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Re: [CALBIRDS] RE: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint

Todd Easterla
 

Jim and All,

I have returned home after a family event at arco arena. I was also worried a little bit about the darker tertials and even left a message on the Nor-cal Birdbox about this issue.

I just looked at John Sterlings excellent photos of the RED-NECKED STINT! No doubt about it folks. The tertials are darker but not jet black and this is evident only when turned in the sun at a certain position. Yes, they are dark but not jet black like many Little Stints may show.


These are the field marks that I believe make it a Red-necked Stint (RNST) apposed to Little Stint (LIST).

1. The birds crown does not have a dark contrasting center, it is more of an even wash across the top. The contrast here is not strong like in LIST.

2. The supercillium is split but not sharply as most LIST show and it also does not contrast sharply.

3. The bill is has a thick base to it that tapers to a point, but not a fine point as in LIST and is very short.

4. The upper breast streaks are visible but not at all like the other peeps and stints tend to show. Again very little contrast as they are washed with a buffy-gray color.

5.The head, neck and upper breast are all very similar in shade of color and very subdued unlike LIST.

6. The mantle has fairly prominent lines (mantle braces) that are bright but not really broad, wide and striking like a lot of LIST can show. There is much variation between LIST and RNST here so take it for what it is.

7. The red row of scapulars are dark centered etched in rufous which both stints show as do most dark legged peeps.

8. The coverts are a washed out buffy-gray color and most show a simple central shaft streak. Little Stints normally show very dark (blackish) centered scapulars.

9. The tertials are dark gray but not jet black lined or surrounded with a buffy white color on most of them. At times they show a hint of rufous. LIST are normally etched in bold rufous but this can vary some.

10. The birds primary projection was very long which is good for RNST and LIST and separates it from our juv. peeps. Three to four feathers are seen in the photos past the tertials but in the field I could not be sure. The primaries were definitely longer than all other peeps present and very noticeable.

11.This bird was very drawn out and noticeably longer than all of the other peeps that were present at the time. LIST are slightly shorter and rounder in my opinion. This takes a while to get a feel for but again very noticeable when comparing to the other peeps.

12. The head was a little blockier and not so round. LIST normally have a rounder and small looking head in my opinion.

13. Last, the bird was slightly shorter legged than most all of the Western Sandpipers and (1) Semipalmated Sandpiper near it.

14. I was not able to see the un-webbed toes as the bird was in wet, sticky mud most of the time and it was sticking to the toes. I was fortunate enough to get a photo that shows the un-webbed toes clearly. Maybe some one else did also?

This is the first JUVENILE RNST I have ever viewed so I feel very lucky at this time. I have seen several Juvenile LIST and adults of both species.

Mr. John Sterling is going to post a few photos of the bird to his web site and will alert us when it is ready to view. Thanks John.

Todd Easterla

----- Original Message -----
From: James F. Holmes
To: 'John Sterling' ; Todd Easterla
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 5:27 PM
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] RE: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint


I just downloaded and looked at my photos.



My initial thoughts and concerns.



1) The tertials are dark. Red-necked Stints should have grey tertials. Little Stints and Semipalms both have dark tertials.

2) One of my photos shows a split supercilium very well.

3) None of my photos suggest a lack of webbing to the feet and I have several that demonstrate the foot out of the water/mud. However, I think that the foot is always covered in mud so I can't tell.

4) I think the scapulars are more consistent with Little Stint.

5) There is not much of a crown to the bird (from my photos with the head down.



I will look at the references and photos better, but as of now, I am not convinced it is a Red-necked Stint.



Jim






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Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:16 PM
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Subject: [CALBIRDS] RE: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint





The bird looks real good for juv. Red-necked. It is definitely a stint!
I'll be looking at my photos soon. The bird was still there when I left at
11:38 am.

John Sterling

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[mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of Jeri M. Langham
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 10:51 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint

Hi gang,

Todd Easterla just called to tell me he found a juvenile RED-NECKED
STINT at Vic Fazio Yolo Bypass area.

Best of birding,

Jeri
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Re: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint

John Sterling
 

The bird looks real good for juv. Red-necked. It is definitely a stint!
I'll be looking at my photos soon. The bird was still there when I left at
11:38 am.



John Sterling

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26 Palm Ave

Woodland, CA 95695

cell 530 908-3836

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From: central_valley_birds@...
[mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of Jeri M. Langham
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 10:51 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: [CVBirds] Red-necked Stint





Hi gang,

Todd Easterla just called to tell me he found a juvenile RED-NECKED
STINT at Vic Fazio Yolo Bypass area.

Best of birding,

Jeri
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Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
9619 Mira Del Rio Drive
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Red-necked Stint

Jeri M. Langham <langhamjm@...>
 

Hi gang,

Todd Easterla just called to tell me he found a juvenile RED-NECKED STINT at Vic Fazio Yolo Bypass area.

Best of birding,

Jeri
--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jeri M. Langham, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
9619 Mira Del Rio Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Cell (916) 505-0002
Home (916) 366-8584
jlangham@...

Neotropical Grassland Conservancy
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Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
http://ventbird.com/people/jeri-langham

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possible Red-necked Stint at Vic Fazio/Yolo Basin Wildlife Area

Bruce Webb <BruWebb@...>
 

Todd Easterla just asked me to post that at around 9 AM, he just found a juvenile stint at at Yolo Basin Wildlife Area.

He notes it is a juvenile bird with very long primary projection. It is not a Semipalmated Sandpiper.

He says it is a stint but had to end the phone call because he just found the bird and is trying get better looks to rule out Little Stint.

More details to follow as I hear from him. Or, get out there to look for Todd or other birders.

--
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA 95746


Early Dove Season at YBWA

maryolo1
 

Because safflower has been planted near parking lots in the hunt zone it's been decided that the area beyond the hunter check-in station will be closed to other uses for the full fifteen days. The usual areas will be open again starting on September 16th and will be available for other uses until we close down for the waterfowl season. That date will be decided later.

Mary Schiedt


Putah Creek warblers

kuschmanfred
 

This morning I encountered in addition to a fair representation of
Black-thr. Gray, Wilson's, Orange-cr., Yellow, MacGillivray's, and
Nashville Warblers, a Yellow-breasted Chat close to the spot where I
have observed one in early September during past years. A nice
surprise. Orange-cr. and MacGillivray's are definitely more numerous
than in past years. On the other hand, the big wave of Wilson's
observed earlier has subsided significantly. Two days ago, I also
found my first Hermit Warbler, and after a temporary drought, Yellow
Warblers are increasing in number. Together with the Townsend's
Warbler and Common Yellowthroat found earlier, this brings the number
of warbler species observed along the creek this season to 10 so far.
Hummingbirds, Anna's, Black-chinned, and Rufous, continue to be
abundant both along the creek and even more so in my garden. It
appears that mature male Rufous hummers follow a different path during
north and south-bound migrations. I have seen only one south-bound
mature male in mid-June, so early I suspect it may have been a stray
(green-backed) Allen's. All others since have been female or
immatures. Mature males are, however, very common here on their north-
bound trek.


Manfred Kusch
Davis/Winters
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Davis Wetlands

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

Wastewater Pond at the Davis Wetlands is beginning to show decent shorebird habitat, and the adjacent Pond 6 is teeming with dowitchers. Wastewater itself had a nice flock of Red-necked Phalaropes. The Wetlands will be open Mondays only started Sept 1. Don't forget that a Hudsonian Godwit was found there on a Labor Day a few years ago (and several have turned up along the coast just now).



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Davis migrants

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

Migration has been in very full swing the last two mornings, with too many birds to look at.

But first, I must say that my little patch in north Davis is pretty good, but is replicated all over town. I would also recommend North Pond, West Pond, Willowbank Ditch area, Grasslands Park (before 9am on weekdays to avoid archers), College Park Circle (before 8am to avoid dust-blowers), Solano Park gardens, UCD Arboretum, and any greenbelt with multiple canopy layers or weedy areas. And pretty much these migrants are hard to find after 9:30am.

From 30 minute walks the last two mornings (with #'s from each morning):

WW Pewee 1 2
Willow Flycatcher 5 1
Dusky Flycatcher 0 1 (well-seen and calling)
Pac-Slope Fly 2 2
House Wren 3 2
Warbling Vireo 0 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 1
Yellow Warbler 3 4 (only in lerp-infested eucs)
Orange-cr Warbler 4 4
MacGillivrays Warbler 4 4 (and showing very cooperatively!)
W Tanager 1 4
BH Grosbeak 1 0
Bullock's Oriole 0 1

good birding,



Steve Hampton
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Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: [CVBirds] European White Stork

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

I researched the banding issue when we had a well-described White Ibis observed flying over Davis a few years ago. In short, private collections are largely unmonitored and banding is not required. At the same time, most collectors (and there are many in the Central Valley) keep birds pinioned and banded. But there are plenty of exceptions. Also, many collectors are very private about what they have.



Steve Hampton
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<LGREUK400@...> 08/26/09 6:37 AM >>>
Bruce

Your image does seem to confirm the presence of a EUROPEAN WHITE STORK
(Ciconia ciconia) in California. The state of the primaries indicates that it
is an adult although the bill appears very dark on the image. I presume that
this is most likely an escape from a collection but do not know the status
of this species in North America as a vagrant.

White Storks do not like long sea crossings and will almost certainly take
the shortest option, hence why the vast majority of White Storks in Britain
are of unknown origin and most likely escapes. Very occasionally, we see a
rush of overshooting genuine migrants in March and April if the weather
conditions are favourable and coincide with a heavy passage of birds over the
Straits of Gibraltar.

I should like to see some images of the bird on the 'deck'. Do you not have
any rule in California that birds kept in collections should be banded in
any way?

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Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: [CVBirds] European White Stork

Steve Abbott <papasula@...>
 

The photo is located in the "Miscellaneous" folder on the Calbirds site.

On Aug 25, 2009, at 7:06 PM, BRUCE DEUEL wrote:

Here's a picture of the bird sent to me by Karen Kovacs of DFG. The
bird
has spent some of its time on the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 5:46 PM, Ron LeValley <ron@...>
wrote:

Hi all,



Here is the essence of some messages I received last night and this
morning.
Since I have not heard anything else about this bird, I thought I
would
post
it on Cal-Birds and other norcal lists. I don't have any more
info, not
even
to confirm the identification, but thought someone would comment
or go
check
it out!




----------------------------------------------------------
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Not sure how rare it is, or if you spend time chasing birds around
to

add to your list but there is evidently a European White Stork
hanging

around over here between Yreka and Montague. A couple of other

biologist went and took a look at it Saturday. Not sure how long
it's

been here.



The bird was still there this morning. Jim said it's been there
for almost
two weeks. It was off of the Yreka Ager Rd about a mile and a half
north
of
Hwy 3. T45N R6W, I think sec 17 but not positive of that.

I guess it's following the cattle around eating grasshoppers.
Sounds like
it's been visible from the road.



Forgot to mention it's also been seen off Hwy 3 near the Shasta
River
(about
a mile or so south of the where it was this morning). That would
be sec's
20 and 29.



On Saturday it was on Fioks property off of Ager Road.





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Little River CA 95456

707/937-1742


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stork photo

Bruce Deuel
 

I forgot, in my haste, about the restriction on attachments. I also decided
I'd better ask permission to post the photo, so as soon as I get that and
figure out how to add a photo to the Photos folder, I'll do that.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


Re: [CVBirds] European White Stork

Bruce Deuel
 

Here's a picture of the bird sent to me by Karen Kovacs of DFG. The bird
has spent some of its time on the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 5:46 PM, Ron LeValley <ron@...> wrote:

Hi all,



Here is the essence of some messages I received last night and this
morning.
Since I have not heard anything else about this bird, I thought I would
post
it on Cal-Birds and other norcal lists. I don't have any more info, not
even
to confirm the identification, but thought someone would comment or go
check
it out!




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Not sure how rare it is, or if you spend time chasing birds around to

add to your list but there is evidently a European White Stork hanging

around over here between Yreka and Montague. A couple of other

biologist went and took a look at it Saturday. Not sure how long it's

been here.



The bird was still there this morning. Jim said it's been there for almost
two weeks. It was off of the Yreka Ager Rd about a mile and a half north
of
Hwy 3. T45N R6W, I think sec 17 but not positive of that.

I guess it's following the cattle around eating grasshoppers. Sounds like
it's been visible from the road.



Forgot to mention it's also been seen off Hwy 3 near the Shasta River
(about
a mile or so south of the where it was this morning). That would be sec's
20 and 29.



On Saturday it was on Fioks property off of Ager Road.





Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332

Little River CA 95456

707/937-1742


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Fort Bragg California USA 95437
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Gallery: 707/964-4706

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European White Stork

Ron LeValley
 

Hi all,



Here is the essence of some messages I received last night and this morning.
Since I have not heard anything else about this bird, I thought I would post
it on Cal-Birds and other norcal lists. I don't have any more info, not even
to confirm the identification, but thought someone would comment or go check
it out!



----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------

Not sure how rare it is, or if you spend time chasing birds around to

add to your list but there is evidently a European White Stork hanging

around over here between Yreka and Montague. A couple of other

biologist went and took a look at it Saturday. Not sure how long it's

been here.



The bird was still there this morning. Jim said it's been there for almost
two weeks. It was off of the Yreka Ager Rd about a mile and a half north of
Hwy 3. T45N R6W, I think sec 17 but not positive of that.

I guess it's following the cattle around eating grasshoppers. Sounds like
it's been visible from the road.



Forgot to mention it's also been seen off Hwy 3 near the Shasta River (about
a mile or so south of the where it was this morning). That would be sec's
20 and 29.



On Saturday it was on Fioks property off of Ager Road.





Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332

Little River CA 95456

707/937-1742


Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
301 North Main Street
Fort Bragg California USA 95437
Cell: 707/496-3326
Gallery: 707/964-4706

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Yolo/ Solano Co, Aug 25

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hello all,

We too went to see the Least Bittern family at Yolo Bypass on Aug. 25. What a great marsh area!! We had never been there before, and will return at future dates (but not during the dove-hunting season!) In addition to the Least Bitterns, we saw 2 Soras, Wilson's Snipe, a Yellow-headed Blackbird, an American Bittern which walked out onto the pathway, and the usual other species.

On the first part of the drive there were at least 8 Great-tailed Grackles & a flyover Peregrine Falcon.

Next we headed over to the end of Kestrel Street (late morning, but thought we would take a quick look) Never being there before, we had no clue on which is the best way to walk there....any suggestions for next time? Migrants noted- a couple of Western Tanagers, a Wilson's and a Yellow Warbler, several selasphorous hummers and a House Wren (resident or migrant??)

Then to the Davis Wetlands, and since the gate was locked and already noon, decided not to go request a key. We did check out all the ponds on the drive in- on one dike counted over 270 Long-billed Curlews (probably those seen earlier out in a field from a previous post.) No special gulls or ducks.

We headed out on Rd 28H toward the dump, always looking for Burrowing Owls, and actually finding one this time! It was sitting on a fence post in front of 2 small white buildings, with a weeping willow tree, that is just a bit past the main entrance to the dump.

Stopped at the wide area across from Lake Solano to eat lunch. There on the upslope is a Chinese Pistache tree and like the "BIRD MAGNET" it is in our neighborhood for migrants and resident birds, was a Warbling Vireo, several Western Tanagers and several W. Bluebirds. The best bird who came for the berries was a Pileated Woodpecker. We first watched it on a tree next to the lake, but then it flew across the road and landed in the pistache and ate quite a few berries before flying off. Mixed swallows flocks were numerous here as everywhere else today.

Best birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa


Split Dove Season to Open Sept. 1

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

This will mean no access beyond the check station at YBWA (to the Least
Bittern area-- though they may be moving on soon anyway).



Steve Hampton
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Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
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Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
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DFG News 8/25/2009 4:09 PM >>>
California Department of Fish and Game News Release
August 25, 2009

Contact: Karen R. Fothergill, Game Bird Heritage Coordinator, (916)
716-1461
Jesse Garcia, Upland Game Program, (916) 445-3709

Harry Morse, Office of Communications, (916)
322-8962

Split Dove Season to Open Sept. 1

California’s split 2009 dove season will be open from Sept. 1-15, and
again from Nov. 14-Dec. 28, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
announced.

The season includes white-winged and mourning doves, for which the
combined bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 20. Hunters
can also harvest Eurasian collared-doves, which are now common in some
parts of the state. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit for
this species.

There is no open hunting season on common ground-doves, ruddy
ground-doves and Inca doves.

Open or limited dove hunting opportunities are available in DFG-managed
wildlife areas and ecological reserves from Shasta Valley Wildlife Area
in the north to the Imperial Valley Wildlife Area in the south. Hunts
are conducted both on a reservation and non-reservation basis.
Information on these opportunities can be found at:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/ and
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/gbh/index.html.

This year, numerous additional hunting sites will be made available in
the Niland area of the Imperial Valley, through the cooperative efforts
of DFG, Desert Wildlife Unlimited, the Imperial County Fish and Game
Commission, Quail Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the San Diego Chapter
of the Safari Club. More information on this program is available from
the Imperial Wildlife Area, (760) 359-0577.

Hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license, an Upland
Game Bird Stamp and a free Harvest Information Program Stamp. Proper
safety precautions should be taken, including wearing shooting safety
glasses in the field. Hunters are required to leave a fully feathered
wing attached to doves when transporting them.

Each year an estimated 90,000 dove hunters take to the field in
California to harvest more than 1.5 million doves. The sale of the
required upland game bird stamps supports DFG’s Game Bird Heritage
Program, which provides funding annually to plant dove food crops on
state lands and on partnership private lands in the Imperial Valley.

The upland game bird regulations summary for 2009/10 can be found at:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/09-10-upland-sum.html. Further
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Swainson's Hawk in Byron

Rene Reyes
 

For those interested, there has been several (between 20-40 at a time) Swainson's hawks circling the fields located around Herdlyn Rd. and Lindemann Rd. in Byron for the past several days. I often see them midday.

Rene C. Reyes
Stockton, CA
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Re: [CVBirds] Davis Wastelands Closed??

John <jtmcn1@yahoo.com>
 

Bill,
 
My apologies for the locked Davis Wetlands gate. It is typically unlocked at 7am. It may have been an oversight by treatment plant staff. There are also many utility companies with locks on the gate. One may have mistakenly locked the gate upon exit. I will be sure to remind the treatment plant staff to have the gate unlocked at the appropriate time. In the future if you or anyone else finds the gate locked during an otherwise open access period, please visit the front office of the treatment plant and request that the gate be opened.
 
As a reminder, from Sept 1 to February 15, the Wetlands will be open Mondays only from 7am to 1pm. The docent led tours will continue the first Saturday of the month at 3 pm.

John McNerney
City of Davis

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From: whzerd1 <dummy1@...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Davis Wastelands Closed??
To: central_valley_birds@...
Date: Monday, August 24, 2009, 4:02 PM


 



While I was in the Davis area this morning I went over to the Wastelands and found it locked up at 8:30 AM contrary to all the signage. Did I miss some announcement somewhere along the line?

Enroute there in a newly mown field on the east side of Road 105 between Chiles Rd and Road 30 I found a good number of Long-billed Curlews.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County
















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Correction - Wetlands not Wastelands

whzerd1 <dummy1@...>
 

Ooops - my bad - I meant the Davis Wetlands where you go thru the gate and down the dike.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County


Davis Wastelands Closed??

whzerd1 <dummy1@...>
 

While I was in the Davis area this morning I went over to the Wastelands and found it locked up at 8:30 AM contrary to all the signage. Did I miss some announcement somewhere along the line?

Enroute there in a newly mown field on the east side of Road 105 between Chiles Rd and Road 30 I found a good number of Long-billed Curlews.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County


YBWA Least Bittern Continues

whzerd1 <dummy1@...>
 

I arrived on scene at 6:45 AM Monday morning and within 10 minutes had located 1 adult and 3 for sure and possibly 4 juveniles at the previously described area.

Many thanks to those I communicated with offline for details of the area - especially Gil Ewing - I left some dry stalks on the trail in the shape of an arrow pointing at the area where I found them. I would further describe the area as having two "channels of view" all the way to the back wall of rushes - on either side of a group of rushes that is about 2/3rds of the way back. This was at the second of the two areas where you can easily see over the brush alongside the trail.

Toward the end of my visit an adult flew into the rushes very near the trail on the right side of this area and gave great views - naked eye even.

A great experience after a 2 1/2 hr drive for a "lifer"!!

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County

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