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youth birding camp scholarship

John Sterling
 

I want to announce that the Central Valley Bird Club will once again provide scholarships to young birders (ages 10-18).  Please spread the word.  Applications are due on 15 February, so don't be late.  I'll announce the scholarship winners by 20 February.

Because I can't currently access the website to upload update for 2014 for an unknown technical reason, we'll use the information from last year (same for this year, but change year on dates.  Please visit the website at http://www.cvbirds.org/Scholarship.htm


John Sterling
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Blue-winged Teal at Bridgeway Island Pond, West Sacramento

Dan Airola
 

Since some folks seem interested in numbers of Blue-winged Teal, I counted 56 (including 32 ad males) here today.  They nearly outnumbered Cinnamon Teal.  This is a good place to compare plumages of Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal females, which appear to be easier to distinguish (at least when side-by-side) than pictures in the field guides suggest. What I presume to be Blue-winged Teal females (by association with males) consistently have a lighter background on their breasts (more gray than reddish) and larger spots on breast feathers. 

Pond access is off of Pender Island St, west of Southport Parkway.  There is no parking permitted along Southport Pkwy
 
Dan Airola
Sacramento


Sacramento NWR and area, 1/13/14

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi All,
 
We made our annual trip to Sacramento NWR (off I-5, near Willows) to get our 'goose-fix' for the year and were not disappointed.  We also drive the backroads to look for flooded fields. Nothing out of the ordinary, but still a great way to start off the new year.
 
Highlights:
Sacramento NWR - Thousands of Snow & Ross's (flock after flock arrived at the refuge around 10:30 am) and Greater White-fronted Geese; multiple sightings all day of BALD EAGLES, ad and im.; at least 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS during the day; 100's of RING-NECKED DUCKS; spooked up a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the pond right at the edge of the tour route next to the observation deck. 
 
After the refuge we drove down ROAD 60, (north of the refuge) to ROAD Z.  Along the way there were some flooded fields with shorebirds.  Driving north on Z to SEVEN MILE LANE - several flooded fields next to large elevators, were (as always in years past) full of TUNDRA SWANS.  We continued on to the Sacramento River NWR Llano Seco Unit.  Many ducks including at least 6 male EURASIAN WIGEON. 
 
We then drove various roads to get us over to COLUSA NWR.  Highligts:  Small flocks of SANDHILL CRANES here and there, and one field with WHITE-FACED IBIS.  Also saw a PRAIRIE FALCON.
 
Arrived at Colusa NWR around 4:30 pm and went to the viewing platform.  Up-close views of ducks and geese, and amazing lighting for photos!  It was getting dark, but we drove the tour route to just where it splits to go one-way, and turned left (the wrong direction) to the area along a channel (500' or so) where we've seen BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS before roosting along the edge.  Were not disappointed. we counted at least 140!
 
Finished the day with dinner in Williams at Granzella's before heading back home to Napa.
 
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@...
 
 


Re: [CVBirds] Tundra Swan neck collar

Bruce Webb <BruWebb@...>
 

Gary, and others:

In this case, you will probably get better, quicker info emailing Craig Ely the bander in Anchorage.  He provided the website below which gives the region in Alaska where these swans were banded.  Look on the CVBirds file section formthe Swan Alert file from 2010. 

  Craig emailed me last year they were no longer putting collars on swans. 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/central_valley_birds/files

Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA
    Have scope, Will travel

On Jan 14, 2014, at 3:24 PM, Gil Ewing <gewing1@...> wrote:

 

Hi


Sorry if this thread is slightly off-topic.

To report banded, collared, or color marked birds, you can give the information to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory.
It's fun to get back some information about the specific bird you saw and reported, when it happens.

Here is a link, to get started:

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

On Jan 14, 2014, at 1:26 PM, G Nielsen wrote:

       I'm not sure who, if anyone, is collecting Tundra Swan band data but here is one I read this morning on Cottonwood Rd., 1 mile east of Hwy 99 in Butte County. It was actively feeding in the rice fields on the north side of Cottonwood Rd. The neck band was blue in color with white lettering, possibly light yellow lettering, but I think the yellow was mud staining. The band read  "P716." There was a metal band on the right leg that I was unable to read. I hope someone can get this info to the people who need it.
Gary Nielsen
Oroville, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Tundra Swan neck collar

Gil Ewing
 

Hi

Sorry if this thread is slightly off-topic.

To report banded, collared, or color marked birds, you can give the information to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory.
It's fun to get back some information about the specific bird you saw and reported, when it happens.

Here is a link, to get started:

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

On Jan 14, 2014, at 1:26 PM, G Nielsen wrote:

       I'm not sure who, if anyone, is collecting Tundra Swan band data but here is one I read this morning on Cottonwood Rd., 1 mile east of Hwy 99 in Butte County. It was actively feeding in the rice fields on the north side of Cottonwood Rd. The neck band was blue in color with white lettering, possibly light yellow lettering, but I think the yellow was mud staining. The band read  "P716." There was a metal band on the right leg that I was unable to read. I hope someone can get this info to the people who need it.
Gary Nielsen
Oroville, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Tundra Swan neck collar

Steve Hampton
 

Report it to the Bird Banding Lab.  These swans are in their database.  They come from western Alaska.  I've done it several times and it was rewarding to learn where the bird came from. 




On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM, G Nielsen <gnielsen64@...> wrote:
 

       I'm not sure who, if anyone, is collecting Tundra Swan band data but here is one I read this morning on Cottonwood Rd., 1 mile east of Hwy 99 in Butte County. It was actively feeding in the rice fields on the north side of Cottonwood Rd. The neck band was blue in color with white lettering, possibly light yellow lettering, but I think the yellow was mud staining. The band read  "P716." There was a metal band on the right leg that I was unable to read. I hope someone can get this info to the people who need it.
Gary Nielsen
Oroville, CA




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Davis, CA


Tundra Swan neck collar

G Nielsen
 

       I'm not sure who, if anyone, is collecting Tundra Swan band data but here is one I read this morning on Cottonwood Rd., 1 mile east of Hwy 99 in Butte County. It was actively feeding in the rice fields on the north side of Cottonwood Rd. The neck band was blue in color with white lettering, possibly light yellow lettering, but I think the yellow was mud staining. The band read  "P716." There was a metal band on the right leg that I was unable to read. I hope someone can get this info to the people who need it.
Gary Nielsen
Oroville, CA


Upcoming Winter Bird Count at UC Davis

Andy Engilis
 

All are invited to help out on the annual winter bird count conducted on the lands of the University of California Davis.  The count is in its 6th year and attempts to replicate counts conducted by John Emlen in the 1920s on the UC Davis Farm Campus!  The count is a Christmas Count style survey with four team leaders that cover the expansive areas of this open space campus.  Included are 10 miles of Putah Creek, campus core lands, Arboretum, and ag lands.  The count averages about 40 observers and the five year species total hovers at 100 species.  It is usually ½ day effort.

 

The count will be held on 25 January 2014.  If you are interested please contact the compiler, Andy Engilis (aengilisjr@...).

 

 

Thanks for your interest

 

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

 

 


Re: [CVBirds] Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Yolo landfill

Steve Hampton
 

The adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was present this morning on the left side of the flock.  It appears to be a petite female, so probably not an individual we have ever seen here in previous years. 


On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM, wl_rockey <wlrockey@...> wrote:
 

Hi all,

This afternoon at 2:30 I found an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Yolo county central landfill north of Davis. ebird checklist with distant photos here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16288618
The gull flock that congregates on the pond there is visible from the levee on county Road 28H. It seems that most of the California Gulls are hanging out at the landfill whereas most of the Herring and Thayer's Gulls are at the nearby Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant levees.

Also, at 8 a.m. this morning I saw one Vesper Sparrow at the traditional "Vesper Sparrow corner" spot on Highway 128 west of Winters.

Good birding,
William Rockey
Esparto, CA




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Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] FW: Big grackle flock

szafrica77
 

I also saw this flock a few days ago there.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis


On Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM, Glen Holstein <holstein@...> wrote:
 

 

 


On Saturday January 11 at cerca 4 PM I noticed a large blackbird flock on young trees around an artificial lake in a park at the northeast corner of Southport Parkway and Bridgeway Lakes Drive in West Sacramento.  At first I assumed Brewer’s Blackbirds, but they looked strange.  Closer examination confirmed they were all Great-tailed Grackles – between 50 and 100.

Glen Holstein: Davis, Yolo County




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FW: Big grackle flock

Glen Holstein
 

 

 


On Saturday January 11 at cerca 4 PM I noticed a large blackbird flock on young trees around an artificial lake in a park at the northeast corner of Southport Parkway and Bridgeway Lakes Drive in West Sacramento.  At first I assumed Brewer’s Blackbirds, but they looked strange.  Closer examination confirmed they were all Great-tailed Grackles – between 50 and 100.

Glen Holstein: Davis, Yolo County


Solitary-type vireo (heard only) at Hwy 128 bridge over Putah Creek

Jim Rowoth
 

After striking out yet again on the Lagoon Valley Swamp Sparrow, I headed up the the Lake Solano area to see if I could add any other Solano birds. No luck, but I had very good audios of a solitary-type vireo in the trees above the parking lot on the west side of 128 south of the bridge. It was giving its very relaxed, unhurried slurred song from the pines between the parking lot and Hwy 128 just before the dam. About the time the singing stopped, a small bird, gray on top, white underneath, dropped out of the trees downslope to the area of the bridge (and into Yolo Co?), at which time I lost track of it. Certainly not Blue-headed. I’d lean toward Plumbeous, but I cannot rule out Cassin’s.

At the dam, I heard the unmistakable song of Canyon Wren coming from the Yolo side of the creek.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Re: [CVBirds] Nimbus Fish Hatchery Peregrine Falcon

Doug Herr <wildlightphoto@...>
 

Deren Ross wrote:

Are there photos available of the Nimbus Peregrine?
<<<

January 2011 with White-throated Swift:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/pll/L1520249.html


November 2011:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/pll/L1621086.html

Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


Sora at Colusa NWR

Doug Herr <wildlightphoto@...>
 

The refuge manager told me that this particular bird has been very cooperative for the last few days. I was seated on the ground at the front of the viewing platform and the rail walked past while foraging several times, no more the 4' from my shoes.

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/rallidae/sora04.html

Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


Re: [CVBirds] Western Gull at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Deren Ross <derenross@...>
 

Hello Dan,

I'm curious as to the gender of the Peregrine Falcon.  Are there photos available of the Nimbus Peregrine?  I'll check the listserv photo file.  As I recall, the falcon is taking swifts and swallows.  If anyone has additional information regarding gender and prey, please let me know.

Thanks,
Deren Ross
Auburn, CA


Deren Ross
Auburn, CA




From: "jaegermaestro@..."
To: central_valley_birds@...
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014 3:38 PM
Subject: [CVBirds] Western Gull at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

 
Our Sac Audubon gull trip got 7 gull species plus many intriguing hybrids this morning at Nimbus Fish Hatchery. 

In order of abundance it went California, Ring-billed, Herring, Glaucous-winged, and Thayer's, with only 1 adult MEW GULL, and 1 1st cycle WESTERN GULL which we didn't discover until our walk back toward the parking lot. 

The PEREGRINE FALCON continued at its usual spot on the wire near Hazel Bridge, and a male HOODED MERGANSER and several BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were easy to find below the weir.

Dan Williams
Carmichael



Chen sp. comparison photo

Doug Herr <wildlightphoto@...>
 

Today January 12 I visited Colusa NWR in Colusa County where among other birds I observed a male Eurasian Wigeon, an exceptionally cooperative Sora (photo to come), and a conservative estimate of 10,000 geese at the viewing platform pond, mostly Ross's and Snow. Great spectacle when a Bald Eagle flew over and spooked all the birds!

There were many opportunities for fly-by photos including one where a Ross's Goose and Snow Goose were both in focus, meaning they were the same distance from the camera allowing a good comparison of these two species; the Snow Goose is in front and the Ross's Goose is trailing:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/chen01.jpg

Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


Western Gull at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Dan Williams
 

Our Sac Audubon gull trip got 7 gull species plus many intriguing hybrids this morning at Nimbus Fish Hatchery. 

In order of abundance it went California, Ring-billed, Herring, Glaucous-winged, and Thayer's, with only 1 adult MEW GULL, and 1 1st cycle WESTERN GULL which we didn't discover until our walk back toward the parking lot. 

The PEREGRINE FALCON continued at its usual spot on the wire near Hazel Bridge, and a male HOODED MERGANSER and several BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were easy to find below the weir.

Dan Williams
Carmichael


Glenn Harris's Sparrow

Bruce Deuel
 

Hi all,
Thanks to whoever put out the bird seed, the huge flock of sparrows on Road 306, 2.4 mi south of Road 303, was easy to find.  Finding the HARRIS'S SPARROW was a bit tougher, what with the flock constantly moving between the pasture and both roadsides and the cars flushing them, but I finally saw it at 14 30 this afternoon.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


Cosumnes River Preserve this morning

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

A small group of 5 birders (Jim H, Mark & Lorna E, Shannon V, and I) showed up at the Visitor’s Center at 7 a.m. for the first monthly River Walk of 2014. About a half hour into the walk, we were joined by two others (Michelle P and ??).  Shannon and the latter 2 did not do the complete route to The Point and back.  Cold (started in 30s) and threatening skies--it even sprinkled a little on us, but far to little to make any difference.  Today's survey did not include the barn ponds.  Most of the ducks/cranes were W of Franklin Rd.  Most of the geese were overhead.  A few of us caught a glimpse of a mink dart across the trail when we turned around after crossing Franklin Rd.  

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

Cosumnes River Preserve--Cosumnes River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Jan 11, 2014 7:00 AM - 12:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling (walking)
3.3 mile(s)   
73 species (+4 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  1120     Mostly in small to medium flocks.
Snow Goose  1692     Mostly in large flocks; we were unable to discern any noticeably smaller amid the vast numbers flying over us.  In one small flock of 12, 6 were "blue" and 6 were white.
Canada Goose  55
Gadwall  24
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  70
Cinnamon Teal  18   Unable to locate any Blue-wingeds
Northern Shoveler  162
Northern Pintail  180
Green-winged Teal (American)  85
Ring-necked Duck  8
Bufflehead  8
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  6
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  7
Virginia Rail  4  
American Coot  151
Sandhill Crane  185
Black-necked Stilt  31
Killdeer  8
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Dunlin  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  45
Wilson's Snipe  10
Ring-billed Gull  2
gull sp.  3
Anna's Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  3
Nuttall's Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  7
American Kestrel  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black Phoebe  12
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 12
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  4
Oak Titmouse  10
Bushtit  30
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  4
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  14
Bewick's Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  22
Wrentit  1
Western Bluebird  15
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  1
European Starling  100
American Pipit  2
Common Yellowthroat  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  15
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Spotted Towhee  9
Fox Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  16
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow  22
Golden-crowned Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  35
Red-winged Blackbird  1534
Western Meadowlark  1
House Finch  18
Lesser Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16333358

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Leucisitic or Melanistic Hen Mallard?

Dennis Pleau
 

I posted a picture online of a very light but not white mallard, in the Leucisitic or Melanistic folder

 

Dennis Pleau

Woodland, CA

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