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East Sacramento / West El Dorado Co. Raptors

Craig Swolgaard
 

Before sunset I drove N. Shingle / Latrobe Rd hoping to get lucky & see a short-eared owl. No owl but other good raptors. Four prairie falcons, two in each county, a ferruginous hawk & golden eagle in El Dorado county. Still lots of Lewis's woodpeckers along Latrobe Rd. Beautiful sunset too. I was able to get through the water at two spots with my Subaru.
Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA


Male Cassins finch in Davis

John Sterling
 

Just saw the bird on a tree at 132 Jalisco st in north Davis. It flew north.

John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
Www.sterlingbirds.com
530 908-3836


Evening Grosbeak

Brewbird
 

I just had an Evening Grosbeak in my yard. First time in quite a few years!

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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Tehama Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous-winged Gull

Bruce Deuel
 

Hi all,
Both birds were seen between 0800 and 0830 this morning on the big pond just below Black Butte Dam by Frances Oliver, Bill Frye, and myself.  I just got a call from John Luther (1030) that he and Jim Lomax also saw both birds there.

I've been celebrating  the gull being my 250th Tehama Co. bird, but something was nagging at me, so I checked my records.  Sure enough, I have a record of a near adult from 11 March 2011 that was published in North America Birds as a probable 1st county record!  It's hell to get old and senile.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


Cassin's Finch refound in Davis

Steve Hampton
 

this morning at 8:20 I had good looks at the male Cassin's Finch found a few days ago by Ken Ealy.   It was in a tree above the front yard feeders at the sw corner of Jalisco and Solito in north Davis.  Look for the bright red spiky crown.  

The homeowner is very welcoming and says you are free to set up a lawn chair in the driveway by her garage or anywhere else. There are other feeders and large trees to west and the birds move around through all of them.  



--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Merlin, other interesting birds at Reichmuth Park, Sacramento

Breck Breckenridge <breck22@...>
 

Frank, I was at the same park on New Year's Eve (12-31-14) and met a stranger there who had been birding the area since early that morning and he had also see a Merlin high up in a tree feeding on a prey item. This was the day of the  highest winds last week. Can we hope that this Merlin is a resident of Reichmuth? Breck Breckenridge, Lodi CA.


From: "fgray4birds@... [central_valley_birds]"
To: central_valley_birds@...
Sent: Monday, January 5, 2015 9:15 PM
Subject: [CVBirds] Merlin, other interesting birds at Reichmuth Park, Sacramento

 
I stopped by the park briefly this afternoon, a very pleasant experience.  Highlights included:
 
1.  Varied Thrushes.  There were 15-20.   These outnumbered the American Robins by at least 3 to 1.
 
2.  Merlin - One was perched high on an exposed branch.  It had blue-gray dorsal surfaces (likely a Taiga male). Probably it was the same bird that I saw soaring over the wooded area a few days ago.
 
3.  Band-tailed Pigeon.  - One landed on the ground briefly.
 
4.  Wood Ducks - At least 8 birds.
 
All of these were in the wooded area at the south end of the park.
 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope



Western Scheech Owl - McKinley Park, Sacramento

Ron Melcer
 

Hi Birders,

Around 5:30 tonight- (it was dark), in the neighborhood just north of McKinley Park in Sacramento a Western Screech-Owl was vocalizing.  There are lots of huge sycamores lining the blocks.

Ron Melcer
Sacramento, CA


Solano Co. Gates Canyon Townsend's Solitaire, Robinson-Flannery Rds, & Chadbourne Rd - Suisun Wildlife preserve

Denise and David Hamilton
 


Hi all,


We went to look for the Townsend's Solitaire reported by Cory Gregory yesterday.  We saw it again around MM 3.3 and then lower ~ 3.2 miles along with Eric Pilote & Roger Muscat.  Saw quite a few Ban-tailed Pigeons, but not nearloy as many as previously posted.


We had a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, after getting off Hwy 80 and crossing over the freeway on Cherry Glen Rd.  The bird swooped down into the field and flew off with a fat gopher.

We then headed over to Creed Rd to Goose Haven Rd to Flannery, and then to Robinson.  On Goose Haven, had a flock of 200+ LONG-BILLED CURLEWS (field adjacent to the GH Energy Center.)  On the east side of Robinson & Flannery there were 2 BURROWING OWLS- look for an obvious burrow in the field (in line with the white-roofed barn with euc. trees at the other edge of the field)  While watching them, a PRAIRIE FALCON flew over.  We met another birder who reported MOUNTAIN PLOVERS, but he had one quick view and then lost them.  Other highlights- on Robinson Rd (where the Breadfruit trees are, by the gas pipeline sign) was a flock of over 60 LARK SPARROWS.  We saw one more FERRUGINOUS HAWK on Robinson shortly before hwy 113.  And 25 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES on the entire route



Last stop Chadbourne Rd to check out SUSISUN WILDLIFE PRESERVE.  When we first were there on Dec. 9, all the pools were filled with water with great edges for shorebirds.  Other than the one on the far side of Jacksnipe (which has a little water), the others have all dried up except for a puddle or 2. Many LEAST SANDPIPERS, some KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS (did not see the Pacific Golden Plover) & GREATER YELLOWLEGS.  Very disappointing!


Finally picked up a WHITE-TAILED KITE when almost home in Napa.

Great day of birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@...

  


Tehama birds

John Sterling
 

On our way home from Humboldt County, Todd Easterla and I stopped in Tehama County and saw the Harris’s Sparrow in Red Bluff and barely made it in time to see the Long-tailed Duck below Black Butte Dam (at 5:10 pm). We were lucky to find a first cycle Glaucous-winged Gull in the same pond as the duck—two first county records in the same place!


John Sterling
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26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@...
www.sterlingbirds.com

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Merlin, other interesting birds at Reichmuth Park, Sacramento

fgray4birds@...
 

I stopped by the park briefly this afternoon, a very pleasant experience.  Highlights included:
 
1.  Varied Thrushes.  There were 15-20.   These outnumbered the American Robins by at least 3 to 1.
 
2.  Merlin - One was perched high on an exposed branch.  It had blue-gray dorsal surfaces (likely a Taiga male). Probably it was the same bird that I saw soaring over the wooded area a few days ago.
 
3.  Band-tailed Pigeon.  - One landed on the ground briefly.
 
4.  Wood Ducks - At least 8 birds.
 
All of these were in the wooded area at the south end of the park.
 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope


Possible Cassin's Finch in Davis

Ken Ealy
 

On January 3, I noticed a red finch very different from the House Finches using the bird bath in my yard in Davis.  I have many House Finches at my sunflower seed feeders, along with pine siskins and goldfinches.    I checked my field guides and "All About Birds".  I live in North Davis near the greenbelt N/S bike path, one block south of Grande Ave.  I haven't seen the bird since, but it my still be in the area using other backyard feeders.  I shared the photos with Steve Hampton because I just wasn't sure.

Here is a link to photos of what I think is a male Cassin's Finch.


https://www.flickr.com/gp/19461031@N04/X924UB/


Ken Ealy

Davis, Ca




Black-throated Gray Warbler in Carmichael

Dan Williams
 

I never was able to come up with an overwintering Black-throated Gray on any of the CBCs I did this year, and now working from home today I just saw one in the redwood outside my living room window!

Checked NImbus Hatchery briefly this afternoon for recent rarities but came up short.  A few BARROW'S here and there, a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS above the weir, just one MEW and a few GLAUCOUS-WINGED and THAYER'S GULLS but unfortunately no white-winged individual.

Dan Williams
Carmichael



Davis Band-tailed Pigeons

Ron Melcer
 

Hi Birders, 

There were 9 Band-tailed Pigeons flying low over the east edge of UC Davis campus this morning around 8:30 - just near 3rd and B.  Maybe coming out of the oak trees on this side of campus?  Cool to see these birds down on the valley floor.

Cheers,

Ron Melcer
Sacramento, CA


Tehama Long-tailed Duck

Bruce Deuel
 

Hi all,
Subject duck still present on the biggest pond, closest to dam along Stony Creek at 0815 this morning.  Kathy and I saw it by driving up the road to the dam and scoping from the parking spot a little over half way up.  It was diving a lot and not always visible.  9 female Common Goldeneyes there, too.
The ponds across the road from the farm animal sanctuary had the largest concentration of diving ducks I've ever seen in Tehama County, over 600 birds.  About 1/3 Ruddy Ducks, 1/3 Ring-necked Ducks, about 100 Lesser Scaup, and some Canvasback, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye.  I checked all the scaup I could (many were sleeping) and didn't see any Greaters or Tufted Ducks, but they're worth trying for these species.

From the dam overlook the usual mixed flock of Western/Clark's Grebes, and about 50 Bonaparte's Gulls, plus a few Common Mergansers.

Along Black Butte Road about 300 yards south of Long Hollow Road was a mixed flock of Lark and Savannah Sparrows with a few Horned Larks.  Worth checking again for longspurs.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


'WESTERN' Flycatcher Butte and other county birds (Tehama, Sutter, Butte) 1/3

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
Did a little county birding yesterday (January 3rd).


Tehama county


Started at Red Bluff Recreation area long before dawn. That was a
mistake. It was 25 degress and I heard no owls. Oh well. Spent a little
longer than an hour and had a few highlights:
Wood Duck-2
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Bald Eagle-1
Brown Creeper-2
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
Varied Thrush-5
Lark Sparrow-2
Pine Siskin-1


Then hopped over to the Oak Hill Cemetery (which, for those interested
in chasing, opens at 8:00AM) where it took me about two minutes to find
the stakeout HARRIS'S SPARROW along the fenceline by the orange flagging.


Briefly looked for the Northern Shrike without success, but a
Ferruginous Hawk and 20 Tundra Swans in the region was nice.


The Olive City Nature Center fields hosted 20 Dunlin and 2 Least
Sandpipers among the hordes of Killdeer.


Black Butte Reservoir was fairly active, but somehow I missed the
Long-tailed Duck. Found the following birds of note:
Canvasback-2
Greater Scaup-1
Horned Grebe-1
Boneparte's Gull-20
Lewis's Woopecker-4




Butte county


A brief stop at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park relieved a Steller's
Jay and a Varied Thrush.


I then birded the Chico WTP. Highlights here were:
Redhead-1
Virginia Rail-8
Sora-12 (impressive quantities!)
Black-bellied Plover-1
Barn Swallow-1




I then briefly visited Gray Lodge NWR. By far the highlight here was a
WESTERN FLYCATCHER. It was near the end of the Auto-Tour Loop at a small
euc grove on the right side of the road. I got a few pictures for those
who are interested. The other highlight was a single Blue-winged Teal.


A brief stop at Sutter NWR produced only regular species. At Bobolaine
Sanctuary at dusk there was quite a bit of activity including two
Golden-crowned Kinglets and ten Varied Thrushes.


Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco


Canyon Wren-Sacramento County 1/4/15

Clifford Hawley
 

Hi birders,

Today while covering my area of the Folsom Christmas Bird Count I found a Canyon Wren in the canyon at the upper reaches of Lake Natoma. The easiest way to reach the spot is to park in the Rodeo Grounds parking lot at the end of Stafford Street and take the dirt road to the east along the north edge of the ball fields. The trail winds down the hill until you cross the old empty canal that supplied the Folsom Powerhouse with water. Continue east on this wide dirt trail on top of the levee until you get close to the forbidden zone of the Folsom Prison. The bird was below this area on the rocky canyon wall. The Canyon Wren called its beeping call in response to being startled by a kayaker who was fishing. The map link shows the approximate area where I was standing when I heard the wren call.Good birding.

Cliff

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//38.6869009,-121.1667516/@38.6842498,-121.1668513,380a,20y,41.64t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

--
Clifford Hawley
Sacramento, CA
"For, what are the voices of birds...
But words, our words,
Only so much more sweet?"  
Robert Browning


Green-tailed Towhee in Solano County

Robin Leong
 

The green-tailed towhee first seen on the Benicia CBC on Dec 15 by Steve and Diane Rose, later refound by John Sterling, Tim Jenkins and Fran Scarlett was refound by Phil Gulley and me at 2:30 PM today on Goodyear Road 150 yards north of the intersection of Parish off and on ramps. It was found in the trees on the East side of Goodyear. A car bumper marks the spot for our find.

Best birding in 2015,
Robin Leong
Vallejo, CA



Black-and-white Warbler, Babel Slough

Shannon Skalos
 

My husband and I went to look for the warbler today with no success. There was one other birder there who did not see the bird, either.


Just a note to others seeking this bird: there is a sign that says "not open to public access" at the beginning of the gravel road off of Babel Slough Road where people have been seeing the bird. We did walk north up the road a bit because this is where the bird has been seen, but we didn't feel comfortable staying for hours as others have said they have done. We didn't feel that trespassing was appropriate, unless birders have permission to access this road and we didn't know (?). I have not seen mention of this sign in previous posts.


Shannon and Dan Skalos

Pleasant Grove, CA


Townsend's Solitaire - Solano County

Cory Gregory <arcticory@...>
 

Birders,

There was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and nearly 300 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS in Gates Canyon, Solano County, this morning.

The full checklist, including pictures of both, can be seen here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21196343


Good birding,

Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/


Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Davis

Dennis Pleau
 

Sorry if you got the original with Chestnut-sided rather than Chestnut-backed.

 

My dad had a Chestnut-backed Chickadee on his feeders this morning in the Oeste Manor subdivision of Davis today.  It was first seen at 9:15 and last seen at 11:15.  He has some good pictures.

 

Dennis Pleau

Woodland, CA

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