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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


Cosumnes birds- 13 April 2014

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

 

Today I visited the Tall Forest and vicinity for some scouting and trail recovery in advance of next Saturday’s survey.  The overcast morning in the trees was very birdy, with lots of migrants/arriving breeders.  These included one Hammond’s flycatcher, two Pacific-slope flycatchers, 14 ash-throated flycatchers, six western kingbirds, 15 orange-crowned warblers, two Nashville warblers, one yellow warbler, one black-throated gray warbler, two Townsend’s warblers, 11 Wilson’s warblers (also had common yellowthroat, Audubon’s and myrtle warblers), and 10 black-headed grosbeaks.  Someone reported on the white board at the VC that there was a Cassin’s vireo along the River Walk this morning.

 

The highlight for me was two unexpected songsters, both in the lower part of Warbler Woods.  First was a varied thrush in lovely, extended song, surprising to me after the middling wintering numbers and early departure this spring.  The second was a white-throated sparrow.  Compared to last weekend, the numbers of Bullock’s orioles, about 20 today, were about half.  Both hermit thrush and Lincoln’s sparrows were down more than that.  But golden-crowned sparrows are way up from recent weeks.  I missed fox sparrow at the Tall Forest for the first time since early last fall.  Of three spotted towhee nests, two still had eggs and one had about 3-4 day old chicks, three being the operative number in each case.  No cowbirds in the lot.

 

There are a few ponds that may survive to next weekend for shorebirds and waterfowl.  I found 10 shorebird species present, the better ones being two black-bellied plovers, three lesser yellowlegs, three whimbrels, and my first western sandpipers this spring (four only- some years they’re suddenly present and in the hundreds).

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento


Directions for the Marsh Sandpiper

tracy_farrington
 


Birders,

There's been a great deal of dialogue and confusion regarding the directions to that section of the central valley south of Dixon as to where the Marsh Sandpiper has been sighted. Try this Google Maps link, expand it and see if that helps.  https://goo.gl/maps/5DYWH

Good hunting and birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek


Re: [CVBirds] RFI Marsh Sandpiper

naturestoc
 

The Marsh Sandpiper was not seen this evening. We left at 7:30pm. The wind was blowing fiercely! 

Dan Brown,
Sacramento,
www.naturestoc.smugmug.com


-----Original Message-----
From: bees2
To: central_valley_birds
Sent: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:50 pm
Subject: [CVBirds] RFI Marsh Sandpiper



Please continue to report the presence (or absence) of this bird tomorrow, for necessarily tardy birders like me.
Sal Salerno, Modesto





Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper and the weather?

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Weather in nearby Suisun City early this morning the temperature was 46 degrees, and the wind was 18 miles per hour from the south-west. Temperature high was 67 degrees.



Tomorrow, the temperature again will be 46 degrees in the early morning, but the wind will be 11 miles per hour from the north. Temperature high should be 76 degrees.





http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/suisun-city-ca/94585/daily-weather-forecast/2154809?day=2



Would a sandpiper under these condition decide to continue on its "migration" route at 8 AM in the morning or seek a safe place to hunker down until the weather blows over?



--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

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From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of garycarlafile@gmail.com
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:12 PM
To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper





Did I mention,it was very windy most of the morning and at 6:30am on the cold side.

Great Bird!

Gary File

Bakersfield










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RFI Marsh Sandpiper

Sal
 

Please continue to report the presence (or absence) of this bird tomorrow, for necessarily tardy birders like me.

Sal Salerno, Modesto




River Walk at Cosumnes this morning

Jim Rowoth
 


Cosumnes River Preserve- River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Apr 12, 2014 6:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Started with 10, added John T, then two left, then JT left, then two others left.  Remaining crew consisted of Jim R (leader), Pat P, Jim H, Bob G, Mike & Leif -?-.  Sunrise temps very chilly (upper 40s), breezy all morning.  Ended with temps in 60s..
74 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  10000     probable undercount--large flocks flying SW
Ross's Goose  1     Noticeably smaller than GWFG it was flying with, very stubby bill
Wood Duck  4
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  22
Mallard  32
Blue-winged Teal  3     1 M, 2 F, in pond on E side of visitor center bridge
Cinnamon Teal  24
Northern Shoveler  100
Green-winged Teal (American)  150
Ring-necked Duck  4    2 M, 2 F
Ring-necked Pheasant  4     Heard only
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     
White-faced Ibis  50
Turkey Vulture  3
White-tailed Kite  1
Swainson's Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  250
Black-necked Stilt  4
American Avocet  6
Killdeer  10
Greater Yellowlegs  11
Dunlin  50
Least Sandpiper  33
Long-billed Dowitcher  30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Anna's Hummingbird  6
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard only
Nuttall's Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  20
Merlin  1     Very dark; fast, deliberate flyby
Empidonax sp.  1
Black Phoebe  6
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  6
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)  6
American Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  200
Oak Titmouse  1     Heard only
Bushtit  60
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  3
House Wren  15
Marsh Wren  15
Bewick's Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2     Heard onl
Wrentit  8
Western Bluebird  2
American Robin  6
American Pipit  1     Heard only
Common Yellowthroat  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  50
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast)  3
Spotted Towhee  22
Song Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Golden-crowned Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  1
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Western Meadowlark  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Bullock's Oriole  3     One heard only, chucking
House Finch  30
Purple Finch (Western)  2
Lesser Goldfinch  35
American Goldfinch  12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17860139

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

Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County

dmfreid
 

 

 

 

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Updated directions to Marsh Sandpiper Solano County
Date: 04/12/2014 09:35
From: dea freid
To: North Bay Birds

 

HI,

 

If anyone copies and posts the directions I posted  yesterday, please use the version below which contains the update I posted last night (update was if going on  Rt 80 to Midway Rd exit turn east on Midway (not south)) etc

Thanks!

 

From Linda Pittman:

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east.  It might be more direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east.  Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113.  Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghampton Rd. 

From Ruth Rudesill:

 

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past Vacaville- head EAST. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD.  Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD.  Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn.  This is where everyone parks.  The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.

Alternate route:  Take wy 80 but get off on Hwy 12  towards Rio Vista.  Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghampton Rd.  I felt it was longer due to driving thru Suisun

Dea Freid
Sebastopol

 

 


43 Swainson's Hawks in Stockton

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

Hi,
We are are on the 5 north, heading for the Marsh Sandpiper. Between Lathrop and Stockton, we had a swirling catalog 43 Swainson's Hawks, right before the General Hospital.
Tom

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Re: [CVBirds] [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

Joe Morlan
 

On Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:20:08 -0700, Ken Ealy <litehawk@sbcglobal.net>
wrote:

Take the first left on to Buckley. Stay on Buckley heading south until it hits King, going left.
I believe that road is actually Bulkley Road.

Preliminary web page on the Marsh Sandpiper at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/MarshSandpiperP1160097s.htm
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


Re: [CVBirds] [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

Ken Ealy
 

The directions previously described are more convenient for for east-bound travelers from the bay area, etc.

For west-bound travelers from the Sacramento area or Marysville area, an alternative route is:

From I-80, take the Mace Blvd. exit in Davis.  
Then south on Mace Blvd/Rd 104 to Tremont; right turn at The Grasslands Park.
Take the first left on to Buckley.  Stay on Buckley heading south until it hits King, going left.
In a short distance, King hits Liberty Island Rd going right.
Continue on and you come to the parking area (maybe 3 miles south of the Swan Rd intersection) where the road turns left towards the Bypass.

This is the route I use.


Ken Ealy
Davis



On Apr 12, 2014, at 8:59 AM, Michael Feighner wrote:

 

Read below for today's 4-12-2014 initial continuing sighting of the Marsh Sandpiper.

It would be nice if the first person of the day copy and paste the following directions to post for immediate access to readers avoiding scanning through many emails for the directions.

from Ruth Rudesill:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.


Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving thru Suisun

from Linda Pittman:

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east. Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghamton Rd.

from Ruth R:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.


Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving thru Suisun

--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

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From: CALBIRDS@... [mailto:CALBIRDS@...] On Behalf Of Linda Terrill
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups. com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

The Marsh Sandpiper was seen to fly in at approximately 6:30am <x-apple-data-detectors://0> and present for viewing as dawn broke. As has been the case, it and accompanying yellowlegs are skittish and flushing frequently with cars passing, etc. It has flown off and returned - and flown off again several times since first sighting this morning.

Linda and Scott Terrill
Los Gatos,CA

Make it happen.
Make it happen.

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04/11 -- Marsh Sandpiper images

Michael Park
 

Amazing bird! Amazing find!

A few images are here:

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



Michael Park
Berkeley, CA


Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Read below for today's 4-12-2014 initial continuing sighting of the Marsh Sandpiper.



It would be nice if the first person of the day copy and paste the following directions to post for immediate access to readers avoiding scanning through many emails for the directions.



from Ruth Rudesill:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.


Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving thru Suisun



from Linda Pittman:

Yes, you can turn left onto Hwy 113 from Hwy 12 east. It might be more direct for you to take I-80 to Vacaville and exit on Alamo east. Continue east on Alamo, which changes to Fry Rd, to Hwy 113. Turn left on Hwy 113 and next road up will be Binghamton Rd.

from Ruth R:

There are several ways to go. I suggest going on Hwy 80 to Midway Rd exit past Vacaville- head south. Turn Right on Hwy 113 and travel several miles. Turn left on BINGHAMPTON RD. Stay on this road it will change to SWAN RD. Turn right on S LIBERTY ISLAND RD stay on this until a wide left turn. This is where everyone parks. The bird has been in the ditch along the next stretch of road heading towards the levee.


Alternate route: Take I-80 but get off on Hwy 12 towards Rio Vista. Turn Left on Hwy 113 and go north to Binghamton Rd. I felt it was longer due to driving thru Suisun

--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

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From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Linda Terrill
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups. com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper present



The Marsh Sandpiper was seen to fly in at approximately 6:30am <x-apple-data-detectors://0> and present for viewing as dawn broke. As has been the case, it and accompanying yellowlegs are skittish and flushing frequently with cars passing, etc. It has flown off and returned - and flown off again several times since first sighting this morning.

Linda and Scott Terrill
Los Gatos,CA

Make it happen.
Make it happen.

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