Re: Bobolink Sighting

Joe Morlan

On Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:40:21 -0000, "Stewart K" <> wrote:

In Fort Bragg Proper:

Location: Corner of East Laurel and Cory Streets, SW Corner

Sighted Female Bobolink

Distance from Subject: 5 Feet

Duration of Sighting: 15 Minutes

This is exceptional. According to BNA, "Males arrive in breeding areas in
first week in May in New York (TAG) and s. Wisconsin (Martin 1971); in
mid-May in Oregon (Wittenberger 1976) and n. Michigan (Pettingill 1983).
Females begin arriving about 1 wk after first males appear."

Earliest previously known arrival dates are 28 March in Cuba and the
Bahamas. There do not appear any mainland North American spring records
before 3 April (Georgia).
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at)
Birding Classes start Apr 3

Bobolink Sighting

Stewart K <stewartk@...>

In Fort Bragg Proper:

Location: Corner of East Laurel and Cory Streets, SW Corner

Sighted Female Bobolink

Distance from Subject: 5 Feet

Duration of Sighting: 15 Minutes

Red-necked Grebe

George Chaniot

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 -- This morning at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant
there was a RED-NECKED GREBE on the middle pond. This is the first
occurence that I am aware of. The list can be found here
At home in Potter Valley I have had brief views (March 22 and 27) of a
SLATE-COLORED JUNCO around the yard - but not coming to the feeders.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Lake County

jerry white

There were 8 Great-tailed Grackles in a flooded field on Reclamation Road yesterday. Also yesterday a Common Loon in breeding plumage was on the lake seen from Nice. Jerry White

RE. Banded Western Gull at Van Damme Beach.

Richard Hubacek

Mon Mar 26 2012--I could not get any information from the Bird Banding Lab on the adult banded WESTERN GULL I found at Van Damme on March 15th because of the incomplete band number. I then forwarded the information to PRBO thinking it was one of their birds banded on the Farallon's. I got a reply from them tonight stating that it was indeed one of the Farallon's Western Gulls. It was banded as a chick during the Summer of 2007.

Richard Hubacek
Little River

Red-breasted Merganser

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>

Got a good picture of the "teeth" on a red-breasted merganser yesterday on Lake Cleone. The bird was threatening a group of coots and mallards who immediately left the area pronto. I never realized it, but these ocean going birds are quite formadible and the local fresh-water dabblers wanted nothing to do with her. Picture below:

3/24 UWTP Long-billed Curlew

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- A group of local birders (Gordon Stearns, Geoff
Heinecken, Cheryl Watson, Dave Bengston, George and Geo Gibbs, and me) met
at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning to see if the storm
had blown in anything new. There were some new birds out there, most
noteworthy locally being a LONG-BILLED CURLEW. The Dunlin and
Black-necked Stilt had moved on. Two groups of Aleutian Cackling Geese
landed on the south pond, about 65 birds total. A small flock of about 24
Greater White-fronted Geese also circled the ponds, but did not land.
Obviously, birds are moving north.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Bullock's Orioles are Back

Cheryl Watson

Friday March 23, 2012

Geoff spotted a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE on the hummingbird feeder this morning in our south of Talmage yard.

Cheryl Watson
Ukiah, CA

The Coop and the Ring-necks


3/22/12 Today I saw a female Cooper's hawk (by size and white tail band) twice dive-bomb ring-neck ducks at Lake Pennyroyal. The ducks disappeared underwater each time with much fountaining of water.

Also saw a couple of kites acting pretty domestic near some big healthy mistletoe clumps. I hope to find a nest near the top of one of them one of these days.


3/22: Black-necked Stilt at UWTP

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- Today there was a BLACK-NECKED STILT on the south
pond at the Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant. It was feeding there with 3
Dunlin and at least 6 Greater Yellowlegs.


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

Al made a brief visit

Jeff Petit

On Tuesday, March 20th Al flew in at 3:10 pm.  A western gull harrassed him for a bit, he only stayed until 3:30 and hasn't been back since (that we know of).  Jeff is on his way to the cove now to see if he's put in another appearance.  One of our crab guys said he's seen him off of Elk  a few times.  We'll report again later.

Good Birding,
Beth and Jeff
Point Arena

Re: Male Rufous Hummingbird

Goodhart <pbgoodhart@...>


I've had my first really bright Rufous hummer at my feeders since Monday.
I'm located in the Anderson Valley between Cloverdale and Boonville.

Brad Goodhart
Orchard House Farm

Re: Confusing Ducks

Ron LeValley

The size of the bill and the overall darkness leads me to suggest Cinnamon
Teals. Good shot!

Ron LeValley

From: [] On
Behalf Of birdmanofthewoods3
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 9:04 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Confusing Ducks

I originally reported as seeing two female Blue-winged Teals on Lake Cleone
in MacKerricher park. Now I'm not so sure. I'm leaning towards a couple of
female Cinnamon Teals. Or maybe even (ugh) a mixed pair. Perhaps an expert
can sort these out. A little help would be appreciated. Picture at:

Rose Memorial Park Birds

Richard Hubacek

Wed Mar 21, 2012--I had three orioles in the same tree today at Rose Memorial Park, a male (1st year) and female BULLOCK'S ORIOLES and the "BALTIMORE" ORIOLE. The NASHVILLE WARBLER and a ORANGE-CROWNED WARBER (maybe 2)continues. There was no sign of sapsuckers but both were there last week. There were also many Selasphorus Hummingbirds fighting (both ALLEN'S and RUFOUS).

Add Killdeer to the list of birds that Starlings can mimic.

Richard Hubacek
Little River

Dipper Update

George Chaniot

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 -- This morning there were two AMERICAN DIPPERS gathering
nesting material just upstream from the quarry rapids on Potter Valley Road.
They were carrying the material downstream to a point just above the main
rapids. I believe the nest site is on the backside of a large rock above
the rapids, but there is no easy way to view that place that doesn't involve
chest-high waders.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Dave <algott@...>

Finally. I have been looking constantly to see any Selasphorus ever since the reports on the coast and in Sonoma County. This morning I saw my first one, a male Rufous, at one of my feeders.

My location is Rogina Heights, just east of Ukiah and north of Talmage.

Dave Bengston

Waiting List Now for May Pelagic Trip

Cheryl Watson

Thank you for the many inquiries about this upcoming pelagic trip
on Sun, 20 May. We currently have set up a waiting list. If you
have not heard that you will be a participant and have sent an email
in the past 24 hours, then you have been placed on this waiting list.

I have kept your email addresses and phone numbers, if provided.
People often do not cancel until close to the trip date, so if a space
becomes available, you will have to make quick plans for accommodations
in this small community.

Thanks again for your interest.

Karen Havlena
for Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

Posted for Karen by Cheryl Watson

OT: Small Girl Scout group looking for short presenter on Wilderness First Aid

mendojanet <mendojanet@...>

Hi - sorry for being a bit OT here but I thought an outdoors-oriented birder on this list might fit the bill.
As an RN I was approached by a co-worker who has a group of about 5 8th grade gals who are studying outdoor and ecology topics. They are not looking for a major hands-on clinic or to be certified themselves, but to have someone certified in wilderness first aid to do a short presentation(1/2 hour to 1 hour).
Weekends are best, early weekday evening is possible, and time frame is April or early May.
If you fit the bill and are interested please email me directly and I'll put you in touch w/ my coworker.
(ok, obligatory bird topic: an immature sharpie is keeping an eye on my feeders, and based on feathers waving around my unpruned perennial twigs, has had some success when we weren't watching.)
cheers, and happy birding

Invitation to a bird walk at Navarro Vineyards April 7

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Navarro Vineyards and Winery

Saturday, April 7th. 10:00 am

This will be the 3rd annual spring bird walk in the vineyards of Navarro
hosted by Dan Airola. We will walk through the vineyards, along two ponds
and down to our salmon restoration project. Ninety species of birds have
been seen on the Navarro property. We usually see 30-40 species on this
trip, including a nice mix of wintering birds (waterfowl, hawks), recently
arriving migrants (swallows, warblers), and resident species
(hummingbirds, woodpeckers, sparrows). We also observe vineyard
management practices that are beneficial for creating bird habitat. Last
year we had over 20 Western Bluebirds hatch in the three new houses we
placed along the sheep pastures and should have 5 new houses up to examine
for new use during the trip. . Recently an immature bald eagle was
foraging around our lower pond.

The trip is suitable for for all ages and abilities and for both beginning
and intermediate birders, and or those who just want to take a spring walk
into the vineyards and adjacent natural habitat. We will start at 10:00
a.m. at the Navarro tasting room parking lot. The tour lasts a few hours
so bring appropriate shoes and something to eat afterwards. Please
R.S.V.P. at 707-895-3686. Of course we would love to have you taste our
wines afterwards and enjoy some of our artisan cheeses with your picnic.

Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA

MCAS Pelagic Trip - Sun, 20 May

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>

Due to publicity in Mendocino local media, this trip has not been as
obvious as usual to Mendobirds readers. 

There are only THREE spaces available for the Sun, 20 May pelagic

birding trip from Fort Bragg.  We will set up a "waiting list" for those
who want to wait for a possible space to become open (after we
reach our maximum).  IF/WHEN we reach the maximum, IF someone
has to cancel, then a full refund will be returned to them.   But, let's
wait to see how things go.  Here are the details:

Sunday, 20 May, 2012, we will meet at 7:00-am for 8 hours out on the
ocean, returning about 3:30-pm.

Cost:  Check $105 --- Cr/Cb Card $110 (MCAS has to pay a $5 fee on
each transaction).

Please contact me by email, then we need your payment immediately
(even though checks are not deposited unless the trip actually happens).
Your phone numbers, land and cell, are needed, as well.  Thanks.

Checks are made payable to: MCAS.  Be ready to mail to me (instructions
will be given to individuals).  Sorry, we can't accomodate handicapped folks
or children under 11 years.

Leaders: Rob Fowler, Ron LeValley & John Sterling
Vessel: TELSTAR, Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg

Confirmations will be sent out later, with lots of helpful directions and info
for your needs that day, such as waterproof shoes or boots.

Thanks very much.

Karen Havlena
for Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

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