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Urban Whimbrels return to Sacramento

ed pandolfino
 

For at least the fourth consecutive spring, a flock of Whimbrels is using the playfield at Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento (54th and M streets). 19 were there this morning. They have typically arrived in late April and remain until early May and seem to use this field whenever there is not a lot of student activity. Just such fun to see these arctic-breeding birds (some of which may winter in southern South America) hanging out in an urban setting.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento


Off topic: Please help the Western Pond Turtles

Karen Scheuermann
 

I know you get a lot of these requests and so do I. But this is
personal. A pond I'm watching near Turtle Bay in Redding is a dumping
ground for pet Red-eared Sliders. They are more than dominant now. The
Westerns are scarce. I'm sending out requests for letters to several groups
and individuals. I think kids will be the most influential and written
letters most noticed.
Western Pond Turtles are a species of special concern. One of the
causes of their disappearance is the release of aggressive *pet* Red-eared
Sliders into local ponds. The State of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department
banned the sales, importation and possession of Red-eared Sliders in 1996.
Advocates in California have failed to accomplish this in the last 20
years.
We are asking your help in a letter campaign to prohibit sliders in
California or at least ban the sales of Red-eared Sliders by pet stores.
Here is a link to find your local State Senators and Assembly
Representative: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/



Charlton H Bonham, California Fish & Game Commission, PO Box 944209,
Sacramento, 94244-2090
​ California ​Fish & Game Commission, PO Box 944209, Sacramento,
94244-2090
Secretary John Laird, California Resource Agency, 1416 Ninth St,
Suite, 1311, Sacramento, 95814

Please forward this to all potentially interested individuals. You can
make 5 copies of the original. If you work with 4 other people, you can
fit 5 letters into one envelope to save postage. Please send them on April
15 or soon after so they'll have more impact.
Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care,
Cottonwood, CA
and group leader of Shasta Roots & Shoots
karens2020@gmail.com, 530-347-1687
http://tehamawildcare.com
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Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care,
Cottonwood, CA
karens2020@gmail.com, 530-347-1687
http://tehamawildcare.com




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


Likely Breeding Tricolored Blackbirds - Sacramento County

fgray4birds@...
 

Sorry for the late posting.
 
I saw hundreds of Tricolored Blackbirds yesterday at each of two sites in the eastern County.
 
-  Just east of Scott Road and about 2,5 miles south of White Rock Road in what appeared to be bulrushes, at a small pond.  This site is on posted fenced private property but there was easy viewing access from nearby pullouts along Scott Road.
 
-  At a site near Green Acres Nursery, south of Iron Pt. Road, and just east of Serpa Way in Folsom.  There is easy viewing access along a nearby walking trail, accessible from the nursery parking lot.   Tricolors were in and around a large stand of blackberry.
 
I am not good at estimating numbers of tricolors, but I saw hundreds leaving each site during about a half hour at each site.   Both sites also have been previously documented as tricolored breeding sites and will hopefully will have successful breeding this year.  
 
I submitted recent reports to the Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife Natural Diversity Database for these colonies.  Thus, the information should be available for inclusion and review of any development project-documents , such as through the CEQA process. 
 
About a year ago I saw that a large breeding colony (used for many years)  had been obliterated soon before.  The site is .just west of  the entrance to Prairie City ORV park and had tricolors using a huge stand of  blackberries,   The project was a road realignment and the site is also in east Sacto County. 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope


eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014

John Sterling
 

Glossy Ibis eBird location


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

Begin forwarded message:

From: do-not-reply@...
Date: April 15, 2014 at 8:14:25 PM PDT
To: jsterling@...
Subject: eBird Report - US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Apr 15, 2014

US-CA-Los Banos-7790-8056 Old Santa Fe Grade, Merced, US-CA
Apr 15, 2014 4:55 PM - 5:02 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.1

5 species

American Bittern  2
Glossy Ibis  1     Alternate plumage with narrow blue border on gray lores and dark eye
White-faced Ibis  6
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17911219

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


FOS Ash-Throated Flycatcher

Rich Howard
 

We had our first-of-season ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael today. We also saw BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows are still around. 
Rich Howard
Carmichael


Hooded Orioles in Davis; photos of Marsh Sandpiper from April 10

Sylvia Wright <sylvia.wright@...>
 

The first of season male Hooded Oriole arrived in my Davis (Yolo County) suburban backyard around March 18; I first saw it on March 20.

Yesterday (April 14) I saw my first of season female.

I have not been able to lure them to oranges or jelly, but they do like the hummingbird feeder. Hooded Orioles have been here in past springs but never stayed. Maybe this year they'll nest nearby; we certainly have plenty of tall fan palms.

Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677@N04/sets/72157644025413383/

Also, to add to the multitude of Marsh Sandpiper photos, here are mine from April 10: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677@N04/sets/72157643784972303/

Good birding,
Sylvia

Sylvia Wright
Davis (Yolo County), California





Merced glossy ibis

John Sterling
 

Just found and photographed an adult glossy ibis along sante fe grade road in Merced county. It was in an open, small pond on the east side of the road about a half mile north of a group of hunters cabins with small eucalyptus trees also on the east side of the road. Will post photos tomorrow night when I get home.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


New feature photo on CVBirds Yahoogroup webpage

BruWebb@...
 

A big thank you to Michael Park of Berkeley for allowing the use of one of his excellent action photos of the Marsh Sandpiper as the feature photo on the CVBirds web page.  It can be viewed here:

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

And the rest of his Flickr album photos are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/sets/72157643851039004/ 

other photographers are encouraged to submit photos via their flickr pages or post them into the appropriate  CVBirds web album.  .

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA 


Re: [CVBirds] Bird App -THREAD CLOSED

Bruce Webb <BruWebb@...>
 

This subject is closed since "This forum is for discussing birds of the Central Valley."

We do not want a thread of answers and questions asking "a bird app to do WHAT?" 

such a question is better asked as a Google search.


-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA

  'Have scope - Will travel'


    
On 4/16/2014 6:42 AM, Dennis Pleau wrote:
 

I want to put a bird app on my Android phone.  Anyone have a suggestion.  It doesn’t have to be free.

 

Dennis Pleau

Woodland, CA





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Calliope Hummingbird - Sacramento (Garden Highway)

Hillary White <hillarywhite23@...>
 

Yesterday at 3:00pm, an adult male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD visited our hummingbird feeder located on our 3rd floor balcony (office building).
I was unable to get a photo, and it has not returned today.
It shared the feeder with a male and female Anna's Hummingbird, occasionally flaring "whiskering" it's streaked gorget.

We also had our FOS Black-chinned hummingbirds show up last Thursday (April 10).

Good Birding, 

Hillary White
Davis, CA


Bird App

Dennis Pleau
 

I want to put a bird app on my Android phone.  Anyone have a suggestion.  It doesn’t have to be free.

 

Dennis Pleau

Woodland, CA


Pacific Golden-Plover Continues, Etc.

Sal
 

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER found by Jim Rowoth can still be seen amidst the several hundred Black-bellied Plovers at the Ripon sewage ponds, which can be accessed from the parking lot on Stockton Street.  The bird has progressed more into its alternate plumage from when I saw it with Daniel Gilman on April 5, and many of the Black-bellied are in full alternate plumage.  The Pacific Golden-Plover can be seen / photographed best from a gap between a gate and the fence that runs east of the ponds.

At Caswell State Park, I had my first-of-season Ash-throated Flycatchers and Black-headed Grosbeaks. An OSPREY coursing down the river was the first I've ever seen there in all of my previous visits; it's not listed in the Great Valley Museum's checklist of the park's fauna.

Sal Salerno, Modesto


FOS Warbling Vireo at Yolo Bypass WA Headquarters

maryolo1
 

Late yesterday afternoon a Warbling Vireo was singing from within dense foliage, but came out, still singing, for about two minutes before moving on.  My first of season.

Mary Schiedt
Davis


Black-chinned Hummingbird

Matthew Dodder
 

Our first-of-season male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD showed up at my parents' backyard feeder in Lodi on Thursday, April 10. In the nearby vineyard a pair of SWAINSON'S HAWKS seemed eager to start a family.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA


San Luis

Lawrence Parmeter
 

     On our way home from the Bay Area, Aileen and I stopped off at San Luis NWR earlier today-We had several good sightings-2 Swainson's Hawks over the Tule Elk area, a Black-shouldered Kite near the entrance, a Sharp-shinned Hawk being harrassed by blackbirds, a number of Western Kingbirds, and at least 3 Northern Orioles in the riperian area next to the Tule Elk fence-
    Larry Parmeter
    Fresno Audubon Society


Re : Peregrine Falcon seen at Yolo Bypass pictures

Denise and David Hamilton
 


Hi again,
 
I just posted 3 pictures of the falcon we saw at Yolo Bypass today, April 14  on the CV Birds website, in the BIRS OF PREY album.  Would appreciate some feedback. 
 
(Saw an interesting FALCON, which we believe was a young PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the ground (will try to post pictures onto the CV Birds website), and the marsh by Parking Lot B was full of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.  DUNLIN in breeding colors! A SORA was out walking around, and a MUSKRAT was  coming out of the water, chewing/ripping off greens and taking them back into the water.)
 
Thanks!
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
 
 


NO Marsh Sandpiper Monday, but other highlights

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,
 
We realize that the Marsh Sandpiper was not seen since Saturday AM, but needed to go to Fairfield, so checked out Liberty Island this morning.  No Marsh Sandpiper, but fields full of over 200 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many in breeding plumage.  SORA called, flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew overhead, and correct us if we’re wrong, but had a WHIMBREL.  Not reddish like a LB Curlew, stouter, heavier bill, not a whole lot larger than the BB Plovers.  A young, tiny KILLDEER was walking about + GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and other species.  Really was quite nice!
 
Next headed over to Pedrick Road along Putah Creek, near Davis.  Only new migrants:  vocal, chasing SWAINSON’S HAWKS, BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, WILSON’S WARBLER,  HOUSE WRENS & SWALLOWS.  Still MANY YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWINGS & crowned sparrows.
 
Then over to Yolo Bypass.  NOT a lot of water, but did see at least 2 pairs of BLUE-WINGED TEAL.  Saw an interesting FALCON, which we believe was a young PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the ground (will try to post pictures onto the CV Birds website), and the marsh by Parking Lot B was full of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.  DUNLIN in breeding colors! A SORA was out walking around, and a MUSKRAT was  coming out of the water, chewing/ripping off greens and taking them back into the water.
 
We’re sorry we missed the Marsh Sandpiper (it is helpful that we’ve seen them in Australia) but really saw some lovely birds!
 
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
 
 


Yolo County birds on the weekend

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

On Saturday, April 12, I visited the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve.  Least expected was a heard-only lazuli bunting, which was about as early on the calendar as they get.  I found only one fox and one Lincoln’s sparrow, so most of them have left already.  New for me was to witness a pair of river otters mating in Putah Creek.

 

On Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5:30, I watched overhead migration from my home near Slide Hill Park.  Of the birds I could identify, there were about 100 rough-winged, 70 barn, 60 tree, and 60 cliff swallows; 13 white-throated and one Vaux’s swift; and nine Swainson’s hawks, all northbound.  Lots of birds were in the air when I started to watch at 4 PM.  I quit at 5:30 because the birds quit.

 

Michael Perrone

Department of Water Resources

Division of Environmental Services

3500 Industrial Blvd

West Sacramento CA 95691

(916) 376-9788

 


Sutter County Hooded Oriole

James Laughlin
 

Birders,

Early this morning I had a male HOODED ORIOLE in Sutter County. Take S. Walton Ave. north .37 miles from Oswald Rd. You will then arrive at a church on the east side of the road. Pull into the church parking lot and across the street using the hummingbird feeder was the bird.

Good Luck!

Cheers
Jim Laughlin
Yuba City


next Saturday's Tall Forest survey- truth in advertising

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

 

As mentioned previously on this site, the April Tall Forest bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve will go depart through the Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, next Saturday morning promptly at 05:45.  Folks considering participating should know a few things.

 

First and foremost, the lower preserve has recently been colonized by feral pigs.  This promises nothing good.  The sightings so far do not include the Tall Forest, but all the other dense forest blocks below Highway 99 have had observations.  I honestly don’t know their story in California, but in the swamps of the southeastern U.S. they can be a menace to human safety.  I’ve never been attacked, but I have been frightened by big boars and sows with piglets several times.  Be advised that, in addition to all the other risks one takes in the Tall Forest (e.g., poison oak, falling/tripping and getting injured, West Nile Virus exposure, rabid skunks, encounters with marijuana growers, etc.), there is now the possibility of run-ins with pigs.

 

Second, do not forget insect repellent.  Even loaded with DEET today, I was assaulted by hordes of mosquitoes, especially after the sun broke through late morning.

 

Lastly, you will need rubber knee boots for the walk out to the Accidental Forest.  The rest of the route is dry, and you will be able to change out of your boots, if you like, when we come back to the Equipment Pad.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

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