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Study of the Brown Shrike

Steve Stump
 

3/17/15 2115

I was doing some research on the Brown Shrike over the internet and found an interesting site from South Korea. The site endeavors to differentiate between Brown, Isabelline and Red-backed Shrike. I noted that the Alder Creek Brown Shrike is most likely juvenile because of the bicolored bill but that is a far as I have determined. The site link is below. If anyone has any information or experience on male/female, adult/juvenile or even subspecies, please post on Mendobirds. Thanks, Steve Stump

 


Brant on Van Damme Beach

Charlene McAllister
 

Jessica Morton and I saw 4 BLACK BRANT and 2 SURF SCOTERS in the surf at Van
Damme Beach today. The Brant have been hanging out close to or on the beach
for several days.



Earlier today there were also 22 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS on the beach



Charlene McAllister

Box 332, Little River, CA 95456

707-937-4463

707-832-2135


Brown Shrike on Tuesday

Charlene McAllister
 

Jessica Morton, Roger Adamson and I saw the shrike just before 3 pm today.
It was across the creek. There are two green bushes by the fences on the
left. It was by the left hand, smaller bush.





Charlene McAllister

Box 332, Little River, CA 95456

707-937-4463

707-832-2135


Brown Shrike in the A.M.

bruce.berman
 

Howdy Fellow Obsessives,


Three of us viewed the BROWN SHRIKE late this morning in the trees just above the pasture to the east and slightly south of the overlook. We were surprised to find it so quickly as it's been mostly seen in the P.M. The bird is quite a distance from the overlook, hence the prior suggestions to bring a scope, but the shrike is actually visible to the naked eye and certainly through bins for initially checking out the area. The bird's throat and belly are fairly light and show up reasonably well. (For directions, see posts from past few days).


Bird on!


Bruce Berman

Sierra Vista, AZ


 


MEN Brown Shrike Seen Again - Monday, 16 March

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Mon, 16 march, 2015 -- Curtis Marantz and Peter Ginsberg just called to say that they saw the BROWN SHRIKE early this afternoon from the overlook at the end of Alder Creek Beach Rd.  The bird was on the west side of the viewing area this time.  Thanks, Curtis and Pete for getting here in one piece from Southern California !

For Curtis and Pete,


(Karen Havlena)
Mendocino County, California


Brown Shrike re-found Alder Creek, Manchester CA

Roger Foote
 

Sunday 15 March 2015 1615h Alder Creek: BROWN SHRIKE re-found to the left (west) of the bluff at the top end of the willow patch, half way up the hill, far from the creek. Present were Roger Foote, Holly Brackmann, Michael and Yost.

Roger Foote
Ukiah


Brown Shrike Still Present

Richard Trissel
 

March 15, 2015
Manchester (Alder Creek Road)

Hello -

The BROWN SHRIKE was seen from 2:00 - 2:30 actively feeding on the slope north of the creek (across from the 'red willow patch') and also in the bushes just to the east of the 'red willow patch' directly below the overlook -- south of the creek.  I've uploaded 2 iPhone digiscoped photos to the 'Brown Shrike 3-15-15' album.

Good Birding,

Rich & Nancy Trissel
Gualala



Brown Shrike

jerry white
 

Just got another call from John; the BROWN SHRIKE was found again (by Rich Trissel I believe). This time the bird is being seen on the most westerly point of the  bluff which is on the north side of Alder Creek. So it has moved a long ways from where John first found it earlier today.   Jerry White for John


Brown Shrike

jerry white
 

John Luther just called. He saw the BROWN SHRIKE briefly from the overlook above Alder Creek at 12:00 PM or so. The bird was actually seen in the pasture area to the east of the overlook. He saw it a second time in the same area around 12:40 PM for about 10 minutes before it disappeared. He phoned around 1:10 PM.
                                                Jerry White for John Luther


RFI: Report Both Positive & Negative Sightings of MEN Brown Shrike

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 15 March, 2015 -- Please report whether or not you see the Brown Shrike near Manchester in Mendocino County.   This is a remote area, and advising others if the bird is around will be very helpful to birders traveling to Alder Creek Beach Rd.  There is cell service at this location and in Manchester, but there are many "dead" areas surrounding it.

Thanks very much,
Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Re: [CALBIRDS] BROWN SHRIKE Seen Late 3/14 - 5:13-PM- MEN

Bruce Mast
 

In keeping with the afternoon theme, I tried for the shrike this morning (3/14) from 7:30 to 10 without success.

Noticed a Red-necked Grebe offshore at the creek mouth. 

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Mar 14, 2015 9:40 PM, "Karen Havlena jkhavlena@... [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@...> wrote:


Sat, 14 March, 2015 -- The Brown Shrike was refound in a slightly different location to the east of Alder Cr mouth late this afternoon.  The basic location and starting point to walk out to the creek mouth is the same. 

From Hwy 101, go to Boonville on Hwy 128 or on Rt 253 from S Ukiah.  In Boonville, take Mountain View Rd west to Hwy 1, then drive north passing Manchester.  North of Manchester, past Kinney Rd, look for Alder Creek Beach Rd.  Turn west and immediately pull into a dirt parking area.  One must walk down Alder Creek Beach Rd (closed to vehicles) about 3/4 mile, or a 15 minute walk to the overlook.

This is an afternoon bird, having been seen at 2:00, 3:00, 4:45 and today at 5:13 until 6:45-pm.  The bird was 
east of the creek mouth and west of the beige house on the hill to the east.  Do NOT try to view the bird from this private property.  It is NOT open to the public.  Please walk down Alder Creek Beach Rd as mentioned.  There is easy viewing from the overlook over the creek mouth to the north and east.  Bring a spotting scope.

This is a first Mendocino County record, and it is a CBRC review bird.

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California



BROWN SHRIKE Seen Late 3/14 - 5:13-PM- MEN

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sat, 14 March, 2015 -- The Brown Shrike was refound in a slightly different location to the east of Alder Cr mouth late this afternoon.  The basic location and starting point to walk out to the creek mouth is the same. 

From Hwy 101, go to Boonville on Hwy 128 or on Rt 253 from S Ukiah.  In Boonville, take Mountain View Rd west to Hwy 1, then drive north passing Manchester.  North of Manchester, past Kinney Rd, look for Alder Creek Beach Rd.  Turn west and immediately pull into a dirt parking area.  One must walk down Alder Creek Beach Rd (closed to vehicles) about 3/4 mile, or a 15 minute walk to the overlook.

This is an afternoon bird, having been seen at 2:00, 3:00, 4:45 and today at 5:13 until 6:45-pm.  The bird was 
east of the creek mouth and west of the beige house on the hill to the east.  Do NOT try to view the bird from this private property.  It is NOT open to the public.  Please walk down Alder Creek Beach Rd as mentioned.  There is easy viewing from the overlook over the creek mouth to the north and east.  Bring a spotting scope.

This is a first Mendocino County record, and it is a CBRC review bird.

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California


FB Merlin still here

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

Can't compete with the Brown Shrike, but wanted to note that my local Merlin is still here in Fort Bragg on Cedar street. This is a male columbarius that uses a particular tree; it has been here since about mid November and it, or a similar bird, has been here for the last three winters. I also noted a female columbarius in the same area this year.

Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


Brown Shrike 3-13-15 Alder Creek, Mendocino County, CA 3:48 pm

Jeff Petit
 

Unfortunately, these are the two best shots I got of the Brown Shrike. 

Jeff PetitPoint Arena, CA





 

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Brown Shrike photo's

Steve Stump
 

3/13/15 6:45 pm


I have posted 9 photo's of the Brown Shrike on Flickr beginning at the link below. Unfortunately it was foggy all day and the lighting wasn't great. Also, my camera isn't as good as Jeff Petit so I hope he posts some pictures too. Steve Stump


Brown Shrike



FOS House Wren on the Coast (Not Inland)

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Fri, 13 March, 2015 --  Today, I saw and heard well a HOUSE WREN near S Hwy 1 & (old) Alder Creek Beach Rd north of Manchester.  That was FOS for the spring this year, and it is rare at the immediate coast in MEN.  Other birds of interest in the morning were a female HOODED MERGANSER, hanging out with the Bufflehead.  A pair of Belted Kingfishers loudly interacted with one another above Alder Creek.  (I had to leave well before the Brown Shrike arrived at 3-pm).

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca


Brown Shrike Seen Fri, 3/13 - 3-PM

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Fri, 13 March, 2015 --  The BROWN SHRIKE was missed by several birders throughout most of the day, but it flew in at the mouth of Alder Creek, north of Manchester about 3-PM, and was spotted by Steve Stump.  Also present were Brian McIntosh, Jeff Petit and Doug Forsell.  The bird landed on the north side of the creek in the same swale opposite patch of scrubby, red willow branches.

Please read Bob Keiffer's instructions carefully about this sensitive area and follow those instructions and directions.  Please stay up on the overlook.  A spotting scope will help with observing details.  This is a CBRC review bird.  Careful notes and photos should be taken.


For Steve Stump

(K Havlena) MEN, California


Godwit Days 2015, April 15th - 21st

Robert William Hewitt
 

Dear Birders,

I wanted to invite our neighbors to Godwit Days this April, especially as it is our 20th Anniversary.  A new angle north-coasters may be interested in is the Del Norte pelagic trip we are offering with this year's Godwit Days.  Led by Rob Fowler and John Sterling it is on Friday 17th out of Brookings and will head for Del Norte waters including Point St. George's Reef.  Rob Fowler will also lead a Crescent City trip Thursday the 18th before to get folks up to Brookings for that night. Details at www.godwitdays.org  

Yours Rob,

Robert W. Hewitt
(707) 601-8581
 
Board Member and Founder
20th Annual Godwit Days
Spring Migration Bird Festival
April 15th-21st, 2015
 
Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GodwitDays
 


BROWN SHRIKE !!!

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

12 March 2015 – There has been a BROWN SHRIKE seen twice and photographed twice on Manchester Beach State Park property during the last week.  Sorry for the late post …but there were sensitivity issues to overcome.

 

Alison Cebula, who works for the California State Parks was conducting a survey last Thursday, March 5th, when she digiscoped a shrike along Alder Creek and assumed it was an immature Northern Shrike.  Review of the photo (confirmed by Jon Dunn & Peter Pyle) confirmed it to be a BROWN SHRIKE.   Nikki and Jerry White visited the location two days ago on March 10, and after searching for 40 minutes or so were able to relocate the bird (2:00PM) across Alder Creek, within 100 yards of the original observation.   Two other observers attempted to see the bird a short while after the Whites, and scoped for two hours with no luck.

 

Chuck Vaughn & I searched for 2.5 hours yesterday morning with no luck.   However, I believe the bird is still in the vicinity however.

 

Upon communication with Ms. Cebula over sensitive issues, I feel OK broadcasting this to the birding world now …but with specific restrictions.  Excellent birding ethics are a “must” for searching this bird out.   The specifics are as follows .. then I will give you the directions:

 

·         There are sensitive species in the area.   All of the sidehill slopes and riparian zones with thick vegetative cover are Point Arena Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufu) habitat …. Do NOT go traipsing off trails to look for the bird.    If you get down to the beach …this can be Snowy Plover habitat …. be aware and do not disturb plovers if you find them.

·         There is limited parking and a private residence right near the “closed road” and start of the hiking path …. There are lots of NO PARKING signs …respect those and do not park here.  I will explain below on where to park.

·         There is private land with cattle alongside the path to the site … do NOT enter private land

·         There is private land across Alder Creek near where the bird was last spotted …. DO NOT CROSS Alder Creek and trespass on this private property.

·         The best hopes of re-finding this bird is with a scope and patience

·         I forgot to ask Alison about posting her photo …but as soon as I obtain her permission I will do that

·         This is a Calif. Bird Records Committee (WFO-CBRC) review species … all photos, sketches, documentation should be sent to CBRC … I can tell you how if you wish

·         If you refind this bird please pay attention and draw or photograph characteristics well so that hopefully we can determine the subspecies (and also confirm that it is not another species like Red-backed Shrike)

 

LOCATION:   Manchester State Park/Beach – Alder Creek Beach Road (County Road 515) – across from milemarker MEN 22.50 on Hwy 1 (east side)

·         this is located on the west side of Highway 1 about two or three miles north of the town of Manchester

·         this is a remote area … places to stay include KOA campground near Manchester (Kinney Road) or Point Arena about 20 minutes south

·         at the entrance to Alder Creek Road you will see signage that the road is closed .. and it is.  DO NOT follow the paved Alder Creek Road as it soon is barricaded off and also enters a NO PARKING area in front of private residence/yard.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK HERE.

·         PARKING – as you turn onto Alder Creek Beach Road (Rd 515) immediately turn to your left (south) and turn onto the little side dirt road … there is room to park about 3 vehicles here.  

·         From there, respecting all private properties and fences, walk WNW on Alder Creek Road, pass the barricade, and continue walking the old road (eroded away to one lane in places) until you reach the end where it overlooks a major bend/turn in  Alder Creek.  There is a deep fishing hole directly in front of you, and an old concrete bridge foundation on your right.   Scope from here onto the slope of shrubby willows and other brush that is directly across the creek. 

·         The Brown shrike was first observed and photographed in the only small willow patch (reddish orange in color right now)  that is directly below you on yourside (southside) of the creek.   It was seen two day ago on the farside of the creek, in the swale that is west of the “fishing hole” and directly across from the original observation willow patch.

·         The Alder Creek Beach path, turns sharply to the west here to access the beach, which you may want to go down to and walk north towards the mouth of the creek.  Scope along the slope on the opposite (east) side of the creek for the bird …. Jerry White and I both believe it may spend time here. 

·         To get to this location on Highway 1, I would suggest using hwy 128 from Highway 101.   You can either take the Mountain View Road from Boonville to Manchester, or continue on Hwy 128 to the Hwy 1 Navarro River bridge and turn south onto Highway 1.   DO NOT take the Fish Rock Road from Hwy 128 to Anchor Bay. 

 

 

I will be posting on the CalBirds site also.   Good birding.  Bob Keiffer  Hopland rjkeiffer@...    rjkeiffer@...   


Re: Gull ID

Steve Stump
 

3/9/15 2036


Thank you for your input. Two Professionals have emailed me the same thing, Glaucous-winged Gull. This is the second time I have been tricked by this bird. Thanks again, Steve Stump

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