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Summer Tanager at Putah Creek (Solano)

Kirk Swenson
 

I just had a molting male Summer Tanager on the Solano side of the creek near the base of Hopkins (38°31′30″ N  121°47′25″ W) ~11:00. Last seen flying downstream (east).

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson


Solitary Sandpiper spotted at West Pond this morning

Gene R. Trapp
 


We saw a Solitary Sandpiper at 10:00 a.m. this morning in the largest pond at West Pond, Davis, off the west end of Shenandoah Place. The pond just got water on Wednesday a.m. from the dedicated pump after being dry for the first half of August. Jo Ellen got several photos and video.

This is a new species for our West Pond checklist which was started by Ed Whisler nearly 30 yrs ago. 

GeneTrapp & Joe Ellen Ryan

Solitary Sandpiper at West Pond in Davis


Solitary Sandpiper at West Pond, Davis


Location of Solitary Sandpiper at West Pond, Davis. It is in the
photo, but difficult to see.


Directions to West Pond in Davis: Drive west on Covell Blvd/Rd. 31 to Denali Drive and turn left. Turn right on Shenandoah Place, park at the west end. Walk straight ahead. 


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Re: [CVBirds] Summer Tanager, Reichmuth Park SAC

Dan Airola
 

I hope I am not confusing anything but a few clarifications re: directions to the Summer Tanager at Reichmuth Park.  The park contains both the wooded detention area at the south end and extensive turf play fields to the north.  So you don't want to park at the north end of the playfields area, but rather at the north or south end of the wooded portion of the park.  Also, by "river" I think they mean the small straightened drainage ditch that flows to the pump station at Silver Lake Dr.  Access to this area is actually closer from Silver Lake Dr., where you can walk from the trial east of the pump station to the clearing.
 
Dan Airola 
Sacramento


On Friday, August 17, 2018 11:13 AM, "Frances Oliver hummer52@... [central_valley_birds]" wrote:


 
Posting for Jon Dunn & Ed Pandolfino:

Today while Birding Reichmuth Park in Sacramento, Jon & Ed observed a Summer Tanager. Note: For those of you who chased the Worm-eating Warbler in the past, it was south of this area.

If you park at the N end of Reichmuth, walk S along the path through the clearing until you reach Frisbee hole #2. Then go back 50-100 yd NE and closer to the river. The SUTA was seen in the area of elderberries & dead trees. Many other migrants including BHGR, WETA & robins are in the area.

I apologise for the brief directions, but I'm writing it on my phone.

Frances (serving as a messanger)



Summer Tanager, Reichmuth Park SAC

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Posting for Jon Dunn & Ed Pandolfino:

Today while Birding Reichmuth Park in Sacramento, Jon & Ed observed a Summer Tanager. Note: For those of you who chased the Worm-eating Warbler in the past, it was south of this area.

If you park at the N end of Reichmuth, walk S along the path through the clearing until you reach Frisbee hole #2. Then go back 50-100 yd NE and closer to the river. The SUTA was seen in the area of elderberries & dead trees. Many other migrants including BHGR, WETA & robins are in the area.

I apologise for the brief directions, but I'm writing it on my phone.

Frances (serving as a messanger)


Yolo shorebirds

Steve Hampton
 

Yesterday there were 2 Pectoral Sandpipers in the first check, south side, of the Aug shorebird ponds at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Kirk Swensen reported 2 Baird's in further checks the other day. 

There are lots of peeps. 

I accessed the south side from a little game trail opposite the south levee.  This side is close to birds, but there are thorns and biting flies. 

Has anyone been to Davis Wetlands or Woodland North Regional Pond (ibis colony pond) lately?  I'm wondering about shorebirds there. 

thx



--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: NO Chestnut-sided Warbler Yolo Solano

Sally M. Walters
 

Yesterday, Aug 15, 2018

On Aug 16, 2018, at 5:07 PM, Sally Walters <bajaowl@gmail.com> wrote:

Missed the chestnut-sided warbler but there was plenty of other goodies, and I had the place all to myself!
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S47891361


NO Chestnut-sided Warbler Yolo Solano

Sally M. Walters
 

Missed the chestnut-sided warbler but there was plenty of other goodies, and I had the place all to myself!
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S47891361


Tall Forest survey this Saturday

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

I resend the note below since it seems not to have gotten through yesterday.  I apologize if this is a duplication in your inbox.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj@...>
Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 11:49 AM
Subject: Tall Forest survey this Saturday
To: CV Birds <central_valley_birds@...>


Dear Birders,

This month's iteration of the Tall Forest bird survey will take place this Saturday, 18 August 2018.  We will go through the locked Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads promptly at 05:45.  The trails will be dry, though there may be substantial dew at our first stop or two, so you have your choice of footwear.  Mosquitoes are around but not so numerous as on many other occasions.  It is still a good idea to have insect repellent at hand.  Yellowjackets are a minor nuisance at the moment; they routinely get peskier later in the summer.

In recent months I asked folks to sign up on the preserve's website.  Advance registration seems no longer required, as I checked just now and the "button" to do so is no longer present.

Woodland birding in the last week has been quite underwhelming.  Shorebirding has been decent (on Sunday I found marbled godwit, willet and Wilson's phalarope, and yesterday Baird's sandpiper and Wilson's phalarope), but the habitat is rapidly disappearing.  What remains is about equally divided between three fields on the south side of Desmond Road just west of the Farm Center gate and inaccessible fields behind the gate, which we'll visit on Saturday.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento



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John Trochet
Sacramento, California
trochetj@...


Tall Forest survey this Saturday

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

This month's iteration of the Tall Forest bird survey will take place this Saturday, 18 August 2018.  We will go through the locked Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads promptly at 05:45.  The trails will be dry, though there may be substantial dew at our first stop or two, so you have your choice of footwear.  Mosquitoes are around but not so numerous as on many other occasions.  It is still a good idea to have insect repellent at hand.  Yellowjackets are a minor nuisance at the moment; they routinely get peskier later in the summer.

In recent months I asked folks to sign up on the preserve's website.  Advance registration seems no longer required, as I checked just now and the "button" to do so is no longer present.

Woodland birding in the last week has been quite underwhelming.  Shorebirding has been decent (on Sunday I found marbled godwit, willet and Wilson's phalarope, and yesterday Baird's sandpiper and Wilson's phalarope), but the habitat is rapidly disappearing.  What remains is about equally divided between three fields on the south side of Desmond Road just west of the Farm Center gate and inaccessible fields behind the gate, which we'll visit on Saturday.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento


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



*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!



--

Dawn

Dawn Garcia

Oroville, CA




--
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!




--

Dawn

Dawn Garcia

Oroville, CA





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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@...




--
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



Sent from this iThingy

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

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