Re: American Redstarts on Miner Hole Rd

E. Rae Hudspeth <erae@...>

Did anyone see the common greenshank this weekend?
E Rae Hudspeth, M.D.
PO Box 78
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
707 785-2969

flycatchers at HREC

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

It was "Tyrannidae time" in the HREC permanent pasture on the Russian R valley floor today at noon: the season's first Say's Phoebe, single Willow and Dusky Flycatchers, a late Western Kingbird, and the ubiquitous Black Phoebes.

Chuck Vaughn

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

American Redstarts on Miner Hole Rd

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

Yesterday morning (Sun the 9th) I had two AMERICAN REDSTARTS (one adult
and one immature male) along Miner Hole Rd. The birds were within 100
meters west of the cattle guard. This is just a few feet from where I
had two redstarts last weekend. However, the immature seen yesterday
was a different individual from the immature seen last weekend (much
more orange on yesterdays bird).

Also on Miner Hole Rd were two celata ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and one pale blue BUDGERIGAR (could this be a first
county record?). Along the Garcia River at the end of Miner Hole Rd

Hunters Lagoon produced one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and one LESSER
YELLOWLEGS among the numerous peeps, dowitchers, and Greater Yellowlegs.
The mudflats at the west end of the lagoon are very good right now but
you will need a scope.

The beach out to the Garcia Rivermouth had four BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS. Of
note was a flock of 20 probable LONG-BILLED CURLEWS flying east up the
Garcia River. The birds were quite high and came from behind me and
unfortunately I didn't get on them till they were past me. I watched
them in the scope until they disappeared to the east. The bills were
clearly curlew types and from the color and size they looked good for
long-billed but I couldn't absolutely rule out Whimbrel.

- Matthew Matthiessen

Lake county birding

vishnu <vishnu@...>

Cheryl Heinecken and Vishnu birded the Kelsey creek outlet at Clear Lake
State P ark today, 9/9/01, from approx. 11:30 -4pm. We were rewarded with
good views of a green heron, at least 2 sora, a least bittern (quick views),
a common moorhen, a family of 10 wood ducks, pectoral sandpipers, western
grebes swimming with young, a probable Virginia rail, a Caspian tern and
several semi-palmated and one black-bellied plover. In the parking area were
numerous foraging yellow warblers and a female common yellowthroat. A very
enjoyable trip that included meeting Lake and Marin county birders.

Kelsey Creek Outlet - LTJA, SESA, Lake County 9/7

DOUGLAS SHAW <dougshaw1@...>

Hi All,
I headed directly to Kelsey Creek today after work without looking at my email. I had a very brief look at the juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER at about 7:30 PM while scoping the lake to the west. My attention was brought to the bird since a large number of shorebirds and blackbirds suddenly took flight all at once. I was expecting a Peregrine, not a jaeger, surprise, surprise. I also had a juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER that was squabbling with a WESA. I saw this bird in the scope and with binoculars from about 50 feet away. The back on this bird was rather plain brown and scaly. There was a strong head pattern consisting of a dark cap and a distinctive dark brown cheek. There was a single patch of light brown buff on the sides of the breast with clean white down the center of the breast. The peep numbers are as follows: 5 PECTORAL, 3 LEAST, and 35+ WESTERN.
I only heard the LEAST BITTERN calling three times between 6PM-7PM. The blackbirds started moving heavily into the tules around 7:00 and the bittern became silent. A SORA came out around that time for a walk on a log. I had 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS that were moving back and forth from the upper drier mudflat and the shore edge. There were also 7 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS on the muddy shore. All and all, a very productive 1 3/4 hours.

Doug Shaw Santa Rosa, CA

Clay-colored Sparrow/Lake County


Today (9/7) there was a Clay-colored Sparrow (3rd county record) at
the Kelsey Creek outlet in Clear Lake State Park seen by Margaret
Barson, Jerry White, Brian Woodward and me. The bird was feeding at
the edge of a row of willow sprouts just beyond the last tules on the
west side of the flat. It was first seen near noon and still present
near 5pm. Dave Woodward

Lark Bunting & Baird's Sandpipers

George Chaniot

Fri, 7 Sep 2001 -- At about 10:00 Dorothy Tobkin found an immature or
female LARK BUNTING near the gate fence at the Westport Recycling Center.
It could seen from outside the fence.

This afternoon Chuck Vaughn and I walked the ocean beach from
Stoneboro Road to the mouth of the Garcia River. We found at least 7
BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS in the kelp flotsam along the beach. Other shorebirds
along this stretch were Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Sanderlings,
Semipalmated Plovers, and Snowy Plovers.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, CA

Lake County

Jerry White <grwhite@...>

Todd Easterla this morning while scanning Clear Lake from the Kelsey Creek outlet area found a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger. This is the 3rd county record. Jerry White

Forster's Tern at Lake Mendocino

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

This morning (9/7) George Chaniot found a basic plumaged FORSTER'S TERN
at Lake Mendocino. He initially located the bird off the west tip of
the Mesa at 10:00. By the time I arrived the bird was south of the
Mesa. Ultimately the bird landed on a small island just off the west
tip of the long spit sticking out to the west well south of the Mesa.
When I left at 11:00 the bird was still roosting on the island.

- Matthew Matthiessen

Pectoral Sandpipers at USTP

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

The Ukiah sewage ponds now have four PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on the bubbler.
John Hunter reported four yesterday (9/6) and they were still there
this morning when I dropped by. Don't forget to sign in at the office
if you do go by the ponds.

- Matthew Matthiessen

Trip Report – Shearwater Journeys Sept 5 Fort Bragg Pelagic



At 7:00 AM we began our trek to the offshore waters of Mendocino
County on the aptly named Trek II. Less than a mile offshore, we got
quick glimpses of a coupe of Blue Whales. They showed us a few
blows, and then disappeared under the choppy seas.
Soon afterward, Sooty and Buller's Shearwaters appeared, at first
distant, but eventually flying by quite closely. A nice Gull flock
had formed behind the boat, attracted by the trail of stale popcorn
being thrown from the stern. Expert Pelagic leader (and author of the
justly praised Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I),
quickly spotted a juvenile Mew Gull in the attending flock. Fresh
Juvenile Mew Gulls are a beautiful tan-gray mix, and we usually
encounter one or two in the late August to mid-September timeframe.
Strangely, we generally do not record them again until late

After good views of the Mew Gull, we focused our attention back on
tubenoses. As we progressed offshore, the numbers of Shearwaters
began to increase, and we started seeing good numbers of Pink-footed
Shearwaters. Some of the local Mendocino County birders were talking
about their desire to see Flesh-footed Shearwater in the county.
Shortly thereafter, Leader Lisa Hug and I screamed "Flesh-footed
Shearwater" in stereo from different ends of the boat. We had both
gotten on the bird at exactly the same time, as the bird approached
from the port side. Flesh-footed Shearwaters often come directly to
the stern to check out the chum, and this bird stayed true to form.
Our skipper stopped the boat, and all on board were able to get good
views as the bird circled leisurely in the stern.

As we continued offshore, we began filling out the day's list. Red
Phalarope, Northern Fulmar, Rhinoceros Auklet, and a few Jaegers put
in appearances. Soon the first few Sabine's Gulls and Artic Terns
were being spotted, and then the Long-tailed Jaegers kicked in. We
had a conservative 93 Long-tailed jaegers over the course of the day,
ranging in ages from juveniles to full adults complete with tail
streamers. As many as 10 were in view at once, and one full-tailed
adult made several close circles right off the stern. In the
distance, flocks of Sabine's Gulls and Arctic Terns were being
harassed by multiple Long-tailed Jaegers. At one point, a single
Arctic Tern was chased down by three Long-tailed Jaegers. It looked
like a battle scene from Top Gun, as the tern tried to every
aerobatic maneuver to shake the pursuers.

At about 16 miles out of Fort Bragg, the wind was blowing harder, and
the seas looked even less inviting, so we decided not to venture
further offshore. Besides, the birds slowed down after about 12
miles, so we proceeded inshore to lay our first of three cod-liver
oil slicks for the day.

The first slick brought us good looks at Arctic Terns, Sabine's
Gulls, but no storm petrels, so we proceeded in shore. A half-mile or
so from our slick, one of the participants showed-up all the leaders
by spotting a Wilson's Storm-petrel in the stern. The bird did not
hang around, and we used our second oil slick, in the hopes of
enticing it back, but to no avail. There are only a handful of
records for Wilson's Storm-petrel in Mendocino County, although that
is probably due more to the paucity of trips then the actual rarity
of the bird, nonetheless, the Mendocino listers on board were all
pleased to add a county tick.

Two Ashy Storm-petrels were seen by a few as they flew by, and our
third slick produced a brief view of a third. As we started to pull
away from the slick, a South Polar Skua materialized right behind the
boat, and hung in the air a few feet off the stern before making
several passes around the boat, affording us excellent views. The
Skua sealed the Jaeger Grand slam, all three species of jaeger, plus
Skua! It was birdy the whole way to shore, and just a short distance
outside the harbor, one of the participants spotted a breeding
plumaged Tufted Puffin sitting on the water. A perfect cap to the

As the crew tied up the boat, the ever observant Peter Pyle spied an
early Herring Gull on the nearby rocks. One last good bird.

I would like to thank Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, and Luke Cole for co-
leading what turned out to be an excellent day at sea. Information
about future trips follows, as does a complete trip list.

For Shearwater Journeys
Todd McGrath

Upcoming trips:

Shearwater Triangle (Moss Landing))Sep 30. Oct 5,13,20,27
Cordell Bank and Bodega Canyon (Bodega Bay) Sep 7, Oct 15
Monterey Bay (Monterey) Sep 15,
Monterey Seavalley (Monterey) Sep 9 (wailist only), Oct 7
Albacore Grounds (Monterey)Sep 16(waitlist only), Oct 6
Santa Cruz: Storm-petrels & Murrelets (Santa Cruz) Sep 8, Oct 8, 14

Contact Debi Shearwater at 831-637-8527or for
more information on upcoming trips. See our new website at for the latest trip info.

Species 9/5 Fort Bragg
Red-throated Loon 1
Black-footed Albatross 14
Sooty Shearwater 150
Pink-footed Shearwater 200
Buller'shearwater 100
Northern Fulmar 12
Ashy Storm-petrel 3
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 1
Pomarine Jaeger 18
Parasitic Jaeger 5
Long-tailed Jaeger 93
Jaeger Sp. 4
South Polar Skua 1
Western Gull +++
Herring Gull 1 at dock
California Gull +++
Heerman's Gull +++
Mew Gull 1
Sabine's Gull 49
Arctic Tern 52
Common Tern 2
Common Murre 35
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Rhinocerous Auklet 10
Tufted Puffin 1
Red-necked Phalarope 2
Red Phalarope 15
Phalarope Sp. 3
Whales and dolphins:
Blue Whale 2
Pacific white-sided Dolphin 12
Other Marine Life:
Harbor Seal 2
California Sea Lion 1

For Shearwater Journeys

Todd McGrath
Marina Del Rey

Snowy Plovers/Lake County


This afternoon (9/4) there were 2 Snowy Plovers (1st county record)
on the flat at the outlet of Kelsey Creek in Clear Lake State Park.
Other recent arrivals were 2 Black-necked Stilts and 3 Pectoral
Sandpipers. Continuing were 2 Marbled Godwits, 2 Semipalmated
Plovers, 1 Common Tern and 1 Forster's Tern. On the way out near
4:30pm all of these species were still present and there was a
MacGillivray's Warbler in the riparian just after leaving the flat.
Dave Woodward

new arrivals

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings: At noon today there was a Lewis's Woodpecker at the Hopland Research Center. Other new fall arrivals in this area were 2 Townsend's Warblers and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

Another Pectoral Sandpiper

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

The PECTORAL SANDPIPER that was at the Ukiah sewage ponds yesterday
afternoon has been joined by a second individual. Both birds are on the
bubbler (this is the only pond with mudflats).

- Matthew Matthiessen

Pectoral Sandpiper

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

At 3:00 I dropped by the sewage ponds for a quick look and found a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the bubbler. The bubbler is the first pond on
your right as you walk out to the three long ponds. The bird was in the
east half of the pond and on the south bank. At times it was difficult
to find the bird as it foraged through some vegetated areas but at other
times it was out in the open and quite easy to see.

Also at the ponds were a pair of juvenile WOOD DUCKS on the northern
large pond.

- Matthew Matthiessen

Coast Mendo Report - 9/2

Matthew Matthiessen <matthima@...>

This morning I worked the south coast of Mendocino County. The day
started off well with a very cooperative BLUE GROUSE along Mountain View
Rd. Along Minder Hole Rd were two AMERICAN REDSTARTS (an adult male and
an adult female) along Miner Hole Rd. Also of note along Miner Hole Rd
was a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. Along the Garcia River at the end of Miner
Hole Rd was one PECTORAL SANDPIPER and two immature BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS. Along the Garcia River and the end of Windy Hollow Rd
were a pair of WOOD DUCKS and a CASSIN'S VIREO.

I concluded my coastal birding with a walk out to the mouth of the
Garcia River. On the beach were a pair of BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS mixed in
with the Sanderlings. At the river mouth was one ELEGANT TERN roosting
with the gulls and three SNOWY PLOVERS (only one of which was banded -
aqua on left leg, nothing on right).

- Matthew Matthiessen

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders: Early this afternoon George Chaniot, Matthew Matthiesson, and I found a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Ten Mile Beach at the northern end of McKerricher SP north of Fort Bragg. The bird was seen about 0.5 miles south of the main access to the beach from where the old Haul Road runs parallel to Ten Mile River. It was feeding on amphipods along the kelp rack which had washed up on the beach. It was very approachable and still there when we left.

Of local interest were 2 Long-billed Curlews, also along Ten Mile beach, and 12 Elegant Terns seen feeding near-shore off Laguna Point.

Chuck Vaughn


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

Whimbrel/Lake County


This afternoon (8/31) there was a Whimbrel at the outlet of Kelsey
Creek in Clear Lake State Park. This was the second at the outlet
this month and the third county record overall. Dave Woodward

Ukiah Wastewater Plant- access ruled

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders: Those of you have birded at the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant the last 3 weeks have noticed a big change: all the gates
at the east end of the oxidation ponds which provided access to the Russian
River have been locked. Thanks to some very diplomatic negotiations by
Barbara Dolan of the Peregrine Audubon Chapter, the issue of access to the
river has been resolved. Barbara has asked me to post this note of
explanation on mendobirds, and to emphasize the importance of following the
requested checking in procedures. Thanks!

The Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant Changes: The UWTP is one of the jewels
for birding interior Mendocino County. Not only do locals enjoy it as a
haven but fellow Birders also drop by from afar. One of the big changes
that has occurred is the rebuilding of a chain link fence with locked gates
at the River edge. This change has occurred to provide protection of the
Pond Habitat and Wildlife and we can be helpful by being aware of the
purpose. The Wastewater Treatment Supervisor, Jerry Gall, and the
Operators want us to have knowledge and access to the Ponds for
Birding. They realize in their hospitality to us that the Pond areas are
crucial for birding pleasure and that they have a role for passerines,
waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds as a place to land, feed and restore as
the birds go back and forth to their breeding and winter grounds.

There are new hours from 7:30AM to 3:30PM. The UWTP Staff are
supportive of Birders having access. They ask that on arrival we each sign
in , thus a sign-in board has been established. The sign-in board will be
located inside the office building which is the building to your left
(north) as you enter the parking area. The sign in list requires "a check"
that you have left the premises. Jerry Gall wants to keep track of numbers
of birders as 'a positive'. For access to the riparian edge, the
operators will unlock the lock of one gate during their open
hours. Please follow this process of access. Leave the gate closed.

We really appreciate the consideration we are being provided and we
appreciate the staff want to be protective of the wildlife.

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

Kelsey Creek outlet

Jerry White <grwhite@...>

This evening at Clear Lake State Park at the outlet there was a flock of about 15 Common Terns. A Least Bittern was also seen. Marbled Godwits and Semipalmated Plovers were still present. Jerry White

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