Fw: Blue-gray gnatcatcher

E. Rae Hudspeth <erae@...>

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From: E. Rae Hudspeth
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2001 10:48 AM
Subject: Blue-gray gnatcatcher

A blue-gray gnatcatcher was seen in the meadow north of The Sea Ranch Lodge about 5 pm on Arp. 15.

Ukiah Sewage Ponds 4/15

George Chaniot

On the morning of Saturday, April 14, I had a male and female
BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the Ukiah Wetlands (sewage ponds). The teal were
at the east end of the northernmost large pond. Shorebird activity was
light with only four GREATER YELLOWLEGS, two WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and
four LEAST SANDPIPERS. Also of interest were a male COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT and an alternate plumaged MYRTLE WARBLER.

Good Birding
Matthew Matthiessen

male Calliope Hummingbird/Hopland

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>

Sun, 15 Apr 2001 - A male Calliope Hummingbird was observed twice at a feeder in Hopland at 7:00 PM. The feeder was swarmed by numerous Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds and the Calliope slipped in for a 30-second feed. I will check the feeder tomorrow, if the Calliope is still there I will post the information.

Bob Keiffer - 744-1160

Calliope Hummingbird Update

George Chaniot

Sun, 15 Apr 2001 -- The male Calliope Hummingbird was seen again several
times this afternoon at my feeders in Potter Valley.

3:30-3:35 PM
4:00 PM
6:22-6:25 PM
7:49-7:52 PM

If there is any pattern, it seems to show up for 3-5 minutes and then
disappear for an hour or two. There is a _lot_ of Rufous Hummingbird
activity swamping the belligerant Anna's.

George Chaniot
9430 West Road
Potter Valley, CA

Calliope Hummingbird in Potter Valley

George Chaniot

Sun, 15 Apr 2001, 15:30 -- A male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD has been coming to a
feeder at my house for the last few minutes. There is a great flurry of
hummingbird activity today, maybe 10 Rufous and 6 Anna's; the Rufous are so
numerous that the male Anna's can't chase them away. The Calliope sneaks
in among the Rufous. There may be a female too.
This is a seldom-seen species in Mendocino County; I haven't had
one here since 1985. There's no pattern yet, but you're welcome to come and
watch for it. I'm putting out a few lawn chairs and benches. 9430 West
Road, Potter Valley, the driveway is right across from milemarker 1.33.

George Chaniot 743-1310

Ukiah birds 4/8

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings: George Chaniot and I spent the am yesterday birding the Ukiah area. We started at USTP ponds, and saw 2 Dunlin which were molting into alternate plumage. Although Dunlin are often seen locally in the fall, neither of us could recall having seen Dunlin in this area in the spring. Jerry White reports only a single spring sighting in Lake County. There was also a late Merlin hanging around the ponds. We went up Low Gap Road for Blue Grouse, but neither heard nor saw any. Black-throated Gray Warblers were singing all up and down the hills there.
Grasshopper Sparrows have been singing at HREC since 4/5.

Chuck Vaughn

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Boy Scout Camp

George Chaniot

Sat, 7 Apr 2001 -- Eight members of the Peregrine Audubon Chapter led by
Ollie Kolkmann birded the Willits Boy Scout Camp east of Willits off Berry
Canyon Road. Ollie had arranged special permission to visit this private
and little-birded area. There is a lake of some size ringed by cattails and
reeds, grassy hillsides, and areas forested by Douglas Fir, Oregon and
Black Oak, Ponderose Pine, and other species. The weather was cool with
considerable north wind and occasional period of sun, rain, sleet, and
snow. The wind cut into bird activity, but we were able to find the
s = singing nb = nest building

Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove s
Anna's Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-shafted N. Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Steller's Jay
W. Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee nb
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper nb
Ruby-crowned Kinglet s
Western Bluebird
American Robin s
Cassin's Vireo s
Orange-crowned Warbler s
Common Yellowthroat
Audubon's Y-r Warbler s
California Towhee
Chipping Sparrow s
Song Sparrow s
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Oregon D-e Junco s
Red-winged Blackbird s
Purple Finch s
Lesser Goldfinch

California Slender Salamander
Blue-tailed Skink
W. Fence Lizard

Black-tailed Deer
Black-tailed Jackrabbit


Justin Ward <melodus@...>

Howdy Mendo birders
Yesterday (3/28/01) I saw a Long billed Curlew and a Red-necked
Grebe at the mouth of Inglenook creek on Ten-mile beach. It was about
08:30 and the Curlew just sat there for a moment before flying North
calling. The Red-necked Grebe was actively diving just behind the
Both Pigeon Guillemot and Caspian Tern were seen at numerous
locations this week on the coast.
Just a quick side note, today I saw 15 Osprey swarming the mouth of
the Russian river in Sonoma County. There was also a huge group of over
100 Cormorants (DCCO & PECO), 25 Loons (RTLO, COLO), 25+ Caspian terns
and hundreds of Gulls feeding in the same location.
Thats all for now, Good Luck and Good Birding.
Justin Ward

indigo bunting

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

I observed an indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) at 8:45am today, March
23, 2001. The observation occurred at Lake Cleone in MacKerricher State
Park just north of Fort Bragg, CA. The bird was observed on the La
Laguna trail on the north side of the lake in the cleared area at the
waterworks located on the edge of the lake. An indigo bunting was
observed 30 minutes later on the south side of Lake Cleone directly
across the lake from the waterworks. I could not determine if this was
the same individual located earlier.

Access sites by parking in the Lake Cleone parking lot in MacKerricher
State Park. Walk the trail encompassing the lake starting on the
boardwalk on the lake's northern shore.


David Lancaster

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

falcon territorial fighting

vishnu <vishnu@...>

Hello all, I recognize and apologize that this is OT ... but as many of us
are members of "Peregrine" Audubon the link below leads to a very
dramatic story of peregrines that took place last Friday and was recorded by
a web cam and eyewitnesses. Excellent photos including one of an egg heavy
female (though unfortunately she was the victim.). Vishnu

(Mendobirds) Merlin

Feather Forestwalker <feather@...>

Hi, everyone!

My son and I saw an adult male Merlin attacking a European Starling this
afternoon near the Dodge dealership on Chestnut Street in Fort Bragg
this afternoon. He was simply beautiful! He sat on the sidewalk with his
prize before flying, heavily, to land on the ground again in a nearby
yard before finally taking his heavy prey to the rooftop of some
apartments on South McPherson Street.



vishnu <vishnu@...>

Sunday morning 3/25/01 Vishnu observed at the Ukiah oxidation ponds 10
pair of green winged teal. Also seen were a pair of greater yellow legs,
a white-tailed kite, several common snipe, a pair of american widgeon,
3 swallow species - RWSW, VGSW & TRSW - and an osprey (enjoying a
Sunday brunch).

Spring Arrival Dates

George Chaniot

With a major infusion of data from Chuck Vaughn, I have put together a
list of the early arrival dates for some migrant and summer resident birds.
These are the earliest spring dates recorded over a period of some years.
In most years, of course, they usually arrive somewhat after this date.
The geographical area covered is the interior valleys and ranges of
Mendocino County from about Willits south to Hopland and the Sonoma county
line, including Potter Valley. Roughly, the SE quarter of the county. We
are in need of better information on some sparse migrant species
(MacGillivray's Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, et al.)
and for the primarily montane species (Flammulated Owl, Green-tailed
Towhee, Hammond's and Dusky Flycatcher, et al.). The higher areas of the
county are little explored in this season.
I have also put this data on the web at
with some similar data from a subarea, Potter Valley, at
Thirdly, I have created a database at the Mendobirds homepage where we can
accumulate information on arrivals as the spring season unfolds. Go to
and choose "database" from the lefthand column. Any subscriber can enter
new data, edit entries, correct my spelling, or write over information
already there. (Someone may want to edit my Rufous Hummingbird entry. ). I
have included columns for the coast separate from the interior, as I know
there are some differences in timing of migration. Does anyone have similar
historical data from the coast that they would like to contribute?
Well, eight have returned, only thirty-two to go.
George Chaniot

04 Feb Tree Swallow
13 Feb Violet-green Swallow
14 Feb Orange-crowned Warbler
28 Feb Allen's Hummingbird
03 Mar Rufous Hummingbird
03 Mar N. Rough-winged Swallow
05 Mar Common Yellowthroat
07 Mar Cliff Swallow
07 Mar Pacific-slope Flycatcher
09 Mar Chipping Sparrow
12 Mar House Wren
12 Mar Western Tanager
13 Mar Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
17 Mar Bullock's Oriole
19 Mar Barn Swallow
20 Mar Cassin's Vireo
20 Mar Warbling Vireo
22 Mar Lazuli Bunting
22 Mar Greater Yellowlegs
25 Mar Western Kingbird
30 Mar Green Heron
01 Apr Wilson's Warbler
02 Apr Black-throated Gray Warbler
03 Apr Black-headed Grosbeak
08 Apr Calliope Hummingbird
15 Apr Vaux's Swift
19 Apr Purple Martin
19 Apr Yellow Warbler
21 Apr Yellow-breasted Chat
22 Apr Hermit Warbler
24 Apr Western Wood-Pewee
26 Apr MacGillivray's Warbler
06 May Swainson's Thrush
06 May Olive-sided Flycatcher
? Nashville Warbler
? Western Sandpiper
? Green-tailed Towhee
? Flammulated Owl
? Hammond's Flycatcher
? Dusky Flycatcher



George didn't see, forgot to mention or didn't think important the
five Double-crested Cormorants at the Burris Lane pond Sunday. I also
had a pair of Ring-necked Pheasants on Burris Lane on Thursday and a
pair of Great Blue Herons fly over my house Sunday. Jim Armstrong

Clay-colored Sparrow in Potter Valley

George Chaniot

Sun, 18 Mar 2001 -- At 9:30 this morning I found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on
Pine Avenue in Potter Valley. It was in a flock of White-crowned Sparrows
that frequents the farm machinery at the Tiara Ranch about 1/3 mile from
East Road. Prominent crown stripe, light lores, ear patch, and tan rump.
There was another _Spizella_ present, but I could not get a good enough
look to ID it.
Around Potter Valley this morning there was also a Merlin on Pine
Avenue, no Mountain Bluebirds seen today, and another Merlin and a Lewis's
Woodpecker at the end of Burris Lane.
Along Potter Valley Road there was an American Dipper carrying
nesting material under the old bridge, another dipper carrying nesting
material at mm 0.75, and yet another dipper singing near mm 0.89. -- George

Snowy Plover wearing bands

Patti Brill <starfish@...>

At sunset on Feb 24 at the mouth of 10 Mile I saw a group of Snowy Plovers, about 14-20 in all. A few came within 15 feet of the log I was sitting on. One had two bands on its right leg: Blue on top, red under. Left leg had 3 bands: yellow or orange on top, with two red under. I left a message on Tina Fabula's machine at the Park headquarters, but I never heard back from her. This is the first banded bird I have seen out in the field.

Red-breasted Merganser in Clear Lake

George Chaniot

Sorry for the delayed report, but on March 11 I saw a male
Red-breasted Merganser in Clear Lake near milemarker 20.5 on Highway 20.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

re early arrivals

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Sorry, but I neglected to mention on my previous post that the database on early arriving migrants is only for inland Mendocino County. At this point it does not include anything from the coast, west of the Russian River watershed, or north of Willits.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

early arrivals

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Jim Armstrong and I were talking, and there is apparently some general interest in tracking early arrivals of some of our regular migrants. I have kept a database over the years with dates going back to the 60s which Ollie Kolkmann has provided me. George Chaniot also has lots of early arrival data. is what I have so far this year of birds which I am quite certain were not winter residents. Please let me know if you have earlier dates and be sure to provide dates for birds which haven't shown up yet so I can keep the Mendocino County database current.

Thanks, Chuck Vaughn

Tree Swallow 2/4 at USTP
Violet-green Swallow 2/18 at USTP
Allen's Hummingbird 2/28 at my feeders
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3/11 at USTP
Orange-crowned Warbler 3/12 at HREC

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482

Hummers and Fame


Front page! Bob, Chuck and Ollie have had their Warhol 15 minutes.
Anyone else experiencing exceptional voraciousness at their
hummingbird feeders? Maybe migrants are ahead of nectar sources or
something else is going on, but my usual three or four day filling
cycle has become daily. Sometimes they start to feed before I can
even hang the thing up.

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