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Acorn woodpeckers in the 'hood

newsboy.zack@...
 

Well, over the past three weeks the birds have sure been active here. Everytime I am outdoors, even in town, birds are everywhere!

I wanted to note that acorn woodpeckers have arrived in my "neighborhood", something not  found living at my forested location prior to last year. I observed one with my binoculars the other day and I was impressed by its agility moving around and almost hanging upside down in the canopy of nearby white oak and pepperwood trees. I hope to discover a granary someday.

I enjoy the emails from this group. Thank you.

Zack Cinek 
Willits


Pec Sand Ten Mile

Roger Adamson
 

I found a Pectoral Sandpiper from the Ten Mile River bridge. It was just east of the south end of the bridge. We see these regularly Aug-Sep, but it’s unusual in spring.

RHA


Choo-choo Willie

Tim Bray
 

6 April 2022 - This morning I finally heard my first Wilson's Warbler of spring, singing from a riparian zone. Been waiting for these guys.
Pacific-slope Flycatchers arrived last week.
My Grevillea hedges are still attracting Rufous Hummingbirds - at least four were present on Sunday - along with lots and lots of Allen's.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Rose Memorial, FB

Roger Foote
 

A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Rose Memorial Cemetery in Fort Bragg at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 26, 2022. The bird was working the western most Banksias. 

Roger Foote
Ukiah 


Orioles

Roger Adamson
 

Chris L today reported to me that there is a female Hooded Oriole at Rose Memorial Cem in Fort Bragg. Also, there is a possible Orchard Oriole, also female, at MacKerricher near the little amphitheater.

RHA


Female Osprey arrived

jackson_us
 

3/14/22

 

Hi All,

  Yesterday I heard Osprey calls in the air. And in the afternoon I saw the female had returned. The Osprey pair were in the nest, working on it. This is the nest I watch through a spotting scope in Anchor Bay.

  It warmed my heart to see her return to her mate. Jeanne


Re: Violet-Green Swallows are Back

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I saw two circling above Caspar Pond on March 2nd.

Since then, I have been seeing more and more and today, as at your place,
they are circling and calling above my house north of Fort Bragg. Nice to
see they are back!


Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg/Cleone



On Mon, 7 Mar 2022 12:58:41 -0800, "Erica Fielder" <efielder@...>
wrote:
Flying and chattering above our yard today.
Erica Fielder
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Violet-Green Swallows are Back

Erica Fielder
 

Flying and chattering above our yard today.

Erica Fielder

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Re: First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

&#92; LFK&#92; Liquid Fusion Kayaking
 

Yess! 
On the Look Out!
Cheers,

Jeff Laxier
Liquid Fusion Kayaking 
Fort Bragg, California 
(707) 357-0081


On Sun, Mar 6, 2022 at 1:08 PM jackson_us <jackson2@...> wrote:

3/6/22

And just now, I looked through my spotting scope and there was an osprey perched on the nest my husband and I have watched through the years here in Anchor Bay. So, a returning male, it sure looks like! Diane Hichwa reminded me the Sea Ranch bird count had one osprey in January, so we know one sometimes stays on the coast overwinter. But this is the first sighting of one on this nest since last year. More to follow…

Jeanne

 

From: Mendobirds@groups.io <Mendobirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Sunday, March 6, 2022 9:16 AM
To: Mendobirds@groups.io
Subject: [Mendobirds] First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

 

3/6/22

Hi All,

  Two Gualala residents report seeing an Osprey yesterday at Cooks Beach, March 5, 2022. Also, the first Violet-green swallows arrived in Timber Cove (I know, that’s Sonoma county) on Feb. 28th. I have Mel Smith in Point Arena watching his nesting boxes. I think of the Ospreys returning around the first day of spring and the swallows arriving around St. Patrick’s day. So, like everything else this year, they are early.

  And long strings of Aleutian Cackling Geese were seen last week headed north, in great numbers.

Jeanne, Anchor Bay

--
Jeff Laxier
Liquid Fusion Kayaking


Re: First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

jackson_us
 

3/6/22

And just now, I looked through my spotting scope and there was an osprey perched on the nest my husband and I have watched through the years here in Anchor Bay. So, a returning male, it sure looks like! Diane Hichwa reminded me the Sea Ranch bird count had one osprey in January, so we know one sometimes stays on the coast overwinter. But this is the first sighting of one on this nest since last year. More to follow…

Jeanne

 

From: Mendobirds@groups.io <Mendobirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Sunday, March 6, 2022 9:16 AM
To: Mendobirds@groups.io
Subject: [Mendobirds] First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

 

3/6/22

Hi All,

  Two Gualala residents report seeing an Osprey yesterday at Cooks Beach, March 5, 2022. Also, the first Violet-green swallows arrived in Timber Cove (I know, that’s Sonoma county) on Feb. 28th. I have Mel Smith in Point Arena watching his nesting boxes. I think of the Ospreys returning around the first day of spring and the swallows arriving around St. Patrick’s day. So, like everything else this year, they are early.

  And long strings of Aleutian Cackling Geese were seen last week headed north, in great numbers.

Jeanne, Anchor Bay


Re: First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I saw Violet-green Swallows at Caspar Pond last week as well as the
Enchanted Forest Trail this morning with Kent Leland and Shannon Underhill


Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg/Cleone



On Sun, 6 Mar 2022 09:16:14 -0800, "jackson_us" <jackson2@...> wrote:
3/6/22

Hi All,

Two Gualala residents report seeing an Osprey yesterday at Cooks Beach,
March 5, 2022. Also, the first Violet-green swallows arrived in Timber
Cove (I know, that's Sonoma county) on Feb. 28th. I have Mel Smith in
Point Arena watching his nesting boxes. I think of the Ospreys returning
around the first day of spring and the swallows arriving around St.
Patrick's day. So, like everything else this year, they are early.

And long strings of Aleutian Cackling Geese were seen last week headed
north, in great numbers.

Jeanne, Anchor Bay

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First Osprey seen! And Violet-green Swallows, plus thousand of Cacklers.

jackson_us
 

3/6/22

Hi All,

  Two Gualala residents report seeing an Osprey yesterday at Cooks Beach, March 5, 2022. Also, the first Violet-green swallows arrived in Timber Cove (I know, that’s Sonoma county) on Feb. 28th. I have Mel Smith in Point Arena watching his nesting boxes. I think of the Ospreys returning around the first day of spring and the swallows arriving around St. Patrick’s day. So, like everything else this year, they are early.

  And long strings of Aleutian Cackling Geese were seen last week headed north, in great numbers.

Jeanne, Anchor Bay


Re: Rare Yellow Purple Finch at Our Feeder

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

There's an article on carotenism in Purple Finches, here:

https://archive.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V48/48(1)-p069-p071.pdf




On Wed, 23 Feb 2022 11:50:50 -0800, "Erica Fielder" <efielder@...>
wrote:
Hi All,
Larry and I have been watching and photographing a yellow purple (not
house) finch at our feeder for the last two weeks on Simpson Lane near
Mitchel Creek. Unfortunately, the camera used to photograph is
complicated and Larry hasn’t been able to download the photo to post.
However, the bird has all the features of the purple: a bit bulkier than
a house finch, subtle eye stripes, yellow wash over all back and breast
feathers.
The Birders’ Handbook says it is very rare and mostly seen in the
southwest.
Erica Fielder
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Rufous hummingbird today

Kitty & Creek Norris
 

Hi Folks -
Our long haul trucker Rufous is here today, visiting his pit stop, doing his best to avoid being attacked by the mob of Anna’s. They seem to seriously dislike the color orange.
Kitty & Creek Norris
Irene Peak SW of Willits


Whimbrel concerns

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi again, all.... first, thanks to Joe Morlan about the correct ID of the
American Pipit sub-group? race? I just call them 'forms' for my own notes.

On to Whimbrels...

Is it just me, or does it seem like Whimbrels were sparse here in the
latter half 2021?

eBird has the last report (with photos) of Whimbrel on the Mendocino coast
on September 16 of 2021. I saw one on the 17th but did not report it to
eBird. I am sure there have to be other reports without photos on eBird
since then?

In a typical year, I see Whimbrels on the Mendocino Coast from March
through December. I was gone from Aug 2020 to Aug 2021. That Whimbrel I saw
on the 17th of September 2021 was the *only* Whimbrel I have seen since I
got home. Not for lack of birding the shorelines from Westport to
Mendocino, as often as possible. I also see on eBird some huge flocks from
earlier in the year during the Mendocino SOS.

(I remember times seeing them foraging for food on the Pudding Creek
Headlands in the tall grasses, as well as on the Glass Beach Headlands in
summer after the breeding season up north)

While I was in Santa Barbara County, (Aug 2020 to Aug 2021) I saw a few
on the days I could go birding at the coast (beaches from Vandenberg to
Santa Barbara), but not as many as I had been used to seeing up here during
that same time stretch. (of course, I didn't go birding as often as I am
used to, while I was down there),

It just seems like there are by far fewer.... or is this the lull before
the migratory storm? *smile*

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed a drop in shorebird numbers,
most specifically the Whimbrel. I should have just left it at that. Sorry
for writing a book!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Re: American Pipit Question

Joe Morlan
 

Hi Lisa,

This looks more like /A. r. pacificus/ to me. Very gray with underparts
more spotted than streaked. Not /japonicua/ which looks much different.
Great photos!

On Mon, 28 Feb 2022 13:37:48 -0800, "Lisa D. Walker, (Feather
Forestwalker)" <feather@...> wrote:

Hi, all!

American Pipits fascinate me. Today, I got some photos of a
different-looking American Pipit (its calls were definitely
American-sounding). Instead of the warm tones of the Rubescens form, I
think this might be a Japonicus form as it was grayer overall. I have
attached a couple of photos of the bird in hope that someone can tell
me.... seemed to be very different-looking than other American Pipits I
have photographed on the Mendocino coast.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman (Feather), Fort Bragg/Cleone

PS. This was at "Snow Bunting Cove" on the Pudding Creek headlands, just
south of Virgin Creek



--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


American Pipit Question

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, all!

American Pipits fascinate me. Today, I got some photos of a
different-looking American Pipit (its calls were definitely
American-sounding). Instead of the warm tones of the Rubescens form, I
think this might be a Japonicus form as it was grayer overall. I have
attached a couple of photos of the bird in hope that someone can tell
me.... seemed to be very different-looking than other American Pipits I
have photographed on the Mendocino coast.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman (Feather), Fort Bragg/Cleone

PS. This was at "Snow Bunting Cove" on the Pudding Creek headlands, just
south of Virgin Creek


Re: Rufous Hummingbird

Larry Sawyer and Harriet Bye
 

We had a male Rufous at our feeder this morning in Albion.  What a beauty.

Larry

On 2/25/2022 7:56 PM, Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) wrote:
Hi, everyone!

A gorgeous male Rufous Hummingbird was at my feeders this evening. First
of the season for my yard - typically I don't see them until March, and I
missed seeing them completely in 2021 due to not being home.

At Virgin Creek there were quite a few Surfbirds mixed in with a flock of
Black Turnstones and a single (possibly continuing bird from December),
Ruddy Turnstone.

Gulls were sparse on the beaches but at the extreme south end of the beach
off the Pudding Creek Headlands, there was a mixed flock of gulls and
cormorants. (I didn't venture over for a look).

Two Sanderlings were hanging out with the turnstones and surfbirds. I
counted at least 25 Black-bellied Plovers. All of these, including a female
Red-breasted Merganser, some Black Oystercatchers, a few Western Gulls and
a couple of American Pipits, were at the north side of the main beach. In
the tidepools at the end of the rocks that separate the main beach from the
north, was a single Great Egret.

Checklist is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103706495

Anxious to hear about today's pelagic!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone




Albatrosses galore

Tim Bray
 

25 February 2022

On a 3-hour cruise out of Noyo Harbor this morning, twelve people enjoyed mild weather and a great show of Northern Fulmars and Black-footed Albatrosses. Heading out of the harbor we encountered very few birds until we got about 4 miles offshore, where we began seeing small flocks of Common Murres and a few Rhinoceros Auklets. Soon after that the first Northern Fulmar flew past the boat, zipping past the bow only inches away from the hull. The Captain had spotted a "drag-boat" (trawler) and took us out to see if it had a "fan club" (birds following the boat). Sure enough, as we approached we could see a lot of bird activity in the wake of the trawler, including a couple of big dark birds: the first Black-footed Albatrosses of the morning. We got behind the boat and put out a fish-oil slick while the deckhand threw popcorn out to attract Gulls. Both tricks worked and we soon had an enthusiastic following of our own, including five Black-footed Albatrosses, uncountable numbers of Northern Fulmars, and many Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls. The Fulmars put on a show, repeatedly whizzing past the boat and crossing the bow so close we could look straight down onto their backs. The Albatrosses likewise gave us a great show, landing to snatch up some popcorn and then laboriously running across the water to regain flight, circling the boat, and showing off their amazing ability to soar with their wingtips barely above water.

We stayed around the slick for a while, hoping to draw in some more species of tubenoses, and enjoying the show. Eventually we moved off toward the upper end of the Noyo Canyon, but there were very few birds to be seen there. Turning back we encountered the drag-boat again, farther offshore, so we set out another slick and got another fantastic show of Fulmars, Albatrosses, and Gulls. We kept hoping for a Laysan Albatross like the February 4 trip, but no such luck this time.

As we began heading back toward the harbor, we spied another drag-boat a couple of miles to the south, and the Captain obligingly took us to it. This one turned out to be the Miss Kelly II, and she had a "fan club" too - including no less than fourteen (14) Black-footed Albatrosses, all sitting on the water along with numerous Gulls and Fulmars. Apparently these birds had just gorged on scraps from the trawl, because they were content to sit there on the water and let us get pretty close.

After that we were pretty happy and content to return to the harbor, but the ocean had one more gift: a pod of three Gray Whales moving north. Once again the Captain obliged us and took us toward them for great views. We were a half-hour late getting back to the dock but it was totally worth it.

In the three weeks since the last "mini-pelagic," the hundreds of Kittiwakes have all disappeared, along with the Short-billed Gulls and nearly all of the California Gulls. We saw no Shearwaters at all today. Rhinoceros Auklets are still present and sporting nice facial plumes. Common Murres are present in both adult breeding and non-breeding plumages.

I will continue to look for opportunities for short trips like this when the weather forecast looks promising. Watch this list or send me an e-mail to get notified the next time.


Rufous Hummingbird

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, everyone!

A gorgeous male Rufous Hummingbird was at my feeders this evening. First
of the season for my yard - typically I don't see them until March, and I
missed seeing them completely in 2021 due to not being home.

At Virgin Creek there were quite a few Surfbirds mixed in with a flock of
Black Turnstones and a single (possibly continuing bird from December),
Ruddy Turnstone.

Gulls were sparse on the beaches but at the extreme south end of the beach
off the Pudding Creek Headlands, there was a mixed flock of gulls and
cormorants. (I didn't venture over for a look).

Two Sanderlings were hanging out with the turnstones and surfbirds. I
counted at least 25 Black-bellied Plovers. All of these, including a female
Red-breasted Merganser, some Black Oystercatchers, a few Western Gulls and
a couple of American Pipits, were at the north side of the main beach. In
the tidepools at the end of the rocks that separate the main beach from the
north, was a single Great Egret.

Checklist is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103706495

Anxious to hear about today's pelagic!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone

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