Date   

Continuing Common Moorhen - 4/26

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>
 

Sunday April 26 - The COMMON MOORHEN reported last week from Lake Cleone
was still present Sunday morning. The bird was among the reeds at the
east end of the lake and is most easily seen by scoping from the parking
lot.

Also at Lake Cleone was a RING-BILLED GULL. There was a RED-NECKED
GREBE north of the Laguna Point observation platform. Finally, at the
bridge over Jaun Creek there was a PURPLE MARTIN.

Matthew Matthiessen
Ukiah, MEN, CA


Arctic Loon

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>
 

Sunday April 26 - Today at noon at the Hwy 1 overlook north of Juan
Creek I found a loon I identified as a basic ARCTIC LOON. What caught
my attention was the white flank patch on each side of the bird. The
patches were large and conspicuous and constantly visible while the bird
was on the surface. The bird dove frequently during my 30 minute
observation but was always easily refound due to those flank patches.
Even when the bird was facing directly away it was still easy to locate
as it appeared to have two white taillights.

The bird was in close proximity to a basic Pacific Loon for the
entirety of my observation. Although I couldn't detect a size
difference between their bodies the bill on the arctic was larger and
the head appeared to be larger as well. The arctic had more white on
the face and neck and did not have a chinstrap. I could not detect a
difference in nape shading.

The bird was northwest from the overlook in the general area of where
murrelets are often seen. The bird consistently swam to the northwest
so that it continually moved farther away from me. I stopped watching
when the bird was too far away to observe any details besides the flank
patches.

I have no prior experience with Arctic Loon so someone who does will
have to comment on how reliable the white flank patches are as a field
mark. I have never seen a Pacific Loon with markings this distinct
before.

Good Birding.

Matthew Matthiessen
Ukiah, MEN, CA


Sage Thrasher - Updated Location

les_lieurance
 

Today, Sunday, April 25, 2004, Cindy & I found a Sage Thrasher in
Mendocino County along the south side of 10 Mile River. After
parking at the south end of the 10 Mile River Bridge (about 4 miles
north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1) we walked down the narrow trail to
the old roadway and on towards the ocean. We spotted the bird about
60 yards east of where the sand crosses the old roadway and a sign
advises horses to stay on the trail. The streaks on the bird's breast
were distinct. The wing bars were narrow and didn't coalesce into a
patch. When it flew across the roadway into a bush, we could see the
white tail corners (not entirely white outer retrices), and no white
wing patches.

Later, talking with Dorothy Tobkin, we learned that this may be only
the third record for Mendocino County. The others were in fall.

Les & Cindy Lieurance
San Francisco


Lake County

Jerry White <grwhite@...>
 

Yesterday Dave Woodward and I birded the county on a Spring Big Day.Our species count of 136 was the second highest
total ever (we had 141 species in 2000). Highlights were a Lesser Yellowlegs, a Forster's Tern, two Redhead's on Borax Lake, and 5 species of owls. Jerry


Two for one

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>
 

If you go to the old Potter Valley Bridge to watch the American
Dippers feeding 3 or 4 Dipperettes, there is a bonus of a colony of
Cliff Swallows nesting just above the Dipper nest. One species works
the air and the other the water; it is fascinating to watch the
Dippers zooming over the river, then landing on the rocks below the
nest, "dipping" with a morsel in their beaks before being greeted by
the open-mouthed brood at the nest opening. Two thumbs up.


Calliope Hummingbird/Lake County

Dave Woodward <dlwoodward@...>
 

From 6-7am this morning we had good views of a male Calliope
Hummingbird that repeatedly visited a feeder at our home southwest
of Lakeport.
Dave Woodward


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@...

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Luther" <aplomado-falcon@...>
To: "countybirders" <countybirders@...>; "Central Valley Birds"
<central_valley_birds@...>; "mendobirds"
<mendobirds@...>
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





Yahoo! Groups Links







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




***********************************
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

cevaughn@...


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@...


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

"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


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
**********************************
John Sterling
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

=====
Janet Rosen
http://www.zanshinart.com
Open eyes, open mind, open heart




__________________________________
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Tax Center - File online by April 15th
http://taxes.yahoo.com/filing.html

8101 - 8120 of 8944