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Re: Yolo County west side

Steve Hampton
 

I forgot to add that PURPLE FINCHES were present at many spots and that Cache Creek was bone dry all the way across at the Rd 85 bridge in Capay.



On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Steve Hampton <stevechampton@...> wrote:
Today Michael Perrone and I birded the west side of the valley from the Yolo/Colusa county line to Putah Creek (Yolo/Solano county line). 

Highlights:

LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS - 10 at Rds 2 and 86 (also 1 at Capay Cemetery)
VESPER SPARROW - 1 at Rd 86 just south of Rd 2
STELLER'S JAY - 1 along Putah Creek upstream of the campground (Solano side); 1 upstream of the Solano Diversion Dam (Yolo side)
PINE SISKINS - 20 in two trees in ne Winters


good birding,

--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Parade of white geese!

Brewbird
 

I think the Snow's and Ross' Geese are finally feeling the Arctic blast. They have been flying over non-stop all night! With the patio door cracked open, sometimes it sounds like there are going to fly right into our bedroom. Not the most soothing bedtime music, but still great to hear.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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Yolo County east side

Leo Edson <leoedson@...>
 

From the other (east) side of Yolo County, other than a few Varied Thrush which happily seem to be approaching ubiquitous this fall, two Ferruginous Hawks were temporarily over the hay field just west of the Sacramento Yatch Club. I use the word temporarily as they continued to soar out of sight going south. One of the two was a beautiful dark morph.

Leo Edson
Sacramento


Yolo County west side

Steve Hampton
 

Today Michael Perrone and I birded the west side of the valley from the Yolo/Colusa county line to Putah Creek (Yolo/Solano county line). 

Highlights:

LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS - 10 at Rds 2 and 86 (also 1 at Capay Cemetery)
VESPER SPARROW - 1 at Rd 86 just south of Rd 2
STELLER'S JAY - 1 along Putah Creek upstream of the campground (Solano side); 1 upstream of the Solano Diversion Dam (Yolo side)
PINE SISKINS - 20 in two trees in ne Winters


good birding,

--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Vesper Sparrow, Michigan Bar Rd, Sacramento Co.

danielamywelsh
 

This morning at about 10:00 we saw a Vesper Sparrow on the barb wire fence along Michigan Bar Rd., about 0.25 mile north of the bridge over Cosumnes River.  It was associated with a group of sparrows that included Lark Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows, and Savannah Sparrows.


Dan and Amy Welsh, Citrus Heights, CA


CBC dates for Oroville, Peace Valley and Rio Cosumnes?

maryolo1
 

Have the compilers of the above three CBCs made a decision yet on a which dates they will choose?  Vacation plans need to be firmed up soon.  Thanks.

Mary Schiedt
Davis


Stockton CBC and Wallace-Bellota CBC

Jim Rowoth
 


Here are the details on this season’s two CBCs sponsored by San Joaquin Audubon:

SATURDAY, December 20—Stockton Christmas Bird Count 
     Join your friends at San Joaquin Audubon for one of our biggest and most important field activities of the year.  This dawn-to-dusk outing goes on regardless of weather conditions, so it’s always an adventure!  For more information or to sign up, contact Jim Rowoth (rowoth@...). 

SUNDAY, January 4, 2015—Wallace-Bellota Christmas Bird Count
     Need a sure cure for “cabin fever” or the winter blahs?  Join in the fun of the Wallace-Bellota CBC, the foothill counterpart to the Stockton count.  Get out in the country for some fresh air and great birds in the company of some great people!  To sign up for this once-a-year adventure, please contact Kasey Foley (kaseyfoley@...) to sign up.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

“Man tut was man kann!”
 (Danilo, Act One, Die Lutsige Witwe, Franz Lehar)


Marysville CBC, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ylightfoot <YLIGHTFOOT@...>
 

Hi folks:
 
After hearing back from many of you, some who can't make that date and many who can, I have decided to go ahead and set the date for the Marysville CBC for Tuesday, December 23.  Please feel free to spread the word to others. Details on where to meet, etc., will follow in due course.
 
Hope to see a lot of you on the CBC,
 
Cheers,
 
Tim Manolis
 
 


The Ruby-crowned Kinglets and the Jay's _ Re: [CVBirds] ruby-crowned kinglets flaring out their crown?

L. Broderick <larrybroderick@...>
 

 
Greetings all.

Regarding the Ruby Crown of the Kinglet being flared out in full displayed, We (teams of guides and tour docents) have noticed it 4 times in the last 3 weeks.

(Single bird) at Pepperwood Preserve, Sonoma County, access granted through Pepperwood, 3 weeks ago. 
(two birds) at Parker Hill road  in Santa Rosa, my front yard, 2 weeks ago
(one bird)  at Lynch Canyon Open Space, open to public via Solano Land Trust, 2 weeks ago
(two birds) at Skaggs Island Private property, Tour run by Sonoma Land Trust, this last weekend

Also we have noticed the large influx of Steller's and Scrub Jays.
At Lynch Canyon in Solano county we typically get a dozen to two dozen on our monthly Lynch Canyon hike, a couple weeks ago we had 90+ sightings with at least 60 confirmed individuals and possibly 90 over all birds. For the most part it was 60% Scrub Jay to 40% Steller's Jay.
They were literally everywhere and seemed to be collected and stashing acorns.

Larry Broderick
Sonoma/Solano County Land Trust Raptor Identification Guide.





From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders@... [central_valley_birds]"
To: Craig Swolgaard ; CV Birds ; sierra-nevadabirds
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Sorry, I'm not in 'your' area, but I have noticed it too.  At Timberhill
Park here in Napa, on Oct. 23 had a male flaring his ruby crown and burst
out into full song.  Was up there again today and saw the same bird ??? -
ruby crown and full song.  I have wondered about the same thing since I
mentioned it in my Ebird report.  I do not remember them singing this time
of year.

Denise Hamilton
Napa, CA
napabirders@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Swolgaard cswol@... [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 1:34 PM
To: CV Birds ; sierra-nevadabirds
Subject: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Hi Birders-

Thought I’d throw this out to see if others have noticed.  This fall I’ve
seen several instances of ruby-crowned kinglets singing and/ or flaring out
their ruby crown, which I don’t normally notice this time of year.  Just now
there were two having a scuffle in my yard with plenty of flaring and
vocalizations (not calls).  First, are there others noticing the same thing?
Second, is this unusual for this bird as it seems to be?  An obvious, not
necessarily correct, conclusion is that the unseasonably warm temperatures
are causing this.  I’d welcome any ideas.

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA





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Re: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Steve Hampton
 

I think this is normal for this time of year.  



On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM, 'Denise Hamilton' napabirders@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
Sorry, I'm not in 'your' area, but I have noticed it too.  At Timberhill
Park here in Napa, on Oct. 23 had a male flaring his ruby crown and burst
out into full song.  Was up there again today and saw the same bird ??? -
ruby crown and full song.  I have wondered about the same thing since I
mentioned it in my Ebird report.  I do not remember them singing this time
of year.

Denise Hamilton
Napa, CA
napabirders@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Swolgaard cswol@... [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 1:34 PM
To: CV Birds ; sierra-nevadabirds
Subject: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Hi Birders-

Thought I’d throw this out to see if others have noticed.  This fall I’ve
seen several instances of ruby-crowned kinglets singing and/ or flaring out
their ruby crown, which I don’t normally notice this time of year.  Just now
there were two having a scuffle in my yard with plenty of flaring and
vocalizations (not calls).  First, are there others noticing the same thing?
Second, is this unusual for this bird as it seems to be?  An obvious, not
necessarily correct, conclusion is that the unseasonably warm temperatures
are causing this.  I’d welcome any ideas.

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA





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Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Sorry, I'm not in 'your' area, but I have noticed it too. At Timberhill Park here in Napa, on Oct. 23 had a male flaring his ruby crown and burst out into full song. Was up there again today and saw the same bird ??? - ruby crown and full song. I have wondered about the same thing since I mentioned it in my Ebird report. I do not remember them singing this time of year.

Denise Hamilton
Napa, CA
napabirders@...

-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Swolgaard cswol@... [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 1:34 PM
To: CV Birds ; sierra-nevadabirds
Subject: [CVBirds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Hi Birders-

Thought Id throw this out to see if others have noticed. This fall Ive seen several instances of ruby-crowned kinglets singing and/ or flaring out their ruby crown, which I dont normally notice this time of year. Just now there were two having a scuffle in my yard with plenty of flaring and vocalizations (not calls). First, are there others noticing the same thing? Second, is this unusual for this bird as it seems to be? An obvious, not necessarily correct, conclusion is that the unseasonably warm temperatures are causing this. Id welcome any ideas.

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA





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Sutter County Mountain Bluebirds

Leo Edson <leoedson@...>
 

This morning there were approximately 10 Mountain Bluebirds with a few Western Bluebirds in Sutter County, no more than a short walk from Butte County and Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. The birds were in a pasture 0.2 mile north of the intersection of Almond Orchard Road and Pennington Road. A few of them would occasionally perch on the fence line east and parallel to Almond Orchard Road, which made for nice viewing. 

Leo Edson
Sacramento


Ruby-crowned Kinglet Behavior

Craig Swolgaard
 

Hi Birders-

Thought I’d throw this out to see if others have noticed. This fall I’ve seen several instances of ruby-crowned kinglets singing and/ or flaring out their ruby crown, which I don’t normally notice this time of year. Just now there were two having a scuffle in my yard with plenty of flaring and vocalizations (not calls). First, are there others noticing the same thing? Second, is this unusual for this bird as it seems to be? An obvious, not necessarily correct, conclusion is that the unseasonably warm temperatures are causing this. I’d welcome any ideas.

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA


Re: [CVBirds] black-throated gray warblers

Craig Swolgaard
 

All-

I was birding with Jeri Langham yesterday at the Gristmill / Mayhew Drain area in the American River Parkway and we found a black-throated gray warbler and purple finch as well.  Also a brown creeper has been there for several days now.

Best,

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA
 


On Nov 10, 2014, at 8:50 AM, 'Perrone, Michael@DWR' Michael.Perrone@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:


In the past few days I have seen two adult male black-throated gray warblers in east Davis, one east of Slide Hill Park for the past week or so, and one just east of the entrance to the Davis cemetery.    And as Steve Hampton noted, there are a few scattered purple finches and siskins.  Also a white-throated sparrow is regular at the feeder at my house.

 

Michael Perrone

Department of Water Resources

Division of Environmental Services

3500 Industrial Blvd

West Sacramento CA 95691

(916) 376-9788

 




Re: [CVBirds] Fox Sparrow

Steve Hampton
 

Definitely a straight-up Red Fox Sparrow, presumably zaboria.  Excellent find! 



On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 9:47 PM, notsewbed@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

On Nov. 4th and 7th a Fox Sparrow was in my yard feeding on the ground with the White-crowned Sparrows.  I got a couple of pictures and would like some input as to which type of Fox Sparrow.  Was asked by Chris Conard to post here and supply photo link.
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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


black-throated gray warblers

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

In the past few days I have seen two adult male black-throated gray warblers in east Davis, one east of Slide Hill Park for the past week or so, and one just east of the entrance to the Davis cemetery.    And as Steve Hampton noted, there are a few scattered purple finches and siskins.  Also a white-throated sparrow is regular at the feeder at my house.

 

Michael Perrone

Department of Water Resources

Division of Environmental Services

3500 Industrial Blvd

West Sacramento CA 95691

(916) 376-9788

 


Fox Sparrow

notsewbed@...
 

On Nov. 4th and 7th a Fox Sparrow was in my yard feeding on the ground with the White-crowned Sparrows.  I got a couple of pictures and would like some input as to which type of Fox Sparrow.  Was asked by Chris Conard to post here and supply photo link.
notsewbed

 




Deb Weston
Folsom, CA



Davis area birds

Steve Hampton
 

Biking around north Davis this morning produced

PURPLE FINCHES - several places, including tree across the street from the Harris's Sparrow spot
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE - at Alvarado Apts
GOLDEN-CR KINGLETS
PINE SISKINS
2 WESTERN TANAGERS - west end of Del Oro

also, there is an apparent EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED ("COMMON") TEAL at the Davis Wetlands.  It had no vertical white stripe at all; I could only see a hint of a horizontal stripe.  The gold lines on the face were very thick and prominent, especially the vertical arc in front of the eye.  Access is currently precluded due to construction but I suspect the bird will stick around. 



--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Cosumnes River Preserve--River Walk

Jim Rowoth
 

All, 

Here’s what we had this morning on this month’s River Walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  There are in addition to those birds previously reported by Chris unless specifically noted.  Alas, no Steller’s Jays and no Band-tailed Pigeons.  

Cosumnes River Preserve--River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Nov 9, 2014 6:48 AM - 11:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Regular monthly visit.  Led by Jim Rowoth.  Joined by Pat P, Jim H and Sam W, and later by Chris C.  The drake ducks were stunning in the early morning light.  
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.8
83 species (+2 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  6000
Cackling Goose  32
Canada Goose  9
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  1 F, Barn ponds
Mallard  31
Cinnamon Teal  20     W of Franklin
Northern Shoveler  100
Northern Pintail  1500
Green-winged Teal (American)  40     W of Franklin
Ring-necked Duck  9
Bufflehead  11
Ruddy Duck  5     Barn ponds
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Eared Grebe  3     Barn ponds
Western Grebe  1     W of Franklin—unusual for this site!
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  12
Northern Harrier  4
Cooper's Hawk  1     Barn ponds
Red-shouldered Hawk (California)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  2
Sora  1     Barn ponds; heard only
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  214
Sandhill Crane  17
Black-necked Stilt  13     W of Franklin
Killdeer  3     Wf of Franklin
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Least Sandpiper  12     W of Franklin
Long-billed Dowitcher  60     W of Franklin
Wilson's Snipe  5     W of Franklin
California Gull  1
gull sp.  3
Anna's Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  2
Nuttall's Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  8
American Kestrel  3
Black Phoebe  8
Say's Phoebe  3     Barn ponds
Hutton's Vireo  1     Came in to recording of GCKI
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)  18
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  200     Conservative, @ barn ponds
Oak Titmouse  11
Bushtit  80
White-breasted Nuthatch  9
Brown Creeper  1     @ The Point, a nice treat!
House Wren  4
Marsh Wren  8
Bewick's Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  12—good numbers!
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  26
Wrentit  7
Western Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  4
American Robin  17
Varied Thrush  4
European Starling  30
American Pipit  13
Cedar Waxwing  29
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  18
Black-throated Gray Warbler  2
Townsend's Warbler  1 @ The Point
Spotted Towhee  16
Savannah Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)  3
Song Sparrow  8
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Golden-crowned Sparrow  26
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  18
Red-winged Blackbird  1550
Western Meadowlark  18
Brewer's Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1     Heard only
House Finch  14
Lesser Goldfinch  2
American Goldfinch  1

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton

“Man tut was man kann!”
 (Danilo, Act One, Die Lutsige Witwe, Franz Lehar)


Folsom Lake Sightings (Placer)

gbbirder
 

11-9-2014

Greetings Birders,

Visited Folsom Lake this morning at Beal's Point and had some good sightings.  Besides the usual suspects I had 2 adult BALD EAGLES, 2 COMMON LOONS, 1 adult male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, and 7 first winter BONAPARTE'S GULLS.


Get Out There!

Ron Pozzi

Granite Bay, CA

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