long enough to tell - the only miss of the trip.


Other items of interest:
I took a botanist friend with me this trip and he managed to find five species of orchids (I'll get names for those interested).
The butterflies are incredibly abundant right now. We probably saw a dozen species.
The dawn chorus at Spruce Grove on Sunday morning started at 430 AM.

Let me know if anyone wants more information.

Demian Ebert
debert@eipassociates.com


shorebirds at USTP

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: This morning I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant and saw a number of recently-arrived shorebirds: about 30 Least Sandpipers and 10 Western Sandpipers, 6 Greater Yellowlegs, and a single Lesser Yellowlegs. There were single male Greater and Lesser Scaups among the ducks. The middle pond promises to provide some excellent habitat for shorebirds. The workers told me that they are allowing it to dry up beginning today. Although weedy at present, there will be some excellent open areas at both the W and E ends, as well as along both N and S edges. Yellow-breasted Chats and Swainsons Thrushes are still singing along the river.

Chuck Vaughn

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1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482


[CB] Digest Number 442

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

I think the first post may be of interest to local birders. This was posted on County Birders.
Good birding,

Matt Brady, Ukiah


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There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in Mendocino
From: erpfromca@aol.com
2. Nevada, Madera, and Placer Counties
From: "Jim Lomax" <oriolemesa@earthlink.net>


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Message: 1
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 13:11:23 EDT
From: erpfromca@aol.com
Subject: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in Mendocino

This morning at 8AM I saw an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in north
Mendocino. The bird was in a small drainage west of Verde Drive. It was behind the
last two houses on your left near the end of Verde Drive. This area is
difficult to see from the road so the bird may be hard to find. There is another more
substantial and more visible drainage along Mar Vista Drive that may be worth
checking out for this bird as well.

This area is reached by taking Point Cabrillo Drive from Hwy 1 north of
Mendocino, turning west on Mar Vista and right on Verde.

Also, two days ago there was a Common Nighthawk at dusk flying and calling
along Palette Drive in Mendocino.

Ed Pandolfino






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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 17:42:56 -0700
From: "Jim Lomax" <oriolemesa@earthlink.net>
Subject: Nevada, Madera, and Placer Counties







's up, Birderdudes?

Nevada County looks easier on paper than it really is. I added it to my TDH list (Too Darn Hard) right under Trinity and Kings. I went up for a couple of days and since I was up there, I decided to take a quick look in eastern Madera County as well.

Nevada County June 30th

I went up I-80 to Truckee and took the first exit by the Donner Memorial State Park. There was a report of YH Blackbird and Black-backed Woodpecker in the area. The YHBB was supposed to be at the Gravel Pit ponds which I finally found right behind the Chevron Station at the exit. You could walk from there although I drove in through the Donner Memorial State Park campground (fee). The pit ponds are hard to see until you walk up to them and I found the Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the south eastern most pond. Other birds were Ruddy Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, AW Pelican, Osprey, etc. I then walked back to an area south of the campground and found another little lake. The BB Woodpeckers were supposed to be south of the lake but not for me. Only Western Tanager, White-headed Woodpecker, WW Pewee, Warbling Vireo, and so on.

I went over to Martis Creek Lake to look for reported Sandhill Cranes. I drove in by the lake and the Sandhill Cranes (new) were south of the south end of the lake in Placer County. If you go, don't look for gray. These two birds were in high alternate, a nice orange rust color and blended surprisingly well. While I was there, the cranes suddenly flew north into Nevada County (oh happy days) to a point about in the middle of the north-south axis of the lake and began feeding at the shoreline on the east side.

Next, I went to Glenshire to look for the reported Gray Flycatcher that was described as "a mile from my house". This didn't narrow it down well and after walking around the area and searching likely habitats, I gave up. Birds around the area were Lewis's Woodpecker, Western Bluebird, Pygmy Nuthatch, Chipping Sparrow, WB Nuthatch, and Willy Sap among others.

So I went over to Boca Reservoir to look for Common Nighthawk reported between Boca and Prosser Creek Reservoirs. I went west over the Boca Dam and took the dirt road towards Prosser. At 2.5 miles, noting that the area was Jeffrey Pines and Sagebrush, I stopped, and looked around. There were two Gray Flycatchers (new) on the south side of the road and one on the north side. Beautiful. I continued on and watched a coyote cross the road in a large meadow about a mile from the Prosser Creek Reservoir. He seemed totally unconcerned about the approaching hominid. There were no birds at Prosser Creek Reservoir so I went back to the meadow and parked. After a while, I noticed another Gray Flycatcher across the road from where I was parked. Waiting a little over an hour, gnashing my teeth now and then at passing dirt bikes roaring by, I heard a "bEEErz", and looked up for the three Common Nighthawks (new) flying overhead. It was about 8:25 P.M., and I figured I had time, so I raced over to Martis Peak to look for Nighthawks for Placer County since I missed them last week. I hike to the summit by 9 but no Nighthawks. I drove back to Martis Creek Valley. Just after turning off Hwy 267 onto the Martis Creek Campground Road, a Common Nighthawk (new) flew across the road. Spent the night in Reno at Motel 6.

Madera County July 1st

The quick look in Madera started out by taking three and a half hours just to get there. I obviously wasn't thinking right. When I finally got to Mammoth Lakes 13 miles from the Madera County line, there, in town was a Motel 6. Less than thrilled, I drove up to Minaret Summit (9175 feet) on Hwy 203. Finally at the border, mouth salivating, I watched the female Ranger walk over to my car for the fee. Except, she told me I had to go back downhill and take a shuttle. What? She said that after 7:30 in the morning, you have to ride a shuttle down into the Devil's Postpile National Monument. I asked and she said, yes, before 7:30, I could have driven in. She also said I could walk the trail down to a lake where the shuttle could move me around the park since the shuttles run every 30 minutes. I opted to hike down, paid $7 entrance fee, and parked my rental truck in the little dirt parking lot next to the kiosk. The hike drops about a thousand feet and is two and a half miles long. Along the way were the usual birds, Mt. Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Juncos, Steller's Jay, RB Nuthatches, Creepers, Cassin's Finch (new), Mac Warbler, Calliope Hummer (new), RB Sap, Hairy Woodpecker, Dusky Flycatcher, and so on. I arrived at noon at the lake and I waited 55 minutes for the 30 minute shuttle. I took it to stop #9 for Rainbow Falls. It was about 1:30 P.M. when I arrived at the trailhead. I hiked with lots of other people towards the falls trying to avoid them and find birds. The area starts out with a nice green forest but soon turns into an old burn (1992, lightning). At the edge of the burn and green, I added Willy Sap. Along the way to the falls were Mountain Bluebird, Nash Warbler, and Lesser Goldfinches. At the falls, I tried hard, spending two hours, waiting for the Black Swifts that Steve Rovell saw in August of 1999 but only managed one Vaux's Swift (new) with lots of V-G and Cliff Swallows. I also looked for Dipper and Clark's Nutcrackers to no avail. Hiking back into the green from the burn, I added a nice male Black-backed Woodpecker. Waited for and caught the shuttle to leave the park. The shuttle driver told me that the last shuttle leaves at 7:45 P.M., but I was thirsty, hungry, and tired. If you go, go early. If you go late, take food and water. Went back to Reno.

Nevada County July 2nd

Kind of heading home, but I went through Glenshire adding Cassin's Finch at a feeder beside a house. Took Hwy 20 off I-80 and stopped at Skillman Flat Campground adding Hammond's Flycatcher. I then went around a little heading up to Bridgeport off Pleasant Valley Road (intersects with Hwy 20), crossing the bridge over the Yuba River, and taking the first dirt road on the left which is unmarked but supposed to be Rice Crossing to look for reported Purple Martins which I figured were gone but were reported again while I was on this trip. So I didn't stick around long enough to find any but did add Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. That was 2 P.M. and I was hot. Went home. A few miles before Rocklin on I-80, added Vaux's Swift to Placer County.

Bird's still the word.

Jim Lomax
Solitary Birder
from No Particular Place

"pleased to meet you,
hope you get my name"
Mick






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Purple Martins

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Wednesday, 02 July 2003, Bob Keiffer observed at least one pair of Purple Martin's utilizing the dead snag on the uphill (south) side of the Branscomb road at mm 0.5 (one'half mile from Highway 1). There were also at least two pair at the Juan Creek bridge at the north end of Highway 1 before it leaves the coastline.

At Juan Creek there were numerous 15-20) alcids out beyond the rocks. My first thought was that they were Marbled Murrelets but closer spotting scope
inspections showed that there were adult Common Murres with juveniles (which look a lot like MAMUs). There may have actually been MAMU out there
but I got tired of squinting my eyes through the scope and trying to find birds that were 5% on top of the water and 95% under the water feeding. The note here is.... be careful this time of year differentiating juvenile Common Murres from Marbled Murrelets.

At Usal Beach there were 150 -200 Western Grebes with a few Clark's Grebes mixed in.



Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena." Theodore Roosevelt


greater yellowlegs

kmarianchild
 

There was a greater yellowlegs foraging at the west end of Lake Pennyroyal (nw of Ukiah, near Parducci winery) yesterday.

Kate Marianchild
463-0839





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Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

There were two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS singing along the Eel River, along the road to Covelo this afternoon, at mile marker 13.91. Also in the area were nesting VIOLET-GREEN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and CLIFF SWALLOWS, and several singing YELLOW WARBLERS Thiere was also a really great swimming hole there.


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Ukiah, CA

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Mendocino Nat'l Forest (Lake and Mendocino Counties)

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

Austin Booth and I camped up near Hull Mountain this weekend, and saw some high-altitude species. We visited Spruce Grove, Hull Mountain Summit, Tar Flats, and the Mendocino County Black-chinned Sparrow Spot. At Spruce Grove we heard and saw a red-morph FLAMMULATED OWL on both nights we camped there. We also had a female WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, and numbers of songsters, including NASHVILLE WARBLERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHERS, "THICK-BILLED" FOX SPARROWS, TOWNSEND'S SOLITATIRES, and CHIPPING SPARROWS. In the Corn Lilly meadow next to M1 we saw 4 or 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Along the road up to the summit of Hull Mountain we had a CALIFORNIA THRASHER walk across the road. At Tar Flats there was a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER singing, another WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, and several WESTERN TANANGERS. Along road M6 we had a GOLDEN EAGLE soaring high above Penny Pines, and another near the Black-chinned Sparrow spot. Also at the Black-chinned Sparrow spot was a DUSKY FLYCATCHER, a HERMIT WARBLER, tons of "THICK-BILLED" FOX SPARROWS, but NO Black-chinned Sparrows. Other birds of interest along the various roads included a DUSKY WARBLER and a nesting HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER between Spruce Grove and the BCSP spot along M1, and a COOPER'S HAWK soaring above the junction of roads M1 and M61. MOUNTAIN QUAIL were abundant, with several calling at all stops, and about 10 sighted along the various roads. We also saw a Black Bear early this morning along M1 just past where the road for Spruce Grove turns off.

Directions: Spruce Grove is off of M1, several miles north of Hull Mountain. The turn-off is not marked, but there is an open meadow with Corn Lilly on the left, where the Lincoln's Sparrows were, and a small marker that says "Discovery Trail" on the right. The turn-off goes up the hill to the right, and the Flamm Owl was where the road makes a shard turn to the left.
The "Black-chinned Sparrow Spot" is just below the summit of Hull Mountain, and is just within the Mendocino County line. We used George Chaniot's directions, posted to Mendobirds last year. His directions, which I will paraphrase, are: about 0.2 miles past the turn-off for the summit of Hull Mountain, there is a pull-through with several fire rings on the west side of the road. Just after this pull-through is an off-road vehicle trail that goes off towards the west, to Windy Point. This is labeled 10W32 on the Forest Service map, but is not labeled on the ground. Austin and I then followed this trail out to a rocky outcropping, which we sat upon, and listened. We didn't hear anything, but people last summer at about this time had luck with the Black-chinned Sparrows.
All roads we drove on were passable by passenger car.


Matt Brady
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Hooded Oriole

George Chaniot
 

Thu, 19 Jun 2003 -- Mike Effinger in Redwood Valley reports that an adult
male HOODED ORIOLE and an immature male are still coming regularly to his
feeders. He thinks that there are some good photo opportunities here. Give
him a call if you're interested in coming to look for this one (707
485-1747).

George Chaniot


Hooded Oriole

Demian Ebert <DEbert@...>
 

Morning-
I just got a call from Mike Effinger in Redwood Valley. Apparently the male Hooded Oriole is back at his feeders. He also thinks that he's seen a female HOOR in the last couple of days.

Give him a call if you're interested in coming to look for this one (707 485-1747).

Demian Ebert
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
EIP Associates
601 Montgomery St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-362-1500 voice

www.eipassociates.com


USTP 6/08

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: I tried to send this out yesterday, but obviously fouled up somewhere. The nice mix of late ducks that had been at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant oxidation ponds on June 1 (including pairs of Redhead and Greater Scaup and a female Ring-necked Duck) were not to be found yesterday. However, there was a female Ruddy Duck with 5 downy young on the sludge pond (the small square pond to the right as you enter the pond area). As far as I know, this is the second breeding record for Ruddy Duck in Mendocino County. The previous record was also from USTP. There were at least 5 other female Ruddies on the ponds, and twice that many males, so it would not be surprising if there are more nesting efforts.

Chuck




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