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Osprey chicks in Anchor Bay have fledged

jackson_us
 

7/26/21
 
I feel like a proud mama. The two osprey chicks I’m been watching through a spotting scope here in Anchor Bay have fledged. One fledged last Wednesday, I believe, July 21 and the second on Friday, July 23 – at least the nest was empty last Friday. They sure look healthy. It was great hearing ospreys calls as they began their flying lessons.
 
On July 24, Rich Trissel reports a Cooper’s Hawk family with two fledged chicks at his property a little north of me.
 
Jeanne Jackson


Freshly hatched white (Black) Oystercatcher chick in Mendocino

David Jensen
 

July 26, 2021.

This morning I observed two freshly hatched Black Oystercatcher chicks on an offshore rock at Mendocino. One was black, the other was white. This is the third such occurrence observed at that nesting site in the past 5 years. The parents are a particularly late-breeding pair. Chicks from multiple nests in that area have already fledged.

David Jensen


Re: Bald Eagles on Ten Mile

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I've seen a female carrying a branch upriver a few years ago. I've
photographed at least three different pairs (one male had a leg band) and
several different juvenile birds there, as well, over the years. The pair
that was there last year were somewhat tolerant but still very skittish,
too.

The Bald Eagles have been there off and on since at least 2005.

On Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:52:08 +0000 (UTC), "Dan Airola"
<d.airola@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
Sorry I forgot the key piece of information that the eagle was carrying
a
fish to that area
Dan Airola

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 03:06:56 PM PDT, Dan Airola wrote:

As noted in my eBird report, I saw 2 adult Bald Eagles in the area just
upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge on 16 June. I watched one adult fly in a
direct path over 2 miles to the southeast toward a forested area. This
behavior almost surely indicates that a nest was in that area.
Dan Airola d.airola@sbcglobal.net

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 02:20:41 PM PDT, geogibbs via groups.io
wrote:

Yesterday I saw an adult flying low over the surf zone at ten mile
beach.
George Gibbs

On Jul 21, 2021, at 1:59 PM, Roger Adamson wrote:

Jim Havlena asked me to report that he had both an adult and a
juvenile Bald Eagle seen near the Highway bridge over Ten Mile River.
This was on Monday, the 19 July-two days ago. Late report is my error!
Good to have possible breeders nearby!

Roger AdamsonFor Jim Havlena

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Re: Bald Eagles on Ten Mile

Dan Airola
 

Sorry I forgot the key piece of information that the eagle was carrying a fish to that area

Dan Airola 


On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 03:06:56 PM PDT, Dan Airola <d.airola@...> wrote:


As noted in my eBird report, I saw 2 adult Bald Eagles in the area just upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge on 16 June.  I watched one adult fly in a direct path over 2 miles to the southeast toward a forested area. This behavior almost surely indicates that  a nest was in that area.

Dan Airola 
d.airola@...


On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 02:20:41 PM PDT, geogibbs via groups.io <ggibbs@...> wrote:


Yesterday I saw an adult flying low over the surf zone at ten mile beach.  

George Gibbs


On Jul 21, 2021, at 1:59 PM, Roger Adamson <radamson@...> wrote:




Jim Havlena asked me to report that he had both an adult and a juvenile Bald Eagle seen near the Highway bridge over Ten Mile River. This was on Monday, the 19 July-two days ago. Late report is my error! 
  Good to have possible breeders nearby!

Roger Adamson
For Jim Havlena


Re: Bald Eagles on Ten Mile

Dan Airola
 

As noted in my eBird report, I saw 2 adult Bald Eagles in the area just upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge on 16 June.  I watched one adult fly in a direct path over 2 miles to the southeast toward a forested area. This behavior almost surely indicates that  a nest was in that area.

Dan Airola 
d.airola@...


On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 02:20:41 PM PDT, geogibbs via groups.io <ggibbs@...> wrote:


Yesterday I saw an adult flying low over the surf zone at ten mile beach.  

George Gibbs


On Jul 21, 2021, at 1:59 PM, Roger Adamson <radamson@...> wrote:




Jim Havlena asked me to report that he had both an adult and a juvenile Bald Eagle seen near the Highway bridge over Ten Mile River. This was on Monday, the 19 July-two days ago. Late report is my error! 
  Good to have possible breeders nearby!

Roger Adamson
For Jim Havlena


Re: Bald Eagles on Ten Mile

geogibbs
 

Yesterday I saw an adult flying low over the surf zone at ten mile beach.  

George Gibbs


On Jul 21, 2021, at 1:59 PM, Roger Adamson <radamson@...> wrote:



Jim Havlena asked me to report that he had both an adult and a juvenile Bald Eagle seen near the Highway bridge over Ten Mile River. This was on Monday, the 19 July-two days ago. Late report is my error! 
  Good to have possible breeders nearby!

Roger Adamson
For Jim Havlena


Bald Eagles on Ten Mile

Roger Adamson
 


Jim Havlena asked me to report that he had both an adult and a juvenile Bald Eagle seen near the Highway bridge over Ten Mile River. This was on Monday, the 19 July-two days ago. Late report is my error! 
  Good to have possible breeders nearby!

Roger Adamson
For Jim Havlena


Mendonoma Sightings: Exciting news – two juvenile Bald Eagles at the Gualala river, as photographed by Gaily Jackson.

jackson_us
 

7/11/21
  You can read below that two juvenile bald eagles were seen at the Gualala River. We believe they are the offspring of the mated pair seen at the river and off the town of Gualala. A favorite perch, where I saw one of the adults on Thursday morning at 10 am, is a snag just north of the end of the Gualala Bluff Trail, behind Trinks restaurant.
7/17/21 
Also, the two Osprey chicks I watch with a scope in Anchor Bay are exercising their wings on the sides of the nest. They look very healthy, I’m glad to say. I don’t think it will be too long before they take their first flights.
  Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
 

From: mendonomasightings@...
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:07 AM
To: jackson2@...
Subject: Mendonoma Sightings: Exciting news – two juvenile Bald Eagles at the Gualala river, as photographed by Gaily Jackson.
 


Brown Pelicans Ward Avenue

Roger Adamson
 

There were about 100 juvenile Brown Pelican diving on bait fish just off
the beach at Ward Avenue today. I had not seen this near Fort Bragg before
today and really enjoyed watching them feeding--they were with various
gulls, Common Murre and Harbor Seals, too. photos on the eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S91861265

Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


possible Slaty-backed Gull Virgin Creek Beach

Roger Adamson
 

Chris Lamoreux reports an unusual gull that he suggests could be a 2nd
cycle Slaty-backed. Very light wing coverts below a dark mantle (wings
folded), dark primaries, black-tipped yellow bill, pink-legged gull. Seen
this morning on Virgin Creek Beach. Last seen flying out of sight. Could
be a good bird to keep in mind while at the beaches for a few days.

Roger Adamson for Chris Lamoreux


Re: 11 July 2021. Peeps at Lake Mendocino, at least 600

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Could they have been Wilson's Phalaropes? I've been seeing a lot of them
down here on the Central Coast



On Sun, 11 Jul 2021 13:27:52 -0700, "Dave Bengston via groups.io"
<davebengston=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
I went out to Lake Mendocino today to see the White Pelicans reported by
several folks. Thank you for reporting them and nice photos Keith. I
decided they were way too far away to walk out. Then I spotted some
peeps
fly up, at least a couple hundred, and decided I needed to investigate.
They were spread out from near where the Pelicans were, all the way over
to
the west side. After I walked over 300 yards, I could see some that had
black bills and black feet. I didn’t count them as Western because they
seemed large and I was still too far away. Then they vanished and my
car
alarm went off, so I had to return to the parking lot. Later, I walked
the
Pomo area. Then I spotted where they had gone. They were on the east
shore of the water, not the far eastern shore, but the one for the
reduced
water channel. I counted 400 carefully and then they started to fly. I
was 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through , so there were 600 conservatively and
maybe as many as 800. I did not see any large shorebirds mixed in with
them.

This is the largest number of peeps that I have ever seen at Lake
Mendocino. The only way, that I think you can get a good look at them
besides a boat or kayak Is to walk out from the north shore. I
recommend
long pants and shoes, not sandals, due to all the stickers and burr
clover.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


11 July 2021. Peeps at Lake Mendocino, at least 600

Dave Bengston
 

I went out to Lake Mendocino today to see the White Pelicans reported by several folks. Thank you for reporting them and nice photos Keith. I decided they were way too far away to walk out. Then I spotted some peeps fly up, at least a couple hundred, and decided I needed to investigate. They were spread out from near where the Pelicans were, all the way over to the west side. After I walked over 300 yards, I could see some that had black bills and black feet. I didn’t count them as Western because they seemed large and I was still too far away. Then they vanished and my car alarm went off, so I had to return to the parking lot. Later, I walked the Pomo area. Then I spotted where they had gone. They were on the east shore of the water, not the far eastern shore, but the one for the reduced water channel. I counted 400 carefully and then they started to fly. I was 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through , so there were 600 conservatively and maybe as many as 800. I did not see any large shorebirds mixed in with them.

This is the largest number of peeps that I have ever seen at Lake Mendocino. The only way, that I think you can get a good look at them besides a boat or kayak Is to walk out from the north shore. I recommend long pants and shoes, not sandals, due to all the stickers and burr clover.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


which hummingbird is this?

Linda Perkins
 

Two days ago we were having lunch outside at the Brickery in Mendocino and I saw about 10-12 feet away a hummingbird that I couldn't identify. It was a dark green on its back and green underneath as well. No white underparts that I could see. No rufous color anywhere. When it spread its tail, there was no white at all. It had a somewhat darker head it seemed and I kept expecting to see some flash of iridescence on its head as it was a sunny day but saw nothing but a seemingly darker head. At one point, it was side-by side with, and then chased away, an Allen's. It was larger than the Allen's.

The only thing I could come up with, looking in my eastern Sibley's, was a juvenile green violet-ear. Would that be totally far-fetched? If not that, which other hummingbird might be all green?

Thanks everyone for any enlightenment.

Linda.


Requesting some birding information

tracy_farrington
 

To Mendo birders,
I'll be spending several days in Ft. Bragg during the middle of July. I'm looking
forward to some early shorebird migration but have a very limited knowledge of
the Mendocino coast. Any suggested locales would be most appreciated. Replies
can be sent to me privately. Thanks, very much.
Good birding, all.
Tracy Farrington
Mt. Diablo Audubon 
Walnut Creek


Hooded Orioles, FB

Tim Bray
 

8 July 2021 - Asa Spade reported finding a family of Hooded Orioles that may have nested in the palm trees on Stewart Street in Fort Bragg. I'm going to look for them today.


Red Crossbills Fort Bragg

Sarah
 

Fort Bragg 2 miles inland. 6/29/21

We’ve had 5 crossbills in our yard at our feeders the last couple days (super tolerant of purple and gold finches, Pygmy nuthatches).  Not skiddish at all!  Cool to hear them call 5 feet in front of you :-)

We have some photos we can upload later this week and I’ll try to post an iPhone vid on my Facebook page.

Sarah and Dave Flaim


Re: Rose-breasted or Hybrid Grosbeak, Albion

Tim Bray
 

Consensus of experts is that it's a hybrid. Several features rule out a "pure" male Rose-breasted. It's definitely not a hatch-year bird with that black head, and the chest pattern is that of an adult, but the chest color is wrong. That seems to be the commonest pattern for these hybrids. (It also makes me wonder how many hybrid females we are overlooking, since even the pure ones are tough to tell apart.)

According to Joe Morlan, with whom I've been having a fascinating conversation about these birds, adult Rose-breasted who find themselves stuck in California during breeding season have little chance of finding a conspecific mate, so they sometimes mate with Black-headed. Several such pairs have been seen. So the hybrids that occasionally show up are most likely their progeny, of local origin.

Sibley and pretty much all other published sources describe the (much more common) hybridization in the narrow geographic zone where their ranges overlap. This is a different phenomenon.

I have seen apparently "pure" adult male Rose-breasted here two or three times. Most notably, one was singing continuously from a high perch in May several years ago at the Navarro River, in Black-headed Grosbeak breeding habitat. It would have been extremely unlikely to find a conspecific female to mate with.

--
Cheers,
Tim
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Ecology Hour
Oak & Thorn
Facebook: Oak and Thorn

On 6/27/2021 10:30 AM, Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) wrote:
Well, also according to Sibley, the hybrids mainly occur where their
ranges overlap. To me, this bird looks good for a full-on first-year male
Rose-breasted. Would be interesting to see if Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are
nesting on the Mendocino coast


On Sun, 27 Jun 2021 07:55:43 -0700, "Sarah Quentin"
<quentin.sarah@...> wrote:
Very cool. I’m no expert but I’d say it looks almost identical to the
Black-headed x Rose-breasted hybrid adult breeding male pictured in
Sibley. Could also be a first summer male as they are apparently quite
variable.
Sarah

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 9:06 PM Tim Bray  wrote:

25 June 2021 - We have had Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting our feeder
for
more than a month now, but two days ago this possible Rose-breasted
Grosbeak showed up that may be a hybrid with Black-headed. Photos
(hopefully) attached. The bird has a black head with white stripe behind
the eye and a partial white collar, a chest pattern like adult male
Rose-breasted but the color of a Black-headed, orange wing-linings like
Rose-breasted, and largely white underparts like Rose-breasted. It could
almost be a pure Rose-breasted except for the chest color. Im also
uncertain as to the age of the bird. Thoughts?
  -- 
 Cheers,
 Tim
 Mendocino Coast Audubon Society [2]
 Ecology Hour [3]
 Oak clear:both">

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Re: Rose-breasted or Hybrid Grosbeak, Albion

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Well, also according to Sibley, the hybrids mainly occur where their
ranges overlap. To me, this bird looks good for a full-on first-year male
Rose-breasted. Would be interesting to see if Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are
nesting on the Mendocino coast


On Sun, 27 Jun 2021 07:55:43 -0700, "Sarah Quentin"
<quentin.sarah@gmail.com> wrote:
Very cool. I’m no expert but I’d say it looks almost identical to the
Black-headed x Rose-breasted hybrid adult breeding male pictured in
Sibley. Could also be a first summer male as they are apparently quite
variable.
Sarah

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 9:06 PM Tim Bray wrote:

25 June 2021 - We have had Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting our feeder
for
more than a month now, but two days ago this possible Rose-breasted
Grosbeak showed up that may be a hybrid with Black-headed. Photos
(hopefully) attached. The bird has a black head with white stripe behind
the eye and a partial white collar, a chest pattern like adult male
Rose-breasted but the color of a Black-headed, orange wing-linings like
Rose-breasted, and largely white underparts like Rose-breasted. It could
almost be a pure Rose-breasted except for the chest color. Im also
uncertain as to the age of the bird. Thoughts?
--
Cheers,
Tim
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society [2]
Ecology Hour [3]
Oak clear:both">

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Re: Rose-breasted or Hybrid Grosbeak, Albion

Sarah Quentin
 

Very cool. I’m no expert but I’d say it looks almost identical to the Black-headed x Rose-breasted hybrid adult breeding male pictured in Sibley. Could also be a first summer male as they are apparently quite variable.

Sarah



On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 9:06 PM Tim Bray <tbray@...> wrote:

25 June 2021 - We have had Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting our feeder for more than a month now, but two days ago this possible Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up that may be a hybrid with Black-headed. Photos (hopefully) attached. The bird has a black head with white stripe behind the eye and a partial white collar, a chest pattern like adult male Rose-breasted but the color of a Black-headed, orange wing-linings like Rose-breasted, and largely white underparts like Rose-breasted. It could almost be a pure Rose-breasted except for the chest color. I'm also uncertain as to the age of the bird. Thoughts?


Rose-breasted or Hybrid Grosbeak, Albion

Tim Bray
 

25 June 2021 - We have had Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting our feeder for more than a month now, but two days ago this possible Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up that may be a hybrid with Black-headed. Photos (hopefully) attached. The bird has a black head with white stripe behind the eye and a partial white collar, a chest pattern like adult male Rose-breasted but the color of a Black-headed, orange wing-linings like Rose-breasted, and largely white underparts like Rose-breasted. It could almost be a pure Rose-breasted except for the chest color. I'm also uncertain as to the age of the bird. Thoughts?

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