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Hammond's Flycatcher, Other North Davis Birds

Christine Dodson <D3birds@...>
 

Hammond's Flycatcher continues at same spot in North Davis (drainage ditch to west of F Street at north city boundary). I hadn't seen it since Jan 16 but saw it again today, very well as usual. Also, to confirm Zach Smith's Feb 5 posting, I saw a pair of Lark Sparrows on Jan 9 at the same location of the greenbelt north of Community Park, and again today where Diablo and Cortez meet the greenbelt. One of the pair today was doing a sub-song with great variety of finch sounds. Finally, a pair of Merlins has been hanging out in this same area of the greenbelt since around Thanksgiving. Male and female of the tundra sub-species, if I am reading Sibley's correctly. One or both are dependably found a few minutes after sunset in this area, perching high atop tall trees before going to roost in separate locations. The female especially likes the tall cypress where Baja meets the greenbelt.

Chris Dunford
Davis


Sacramento County - morning of 2/13

Jim Holmes
 

I birded various locations in Sacramento County this morning.

Scott Road - 7 Lewis's Woodpeckers and 6 Wood Ducks
Sailor Bar - continuing male Eurasion Wigeon
Southside Park (Sacramento) - continuing Plumbeous Vireo (bird was along
the northeast/northcentral section of the park (south/southeast of the
painted wall). The bird was found by others and then shown to me.

Good luck,

Jim Holmes


Eurasian Wigeon at Sailor Bar

David
 

I have uploaded 2 of my best photos from my Flickr site that I have taken of the continuing Eurasian Wigeon at the Illinois pond at Sailor Bar on the American River Parkway.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/birding4me/4352571399/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/birding4me/4352550667/

Dave Johnson
Fair Oaks


Re: continuing Sailor Bar Eurasian Wigeon

Doug Herr <wildlightphoto@...>
 

I've uploaded my favorite photo of the Eurasian Wigeon to my website:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/anatidae/euwi00.html


Doug Herr
Sacramento
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


Re: Plumbeous Vireo, Southside Park, SAC

Kevin <bionerdkevin@...>
 

Folks,
As described in Chris's email Dan Kopp and I were able to refind the plumbeous vireo today around 2 PM. It was in the exact same location as Chris found it, basically the northwest corner of Southside Park. Dan and I also found a male black-throated gray warbler just east of where the vireo was. It was foraging in the only leafed out tree in the area. We also observed about 25 wood ducks, five of them were relaxing in the public swimming pool.

Kevin Thomas
Sacramento

--- In central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com, Chris Conard <conardc@...> wrote:

Folks,

I just got a call from Dan Kopp. He and Kevin Thomas found the Plumbeous
Vireo again around 2pm today (Feb 12). Kimya and I had tried to find it
this morning to record it for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts
today, but didn't have any luck.

In a break from running errands, I did see a Merlin at Elk Grove Park this
morning. It was odd seeing Canada Geese there sitting up in the big oaks
like Wood Ducks.

A lot of these urban/suburban parks have so much potential, but it seems
like very few people have been birding them other than on the Sac CBC. I've
had limited time lately, so have been staying closer to home, and trying to
visit some of the local parks and cemeteries, like East Lawn Cemetery on
Folsom Blvd, the cemetery on Riverside and Broadway, and William Land Park.
These are easy sites to bird if you only have 30 minutes to an hour.
Southside Park is the only one of these that sometimes feels a bit "sketchy"
with regard to other people in the park. Elk Grove Park is huge and I've
only ever hit the northern portion of it. And finally, Reichmuth Park on
Gloria and 43rd is the best of all, with a mix on landscaped and natural
areas.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Chris Conard <conardc@...> wrote:

This afternoon at 3:45 (Thursday, Feb 11) a Plumbeous Vireo was in the
extreme NW corner of Southside Park, at the corner of 6th and T Streets.
There is a casuarina tree riddled with sapsucker holes where I first spotted
the bird. Kimya and I returned at 4:15 and we found it about 100 feet to
the south. We left it after it crossed the street and was foraging in a
tree at 2018 6th Street. There were also at least 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers
in the vicinity, plus 15 Wood Ducks in the lake.
All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


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Re: [CVBirds] Sailor Bar Eurasian Wigeon

Doug Herr <wildlightphoto@...>
 

Craig Swolgaard wrote:

I stopped by the pond at Sailor Bar this morning and easily found the Eurasian wigeon. It was in the company of some domestic ducks.
<<<

So it was you I saw there this morning! I was sitting next to the pond on the east side. I'll have my photos posted in a few hours.

Doug Herr
Sacramento
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


Sailor Bar Eurasian Wigeon

Craig Swolgaard
 

Fellow birders-
I stopped by the pond at Sailor Bar this morning and easily found the Eurasian wigeon. It was in the company of some domestic ducks. This duck seems very comfortable there and may hang out during the weekend. On the way home I stopped to look at a flock of yellow-rumped warblers and saw a male & female Myrtle's among the rest.
I loaded a photo of the wigeon in our photo album under "Ducks..." I also will load several more images on my flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477@N08/

There will be a photo there of a possible common x Barrow's goldeneye hybrid I saw at Lake Natoma last weekend between the porta-potty and the small island near the bluffs. See what you think- I'm not sure.

Good birding,
Craig Swolgaard
Folsom, CA


Eurasian Wigeon

Jim Pearce
 

The Eurasean wigeon was still at the pond at the end of Illinois Avenue in Fair Oaks this morning, hanging out with five Mallards. Good photo opportunities due to the small size of the pond and trails around it.

Jim Pearce
Fair Oaks


Re: Plumbeous Vireo, Southside Park, SAC

Chris Conard
 

Folks,

I just got a call from Dan Kopp. He and Kevin Thomas found the Plumbeous
Vireo again around 2pm today (Feb 12). Kimya and I had tried to find it
this morning to record it for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts
today, but didn't have any luck.

In a break from running errands, I did see a Merlin at Elk Grove Park this
morning. It was odd seeing Canada Geese there sitting up in the big oaks
like Wood Ducks.

A lot of these urban/suburban parks have so much potential, but it seems
like very few people have been birding them other than on the Sac CBC. I've
had limited time lately, so have been staying closer to home, and trying to
visit some of the local parks and cemeteries, like East Lawn Cemetery on
Folsom Blvd, the cemetery on Riverside and Broadway, and William Land Park.
These are easy sites to bird if you only have 30 minutes to an hour.
Southside Park is the only one of these that sometimes feels a bit "sketchy"
with regard to other people in the park. Elk Grove Park is huge and I've
only ever hit the northern portion of it. And finally, Reichmuth Park on
Gloria and 43rd is the best of all, with a mix on landscaped and natural
areas.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Chris Conard <conardc@gmail.com> wrote:

This afternoon at 3:45 (Thursday, Feb 11) a Plumbeous Vireo was in the
extreme NW corner of Southside Park, at the corner of 6th and T Streets.
There is a casuarina tree riddled with sapsucker holes where I first spotted
the bird. Kimya and I returned at 4:15 and we found it about 100 feet to
the south. We left it after it crossed the street and was foraging in a
tree at 2018 6th Street. There were also at least 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers
in the vicinity, plus 15 Wood Ducks in the lake.
All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Request for Curlew Sightings

Alex Hartman <shorebirder@...>
 

Hello everyone,

Audubon Magazine is putting together an article on Long-billed Curlews wintering in the Central Valley and their use of agricultural lands. As part of the story they would like to get some photos of curlews and their photographer will be here the week of February 22nd. If you happen across any good curlew sightings over the next week, especially those within an hour or two of Sacramento, please let me know so I can forward this information to the writer and photographer. Thank you.

Alex Hartman
Audubon California
Sacramento


Orangevale Sightings

marekat@att.net <marekat@...>
 

This morning while walk/jogging through my Orangevale neighborhood I spotted 4 Wild Turkeys, 1 Mockingbird, 5 Robins, trees full of Red-winged Blackbirds as well as Western Bluebirds. 3 Mallards overhead, and many Crown Sparrows, House Sparrows, Mourning Doves and House Finches. 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 California Towhees and 1 Rufous-sided Towhee which I don't see very often where I live. 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Scrub Jays, 1 Plain Titmouse and a Woodpecker but unfortunately I couldn't get a good view since he was up in a tree and the branches were obscuring him.
Also lots of Hummingbird activity going on at my feeder. Most are Anna's but I need to take a closer look and identify the others since I'm not real savvy on Hummingbirds. I usually fill the feeder every 4-5 days but lately I have been filling it daily because there are so many by evening it is empty again.

All in all a very nice morning!
Mary Sirois
Orangevale


Plumbeous Vireo, Southside Park, SAC

Chris Conard
 

Folks,

This afternoon at 3:45 (Thursday, Feb 11) a Plumbeous Vireo was in the
extreme NW corner of Southside Park, at the corner of 6th and T Streets.
There is a casuarina tree riddled with sapsucker holes where I first spotted
the bird. Kimya and I returned at 4:15 and we found it about 100 feet to
the south. We left it after it crossed the street and was foraging in a
tree at 2018 6th Street. There were also at least 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers
in the vicinity, plus 15 Wood Ducks in the lake.

In older news, there was a Cliff Swallow at the Bufferlands on Feb 5. In
still older news, Kimya and I saw a White-throated Sparrow in the WPA Rock
Garden of William Land Park on Jan 29. I was slightly surprised to see this
sparrow as well as a Spotted Towhee in this small patch of habitat
surrounded by lawn and park.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


missing ring

Marilyn Trabert <iluv2bird@...>
 

Hi everyone . . . .

I took a group of friends to the Sacramento NWR and surrounding areas on Monday and just received this email from one of the gals. If anyone has any information that might help, please get in touch with me (or Mary) as soon as possible.

Marilyn Trabert
Walnut Creek
(925) 939-5798

Subject: ring

Hi Marilyn,

I don't know if you heard that I discovered my wedding/engagement ring was missing when we were about to leave the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge last Monday. It is white gold with a diamond solitaire. I had it the previous day at 4 P.M. I looked around the refuge in the area between the parking lot and the rest room without finding it. I didn't go into the office to report it (Now I wish that I had done so). I was hoping I would find it at home. My husband and I have looked all over our home and cars and checked with the restaurant we visited Sunday night. Yesterday I telephoned the refuge. A woman there named Edwina said a gentleman came into the office asking if anyone reported a missing ring. He did not turn in the ring when they told him no one reported it missing , and they don't have his name. Would you mind passing this message on to the folks in our group? Do you know any other gentlemen who might have been visiting there on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday? My husband went on the refuge's web site and found that an Altacal Audubon group was there on Monday. He emailed their membership person asking if they could help. I'm so angry with myself for not having the ring sized. I knew it was a little loose! If anyone has any information I would appreciate a call at (925)937-9090. I will give a reward.

Love,
Mary
maryballard@astound.net


Canceled Sacramento Audubon Field Trip to Yolo Bypass on February 11

grujaponensis
 

Due to flooding, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is closed. The field trip scheduled for February 11 is cancelled.

Marlene Ishihara
Sacramento Audubon


Cosumnes birds the last few days

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

Today and Monday I did transect surveys at the Valensin Ranch portion of the
Cosumnes River Preserve. These were really underwheming birding
experiences.

Sunday was a decidedly mixed bag out at Howard Ranch, a private ranch with a
conservation easement on it. No longer owned by TNC, the rancher still
gives me permission to visit occasionally. Anyway, I was very disappointed
with the herping. I found no Batrachoseps despite turning lots of down
timber. Amazingly, lots of the logs were still dry underneath, despite the
normal rainfall for the year.

Birding, by contrast, was much better. Some of the highlights:
cackling goose- 2
white-tailed kite- 1 (not so regular here)
bald eagle- 1
ferruginous hawk- 8 (possibly as many as 11)
merlin- 1
prairie falcon- 2
sandhill crane- 4 on the ground (decidedly uncommon on the ground here)
Lewis's woodpecker- 110 (not a typo)
common raven- 22
rock wren- 1
mountain bluebird- 74 (62 in one flock at the rock fence in the far south,
by far the biggest I have ever seen in SAC)
rufous-crowned sparrow- 2
Lincoln's sparrow- 3 (another species rather hard to come by on the ranch)
purple finch- 8

The highlight was watching the goings on at a cow carcass near the south end
of the ranch. From about 500- 600 yards away, when I first spied this
situation, I could see 12 turkey vultures and four common ravens at the dead
cow, but not for long. A third year bald eagle ran them off. In the few
minutes the eagle had the cow to itself, I'm not sure it ate anything,
because the ravens kept buzzing it. Then the guard changed again, with the
appearance of four coyotes trotting up to the dead cow, flushing all the
birds. The eagle left to the south somewhere behind the hill I gazed from,
but not so far that it couldn't keep an eye on the place. The vultures flew
up into the adjacent trees, and the ravens flew very short distances to
points on the ground. The four coyotes each scattered a raven, but that
wasn't much of a success, since the ravens all circled back and landed close
by again. One coyote took possession of the cow and began eating from the
neck (the abdominal and thoracic cavities had already been emptied by
earlier scavengers). But when other pack mates approached, the diner broke
off from eating and chased them around. Shortly two more coyotes appeared,
and then not long after, a seventh came to join in. The ravens were pushed
out a little farther, but they couldn't be made to leave altogether. The
same dominating animal prevented the others from feeding, but because of the
other coyotes pressing close, he or she didn't get to eat either. Two other
coyotes crossed the grassy slope between them and me. This all took place
over the course of about 40 minutes, at which point I slowly descended the
long grassy slope. Walking next to the fence there provided some kind of
visual cover, because none of the coyotes noticed me until I had closed half
the distance between us. Then three of them trotted off to the north. At a
distance of about 175 yards, three more coyotes loped away, leaving one that
had been lying on the grass well away from the carcass. This one looked
around for possible threats but didn't see me or recognize me for what I
am. Well, if the others were going to leave the cow unattended, this last
one would take advantage. This animal, too, fed at the neck. I got to
about 90 yards away when I was spotted. This last coyote then bolted away
to the north. With the coyotes gone, the eagle promptly reappeared. But as
I was now too close, it circled away back to the south. I was close enough
now to put the vultures up, and their circling attracted still other
vultures. When I was about 200 yards past the carcass I turned to see 21
turkey vultures circling and several others were streaming in from the east.

I saw three more coyotes during the course of the day, for at least 12.
There were at least five kinds of wildflowers already blooming, including
one fairly extensive patch of goldfields. All the vernal pools were full to
overflowing, all the ravines had gurgling water on the move, and all the
grassy slopes terminating abruptly at vertical rock were pouring off thin
ribbons of water.

I did about 12 miles of walking, my route making a giant "B" on the land. I
had a really fun day.

Best,
John

--
John Trochet
Sacramento, California
trochetj@gmail.com


Eurasian Wigeon - Amador County

Don Marsh <marsh_don@...>
 

Yesterday around noon I found a male Eurasian Wigeon in the small pond 1.6 miles east of Paine Road on Sutter Creek-Ione Road. He was still there today at 11 am.
Good Birding,
Don Marsh
Sutter Creek, Amador Co.


Sailor Bar Eur. Wigeon continues

naturestoc
 

Hi all. The male Eurasian Wigeon continues this morning on the Sailor Bar pond with the mallards. Here's a link to one photo of the bird -

http://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Nature/Calbirding-2010-big-bird-photo/AmericanRiverParkwaySaccoCA201/784759860_DNQb6-L.jpg

Dan Brown,
Sacramento,
www.naturestoc.smugmug.com


Injured Gull in Davis area

Helene Cavior
 

I was on Road 29 near Road 94 looking for the Harlans when I spotted a gull
walking on the road with his wing tip hanging. I tried to net it but am
wearing a cast on my foot and when he fluttered across the ditch to the
field, I was unable to follow. If anyone can look for him today and try to
get him to a rehab facility you may be able to save its life.
Helene Cavior


Merced County Highlights 2/8/10

Dominik Mosur
 

Birded Merced County with Peter Metropulos today.

A GREATER ROADRUNNER at Romero Visitor Center got us off to a good start.

Between 11 and 5:30 p.m. we birded extensively around Gun Club and north Santa Fe Grade and had the following birds of note:

MEW GULL (adult)with (600+) Ring-billed and (80) Bonaparte's Gull.
PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER (appeared lame in R leg) seen with (200+) Black-bellied Plovers
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (30)
MARBLED GODWIT (5)
PEREGRINE FALCON (adult female)
BALD EAGLE (2 adults)
TREE SWALLOW (one)
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (~70, saw only males)
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES (7, female seen carrying twigs at Gustine Gun Club)

Including a detour earlier along Billy Wright Road we also had day totals of (20, two "dark" morph) Red-tailed and(4) Red-shouldered Hawks, (31) Northern Harriers, (16)American Kestrels, (4) White-tailed Kites and (18) Loggerhead Shrikes.

Good Birding,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


San Joaquin birding 2/8

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,

Starting out our drive this morning on Hwy 12 on Bouldin Island- there was a huge flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and some Tundra Swans. Of course no place to stop, so just had a quick look.

Then headed to Flood and Waverly Rds. Like the report from yesterday we saw some of the same: 3 adult Bald Eagles, 2 Ferruginous Hawks, one Rough-legged Hawk, and 2 Prairie Falcons; along with numerous Red-tailed Hawks and A. Kestrels. Looked for, but did not see a single Mt. Bluebird.

Next checked out Woodbridge Rd. All water is dried up except at the Crane Preserve. There was a good mix of dabbling ducks- mostly Green-wing Teal, and probably a 1000 or more Sandhill Cranes, plus some GWF Geese. There was also a few of the usual shorebirds. An adult Peregrine Falcon landed in the tree tops while we were there.

We tried Staten Island next. Again most all of the water is dried up except at the very end of the road. Again, there were plenty of Sandhill Cranes, some flocks of Tundra Swans and GWF Geese, and a small flock of Common Goldeneyes, along with some more dabblers. Amazed not to see a single Canada Goose.

Best birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
Napabirders@att.net

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