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Pectoral Sandpiper and Sora

Steve Stump
 

8/1/15 0630


The Pectoral Sandpiper and Sora that were found yesterday afternoon continue at the Ukiah WWTP this morning . 

Steve Stump

 


Possible Buff-breasted Flycatcher in Lake County, Middle Creek bridge.

Mike Curry
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear fellow birders:

I have been running errands and have been unable to post this any sooner.  Dave Bengston and I birded Elk Mountain Road up to the Snow Mountain Wilderness trailhead yesterday via Elk Mountain Road (north out of Upper Lake).  At the bridge crossing Middle Creek, we saw an empidonax with teardrop shaped eye ring, yellowish-orange buffy chest with lighter belly, two whitish wing bars, no tuft, flycatching habit, looked very similar to Buff-breasted Flycatcher, worn adult shown in Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition, page 347, bottom, except I did not note white spot above bill or white throat. Also, our bird had some buffy coloration around vent. Bird was flushed by traffic and disappeared before I could get a picture.

Bird was at location described by Dave's earlier post.  Be careful of speeding traffic here!

Good birding!
Mike Curry
Willits


Empid Sp - Possible Buff-breated Flycatcher in Lake County on 7.26.15

Dave Bengston
 

I'm sorry for the late post, but I just realized what we saw.  Yesterday, Mike Curry & I went up to Snow Mt in Lake County.  On Elk Mountain Rd at the Middle Creek Bridge, just a little ways from Upper Lake, we saw an Empid we could not ID.  It had two white wingbars and strong eye rings.  But the most distinctive unique thing about it was that it had an orange buffy breast and underparts.  Neither of us could think of any Empids with buffy orange underparts and we did not try and look it up, so we just called it an Empid Sp.  Today I looked at Sibley's and found what I think is an exact match in the Buff-breasted Flycatcher.  The only other one with a buffy breast is the Tufted Flycatcher and it was not that because it did not have a tuft, it had two strong white wing bars and strong eye rings.


So, Steve, Jerry and Dave or anyone else in Lake County,  if you guys read this, I hope you can go check it out.  It was in a bush less than 10 feet from the bridge.  The bush was on the north side of the bridge on the east end.  The bird was flitting around about eye level.  There was a Wilson's Warbler and a Wrentit in there with it. The time was about 9:30 - 9:45 am.


I know this is very rare.  If it was not so distinctive, I would not be so sure about it and post it.


Dave Bengston

Ukiah


Re: White-tailed Kites

Karen <jkhavlena@...>
 

We have many voles quite close to the house (within 10- ft).  I wish the kites read English - We would put up a sign!

Karen

Sent from my iPhon

On Jul 21, 2015, at 5:40 PM, "'Ron LeValley' ron@... [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

White-tailed Kites are quite variable in their range and numbers. It mostly depends on the status of their favorite food, the voles. When voles are numerous, kites can congregate in the area, breed and stick around. When the vole numbers drop, which is quite natural, the kites will move elsewhere. It is common to have variable kite numbers throughout their range.

Ron LeValley

Little River

I looked back over this forum and found a post I made a little over two years ago expressing my delight in seeing a White-tailed Kite in a tree in my pasture. I also expressed my concern that what had once been common had become noteworthy.

Last evening we saw a hunting adult kite with an apparent youth looking on from the same tree.

Although I had a sense over the interim that there was a gap, it was brought home again that a daily or weekly occurance has become bi-yearly.

Jim Armstrong

Burris Lane. Potter Valley

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Re: White-tailed Kites

Ron LeValley
 

White-tailed Kites are quite variable in their range and numbers. It mostly depends on the status of their favorite food, the voles. When voles are numerous, kites can congregate in the area, breed and stick around. When the vole numbers drop, which is quite natural, the kites will move elsewhere. It is common to have variable kite numbers throughout their range.



Ron LeValley

Little River





I looked back over this forum and found a post I made a little over two years ago expressing my delight in seeing a White-tailed Kite in a tree in my pasture. I also expressed my concern that what had once been common had become noteworthy.

Last evening we saw a hunting adult kite with an apparent youth looking on from the same tree.

Although I had a sense over the interim that there was a gap, it was brought home again that a daily or weekly occurance has become bi-yearly.

Jim Armstrong

Burris Lane. Potter Valley





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Osprey chicks fledged, Lazuli Bunting pair, Acorn Woodpecker fledglings

jackson_us
 

7/21/15 Anchor Bay
 
Hi All,
  The Osprey nest Rick and I watch had two chicks this year (the past two years the nest failed). On Saturday the first chick fledged and on Sunday the second one did. Today I had the pleasure of watching one of the juvenile practicing its flying with the two adults close by. Turns into the wind seemed to through it a bit of course. It was also great fun watching them prepare for their first flight, exercising their wings, “flying” from one side of the nest to the other. One chick took off just a foot or so and then face planted into the nest. I’m assuming Ospreys don’t get embarrassed!
 
  On Sunday in Point Arena Mel Smith reports a pair, male/female, of Lazuli Buntings.
 
  This weekend two fledgling Acorn Woodpeckers appeared on our Bishop pine trees and the parents are busy feeding them.
 
       Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Re: White-tailed Kites

jackson_us
 

We on the south coast have noted the absence of White-tailed kites too. We are concerned the expansion of Common Ravens might be the cause but we aren’t sure.
 
Jeanne, Anchor Bay

Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:20 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] White-tailed Kites
 

 

I looked back over this forum and found a post I made a little over two years ago expressing my delight in seeing a White-tailed Kite in a tree in my pasture.  I also expressed my concern that what had once been common had become noteworthy.

Last evening we saw a hunting adult kite with an apparent youth looking on from the same tree.

Although I had a sense over the interim that there was a gap, it was brought home again that a daily or weekly occurance has become bi-yearly.

Jim Armstrong

Burris Lane. Potter Valley


White-tailed Kites

jimarm@...
 

 

I looked back over this forum and found a post I made a little over two years ago expressing my delight in seeing a White-tailed Kite in a tree in my pasture.  I also expressed my concern that what had once been common had become noteworthy.

Last evening we saw a hunting adult kite with an apparent youth looking on from the same tree.

Although I had a sense over the interim that there was a gap, it was brought home again that a daily or weekly occurance has become bi-yearly.

Jim Armstrong

Burris Lane. Potter Valley 


Green Herons and Night Herons on the Noyo River

Cate Hawthorne
 

We are having a heronful summer on the Noyo.  There are 2 green herons regularly appearing around the old boat launch ramp at Dolphin Isle Marina.  Best time to see them tends to be when the tide is low.


We also are regularly seeing several black crowned night herons in the same area.  Mornings before 10 am tend to be best or later in the day toward dusk. 


Two great egrets have been hanging about in the same area as well as our usual great blue herons.  Today a snowy egret added to the mix. 


Fun times on the Noyo River.  If you come to check them out, be sure to stop by and say hi.


Best,

Cate and Jeff

Liquid Fusion Kayaking


 




Wandering Tattlers Return to Rocky Fort Bragg Shoreline - 7/17/15

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Fri, 17 July 2015 -- Two Wandering Tattlers, still in bright alternate plumage, were on the rocks about 1/3 mile south of Virgin Creek.  Cindy Moyer of Arcata accompanied me on my weekly SOS survey, which covers the mostly rocky shore between Pudding Creek and Virgin Creek.  It is beautiful and has less visitors than other popular spots.  The Tattlers were FOS for returning this year, but not quite the earliest recorded. 

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California 


Hermit Warbler at MCBG

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

15 July 2015 (Wednesday) - On this mornings Audubon birdwalk at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we were treated to excellent views of a female Hermit Warbler.  It was first found in a small tanoak west of the composting area, just south of the fence, and then worked its way north and east feeding in trees and shrubs, generally 10 to 20 feet above ground, all around the composting area.  Last seen in Alders near the compost pile.  Hermit Warblers are uncommon but it's rare to see them this well, as they usually are much higher in the tree canopy.

55 species total for a 3.5-hour walk.  Surprising misses: Northern Flicker, Black Oystercatcher.  Two juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks have fledged and are vocalizing incessantly in the area west of the vegetable gardens.

Cheers,
Tim Bray



7.14.15 Common Goldeneye @ L Mendocino Inlet

Dave Bengston
 

Today I birded Bushay Campground at Lake Mendocino.  I observed and photographed what I took to be a Common Goldeneye.  Golden eye, all black beak, small duck with white stripe across flanks. I've never seen one with an all black beak.  I take this to be a juvenile characteristic.  It hung out with the Mallards part time and took off by itself sometimes.  It was not too shy.  It was about 1/2 mile in from Hwy 20 going towards the Campground.


I will post photos on eBird and Flickr.


Dave Bengston

Ukiah


Ukiah WWTP

Steve Stump
 

7/10/15 1203


One of the adult American Avocets have left and the three immature birds are now taking short flights around the North Pond. Other birds of interest are 12 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Wilson's Phalarope, scores of peeps and 2 Hooded Mergansers. Also there were two Lawrence's Goldfinch in the dry area of the lagoon (West side). 

Steve Stump




Ukiah WWTP

Steve Stump
 

7/4/15 1350


There is a Lesser Yellowlegs at the Ukiah WWTP along with 6 Greater Yellowlegs.

Other shorebirds include 2 Long-billed Dowitcher 5 American Avocet 120 peeps and 6 Wilson's Phalarope (flew in at around 1245). Also found was a Spotted Sandpiper nest with four eggs on the edge of the road.

Steve Stump


Hopland Bald Eagle

Ryan Keiffer
 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015- Three of us enjoyed a flyover of an adult BALD EAGLE this morning at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. It flew from North to South over the Ski Pond area near the Niederost Pastures.

Ryan Keiffer
Ukiah, CA.



Kelsey Creek outlet

Dave Woodward
 

6/28/15 There were unusual numbers of shorebirds at the outlet of Kelsey Creek in Clear Lake State Park this morning. This was my first trip out there this year. It is VERY difficult to get there because Clear Lake is still high. I wore waist high waders.

There was a flock of 64 Willets that circled numerous times and eventually landed where I counted them. They were soon joined by a flock of 55 Western Sandpipers. A flock of 14 Marbled Godwits circled many times, often joined the Willets in flight, but never landed. There was also a single Least Sandpiper and one Killdeer out there.

David Woodward
Lakeport


Dunlin & Wilson's Phalaropes at Virgin Creek Beach 6/28/15

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 28 June 2015 -- I went down to Virgin Creek beach to see how many shorebirds there might be after reading Chuck's post today.  There was a DUNLIN along with 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and approximately 300 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.  Jim joined me after I called Becky Bowen.  Becky and Win had a DUNLIN on Ten Mile Beach back on 6 June this month. 

Virgin Creek beach is just north of the Fort Bragg city limits west of Hwy 1.  Park at a large pullout and walk north on the Haul Road.

Karen Havlena
Jim Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California


Lesser Yellowlegs

Steve Stump
 

6/28/15 1031 


Uvea and I followed Chuck's post earlier on the Wilson's Phalarope and also found a Lesser Yellowlegs and three Greater Yellowlegs at the Ukiah WWTP. The WIPH were still there with about 150 peeps along with the Lesser Yellowlegs when we left at noon. 

I have posted photo's on flickr along with the now 24 day old American Avocet chicks



Steve Stump

 


6/28 Ukiah WTP Wilson's Phalaropes

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Cheryl Watson and I birded the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant early this morning. There was quite a drop-out of
shorebirds since Friday. There were 14 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, all on the
middle oxidation pond. A single GREATER YELLOWLEGS was roaming around the
ponds with about 150 peeps, all the first reported out there since May.
We saw only a handful of LEAST SANDPIPERS, the remainder all WESTERNS.
The birds were flying actively between the sludge lagoon and the drying
northern oxidation pond. The south wind is our friend.

Chuck


--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Rufous Hummingbird in Albion

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

26 June 2015 (Friday) - An adult male Rufous Hummingbird visited my yard around 7 PM, feeding on Salvia flowers next to a small pond. The bird then rested for a while on a nearby branch, before flying off to the southeast. It has not reappeared.
Entirely orange back and nape; green crown; copper-orange gorget.

Apologies for the late report.

Eyes open!
Tim Bray
Middle Ridge, Albion

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