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AL RETURNS to Point Arena Cove - 3 pictures for you

Jeff Petit
 

These pictures were taken today at Arena Cove from 2:15 pm on. We also have a shot of the green flash if anyone is interested.  What a great day!
 
Beth and Jeff 

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Re: Al has returned!

Ron LeValley
 

If anyone can get a feather, I will get his/her DNA analyzed and we can sex the bird and maybe even tell us which island it was hatched on! I tried to get some surfers to do that last year, but no success.



Ron



From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Todd Easterla
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:33 PM
To: 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson'; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!





Well I think Al has changed his diet to softer food in his elder years as I first fed him large anchovies/sardines the day he was found many years ago. I guess he has also changed his preference to what gender feeds him as well.

( AL or Alison?) Who knows?

Todd Easterla

From: Rick & Jeanne Jackson [mailto:jackson2@mcn.org <mailto:jackson2%40mcn.org> ]
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:25 PM
To: Todd Easterla; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Mendobirds%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!

I was told Al was being fed squid and that he prefers to be fed by a woman. No wonder Al keeps returning!

Jeanne Jackson

From: Todd Easterla <mailto:teasterla@comcast.net <mailto:teasterla%40comcast.net> >

Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:12 PM

To: 'jackson_us' <mailto:jackson2@mcn.org <mailto:jackson2%40mcn.org> > ; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Mendobirds%40yahoogroups.com>

Subject: RE: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!

LONG LIVE AL…….the LAYSAN KING!

I think I will make a special trip up this year to feed him a couple of anchovies or sardines as he loves to be fed off the dock.

Great news!

Todd Easterla

Rancho Cordova

From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Mendobirds%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Mendobirds%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 1:48 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Mendobirds%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!

Monday, Dec. 5th. Point Arena.

Al, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to the waters off the Point Arena Pier. Mel Smith just called to let me know. Our favorite bird returned at 1 pm today. I am so happy to be able to share this good news!

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay

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Ancient Murrelets - Laguna Point Cove - MEN

K A Havlena
 

5 Dec 2011 -- Dorothy Tobkin saw 15 ANCIENT MURRELETS from
the Laguna Point parking lot in MacKerricher SP, north of Fort Bragg
this morning.  They were not in evidence just two days ago.

For Dorothy Tobkin

(K Havlena, north of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca)

P.S.  Hooray for Al's return AND hooray for Todd Easterla & Jim
Booker's discovery of this famous bird in Feb 1994.  If Todd fed
Al on that first day, the bird must have been accustomed to receiving
handouts -- for how many previous years? 

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Re: Al has returned!

Todd Easterla
 

Well I think Al has changed his diet to softer food in his elder years as I first fed him large anchovies/sardines the day he was found many years ago. I guess he has also changed his preference to what gender feeds him as well.



( AL or Alison?) Who knows?


Todd Easterla



From: Rick & Jeanne Jackson [mailto:jackson2@mcn.org]
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:25 PM
To: Todd Easterla; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!



I was told Al was being fed squid and that he prefers to be fed by a woman. No wonder Al keeps returning!



Jeanne Jackson

From: Todd Easterla <mailto:teasterla@comcast.net>

Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:12 PM

To: 'jackson_us' <mailto:jackson2@mcn.org> ; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com

Subject: RE: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!

LONG LIVE AL…….the LAYSAN KING!



I think I will make a special trip up this year to feed him a couple of anchovies or sardines as he loves to be fed off the dock.



Great news!



Todd Easterla

Rancho Cordova



From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 1:48 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!





Monday, Dec. 5th. Point Arena.

Al, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to the waters off the Point Arena Pier. Mel Smith just called to let me know. Our favorite bird returned at 1 pm today. I am so happy to be able to share this good news!

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay





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Re: Al has returned!

jackson_us
 

I was told Al was being fed squid and that he prefers to be fed by a woman. No wonder Al keeps returning!

Jeanne Jackson
From: Todd Easterla
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:12 PM
To: 'jackson_us' ; Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!
LONG LIVE AL…….the LAYSAN KING!



I think I will make a special trip up this year to feed him a couple of anchovies or sardines as he loves to be fed off the dock.



Great news!



Todd Easterla

Rancho Cordova



From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 1:48 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!





Monday, Dec. 5th. Point Arena.

Al, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to the waters off the Point Arena Pier. Mel Smith just called to let me know. Our favorite bird returned at 1 pm today. I am so happy to be able to share this good news!

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Re: Al has returned!

Todd Easterla
 

LONG LIVE AL...the LAYSAN KING!



I think I will make a special trip up this year to feed him a couple of
anchovies or sardines as he loves to be fed off the dock.



Great news!



Todd Easterla

Rancho Cordova



From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of jackson_us
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 1:48 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Al has returned!





Monday, Dec. 5th. Point Arena.

Al, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to the waters off the Point Arena
Pier. Mel Smith just called to let me know. Our favorite bird returned at 1
pm today. I am so happy to be able to share this good news!

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


12/5: Second HREC Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
 

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning I saw another Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker at the UC Hopland Center. This was a juvenile bird, just
molting in some red feathers on the throat. It was in an experimental
plantation of exotic conifers several miles past the office area. Neither
Bob Keiffer or I have again seen the male I reported on 10/26.

Chuck


--
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA


Al has returned!

jackson_us
 

Monday, Dec. 5th. Point Arena.

Al, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to the waters off the Point Arena Pier. Mel Smith just called to let me know. Our favorite bird returned at 1 pm today. I am so happy to be able to share this good news!

Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Clearlake

Floyd Hayes
 

Yesterday morning I saw the adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL with a flock of gulls on the water off Redbud Park from 8:15-8:25 am, and on one of the floating docks from 8:40-9:30. An immature SNOW GOOSE was swimming among the gulls, seemingly looking for another goose to hang out with.

Floyd Hayes
Hidden Valley Lake, CA


Other Visitors from the Far North in the Lower 48

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

A Common Redpoll flew into a window in Mono County quite recently.
Also, the Harris's Sparrow breeds in far away Northwest Territories,
Nunavut and northern Manitoba provinces of Canada.  I looked at the
eBird map of the many Snowy Owls and read about the Emperor
Goose off Marin headlands.  This could be a good winter.  Please
don't hesitate to call local, avid birders and post to Mendobirds as
soon as possible, if one or more of these northern visitors is found
by you.  

Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca


Rock Sandpiper, Harlequin Duck at Virgin Creek

carolynkinet
 

Toby Tobkin called to say she saw a Rock Sandpiper on one of the large flat offshore rocks at Virgin Creek beach. Near the sandpiper was a female Harlequin Duck, which dove into the water and was not seen again.

For Toby Tobkin

Carolyn


be alert for snowy owls

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

3 December 2011 - My brother-in-law just found a Snowy Owl in southern Idaho last evening ... and if you check out the eBird website http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/got-snowies you will see that the 48-states are in for an "irruption year" (winter) for snowy owls ...that is when a fair number of them winter much further south than normal usually due to a crash in the lemming population. They have already been found far south along the east coast (see the eBird map) ... and this could very much happen along our west coast. In Mendocino County we do not have any historical records ...but there are past records for both Humboldt and Sonoma Counties. Places to keep a close-eye on this winter are the Dunes at MacKerricher State Park (Cleone to Ten Mile) and the Manchester State Beach area. Of course, anywhere along the coastal bench is possible. Also a Emperor Goose was reported at Point Reyes on Nov 27 ...so another species to keep an eye out for along our coast.

Good birding. Bob Keiffer


Caspar Pond Ducks

birdmanofthewoods3 <birdmanofthewoods3@...>
 

Good duck watching at Caspar Pond off of Highway 1 in Caspar. Really attractive couple of ruddy ducks. One northern shoveler and a ménage à trois of common mergansers among other fowl. Note the really bizarre black duck which appears to be some sort of hybrid/domestic that is a dead ringer for Daffy Duck.

Rick Harris
Littleriver


Re: Snow Goose in Fort Bragg

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

Thanks for the head's up on this. Hopefully I can get a chance to shoot a photo from a distance so as not to scare it. Thankful for a 720mm zoom :)

--- On Fri, 12/2/11, carolynkinet <ckinet@gmail.com> wrote:

From: carolynkinet <ckinet@gmail.com>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Snow Goose in Fort Bragg
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011, 1:26 PM








 









Toby Tobkin reported seeing an immature Snow Goose today near the "surfer's parking lot" just north of Fort Bragg. It was foraging in the field away from the roadside. She saw it at about 10 a.m. and again at noon. The parking lot is a large dirt area just north of the town, across Highway 1 from the path that leads to the south end of Virgin Creek beach.



For Toby Tobkin ...



Carolyn Kinet






















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Snow Goose in Fort Bragg

carolynkinet
 

Toby Tobkin reported seeing an immature Snow Goose today near the "surfer's parking lot" just north of Fort Bragg. It was foraging in the field away from the roadside. She saw it at about 10 a.m. and again at noon. The parking lot is a large dirt area just north of the town, across Highway 1 from the path that leads to the south end of Virgin Creek beach.

For Toby Tobkin ...

Carolyn Kinet


Harrs's Sparrow - Ocean Meadows - not seen

Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...>
 

2 Dec 2011 - On 1 December, I saw an imm. HARRIS'S SPARROW
in our front yard, perched atop a rock rose.  I called to Jim, but he
did not get to see it.  We are having our house remodeled, and 7
construction workers and their trucks were in the yard.  I put out
extra seed, but the commotion was just too much for the Harris's.
This bird had terrible timing!  The crowned sparrows have adapted
fairly well, however. 

I looked carefully this morning, but I could not find the Harris's.  If
it does show up, I will post as soon as I can.  My computer has to
be turned off part of the time, with plastic covering the room. 

Karen Havlena
Ocean Meadows - Ten Mile Area, MEN, Ca

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Re: Big Al Not Back Yet

Jeff Petit
 

We looked for Al at the cove for a couple of hours starting at noon yesterday- 11/30/11, no luck.  We're heading back there in a few minutes and will report back if he's arrived. 
Beth and Jeff Petit
Point Arena
 
 


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From: Rick & Jeanne Jackson <jackson2@mcn.org>
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2011 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet


 
Yes, we are on Al alert here. We are checking every day and keeping our fingers crossed that this special bird will return.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
From: whzerd1
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:06 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet

I spent 2 hours (8:45 Am - 10:45 AM) on Tuesday on the pier at the cove at Pt. Arena looking for him and he was absent. Did find some other birds: Pelagic and DC Cormorants, Western, Eared and Horned Grebes, one Red-throated Loon, a few Pacific Loons, dozens of Black Oystercatchers and some gulls which I'm not good at identifying unless they are wearing a badge. I'm reasonably certain I saw at least one Mew Gull due to small bill size.

Also seen were 6 - 8 frozen surfers - they only stayed out about an hour before they came back in.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County

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Re: Big Al Not Back Yet

jackson_us
 

Yes, we are on Al alert here. We are checking every day and keeping our fingers crossed that this special bird will return.
Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
From: whzerd1
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:06 PM
To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Big Al Not Back Yet

I spent 2 hours (8:45 Am - 10:45 AM) on Tuesday on the pier at the cove at Pt. Arena looking for him and he was absent. Did find some other birds: Pelagic and DC Cormorants, Western, Eared and Horned Grebes, one Red-throated Loon, a few Pacific Loons, dozens of Black Oystercatchers and some gulls which I'm not good at identifying unless they are wearing a badge. I'm reasonably certain I saw at least one Mew Gull due to small bill size.

Also seen were 6 - 8 frozen surfers - they only stayed out about an hour before they came back in.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County





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Lake Pennyroyal

kmarianchild
 

Dec. 1, 2011 Today (and yesterday) I saw one common goldeneye at Lake Pennyroyal (private pond NW of Ukiah) for the first time. There were also 2 American wigeons, one Wilson's snipe, about 20 ring-necked ducks, 4 ruddy ducks, 40 coots, 4 pied-billed grebes, and one belted kingfisher (seems to be resident).

Of interest is that there were only a few osprey sightings at Lake Pennyroyal this summer, possibly because a family of river otters descended on the lake for a month the previous fall and may have decimated the fish population.


Kate Marianchild, nature writer
Currently researching and writing
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, a book
of fascinating and little-known
facts about plants and animals
that live among the oaks;
to be published by Heyday in 2013.

katem@mcn.org
707-463-0839


Harris's Sparrow

Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
 

1 December 2011 - Thursday - Karen Havlena reports that an immature Harris's Sparrow showed up this morning at their yard at Oceanside (just north of Ten Mile River). She and Jim saw it briefly though their window ... but they have some construction wok going on right now and the yard/house is in a bit a disarray and have not been able to relocate it yet. They have a local flock of crowned-sparrows that they feed regularly, and they are hoping that the Harris's Sparrow settles in with the flock and stays for a while. If they refind the bird they will post it. If you have a huge desire to search for this bird you should call Karen at 707-972-5440 (cell). Posted for Karen by Bob Keiffer. Good birding.

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