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Evening Grosbeak at Pioneer Bridge

Mike Curry
 

Monday 31 January 2022

Dear fellow birders,
I went for a drive up as far as I could go up Hull Mountain yesterday with my daughter Alexandria where we were stopped by too much snow on the road.  There were very few birds but we did note Mountain Chickadees, ravens, Purple Finches, Western Bluebirds and a few unknown passerines.
On the way there, we found a single Evening Grosbeak (male, I think) at Pioneer Bridge.  It was calling from the top of a Douglas Fir tree close to the dirt parking area.
For a map of the area, see my bird list on ebird.  This location is in Mendocino County.
Good Birding!
Mike Curry
Willits, CA


Pelagic this Friday

Tim Bray
 

Marine forecast continues to look good for Friday, in spite of the big swell and wind coming in the next couple of days. By Friday morning it is predicted to be back down to 4-5 feet at 11 seconds, which is pretty nice, and less than 10 knots wind.

Trip length and cost will depend on how many people sign up. I'm hoping to take 4-5 hours and get out to the deepwater Noyo Canyon area, about 12 miles offshore.

Right now I have ten people who have signed up to go. If we want to get out to the deepwater and keep the cost down to $100 per person, we need at least ten more. Otherwise we will probably just go out a few miles, see some Gray Whales, put out a slick and see if we can attract an Albatross. I know Black-footed have been seen recently. Laysan Albatross is also possible this time of year, especially if we can get farther offshore.

So if you are considering going, let me know ASAP so I can negotiate the terms with the boat captain. More passengers means more flexibility in planning the trip.


Hybrid Oystercatcher continues at Vista Pt S of Bruhel Pt

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi all....

Birded with Kevin Giusti and Shannon Underhill up at the Vista Pt S of
Bruhel Point. The hybrid AM/BLOY was still present, making this day five
(that we know of for sure).

Hermit Thrushes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Northern Flickers, Common Ravens,
White-crowned and Song Sparrows along the trail out there, as well as a
single American Kestrel on the top of a dead pine.

At Newport both the Ferruginous Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk were present (I
got photos of the latter). Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels are all
over up there. Also, a Bald Eagle was perched in a pine well above the
highway until a Red-tailed Hawk dove on it and scared it off.

A White-tailed Kite was kiting over the meadows north of Newport. No signs
of the Snow Geese that Tim Bray reported.

Wrentits

The Newport Coastal Trail out to the benches showed us some good looks at
Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Song and Savannah
Sparrows. Black Phoebes were hunting insects as well.

Happy Birding!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Varied Thrush

darliss60
 

This is our fifth winter here in Brooktrails and although our yard bird numbers and spices count are low during the past we have had increasing numbers of Varied Thrush. At their peek last year we counted 40+ in our front yard. However this year the most we have observed 3 or 4 and only one or two times per week. Everything seems to cycle and with a very small acorn crop and the December rains they may have found a better wintering location. I would interested in others observations.
Luck!
F and D Sanderson 
Brooktrails, CA


Pelagic next Friday?

Tim Bray
 

The marine forecast for next Friday (Feb. 4) looks nice, and if I can get a boat, I am hoping to pull together enough people to do a half-day pelagic seabirding trip out to the Noyo Canyon. The charter would cost about $2000 so if we can get 20 people to go it would be $100 per person.

If we can't manage that, we might be able to do a shorter trip and still get into some pelagic birds. A two-hour whale-watching cruise is $50 per person and they will go out with six or more customers. All Aboard Adventures and Anchor Charters have scheduled whale watch trips departing at 10 AM on Saturday.

Let me know ASAP if you can make a Friday trip or if Saturday is your only option. It looks like the seas turn rough after that and we might not get another chance for a while.


Hybrid AMOY/BLOY continues

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi all, I got much better photos this morning of the hybrid AMOY/BLOY. I
also changed my location since Bruhel Pt itself is about a quarter of a
mile north of the Vista Point itself.

Here is my checklist with photos:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S101608069

Happy Birding!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Re: Oystercatcher near Bruhel point

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Rob Fowler reports that the CBRC secretary ranked it at a 32, which seems
better for PURE American. More to come on this one, for sure

On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 18:37:34 -0800, "Lisa D. Walker, (Feather
Forestwalker)" <feather@...> wrote:
JEHL Scale analysis from Lucas Corneliussen says 22 - which puts it
smack
dab in the middle for a hybrid, much as the Monterey bird from last
year,
which he also thinks is the same bird.



On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 17:42:22 -0800, "Roger Adamson" <radamson@...>
wrote:
Looking through old records of hybrid AMOY/BLOY in California. There
is
a
bird photographed last year on the Monterey peninsula that VERY closely
resembles the Mendocino Co bird. I am betting it is the same
individual.

See photos by Brian Sullivan:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S83325750


Roger





Re: Oystercatcher near Bruhel point

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

JEHL Scale analysis from Lucas Corneliussen says 22 - which puts it smack
dab in the middle for a hybrid, much as the Monterey bird from last year,
which he also thinks is the same bird.



On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 17:42:22 -0800, "Roger Adamson" <radamson@...>
wrote:
Looking through old records of hybrid AMOY/BLOY in California. There is
a
bird photographed last year on the Monterey peninsula that VERY closely
resembles the Mendocino Co bird. I am betting it is the same individual.
See photos by Brian Sullivan:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S83325750


Roger




Re: Oystercatcher near Bruhel point

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I was looking at the same photos as well as some from an article about the
same bird (Jan 2021, Monterey) and wondered the same thing - could this be
the same bird???

Thanks for bringing that up!

On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 17:42:22 -0800, "Roger Adamson" <radamson@...>
wrote:
Looking through old records of hybrid AMOY/BLOY in California. There is
a
bird photographed last year on the Monterey peninsula that VERY closely
resembles the Mendocino Co bird. I am betting it is the same individual.
See photos by Brian Sullivan:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S83325750


Roger




Oystercatcher near Bruhel point

Roger Adamson
 

Looking through old records of hybrid AMOY/BLOY in California. There is a
bird photographed last year on the Monterey peninsula that VERY closely
resembles the Mendocino Co bird. I am betting it is the same individual.
See photos by Brian Sullivan:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S83325750


Roger


Oystercatcher photos

Roger Adamson
 

My eBird list with photos of the Oystercatcher is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S101555817


Roger


Re: Oystercatcher

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

My checklist with photos is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S101549867


It is being evaluated via Jehl Scale through Lucas Corneliussen per Rob
Fowler. I have sent in photos

Bird was first spotted by Craig Swolgaard on January 26th

Lisa D Walker-Roseman
Fort Bragg-Cleone


On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 13:57:51 -0800, "Roger Adamson" <radamson@...>
wrote:
The possible American Oystercatcher is still present near Bruhel Point.
Park at the “Vista Point” parking (mile 74.09) and the bird is with
about
20 BLOY on the rocks below.
The discussion will be between frazari AMOY and hybrid AMOY x BLOY. Has
a
fully red bill, quite a bit of black on the rump, black goes low on
breast
and is not cleanly demarcated. Photos later.

RHA



Oystercatcher

Roger Adamson
 

The possible American Oystercatcher is still present near Bruhel Point. Park at the “Vista Point” parking (mile 74.09) and the bird is with about 20 BLOY on the rocks below.
The discussion will be between frazari AMOY and hybrid AMOY x BLOY. Has a fully red bill, quite a bit of black on the rump, black goes low on breast and is not cleanly demarcated. Photos later.

RHA


Kittiwake Day

Tim Bray
 

23 January 2022 - It was a Black-legged Kittiwake show on the whale-watching cruise today. We didn't even try to get an accurate count, but it was a lot, certainly more than 50 and maybe 100. They were the most abundant Gull we saw. Interesting to see a fairly wide variation in the amount of black in the wings, width of the black collar, and some birds that appeared to be intermediate between juvenile and adult plumage.

There were also lots of Rhinoceros Auklets, sometimes in rafts of 10-15 birds, and most of them already have facial plumes; Feather got a photo of one with a horn.

Only a couple of Fulmars; apparently the large numbers have moved back out to sea. The weather turned calm, no wind and plentiful sunshine for the last couple of days. The ocean was nearly flat so it was extremely pleasant.

Oh, and the whale-watching was pretty good too, we had a few pods of Grays and one got fairly close to the boat.


Whale watching trip

Tim Bray
 

Just in case anyone else is interested, a few of us are going out on a whale-watching charter Sunday morning, in hopes of seeing some birds as well.  It's only a two-hour cruise, $50 pp, boat departs at 10. If you want to join us, call All Aboard Adventures 964-1881 and tell Captain Tim that I sent ya. 

We might be able to do this again, as long as we can get six or more people signed up we can do a charter; for more money we could go farther and stay out longer. Let me know if you can do a mid-week trip on short notice whenever the ocean forecast looks promising.

There has been a lot of bird activity a mile or two out, some feeding frenzies and a lot of Murres and other birds flying around. Feather got some photos from Laguna Point showing flocks of Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres (and possible Thick-billed), Black-legged Kittiwake and possibly even Sabine's Gull. So even just getting out where the whales are could put us into some good birds.


Re: PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

Diane Hichwa
 

Article front page of todays press Democrat: neighbors triumph over pg&e


On Jan 14, 2022, at 6:45 PM, Diane Hichwa <dhichwa@...> wrote:



Good work! Thanks.

 

Diane Hichwa

 

Email: dhichwa@...

 

Telephone: 707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)

707-483-3130 (cell)

More Tail Wagging!!! Less Barking!!

Millie 2007

 

From: <Mendobirds@groups.io> on behalf of Jim Havlena <havlenas@...>
Date: Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:48 PM
To: <tbray@...>, "Mendobirds@groups.io" <mendobirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

 

Thank you, Tim, for keeping us informed of this sad, but now happy "tail!"
Jim Havlena


On 1/14/2022 5:28 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

I received word this afternoon that PG&E was "unable to gain access" to the nest tree and will not be taking it down until breeding season is over. The property owner reportedly refused access to the tree-cutting crew, after allowing the PG&E biologist, arborist, and Public Information Officer onto the property. Activists were also present and ready to blockade the access road, but such a confrontation was avoided when the PIO declared that PG&E would not be cutting the tree down.




Brant Goose

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, Mendobirders!

A Brant Goose is hanging out on an off-shore rock with Western Gulls off
Glass Beach south - between the main beach and the Dynamite Shack. Looks to
be a "Black Brant". Photo from a distance attached.

Also, after I got home, I had two Hutton's Vireos in my yard, calling and
singing.

Happy Birding!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Re: PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

Diane Hichwa
 

Good work! Thanks.

 

Diane Hichwa

 

Email: dhichwa@...

 

Telephone: 707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)

707-483-3130 (cell)

More Tail Wagging!!! Less Barking!!

Millie 2007

 

From: <Mendobirds@groups.io> on behalf of Jim Havlena <havlenas@...>
Date: Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:48 PM
To: <tbray@...>, "Mendobirds@groups.io" <mendobirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

 

Thank you, Tim, for keeping us informed of this sad, but now happy "tail!"
Jim Havlena


On 1/14/2022 5:28 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

I received word this afternoon that PG&E was "unable to gain access" to the nest tree and will not be taking it down until breeding season is over. The property owner reportedly refused access to the tree-cutting crew, after allowing the PG&E biologist, arborist, and Public Information Officer onto the property. Activists were also present and ready to blockade the access road, but such a confrontation was avoided when the PIO declared that PG&E would not be cutting the tree down.




Re: PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

Jim Havlena
 

Thank you, Tim, for keeping us informed of this sad, but now happy "tail!"
Jim Havlena


On 1/14/2022 5:28 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

I received word this afternoon that PG&E was "unable to gain access" to the nest tree and will not be taking it down until breeding season is over. The property owner reportedly refused access to the tree-cutting crew, after allowing the PG&E biologist, arborist, and Public Information Officer onto the property. Activists were also present and ready to blockade the access road, but such a confrontation was avoided when the PIO declared that PG&E would not be cutting the tree down.



PV Bald Eagle Nest spared

Tim Bray
 

I received word this afternoon that PG&E was "unable to gain access" to the nest tree and will not be taking it down until breeding season is over. The property owner reportedly refused access to the tree-cutting crew, after allowing the PG&E biologist, arborist, and Public Information Officer onto the property. Activists were also present and ready to blockade the access road, but such a confrontation was avoided when the PIO declared that PG&E would not be cutting the tree down.

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