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Pacific Loon continues at Lake Natoma

Chris Conard
 

Folks,

Dan Kopp just called me to say the Pacific Loon continues, along with the
Common Loon, downstream of the Negro Bar picnic area. Dan and I went out
there last Sunday, 1/20, and we did not see the Pacific, but the Common was
present.

As a side note for those not familiar with the area, this is one of the
best places to find Rufous-crowned Sparrows, especially on the bluffs along
the bike trail downstream of the picnic area. Continuing further, where
the the dredge tailings are obvious and the trail swings away from the
water, Phainopeplas are quite common in the mistletoe in the live oaks (on
1/11, the first day of the Pacific Loon, 14 were detected without half
trying--walking fast--between this point and Hazel Ave). The Negro Bar
access is off Greenback Ln, just west of Folsom Blvd/Folsom-Auburn Rd.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Vermillion Flycatcher

szafrica77
 

Trish Ternahan and I drove down to Los Banos today and the Vermillion Flycatcher was exactly where described, behind a gate on Wilson Road just south of the Santa Fe Grade. It is the only one I have seen other than on the Galapagos Islands. As we were photographing it, Gary
Woods showed up to say he had seen one at the Duck Club at the corner of Wilson and Santa Fe Grade just shortly before. I'm guessing it is the same one, but it was a distance to fly in a short time. Wouldn't it be something if there were 2? I'm guessing it was the same one. Hope someone proves me wrong. We also saw a Wilson's Snipe and a Long-billed Curlew in the same vicinity. We missed seeing the Ruff that Gary saw.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


Los Banos Ruff & Vermilion

Gary Woods
 

The Vermilion Flycatcher was in the front yard of the duck club at Wilson and Santa Fe Grade north of Los Banos this morning at 11:30 but it took two visits an hour apart to locate it. While I was taking a break I found a Ruff on the west side of Santa Fe Grade 0.7 miles north of Wilson in a small puddle with some dowitchers and stilts. The Vermilion did spend some time across the street in the marsh and I saw it there while two ladies from Davis found a Vermilion 1/8 mile south of there barely 2 minutes later in a previously-reported location across from a reservoir which made me wonder if there could be two in the area. We didn't see two simultaneously but it's a possibility. I put photos of the Ruff and Vermilion in the flycatcher and shorebirds photo files. How nice to see a well-organized photo file section. Not like the one closer to home.
Gary Woods-FRESNO


Immature Northern Shrike at our feeders

Bob & Carol
 

Hello all,

For about two weeks now we have been blessed (some may say cursed) with
an immature Northern Shrikeharassing our hummer feeders and goldfinch
feeders. It hides in the bushes and flies out to try to grab
something. It even sometimes sits on top of the feeder hooks under the
roof overhang of the house waiting for a catch. We haven't seen a catch
yet but we have seen presumably goldfinch feathers floating down to the
deck from above the roof. A couple photos of the shrike are in the
Shasta Birders Yahoo Group photos under Bob's Photos 2013.

We have no grasslands or open country habitat at our 1200 foot elevation
manzanita brushland, oak woodland and Knobcone Pine hillside.

Also, while watching hummer feeders Carol saw our regular Merlin fly in,
catch a hummer and then fly off with it. Hardly a snack for a Merlin,
you would think.

We also have a couple Evening Grosbeaks females types at our feeders
gobbling sunflower seed.

Birding at home can sometimes be quite rewarding and fun!



Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA


Iceland Gull report from Wed, Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant

Steve Hampton
 

Just got this from a birder:

"Just wanted you to know that I re-found the gull yesterday afternoon,
around 4:30. He/she was on the west side of the dike, opposite the red
gate. I observed it on the bank and then go into the water for a drink,
then returning to the bank."


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: PBS video with John Sterling

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi All,

Since we don't get the PBS station that had American Heartland that John Sterling mentioned in a previous post, I checked online and found it at http://video.ket.org/video/2328348347/

If you don't want to watch the entire episode, FF to 20 minutes. It's an interesting segment and is great to see some good PR on birds!

Denise Hamilton
napabirders@att.net


Lake Natoma Loons

tuckerh586
 

Monday evening (1/21) I took my camera out to Lake Natoma to capture the reported Pacific Loon that's been hanging around for some time. Much to my surprise, I found two! As a newbe (first post), Bruce pointed out that the pix I posted in the Misc file wasn't two Pacific but a Pacific as well as a Common Loon. After some web search I must concure. I biked down the west side with my camera gear, but the birds seemed to favor the east side (Folsom side), especially with the rowing tracfic at that time of day.

Tucker Hammerstrom
Folsom, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Short-eared Owl dramatic fight to keep prey

Steve Hampton
 

Great pics! I might add that this seems to be a daily show-- late
afternoon before 5pm, with aerial combat regular, especially between the
Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owls. The birds are concentrated on the
bunch grass on the left by the yellow 2-story house.

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Sami <sami182@wavecable.com> wrote:

**


Monday early evening Joe Clemens and I went out to locate the Short-eared
Owls previously seen along CR 35 just north of Grasslands Park in Yolo
County south of Davis. We hung out for a while watching a couple of SEOW
along with a White-tail Kite pair and several Northern Harriers. The drama
unfolded when one of the owls capture a vole. Immediately a harrier was on
line to get it away. I was lucky enough to be using the camera and just
kept taking photos. Finally the owl exhausted the harrier and then started
to go higher in the sky. Suddenly an opportunistic Rough-legged Hawk
entered the photos but didn't last too long. The Short-eared Owl stayed in
the air and watched until it had no more trouble and then quickly settled
down; the next we saw it was ready to sit and digest its prey.
I put photos in the Owl album here and also on Google+
https://plus.google.com/111363376013348611024#111363376013348611024/posts
https://plus.google.com/111363376013348611024#111363376013348611024/posts

Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


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Short-eared Owl dramatic fight to keep prey

Sami
 

Monday early evening Joe Clemens and I went out to locate the Short-eared Owls previously seen along CR 35 just north of Grasslands Park in Yolo County south of Davis. We hung out for a while watching a couple of SEOW along with a White-tail Kite pair and several Northern Harriers. The drama unfolded when one of the owls capture a vole. Immediately a harrier was on line to get it away. I was lucky enough to be using the camera and just kept taking photos. Finally the owl exhausted the harrier and then started to go higher in the sky. Suddenly an opportunistic Rough-legged Hawk entered the photos but didn't last too long. The Short-eared Owl stayed in the air and watched until it had no more trouble and then quickly settled down; the next we saw it was ready to sit and digest its prey.
I put photos in the Owl album here and also on Google+
https://plus.google.com/111363376013348611024#111363376013348611024/posts
https://plus.google.com/111363376013348611024#111363376013348611024/posts

Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA


Folsom Lake Rock Wren Photos

szafrica77
 


Folsom Lake Wren

szafrica77
 

Gil Ewing has corrected my ID on the wren I saw today. They were Rock Wrens. Had never seen them in this area before and didn't look like the one in my book. But, after looking at images online, sure they were Rock Wrens and their behavior then makes more sense.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Folsom Lake

Sally M. Walters
 

Sarah,
I suspect you have a rock wren in the barren rocky habitat you describe. Rock wrens are common around Folsom Lake drawdown area. Folsom Lake is in the Osprey's winter range.
Sally


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

On Jan 22, 2013, at 9:02 PM, "szafrica@att.net" <slmayhew77@gmail.com> wrote:

I was at the Granite Bay Boat Launch at Folsom Lake today. When I first got there I felt like Rachel Carson and the Silent Spring. No birds. But eventually I spotted a flotilla of Horned Grebes quite far out along with a few Western Grebes. As I was sitting at the waters edge I caught some movement in the corner of my eye. About 2 feet from me was a House Wren. It startled me it was so close. The shore of Folsom Lake is barren with rocks along the shore, that seem like the badlands. The wren hopped about happily getting bugs on these rocks. It didn't seem to mind my presence and even seemed curious, coming right up to me as I sat still. Photographed it for quite awhile and then another one appeared. The pair hunted for insects for the next hour or so on these rocks and I got some great photos. They were pretty fearless. Seemed so un-wren like to me! One of those great bird encounters that makes your day.

A while later as I was walking along the shore I saw a gull swoop down on another large bird. It turned out to be an Osprey with a large fish. Was surprised to see it this time of year. Don't our Ospreys migrate to Central America? Did it not leave or is it back early? Just wondering.

Also saw 1 Titmouse, 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker, 1 Flicker and that was it!

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


Folsom Lake

szafrica77
 

I was at the Granite Bay Boat Launch at Folsom Lake today. When I first got there I felt like Rachel Carson and the Silent Spring. No birds. But eventually I spotted a flotilla of Horned Grebes quite far out along with a few Western Grebes. As I was sitting at the waters edge I caught some movement in the corner of my eye. About 2 feet from me was a House Wren. It startled me it was so close. The shore of Folsom Lake is barren with rocks along the shore, that seem like the badlands. The wren hopped about happily getting bugs on these rocks. It didn't seem to mind my presence and even seemed curious, coming right up to me as I sat still. Photographed it for quite awhile and then another one appeared. The pair hunted for insects for the next hour or so on these rocks and I got some great photos. They were pretty fearless. Seemed so un-wren like to me! One of those great bird encounters that makes your day.

A while later as I was walking along the shore I saw a gull swoop down on another large bird. It turned out to be an Osprey with a large fish. Was surprised to see it this time of year. Don't our Ospreys migrate to Central America? Did it not leave or is it back early? Just wondering.

Also saw 1 Titmouse, 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker, 1 Flicker and that was it!

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


Sutter Mew Gull - not today

Bruce Deuel
 

Hi all,
Kathy and I spent from 0745 to 1445 staring at the gull flock on the
sandbar below the Yuba City Boat ramp. John Sterling joined us for an hour
or so in the early afternoon. The Mew Gull did not make an appearance. It
could easily have arrived after I left as gulls were still coming to the
sandbar at that time.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


San Joaquin and Sacramento counties, Jan 19th and 20th

Bruce Mast
 

I had the opportunity to bird a few sites in San Joaquin and Sacramento
counties on 1-19 and 20; Saturday was a scouting day for Sunday's guided
trip with a small group of beginning birders. Destinations were Woodbridge
Rd., Staten Island, Cosumnes River Preserve, and Riley Rd. Primary objective
of Sunday's trip was introduce the group to Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans,
and the wintering flocks of geese and ducks in the Central Valley. On that
front, the trip was an overwhelming success.

Woodbridge Rd: We visited only on Saturday, judging that light conditions
and time constraints precluded us from including it on the Sunday itinerary.
Best bird was a Taiga MERLIN (See
https://picasaweb.google.com/115664736039227190081/20130119SanJoaquinAndSacr
amentoCounties# for photo). Glare discouraged us from checking for unusual
ducks.

Staten Island: We had the good fortune to run into John Luther on Saturday,
who alerted us to the presence of the BRANT among a Cackling Goose flock. I
was able to view the bird briefly through binoculars but the flock took off
and relocated to another field before I could get the scope on it. On
Sunday, the flock was far back in a field and I had my hands full helping
people identify Northern Shovelers so we didn't look for the Brant. Best
birds from the Sunday visit were (for me) a few REDHEADS in one of the duck
ponds and (for the others) the resident Great-horned Owl at the implement
shed.

Cosumnes RP: Lots of great birds but nothing unexpected.

Riely Rd.: Saturday's visit yielded eye-popping looks at first a Barn Owl
and then a SHORT-EARED OWL perched on a roadside fence post. See previous
Picasa link for photos. Both Saturday and Sunday we counted 5 SEOWs working
the fields to the north and south of the road. On Sunday, I was stoked to
find a distant FERRUGINOUS HAWK on the ground to the south; the others in
the party looked through the scope and wondered what I was smoking. We were
also treated to a spectacular fly-in of Long-billed Curlews. We watched
several hundred arrive in multiple groups, all fluttering into a single
crowded roost in the grass with much initial commotion. Particularly
striking at sunset.

Good birding,

Bruce Mast
Oakland


Yesterday Merced and Stanislaus

David Suddjian
 

Birding while passing through these two counties yesterday 1/21...

White Rock Road at 1.3 miles from the Mariposa line had a juv. ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK perched not far from a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, with a juv. BALD EAGLE not
too far away for a nice raptor grouping. A male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was along
Hornitos Road south of the Merced River. A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER and a GOLDEN
EAGLE were along Highway 132 between La Grange and the Tuolumne line. An
adult BALD EAGLE was at Lake Dawson. Two FERRUGINOUS HAWKS were along Hwy
59 south of Lake Dawson. The VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at Wilson Road
near Santa Fe Grade and a male EURASIAN WIGEON was also there. A short look
at O'Neill Forebay had an estimated 110 REDHEADS within reasonable viewing
distance, but I could see there were more off away beyond my focus of
attention.

David Suddjian
Capitola


Re: [sacramento_birds] America's Heartland episode about birding in CV

Jann Dorothy
 

I just set my DVR to record it. Note that it airs tomorrow night, Wednesday,
Jan. 23.



Jann Dorothy

Sacramento, CA



From: sacramento_birds@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:sacramento_birds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of John Sterling
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:03 PM
To: Sacramento_Birds@Yahoogroups. Com; Central_Valley_Birds@Yahoogroups. Com
Cc: Countybirders
Subject: [sacramento_birds] America's Heartland episode about birding in CV





The local PBS station, KVIE, will be broadcasting America's Heartland
(Episode 819) at 7:30 pm with a segment on birding in Central Valley rice
fields. Not sure if they cut out interviews with me, Todd Easterla and my
daughter, but we shall have to watch to find out.

John Sterling

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@wavecable.com <mailto:jsterling%40wavecable.com>

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


America's Heartland episode about birding in CV

John Sterling
 

The local PBS station, KVIE, will be broadcasting America's Heartland (Episode 819) at 7:30 pm with a segment on birding in Central Valley rice fields. Not sure if they cut out interviews with me, Todd Easterla and my daughter, but we shall have to watch to find out.


John Sterling

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

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


Re: [CVBirds] Sutter County Mew Gull

John Sterling
 

congratulations on a first record for Sutter County!

John Sterling

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

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

On Jan 21, 2013, at 7:32 PM, "buckeyes0268" <buckeyes0268@yahoo.com> wrote:

Found a MEW GULL in Yuba City today along the Feather River. From the intersection of Garden HWY and 2nd street go south on 2nd street towards the Sutter County Airport, take the first left going east and go up the levee until you come to the sandy road on the right that parallels the river. The road looks a bit rough but it's a good road and leads to the beach. This is the exact location Dan Skalos and I found the Common Loon a few years ago. Follow for approx 200 yards and you can see the sand bar across the river on the Yuba County side and the bird was mixed in with a few RING-BILLED and CALIFORNIA GULLS on a sandbar. The last I saw of the bird it flew into Sutter County, I did my happy dance, and flew north along the river. Hopefully it will return and someone will locate this bird again.

Cheers
Jim Laughlin
Yuba City


Flannery-Robinson (1-20-12)

Matthew Dodder
 

My Palo Alto Adult School birding class visited Flan-Rob after a
weekend adventure in Gray Lodge and Sacramento NWR. We arrived late
afternoon and entered Robinson from Hwy 113. Quite quickly we
encountered a BURROWING OWL about halfway down the road on the right
near a mile marker. As well, we found two SHORT-EARED OWLS foraging
in the northeast corner of the field to our right. When we arrived at
the junction of Flannery and Robinson we found Julio Mulero and Renee
Polizotto (both members of our group who arrived early). They had
already located two more BURROWING OWLS and a small flock of about 10
MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the far south edge of the field (near the cows and
houses). There was also an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK in the area,
perched on the fence line near the cluster of tanks.

. . .

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
http://www.birdguy.net
http://www.zazzle.com/mdodder
http://neornithes.wordpress.com/

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