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Lake County gull

jerry white
 

The adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the Walmart roof in Clearlake at about 8:40 AM yesterday.

Adding to a number of reports for Lake County this winter was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the north end of Borax Lake. Jerry White


Common Poorwill - Flying Above Yard - Ocean Meadows

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

Fri, 20 January 2012 -- After the rain stopped this evening, a COMMON POORWILL
called loudly for several minutes above the house here in Ocean Meadows, just
north of Ten Mile River.  The lights had flickered a bit, so I was puzzled about the
call at first.  But, I played the song/call on my Cornell "Birdseye," and indeed it
was a Poorwill.  The Mendocino checklist has "CSc" (Coastal Scrub) as one of
only two options, but I have never heard of anyone hearing one before.  The air
temperature is getting warmer tonight, so maybe bugs are flying around.

George Chaniot said that he heard one in Potter Valley in February once.
 
Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, CA


Intergrade Flicker at MCBG

carolynkinet
 

Wed.,Jan. 18: This morning during the monthly bird walk in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Toby Tobkin and I saw an intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER. The face pattern was of the Yellow-shafted species with black "moustache" and red spot on the nape, but the underwings when it flew off were reddish. It was on the south part of the "great lawn" where events are held, just before you go out to the headlands. Later on we checked out a Canada Goose flock at Moura's pond next door and saw one WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and one CACKLING GOOSE among them.

Driving south later, Toby saw 5 HOODED MERGANSERS at the Caspar pond, 2 males and 3 females.

Carolyn Kinet
Inglenook


Re: Glaucous Gull .... and goose question (long)

Ken Schneider
 

Hi all,

A few kind local birders emailed me privately about my goose question and I did a bit of research on seawatch sightings up and down the coast this time of year. Although I don't have photo documentation, my fears were allayed and I'm reasonably confident that I did indeed see a movement of CACKLING GEESE on 1/15 from Point Cabrillo and not Brant. As the weather has been a bit strange lately, it seems possible that several goose species may be on the move...

Ken Schneider
San Francisco

--- In Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com, "Ken Schneider" <kschnei1@...> wrote:

Hi folks,

I just spent a great two days birding in Mendocino County (1/15-16). When I arrived at Rose Memorial Park in Fort Bragg on Sunday morning after owling along Orr Springs Road, John Luther and Larry Petri (?) were already watching the female BALTIMORE ORIOLE as John reported. John mentioned the Navarro River mouth as a nice spot, so I took his advice and checked out Navarro State Beach on Sunday afternoon. Almost a thousand gulls were present, predominantly California, Mew and Herring, but also a young GLAUCOUS GULL which I was able to photograph.

Regarding my goose question, I have to admit that Rick Harris's post about migrating Brant along the coast made me realize I may have made a whopper of a misidentification! I was at Point Cabrillo on Sunday morning before I went to Fort Bragg and saw several large skeins of geese flying north quite close to the point, including one group that contained a single ROSS'S GOOSE (Chen sp. goose with short neck, short stubby bill, no grin patch seen). I snap-identified the much more numerous geese as CACKLING GEESE based on a short neck, short stubby bill and high-pitched vocalizations. I'm wondering now if I somehow mistook the white necklace for a cheek patch and totally humiliated myself on this one... I don't bird up here much and would love to here from someone (private email or here) about the relatively probability of seeing large flocks of Brant versus Cackling Geese offshore at this time of year...

Thanks,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco


Clear Lake

Floyd Hayes
 

Yesterday I birded around Clear Lake with Doug Weidemann and Bryan McIntosh. I relocated the adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in a flock of gulls out on the water off Austin Park in Clearlake. We watched it from 8:00-8:12 am. There were a few thousand gulls at Redbud Park in the morning, which we scrutinized. Eventually I spotted a possible 1st-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull out in the water. We studied it for 45 minutes, hoping it would come in closer, but it never flew and remained too distant to be certain of its identity (I posted some photos on the Calgulls listserve). At Pirate's Cove in Clearlake Park, Doug found a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE along the beach beside the road. Along the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff Road at the north end of the lake we saw a possible American X Eurasian Green-winged Teal (broad, creamy horizontal stripe and white vertical stripe).

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


01/17: HREC Red-naped Sapsucker

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning I saw a male Red-naped Sapsucker on
the west side of the sag ponds just above the office area at the UC
Hopland R&E Center. It was working in a live oak that was lined with
fresh sap wells. This seems to be the winter for vagrant sapsuckers in
Mendocino County!

Chuck


--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Osprey

Dave <algott@...>
 

This morning at 10 am there was an Osprey sitting on a power pole on the south side of East Perkins. This was just across from the houses at 1202-1204 E Perkins and just before you get to the bridge when traveling east. I could not refind it at 11 am.

While Ospreys are not rare, this is the first time I have seen one there in over 20 years. They are usually much further south on the river or much further north up by Lake Mendocino.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


Dipper on Potter Valley Road

George Chaniot
 

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 -- This morning there was an AMERICAN DIPPER singing in the
riffle just above the new bridge on Potter Valley Road. Seen from the
bridge itself. Hopefully they will nest in this region again.
At Lake Mendocino there was an adult BALD EAGLE on the east shore south
of Miti Campground. The trees have been cut from the end of Miti spit since
the Christmas Count including 'the last tree' where raptors used to sit. I
could cry.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA


Barred Owl on Little River Airport Rd.

Richard Hubacek
 

Mon Jan 16, 2012--Just a little after getting back home from Mike Stephens' program on BARRED OWLS and their effects on Spotted Owls I got a call from Sara Grimes (who also attended the program) saying that she could hear a Barred Owl calling from her house. Got up there in about 7 minutes and was able to hear it give it's classic call about five times. This was around 10:00PM. Sara lives about 4 miles up Little River Airport Rd.

Richard Hubacek
Little River


Long-billed Dowithchers at UWTP

Dave <algott@...>
 

Jack Booth and I toured the Ukiah Water Treatment Plant today. At 3 pm, there were 5 Long-billed Dowitchers in the north pond. They left and I did not see if they went to another pond.

Dave Bengston
Ukiah


Glaucous Gull at Navarro State Beach (1/15) and goose question (long)

Ken Schneider
 

Hi folks,

I just spent a great two days birding in Mendocino County (1/15-16). When I arrived at Rose Memorial Park in Fort Bragg on Sunday morning after owling along Orr Springs Road, John Luther and Larry Petri (?) were already watching the female BALTIMORE ORIOLE as John reported. John mentioned the Navarro River mouth as a nice spot, so I took his advice and checked out Navarro State Beach on Sunday afternoon. Almost a thousand gulls were present, predominantly California, Mew and Herring, but also a young GLAUCOUS GULL which I was able to photograph.

Regarding my goose question, I have to admit that Rick Harris's post about migrating Brant along the coast made me realize I may have made a whopper of a misidentification! I was at Point Cabrillo on Sunday morning before I went to Fort Bragg and saw several large skeins of geese flying north quite close to the point, including one group that contained a single ROSS'S GOOSE (Chen sp. goose with short neck, short stubby bill, no grin patch seen). I snap-identified the much more numerous geese as CACKLING GEESE based on a short neck, short stubby bill and high-pitched vocalizations. I'm wondering now if I somehow mistook the white necklace for a cheek patch and totally humiliated myself on this one... I don't bird up here much and would love to here from someone (private email or here) about the relatively probability of seeing large flocks of Brant versus Cackling Geese offshore at this time of year...

Thanks,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco


northern goshawk

sheribirder <patschramer@...>
 

I just saw my first Northern Goshawk on 1/15. It was perched on elec. lines on Hwy128 between Ukiah and Boonville


Brant Geese

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Saw a flock of Brant Geese flying high numbering about 100 individuals followed about 20 minutes later by a flock of about 75. Both flocks in tight V formation. Seen off the Mendocino Headlands and heading north with that strong determination that Brant's show when they are heading for the breeding grounds. The northern migration is starting. A lovely sight.

Rick Harris


Ft Bragg continuing birds

John Luther
 

Hi All,

Today, Jan 15, the Baltimore Oriole and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued in Ft
Bragg at the cemetery (at the north end of town go east off Main St on Spruce to
the cemetery).  The oriole was observed by three of us from about 10:15 AM until
11 in one of the flowering Banksia trees closest to the eucs.  At about 11 it
flew into the eucs for a brief view before it flew deeper into these tall
trees. 


John Luther
Oakland

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Fort Bragg area report - 1/12

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

12 January 2012 - Thursday - In addition to the BALTIMORE ORIOLE and other birds at the Rose Memorial Cemetery ..as mentioned by Karen Havlena, Ryan Keiffer and I found a few other birds of interest. At Glass Beach (end of Elm Street) we saw 2 male and 3 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the shade of a large rock about 100 feet from shore as viewed from the southern-most public-access point along the old GP fence, as found earlier by Ollie Kolkmann and Toby Tobkin. Ryan spotted a lone white goose with Canada Geese on the far western-most grass-covered point(closed to public access), and as far as I could tell through the scope it is an adult ROSS'S GOOSE. The rocks off the Glass Beach point and northern beach had numerous Black Turnstones and Surfbirds with 1 lone Least Sandpiper.

Ten Mile Beach off Ward Avenue, Cleone, produced about 20 BLACK SCOTERS, and a handful of Surf Scoters. I thought that I saw a lone LONG-TAILED DUCK fly in and land near the scoters ... but I could never refind the bird after the initial view so I am not 100% certain. A couple RED-NECKED GREBES were offshore also, with an array of other expected species. While there, Dave Flaim showed us a great digi-scoped photo of a ROCK SANDPIPER that he had just taken from the rocky-tidal-point that juts out just south of the bluffs just west of the parking area ... so the rocks are rather SW. According to Dave, the bird was mixed with numerous Black-bellied Plovers and a few Sanderlings ... but we could not spot the Rock Sandpiper amongst them when we looked, so the bird had flown off somewhere just before we got there.

Good birding! Bob Keiffer


Birds Still at Rose Mem'l Park 1/12/12

K A Havlena
 

1/12/2012 -- The 1st winter, female BALTIMORE ORIOLE gave birders great looks
in the eastern Banksia trees mid-late morning.  Two+ WESTERN TANAGERS were
still present, as were the female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a NASHVILLE
WARBLER and at least one female BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.  The Bullock's is quite
vocal.
It was nice to have Ollie Kolkmann, Bob Keiffer, Ryan Keiffer, Carolyn Kinet, Dorothy
Tobkin, Richard Hubacek, David Flaim, and Jessica Morton (who arrived in the nick of
time) with me - 9 total. 
Richard and Carolyn saw probably the second Nashville Warbler a short way east on
the Skunk RR tracks.  After leaving the park, I saw an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
at the SW corner of Alder and Whipple Streets, Fort Bragg.

1/11/12 - I was at the park from 1 to 4-pm, where I saw a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
in addition to the the Yellow-bellied, the Baltimore Oriole and 3-4 W Tanagers.

The Baltimore Oriole consistently flies into the park over the Skunk tracks from the
neighborhood to the south of the park.  She has only been seen in the four Banksias
in the row next to the 2 most far east (by the eucalyptus trees).  Those 2 trees are in
the shade most of the time and don't have many flowers.  The western Banksias host
the sapsuckers and Nashvilles.  The tanagers can be anywhere in the park, which is at
N Franklin and E Spruce, Fort Bragg.

Karen Havlena
Fort Bragg, MEN, California

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Bald Eagle on the Albion River

Cate Hawthorne
 

Chris Hansen of Willits was kayaking on the Albion River on Wednesday
and got a good photo of an adult bald eagle. Here is a link
<http://christhephotog.blogspot.com/2012/01/albion-paddle.html?spref=tw>
to his blog about the trip with a photo of the eagle.

Best of days,
Cate
Liquid Fusion Kayaking <http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com>


Re: Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park

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

I went back and looked; maybe it's a first year male?

--- On Wed, 1/11/12, John Sterling <jsterling@wavecable.com> wrote:

From: John Sterling <jsterling@wavecable.com>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park
To: "Mendobirds@Yahoogroups. Com" <mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 7:03 PM

Bullock's would show an eyeline or at least a hint of an eyeline.


John Sterling

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@wavecable.com

www.sterlingbirds.com (photos, classes, tours, county birding)


On Jan 11, 2012, at 6:16 PM, Lisa Walker (Feather) wrote:

I think Bullock's....

--- On Wed, 1/11/12, Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:40 PM

 

Wed Jan 11, 2012--I have posted a picture of the supposed BALTIMORE ORIOLE that George Chaniot and I got good looks at this morning around 9:30AM. It was in a Banksia tree that I believe was the most south/east of the Banksia Trees(closest to the tracks). This is a friendly bird if you can find it. It didn't spook while George and I were walking around under it.

George also found 2 Nashville WarblerS which would confirm the Wades belief that there might have been 2 during the count. I did see WESTERN TANAGERS several times.

Richard Hubacek

Little River





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Re: Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park

John Sterling
 

Bullock's would show an eyeline or at least a hint of an eyeline.


John Sterling

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@wavecable.com

www.sterlingbirds.com (photos, classes, tours, county birding)

On Jan 11, 2012, at 6:16 PM, Lisa Walker (Feather) wrote:

I think Bullock's....

--- On Wed, 1/11/12, Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:40 PM



Wed Jan 11, 2012--I have posted a picture of the supposed BALTIMORE ORIOLE that George Chaniot and I got good looks at this morning around 9:30AM. It was in a Banksia tree that I believe was the most south/east of the Banksia Trees(closest to the tracks). This is a friendly bird if you can find it. It didn't spook while George and I were walking around under it.

George also found 2 Nashville WarblerS which would confirm the Wades belief that there might have been 2 during the count. I did see WESTERN TANAGERS several times.

Richard Hubacek

Little River




Re: Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park

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

I think Bullock's....

--- On Wed, 1/11/12, Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Richard <richhubie@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Supposed Baltimore Oriole at Rose Memorial Park
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:40 PM
















 









Wed Jan 11, 2012--I have posted a picture of the supposed BALTIMORE ORIOLE that George Chaniot and I got good looks at this morning around 9:30AM. It was in a Banksia tree that I believe was the most south/east of the Banksia Trees(closest to the tracks). This is a friendly bird if you can find it. It didn't spook while George and I were walking around under it.



George also found 2 Nashville WarblerS which would confirm the Wades belief that there might have been 2 during the count. I did see WESTERN TANAGERS several times.



Richard Hubacek

Little River



























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