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Caspian Terns

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Thursday, 28 August 2003, Between 7:30 and 8:00 PM two flocks of migrating
Caspian Terns were flying south over the lower elevation portion of the UC
Hopland Research & Extension Center. The first flock of 20 birds was a
mixture of immature and adult birds, and one could here the high pitched
calls of the young along with all the other typical loud raucous calls that
Caspians make. They were probably about 800 to 1000 feet high and
circling as they moved south. Within minutes a second flock of 24 birds,
not quite as noisy as the first and flying in a more direct flight pattern,
flew over in the same path but slightly higher. The entire next month is
a good time to be constantly checking habitats for fall migrating birds
.... the birds at any one place can be replaced by others within hours.



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


continuing Least Tern

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 4:15 - 5:30 PM, The Least Tern was still at Virgin Creek Beach, MacKerricher State Park, just north of Fort Bragg. Upon arrival at about 3:45 PM I could not find the bird. Several people scattered along the beach and no birds except for shote birds along the creek. I then noticed a group of Black-bellied Plovers and sanderlings high on the beach near the fenced closed area for snowy plovers. Upon scoping them I thought I saw the tern. Upon closer inspection I could not find the tern. Dorothy Tobkin (Toby) arrived and we both veiwed these birds ... I even went above them to view down into the pockets and swales.

We both walked north to view the northern beach and upon return Toby noticed the tern in with the group of sanderlings. It was either there all the time or flew in while were were gone. Over the next hour I observed it on the beach four times and foraging out in open waters (as far as a quarter mile offshore) to the west ...always between Virgin Creek Beach and Laguna Point.

It was alone on the beach when I left. This bird is the second Mendocino County record for this species.


Continuing Least Tern

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>
 

This morning (Tue Aug 26) George Chaniot, Chuck Vaughn, Art Morley, and
I observed the immature LEAST TERN continuing at Virgin Creek Beach.
The bird was flying along the beach as we walked up and could clearly be
seen from the footbridge over the creek. The bird repeatedly flew in
over the sand and then out over the ocean but always stayed north of the
creek. We watched the bird from 0800 - 0840. The bird disappeared at
one point for about 10 minutes but reappeared along the beach as we were
leaving. There were also four SNOWY PLOVERS present. Good birding.

- Matthew Matthiessen


Least Tern

Jerry White <grwhite@...>
 

Some additional details on the Least Tern sighting; I found the bird about 4:20 PM standing with the Black-bellied Plovers approx.. 100 yards north of Virgin Creek. I watched it for about 10 minutes. During that time it flew circled out over the ocean and returned and lit closer to the ocean. It then again flew and ended up back at its original spot. I then walked up the beach and noted some other birds of interest; 2 Snowy Plovers, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, and a group of Harlequin Ducks. When I returned I could not relocate the tern. However just as I was leaving I noticed the bird flying overhead. It eventually landed on the beach again. This was about 5pm. Good luck! Jerry White


Least Tern

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Monday, 25 August, 2003 - Least Tern - "toby" called me to report that
Jerry White saw the least tern at Virgin Creek Beach at 4:15 PM. It was
hanging out with Black-bellied Plovers.

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


Least Tern at Virgin Creek

Charlene McAllister
 

Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin reported seeing another immature Least Tern this
morning at Virgin Creek beach. The bird was seen twice, approximately
an hour between each sighting.


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


Yellow-headed Blackbird/neotropic migrants

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

Thursday, August 14, 2003, Debra Shearwater reports a Yellow-headed
Blackbird mixed in with a flock of other blackbirds at the Ukiah Sewage
Treatment Plant.
She also had a huge flock of mixed neotropic migrants (warblers, vireos,
grosbeaks, etc.) at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg in the late
afternoon. She mentioned that it was one of the largest mixed flocks of
neotropic migrants that she has witnessed and was able to view many, many
birds from one spot as the flock moved past in the trees. She did not
spot any Mendocino County rarities in the flock. However, there was a
Costa's Hummingbird at a feeder at the Botanical Gardens. Debra did see a
couple of Willow Flycatchers.

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


USTP/Sat 8/16

vishnu <vishnu@...>
 

Hello Mendobirders,
Of interest at the Ukiah wetlands this morning was the continued presence of
a Red-necked Phalarope (I only saw one), a pair of Western Kingbirds, a pair
of Black-shouldered Kites, about 4-5 Wood Ducks in eclipse plumage and 3
juvenile large gulls (sp?). The gulls had dark bills with darker tips to
them.
Vishnu


Baird's Sandpiper

George Chaniot
 

Thu 14 Aug 2003 -- Dorothy Tobkin reports two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and two
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on Ten-mile Beach this morning. There are also SNOWY
PLOVERS at this location, but she hasn't seen them at Virgin Creek
recently.


USTP, 13 Aug

George Chaniot
 

Wed 13 Aug 2003 -- Jerry White phoned in from the Ukiah Sewage Treatment
Plant. This morning he had 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2
WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.


Lesser Yellowlegs

George Chaniot
 

Tue 12 Aug 2003 -- I visited The Ukiah Sewage treatment plant from 9:30 to
10:30 this morning. I saw a LESSER YELLOWLEGS in the middle pond, as
several other people have noted in the last two weeks. There was also a
BLUE-WINGED TEAL and one LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, a well as two Greater
Scaup, a Hooded Merganser, and two young Ruddy Ducks, probably local
hatches. There do not seem to be many juvenile coots around - considering
the number of nests and broods I saw in mid-June before I left for
Australia.

George Chaniot, Potter Valley, MEN, CA


USTP

vishnu <vishnu@...>
 

Hello Mendobirders,
Just a brief report on the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant for midday Sunday
8/10. There were 4 species of swallows flying; Violet-green, Tree, Northern
Rough-legged and Barn. One Dowitcher (sp), one Greater Yellow Legs and one
Lesser and at least 2 Green-backed Herons were observed. There were more
Kildeer than the law allows but also one Red-necked Phalarope swimming,
while not often in circles none the less quite frenetically, in the eastern
part of the southern most pond. The water in the southern pond is now at a
very high lake-like level and the northern pond is dry and had NO activity.
Most sightings were from the middle pond.
Vishnu


Hooded Orioles still nesting

Paul Hawks <hawks@...>
 

The Hooded Orioles are still nesting at 501 Sherry St. in Ukiah. This is the third brood this season, and the third nest built in the same palm tree.

Paul Hawks


Mendocino Coast Pelagic Trip

Charlene McAllister
 

There are still spaces available for the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Fall Pelagic Trip on Saturday September 13th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To reserve your space, send $60.00 to MCAS, 18214 N. Highway1,Fort
Bragg, CA 95437. You can also email wwade@... to reserve a spot.


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


USTP- possible Semipalmated Sandpiper

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

Hi everyone. I went back to the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant today, to see if any new birds had come in. A few have, including what was probably a juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. I first saw it at the east end of the central pond at around 2:30, and watched it for about a minute before it flew, but several points make me think it was indeed a Semi. These include the length of the bill (it was on the short end for a Semi, and fairly thick and straight), breast, neck, and head pattern, overall coloration and leg color. I'm not going to say for sure that it was indeed a Semi, but its something to keep an eye out for out there.

Other new birds included a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, starting to molt into basic plumage, and three more DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, for a total of five. Gone are the Willet, Long-billed Dowitchers and California Gull. Still around are the GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and all the Peeps. A total of 4 GREAT EGRETS were nice to watch. At one point all the birds on the central pond freaked out and started flying around, yelling (which was when I lost the Semi). I then noticed a BOBCAT slinking into the dead dock. I never saw it come out. Shorebird activity is definitely picking up out there. Good birding,


Matt Brady
Ukiah, CA
zerogambit@...
AIM: Podoces

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USTP- Willet, Eared Grebe

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

My Aunt and Uncle and I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant early this afternoon. We observed a few interesting birds, including a WILLET, an EARED GREBE still mostly in alternate plumage, and two LESSER SCAUP, which were in need of a good molt. The Grebe and Scaup were in the duck Pond, while the Willet flew between the Duck pond and the Central pond. Also around were two GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, two DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a half dozen CINNAMON TEAL, the previously reported Juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL, 8 or so LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, at least 4 GREEN HERONS and scads of Least and Western Sandpipers. Most of the Shorebirds were in the far eastern end of the Central pond, with the Blackbirds and Swallows, though 6 of the Dowitchers and the Willet were at the western end of the Central pond. There was only one Western and one Least Sandpiper in the Northern pond, where most of the shorebird activity had been previously. Good birding,


Matt Brady
Ukiah, CA
zerogambit@...
AIM: Podoces

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Del Norte Black-headed Gull

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

Haven't seen this report on email yet...so am relaying the message that Alan
Barron and Marshall Iliff found a Common Black-headed Gull at Lake Earl (in
Del Norte County). It was discovered yesterday and seen again today. Call
the Arcata Birdbox for details.


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Re: USTP 8/2

Matt Brady <zerogambit@...>
 

Austin Booth, my Aunt and Uncle and I visited the USTP this afternoon, where we met Vishnu. We also saw the WILSON'S PHALEROPES in the central pond, but no Dowitchers. On the northern pond Austin spotted a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. On the berm between the Duck Pond and the central pond were a baker's dozen CANADA GEESE, and at the east end of the Central Pond were numbers of juvenile TREE and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a GREEN HERON. Swimming in the Duck Pond was a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, while Chuck's juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL flew around scaring the Blackbirds. in the northern pond was a variety of peeps, including both juvenile and adult WESTERN SANDPIPERS and some LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Good birding,

Matt Brady
Ukiah, CA


Greeting Mendobirders: I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant this
morning (8/2) and there was quite a bit of activity out there. I saw 6
WILSON'S PHALAROPES on the middle pond on the exposed grassy
hummocks. There were also lots of peeps (I saw just LEAST and WESTERN) and
a number of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS on all 3 oxidation ponds. Among the
hundreds of MALLARDS, etc was the first NORTHERN PINTAIL I've seen here
this summer/fall. There was also a juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL hanging around
the ponds. WILSON'S WARBLERS are already moving south down the river, and
a newly-arrived MARSH WREN was singing in the weeds on the middle
pond. Some of you sharp-eyed birders get on out there! Incidentally,
Barbara and I have been enjoying the hummingbird wars at our feeders since
the SELASPHORUS started arriving about a week ago.

Chuck

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1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482
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USTP 8/2

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greeting Mendobirders: I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant this morning (8/2) and there was quite a bit of activity out there. I saw 6 WILSON'S PHALAROPES on the middle pond on the exposed grassy hummocks. There were also lots of peeps (I saw just LEAST and WESTERN) and a number of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS on all 3 oxidation ponds. Among the hundreds of MALLARDS, etc was the first NORTHERN PINTAIL I've seen here this summer/fall. There was also a juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL hanging around the ponds. WILSON'S WARBLERS are already moving south down the river, and a newly-arrived MARSH WREN was singing in the weeds on the middle pond. Some of you sharp-eyed birders get on out there! Incidentally, Barbara and I have been enjoying the hummingbird wars at our feeders since the SELASPHORUS started arriving about a week ago.

Chuck

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1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482


Osprey Nest

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>
 

Yesterday I spotted an Osprey nest that I can't believe I missed
before. It is in the top of a high voltage pole right where Marina
Drive turns off Highway 20 to go down to the north shore of Lake
Mendocino. It is a big conglomeration of sticks and branches, some
really close to the HT wires. It is also very close to the camera
that Caltrans has on a tall pole to monitor their variable message
sign. I got lucky with a phone call to the Caltrans Eureka office
this morning and spoke to the guy in charge of the camera. He said
they knew of the nest and saw activity there in the last week; he
turned it on as we spoke and watched several still pictures
(refreshed every 10 seconds), but nothing going on. The nest is
easily observed from the parking area along Hwy 20, maybe 100 feet to
the west. I'll try to find a spot to look down into the nest.

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