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Folsom Lake Sightings (Placer)

gbbirder
 

4-16-2017

Greetings Birders,

Today at Folsom Lake I had a few interesting sightings.  At Doton's Point there were 8 FORSTER'S TERNS working the shoreline of the lake.  Also, had a single COMMON LOON in breeding plumage in the same area.  

At the Granite Bay launch area I found 13 BONAPARTE'S GULLS hanging together feeding and floating.

Near the Los Lagos Pond near Beek's Bight there was a GRAY FLYCATCHER providing great looks.

Get Out There!

Ron Pozzi

Granite Bay, CA


Whimbrels return to East Sac

ed pandolfino
 

Three Whimbrels were in the field at Kit Carson School (34th and M Streets, east Sacramento) this morning. With the exception of the past two springs, this has been a regular spot for Whimbrels in spring migration.
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento
 
 


Snowy Plover and Willets along Desmond Road

Lily Douglas
 

Good morning all,

Good shorebirding this morning along Desmond Road at Cosumnes ~8am. In addition to the usual suspects, there is a SNOWY PLOVER in the third pond on the north side of the road and two WILLETS in the fourth.

Good birding,

Lily Douglas
Sacramento, CA


Marbled Godwits at Colusa NWR

Stuart Angerer
 

Hi all

Found two Marbled Godwits today on the newly reopened auto tour at the Colusa NWR.  They were seen on the western side of the refuge after the road turns south along the canal. 


note. very little water left at the observation platform.


Cheers

Stuart Angerer

Colusa CA


4/14 White-throated Sparrow

Judy Spitler
 

White striped individual, white throat and yellow lores.
In SunCity Roseville on Buggywhip Ln by golf cart crossing between Cope Ridge Ct and Stagecoach Circle.

Judy Spitler
Roseville





"When you understand interconnectedness, it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying ."
Robert A. F. Thurman


Leucistic House Finch - Sutter Co

Stuart Angerer
 

Evening all

This afternoon I found a leucistic (partial?) House Finch with others in Sutter County across the Sac River from Knights Landing at the corner of the Knights Road and the Highway.  Yellowish head, back and belly but otherwise all white.  There is a small ponded area between Knights Road and the Levee where the finches were hanging out with red-wings, one yellow-headed BB and a lot of house sparrows flying back and forth from the pond to the orchard and solar field across the street.  Pics posted to Ebird


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35933038


Cheers!

Stuart Angerer

Colusa County


Tall Forest survey CANCELLED

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

 

Since I looked at the flows at Michigan Bar this morning, the Cosumnes River has come up nearly a foot and a half.  Though the Cosumnes is now slowly falling, the lag time for the peak of the hydrograph to move through the system will put the high water around the Tall Forest on Saturday morning.  I am afraid that I have no choice but to cancel this month’s Tall Forest bird survey.

 

I don’t think that I have been able to reach the Tall Forest proper since October.  Hopefully in May we’ll be able to conduct a thorough survey.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento


Re: Mix Canyon/Blue Ridge Rd, 4/10/17

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi again,

Forgot to mention Mix Canyon Rd is off of Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville area.

Also had several ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS.

Denise Hamilton
Napa


From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders@... [northbaybirds]"
To: North Bay Birds ; Central Valley Birds
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 4:28 PM
Subject: [NBB] Mix Canyon/Blue Ridge Rd, 4/10/17



Hi all,
 
Sorry for the late post.
 
Finally having a rain-free Monday, headed out to Mix Canyon Road.  Within the first .7 mi of road, we picked up WESTERN KINGBIRD, 2 BULLOCK’S ORIOLES, HOODED ORIOLES, WILSON’S & ORANGE-CROWNED (and one beautiful YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLERS, & BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS.  As we continued up the road we could hear other OC Warblers and more BH Grosbeaks – though really hard to hear much with the amazing amount of water rushing down the creek.  Up on Blue Ridge Road, WRENTITS were singing everywhere, and we saw at least 8 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS.  (One had a beak full of nesting material.)  At mm 7 to 7.2 had at least 2 CALIFORNIA THRASHERS (and heard one or 2 others while driving.)  Looked and listened for Bell’s Sparrow, but did not find any.
 
Lunch at Lake Solano, where all the wintering ducks have cleared out.  Did see a pair of WOOD DUCKS, and 2 PHAINOPEPLA.  We’ll have to admit that the best birds at the park were the established peafowl – the males were doing their elaborate dancing and when filming one, happened to get it shaking its tail feathers producing a low frequency sound- almost like a rattlesnake!  Can check here to read about it, if interested:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-28/physics-of-how-peacocks-shake-their-tail-feathers-to-woo-a-mate/7367164   It was really impressive.
 
Backyard in Napa:  remaining GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS & fewer WHITE-CROWNS, several RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS have been hanging out at our feeders this past stormy days.  HOODED ORIOLES also coming to feeders.
 
Happy birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa





scouting for Tall Forest survey this Saturday; old news

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

 

This month’s Tall Forest bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP) in southern Sacramento County will go as scheduled on 15 April.  The persisting flood conditions will make for a really marginal survey, but it’s April and it would be a shame to cancel altogether.  This morning I scouted some of the area.  We have no hope of reaching the Accidental Forest or the Tall Forest proper.  But we will do what we can.  We will go through the Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, promptly at 06:00.  Rubber knee boots (not ankle boots) will be necessary and you should have insect repellent at hand.  With muddy and fooded roads on much of our usual route, plan to do more walking/wading than usual- something on the order of 5-6 miles.  Bring water and a snack.  The water level north of the old high levee was much higher this morning than last week, but about the same to the south.  What I thought I knew about the plumbing around the Tall Forest seems not to apply so well this year.  Not sure what’s changed.

 

About half the time I spent out this morning was in light rain, and I saw the sun only for brief periods.  But when the sun popped, so did the birds.  Recent arrivals included one Selasphorus sp., a gray flycatcher (unusual so far west on the preserve), 12 ash-throated flycatchers, 6 orange-crowned warblers, one Nashville warbler, 3 myrtle warblers, 30 Audubon’s warblers, one black-throated gray warbler, one Wilson’s warbler, and 4 black-headed grosbeaks.  Western kingbirds and Bullock’s orioles remain numerous.  A white-striped morph white-throated sparrow was in the big Zonotrichia flock on the Equipment Pad.

 

In older news, last Sunday at Rancho Seco Park in southeastern Sacramento County there was a flock of 30 tricolored blackbirds and a pair of bald eagles at their nest across the fence on Howard Ranch, now closed to public access.  Along Desmond Road on the lower CRP a flock of 78 whimbrels was loafing right next to the road.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento


Re: [CVBirds] Kern water bank

John Sterling
 

also a Vermilion flycatcher last Monday

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



On Apr 9, 2017, at 8:22 PM, John Sterling jsterling@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

Highlights from today's survey were two solitary sandpipers and three red-breasted mergansers continuing from last week. This is private property near Bakersfield. 



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



Mix Canyon/Blue Ridge Rd, 4/10/17

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hi all,
 
Sorry for the late post.
 
Finally having a rain-free Monday, headed out to Mix Canyon Road.  Within the first .7 mi of road, we picked up WESTERN KINGBIRD, 2 BULLOCK’S ORIOLES, HOODED ORIOLES, WILSON’S & ORANGE-CROWNED (and one beautiful YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLERS, & BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS.  As we continued up the road we could hear other OC Warblers and more BH Grosbeaks – though really hard to hear much with the amazing amount of water rushing down the creek.  Up on Blue Ridge Road, WRENTITS were singing everywhere, and we saw at least 8 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS.  (One had a beak full of nesting material.)  At mm 7 to 7.2 had at least 2 CALIFORNIA THRASHERS (and heard one or 2 others while driving.)  Looked and listened for Bell’s Sparrow, but did not find any.
 
Lunch at Lake Solano, where all the wintering ducks have cleared out.  Did see a pair of WOOD DUCKS, and 2 PHAINOPEPLA.  We’ll have to admit that the best birds at the park were the established peafowl – the males were doing their elaborate dancing and when filming one, happened to get it shaking its tail feathers producing a low frequency sound- almost like a rattlesnake!  Can check here to read about it, if interested:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-28/physics-of-how-peacocks-shake-their-tail-feathers-to-woo-a-mate/7367164   It was really impressive.
 
Backyard in Napa:  remaining GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS & fewer WHITE-CROWNS, several RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS have been hanging out at our feeders this past stormy days.  HOODED ORIOLES also coming to feeders.
 
Happy birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa


Gray Flycatcher

Ed Harper
 

Yesterday around 6 PM I had a Gray Flycatcher in the oaks along the bluff overlooking Lake Natoma.  The location is accessed via Snowberry Way in Orangevale.  The bird was giving a rough "wit" call at the time of my discovering it.  Also present in the area was the active nest of the Bald Eagle pair.  Fortunately signage has been erected along the fence to minimize disturbance to the eagles.


Enjoy our marvelous spring,


Ed Harper

Carmichael


Pileated Woodpecker Putah Creek

Stephen
 

CVBirders,


Yesterday (11 April) I saw a male PILEATED WOODPECKER at Fishing Access #4 along SR-128 & Putah Creek.  Walk the trail(s) beside Putah Creek west from the parking lot about 100 meters.  It was working on a burnt snag on the Yolo side of the creek (north side).  This was at about 1:30 & we continued to watch it for about 15-minutes.  There was also a pair of copulating Hairy Woodpeckers in the immediate vicinity.


This area has recorded Pileated Woodpeckers in the past: Michael Perrone, Oct. 13, 2012 (Fishing Access #1); Andrew Engilis, a pair on Oct. 06, 2010 (around Mile Marker 3.00).  Maybe there is a pair breeding up the hill on the Solano side of the Creek.


Regards,

Stephen Long

Oakland, CA


Putah Creek spring birds

kuschmanfred
 

Today the first Bullock’s Orioles, one mature male, one imm. male, and a female, showed up in my garden, more or less on time. As several times in the past, a male Black-headed Grosbeak also arrived on the same day. By now, at least five male Hooded Orioles are present as well as several females some of whom have begun nest building. Barn Swallows, too, have resumed nest construction after a break during the recent rains. One Western Bluebird is sitting already on her eggs in one of my nest boxes while a second box holds a finished nest but so far without eggs. Three other boxes are claimed by House Wrens who are busy stuffing them with their trade mark small twigs. Tree Swallows are defending a couple of boxes but are using them so far only for sleeping. Black-chinned Hummingbird numbers are increasing daily and several Rufous hummers, both males and females, are present at all times. No Calliope yet.
This morning, during my walk along the creek, still quite swollen and fast flowing, I encountered the first spring migrating warblers, 2 Wilson’s, 1 Nashville, and 1 Orange-crowned. I also observed a sizable very coherent flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers of maybe 20 working their way quite rapidly through the riparian canopy in a downstream direction, giving the impression of a flock on the go to somewhere, several individuals already in full breeding plumage.


Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
3 miles W of Davis





White Slough

Roy Carlson
 

Today I saw the Palm Warbler in the previously described spot along the second east-west road where a tree limb lies across most of the road. Further west, about 35 yards from the end of that road, where the swampy area opens up on the south side, I saw a silent "Solitary"-type Vireo on the north side with NO yellow on the flanks or the wings, and uniform gray head and back. If not a Plumbeous Vireo, then a drab, yellow-free Cassin's is indistinguishable from a Plumbeous.

Roy Carlson
San Carlos, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Ruff seen or looked for at Llano Seco on Sunday?

Brewbird
 

Hi Bob,

I stopped by on my way home from Sac. yesterday to look for Snowy Plovers, since I had gotten the Ruff on Tuesday morning, but there was not much going on in the main pond by the parking lot. There was a small flock of Dunlin that flew in from the south pond, but never really settled down and then went back towards the south. In flight, they all looked to be the same size and color. I spent about an hour looking and came up empty. There were a few other people also looking, but left without seeing it. I also went by Olive City in Corning to check for shorebirds, just a few Least Sandpipers, stilts and Gr. Yellowlegs there.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff





On Apr 9, 2017, at 21:58, Bob & Carol Yutzy boby@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hello all,

Just wondering did anyone look for, see, or fail to see the Ruff at
Llano Seco today/Sunday?

Thanks,

Bob Yutzy

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Ruff seen or looked for at Llano Seco on Sunday?

Bob & Carol
 

Hello all,

Just wondering did anyone look for, see, or fail to see the Ruff at Llano Seco today/Sunday?

Thanks,

Bob Yutzy

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Bob & Carol Yutzy, Shasta, CA


Kern water bank

John Sterling
 

Highlights from today's survey were two solitary sandpipers and three red-breasted mergansers continuing from last week. This is private property near Bakersfield.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


Tricolored Blackbirds in Folsom

Adam Panto
 

On Monday, 4/3/17 I saw a large (thousands of birds) flock of Tricolored Blackbirds near Highway 50 & East Bidwell. Based on last year's successful colony just north of East Bidwell & north of Highway 50, it seems the birds were back in the area.


On 4/5/17, I was back in Folsom & saw a large flock foraging on the south side of highway 50 just east of Scott Road. I then drove up the hill on the north side of highway 50 above the Costco. I found the main colony just to the north of the parking lot of the brand new LifeTime gym. The birds seem to be nesting in blackberry bushes.


Adam Panto
Placerville, CA


Gray Flycatcher in north Davis

Steve Hampton
 

Early spring surprise this morning: Gray Flycatcher in North Davis Farms calling "whit" repeatedly; tail dipping; foraging in low in small oak at NE corner of "triangle" of trees (mostly pines) north of Falcon foot bridge.

Full list and pics at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35815538

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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

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