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Re: [CB] Lake and Colusa counties

Robert Hewitt <lbjent@...>
 

Birders,

Things went well for Godwit Days, and I've been on the road since then, I
even saw a Solitary Sandpiper in Contra Costa. Gails Point development at
the end of Dougherty North off Hwy 580.
By the spillway.

Anyway, I realise that, even jokingly, my last comment to this group was
dumb.

Well, let's hope my 40th birthday tomorrow brings a little wisdom.

See you then on Sunday per chance, at Clearlake State Park, Kelseyville.

Yours Rob


Re: [CB] Lake and Colusa counties

Robert Hewitt <lbjent@...>
 

This weekend is the Heron Days bird festival, Lake County (Clearlake)

www.redbudaudubon.org


I'll be there, but their sign ups are not too promising. Why not do your
bit to help these outfits while chasing down Luther's good stuff.

If not, I'll suppress the next good bird in Humboldt for a week this time!

Yours Rob

Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
lbjent@humboldt1.com

Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 16-19, 2004 9th Annual, 232 species cumulative.

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Luther" <aplomado-falcon@worldnet.att.net>
To: "countybirders" <countybirders@yahoogroups.com>; "Central Valley Birds"
<central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>; "mendobirds"
<mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 11:10 PM
Subject: [CB] Lake and Colusa counties


April 18 I birded Lake and Colusa counties in the sprinkles and under the
nice cloud cover. I started by owling and poorwilling along highway 20
west
of Williams to Lake Co. I heard W SCREECH and GREAT HORNED OWLS and
POORWILL. At Clear Lake State Park there was a fly over light SWAINSON'S
HAWK, a second year BALD EAGLE and at least two OSPREY. Along the lake
shore and over the park were many swallows including at least one BANK
SWALLOW. Along the Lucerne Cut Off at the north end of the lake in a
flooded field were up to 20 G YELLOWLEGS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL with about 20
CINNAMON TEAL, and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.

Back in Colusa County there was a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE at the Maxwell
Sewage Ponds. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge had at least 8 RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRDS in the Bottlebrush as you drive into the refuge. Just beyond
this it was great for shorebirds. Just beyond (about 10 feet) the
information signs there was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER in a small pond. Many
other shorebirds including 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were scattered over the
mud flats in this area. Many AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen throughout the
refuge. After driving the rest of the refuge (and seeing a LEAST BITTERN
fly along the north-south road on the west side of the hugh pond on the
south side of the bridge) I looked again for the Solitary Sandpiper on my
way out. It was still there and while I was watching it a second SOLITARY
SANDPIPER flew in and landed about 10 feet from the first one. They were
still there when I left.

It was a nice day in the valley.

John Luther
Oakland





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Bald Eagle

dsmithferri <dsmithferri@...>
 

Hello Mendobirders,

At 11:59 Thursday morning(4/22/04), my dad and I were driving north
on Hwy 101 coming into Hopland. Just after crossing the Russian
River Bridge about a mile south of Hopland, we saw a mature bald
eagle circling lazily just off the Hwy on the west side of the road.
We pulled onto the shoulder and we watched the bird for about 5
minutes. It was exquisite, shining in the sun and not very high in
the sky. A vulture was circling above it.

Rachael S-F


More Hooded Orioles

Paul Hawks <hawks@...>
 

There appears to be another Hooded Oriole nesting site a few blocks from the Sherry Dr. site in Ukiah. Though I have not been able to spot an actual nest, Hooded Orioles have been at the fan palm at 1520 Gamay Lane the last couple of mornings. This morning a male was exhibiting what seemed to be nest-guarding behavior as he came to the tree and sustained a stream of chatter as he watched me standing in the street below.

Paul Hawks


HREC Lawrence's Goldfinches

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: Yesterday morning I saw a pair (m, f) of Lawrence's Goldfinches near the permanent pasture on the lower edge of the Hopland Research Center. This is where they were present last spring as well. During at least the last decade or so they have become pretty much rare but regular breeders in this part of Mendocino County.

Chuck




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1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

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Common Moorhen at Lake Cleone

Charlene McAllister
 

Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin reported seeing a COMMON MOORHEN at the eastern
end of Lake Cleone early this afternoon (April 20). An adult in
breeding plumage, it slid in and out of view. She also reported
numerous BARN SWALLOWS and TREE SWALLOWS. Other seen were CLIFF
SWALLOWS, VIOLEY-GREEN SWALLOWS and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS.

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


USTP- Blue-winged Teal/Redhead

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

April 17, 2004 - Saturday - From 0900 to 1130 - Bob & Ryan Keiffer, Marie
and Tess Behnke birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant.
Highlights included a female Blue-winged Teal mixed with several
Green-winged Teal. There was a strange looking female duck with the few
Ring-necked Ducks, which I now embarrassingly realize (thanks to John
Sterling's report) was a female Redhead. Other waterfowl included about
20 bufflehead, several Great Basin Canada Geese, several Ruddy Ducks, and
of course Mallards which included one head with 7 newly hatched young. 6
Least Sandpipers and a few Killdeer comprised the only
shorebirds. Yellowthroats were calling from the marsh vegetation. Singing
Black-headed Grosbeaks from the river and a handful of White-crowned
sparrows finished the morning's adventure. Bob Keiffer


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

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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."
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Lake and Colusa counties

John Luther <aplomado-falcon@...>
 

April 18 I birded Lake and Colusa counties in the sprinkles and under the
nice cloud cover. I started by owling and poorwilling along highway 20 west
of Williams to Lake Co. I heard W SCREECH and GREAT HORNED OWLS and
POORWILL. At Clear Lake State Park there was a fly over light SWAINSON'S
HAWK, a second year BALD EAGLE and at least two OSPREY. Along the lake
shore and over the park were many swallows including at least one BANK
SWALLOW. Along the Lucerne Cut Off at the north end of the lake in a
flooded field were up to 20 G YELLOWLEGS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL with about 20
CINNAMON TEAL, and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.

Back in Colusa County there was a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE at the Maxwell
Sewage Ponds. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge had at least 8 RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRDS in the Bottlebrush as you drive into the refuge. Just beyond
this it was great for shorebirds. Just beyond (about 10 feet) the
information signs there was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER in a small pond. Many
other shorebirds including 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were scattered over the
mud flats in this area. Many AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen throughout the
refuge. After driving the rest of the refuge (and seeing a LEAST BITTERN
fly along the north-south road on the west side of the hugh pond on the
south side of the bridge) I looked again for the Solitary Sandpiper on my
way out. It was still there and while I was watching it a second SOLITARY
SANDPIPER flew in and landed about 10 feet from the first one. They were
still there when I left.

It was a nice day in the valley.

John Luther
Oakland


Mendocino and Humboldt birds

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

Howdy,
I just returned from Godwit Days in Humboldt...saw the Magnificent
Hummingbird...what a great bird!

On the drive up on Friday, I stopped in Ukiah and saw the Hooded Oriole at
501 Sherry and saw the female Blue-winged Teal and Redhead at the Ukiah
Sewage Ponds...oriole and redhead were long overdue county birds for me....

John
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26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 668-8694 (home office)
530 668-1985 (home)
916 737-3000 ext 3593 (Sacramento office)
916 752-0899 (cell phone)


Avian navigation

vishnu <vishnu@...>
 

Hello Mendobirders,
This story is going to appear in "Science" this week but here is a link to
National Geographic coverage of it.
Vishnu

Migrating Birds Reset "Compasses" at Sunset, Study Says


Townsend's warbler; tanager

dsmithferri <dsmithferri@...>
 

I was treated to a wonderful view of a female Townsend's warbler
yesterday. What a beautiful bird! Very cooperative. It fed so long
in the same part of a tree in front of me that I couldn't hold my
arms up any longer (are there exercises for birders' shoulders?).
Are these birds with us all summer?

Also this morning a male western tanager in our neighbor's
eucalyptus tree. And what I believe was an evening grosbeak at our
feeder.

Happy birding. See some of you Tues at Chuck's slide show
presentation.

David


Hooded Orioles in Ukiah

Paul Hawks <hawks@...>
 

A few weeks ago I reported the presence of Hooded Orioles in our neighborhood (northeast of Ukiah High School). A nesting pair has again taken up residence at 501 Sherry Drive where twin fan palms dominate the front yard. The nest is easy to see from the public sidewalk. The nest is in the eastern-most tree, on the east side of the tree). The nest was essentially built in one day, Friday. On Friday morning I spotted two sites about 2 1/2 feet apart where a few strands of fibrous material indicated the start of nest-building. Friday evening, when I returned, the one site displayed what appeared to be a finished nest.

I am curious as to the nesting material used. It is long, string-like pale-yellow fiber. The same nesting material was used last year.

Good birding.

Paul Hawks


Lake County

Jerry White <grwhite@...>
 

Today around 10 AM there was a Hooded Oriole in the palm trees at Kono Tayee and a singing Rufous-crowned Sparrow seen from the cul-de-sac at the end of Verna Way. Between Glenhaven and Lucerne on Hiway 20 go to MM 21.87. Verna Way goes up the hill away from the lake. Nearby Cora Dr takes you into the subdivision on the lake. Stay to your left onto Alston Way. Where Alston meets Harry St. there are several palm trees.

Yesterday there was about 25 Vaux's Swifts in flight over the courthouse in Lakeport. Jerry White


oops, second try...peregrine webcam

Janet Rosen <sfcolor@...>
 

This is a wonderful ongoing site I just learned of; its documenting the
nesting of a pair of peregrines. enjoy!
http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml;jsessionid=YBS03RLO0BI5BQHIO3JXWJI?pq-path=2017&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=138448

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peregrine webcam

Janet Rosen <sfcolor@...>
 

This is a wonderful ongoing site I just learned of; its documenting the
nesting of a pair of peregrines. enjoy!

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Blue Grouse

George Chaniot
 

Fri, 16 Apr 2004 -- Today Joanne Haller and I birded in the Eel River
drainage above Potter Valley. Along the county road to Lake Pilsbury we
found a booming BLUE GROUSE between milemarkers 33 and 34 in Lake County.
By triangulation it seemed to be in a large ponderosa pine with a broken
top to the east of the road. There may have been a second bird booming on
the other side of the road. It was a very lovely morning with a nice mix of
spring migrants. Along the logging road about 1/2 mile upstream from the
Pioneer Bridge we found a male MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER. This is the earliest
record ever by over a week. The logging road is now closed to vehicle
traffic due to a slip-out about 0.3 mi. up. That makes it much quieter and
better for birding.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Barred Owls

vishnu <vishnu@...>
 

Hello all,
I hit it good this afternoon. Walking in Montgomery Woods I was just at the
Kellieowen Grove when the deep silence exploded with a deep owl call
somewhat behind me and then from within the grove a more complex Barred Owl,
"Who cooks..." type call. They spoke loudly to each other for a few minutes
as the first owl flew into the grove; eventually joining the other on a high
branch and apparently food which had been brought in was exchanged.
Good views for about a minute and then the one flew off leaving its mate in
the grove.
This occurred at 6:20 pm and though I remained in the area for another hour
there were no subsequent vocalizations or appearance.
Vishnu


Tricolored Blackbirds

George Chaniot
 

Wed, 14 Apr 2004 -- This afternoon there was a flock of about 20 TRICOLORED
BLACKBIRDS foraging on the ground in the vineyard at the end of Burris
Lane, Potter Valley. I only have a handful of records for Potter Valley,
and this is by far the largest group.
Elsewhere but nearby, the AMERICAN DIPPERS are now feeding young
at the nest under the old bridge on Potter Valley Road and can be seen
pretty easily on their comings and goings.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


California Festivals - Godwit Days - Arcata

Robert Hewitt <lbjent@...>
 

Dear Birders,

There are three if not four festivals lined up from Godwit Days, Yuma AZ,
Heron Days Apr 24th , Lake County and Kern Biofest May 1st, actually there
are five, because there is the newest festival planned in Yosemite April
24th. Support one-support them all.

I wanted to let everybody know the specific status of our event (Godwit
Days) coming next weekend. In fact it starts early on Thursday. To date we
almost have 250 pre-registrants. This surpasses all but our best year ever
in 2003 and that will be exceeded shortly. Of all trips we have sold more
than 50% of our capacity so I have outlined some areas for our local birders
to encourage some early sign-ups to avoid disappointment on Friday night
during registration.

THURSDAY
Owl Scouting is Sold Out
Picnic at the Marsh has 12 spots left, but I'm sure more can join Tracy and
Gretchen in the lunch hour to get the social aspects of the event rolling.
These two leaders will also help host on the Madaket Sunset Cruise around
Humboldt Bay. We got the wine and cheese today and that event has 11 slots
left. The real surprise is the Mystery Tour - as of today there are 8 spots
left, but as we have confirmed Stan as our mystery leader for the morning
portion I'm sure these won't last.

FRIDAY
Dawn Chorus with Tristan, Scouting with Rob, Eel River Bottoms, and the
nighttime owls are all Sold Out.
There is just one slot left on the Eureka Waterfront trip, and three left
for the Night Hike around the Arcata Marsh. The evening presentation and
reception are open to all, we will have a "Look back on Humboldt Birding
1980-85" Several of the greats will be on hand to recall past times and a
short slide show will remind us of the birds and the special "hot"
locations.

SATURDAY
High Elevation, Simpson Spotted Owls and the Pelagic trip are Sold Out.
There is one space left on the Birding Locations trip with Dave Fix and Jude
Power, only three left on the South Fork Trinity with John Hunter, and one
slot left on the Trinidad and Mad River County Park event. The Big Day Bus
still has a good amount of room. At $35 it does provide transportation, a
packed lunch and the chance to see up to 125 different species. Special
news is that long time Humboldt birder John Sterling hopes to join recent
Humboldt phenom Rob Fowler with Mary Severdia as the third trip
leader....highly recommended if you want to see birds, birds, birds.

SUNDAY
Fern Canyon and the Del Norte trips are both Sold Out.
The Grouse trip I has two spaces left with Mark Higley, the Grouse overnight
with Rob has 8 spots left. This is a good shot for the elusive ruffed
grouse and best chance you will have all weekend. Northern Specialties with
Sean McAllister has a final slot left.

OWLS IN GENERAL
For owls that are always popular we have already sold out most of the trips.
There is one slot left on the Sunday Simpson Spotted owls. Now, there are a
few other trips that encounter owls. We've been up at Prairie Creek State
Park with the murrelets all last week and we usually heard Northern Pygmy
Owl at dawn, a Barred Owl is also reported form the nearby Cal Barrel Road.
So, try this Marbled;ed Murrelet "Old Growth" experience if you can get up
that early, for a chance at some other owls. The Arcata Community Forest
trip (if it visits the Jacoby Creek property) will also have a chance for a
daytime encounter with Spotted Owls, and if you want to see Great Horned
owls nesting come on the NE California Trip Monday and Tuesday, we saw three
last month and there are still 8 spots left on that trip.

BOAT TRIPS
Usually very popular our adventuresome boat trips are a little undersigned.
They do cost a little more due to the equipment and firms that we have
provide this for us, but still this is a less expensive way to enjoy these
activities than usual. They also have a specific bird emphasis by
association with the festival. Stone Lagoon Paddle with Center Activities
has 10 spots left, Kayak trips have 11, 16, and 10 spots left on Sat, Sun
and Mon. The Rafting trips (new last year have 18 and 17 spots left for the
Trinity River (Sun) and the Klamath River (Mon). The Bike and Bird the
bottoms event could also use some birding outdoors folk. The Sunday Pelagic
trip has 9 spots left. Ron LeValley will lead, and this remains one of a
very few chances for the public to get off-shore in Humboldt waters.

PLANTS
Other nature activities, apart from birding have been requested to provide
variety and the EthnoBotany of the Redwoods has 15 and 7 spots left, while
the Lanphere dunes trip has lots of space both days. These trips will
certainly be focused on plants and we hope this aspect of the festival can
continue to grow.

So, as I've said in the past, come one, come all ----- this next weekend
will be a blast, and do your bit to support these events or spread the
"bird" word. Just visit the Arcata Community Center Saturday or Sunday to
see what its all about.

All the best,

Rob


Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
lbjent@humboldt1.com

Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 16-19, 2004 9th Annual, 232 species cumulative
.


HREC Vesper Sparrow

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders: I saw a Vesper Sparrow just above the office area at the Hopland Center this afternoon. The bird was feasting on Crane Flies in the tall grass adjacent to the road and was quite approachable. I believe this is just the Center's third Vesper Sparrow record, and the second spring bird. It was a good sparrow day, all in all. Grasshopper Sparrows are now singing in both of our known breeding areas, and I watched a Rufous-crowned Sparrow actually fly into one of our barns.

Chuck

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