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Coopers Hawk Immature?

Franco
 

I uploaded a combined photo to Birds of Prey Album titled Coopers Hawk Immature?

Which is my best guess.

Pictures taken 3600 block of Seaport Blvd, West Sac, Jan 13 2012

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
Sacramento


Costa's Hummingbird in Chico CA

Kirn, Shelly
 

Hi CV Birders

The male Costa's hummingbird has been a regular visitor to our feeders all week, and I just saw it using the large, red feeder along the back fence a little after 7am this morning (Saturday 1/14).

If you would like to see this bird, you are welcomed to drop-by anytime
between 8am-5pm (no need to call or email before hand). Our address is 59
Herlax Circle off of W 11th Ave in Chico CA. You can't miss us, we are the only
house in the neighborhood without lawn. Come through the gate on the left side
of the driveway (near the single garage) and come through the yard. You are
welcomed to sit anywhere and make yourself comfortable. I put a blue camp chair along the west fence that affords a view of 3 (of the 4) hummingbird feeders. Please shut the gate
when you leave.

Bird on!

Shelly Kirn
Jay Bogiatto
Chico, Butte Co, CA


Merced NWR 1/8

Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr@...>
 

Last weekend I spent the day out at Merced NWR, getting there about 7:15AM and hanging around until almost 6PM (minus a couple of hours at O'Neill forebay to bird mid-day). I've finally gotten through the images and created a slideshow that I thought I'd pass along:

http://bit.ly/zMvLxg

I do recommend turning off captions and setting the speed to fast.

I also wrote up a blog bit about some minor problems that I ran into while there -- out of bounds birders, etc. far too common these days.

http://bit.ly/w2xJOV

I ended up with 62 species for the day, highlight being 4 tundra swans (first time I've seen them at Merced); I was surprised at the relative lack of cranes; you could hear some in the interior, but I saw very few visible, and the fly-in had relatively few until very late into the dusk, when a large group flew in all at once. You could hear them in the distance, but they didn't seem interested in coming into view. The pastures look August rough, which might be part of that -- I do hope we get rain soon. Other highlights included two bitterns and a sharp-shinned hawk. Otherwise nothing exceptionally noteworthy. One banded Ross's Goose showed up in my photos, it's been reported.

chuq



Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Merced, US-CA
Jan 8, 2012 7:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: 7-10, then 2:30-5:30PM
62 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 250
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) X
Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) 12000
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 4
Gadwall (Anas strepera) X
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 3
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 3
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 12
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 25
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 11
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 4
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 1500
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) X
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) X
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 1
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 5
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 3
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 5
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) 1
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 11
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 8
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X




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Chuq Von Rospach, photographer, writer, and herder of cats

email: chuqvr@...
blog: http://www.chuqui.com
photos: http://chuqui.smugmug.com
more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chuqui


Falcated Duck still glorious

Matthew Dodder
 

Folks,

The famed Falcated Duck was present late afternoon, showing beautifully for two
dozen or so birders on the first observation platform at Colusa. On this pond
as
well were a number other interesting birds including 4 drake Eurasian Wigeon,
many Cackling Geese (mostly minima), Greater White-fronted (including a one or
two that looked like "Tule" Geese, but I'd love some verification on that,
Ring-necked Ducks and a Peregrine Falcon.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

http://www.birdguy.net
http://www.zazzle.com/mdodder


Cosumnes birds- 12 and 13 JAN 2012

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,



Yesterday and this morning I did transect surveys in the Tall Forest and at
Orr Ranch. Both surveys were very slow, but the befores and afters made the
outings worthwhile. Yesterday I refound the ruff in the first check
northeast of the Equipment Pad. I had missed it on two previous visits
since the CBC on 3 January. About 45 minutes before sunrise, there was a
short-eared owl over the grass/brush east of the forest. I had walked out
there on the CBC but I didn't encounter this one. Over the ponds south of
Desmond Road, especially the pond closest to the railroad tracks near
Franklin Blvd., there were some 500 swallows. Almost all were tree
swallows, but I picked out two barn swallows also. Where were all the
swallows on the CBC? This morning a male prairie merlin was perched on the
perimeter of the ranch house area at Orr Ranch, the sky blue-looking dorsum
and reddish streaking on the breast making this a lovely animal. On the
northernmost pond behind the Visitor Center were rough-winged swallows, at
3-to-2, outnumbering the trees swallows. Forty-five minutes later when I
passed by again, there were roughly 50 tree swallows and only a single
rough-wing. At the south end of these managed wetlands, I heard what
sounded like an abbreviated series of least bittern keks. These may have
been less commonly given notes of Virginia rail. Unfortunately, they
sounded maybe 150 meters out and there was no repeat performance.



Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento


Spam email from Len Blumin

Len Blumin
 

Sorry folks, but a hacker succeeded in hijacking my list of contacts.
Please ignore the "no subject" email, which of course is something we
should all do all the time.

--
Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin@...
Swaro 80 HD, 30X, DCA, CoolPix 6000
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/


Re: [CVBirds] Hawks at Colusa NWR - Photos posted

Larry Broderick <northcoastraptor@...>
 

agreed a couple first year Red-shouldered Hawks.

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West County Hawk Watch (Sonoma/Marin/Solano)



email. northcoastraptor@...

info. www.google.com/profiles/northcoastraptor.

pictures. www.flickr.com/photos/west-county_hawk-watch


Re: [CVBirds] Lake Solano Hybrid Sapsucker?

John Sterling
 

yes, good call, it is a hybrid


John Sterling

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

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


On Jan 11, 2012, at 7:23 PM, David wrote:

Hi All,

After reviewing the pictures we took at Lake Solano on Jan. 9, 2012, I took a good look at the sapsucker we saw. (I heard pecking on a tree trunk and discovered the bird close to the ground while we were walking around in the park. I took a quick look, and said Sapsucker and really didn't look at it again. David went and took a picture, but didn't say anything about it looking different.)

I posted the bird in the SAPSUCKER album and would appreciate comments as to whether or not the bird is a Red-breasted-Red-naped Hybrid or ??

Thanks so much!
Denise Hamilton
Napa
Napabirders@...



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Lake Solano Hybrid Sapsucker?

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi All,

After reviewing the pictures we took at Lake Solano on Jan. 9, 2012, I took a good look at the sapsucker we saw. (I heard pecking on a tree trunk and discovered the bird close to the ground while we were walking around in the park. I took a quick look, and said Sapsucker and really didn't look at it again. David went and took a picture, but didn't say anything about it looking different.)

I posted the bird in the SAPSUCKER album and would appreciate comments as to whether or not the bird is a Red-breasted-Red-naped Hybrid or ??

Thanks so much!
Denise Hamilton
Napa
Napabirders@...


SAC Red-naped Sapsucker - hybrid?

Matt Brady
 

Hello all. I had a chance to check out the Red-naped Sapsucker frequenting the exotic cedar-type tree in the southwest corner of East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento yesterday. I think it is, as Gil Ewing suggested a while ago, a hybrid Red-naped X Red-breasted. My photos clearly show some red below the eye, as well as a mostly red malar stripe. Thus, I'd bet that it's not a first generation hybrid, but likely a hybrid backcross. My photos are embedded within my eBird checklist: <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S9563552>. Check them out, and see what you think.

Other birds of interest included a continuing Western Tanager and a fly-over Pine Siskin.

Good birding,

Matt Brady
Potter Valley, MEN


Re: [CVBirds] Hawks at Colusa NWR - Photos posted

Bob & Carol
 

Looks like a first year Red-shouldered Hawk. There was also one at Midway and Esquon Roads by the swans.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta, CA

On Jan 11, 2012, at 1:47 PM, Matt Williams wrote:

Thanks Bruce. I've added an album with the two pictures in the photos section.

Matt



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From: Bruce Webb <bruwebb@...>
To: Matt Williams <mattwilliamsjr@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Hawks at Colusa NWR


Matt:

This listserv, like most California birding listservs does not allow attachments. Virus reasons. You can upload them to our photos section


Bruce Webb (CVBirds list owner)
Granite Bay, CASent from my iPad

On Jan 11, 2012, at 1:07 PM, Matt Williams <mattwilliamsjr@...> wrote:



The first of the following two photos appears to be a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, but the second one is a bit less clear. What is the concensus about these two raptors seen at the Colusa NWR?

Matt Williams
Davis

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Re: [CVBirds] Hawks at Colusa NWR - Photos posted

Matt Williams
 

Thanks Bruce.  I've added an album with the two pictures in the photos section.

Matt



________________________________
From: Bruce Webb <bruwebb@...>
To: Matt Williams <mattwilliamsjr@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Hawks at Colusa NWR


Matt:

This listserv, like most California birding listservs does not allow attachments.  Virus reasons.  You can upload them to our photos section


Bruce Webb (CVBirds list owner)
Granite Bay, CASent from my iPad

On Jan 11, 2012, at 1:07 PM, Matt Williams <mattwilliamsjr@...> wrote:


 
The first of the following two photos appears to be a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, but the second one is a bit less clear.  What is the concensus about these two raptors seen at the Colusa NWR?

Matt Williams
Davis

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Hawks at Colusa NWR

Matt Williams
 

The first of the following two photos appears to be a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, but the second one is a bit less clear.  What is the concensus about these two raptors seen at the Colusa NWR?

Matt Williams
Davis





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No Trumpeter Swans

Bob & Carol
 

Carol and I looked through about 6-7K Tundra Swans today without finding any Trumpeters. There were a couple other cars/groups out looking and no-one we saw reported seeing any Trumpeters either.

We saw about 4 Tundra Swans with neck collars on Esquon & Midway Roada but we couldn't quite get all the numbers on any one of them.

We looked at swans along all of the short Esquon Road and several miles of Midway Road South of the intersection. We then headed West back towards I-5 and met a group near the closed portion of Road 39/Bayless Blue Gum Road at the Road R intersection and some folks said Trumpeters were reported in this area the day before. The area was also rich with swans - with no Trumpeters.

Bob & Carol Yutzy


Chico Costa's Hummingbird

tomarne26
 

The Costa's Hummingbird made a brief appearance at 4:25PM (1/10/12)above the back fence feeder and spent 2-3 minutes exploring the shrubbery behind the back fence. Thank you to the homeowners who have graciously allowed visitors the opportunity to see this bird.

Tom Pritchard
Chico, CA


Costa's Hummingbird in Chico CA

Kirn, Shelly
 

CV Birders

I returned home today after a 2-week Holiday/Vacation and see that the Costa's is still coming to our feeders. Unlike before Christmas (the last time that I observed it), it seems to use all 4 of the feeders and I've only noticed 1 Anna's today. Before Christmas, the Costa's was only using the feeder by the kitchen window (sort of the east/southeast side of the house).

If you would like to "tick" this bird, you are welcome to drop-by anytime between 8am-5pm (no need to call or email before hand). Our address is 59 Herlax Circle off of W 11th Ave in Chico CA. You can't miss us, we are the only house in the neighborhood without lawn. Come through the gate on the left side of the driveway (near the single garage) and come through the yard. You are welcomed to sit anywhere and make yourself comfortable. Please shut the gate when you leave.

Cheers,

Shelly Kirn
Jay Bogiatto

Chico CA
Butte County


Davis Wetlands, Yolo Bypass, Lake Solano Park, 1/9

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,

Today, Jan 9: Davis Wetlands- Thayer's Gulls out on the dikes with Herring & CA Gulls (How do you have the patience to go through all those gulls, Steve Hampton & others??) Ponds were FULL of Shovelers. Inside the wetlands, there were Greater White-fronted Geese & two Tundra Swans. The wastewater pond held a nice mix of ducks, including a male Redhead, at least 2 male Blue-winged Teal, and 8 Wood Ducks.

Yolo Bypass- not a lot! Best was the end of the route where we saw 2 American Bitterns chasing each other, and then one of them 'hiding' out in the open.

Lake Solano: Trees in the park and the campground are full of mistletoe berries, so there were Phainopepla all around guarding the mistletoe from waxwings, bluebirds & others. Other birds of note: House Wren, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, & Varied Thrush. Several Barrow's Goldeneyes (and Common), Hooded Mergansers, and others were in the creek.

Re: Falcated Duck: Today, while at the Davis Wetlands, a man in a City of Davis truck, stopped and asked if we have seen the duck. He read about it, and thought it was at the wetlands. Yesterday, 2 non-birding friends asked us if we have seen the duck. It really must be making the news!

Good birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@...


Access to Yolo Mountain Plovers

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

Thanks to Chris for refinding the Mountain Plovers near Rd 17 and Rd 101. While he is correct that the farm road provides good access, I would ask that you do not use that road. I have been asked in the past to not use it by the farm management--found out the hard way a few years ago. The manager was very polite, but did not like the unannounced visitor. This area is a traditional site for a dwindling Mountain Plover population and I hope not to aggravate the owners/operators. Another subject might be how to promote this habitat. In short, I recommend staying on the public roads; take a good scope! Good birding.
Roger Adamson
Davis


Vega Gull at Yolo County Landfill

tertial <shampton@...>
 

This morning I scoped a spanking first cycle Vega Gull (Siberian Herring Gull) at the Yolo County Landfill, from the levee above Rd 28H. A distant pic is linked at
http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/yolorare.htm

While Herrings occasionally show well-checkered coverts, I've never seen one with tertials like this. The clincher, of course, was the tail. This bird showed a well-defined tail band (but too far to get pics in flight).

A lot of new Thayer's have arrived, included some rather pale ones.

good birding,

Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: YOLO Mountain Plovers

Chris <cdunford@...>
 

I located Roger's field (the only green field in the vicinity) and 9 of his 14 Mountain Plovers at 3:45 this afternoon. Thanks, Roger! Detectable by binocular, identifiable only by scope. They were in a loose flock about half way across the field on the east-west axis and close to the inaccessible southern border of the field. Best observed from the farm road along the north border of the field. A couple of Killdeer nearby for comparison.

Chris Dunford
Davis

--- In central_valley_birds@..., "Adamson, Roger" <rhadamson@...> wrote:

I have a high count of 14 Mountain Plovers -- the first ones I have been able to catch in Yolo in two or three years. They are a little more than a quarter mile north of Rd 17 on the east side of Rd 101. This is about 5 miles northeast of Woodland. They are in a field that appears to be wheat--the plants are only 3-4 inches high, but give good contrast for the plovers. Good birding!
Roger Adamson
Davis

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