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Re: Brewer's Sparrow - not refound

K A Havlena
 

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 -- Jerry White zoomed over and met me at
Juan Creek this afternoon.  He searched for 3-hours and
came up empty-handed, not refinding the Brewer's Sparrow.
Darn it!

After it moved over to the north edge of the large turnout
on the SW side of the Juan Ck bridge, Toby thought that it
flew back east under the bridge.  Where did it go?  Jerry
checked the northeast side of the bridge, where there is a
small meadow-like area.  He had no luck.  I'm so sorry he
did not find it.
 
For Jerry White

K Havlena
Northwest MEN County, CA

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Brewer's Sparrow - Hwy 1, north of Westport

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Sun, 22 April, 2012 -- About 10:45-am, I found a BREWER'S SPARROW
at Juan Creek along N Hwy 1 about mm 83.00.  There is a very large turnout
on the west side of the highway.  The bird spent most of its time on the SE
side of the Juan Ck bridge, however. 

I had driven down the dirt road to a parking area on the southeast side of the
creek.  While slowly driving back up the hill, a small group of White-crowned
Sparrows hopped onto the road to feed.  Without my binoculars, I noticed
the WCSPs, and then a tiny bird SO pale, it was like a ghost.  With my binocs
I could see the tiny bill well. The bird was so blah and small.  Then I noted a
definite ashy-whitish eye ring and ashy-white malar stripe and supercilium
markings.  Then, I concentrated on the crown -- there was NO central crown
stripe (Clay-colored), just tiny, black stipling in a vague striping pattern
(dorsal to ventral).  Also, there was a very short (2-3 feathers) forming a whitish
wing bar (if one can call it a bar...).  The overall color wasbetween light tan and
light gray.  I mentally ruled out Field Sparrow (just found in SoCal) and
Clay-colored.

Viewing time was at least 8 minutes the first time.  I had forgotten to
bring my iPhone and camera, so driving time back home was less than it
took to get to Juan Creek!  Toby Tobkin was at home, so she drove up right
away.  Jim rode back up with me.  It took about 40 minutes, then Jim called
out when he refound the bird.  We all got very good looks at about 1-pm.
The bird perched on top of Coyote bushes and the wooden posts on the
southeast side of the bridge. 

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Mendocino Coast Audubon Workshop Reminder

Joleen <j_ossello@...>
 

2012 Black Oystercatcher Workshop

On behalf of MCAS, Audubon CA, & California State Parks, you are cordially invited to the first Black Oystercatcher workshop along the Mendocino Coast. Anna Weinstein, of Audubon California, will share the results of last year's first-ever statewide survey, with a focus on the invaluable information many of you collected in Mendocino and northern Sonoma counties. Together we will discuss plans for evaluating the breeding success of your local birds and how you can become a citizen scientist and help conserve these amazing birds this coming summer. Short field trip with mini-training included.

When: Saturday, May 5th 9am - 2pm

Where: Russian Gulch Recreation Hall

Provided: Continental Breakfast

Bring: Binoculars (and scope if available), appropriate dress for weather, and sack lunch

RSVP by May 1st please: Joleen Ossello, 707-962-0142, j_ossello@earthlink.net


4/21 Phainopepla at HREC

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning on the Peregrine Audubon Society
field trip to the UC Hopland Center, George Gibbs spotted a male
PHAINOPEPLA. It was seen by all 29 participants. This is the first HREC
record, the first spring record for Mendocino County, and just our ninth
record ever. The bird was in an unlikely location on the edge of the
chaparral at about 2800'. The is in the upper reaches of the southern
Scott's Creek watershed, a tributary to Clear Lake. These birds are much
more common in Lake County than locally, and it is not a stretch to
imagine that this bird originated there. Thank you, George!

Chuck




--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Re: High Count at MCBG

Virginia R. Wade
 

Hi Tim

That is indeed the high count since October of 1995 when MCAS started the
first bird walk in the garden. I kept the records with Toby and Art's
help up until a few years ago when Tim took over leading the bird walks.
My husband and I are on a birding trip to Florida and have covered the
Gulf Coast, the Florida Keys and we are now working our way up the east
coast.

We have really grown to appreciate all the wonderful birding spots we have
on the Mendocino Coast.

Thanks, Tim for sharing the list.

Ginny Wade
From Titusville Florida

Greetings Mendobirders - On the Third Wednesday birdwalk (18 April 2012)
at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we tallied 61 species. Toby
informs me this is a record high count for this walk. We were all quite
surprised, as it did not seem especially "birdy" that day, the numbers
of individual birds sighted were quite low. (15 of the species were
represented by a lone individual, and 7 were identified only by ear.)
But we did have six experienced birders in our group, and I think each
of them added one or more species that the others did not see or hear.
Great fun!

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Species Name
Canada Goose
Mallard
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Black Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


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Lake County birds

jerry white
 

From Rodman Slough Park along the lake this morning there were 2 Forster's Terns and a flyover PACIFIC LOON. Further south just north of Robin Hill Subdivision I found 2 Great-tailed Grackles. Jerry White


High Count at MCBG

AlbionWood <albionwood@...>
 

Greetings Mendobirders - On the Third Wednesday birdwalk (18 April 2012) at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, we tallied 61 species. Toby informs me this is a record high count for this walk. We were all quite surprised, as it did not seem especially "birdy" that day, the numbers of individual birds sighted were quite low. (15 of the species were represented by a lone individual, and 7 were identified only by ear.) But we did have six experienced birders in our group, and I think each of them added one or more species that the others did not see or hear. Great fun!

Cheers,
Tim Bray
Albion


Species Name
Canada Goose
Mallard
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Black Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


First Swainson's Thrush

jackson_us
 

Yesterday, 4/19/12, Rick and I heard the first Swainson's Thrush song of the spring at our property. Wonderful...

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Re: Turkey Vulture Copulation or Gay Deceiver

vishnu
 

That's an incredible picture, birdman. Such detail & facial expression!
My *Birder's Handbook* indicates that Turkey Vultures are Monogamous,
however - like all good American birds should be. But even more worrisome;
as I look closer at your picture, I'm wondering... are you *sure* that
"female" is *really* a female?


On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM, birdmanofthewoods3 <
birdmanofthewoods3@yahoo.com> wrote:

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While at the Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday I observed a TURKEY VULTURE
female mating with multiple males. I hadn't realized that TV's were
polyandrous. This also might mean that they are nesting nearby in the
Botanical Gardens (cliffs?). If you really want to see what TV's look like
when they mate, I have posted a picture here:


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/1620415509/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc



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Adult Bald Eagle

Dave <algott@...>
 

Today, during a 5th grade Flight School hike at Redwood Valley Outdoor Edc. Project we observed an adult Bald Eagle soaring above us. Right after we spotted it, it was attacked and harassed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Time was 11:45 am. It was great for the kids and us.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


Turkey Vulture Copulation

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

While at the Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday I observed a TURKEY VULTURE female mating with multiple males. I hadn't realized that TV's were polyandrous. This also might mean that they are nesting nearby in the Botanical Gardens (cliffs?). If you really want to see what TV's look like when they mate, I have posted a picture here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/photos/album/169685695/pic/1620415509/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc


Wht-Throated Swifts - at MEN & HUM County Line

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Wed, 18 April 2012 -- Four WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, a
VAUX's SWIFT and various swallow species flew around
the Hwy 271 & Hwy 101 bridges at the Mendocino and
Humboldt County lines close to noon today.  Jim and
I were coming home from a drive up/out the Lost Coast
as a break from work.
At the MEN/HUM county line, we also saw (or heard)
N ROUGH-WINGED, TREE & VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, PILEATED
WOODPECKER, and other common species.

We drove up to Redway(HUM)and took in Honeydew, Petrolia
and Cape Mendocino.  It is was a fun outing.

Karen & Jim Havlena

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Re: Dipper Nest

Jim Armstrong <jimarm@...>
 

Good find! It looks to be the most secure nest location we’ve seen there.
They were very active this afternoon with at least one of them hanging on the sheer concrete beneath the nest.
I watched them fly out of sight up the reach north of the new bridge toward the quarry.
Maybe we will have to coordinate observations to see if they are two couples or one.
Jim Armstrong


Noyo River Loons and Bald Eagle

Becky Stenberg
 

I spent Monday April 16 at the launch ramp below Dolphin Isle on Noyo
River, monitoring sport fishing effort. Since that was pretty slow, my
work partner and I spent a lot of time birdwatching. Of note were some
Loons, which we tentatively identified as Red-throated, based on coloration
and slim bills, held pointed slightly upward. Can someone confirm this as
likely?

The Ospreys provided a lot of entertainment with their courting antics.
Then around 3:30, to our amazement a Bald Eagle flew through, heading
downriver to the south. I'm glad two of us had a really good look, because
I might have thought I was hallucinating. And I think I remember there was
a sighting a couple of miles upriver a little while back?

Becky Stenberg
Fort Bragg


FOS Hooded Orioles & Bald Eagle

Dave <algott@...>
 

This afternoon (3:40) a pair of Hooded Orioles showed up at my feeders. I assume it is the pair from next door. If so, it is the earliest that I have seen them. Last year I saw them first on May 1.

This morning from my yard, I saw a Bald Eagle flying south over the Russian River heading south (about 10:30 am.)

Dave Bengston
Rogina Heights, Ukiah


Dipper Nest

George Chaniot
 

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 -- For the first time since June 2004 there is an AMERICAN DIPPER nest under the old bridge on Potter Valley Road. The nest is atop the first of three support piers, but it can only be seen well from beneath the bridge on the far left side. It seems to be a place from which to observe which will not disturb the birds. This morning there were two birds courting on the rocks beneath the bridge with one entering the nest periodically. I saw no nest material or food being carried, so I infer egg laying or incubation. Dippers were easily observed from the top of the bridge or the beach. This used to be the most accessible and reliable place to see them in Mendocino Co., and hopefully they will be easy to see here for the near future.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Shorebirds at Virgin Creek

carolynkinet
 

Tues., Apr. 17 -- Toby Tobkin called to report several breeding-plummaged shorebirds at Virgin Creek in FB. She noted 10 species, of which there were 1 DUNLIN, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER and several SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS in full breeding plummage.

For Toby Tobkin,

Carolyn Kinet


Re: American Crow

Lisa Walker \(Feather\) <feather7023@...>
 

I went back later to see if the bird was still there....it wasn't....

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From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] American Crow
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:16 PM
















 











Sea Bird Lodge is on the corner of Main and South streets in Fort Bragg. The pine is behind the lodge on the office side near Franklin Street and the small field between the Dept of Social Services and the lodge.



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From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>

Subject: [Mendobirds] American Crow

To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:06 PM



 



I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....



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Re: American Crow

Lisa Walker \(Feather\) <feather7023@...>
 

Sea Bird Lodge is on the corner of Main and South streets in Fort Bragg. The pine is behind the lodge on the office side near Franklin Street and the small field between the Dept of Social Services and the lodge.

--- On Sun, 4/15/12, Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Lisa Walker (Feather) <feather7023@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [Mendobirds] American Crow
To: mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:06 PM
















 













I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....



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American Crow

Lisa Walker \(Feather\) <feather7023@...>
 

I've spotted another American Crow. It is currently hanging around near some bird feeders at the Sea Bird Lodge in the back (in a pine tree).....

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