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Stanislaus rare gulls and other rare bird photos

John Sterling
 

I’m thinking that this is just a standard graellsii Lesser Black-backed Gull at the gull spot on Gaffery Road in nw Stanislaus County, but am open to Heuglin’s as a possibility. Just looks short winged to me and doesn’t have the long attenuated look that I see in many Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Aging it is a bit of a dilemma as I can see it being either a third cycle or an adult. 

See photos of this bird plus a few other rare birds (sparrows etc) from the past week on my Recent Photos gallery.


enjoy,
John

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




Re: [CVBirds] Pacific wren Merced

John Sterling
 

I sent this two days ago…don’t know why it didn’t get through until now

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



On Dec 8, 2015, at 2:14 PM, John Sterling jsterling@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

While looking for the winter wren I saw the pacific wren in the cut down pine tree behind campsite #13 at the oneill forebay campground. South of boat ramp about 1/2 mile. Still looking for the other goodies recently reported from here. 

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





Sacto Red Crossbills

Bob Greenleaf
 

To clarify my earlier post this morning (12/10/15) concerning location of my sightings: Between about 11:50 and 12:35 this morning I was at the Sacramento Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum at 2720 Riverside Blvd., at a liquid amber tree south of the flagpole at the Cemetery entrance off Riverside Blvd and I saw red crossbills, pine siskins, Oregon juncos, yellow rumped warblers, American goldfinches, Nuttall's woodpeckers, red breasted sapsuckers, northern flickers and a Western blue bird, all visiting the same tree, within about 45 minutes.
Thanks
Bob Greenleaf
Elk Grove


Re: [CVBirds] help needed

John Sterling
 

Lomax and I did not refind the solitaire, but it is a big area so could still there there.


The Pacific Wren was seen well and heard multiple times from the same spots where the Winter Wren was reported most recently. It is not too difficult of an identification based upon a good look. Lomax was with many birders who were trying to get good looks at it a few days ago and was not sure that the bird looked like a Winter Wren at the time, although many birders assumed that it was not knowing that a Pacific Wren was there. He told me that he is convinced that he and the other birders that he was with saw and heard the Pacific Wren that day and not a Winter Wren. But to further complicate matters, Gary Woods photographed a Winter Wren near those locations earlier that day. Given how Winter Wrens can go silent and disappear for long stretches of time, I’d suggest that birders should look at dawn and hope the bird calls spontaneously. Playing calls to get a response doesn’t work in my recent experience with three Winter Wrens in CA this year.




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

On Dec 9, 2015, at 5:56 PM, Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

I would like some help on anyone who might have gotten a recording of the Winter Wren heard and seen at the O’Neill Forebay recently. There is some confusion because
a Pacific Wren has also been seen (how it was identified from a Winter Wren by sight I have no idea) and recorded at least twice. Both of these recordings sound nothing
like the bird I heard calling. So, if anyone can get a recording of the Winter Wren (if it is still there) and send me a vocal description of why the bird you heard calling was
a Winter Wren and not a Pacific Wren please respond to me as I keep the records for Merced County and we also have a three person bird committee for the county.

My thoughts remain the same. Until proven differently I still think I heard and saw a Winter Wren and still do not have a Pacific Wren in the County.

Al DeMartini has reported a recent sighting of a Townsend’s Solitaire from the same general area where the Crossbills were seen. Has anyone else see the Solitaire. This
would be an extremely rare valley floor record and needs documentation.

Kent Van Vuren
Prunedale, CA

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Crossbills, etc.

Bob Greenleaf
 

This morning, about 11:50 to 12:35, in the liquid amber tree south of the flagpole at the Odd Fellows Cemetery entrance off Riverside Blvd I saw red crossbills, pine siskins, Oregon juncos, yellow rumped warblers, American goldfinches, Nuttall's woodpeckers, red breasted sapsuckers, northern flickers and a Western blue bird, all visiting the same tree, within about 45 minutes.


Re: [CVBirds] RE: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

Jim Gain
 

Here is one last image of the pale gull standing with what looks to be a Thayers for color comparison.

https://flic.kr/p/BZJ5X5

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: central_valley_birds@... [mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of Steve Hampton stevechampton@... [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 10:22 PM
To: cvbirds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] RE: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

The LBBG looks cool.  From the photos, I'm not sure why it is "probable".  

 

The pale gull is not Glaucous.  It is either a very pale Gl-W, a leucistic Gl-W (was the head and breast really that white?), or a Gl-W x Glaucous.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM, 'Jim Gain (birding)' phalarope@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I uploaded a couple more images of the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Recology facility.

https://flic.kr/p/BZ1MA3

https://flic.kr/p/C2juNM

 

I also have an image of a pale gull and need some help with the ID. It’s either a Glaucous-winged, Glaucous or hybrid.

https://flic.kr/p/B4NoyS

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: STA_Birds@... [mailto:STA_Birds@...] On Behalf Of Jim Gain jimgain@... [STA_Birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:21 PM
To: STA_Birds@...
Subject: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

At the Recology facility on Gaffery Rd.

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

 



 

--

Steve Hampton

Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] RE: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

Jim Holmes
 

I photographed that same pale gull on Sunday at the Recology facility.   I thought it was likely a very pale Glaucous-winged.

 

I also photographed one 1st cycle Glaucous Gull at the Recology facility on Sunday.

 

Afterwards, I drove the short distance down to the Koster road gravel pits.   There were a bunch of Western Gulls and one 1st cycle Glaucous Gull, which looked like the same bird from the Recology facility (but who knows for sure).  I also saw one of the continuing Cassin’s Kingbirds on the wire at the Koster pond.

 

I did not see the Lesser-black backed Gull found earlier that day.

 

eBird lists below with some photos….

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26162253

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26162479

 

Thanks

 

Jim Holmes

 

From: central_valley_birds@... [mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of Steve Hampton stevechampton@... [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 10:22 PM
To: cvbirds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] RE: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

The LBBG looks cool.  From the photos, I'm not sure why it is "probable".  

 

The pale gull is not Glaucous.  It is either a very pale Gl-W, a leucistic Gl-W (was the head and breast really that white?), or a Gl-W x Glaucous.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM, 'Jim Gain (birding)' phalarope@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I uploaded a couple more images of the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Recology facility.

https://flic.kr/p/BZ1MA3

https://flic.kr/p/C2juNM

 

I also have an image of a pale gull and need some help with the ID. It’s either a Glaucous-winged, Glaucous or hybrid.

https://flic.kr/p/B4NoyS

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: STA_Birds@... [mailto:STA_Birds@...] On Behalf Of Jim Gain jimgain@... [STA_Birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:21 PM
To: STA_Birds@...
Subject: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

At the Recology facility on Gaffery Rd.

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

 



 

--

Steve Hampton

Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] RE: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

Steve Hampton
 

The LBBG looks cool.  From the photos, I'm not sure why it is "probable".  

The pale gull is not Glaucous.  It is either a very pale Gl-W, a leucistic Gl-W (was the head and breast really that white?), or a Gl-W x Glaucous.  






On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM, 'Jim Gain (birding)' phalarope@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I uploaded a couple more images of the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Recology facility.

https://flic.kr/p/BZ1MA3

https://flic.kr/p/C2juNM

 

I also have an image of a pale gull and need some help with the ID. It’s either a Glaucous-winged, Glaucous or hybrid.

https://flic.kr/p/B4NoyS

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: STA_Birds@... [mailto:STA_Birds@...] On Behalf Of Jim Gain jimgain@... [STA_Birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:21 PM
To: STA_Birds@...
Subject: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

At the Recology facility on Gaffery Rd.

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

 




--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Colusa crossbills

Jim Rowoth
 

After my success with Sacto crossbills at the Odd Fellows section of the Sac City Cemetery, I headed to Colusa-Sacramento SRA to try for the Colusa crossbills. Upon arrival, I found Jim Lomax keeping watch. No crossbills. Then Charles Cornell (?) joined the watch. I kept thinking I heard snippets of crossbill calls, when around 2:30, I finally spotted a flock swoop into the top of a nearby redwood. They noisily flew in and out of several trees just before the entry kiosk. They were accompanied by waxwings and siskins. Also present during my visit was one Red-breasted Sapsucker, several Western Bluebirds, a Cooper’s Hawk and later a Sharp-shinned. We were all surprised not to find even one Varied Thrush among the throngs of American Robins present. I looked for the previously reported Warbling Vireo over by Robinson Rd to no avail. There were juncoes, but I saw zero zonotrichias.

Now if I could just find crossbills in San Joaquin.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Re: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

Jim Gain
 

I uploaded a couple more images of the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Recology facility.

https://flic.kr/p/BZ1MA3

https://flic.kr/p/C2juNM

 

I also have an image of a pale gull and need some help with the ID. It’s either a Glaucous-winged, Glaucous or hybrid.

https://flic.kr/p/B4NoyS

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: STA_Birds@... [mailto:STA_Birds@...] On Behalf Of Jim Gain jimgain@... [STA_Birds]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:21 PM
To: STA_Birds@...
Subject: [STA_Birds] Fwd: LBBG Photo

 

 

At the Recology facility on Gaffery Rd.

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

 


help needed

kent Van Vuren
 

I would like some help on anyone who might have gotten a recording of the Winter Wren heard and seen at the O’Neill Forebay recently. There is some confusion because
a Pacific Wren has also been seen (how it was identified from a Winter Wren by sight I have no idea) and recorded at least twice. Both of these recordings sound nothing
like the bird I heard calling. So, if anyone can get a recording of the Winter Wren (if it is still there) and send me a vocal description of why the bird you heard calling was
a Winter Wren and not a Pacific Wren please respond to me as I keep the records for Merced County and we also have a three person bird committee for the county.

My thoughts remain the same. Until proven differently I still think I heard and saw a Winter Wren and still do not have a Pacific Wren in the County.

Al DeMartini has reported a recent sighting of a Townsend’s Solitaire from the same general area where the Crossbills were seen. Has anyone else see the Solitaire. This
would be an extremely rare valley floor record and needs documentation.

Kent Van Vuren
Prunedale, CA


Clarification

Jim Rowoth
 

All plumages of Red Crossbills(not siskins).
Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Sacto crossbills

Jim Rowoth
 

Now, at Odd Fellows cemetery, with large flock of pine Siskin, all feeding hungrily in tall thin liquidambar just s of flagpole at Riverside entrance. I counted at least 8 individuals, red, yellow, drab plumages.
Jim Rowoth
Stockton


Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeak at Old Cemetery, Sacramento

Chris Conard
 

Hi folks,

After striking out on Monday at the recent crossbill site near 1255 University Ave across the river from the CSUS campus (mostly I suspect because it was late in the day), yesterday I made a brief stop at the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento at Riverside and Broadway (see details on access below). 

Shortly after 3 pm there were small numbers of Red Crossbills moving around and calling, and I got some bad photos of two perched. Also present was a Townsend's Warbler, calling Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, and a Brown Creeper. I then picked up Kimya from work downtown and we went back and had a circling and a calling Evening Grosbeak and only one Red Crossbill. First eBird list with bad photos (and link to map) here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26191447

The main entrance on Broadway to the Old City Cemetery (http://oldcitycemetery.com/) is closed on Monday and Tuesday, but there are two other entrances on Riverside Blvd, south of the intersection with Broadway. These are usually open on Monday and Tuesday, but close at 415 pm (there are technically three different cemeteries:  Odd Fellows Lawn (http://oddfellows-cmtry-sac.com/) is the southernmost, but there is no fence between them and the Old City Cemetery). The area where I noted the activity was midway into the southernmost entrance in the redwood-dominated section in the vicinity of the Fratt and Oschner tombs. The crossbills were feeding on the redwood cones. Conditions seem good for these and other interesting (presumably) montane birds to stick around. A note on parking: the road in the cemetery is narrow in places, so please try to find a wider area to park so that other vehicles can get by; when I visit I typically park just before reaching the Fratt tomb.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Pacific wren Merced

John Sterling
 

While looking for the winter wren I saw the pacific wren in the cut down pine tree behind campsite #13 at the oneill forebay campground. South of boat ramp about 1/2 mile. Still looking for the other goodies recently reported from here.


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


White-crowned Sparrow subspecies article link

Patricia Bacchetti
 

Since the last volume of the of the Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin (Vol. 18, No.2, 2015), the Central Valley Bird Club website has been redesigned by our good friends Social Media 180 in Chico.  Take some time to look around the website-we'll be adding to the content on a quarterly basis, and hope to make it an excellent source of Central Valley-specific birding information in the years to come.  


In that bulletin, I wrote an article on identifying subspecies of White-crowned Sparrows in the Central Valley in the winter.  Much of the information was gained by reading an excellent but not-very-accessible 1995 Birding article on the subject by Jon Dunn, Kimball Garrett, and Jonathan Alderfer.  The ABA and the authors generously granted permission to the club to digitize the article in PDF form and make it available to readers on the web.  Now that the new website is up and running, you can access the article at the following link:


http://www.cvbirds.org/files/White-Crowned%20Sparrow%20Subspecies.%20%20Dunn,%20%20Garrett,%20and%20Alderfer.%20%20Birding.pdf


You can also access it from the homepage on the website: go to Birding Resources along the top banner and scroll down to Birding References.  


My thanks to the ABA and the authors for allowing us to make this resource available on the web.  It's the best treatment of White-crowned Sparrow subspecies for birders out there.  


Best,


Patricia Bacchetti

Central Valley Bird Club Board member





Re: [CVBirds] Good Gulls on gaffery road.

John Sterling
 

Forgot to mention that I'm having some concerns about the lesser black back as it may be a heuglins or even a slaty back. Did not see it in flight. Overall shape seemed wrong for a regular lesser black backed. I'll post photos on Thursday evening. Leg color was a dull orange tan. Very odd color and I thought it had pinkish webbing. 

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



On Dec 8, 2015, at 12:03 PM, John Sterling jsterling@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Two first cycle glaucous and one third cycle lesser black-backed gull with the swarm of gulls on the canal. This is in stanislaus county near San Joaquin county line next to reecology dump.

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




Good Gulls on gaffery road.

John Sterling
 

Two first cycle glaucous and one third cycle lesser black-backed gull with the swarm of gulls on the canal. This is in stanislaus county near San Joaquin county line next to reecology dump.

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


Lawrence's Goldfinch in Central Davis

Stanton Hunter
 

This morning, while monitoring my front yard feeders for Feeder Watch, I saw a male Lawrence’s Goldfinch briefly stop at the black oil sunflower feeder. I got a good clean look but by the time I grabbed my camera he was gone. This is the first time I have seen Lawrence’s Goldfinch in my yard. I also saw a Sooty Fox Sparrow along with the numerous Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, and White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Good day for Feeder Watch.


Stan Hunter
901 Eureka Ave
Davis, CA


Pacific Golden Plover, Chadbourne Rd, Solano Co.

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi All,
 
We went to check out the Cordelia Sector, today, Dec. 7, for the Benicia CBC on Dec. 14.  Last year we reported about flooded fields right along Chadbourne Rd., ad they are good again right now.    Drive down the road until it turns to gravel (at the Suisun Marsh Hunting Preserve), after a few curves you come upon the Suisun Wildlife Preserve. 
 
LOTS of shorebirds- BLACK-NECKED STILTS, A. AVOCETS, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPERS, GREATER and a few LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and at least 1 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER. ID’d from its smaller size, overall golden appearance, dark cap, and prominent ear-spot.  Not sure how long the mud flats will last (not sure if more water is being put in or if the upcoming rain will add more.  I recall last year that folks were going out there and I think the area just dried up eventually.)  Viewing is good right at the corner where the first sign is posted, and then all along until Jack Snipe Rd.  We actually saw the Golden Plover from down Chadbourne a bit more past Jack Snipe- just past a small patch of eucalyptus trees we could see the end of the flooded area.
 
I believe we also saw the plover with a large flock of BB Plovers over on the sod in the sod farm (with lots of gulls), but they were pulling up sod, so birds kept moving around.
 
Also some ducks around- mainly N. PINTAILS.  Lots of CANADA GEESE  with a few GREATER WHITE-FRONTED.  TUNDRA SWANS were flying over.  Many A.PIPITS & SAVANNAH & WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.  MERLIN, RED-TAILS, HARRIERS, KESTRELS, and more.  Also a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE that I was trying very hard to make into a Northern (an adult bird that we heard sing like a thrasher, watched it chased a meadowlark and a blackbird and had quite the hook on its beak.)
 
Had a  PRAIRIE FALCON down on  O’Rehr Rd.
 
Good birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
 

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