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Yolo Banded Pelican (local interest)

claire gallagher <clairevgallagher@...>
 

Yesterday, at the Bridgeway Island Pond in West Sacramento, I noticed a banded American White Pelican. According to the Bird Banding Lab, this bird was banded as a juvenile in Idaho (at the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge) in 2012. I thought this was interesting information about where some of our local winter pelicans might be coming from and wanted to pass it along.

A photo of the bird is available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cvgallagher/8362596821/

Good birding,

Claire Gallagher
Woodland


Re: Ferruginous hawk, Sac Co

L Pittman
 

I was out in the same area today. Between 2:15pm and 3pm, I saw three Ferruginous Hawks on Ione-Michigan Road. One in Sacramento County (possibly the same hawk seen by Don and Sally) and two opposite the Gold Country Flyers park in Amador County. No sign of the Rough-legged Hawk reported by Don Marsh at that location. On Hwy 104, just inside Sacramento County (mile marker 17.69 near the callbox), I saw a Ferruginous Hawk and then another on Clay Station Road in Wilton.

Near Rancho Seco, I probably saw the same Rough-legged Hawk reported earlier. This hawk also looks the same as the one I saw in the same vicinity on February 12, 2012.

Here's a link to photos of the Ferruginous Hawk on Ione-Michigan Rd in Sac County and the Rough-legged Hawk near Rancho Seco:
http://lsp.smugmug.com/Birds/Raptors/15535008_Db9V2b#!i=2312978773&k=6pMhX6q

Linda Pittman
Wilton, CA

--- In central_valley_birds@..., Sally Walters & Don Schmoldt wrote:

We observed one adult Ferruginous Hawk on the east side of Ione Rd, just south of Carbondale Road, before a creek. In Sacramento County, northwest of the town of Ione, near the border with Alameda County. It was perched on a billboard frame - no billboard - or we would not have seen it. Sadly, there is no place to turn off or turn around easily. The road is a narrow 2-lane road: NO pull-off, NO shoulder, NO stopping. Habitat is pastureland with vernal pools, and intermittent and seasonal creeks. Fortunately the billboard is next to road, observed while driving. Sally Walters, Don Schmoldt
Reported to eBird.

SallyWalters & DonSchmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl@...











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Ferruginous hawk, Sac Co

Sally M. Walters
 

We observed one adult Ferruginous Hawk on the east side of Ione Rd, just south of Carbondale Road, before a creek. In Sacramento County, northwest of the town of Ione, near the border with Alameda County. It was perched on a billboard frame - no billboard - or we would not have seen it. Sadly, there is no place to turn off or turn around easily. The road is a narrow 2-lane road: NO pull-off, NO shoulder, NO stopping. Habitat is pastureland with vernal pools, and intermittent and seasonal creeks. Fortunately the billboard is next to road, observed while driving. Sally Walters, Don Schmoldt
Reported to eBird.

SallyWalters & DonSchmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl@...


Townsend Solitares @ Sacramento City Cemetery

pamela herlihy
 

I regret to inform you that I was incorrect in noting that two Solitares were at the cemetery last week. The birds were mockingbirds. I am very sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused.

Pam Herlihy
Sacramento


Lesser Black-backed Gull - Davis

Steve Abbott <papasula@...>
 

The sub-adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL is still present at the Davis Oxidation Ponds as of today. Found the bird preening among the other gulls on the first levee. Todd Easterla arrived shortly after and was able to see the bird.

Steve Abbott
Folsom, CA

On Jan 9, 2013, at 12:38 PM, Steve Hampton <stevechampton@...> wrote:

I'm seeing on eBird that Kathy Blankenship reported a Sage Thrasher on Jan
7 near Pedrick Rd and Putah Creek. Nice find! Any details?


thanks,


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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


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Solano Bald Eagle

Ray Hasey
 

There was an adult Bald Eagle at 12:46 pm in the only tree on the edge of McClure's pond in Fairfield.

McClure's Pond is west of Air Base Parkway and is south of Clay Bank. This is the fourth year for intermittent use of this roost in winter and the fifth time I have seen eagles here this season.

There are also grackles at the small lake north of Clay Bank (Horseshoe Lake).

Ray Hasey
Yuba City


Blue-winged Teal at Cosumnes River Preserve

Cathie LaZier
 

The male Blue-winged Teal was present this morning in the ponds visible from the small viewing platform directly across Franklin Blvd. from the main Visitor Center Parking Lot.

Cathie LaZier
Sacramento


Sage Thrasher in Yolo County?

Steve Hampton
 

I'm seeing on eBird that Kathy Blankenship reported a Sage Thrasher on Jan
7 near Pedrick Rd and Putah Creek. Nice find! Any details?


thanks,


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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Re: Falcated Duck

John Sterling
 

I just received a good description of the Falcated Duck seen at Sacramento NWR.


John Sterling

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

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

On Jan 9, 2013, at 7:29 AM, John Sterling wrote:

I received no description of the bird other than a statement that two birders saw it for 15 seconds before it disappeared behind marsh vegetation. I and others have looked at the described location since this report and have not been able to confirm the sighting. It could be valid as the area is huge and can easily hide a duck for weeks.

John Sterling


Re: Falcated Duck

John Sterling
 

I received no description of the bird other than a statement that two birders saw it for 15 seconds before it disappeared behind marsh vegetation. I and others have looked at the described location since this report and have not been able to confirm the sighting. It could be valid as the area is huge and can easily hide a duck for weeks.

John Sterling

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

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

On Jan 8, 2013, at 9:57 PM, Nick & Mary Freeman wrote:

Hi

Check with John Sterling. He received information put together by the observers of the Sacramento NWR sighting.

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 8, 2013, at 9:15 PM, BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel@...> wrote:

The Sacramento NWR sighting was never confirmed. If the observers would
care to submit some details to me, Mike Rogers, or John Sterling, it would
be greatly appreciated.

Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff

On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM, Ruth Rudesill ruthier@...> wrote:

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Thank you! Received many messages including folks who went out yesterday
and DID NOT find the Falcated Duck at Sacramento or Colusa NWR. Seems last
date was Dec 22nd at Colusa and the 30th at Sacramento.

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood Sonoma Co

----- Original Message -----
From: Ruth Rudesill
To: Calbirds ; northbaybirds@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:22 AM
Subject: [NBB] Falcated Duck

I've checked the online websites with no recent information. Has anyone
seen or tried to find the Falcated Duck in the past week?
We're thinking of trying for it tomorrow.
Thanks for any information!

Ruth Rudesill
Kenwood CA


Rough-legged Hawk

szafrica77
 

I saw a Rough-legged Hawk on Road 105 near Road 38A in a field yesterday. Seemed to be on a kill and then flew off.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


Kings, YOLO, Solano, Sacramento Counties

Frances Oliver
 

KINGS CO. Jan 6

I stopped off to bird a few spots in Kings on my drive home Sunday. On the N side of Utica Ave were MT PLOVERS! Finally I can add them to my list. No luck on the RL HAWK. Ar Floyd Rice Park, in Avenal, I found 2 Barn & 1 GH Owl roosting in different trees, as well as a few RB Nuthatches.

YOLO CO. Jan 7

Yesterday morning Karen Z, Linda P. & I headed over to Hwy. 128 MM 4.25 & Positas Creek Rd. intersection. We parked close to the blue Call Box and walked the trail down to the Blackberry bushes. It was quiet at first but Eventually the WINTER WREN vocalized and popped in to view. A life bird for Linda! She was hoping for a good photo opp so we followed it around for awhile.

SOLANO CO. Jan 7

Next we headed over to Green Valley Rd & Business Center Dr. After parking we walked across the street and immediately heard the HARRIS SPARROW vocalizing. Within minutes we had it in view. We were stoked!

So after lunch we decided to try our luck on the crossbills in Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO CO. Jan 7

From previous emails we determined that the best place to start was in the southernmost portion of the Oddfellows Cemetery at Riverside Dr. Upon exiting the car we immediately heard the RED CROSSBILLS. We then proceeded to look for them over the course of the next 30 minutes. Lots of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches in view but never the crossbills. A few RB nuthatches & BR Creepers as well. Oh well. Decided to call it a day!

Good Birding!
Frances
Lodi, CA


Re: Scaup species (!) at Caswell State Park

Scott
 

The bird looks like a Lesser Scaup to me. the forehead is pretty steep, Greater Scaup usually has a sloped forehead that angles smoothly into the bill, kind of like a ski slope. And the head is relatively narrow. Even though the back of the head seems rounded at the top, the overall appearance is pretty flat. The bill also seems a little short to me for Greater.

My two-cents worth.

Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA

--- In central_valley_birds@..., "bees2@..." wrote:

At 9:20 a.m., I was watching two river otters in a slough that backs up from the Stanislaus River. Then I saw a scaup sitting so still in the water that at first I thought it was a stray decoy. This scaup had a fairly wide bill with a thick black "nail" at its tip. The glossy sheen on the head was purple, but the back of the head was rounded, unlike that of a Lesser Scaup. I didn't want to flush the bird to check for the amount of white at the trailing edge of the wings.
My camcorder froze up on me on Sunday, so unfortunately all I could manage to get were some distant photos with my old Canon camera. I cannot post photos directly to CVBirds, but if anyone wants to try and determine the scaup's species,here's the link to SAS Smug Mug:

http://sasbirds.smugmug.com/Birds/1-Waterfowl/12406061_N73twG#!i=2310844963&k=KG9J27t

I suppose I can send these by direct email, too.
To look for this bird, walk from the last parking lot along River Bend Trail for a few hundred yards. There is an overlook with two wooden benches and one new concrete bench. The scaup was drifting about just below the overlook. This location is definitely in San Joaquin County.

Sal Salerno, Modesto


Cordelia Harris Sparrow, yes; Winter Wren, No

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,

Yesterday morning, 1/7, around 9:00 am, we saw the beautiful Harris Sparrow first reported on Dec. 17, at the corner of Business Center Drive and Green Valley Rd. in Cordelia. (We parked in the business lot across the street) The bird was found on the weedy/berry-covered section right on the sidewalk. There were also Golden & White-crowns, 1 Song, 1 Fox, and 1 Lincoln's Sparrow (missed White-throated) Harris was quite the bully, chasing the other sparrows a lot. Came up almost right next to us, for some great pictures. (will post later.) We forgot to bring some bird seed along :), but can see what others have left.

Then we headed out to the Davis Wetlands- Masses of N. Shovelers with a small mix of other duck species were on the outer ponds; ALL three teal (at least 3 male, Blue-winged) on the big pond on the inside where usually seen; plus a small smattering of other species. Had two Great Horned Owls out in the open. We tried to look at the gulls out on the dikes- definitely could make out some Thayer's gulls among all the Herring. We tried for the Glaucous Gull at the Yolo Landfill ponds, but most of the gulls (we'd say 1000s of them!!) were up in a giant tornado over the fields and above the trash being brought in. We really give those of you a LOT of credit, who spend time trying to find a rare gull. Too overwhelming for us!!

We drove down CR 104 (right next to the Landfill main gate) to head over to CR 27 where Sandhill cranes were previously reported. Not far past the landfill grounds, there is a recently turned over field that was full of Killdeer, Dunlin, Horned Larks and meadowlarks. Across the road from the field is a flooded area that was full of Tundra Swans and Greater White-fronted Geese. A Rough-legged Hawk was on one of the power poles. We turned onto CR 27, but found nothing. But we noticed Snow Geese close by, so when we got up to CR 103, we turned right. At the first house, we could hear a Yellow-billed Magpie or 2, but never could see them. Past the house was more flooded fields, with BN Stilts, Dunlin, Dowitchers, and 4 Long-billed Curlews. Behind them were the Snow and more GWF Geese. Had a Prairie Falcon on a pole right near by.

It was around 2 pm when we arrived at the "Eastern" Winter Wren spot along Putah Creek west of Winters, as previously reported. We spent about an hour, along with Jim Lomax looking for/ and listening for the bird, but no luck. A female Phainopepla & singing Rufous-crowned Sparrows, and beautiful C. & Barrow's Goldeneyes made it a good stop!

Great birding in 2013!
Denise and David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@...


good sutter birds

John Sterling
 

Congrats to Frances Oliver and Cliff Hawley for finding and alerting us to the female Red-breasted Merganser at the pond by the overpass of Marcum Road and Hwy 70 near Nicholas in southern Sutter County. This is the first county record! Also present was the Horned Grebe in the Ruddy Duck flock...this bird has been around for several weeks and it one of very few records for the county. Let's hope that other great birds will be found here in the future as Sutter County has very few deep ponds.

Luther and I saw the birds at 1:15 pm.


John Sterling

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

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


Re: [CVBirds] Scaup species (!) at Caswell State Park

Craig Swolgaard
 

Sal-
 
I this shows promise for a greater scaup.
 
Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA


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From: "bees2@..." <bees2@...>
To: central_valley_birds@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:47 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Scaup species (!) at Caswell State Park

 
At 9:20 a.m., I was watching two river otters in a slough that backs up from the Stanislaus River. Then I saw a scaup sitting so still in the water that at first I thought it was a stray decoy. This scaup had a fairly wide bill with a thick black "nail" at its tip. The glossy sheen on the head was purple, but the back of the head was rounded, unlike that of a Lesser Scaup. I didn't want to flush the bird to check for the amount of white at the trailing edge of the wings.
My camcorder froze up on me on Sunday, so unfortunately all I could manage to get were some distant photos with my old Canon camera. I cannot post photos directly to CVBirds, but if anyone wants to try and determine the scaup's species,here's the link to SAS Smug Mug:

http://sasbirds.smugmug.com/Birds/1-Waterfowl/12406061_N73twG#!i=2310844963&k=KG9J27t

I suppose I can send these by direct email, too.
To look for this bird, walk from the last parking lot along River Bend Trail for a few hundred yards. There is an overlook with two wooden benches and one new concrete bench. The scaup was drifting about just below the overlook. This location is definitely in San Joaquin County.

Sal Salerno, Modesto


Scaup species (!) at Caswell State Park

Sal
 

At 9:20 a.m., I was watching two river otters in a slough that backs up from the Stanislaus River. Then I saw a scaup sitting so still in the water that at first I thought it was a stray decoy. This scaup had a fairly wide bill with a thick black "nail" at its tip. The glossy sheen on the head was purple, but the back of the head was rounded, unlike that of a Lesser Scaup. I didn't want to flush the bird to check for the amount of white at the trailing edge of the wings.
My camcorder froze up on me on Sunday, so unfortunately all I could manage to get were some distant photos with my old Canon camera. I cannot post photos directly to CVBirds, but if anyone wants to try and determine the scaup's species,here's the link to SAS Smug Mug:

http://sasbirds.smugmug.com/Birds/1-Waterfowl/12406061_N73twG#!i=2310844963&k=KG9J27t

I suppose I can send these by direct email, too.
To look for this bird, walk from the last parking lot along River Bend Trail for a few hundred yards. There is an overlook with two wooden benches and one new concrete bench. The scaup was drifting about just below the overlook. This location is definitely in San Joaquin County.

Sal Salerno, Modesto


Sutter County Horned Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser

Clifford Hawley
 

Hi birders,
Frances Oliver and I are at the jetski pond at the overpass of Marcum Road
over highway 70. The continuing Horned Grebe is here and there is a female
Red-breasted Merganser with a small group of Commons. Good birding.

Cliff Hawley
Sacramento, CA


SAC Townsend's Solitaire correction

ed pandolfino
 

As will no doubt be obvious to any who visit the site, the toyon bushes
where the bird was first seen yesterday are on the SOUTH (not NORTH) side of
the parking area...


Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA


redwing migration over Yolo Bypass

Perrone, Michael@DWR <Michael.Perrone_Jr@...>
 

In West Sacramento at about 8 AM today and for several minutes thereafter, I watched a nearly unbroken stream of redwings fly north, roughly aligned with the east levee of the Yolo Bypass. The birds were in long, thick, wavering, twisting columns--typical of migrating redwings. For a few minutes there were two columns, about a half mile apart.

I am no estimator of bird numbers, but I think they easily surpassed a hundred thousand and could have reached a million. I first noticed them when I got off a bus, at which time they were already passing overhead, leaving me no way to know how long they had been doing so.

Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788

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