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Re: [CVBirds] Re: Begging cowbird and hooded oriole

Dawn Garcia
 

Hi Alvaro,
maybe but unlikely in my brief observation. I have photos(with my phone so
not great) but was first cued in by the begging call of the young cowbird.
Only killdeer in the area and within inches of the cowbird, on this harsh
landscape and in the near area, foraging around the moist mineral flats. I
thought it was odd too, watched for about 5 minutes and made notes to self.
Might have missed something...
Dawn
Dawn Garcia
Oroville, CA

On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 6:06 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@coastside.net>
wrote:

Hi Dawn

Hooded Orioles take nectar, but they rear their chicks on insect
prey. In fact they take a lot more insects than they do nectar, but
nectaring is much more obvious to us as birders than their insectivore
diet. The Killdeer observation is odd, Killdeer young are precocial and
adults do not feed the young. So perhaps something else was going on here?

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



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[central_valley_birds]
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I think Barbara's post is pretty amazing. I wouldn't have thought of an
often-nectar feeder like an oriole as being a cowbird host. My cowbird
rearing sightings follow. Most recently in Yellowstone I saw two killdeer,
presumably a pair feeding a begging cowbird (BHCO), they were on a thermal
feature. In the Devils Canyon (SD) I had a male western tanager feeding a
begging BHCO. In years past I have seen a chipping sparrow (Lake Davis) and
Wilson's warbler (Bainbridge Island, WA) as cowbird "parents". It is always
surprising and rarely forgettable!



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Dawn

Dawn Garcia

Oroville, CA




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Dawn


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Re: [CVBirds] Re: Begging cowbird and hooded oriole

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi Dawn

Hooded Orioles take nectar, but they rear their chicks on insect prey. In fact they take a lot more insects than they do nectar, but nectaring is much more obvious to us as birders than their insectivore diet. The Killdeer observation is odd, Killdeer young are precocial and adults do not feed the young. So perhaps something else was going on here?

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com> On Behalf Of Dawn Garcia avifan59@gmail.com [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:55 PM
To: central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: Begging cowbird and hooded oriole





I think Barbara's post is pretty amazing. I wouldn't have thought of an often-nectar feeder like an oriole as being a cowbird host. My cowbird rearing sightings follow. Most recently in Yellowstone I saw two killdeer, presumably a pair feeding a begging cowbird (BHCO), they were on a thermal feature. In the Devils Canyon (SD) I had a male western tanager feeding a begging BHCO. In years past I have seen a chipping sparrow (Lake Davis) and Wilson's warbler (Bainbridge Island, WA) as cowbird "parents". It is always surprising and rarely forgettable!




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Dawn

Dawn Garcia

Oroville, CA





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Re: Begging cowbird and hooded oriole

Dawn Garcia
 

I think Barbara's post is pretty amazing. I wouldn't have thought of an often-nectar feeder like an oriole as being a cowbird host. My cowbird rearing sightings follow. Most recently in Yellowstone I saw two killdeer, presumably a pair feeding a begging cowbird (BHCO), they were on a thermal feature. In the Devils Canyon (SD)  I had a male western tanager feeding a begging BHCO. In years past I have seen a chipping sparrow (Lake Davis) and Wilson's warbler (Bainbridge Island, WA) as cowbird "parents". It is always surprising and rarely forgettable!

--
Dawn
Dawn Garcia
Oroville, CA


CVBC Shorebird Field Trip fundraiser with Jon Dunn- 2 spots left

Clifford Hawley
 

Hi CV birders,

The Central Valley Bird Club is pleased to be offering a field trip this Saturday with Jon Dunn. Jon is an internationally renowned bird expert and a prolific author or co-author of numerous publications about birds including the National Geographic Society’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Jon, a good friend of the CV Bird Club, has offered to lead a one-day field trip to support the club’s youth scholarship program. The David Yee Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to birding camps and conferences to young club members. This year we sent six kids to bird camps in Colorado, Arizona, Delaware and Maine.


DATES & TIMES:
August 18th  Valley shorebirds and nearby habitats @ 7 AM-3 PM

The trip will focus on Valley shorebirds and nearby habitats. The likely location will be the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area but the location may change based on available habitat. Jon’s trip will go where the birds are. The southward migration of many shorebirds begins as early as July and now is the time to view these long distance travelers. Jon regularly presents shorebird workshops and will be able to explain the finer points of shorebird ID as well how to age shorebirds correctly. A very important skill for proper identification.


Here's the link to register.  http://www.regonline.com/2018JDfieldtrip  

Thank you and good birding. 

Cliff Hawley 
CVBC Youth Scholarship Coordinator

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


Begging cowbird and hooded oriole

Barbara Peck
 

Hello,

 

I have had a continuing male hooded oriole coming to my hummingbird feeder and trees in my yard.  Friday, 8/10, a juvenile cowbird was begging from a post just two feet from the oriole, facing the oriole, and at the same height. Sorry, but my photos on eBird show each bird not both in one photo. I have suspected this for at least a couple of weeks but hadn’t been able to confirm this.

 

I also have a male hooded oriole with an immature hooded oriole that I have seen being fed by the adult. And on one recent date I saw two males.

 

Here’s my eBird list with the photos.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47764885

 

PS I’m resubmitting this as I forgot to include my home location.  

 

Barbara Peck

Anderson, CA

 


Re: [CVBirds] Chestnut sided warbler in yolo/solano

Chris Conard
 

Dan Kopp pointed out the continuing Chestnut-sided Warbler just before 1020. It was seen for a couple minutes between the trail and the creek, just past the first bench if coming from Pedrick Rd. It was near a wooden trail sign, but closer the creek.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
--please excuse this brief message sent with my phone

On Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 4:32 PM Kirk Swenson khswenson@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:


The Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen again today on the Solano side of the creek around noon at the location where it has been seen at mid-day on previous days as well ~(38.527409, -121.799190). Photos available on my checklist (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47675252). I was lucky enough to be nearby when the bird was refound and was able to join Emmett Iverson, Holly Coates, Scott Hoppe, Mark Martucci, Joan Humphrey and others when called. Earlier in the day the bird was reported by others closer to the bridge. There is an apparent pattern in the sightings so far in which the bird has been reported in the morning further west (closer to the bridge) and at mid-day near the aforementioned bench downstream (closer to the traditional bird bath area).

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 12:06 PM, James Holmes jfholmes@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I just saw the bird at 11:55. It flew across the creek at the area of the bench.  This is where it was seen yesterday around the same time.

I think that I managed a poor photo.

Good luck,

Jim Holmes
Sacramento





Re: eBird difficulties - solution?

Mary Muchowski
 

I have not been able to get eBird working on my phone app since April. I've uninstalled and reinstalled it 7 or 8 times already. I've changed my password to make sure it's correct. I've made sure my login is correct. I emailed eBird, but have not heard back.

Basically, I've been so fed up, I haven't entered any sightings since then (except for a few days when I entered it on my computer, which still works).

Any help would be appreciated!!

Mary Muchowski
mmuchowski@...
Chico, CA


eBird difficulties - solution?

Sally M. Walters
 

eBird cell phone and computer issues:
I sent eBird HELP comments from others but here is the basic summary of what to do.

eBird telling you to reset your password did not seem to be the problem.
I’ve heard from several folks on CVBirds Listserve that they had to delete the eBird program then Reload it on their cell phone. The thinking is that it had to do with the recent upgrades. The upgrades were working fine on my iPhone so that did not seem to be my issue. The 4 of us lost all the data we had on our cell phones. Presenting as a "password problem" just aggravated the whole process for me. I’ve been on the phone with Apple trying to sort out the problem not to mention throwing out data, and the frustration.

It is just a computer so its anyones fault. I asked if eBird computer folks can sort this out so it does not occur again. Or if it does, have the 1 or more solutions i.e. delete and reload the eBird app option.

So far I’m up and now working. I’ve been asked to post this information.

Sally Walters


Re: [CVBirds] Grasslands Regional Park 8/9/18, FOF Willow Flycatcher and general migration question

Steve Hampton
 

Robert, 

Yes, there are many more Western migrants in the Central Valley than on the coast (see Humple, D. L. and G. R. Geupel. 2002. Autumn populations of birds in riparian habitat of California’s Central Valley. Western Birds 33: 34–50) so I would say what you are experiencing is to be expected. Grasslands Park has the additional benefit of nice habitat, water, and an oasis effect. I suspect spots near the center of the valley have more migrants of certain species, but that's just a guess.  

For my paper on migration timing and frequency by species in Davis, see http://www.cvbirds.org/wp-content/themes/cvbirds/files/V.13no.3/CVBC_Vol13_No3_pp45-61.pdf
This has some useful graphics on what species to expect when in spring and fall migration. It's a bit lacking for July because my data collection there was compromised by vacations out of the area!  




On Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 1:09 PM, Robert Furrow robertfurrow@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I've been able to bird Grasslands Regional Park a few times before work in the past weeks, and I've found it to be excellent for migrants.

Today, 9 Aug, there was an adult Willow Flycatcher, as well as a rip-roaring mixed flock with ~25 warblers of 6 species, 3 vireo species, and lots of Black-headed Grosbeaks.  The flock was around the extensive coffeeberry thicket at target 27 near the NE corner of the park, as well as the adjacent stand of young valley oaks to the east of the perimeter road.  Pacific-slope Flycatchers are everywhere all over the park.

More generally, I've had good luck with migrants pretty much every time I've been birding since late July, compared to the relatively low numbers and diversity I tended to find in San Mateo county in previous Augusts.  Do people find that this is generally the case?  Are there just more passerine migrants in the Central Valley? Are they simply more concentrated in the small patches of suitable habitat here?  Or has this just been a lucky few weeks?

Thanks for any insights.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow



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Robert Furrow
Davis, CA 95618
robertfurrow@...




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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Grasslands Regional Park 8/9/18, FOF Willow Flycatcher and general migration question

Robert Furrow
 

I've been able to bird Grasslands Regional Park a few times before work in the past weeks, and I've found it to be excellent for migrants.

Today, 9 Aug, there was an adult Willow Flycatcher, as well as a rip-roaring mixed flock with ~25 warblers of 6 species, 3 vireo species, and lots of Black-headed Grosbeaks.  The flock was around the extensive coffeeberry thicket at target 27 near the NE corner of the park, as well as the adjacent stand of young valley oaks to the east of the perimeter road.  Pacific-slope Flycatchers are everywhere all over the park.

More generally, I've had good luck with migrants pretty much every time I've been birding since late July, compared to the relatively low numbers and diversity I tended to find in San Mateo county in previous Augusts.  Do people find that this is generally the case?  Are there just more passerine migrants in the Central Valley? Are they simply more concentrated in the small patches of suitable habitat here?  Or has this just been a lucky few weeks?

Thanks for any insights.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow



--
Robert Furrow
Davis, CA 95618
robertfurrow@...


Re: [CVBirds] eBird difficulties

DJ Bothwell <deborahjanebothwell@...>
 

Sally,

I’m traveling using the eBird app. Two or three days ago, it was unusable because of an upgrade to the app. The only way to get back into it was to delete the app from the phone and reinstall it. I lost all my checklists, but except for the one I was currently working on they had all been saved to eBird. Not sure if that is the problem you are having but a reinstall might fix things. The update has a couple of quirks, but I think it’s an improvement overall. 

For what it’s worth, I scored Upland Sandpipers in Ft Pierre National Grasslands (SD) yesterday.. An exciting lifer...

Deb Ford 
Davis



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On Aug 7, 2018, at 4:46 PM, Sally Walters bajaowl@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Is anyone else have ing difficulties posting to eBird? I keep getting a message that I have changes my password or need to change my password. When I do it is still not working.
Post your response only if it is of benefit to others.
Thanks, Sally


eBird difficulties

Sally M. Walters
 

Is anyone else have ing difficulties posting to eBird? I keep getting a message that I have changes my password or need to change my password. When I do it is still not working.
Post your response only if it is of benefit to others.
Thanks, Sally


Re: [CVBirds] Chestnut sided warbler in yolo/solano

Kirk Swenson
 

The Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen again today on the Solano side of the creek around noon at the location where it has been seen at mid-day on previous days as well ~(38.527409, -121.799190). Photos available on my checklist (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47675252). I was lucky enough to be nearby when the bird was refound and was able to join Emmett Iverson, Holly Coates, Scott Hoppe, Mark Martucci, Joan Humphrey and others when called. Earlier in the day the bird was reported by others closer to the bridge. There is an apparent pattern in the sightings so far in which the bird has been reported in the morning further west (closer to the bridge) and at mid-day near the aforementioned bench downstream (closer to the traditional bird bath area).

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 12:06 PM, James Holmes jfholmes@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I just saw the bird at 11:55. It flew across the creek at the area of the bench.  This is where it was seen yesterday around the same time.

I think that I managed a poor photo.

Good luck,

Jim Holmes
Sacramento



Chestnut sided warbler in yolo/solano

Jim Holmes
 

I just saw the bird at 11:55. It flew across the creek at the area of the bench.  This is where it was seen yesterday around the same time.

I think that I managed a poor photo.

Good luck,

Jim Holmes
Sacramento


Yolo/Solano continuing Chestnut-sided Warbler and Indigo Bunting on Putah Creek

Joan Humphrey
 

Hi Birders,

The male chestnut-sided warbler reported by Dan Cook on Tuesday 7/31 at 100 yards downstream of the Pedrick Road bridge was refound this morning.  It was first seen by Adam Panto at 7: 45 just downstream of the bridge. It was refound at 11: 45 and 12:35 across creek from the bench on water side of trail, perhaps a third of mile below bridge. It was foraging by itself.

The male indigo bunting was seen 90 yards downstream of bridge with several Lazuli bunting.

Good birding,

Joan Humphrey
Davis, CA


100+ Swainson’s Hawks in Yolo Co. 08.01.18

Terry Colborn <tlcbirding@...>
 

Greetings:
This afternoon my wife, Diane, and I counted 103 SWAINSON’S HAWKS on the west side CR 105, about 1/2 mile north of CR 30. Too smoky to stay out too long.
Cheers,
Terry Colborn
Davis, CA

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Continuing Yolo/Solano Indigo Bunting

Joan Humphrey
 

Hi all,

The Putah Creek indigo bunting continues and was seen well around 5:10pm. Today it was only seen on the Solano side behind the weedy gravel bar that is also known as the bird bath with a group of Lazuli Bunting. After around five minutes, the bird group went downstream out of view.

Good birding,

Joan Humphrey
Davis, CA


Yolo/Solano Indigo Bunting continues on Putah Creek

Joan Humphrey
 

Hi Birders, 

The male indigo bunting continues today along Putah Creek just east of Pedrick Road. Despite numerous eyes watching, the bird was not observed until 10:50. The remaining birders got good looks on both sides of the creek by 11:00. The bird was at the location reported by Kirk Swenson yesterday, just upstream of area known as the bird bath, near 38.527327, -121.798571.

Good birding,

Joan Humphrey
Davis, CA


Re: [CVBirds] Probable Indigo Bunting on Putah Creek

Kirk Swenson
 

The male Indigo Bunting continued this morning along Putah Creek near Pedrick Road. It was first seen ~8:30 by multiple birders (not including me) and then again by Joan Humphrey and myself on and off between 10:30 and 11:00. Joan and I had the bird near 38.527327, -121.798571, which is west of the traditional bird bath area. Apparently, the earlier sighting was closer to the traditional bird bath area, so the bird moves around a bit. Joan and I had multiple good views of the bird on the Solano side of the creek, where it spent most of its time, but I did catch it making a couple of brief forays to the Yolo side, once when it was chased off its perch by a male Lazuli bunting.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 1:53 PM, kathy.blankenship@... [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Greetings,

Doug Hall has seen a pair of Indigo Buntings on Putah Creek between Pedrick Road and Hopkins Road. They are located in the new hotspot area just west of the traditional birdbath. A new bathing area is being used adjacent to a deep hole that usually houses tadpoles. He saw the male Bunting this morning at 8:15. He saw a pair of birds yesterday. This area also has a family of Blue Grosbeaks. A photo is included in his list for Putah Creek-Levee Road today.

Good Birding,
Kathy Blankenship
Davis, CA



black-throated gray warbler

Michael Perrone
 

Today a black-throated gray warbler was in a valley oak at my home near Slide Hill Park in Davis.  This is a bit early for a fall migrant of this species.


Michael Perrone

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