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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


Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count Results

Andy Engilis
 

I want to thank the 11 area leaders and 71 observers who helped count the
Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count on Tuesday January 3rd. As it has been all
winter, it was a dry and sunny day with little-to-no fog. As a result we
had a great turnout of observers and better than normal access. All teams
reported a very slow day (by our standards) with low numbers of
insectivorous birds and waterbirds. Riparian teams reported a universal
"slow and quiet" day in the field. It took a lot of effort to shake out the
few riparian birds we could muster. Despite this we had record highs for
Orange-crowned Warbler (68 birds reported) and House Wren (113 birds
reported).



We observed 150 species of birds on count day (5 below our average)
represented by 476,190 individuals. There was one new species found for the
count, a Ruff observed and photographed on the Core Cosumnes River Preserve
(Area 7) by John Trochet and Ed Harper. This is the first winter record of
Ruff from the Preserve. A Phainopepla was observed near the Bogel Winery,
the third record for our count, by Andy Engilis (Area 11 Merritt Island).
Also on Merritt Island was a Red Fox Sparrow (photographed) found by Irene
Engilis (reported fewer than five times on our count). The lone reported
Pacific Wren on the count was in Area 1, the Sacramento Bufferlands. Also in
Area 1 were the count's only Spotted Sandpipers (3 birds) and a hybrid
Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker. Area 2 (Laguna and Elk Grove) found the
counts only White-throated Swifts, and a lone Horned Grebe (third record for
the count) on Laguna Lake West. Area 3 (Old Elk Grove, county roads and
Galt Wastewater Ponds) turned up several great birds including the only
Swainson's Hawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Barrow's Goldeneye, and Mew Gulls. Area
6 found the only Ravens (I think they were all up on Putah Creek this
year!). Area 7 reported two Long-eared Owls, the fourth record for this
species on the count. Also in area 7 were the count's only Ross's Goose (40
birds). Four Eurasian Wigeons were found in Area 8. These were in the
Preserve wetlands southeast of Twin Cities Road and I-5. Area 8 also
reported 9 American Bitterns (a high number for one area) and a "Brewer's
Duck". This once thought species is actually a hybrid between Mallard and
Gadwall. It is a striking bird and is the third reported from Cosumnes in
the past 20+ years, and a first for our count. Stone Lakes team (areas 9
and 10) turned up the count's only Redheads and a single Mute Swan (which is
becoming nearly annual in our count), and over 200 American White Pelicans
(highest count to date).



Totals for waterbirds across nearly all species were 50% below normal. Most
notable was the very low count of shorebirds - no habitat. We had the lowest
number of Long-billed Curlews (13 birds total-we have had as many as 1,000
in this circle) and Killdeer (360 - we average 2,000 birds). It was so dry
that my team saw 10 Wilson's Snipe feeding in the mowed lawn of a house that
had been recently watered near Galt. I can tell you that the camouflage of
a snipe, which renders them nearly invisible in wetlands, does not work on
green grass! There were no irrigated fields and all of the ag lands were
dry and hard. Gull numbers were also the lowest on record with fewer than
200 birds total among all species. We average 1,000 California Gulls alone
and over 3,500 gulls across all species on previous counts!



All teams worked hard to separate Audubon's and Myrtle warblers in the field
this year. Teams identified almost 50% of the "butter-butts" recorded (108
Myrtle, 670 Audubon's and 785 Yellow-rumped warblers). Grackle numbers were
low this year with only 38 birds in two areas, but Eurasian Collared-Doves
numbers were their highest to date at 265 birds. Unlike what has been
suggested in other count circles, we do not see a correlation of decline in
Mourning Doves in relation to the increase in collared-doves. We recorded
over 1,000 mourning doves this count period. Our observation is that
Mourning Doves are gregarious and nomadic during winter and their numbers
can fluctuate widely from year to year. We found three species observed
during count week but not on count day: Varied Thrush (Area 5), Townsend's
Warbler (Area 6) and Mountain Bluebird (Area 9).



Thanks again for a successful count and will see you all next year.



Andy Engilis





Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA



Office Phone: 530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail: aengilisjr@...

Website: <http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu/> http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu


Re: Harris's Sparrow continues in North Davis

ldwarbler
 

The Harris's Sparrow was present this morning at 9:50 in the shrubs/lawn on the west side of 249 Cortez Ave.

Laura Davis
Davis, CA

--- In central_valley_birds@..., "Chris" <cdunford@...> wrote:

I saw the bird twice this morning with the usual large, mixed flock of Zonotrichia sparrows at 243 Cortez Avenue. However, several birders, including myself, have failed to find the bird during the first three days of 2012 (last previous sighting on 12/31). So the Harris's Sparrow seems to be following a less predictable, more elusive daily pattern during the past one or two weeks. Mornings between 7 and 9 in my front yard (243) seem to be the best bet. Please post any sightings you make. Thanks.

Chris Dunford
Davis, CA


Continuing Blue Jay and Trumpeter's in Butte 1/9/12

Tony Kurz
 

The Blue Jay came for its morning pennut at 740 this morning at 1244 Stanley Ave in Chico.

At 815 I had 2 Trumpeter Swans west of midway rd right where Esquon rd intersects into midway. If traveling from north to south on midway they were in the first flooded rice field to the west of midway rd. There was one adult and a juvenile.

Good birding!
Tony Kurz


Fw: [EBB_Sightings] Falcated Duck at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Matthew Dodder
 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: juanbenju <benjumea@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Mon, January 9, 2012 7:37:55 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Falcated Duck at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge


I couldn't help to go up the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and see for myself
this nature's wonder that even the Washington Post is talking about. I was not
disappointed by the visit. In a great morning sunny day, and in spite of the far
distance he usually is from the view, the falcated duck collaborated in a
picture taking session.

Juan Benjumea
Hayward

Here are some digsicoped pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanben/6666934341/


Fw: [NBB] Falcated Duck at Colusa

Doug Shaw
 

This was posted to NBB instead of CV.

Doug Shaw
NBB Listowner
Santa Rosa, CA

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From: "sam j" <samjohnson12003@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 7:57 PM
To: <northbaybirds@...>
Subject: [NBB] Falcated Duck at Colusa


The Falcated Duck was very amiable with his time today. When I arrived at 1:30 he had been directly in front of the observation deck
near the island for over an hour according to other birders.

Sam Johnson
Santa Rosa



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Re: [CVBirds] Merced County 01-06-11

Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr@...>
 

how did you get into San Luis with 165 under construction? I was out that way today, and it seemed both sides of the road were closed off.

(OTOH, a fine day was had in Merced NWR, hitting both sunrise and sunset, plus some time at O'Neill forebay in between)

On Jan 8, 2012, at 10:41 PM, kent Van Vuren wrote:

1 Garter Snake at San Luis NWR

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Merced County 01-06-11

kent Van Vuren
 

From Top Of The Hill, Prunedale

Last Friday Karen and I had an enjoyable day birding in Merced county. Better birds were:

700 Ring Billed Gulls across from Henry Miller Rd. Pond
1 adult bald Eagle along Sante Fe Grade Rd.
1 adult Peregrine Falcon along Sante Fe Grade Rd.
1 Ruff continuing along Sante Fe Grade Rd. just before the Gilroy Land and Cattle Co.
Gun club (can't miss the yellow WU sign). this was to the west a few miles down
the dirt road after leaving the paved road.
1 Garter Snake at San Luis NWR

Kent Van Vuren


Maine Audubon Birding Camp

John Sterling
 

Be sure to check out the scholarships available for the camps from Audubon.


John Sterling

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

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


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Van Etten, Erica" <evanetten@...>
Subject: RE: Maine Audubon Birding Camp
Date: January 8, 2012 8:55:36 PM PST
To: John Sterling <jsterling@...>

Hi John,

Thanks for the repost! We do have scholarships available, for both the adult and teen programs.

Erica

Erica Marx (Van Etten)

Hog Island Program Coordinator
National Audubon Society
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607)257-7308 x14 (office)
607-279-6402 (cell)
http://hogisland.audubon.org

From: John Sterling [mailto:jsterling@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:51 PM
To: Central_Valley_Birds@Yahoogroups. Com
Cc: Van Etten, Erica
Subject: Maine Audubon Birding Camp

Howdy Birders,

I was asked by the Audubon Camp staff to send this out to CVBC members as now is the time to register. Although outside of the CV in Maine, this looks like it would be a good program for any of you, especially youth birders in our group (and families too).
See blurb below for information. Don't contact me directly.


John Sterling

Register now for Audubon Camp in Maine birding programs!

For over 75 years the National Audubon Society has offered residential birding programs for adults, teens and families at the historic Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island. Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul, Steve Kress, Lang Elliott, Don Kroodsma, Bill Thompson III and many more expert ornithologists, naturalists, educators and authors will be in residence during the 2012 sessions. Most programs sell out months in advance, so it is worth registering early. Nearly 100 scholarships are offered each year by local Audubon Chapters and birding clubs.

Website: http://hogisland.audubon.org


2012 Programs:
Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation - June 3-8 & Sept 9-14
Joy of Birding - June 10-15 & June 24-29
Field Ornithology - June 1722
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens - June 1722 & June 2429
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week- July 1924
Family Camp - August 1924
Audubon Chapter Leadership Program - August 2631
Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island - September 1621

All 2012 programs are run by the Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin) of the National Audubon Society. Summer sessions include a trip to nearby Eastern Egg Rock, where Dr. Steve Kress and his team of biologists have successfully restored an island colony of Atlantic Puffins, and Roseate, Arctic and Common Terns. In addition, you will enjoy trips to fresh and saltwater marshes, blueberry barrens, coastal beaches, islands, and spruce-fir forests. Participants live in restored wooden buildings on 330-acre Hog Island and are treated to fabulous meals by chef extraordinaire Janii Laberge.

The Audubon Camp in Maine is considered by many to be the birthplace of the environmental education movement in the United States. Those who attend join a legacy of naturalists inspired by Hog Island including Roger Tory Peterson, the camps first birding instructor in 1936, naturalist Rachel Carson, and Mabel Loomis Todd, editor of Emily Dickinsons poetry transcribed on Hog Island.

Recent post by Hog Island instructor, blogger and NPR commentator Julie Zickefoose:
http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2011/01/hog-island-hard-sell.html

For more information or to enroll, visit http://hogisland.audubon.org. You may also contact Erica Marx, Program Coordinator, at hogisland@... or call (607) 257-7308 x 14. There is a $25 earlybird discount for registrations received by January 15th (all programs except Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation).

Erica Marx (Van Etten)

Hog Island Program Coordinator
National Audubon Society
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607)257-7308 x14 (office)
607-279-6402 (cell)


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Maine Audubon Birding Camp

John Sterling
 

Howdy Birders,

I was asked by the Audubon Camp staff to send this out to CVBC members as now is the time to register. Although outside of the CV in Maine, this looks like it would be a good program for any of you, especially youth birders in our group (and families too).
See blurb below for information. Don't contact me directly.


John Sterling


Register now for Audubon Camp in Maine birding programs!

For over 75 years the National Audubon Society has offered residential birding programs for adults, teens and families at the historic Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island. Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul, Steve Kress, Lang Elliott, Don Kroodsma, Bill Thompson III and many more expert ornithologists, naturalists, educators and authors will be in residence during the 2012 sessions. Most programs sell out months in advance, so it is worth registering early. Nearly 100 scholarships are offered each year by local Audubon Chapters and birding clubs.

Website: http://hogisland.audubon.org


2012 Programs:
Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation - June 3-8 & Sept 9-14
Joy of Birding - June 10-15 & June 24-29
Field Ornithology - June 1722
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens - June 1722 & June 2429
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week- July 1924
Family Camp - August 1924
Audubon Chapter Leadership Program - August 2631
Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island - September 1621

All 2012 programs are run by the Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin) of the National Audubon Society. Summer sessions include a trip to nearby Eastern Egg Rock, where Dr. Steve Kress and his team of biologists have successfully restored an island colony of Atlantic Puffins, and Roseate, Arctic and Common Terns. In addition, you will enjoy trips to fresh and saltwater marshes, blueberry barrens, coastal beaches, islands, and spruce-fir forests. Participants live in restored wooden buildings on 330-acre Hog Island and are treated to fabulous meals by chef extraordinaire Janii Laberge.

The Audubon Camp in Maine is considered by many to be the birthplace of the environmental education movement in the United States. Those who attend join a legacy of naturalists inspired by Hog Island including Roger Tory Peterson, the camps first birding instructor in 1936, naturalist Rachel Carson, and Mabel Loomis Todd, editor of Emily Dickinsons poetry transcribed on Hog Island.

Recent post by Hog Island instructor, blogger and NPR commentator Julie Zickefoose:
http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2011/01/hog-island-hard-sell.html

For more information or to enroll, visit http://hogisland.audubon.org. You may also contact Erica Marx, Program Coordinator, at hogisland@... or call (607) 257-7308 x 14. There is a $25 earlybird discount for registrations received by January 15th (all programs except Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation).

Erica Marx (Van Etten)

Hog Island Program Coordinator
National Audubon Society
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607)257-7308 x14 (office)
607-279-6402 (cell)



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