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Re: Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

Clifford Hawley
 

Hi Sally, 

Google Maps says that it is Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control. I'm guessing they are raising mosquitofish in those ponds. From the street view you can see at least some of the ponds through the fence from the sidewalk. I doubt that other access is possible. Good birding. 

Cliff Hawley
Sacramento, CA


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020, 6:12 AM Sally M. Walters <bajaowl@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what these ponds are? Looks like sewage treatment. Anyone know if they are open for birding?



Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento CA




--

Clifford Hawley 
Sacramento, CA

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


Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

Sally M. Walters
 

Does anyone know what these ponds are? Looks like sewage treatment. Anyone know if they are open for birding?



Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento CA


Re: Yolo County migration

Steve Hampton
 

I'll add that, just after I sent this email, Leo Edson arrived at the Woodland WTP along with 4 Black Terns with molting white faces. It was a noddy-like plumage I've never seen before. I've posted some digi-scoped pics here:  


 


On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 8:44 AM Steve Hampton via groups.io <stevechampton=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Fall migration is underway in Yolo County. 

Shorebird migration started, as usual, the last week of June. There is now decent habitat at both the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Woodland Davis Clean Water Facility/Wastewater treatment plant. The large ponds on both sides of the road now have spits with mud flats. At both places, hundreds of Western and Least sandpipers and dozens of Semipalmated Plovers and Long-billed Dowitchers are the most common. Highlights in the past two weeks have been two adult Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Snowy Plover. To Peregrine falcons were at Yolo Bypass yesterday. There are also Bank Swallows mixed in at the Bypass.

In North Davis, a trickle of Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbirds (probably the former at this point), Pac-slope Flycatchers, Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock’s Orioles, and Orange-cr Warblers have been the norm for the past few weeks. Yesterday I had a pair of juvenile Hermit Warblers, which is not unusual for this time of year.

Good birding,


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA



--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Yolo County migration

Steve Hampton
 

Fall migration is underway in Yolo County. 

Shorebird migration started, as usual, the last week of June. There is now decent habitat at both the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Woodland Davis Clean Water Facility/Wastewater treatment plant. The large ponds on both sides of the road now have spits with mud flats. At both places, hundreds of Western and Least sandpipers and dozens of Semipalmated Plovers and Long-billed Dowitchers are the most common. Highlights in the past two weeks have been two adult Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Snowy Plover. To Peregrine falcons were at Yolo Bypass yesterday. There are also Bank Swallows mixed in at the Bypass.

In North Davis, a trickle of Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbirds (probably the former at this point), Pac-slope Flycatchers, Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock’s Orioles, and Orange-cr Warblers have been the norm for the past few weeks. Yesterday I had a pair of juvenile Hermit Warblers, which is not unusual for this time of year.

Good birding,


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Cosumnes semipalmated sandpiper

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

There’s an adult semipalmated sandpiper now at the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County. It has a nice, short, blunt-tipped bill, making for relatively easy identification. It’s at the first pond north of Desmond Road about 400 meters east of the railroad tracks. It is in molt and pretty substantially advanced into basic plumage.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento


Re: Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Along Deer Creek

John Sterling
 

Sorry to say that the photo shows a Black-headed Grosbeak with a pink bill. 


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PO Box 1653
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530 908-3836
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www.sterlingbirds.com

On Jul 17, 2020, at 3:50 PM, Adam Panto <norcalwood@...> wrote:

Here is my ebird checklist with pictures & a few more details if anybody is looking to try for this bird.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71572551

Adam Panto

Placerville 


Re: Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Along Deer Creek

Adam Panto
 

Here is my ebird checklist with pictures & a few more details if anybody is looking to try for this bird.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71572551

Adam Panto

Placerville 


Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Along Deer Creek

Adam Panto
 

This morning around 7:45, I had an adult female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak on the El Dorado Trail along Deer Creek. White supercilium (not buffy), a very pink bill & heavily streaked underparts. The bird was west of Latrobe Road, just before you get to the high railroad trestle. It’s just under a mile walk down the tracks from the pullout on Latrobe road. I got pictures that I will upload later to Ebird. She was associating loosely with an adult male Black Headed. Good luck! 


Here is a link to the closest ebird hotspot if you’re unfamiliar with the area.

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3305338


Adam Panto

Placerville 


Lost scope - YBWA

Bart Wickel
 

It's a long shot, but I am hoping that someone in the community found my scope today along the South end of the July shorebird habitat at the Yolo bypass.

Please contact me by email if you have any information at bartwickel@...

Bart Wickel
Davis


Re: Thank you for your support of young birders

Dawn Garcia
 

Fiona, your post is wonderful for us who love birds, wildlife and their habitats. We know what we are leaving in your hands and thank you for stepping up and sharing your passion with us, hopeful, courageous, and joyful! Altacal Audubon Society is one of your supporters and we will share your gratitude with our members. Thank you so much for posting!
Dawn Garcia
Altacal Audubon Society


--
Dawn


"when I walk with nature, my joy is full, my soul is free!"
  Lola


Re: Thank you for your support of young birders

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Fiona,

Congratulations & Thanks for this write-up, especially for the plug for our youth scholarships!  I did share it to our Facebook page the other day. But I will share this readable link. It’s been amazing to see you grow as a birder, and watch your progress in your journaling. Looking forward to more. Maybe we can arrange to place this article on the CVBC webpage. We will be in touch. 

Frances
CVBC Board Member. 

On Jul 9, 2020, at 10:53 AM, Fiona Gillogly <fionasongbird@...> wrote:


Dear Central Valley birders,

My name is Fiona Gillogly and I have been a Central Valley Bird Club Youth scholarship recipient for the past four years. When I was thirteen, the first bird camp I attended with this scholarship was Bird Identification by Song at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, where I later met author, educator and naturalists extraordinaire John Muir Laws. He became the most amazing mentor and friend to me and introduced me to nature journaling. Since that day, I have kept a nature journal and I have found that it is one of my favorite parts of birding. I love to draw the birds that I see and get to know them even better through art. I just published my first article in Birding magazine about how nature journaling enhances my birding experience and makes birding even more fun. 

The Birding magazine web site doesn't have the issue available online to non-members, but I have a high-res PDF saved here that you can read:

I know that many of you have donated to the CVBC Youth Scholarship fund and I hope you will continue to do so. Your generosity helps many young birders like me have these incredible and life changing experiences in nature. Thank you so much. 
If you would like to donate to that scholarship fund, you can click on the red donate button in the upper right corner of this page: www.cvbirds.org.
Thank you for your support of me and so many other young birders. I could not have attended these camps without your support. 
--Fiona 


Thank you for your support of young birders

Fiona Gillogly
 

Dear Central Valley birders,

My name is Fiona Gillogly and I have been a Central Valley Bird Club Youth scholarship recipient for the past four years. When I was thirteen, the first bird camp I attended with this scholarship was Bird Identification by Song at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, where I later met author, educator and naturalists extraordinaire John Muir Laws. He became the most amazing mentor and friend to me and introduced me to nature journaling. Since that day, I have kept a nature journal and I have found that it is one of my favorite parts of birding. I love to draw the birds that I see and get to know them even better through art. I just published my first article in Birding magazine about how nature journaling enhances my birding experience and makes birding even more fun. 

The Birding magazine web site doesn't have the issue available online to non-members, but I have a high-res PDF saved here that you can read:

I know that many of you have donated to the CVBC Youth Scholarship fund and I hope you will continue to do so. Your generosity helps many young birders like me have these incredible and life changing experiences in nature. Thank you so much. 
If you would like to donate to that scholarship fund, you can click on the red donate button in the upper right corner of this page: www.cvbirds.org.
Thank you for your support of me and so many other young birders. I could not have attended these camps without your support. 
--Fiona 


Another early Yolo migrant warbler

Joan Humphrey
 

Hi Birders,

I was surprised this morning to hear warbler chipping at the house next door. From within the cork oak it sure sounded like a Black-throated Gray Warbler. It continued to forage and chip and was eventually seen and confirmed.  According to the local checklist there are no prior records for this species in the first ten days of July.

Good birding,

Joan Humphrey
Davis, CA


Re: Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

Larry Jordan
 

I should also mention for the benefit of bird photographers, we are very lucky here in northern California to have photo blinds in three of our local wildlife refuges, two at Sacramento NWR, one at Colusa NWR, and one at Delevan NWR. I am overjoyed to contribute to these refuges by reserving at least one of these blind opportunities (usually 2 or 3) at the same price of a Duck Stamp, $25. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Sacramento/visitor_activities/photography.html

Larry Jordan
Oak Run, CA


Re: Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

John Harris
 

Another alternative is to buy the duck stamp from American Birding Association.
John Harris
Oakdale, CA


On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 3:35 PM Larry Jordan <thelarryjordan@...> wrote:
The FWS does NOT track whether those that purchase the stamp are hunters or birders and that is one of the basic problems that they have getting birders to buy it. A small group of birders and photographers spent several years trying to advance an alternate "Wildlife Conservation Stamp" (see my informative post from 2012).  It seems so obvious since a 2011 survey by the USFWS counted 71.1 million wildlife watchers in the US and only 13.7 million hunters, that they could substantially increase funding by giving wildlife watchers, birders and photographers a better reason to purchase the "duck stamp."

Way before our attempt at getting FWS to get more birders involved, Paul Baicich, founder of "Friends of the Migratory Duck Stamp" along with (I believe) Kenn Kaufman and Kenneth Able, went to Washington DC to promote the same idea to no avail.

If birders and wildlife watchers want more say in the way our National Wildlife Refuges are managed, the least the USFWS can do to get birders to buy the stamp is simply ask the buyer, even if via a simple check box or question if purchasing over the phone, if you are a birder or hunter, or both!

To make the situation even worse, "Beginning in 2020, the Contest will include a permanent theme of “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage,” and it will be mandatory that each entry include an appropriate waterfowl hunting scene and/or accessory." This is the reason this year's stamp shows a beautiful Wood Duck drake AND a decoy.

One of the reasons for reduced funding for our refuges is the decline of waterfowl hunters. The USFWS needs to wake up and instead of changing the Duck Stamp rules to include more hunting imagery, figure out how to encourage more birders and wildlife photographers to get involved by giving us credit when we purchase the stamp.

Larry Jordan
Oak Run, CA


Re: Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

Larry Jordan
 

The FWS does NOT track whether those that purchase the stamp are hunters or birders and that is one of the basic problems that they have getting birders to buy it. A small group of birders and photographers spent several years trying to advance an alternate "Wildlife Conservation Stamp" (see my informative post from 2012).  It seems so obvious since a 2011 survey by the USFWS counted 71.1 million wildlife watchers in the US and only 13.7 million hunters, that they could substantially increase funding by giving wildlife watchers, birders and photographers a better reason to purchase the "duck stamp."

Way before our attempt at getting FWS to get more birders involved, Paul Baicich, founder of "Friends of the Migratory Duck Stamp" along with (I believe) Kenn Kaufman and Kenneth Able, went to Washington DC to promote the same idea to no avail.

If birders and wildlife watchers want more say in the way our National Wildlife Refuges are managed, the least the USFWS can do to get birders to buy the stamp is simply ask the buyer, even if via a simple check box or question if purchasing over the phone, if you are a birder or hunter, or both!

To make the situation even worse, "Beginning in 2020, the Contest will include a permanent theme of “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage,” and it will be mandatory that each entry include an appropriate waterfowl hunting scene and/or accessory." This is the reason this year's stamp shows a beautiful Wood Duck drake AND a decoy.

One of the reasons for reduced funding for our refuges is the decline of waterfowl hunters. The USFWS needs to wake up and instead of changing the Duck Stamp rules to include more hunting imagery, figure out how to encourage more birders and wildlife photographers to get involved by giving us credit when we purchase the stamp.

Larry Jordan
Oak Run, CA


American River Parkway NRMP Update

Lily Douglas
 

Hi all,

I know birders throughout the Central Valley visit the American River Parkway, so I hope this is okay to share with the list. Sacramento County is in the process of creating a Natural Resources Management Plan for the Parkway, and there are upcoming public outreach workshops beginning this Friday. Per the announcement, "The goal of the NRMP is to provide relevant and defensible information to the Parkway Manager so that they can make informed decisions for managing, maintaining and enhancing parkway resources. In general, the NRMP provides a clear understanding of existing Parkway resources, the effects of disturbances such as flood, fire, invasive species and human impacts, as well as opportunities for protections and enhancements."

More info here: https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/AmericanRiverParkwayNRMPUpdate.aspx

Lily Douglas
Sacramento, CA
ldouglas14@...


Re: Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

Dan Tankersley
 

Andy, etal;

A wonderful non-profit from which the stamp can be purchased is "Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp".  Their sole mission is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, sales, and better understanding of the the stamp.  The do not charge a service/shipping fee.  For $4 additional, they will send the stamp in a plastic holder that can be attached to binocular straps.  On the "Friends" website, look under the tab "Support" for instructions on how to purchase the stamp.

I do believe that many birders, do in fact, purchase the stamp annually.  I do, and I know a number of others that do as well.  I don't think this would only be in my circle of friends.  I don't know that the FWS tracks whether the stamps are purchased for conservation, or for hunting.  It is easy to credit the entire pot to the hunters because they must purchase their stamps.

In any event, spending $25 for a stamp is a small price to pay to support our National Wildlife Refuges.

Andy, thanks for reminding us the new stamp is available, and for the importance of this program.

Dan Tankersley
Lincoln, Placer County


On 7/8/2020 12:21 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io wrote:

All -- It is that time of year when the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is now on sale at refuges, sporting goods stores and Federal Post Offices.  Or you can go to the inline site to order your stamps.  https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php .

 

The program is an essential tool to purchase refuge lands for consumptive and non-consumptive habitat conservation.  Last year I posted this and received a great reply from one Branch Chief in California resource management programs, “ The federal duck stamp program is arguably one of the greatest conservation programs in our history. Locally, Sacramento NWR, Stone Lakes NWR, and Merced NWR were purchased 100% with duck stamp funds. We could do so much more if birders purchased a stamp”.  The artwork selected for the  on the stamp is a national event each year.

 

It is an important program and I encourage all birders who use refuges (state or federal) to purchase their annual stamp in support of conservation.  Two really good articles from Cornell (All about birds https://www.allaboutbirds.org/eight-great-reasons-to-love-the-new-migratory-bird-stamp/  and https://www.allaboutbirds.org/view-from-sapsucker-woods-why-bird-watchers-should-buy-duck-stamps/ ) summarize the broader uses of the migratory bird stamp its benefits and why birders should participate. 

 

To quote them, “ This $25 purchase is perhaps the single simplest thing you can do to support a legacy of wetland and grassland conservation for birds.”  I could not agree more. 

 

Waterfowlers are obligated to purchase these stamps, and they do so willingly.  It would be terrific if others including birders would purchase stamps annually.  Increasing the base support of this program helps to increase the number of acres of wetland, grassland and other habitats conserved each year.   The funds are used to support expansion of refuges system-wide and are used for non-consumptive, closed zones as well.  Funds from this program have been spent in all 50 states in support of refuge acquisitions. Some funds, such as in Hawaii, are used to conserve wetlands and forests for critically endangered species. 

 

Lastly if you make this one time $25 purchase the Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Each stamp is valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. 

 

Andy Engilis

 

 

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

One Shield Avenue

University of California

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

Cell: 530-902-1881

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr@...

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 



--
Dan Tankersley
Lincoln, Placer County


Re: Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

maryolo1
 

All - The State of California waterfowl stamp provides income for conservation on state properties and refuges,.  Waterfowl hunters (adult) MUST purchase one each season and have proof of purchase in possession while hunting.  Several years ago the state Natural Resources Agency opted to print each year's stamp retroactively, but purchasers can designate that they wish to receive an actual  stamp at the end of the season. It can be purchased on line at LRB@... and be sure to indicate that you want the physical stamp, not just the "proof of purchase".

Mary Schiedt
Davis


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr@...>
To: Central Valley BIrd <centralvalleybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jul 8, 2020 12:21 pm
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

All -- It is that time of year when the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is now on sale at refuges, sporting goods stores and Federal Post Offices.  Or you can go to the inline site to order your stamps.  https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php .
 
The program is an essential tool to purchase refuge lands for consumptive and non-consumptive habitat conservation.  Last year I posted this and received a great reply from one Branch Chief in California resource management programs, “ The federal duck stamp program is arguably one of the greatest conservation programs in our history. Locally, Sacramento NWR, Stone Lakes NWR, and Merced NWR were purchased 100% with duck stamp funds. We could do so much more if birders purchased a stamp”.  The artwork selected for the  on the stamp is a national event each year.
 
It is an important program and I encourage all birders who use refuges (state or federal) to purchase their annual stamp in support of conservation.  Two really good articles from Cornell (All about birds https://www.allaboutbirds.org/eight-great-reasons-to-love-the-new-migratory-bird-stamp/  and https://www.allaboutbirds.org/view-from-sapsucker-woods-why-bird-watchers-should-buy-duck-stamps/ ) summarize the broader uses of the migratory bird stamp its benefits and why birders should participate. 
 
To quote them, “ This $25 purchase is perhaps the single simplest thing you can do to support a legacy of wetland and grassland conservation for birds.”  I could not agree more. 
 
Waterfowlers are obligated to purchase these stamps, and they do so willingly.  It would be terrific if others including birders would purchase stamps annually.  Increasing the base support of this program helps to increase the number of acres of wetland, grassland and other habitats conserved each year.   The funds are used to support expansion of refuges system-wide and are used for non-consumptive, closed zones as well.  Funds from this program have been spent in all 50 states in support of refuge acquisitions. Some funds, such as in Hawaii, are used to conserve wetlands and forests for critically endangered species. 
 
Lastly if you make this one time $25 purchase the Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Each stamp is valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. 
 
Andy Engilis
 
 
 
Andrew Engilis, Jr.
Curator
Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
One Shield Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
USA
 
Office Phone:  530-752-0364
Cell: 530-902-1881
FAX: 530-752-4154
 


Federal Migratory Bird Stamp on Sale

Andy Engilis
 

All -- It is that time of year when the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is now on sale at refuges, sporting goods stores and Federal Post Offices.  Or you can go to the inline site to order your stamps.  https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php .

 

The program is an essential tool to purchase refuge lands for consumptive and non-consumptive habitat conservation.  Last year I posted this and received a great reply from one Branch Chief in California resource management programs, “ The federal duck stamp program is arguably one of the greatest conservation programs in our history. Locally, Sacramento NWR, Stone Lakes NWR, and Merced NWR were purchased 100% with duck stamp funds. We could do so much more if birders purchased a stamp”.  The artwork selected for the  on the stamp is a national event each year.

 

It is an important program and I encourage all birders who use refuges (state or federal) to purchase their annual stamp in support of conservation.  Two really good articles from Cornell (All about birds https://www.allaboutbirds.org/eight-great-reasons-to-love-the-new-migratory-bird-stamp/  and https://www.allaboutbirds.org/view-from-sapsucker-woods-why-bird-watchers-should-buy-duck-stamps/ ) summarize the broader uses of the migratory bird stamp its benefits and why birders should participate. 

 

To quote them, “ This $25 purchase is perhaps the single simplest thing you can do to support a legacy of wetland and grassland conservation for birds.”  I could not agree more. 

 

Waterfowlers are obligated to purchase these stamps, and they do so willingly.  It would be terrific if others including birders would purchase stamps annually.  Increasing the base support of this program helps to increase the number of acres of wetland, grassland and other habitats conserved each year.   The funds are used to support expansion of refuges system-wide and are used for non-consumptive, closed zones as well.  Funds from this program have been spent in all 50 states in support of refuge acquisitions. Some funds, such as in Hawaii, are used to conserve wetlands and forests for critically endangered species. 

 

Lastly if you make this one time $25 purchase the Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Each stamp is valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. 

 

Andy Engilis

 

 

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

One Shield Avenue

University of California

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

Cell: 530-902-1881

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr@...

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

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