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Orchard/Hooded Oriole Fort Bragg

Roger Adamson
 

Lisa Walker found a female/basic plumage oriole this morning on the trail
to Virgin Creek (the Enchanted forest trail). Not so familiar with Orchard
Orioles so that we are not certain if it is a Hooded or Orchard. I will
put photos on an eBird report.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S95604231
Opinions welcome.

Roger


Oriole on Enchanted Forest Trail / Virgin Creek

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

This morning around 10:30 AM, I found an Oriole on the Enchanted Forest
Trail right outside of the actual forested area but well before the Haul
Road. It appears to be female. It was eating black berries. I texted Roger
Adamson and he came over .... we both got photos. I have attached two of
mine. The markings seem right for Bullock's, but the de-curved bill seemed
to suggest Hooded - only trouble is, the vocalizations I heard were nothing
like either species. I am wondering if this **MIGHT** be an Orchard Oriole?

If someone can help with ID, it would be greatly appreciated

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone


Re: Tropical kingbird on Enchanted Trail

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

My checklist with photos is here:


https://ebird.org/checklist/S95548542


Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone

PS. Shannon, please upload your list for EAST of the HAUL ROAD only with
that AMAZING photo you got of the bird flying after an insect?


On Sun, 3 Oct 2021 09:34:42 -0700, "Shannon Underhill"
<shannon.underhill@...> wrote:
Hi,

Lisa Walker-Roseman found a Tropical Kingbird on Enchanted Trail near
Haul
Rd. Sunday, 8:30a.

Shannon Underhill

Two Bears Remodeling LLC
707-357-7044


Vesper Sparrow Ukiah Riverside Park 10/3/2021

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- I saw a Vesper Sparrow at Riverside Park (east
end of Gobbi Street) this morning. The bird was feeding on the dirt road
along the S fenceline with Savannah and Crowned Sparrows.

Chuck



--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Tropical kingbird on Enchanted Trail

Shannon Underhill
 

Hi,

Lisa Walker-Roseman found a Tropical Kingbird on Enchanted Trail near Haul Rd. Sunday, 8:30a.

Shannon Underhill

Two Bears Remodeling LLC
707-357-7044


GEESE!!

Theresa Eacker
 

Hello fellow birders -

Today, about 1PM, working the yard (Little R9ver), I heard a multitude of geese honking.  WHERE, WHERE, WHERE? Looking frantically up and about, I spied the largest flock of geese flying overhead  that I've ever had the privilege of seeing.  I rapidly counted what must have been between 200-300 geese flying over in the most picture perfect huge V-formation, WAY WAY up, they were tiny but you could HEAR them honking away in their flight, streaming south in this glorious formation.
They may have been white fronted geese, they were dark - no way of telling - just the magnificence of the migration was stunning - I freaking LOVE autumn.   Happy birding everyone,

Theresa Eacker


Who was the Real James Bond? (Smithsonian)

Kitty & Creek Norris
 


Pelagic trips - space available!

Tim Bray
 

A spot has just opened up on the full-day pelagic seabirding trip this Sunday, September 26. The trip departs from Noyo Harbor at 7:00 AM and returns around 5:00 PM. Cost is $150 per person. For more details, contact Chuck Vaughn: cevaughn@... or (707) 230-4449.

The afternoon trip on the following Sunday, October 3, still has space for two people. That trip departs at 1:00 PM and returns around 6 PM. Cost is $80 per person. If you can make that one, contact me: tbray@... (707) 734-0791.


Ukiah WWTP temporary closure

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- Alan Hodge, the manager of the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant reports that several members of the operating staff there
have tested positive for Covid. The plant will be closed to visitors
until they complete to appropriate isolation protocol. The gate is locked
and the cell phone number posted on the gate has been inactivated. Alan
hopes that this will be no more than 2 weeks. If and when I hear they are
opening back up I will post it here.

Stay well. Chuck



--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Jaeger @ Garcia River mouth

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi Mendobirders,

Today I ran into a Jaeger sitting on one of the sand bars at the Garcia River mouth at 16:00. After about 30 minutes the bird took off and did not return.  

I’m leaning toward Pomarine, based on bi-color bill and seemingly dark face. Parasitic seems more likely though. I’ve included some distant photos in the linked ebird checklist. I’m interested to hear the thoughts of folks with more Jaeger experience, and the characters their using.


Happy birding,
Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Sent from my phone


first Fox and Golden-crowned Sparrows

Tim Bray
 

18 September 2021 - Had the first fall Fox Sparrow in my yard. Also a nice MacGillivray's Warbler that stayed in the landscaping all day.

19 September 2021 - Found my first Golden-crowned Sparrow of fall today, at Chadbourne Gulch. Also a Common Yellowthroat and a couple of Yellow Warblers.


Afternoon pelagic, Oct. 3

Tim Bray
 

The afternoon pelagic birding trip originally scheduled for August 29, has been rescheduled to Sunday October 3. The original date was sold out well in advance, but several people cannot go on the new date, so there are spaces available. Please contact me (tbray@...) ASAP if you'd like to reserve a spot.

The trip will depart at 1 PM Sunday October 3 and return around 6 PM. Cost is $80 per person, paid directly to Anchor Charters. Contact me for more details.

The nearshore marine environment has been spectacularly productive this fall and we could find a lot of seabirds as well as marine mammals.


Re: Window strike victim

darliss60
 

We identified it as a Tennessee, however after referring to the Mendocino County checklist and see no sightings listed I photograph it and posted it to see what others might think.
fs


On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 3:27 PM, Joe Morlan
<jmorlan@...> wrote:
This looks like a TENNESSEE WARBLER to me!

On Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:49:42 +0000 (UTC), "darliss60 via groups.io"
<darliss60=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

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>When we returned home from taking our dog to the vet we found this migrant on our front deck the apparent victim to one of our many full length windows. Luck!F&D Sanderson Brooktrails 

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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA






Re: Window strike victim

Joe Morlan
 

This looks like a TENNESSEE WARBLER to me!

On Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:49:42 +0000 (UTC), "darliss60 via groups.io"
<darliss60@...> wrote:



When we returned home from taking our dog to the vet we found this migrant on our front deck the apparent victim to one of our many full length windows. Luck!F&D Sanderson Brooktrails 



--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Window strike victim

darliss60
 



When we returned home from taking our dog to the vet we found this migrant on our front deck the apparent victim to one of our many full length windows. 
Luck!
F&D Sanderson 
Brooktrails 


Re: Clay-colored sparrow Big River

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Checklist with more photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94745959

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone


Re: Clay-colored sparrow Big River

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I was able to pish the bird out of hiding using the flock calls of WCSPs.
It landed right in front of me for some pretty good looks.....have attached
a photo as it is a LIFE BIRD for me.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman


On Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:25:35 -0700, "Roger Adamson" <radamson@...>
wrote:
Clay-colored Sparrow associating with White-crowns east side of Big
River
Bridge about 100yds east on the access road, south side of road.

RHA



Clay-colored sparrow Big River

Roger Adamson
 

Clay-colored Sparrow associating with White-crowns east side of Big River Bridge about 100yds east on the access road, south side of road.

RHA


Re: Ferruginous Hawks, and other birds

jackson_us
 

We are seeing hundreds of brown pelicans feeding off Gualala too. Paul Brewer got this photo of a juvenile who lost a fish (anchovy?). A local fisherman told me there are a lot of jellies in the ocean here and a mola mola was seen.
Jeanne Anchor Bay
 
Brown Pelican and the fish that got away by Paul Brewer
 

From: Tim Bray
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2021 8:28 PM
To: mendobirds@groups.io
Subject: [Mendobirds] Ferruginous Hawks, and other birds
 

10 September 2021 - I went to the Garcia River hoping for some "difficult Fall warblers" but the northerly wind apparently moved them all out. As consolation, a gorgeous Ferruginous Hawk circled over us a couple of times.  Later in the day we saw another FEHA at Stoneboro Road, along with five Red-tailed Hawks. It seems really early for Ferruginous Hawk here.

Red-tails are clearly migrating and we saw at least twice as many today as we did last week, including several juveniles. One such was an intriguing bird: it seemed smaller than most, had a clear throat and chest, an obvious belly-band, but barely discernible patagial bars (I could not be sure I was seeing them at all), a pale supercilium and malar (like juvenile Swainson's), and a pale rump. Did not have the pointed wings of Swainson's. It's a RTHA until proven otherwise but I wonder if there was some interspecific hanky-panky in its parentage.

At the Navarro River there was a pretty juvenile Bonaparte's Gull at the east end of the island.  Not unexpected at this time of year but fun to watch. Nearby were four Short-billed Dowitchers.

At Elk, south of Gunderson Rock a big feeding frenzy was going on, with hundreds of Brown Pelicans, Gulls, Cormorants, and a small flock of Shearwaters (probably Sooty but too far away to be sure). The action was spread over several hundred yards of ocean. There has been a lot of that going on recently; the nearshore waters are full of anchovies and jacksmelt. Brown Pelicans clearly had a successful breeding season down south, as the ratio of juveniles to adults seems to be at least 2:1.


Ferruginous Hawks, and other birds

Tim Bray
 

10 September 2021 - I went to the Garcia River hoping for some "difficult Fall warblers" but the northerly wind apparently moved them all out. As consolation, a gorgeous Ferruginous Hawk circled over us a couple of times.  Later in the day we saw another FEHA at Stoneboro Road, along with five Red-tailed Hawks. It seems really early for Ferruginous Hawk here.

Red-tails are clearly migrating and we saw at least twice as many today as we did last week, including several juveniles. One such was an intriguing bird: it seemed smaller than most, had a clear throat and chest, an obvious belly-band, but barely discernible patagial bars (I could not be sure I was seeing them at all), a pale supercilium and malar (like juvenile Swainson's), and a pale rump. Did not have the pointed wings of Swainson's. It's a RTHA until proven otherwise but I wonder if there was some interspecific hanky-panky in its parentage.

At the Navarro River there was a pretty juvenile Bonaparte's Gull at the east end of the island.  Not unexpected at this time of year but fun to watch. Nearby were four Short-billed Dowitchers.

At Elk, south of Gunderson Rock a big feeding frenzy was going on, with hundreds of Brown Pelicans, Gulls, Cormorants, and a small flock of Shearwaters (probably Sooty but too far away to be sure). The action was spread over several hundred yards of ocean. There has been a lot of that going on recently; the nearshore waters are full of anchovies and jacksmelt. Brown Pelicans clearly had a successful breeding season down south, as the ratio of juveniles to adults seems to be at least 2:1.

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