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NOT Tufted duck Woodland sewage ponds

Sally M. Walters
 

Apparently there has been a Lesser Scaup hanging out in the pond all summer per Steve Hampton.  A difficult immature bird, I think.  The flattened head is tricky and the juvenile imm tufted is supposed to be rounded according to Sibley.

Sally M Walters

On Jul 26, 2020, at 7:11 PM, Sally M. Walters via groups.io <bajaowl@...> wrote:

Tufted Duck

Sally M Walters



On Jul 26, 2020, at 5:03 PM, Sally M. Walters <bajaowl@...> wrote:

About 9-9:30am.  Lesser Scaup like with tuft. Flat Head. Preening standing up right, imm/female -type plumage. White or light gray feathers at base of bill. White belly dark upper breast and lower belly. Drab dark coloring. No obvious white at Bill tip - a problem except for juvenile lacks white at bill.  NO messy white patches on face as in lesser scaup. Bill like imm in “Merlin” eBird digital guide photos, as in no white on Bill tip.  Wing flapping showed white” at the base of the primaries and secondaries.  First noted when pruning on single small lump of dirt. Observed for 20 minutes and then paddled off.
First pond on way to building on south side, in the far center of the pond.COUNTY ROAD 24, WOODLAND US-CA 38.66199, -121.71381

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Sally M Walters






Swainson’s Hawks in Santa Nella

Lisa Myers
 

Drove out to the Central Valley today via Pacheco Pass and stopped at the San Joaquin National Cemetery/Korean War Memorial. They do say cemeteries are a great place to bird. It was 99 degrees out there and I found 60+ HORNED LARKS sitting in the lush green lawn. They seemed quite tame and not too concerned about me. The moist, cool grass provided for them an oasis and a nice place to sit (and pant) on a hot, dry day. KILLDEER, EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were also here.

From there we went looking for hawks. Once back out onto 33 we went north and past the Anderson’s Split Pea Soup turn off. A little farther and just past the Romero Rd. exit we found over 50 SWAINSON’S HAWKS in a field on our right. There was a convenient dirt driveway right there and a stack of hay bales to the east. If you hit Marshall Rd. you went a tad too far. Several CATTLE EGRETS were also in the field. As we watched you could hear the hawks vocalizing and more were flying in. Every time you looked up you’d find more circling. It was a great study in all the different morphs. We watched several successfully grab small rodents and more than one fight took place between the hawks.

Lisa Myers
Campbell


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Re: Tufted duck Woodland sewage ponds

Sally M. Walters
 

Tufted Duck

Sally M Walters



On Jul 26, 2020, at 5:03 PM, Sally M. Walters <bajaowl@...> wrote:

About 9-9:30am.  Lesser Scaup like with tuft. Flat Head. Preening standing up right, imm/female -type plumage. White or light gray feathers at base of bill. White belly dark upper breast and lower belly. Drab dark coloring. No obvious white at Bill tip - a problem except for juvenile lacks white at bill.  NO messy white patches on face as in lesser scaup. Bill like imm in “Merlin” eBird digital guide photos, as in no white on Bill tip.  Wing flapping showed white” at the base of the primaries and secondaries.  First noted when pruning on single small lump of dirt. Observed for 20 minutes and then paddled off.
First pond on way to building on south side, in the far center of the pond.COUNTY ROAD 24, WOODLAND US-CA 38.66199, -121.71381

CHECKLIST S71843226



Sally M Walters





Tufted duck Woodland sewage ponds

Sally M. Walters
 

About 9-9:30am.  Lesser Scaup like with tuft. Flat Head. Preening standing up right, imm/female -type plumage. White or light gray feathers at base of bill. White belly dark upper breast and lower belly. Drab dark coloring. No obvious white at Bill tip - a problem except for juvenile lacks white at bill.  NO messy white patches on face as in lesser scaup. Bill like imm in “Merlin” eBird digital guide photos, as in no white on Bill tip.  Wing flapping showed white” at the base of the primaries and secondaries.  First noted when pruning on single small lump of dirt. Observed for 20 minutes and then paddled off.
First pond on way to building on south side, in the far center of the pond.COUNTY ROAD 24, WOODLAND US-CA 38.66199, -121.71381

CHECKLIST S71843226



Sally M Walters




decent shorebirds at CRP; Pacific golden-plover today

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

The last four days have seen a good variety of shorebirds make use of what little water is out at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  There are four areas now suitable for these birds.  The best, and the only one publicly viewable, is the pond just east of the railroad tracks north of Desmond Road.  This pond has been getting additional water the last three days, so what had been the best spot in the far northeast is now flooded, pushing birds nearer the road.  Note that three different peregrine falcons have been hunting the area along Desmond, as have kites and harriers, so the birds get stirred up fairly frequently.

Last Thursday I picked up these birds:
black-necked stilt-  4
American avocet-  2
black-bellied plover-  3
killdeer-  45
semipalmated plover-  7
least sandpiper-  85
western sandpiper-  4
peep sp.-  35
long-billed dowitcher-  22
lesser yellowlegs-  1
greater yellowlegs-  54
Wilson's phalarope-  3  
red-necked phalarope-  1

On Friday, these were the findings:
black-necked stilt-  2
American avocet-  15
killdeer-  50
semipalmated plover-  12
least sandpiper-  95
western sandpiper-  18
peep sp.-  12
long-billed dowitcher-  41
lesser yellowlegs-  6
willet-  1
greater yellowlegs-  95
Wilson's phalarope-  18
red-necked phalarope-  1

And yesterday:
black-necked stilt-  5
killdeer-  35
semipalmated plover-  2
least sandpiper-  35
western sandpiper-  5
long-billed dowitcher-  2
Wilson's snipe-  1 (FOS)
lesser yellowlegs-  4
willet-  1 (presumably the same juvenile)
greater yellowlegs-  45
Wilson's phalarope-  4

The golden-plover redeemed a poorer day today:
black-necked stilt-  5
American avocet-  3
Pacific golden-plover-  1
killdeer-  40
least sandpiper-  55
peep sp.-  15
lesser yellowlegs-  2
greater yellowlegs-  45
red-necked phalarope-  1

The golden-plover flushed and flew out of sight to the south about 9:15 this morning.  If you wish to check out the shorebirds along Desmond Road, I suggest that you do so early because by 10:00 the heat shimmer is pretty bad.

For the first time in 10 days I had a few migrants in the trees this morning:
orange-crowned warbler-  2
yellow warbler-  1
western tanager-  2

Be well and stay safe.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento


July Tundra Swan in the Afterbay Oroville

Dawn Garcia
 

I was kayaking yesterday in the Saddledam cove, Afterbay, Oroville checking on aechmophorus grebe nesting and saw a big white bird across the cove; it was a swan. I thought maybe a mute swan (I have been working in Concord and there are a LOT of mute swans) but no, it was a tundra. Dark bill (no light spots noticeable but I could not get that close, 10x42 bins), sloping profile. Given the time of year I figured it was an injured hold over from winter and watched it paddle all the way across the cove away from me. Later as I circled back around the tules and shore I flushed the bird and it flew low but strongly, across the bay back to the opposite cove- flighted!
Any thoughts on the presence of a tundra in July?
Dawn Garcia
Oroville


early fall migrants on Putah Creek

Michael Perrone
 

This morning at the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve in Yolo County were a willow flycatcher and a yellow warbler, both rather early as fall migrants.  They were near the first bench upstream of the traditional warbler bathing spot.

Michael Perrone
Davis


100+ Swainson’s Hawks - Interstate 5 - Sacramento County

Paddlegal
 

A somewhat delayed message due to my misdirecting it in the first place.  

This afternoon (7/23/2020) as I was zipping along on northbound I- 5 at 2:15, I saw multiple irrigated fields filled with what mainly appeared to be Swainson’s Hawks on the ground.  This was on the East side of I-5 between Twin Cities Rd and Lambert Rd stretching across 3-4 fields.  Keep in mind at 70 mph, I did a fast estimate and feel that I was being conservative!  There was also a small kettle of Swainson’s above.

Quite spectacular and I’ve had similar sightings along Franklin Blvd in the past month between those two same roads.  Merely guessing but the fields seem to be alfalfa.

Farley Cross
Sacramento CA


Re: Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

Sally M. Walters
 

Camden Park is on the other side of the river from the ponds.  Someone mentioned a street view but not the street.  If that is known...
Sally M. Walters



On Jul 23, 2020, at 10:21 AM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr@...> wrote:

These ponds are part of the Sac-Yolo Mosquito Vector Control and not open for birding.  They are counted each Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count.
 
The ponds and wetlands on Camden Park behind these ponds actually can be god birding in winter.
 
Andy
 
 
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@...
 
From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Clifford Hawley via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:22 AM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [centralvalleybirds] Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?
 
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



Re: Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

Andy Engilis
 

These ponds are part of the Sac-Yolo Mosquito Vector Control and not open for birding.  They are counted each Rio Cosumnes Christmas Count.

 

The ponds and wetlands on Camden Park behind these ponds actually can be god birding in winter.

 

Andy

 

 

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

 

From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Clifford Hawley via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:22 AM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [centralvalleybirds] Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

 

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


Re: Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

naturestoc
 

I don't know if they are open for birding (I doubt it though). Cliff is correct, they do propagate and distribute mosquito fish there. I got a bunch for my small backyard pond.

Dan Brown,
Sacramento


-----Original Message-----
From: Sally M. Walters <bajaowl@...>
To: cvbirds <centralvalleybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Jul 22, 2020 11:22 pm
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Sewer Pond Birding, Elk Grove?

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: 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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Woodland, CA 95695

PO Box 1653
Woodland, CA 95776A

530 908-3836
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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

881 - 900 of 24636