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Blue-winged Teal, Fort Bragg

Tim Bray
 

11 March 2021 - There is a small pond on the former GP mill site just west of the end of Alder Street, behind Mendo Mill, that for some reason seems to attract waterfowl. We checked it briefly after lunch today and found one Coot, and male-female pairs of the following: Bufflehead, Shoveler, Gadwall, and Blue-winged Teal. The latter are, I think, the first of that species I have seen here on the coast.  This pond is somewhat difficult to view as it is behind a locked gate and high cyclone fence, so only part of the pond is visible; it pays to wait and watch, if the ducks are moving around they will eventually appear in the visible areas. Also if you have a vehicle that you can stand up in, that helps!


Re: Pine Siskins

Henrietta Bensussen
 

I live in Santa Rosa now, and they are everywhere, around buildings, in forests and parks...Henri

On 3/11/2021 8:50 AM, Sarah Grimes wrote:
3/10/21 Flock of 40+ Near Jug Handle Beach 
Sarah


On Mar 10, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Havana Davidson via groups.io <havanadavidson@...> wrote:

 None seen here in Albion village. I had taken feeders down but put one up for a test run two days ago and didn’t see any.
Did see an adult Bald Eagle with talons full of grass fly right by the window last week. Thats the action in the village. 
Havana

On Mar 9, 2021, at 11:16 AM, jackson_us <jackson2@...> wrote:


3/9/21 Anchor Bay
 
No Pine Siskin flocks, but “our” two Ospreys are perched on the nest this morning. They are back! Jeanne
 
From: Tim Bray
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:46 AM
To: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Pine Siskins
 

We still had a smaller flock of around 30 Siskins a few days ago, but are now down to just individuals. Is anyone else still seeing large flocks?

Tim

On 2/27/2021 7:36 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Re: Pine Siskins

Sarah Grimes
 

3/10/21 Flock of 40+ Near Jug Handle Beach 
Sarah


On Mar 10, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Havana Davidson via groups.io <havanadavidson@...> wrote:

None seen here in Albion village. I had taken feeders down but put one up for a test run two days ago and didn’t see any.
Did see an adult Bald Eagle with talons full of grass fly right by the window last week. Thats the action in the village. 
Havana

On Mar 9, 2021, at 11:16 AM, jackson_us <jackson2@...> wrote:


3/9/21 Anchor Bay
 
No Pine Siskin flocks, but “our” two Ospreys are perched on the nest this morning. They are back! Jeanne
 
From: Tim Bray
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:46 AM
To: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Pine Siskins
 

We still had a smaller flock of around 30 Siskins a few days ago, but are now down to just individuals. Is anyone else still seeing large flocks?

Tim

On 2/27/2021 7:36 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Pine Siskins (LAKE)

dhecomovich
 

I had a high count for my yard in Cobb of 40+ healthy, active Pine Siskins this morning. Elevation of Cobb is 2,631'

Darlene Hecomovich
Cobb, CA
LAKE


Re: Pine Siskins

Havana Davidson
 

None seen here in Albion village. I had taken feeders down but put one up for a test run two days ago and didn’t see any.
Did see an adult Bald Eagle with talons full of grass fly right by the window last week. Thats the action in the village. 
Havana

On Mar 9, 2021, at 11:16 AM, jackson_us <jackson2@...> wrote:


3/9/21 Anchor Bay
 
No Pine Siskin flocks, but “our” two Ospreys are perched on the nest this morning. They are back! Jeanne
 
From: Tim Bray
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:46 AM
To: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Pine Siskins
 

We still had a smaller flock of around 30 Siskins a few days ago, but are now down to just individuals. Is anyone else still seeing large flocks?

Tim

On 2/27/2021 7:36 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Re: Pine Siskins

jackson_us
 

3/9/21 Anchor Bay
 
No Pine Siskin flocks, but “our” two Ospreys are perched on the nest this morning. They are back! Jeanne
 

From: Tim Bray
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:46 AM
To: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Pine Siskins
 

We still had a smaller flock of around 30 Siskins a few days ago, but are now down to just individuals. Is anyone else still seeing large flocks?

Tim

On 2/27/2021 7:36 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Re: Pine Siskins

Tim Bray
 

We still had a smaller flock of around 30 Siskins a few days ago, but are now down to just individuals. Is anyone else still seeing large flocks?

Tim

On 2/27/2021 7:36 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Re: Ukiah WWTP open now

marisela de santa anna
 

That is good news Chuck! Thanks for telling us.

On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 2:31 PM Chuck & Barbara Vaughn via groups.io <cevaughn=pacific.net@groups.io> wrote:
Greetings Mendobirders-  Alan Hodge, plant manager at the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant, wanted me to forward his message that folks can again
access the oxidation ponds at the facility.  Finally...  All visitors must
sign in at the office and are to follow appropriate Covid restrictions.
Masks should be worn at the office, and appropriate distances maintained
by visiting groups.  Please follow those guidelines.

Good birding, Chuck





--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA







Ukiah WWTP open now

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Alan Hodge, plant manager at the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant, wanted me to forward his message that folks can again
access the oxidation ponds at the facility. Finally... All visitors must
sign in at the office and are to follow appropriate Covid restrictions.
Masks should be worn at the office, and appropriate distances maintained
by visiting groups. Please follow those guidelines.

Good birding, Chuck





--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Re: Rock Wren Cabrillo Pt

Mary Rose Kent
 

I went looking for the ROWR to no avail.  I’m not a great spotter, so that might the reason, but it might just be a migration thing.  Mary Rose (Kent)

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 12:28 Roger Adamson <radamson@...> wrote:
The Rock Wren is still present on the bluff immediately west of Cabrillo
Light. Only other bird of note was a Rhino Auklet. Lots of Glaucous-winged
Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Cal Gulls headed north. At least four Gray
Whales seen moving north this morning, also.

Roger Adamson, Fort Bragg







Orange Hummingbirds

Tim Bray
 

28 February 2021 - I have been seeing or hearing one Selasphorus (Rufous/Allen's) Hummingbird in my garden for several days. When I could get a look, it was always a male Allen's with green back.

Today though, a big pulse arrived and there were at least 6 adult male Allen's and one adult male Rufous Hummingbird present.

Make sure your feeders are clean and filled with fresh sugar water, and watch carefully for possible vagrant Calliope, Costa's, or Black-chinned.


Rock Wren Cabrillo Pt

Roger Adamson
 

The Rock Wren is still present on the bluff immediately west of Cabrillo
Light. Only other bird of note was a Rhino Auklet. Lots of Glaucous-winged
Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Cal Gulls headed north. At least four Gray
Whales seen moving north this morning, also.

Roger Adamson, Fort Bragg


Pine Siskins

Tim Bray
 

As most of you know, this is a major irruption winter for Pine Siskins, with the consequent outbreak of Salmonellosis, and there have been some articles in newspapers that have caught people's attention. I am getting quite a few people asking whether they should take down their feeders and if so, when can they put them back up. So this is a request to keep track of Pine Siskin sightings and report here when you think you've seen the last of them! It's always harder to pin down the date of departure than arrival. Those of you making regular eBird entries will have an easier time of it. If you're not doing that, this is a request to just keep track of each day when you see Pine Siskins, and if a week goes by without a sighting, let me know.

Thanks, keep your feeders clean and wash your hands!


Re: Michigan birder to visit your area

Kitty & Creek Norris
 

Hi Stuart
We have resident, nesting Mountain Quail here! Also the Grouse you are seeking. Many hiking & wildlife viewing opportunities on our land. 
We are also Airbnb homeshare hosts, our link with many photos is shared below. Stay in touch with us around current health restrictions for when you travel. 
Kitty Norris
Mendocino County near Willits, CA at 3000’ 
For photos of our place: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1722082



On Feb 27, 2021, at 9:21 AM, stuart snowy-owl.org <stuart@...> wrote:

Hello,
I am an avid birder and bird conservationist and a former 10-year member of the Board of Trustees of the American Bird Conservancy.

I am planning to visit California next June in search of several California birds I've not yet seen, namely, Pacific Wren, Mountain Quail, Sooty Grouse, California Condor and Island Scrub-Jay. The last-named two I'll seek further south than the Mendicino area. Perhaps Ryan Keiffer or another of your folks can contact me about linking up to seek Pacific Wren and/or Mountain Quail and/or even Sooty Grouse in your area. Many thanks.

Cheers,
Stuart White, Grand Rapids, Michigan

--
Stuart White


Aleutian Cackling Geese on the move

jackson_us
 

2/27/21
 
Beginning with last Sunday, February 21st, I’ve received reports of large flocks of loud geese flying over the bluffs and water. I’ve received reports every day since last Sunday of more, all  headed north.  Looks like the Aleutian Cackling Geese are on the move.
 
This next sighting was on The Sea Ranch, so not Mendocino County, but I thought you’d might like to know. A Black-legged Kittiwake ran into a window, and was unfortunately killed. The bird has two tags on it, and interested people are arranging to get the body to the Cal Academy, as they have expressed interest. This was learned from one of the tags:
 
I submitted the number on the metal band to the federal Bird Banding Laboratory (a project of the USGS) and received this report back about the Black-legged Kittiwake.INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Black-legged Kittiwake
Date banded: 07/03/2002
Banding Location: MIDDLETON ISLAND, VALDEZ-CORDOVA CENSUS AREA, ALASKA, USA
Age: WAS TOO YOUNG TO FLY WHEN BANDED IN 2002
Sex: UNKNOWN
 
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Michigan birder to visit your area

 

Hello,
I am an avid birder and bird conservationist and a former 10-year member of the Board of Trustees of the American Bird Conservancy.

I am planning to visit California next June in search of several California birds I've not yet seen, namely, Pacific Wren, Mountain Quail, Sooty Grouse, California Condor and Island Scrub-Jay. The last-named two I'll seek further south than the Mendicino area. Perhaps Ryan Keiffer or another of your folks can contact me about linking up to seek Pacific Wren and/or Mountain Quail and/or even Sooty Grouse in your area. Many thanks.

Cheers,
Stuart White, Grand Rapids, Michigan

--
Stuart White


Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Potter Valley

George Chaniot
 

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 — 4:30-sunset. This afternoon Vishnu and I refound some MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS from the same location in the last post. There was at least one female on the ground in the pasture and about a half dozen males much further north along a fenceline and driveway beyond the container-house. Unsatisfying views, scope required, but at least some are still around. 

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Shorebirds on KZYX

Tim Bray
 

I forgot to give a heads-up... on KZYX right now, Dr. Nils Warnock, Director of Conservation Science at the Audubon Canyon Ranch, talking about their 30-year survey of shorebirds at Tomales Bay.

It will also be available on jukebox.kzyx.org and also as a podcast wherever you get podcasts.


Mountain Bluebirds in Potter Valley

George Chaniot
 

Sun, 7 Feb 2021 — 4:15-5:25. This afternoon I found a group of at least 26 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS on lower Pine Avenue in Potter Valley. The location was in the heavily grazed pasture north of the road on the west side of the ‘Burrowing Owl Hill’ about 3/4 mile from Eastside Potter Valley Road.
The bluebirds were foraging in a loose flock on the ground, apparently using the low afternoon sun to help spot flying insects. A few came to the wires and fence-line along the road.
There were also about 12 Western Bluebirds on the ground in the area, but the two species were mostly separated.
No Burrowing Owls today.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, CA


Aleutian Cackling Geese seen on Feb 2

Doug Forsell
 

On Tuesday February 2nd I just saw my first 2 flocks of Aleutian Cackling Geese flying North just south of Point Arena. I think of them as the first spring migrants although they're actually just kind of moving their wintering area a bit north. They usually spend three to four months in the middle Central Valley then in late January to early March they move to the Castle Rock area north of Crescent City and the Southern Oregon area to spend another couple months feeding on coastal grasses. Then they head back to their breeding grounds in April and early May.

Along with Bald Eagles they are one of the most successful stories of the endangered species program using and often pioneering techniques of color banding, predator removal, captive breeding, transplanting, habitat protection, mitochondrial DNA analysis, and restricting hunting of all Canada Geese for several years in in California's Central Valley. Their populations have increased from about 350 birds in the early 1970’s to over 170,000 birds today!

Regards,

Doug Forsell
707 884-1514 
djforsell@...

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