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Mather Lake

Jann Dorothy
 

I was at Mather Lake around 11:00am yesterday and saw the first California Towhee I've seen since moving to Sacramento just over a year ago. I used to live in Marin County where this bird is a daily backyard visitor, but this is the first one I've encountered here.

Other birds seen yesterday at Mather Lake include a Belted Kingfisher,a trio of White-crowned Sparrows, a flock of Bushtits, a Red-shafted Northern Flicker, a pair of Downy Woodpeckers, a Pied-billed Grebe, a dozen White-tailed Kites, two Red-tailed Hawks, a Great Blue Heron, two Black Phoebes, several Mute Swans (tentative ID since they were quite distant) and the usual assortment of Canada Goose.

Jann Dorothy
Sacramento, CA


Putah Osprey and Merlin

kuschmanfred
 

Late this afternoon (Saturday), an Osprey perched in a tall dead eucalyptus behind my house and remained there past sunset, apparently spending the night, a very rare sight around here. While I was observing the Osprey, a Merlin flew into view and perched close by, holding a freshly caught sparrow sized bird in it's talons that was still struggling but was quickly killed and consumed in typical fierce Merlin fashion. This is the second time in 2 days that I have seen this Merlin perched high in the same eucalyptus.


Red-breasted Nuthatch in Woodland

tgypsy_jcs
 

A Red-breasted Nuthatch has been visiting my feeder today, along with several White-crowned Sparrows (first White-crowned was observed on September 14). All have been vocalizing. Still no Goldfinches - they only show up in my yard during the winter.

Jackie Shulters
Woodland, CA


Putah Creek migrants September 29

Michael Perrone
 

Today, Sept 29, I visited the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve downstream of Pedrick Road in Yolo County. The least-expected bird seen was a Bullock's oriole. Seven warbler species included a Townsend's.

Michael Perrone
Davis CA


Ride Share for Common Cuckoo

Sal
 

I am planning to chase the Common Cuckoo early tomorrow morning. If any birder from the Stockton area also has such plans and will be coming down Interstate Highway 99, I would be willing to share the ride with you. Please contact me offline through this post.

Sal Salerno, Modesto


Putah Creek migrants

kuschmanfred
 

The number of warblers along my stretch of Putah Creek, half a mile downstream from Stevenson Bridge, is declining steadily, as is to be expected for this time of their migration. Yellow, Wilson's. Black-throated Gray, and Orange-crowned can still be found every day but the great wave of two or three weeks ago has passed. Yellow-rumped Warblers are still only intermittent and have not yet settled in for the winter. No Townsend's or Hermit warblers have shown so far this season around my place. A few Western Tanagers still hang on and today I found a Willow Flycatcher and a rather handsome Red-breasted Nuthatch, a fairly rare visitor in these parts. I was surprised that some people are reporting FOS Northern Flickers since Northern Flickers are yearly breeders near my house and never really leave. Perhaps being only 8 or 9 miles east of the Berryessa hills makes this habitat a little less "central valley." Of course, during late fall and winter the number of local flickers is augmented, often substantially, by migrants from the mountains. A small flock of White-crowned Sparrows arrived in my garden on September 18 and decided to stay in the vicinity of my bird feeder, as they have for many years now. A Song Sparrow showed up briefly, and I think I spotted the first Golden-crowned today.
Last Thursday's hummingbird banding session with Holly Ernest yielded a surprise hatch year male Allen's Hummingbird in addition to a female hatch year Rufous and a hatch year male Black-chinned. One of the trappers also spotted a very late adult male Black-chinned that, however, refused to be caught. The rest of the captured hummers were all Anna's. One more session and then the program will take a break for the winter until Anna's nesting season starts in February/March.


Manfred Kusch
Davis/Winters
makusch@ucdavis.edu
707-678-1027


Tennessee warbler at Babel Slough

Michael Perrone
 

Today at about 8:30 AM i found a first-fall Tennessee warbler along Babel Slough Road, about 200 yards in from River Road in Yolo County. Migrants were numerous, including fall arrivals such as sandhill crane (overhead), red-breasted sapsucker, ruby-crowned kinglet, hermit thrush, flicker, golden-crowned and Lincoln's sparrow and junco. Yellow and black-throated gray were the most numerous warblers.

Michael Perrone
Davis CA


Red Bluff CBC

Karen Scheuermann
 

The Red Bluff Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for 7:30 Saturday Dec 22. Meet in the Holiday Parking
Lot, 460 Antelope Blvd. Casa Ramos doesn't have a conference room, so
we'll probably meet again at the M&M, 645 Antelope Blvd, at 5PM for
compilation. Does anyone have an alternative favorite restaurant? Please
let me know if you plan to join the count. If you want to go owlng, let me
know the location in advance so I can send you worksheets.

Chico and Fall River CBCs are December 15, Anderson is Dec 20, Red Bluff
Dec 22, Redding is Dec 27.

There's some information on the Sacramento Valley Red Fox on my website. If
you sight one, please fill out the survey. The Nature Lesson page has
photos and the kids' version.




Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care,
Cottonwood, CA
karens2020@gmail.com, 530-347-1687
http://www.shastarootsnshoots.com/Tehama_Wild_Care.htm




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Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care,
Cottonwood, CA
karens2020@gmail.com, 530-347-1687
http://www.shastarootsnshoots.com/Tehama_Wild_Care.htm


Call for rare bird photos taken in the CV in 2011

naturestoc
 

Another call for rare bird photos. We are getting ready to put together the annual article for the Central Valley
Bird Club Bulletin on the photo highlights of birds in the valley in 2011.

Please send me your best shots of rare birds from 2011 in the Central Valley for
publication to naturestoc@aol.com. Please note the location and date for each photo.

Thanks,
Dan Brown,
Sacramento


Re: [CVBirds] Interesting Lesser Goldfinch

Kurt Mize
 

I've only seen two black-backed Lesser Goldfinches here in Stockton in the last 10 years. I'm not sure how common they might be elsewhere in the valley.

Kurt Mize
Stockton

On Sep 25, 2012, at 2:05 PM, Steve Hampton <shampton@ospr.dfg.ca.gov> wrote:

PM >>>


Sacramento Blackpoll warbler, Cassin's vireo, Chipping sparrows, Yellow-shafted flicker, Brown creeper....

Gil Ewing
 

Yolo Co.: Failed to see Todd E's Winter wren or any of the reported rarities along Babel Slough Rd. Tuesday AM, although there were many interesting species of passerines, including late migrants and several first-of-fall species for me. Here is my checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11662385.

Sacramento Co.: Reichmuth Park had a nice variety of birds, nothing rare, except a perfect male Yellow-shafted Northern flicker, and my first of fall Brown creeper, a species I had missed locally last winter season. Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11662481

And to while away some time at mid-day before attending a work-related meeting nearby, I birded the Sacramento City Cemetery, a spot I have rarely ever visited in September, and hit a small jackpot there, with BLACKPOLL WARBLER being the chief highlight. I wonder what I would have found there had I birded there in the early morning! The warblers were mostly in the two native oaks by the blue area sign "Laburnum", and a lot of the other interesting birds were in and around the lushly watered and well-gardened area.
See checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11662728

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co.


Re: [CVBirds] Interesting Lesser Goldfinch

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

Yes, once a few years ago, I saw one in Davis that had a mostly black back and black coming down on the face as well as you describe. I think the yellow was normal.





Steve Hampton, Ph.D.
________________
Resource Economist
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
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(916) 324-8829 fax

Michael Rogner <mrogner@riverpartners.org> 9/25/2012 2:01 PM >>>
At my home in Chico I had an interesting male Lesser Goldfinch which appears to be as dark overall as the Texas form (black head, auriculars, nape, back and scapulars). It's back is somewhat mottled green, but mostly black, and the front appears to be a brighter yellow than the other males, though this may just be due to the contrast.

I'll try and get a decent picture, but I'm wondering if people have seen variants in the Valley that were this dark?

Michael Rogner
Associate Restoration Biologist
River Partners
(530) 894 5401 x232
C: (530) 513-1935
mrogner@riverpartners.org



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Interesting Lesser Goldfinch

Michael Rogner <mrogner@...>
 

At my home in Chico I had an interesting male Lesser Goldfinch which appears to be as dark overall as the Texas form (black head, auriculars, nape, back and scapulars). It's back is somewhat mottled green, but mostly black, and the front appears to be a brighter yellow than the other males, though this may just be due to the contrast.

I'll try and get a decent picture, but I'm wondering if people have seen variants in the Valley that were this dark?

Michael Rogner
Associate Restoration Biologist
River Partners
(530) 894 5401 x232
C: (530) 513-1935
mrogner@riverpartners.org


Re: [CVBirds] 16th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,

We were excited to see that Carlos Bethancourt will be the speaker on Saturday. This past May, we went to Panama with John Sterling and Carlos was our Panama guide the whole time we were there. Besides being an incredible birder, he is a very gracious person. He loves his country and its birds! We know everyone will enjoy his talk and his amazing pictures. (He will be very happy if you can show him some life birds when he is here!)

Denise and David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@att.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "drsgmule" <pittmanl@frontiernet.net>
To: <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:55 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] 16th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium


The Central Valley Bird Club will be hosting the Sixteenth Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium Nov. 15-18, 2012 at the Stockton Hilton Hotel in Stockton, CA. Please come and help us kick off this year's CVBS! Come meet the CVBS board & staff members! Reconnect with old friends! Meet new ones! Take advantage of the scrumptious Hors D'oeuvres buffet & No Host Bar on Thursday night.

Thursday Night's Keynote speaker is Ed Harper presenting a program on "Appreciating the Birds of the Central Valley". Come sit back and watch as Ed takes us on a photographic journey to catch a glimpse of the avian world of the Central Valley.

Friday Night's keynote program is presented by Sophie Webb on "Seabirds & Marine Mammals of the Tropical Eastern Pacific." Sophie has spent countless hours on research vessels over the deep seas all over the world, including the chartered waters off the west coast of North America. She will give us a wonderful glimpse into the natural history of the fascinating birds and mammals she has encountered in this Region.

Saturday Night's keynote program is by Carlos Bethancourt on "The Natural Splendor of Panam!" Join the knowledgeable and entertaining head guide of the Canopy Tower, Carlos Bethancourt, on a photographic journey across Central Panama, where myriad tropical birds, bizarre mammals and unusual reptiles and amphibians are seen in their natural setting! From Toucans to hummingbirds, Mouse Opossums to tongue-wielding Orange Nectar Bats, Carlos will keep you spellbound with his stories of discovery and vivid images. Come experience why Panam is indeed the country of Natural Splendor!

Other workshops include: "Century of Field ID" by Joe Morlan, a "Bird ID Workshop" by Jon Dunn, and 2 photo workshops by Bob Steele & Ron LeValley. Also programs by Paul Baicich & John Robinson.

Our field trips always turn up exciting birds. Add in the always entertaining and educational Bird ID Panel, the wonderful display of art and gifts for yourself or others at the Birder's Market and the camaraderie of hundreds of like-minded folks, and you know you'll have a good time! There's something for everyone interested in birds. Come and join us to bird, learn, and just have fun!

To look over the line-up of speakers, workshops, and fieldtrips. Check out our website at: www.cvbs.org

Event Website: http://www.regonline.com/centralvalleybirdingsymposium2011copy

Hilton Website: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SCKSTHF-CVB12-20121115/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

CVBS Steering Committee
cvbsreg@gmail.com
209-369-2010




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Yolo's Super September

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

I've updated my Yolo Birding website with pics of many of the latest rarities.

http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/yolo.html

Click on Recent Rarities for a list (and photos) of many of September's birds (crossbill too, but it doesn't fit my criteria for inclusion on this list).

I've also updated the other pages as well.

While this weather holds, I expect we can make this list grow!

Also, for a nice article on the ID of Pacific vs Winter Wrens, see
http://cfobirds.org/downloads/In%20the%20Scope/016%20In%20the%20Scope%20Oct%202010.pdf






Steve Hampton, Ph.D.
________________
Resource Economist
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
-----------------------------------
(916) 323-4724 phone
(916) 324-8829 fax


Re: Winter Wren Yolo County September 23

John Sterling
 

sorry, I meant yesterday

Todd's photos are excellent and show all of the characters of a Winter Wren (except for call of course)



John Sterling

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

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

On Sep 25, 2012, at 7:33 AM, "Jeri M. Langham" <jlangham@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

This means today? It is only 7:35 a.m. so you have not had daylight
very long...

We looked for it on Tuesday morning without success, but it is
probably still in the area

John Sterling

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

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


On Sep 24, 2012, at 10:18 PM, "teasterla" <teasterla@comcast.net> wrote:

All,

Yesterday Monday there was a Winter Wren at the intersection of
Babel Slough and South River Roads. The bird was on the Northwest
corner near the only structure/house there. While I was spushing
here I noticed a small pale wren coming into the kaos of noise I
was making. I thought at the moment that it might be a Winter Wren
so I started snapping off some images just in case it was that
species. I was not able to get good looks as it just disapeared
while I was photographing it. Unfortunately, I could not see the
images on the back of my camera as they were to dark and the glare
from the sunlight was too much on my small camera monitor. The bird
never called or I would have known instantly.

So after birding and finding the other good birds I kind of forgot
to look at the images until late last night when I downladed them
to my computer. I was amazed after brightening, cropping and
sharpening the image up to see that it actually was the Eastern
Winter Wren. There is much habitat in the area for this species on
both sides of S. River Road so it could be anywhere.

I have uploaded an image of the bird to the "Wren folder" on of
course the Central Valley website in the photo section.

Good Birding!

Todd Easterla
Rancho Cordova

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Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
9619 Mira Del Rio Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Cell (916) 505-0002
Home (916) 366-8584
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Re: [CVBirds] Winter Wren Yolo County September 23

John Sterling
 

We looked for it on Tuesday morning without success, but it is probably still in the area

John Sterling

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

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


On Sep 24, 2012, at 10:18 PM, "teasterla" <teasterla@comcast.net> wrote:

All,

Yesterday Monday there was a Winter Wren at the intersection of Babel Slough and South River Roads. The bird was on the Northwest corner near the only structure/house there. While I was spushing here I noticed a small pale wren coming into the kaos of noise I was making. I thought at the moment that it might be a Winter Wren so I started snapping off some images just in case it was that species. I was not able to get good looks as it just disapeared while I was photographing it. Unfortunately, I could not see the images on the back of my camera as they were to dark and the glare from the sunlight was too much on my small camera monitor. The bird never called or I would have known instantly.

So after birding and finding the other good birds I kind of forgot to look at the images until late last night when I downladed them to my computer. I was amazed after brightening, cropping and sharpening the image up to see that it actually was the Eastern Winter Wren. There is much habitat in the area for this species on both sides of S. River Road so it could be anywhere.

I have uploaded an image of the bird to the "Wren folder" on of course the Central Valley website in the photo section.

Good Birding!

Todd Easterla
Rancho Cordova



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Winter Wren Yolo County September 23

Todd Easterla
 

All,

Yesterday Monday there was a Winter Wren at the intersection of Babel Slough and South River Roads. The bird was on the Northwest corner near the only structure/house there. While I was spushing here I noticed a small pale wren coming into the kaos of noise I was making. I thought at the moment that it might be a Winter Wren so I started snapping off some images just in case it was that species. I was not able to get good looks as it just disapeared while I was photographing it. Unfortunately, I could not see the images on the back of my camera as they were to dark and the glare from the sunlight was too much on my small camera monitor. The bird never called or I would have known instantly.

So after birding and finding the other good birds I kind of forgot to look at the images until late last night when I downladed them to my computer. I was amazed after brightening, cropping and sharpening the image up to see that it actually was the Eastern Winter Wren. There is much habitat in the area for this species on both sides of S. River Road so it could be anywhere.

I have uploaded an image of the bird to the "Wren folder" on of course the Central Valley website in the photo section.

Good Birding!

Todd Easterla
Rancho Cordova


[CB] Northern Gannet - interested on going Mon Oct 1?

John Sterling
 

if you want to see the Pacific Ocean's first Northern Gannet, the following trip is your best next chance.....


John Sterling

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

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


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao@coastside.net>
Subject: [CB] Northern Gannet - interested on going Mon Oct 1?
Date: September 24, 2012 10:11:29 AM PDT
To: <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>, "'countybirders'" <countybirders@yahoogroups.com>

Hello folks

After our fun and successful initial trip to find the Northern Gannet
earlier this month, folks have been asking me if I will do it again. Monday
October 1 out of Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay) is the day I am
shooting for. So far the gannet has been coming in daily in the afternoon so
the chances are pretty high, nothing is a guarantee, but chances are good.
Please contact me off list if you are interested in going. The focus will be
the gannet, however this time we may shoot out to do some offshore birding
before hitting the island (if weather permits).

Good birding to all!

Regards

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com





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16th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

L Pittman
 

The Central Valley Bird Club will be hosting the Sixteenth Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium Nov. 15-18, 2012 at the Stockton Hilton Hotel in Stockton, CA. Please come and help us kick off this year's CVBS! Come meet the CVBS board & staff members! Reconnect with old friends! Meet new ones! Take advantage of the scrumptious Hors D'oeuvres buffet & No Host Bar on Thursday night.

Thursday Night's Keynote speaker is Ed Harper presenting a program on "Appreciating the Birds of the Central Valley". Come sit back and watch as Ed takes us on a photographic journey to catch a glimpse of the avian world of the Central Valley.

Friday Night's keynote program is presented by Sophie Webb on "Seabirds & Marine Mammals of the Tropical Eastern Pacific." Sophie has spent countless hours on research vessels over the deep seas all over the world, including the chartered waters off the west coast of North America. She will give us a wonderful glimpse into the natural history of the fascinating birds and mammals she has encountered in this Region.

Saturday Night's keynote program is by Carlos Bethancourt on "The Natural Splendor of Panamá!" Join the knowledgeable and entertaining head guide of the Canopy Tower, Carlos Bethancourt, on a photographic journey across Central Panama, where myriad tropical birds, bizarre mammals and unusual reptiles and amphibians are seen in their natural setting! From Toucans to hummingbirds, Mouse Opossums to tongue-wielding Orange Nectar Bats, Carlos will keep you spellbound with his stories of discovery and vivid images. Come experience why Panamá is indeed the country of Natural Splendor!

Other workshops include: "Century of Field ID" by Joe Morlan, a "Bird ID Workshop" by Jon Dunn, and 2 photo workshops by Bob Steele & Ron LeValley. Also programs by Paul Baicich & John Robinson.

Our field trips always turn up exciting birds. Add in the always entertaining and educational Bird ID Panel, the wonderful display of art and gifts for yourself or others at the Birder's Market and the camaraderie of hundreds of like-minded folks, and you know you'll have a good time! There's something for everyone interested in birds. Come and join us to bird, learn, and just have fun!

To look over the line-up of speakers, workshops, and fieldtrips. Check out our website at: www.cvbs.org

Event Website: http://www.regonline.com/centralvalleybirdingsymposium2011copy

Hilton Website: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SCKSTHF-CVB12-20121115/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

CVBS Steering Committee
cvbsreg@gmail.com
209-369-2010

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