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Baikal Teal

Andy Engilis
 

Hi Gang -- I wanted to know if an ebird regional editor can help me get a message to the person who posted the report of the Baikal Teal?  I am trying all avenues to track this bird down.  Who is responsible for looking over reports for ebird records in Colusa County?  Whoever that is, can they get in touch with me?

Thanks -- Andy Engilis
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UC Davis


Short-eared Owls at Staten Island Road (San Joaquin County) - January 20, 2021

michael.bumgardner@att.net
 

My wife (Karen Bumgardner) and I had at least two short-eared owls flying west of Staten Island Road in San Joaquin County yesterday at approximately 4:30 pm.  The owls were typically about 500 feet out from the road in the 0.3 miles north of the 2nd residence along the road (-121.506884°/38.193030°) but occasionally approached within as little as 300 feet.  On two occasions an individual sat on the top of a t-post in a fence line that runs east-west.

 

Michael Bumgardner

Gold River, CA 95670


Yellow-billed Loon

tracy_farrington
 

At 9:15am, after staking out since 8, this morning, I finally spotted the Yellow-billed Loon
at a considerable distance to the west on the S. Mokelumne River. I scoped from levee
beneath the Hwy. 12 bridge near Tower Park Marina. Despite its distance, morning conditions
were nearly ideal with the sun at my back, no wind, and almost zero shimmer. I initially
found the bird with binoculars, and then switched to my scope to make the positive I.D.

Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek


Baikal Teal shot in Colusa County

rosita94598
 

Don't know how many of you picked up on this one, but the eBird rarity message had this report late last night. 


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Flood Road Longspurs

Ralph
 

I haven't seen this reported on any listserv yet so I will post it. Yesterday Lucas Stephenson found two LAPLAND LONGSPURS and a CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR on Flood Road in eastern San Joaquin County. I do not have a more specific location than that, but I went out looking this afternoon. I ran into Pat Paternostro on Waverly Road, Pat told me that he had not seen any longspurs but did say that he had seen a huge flock of American Pipits, Horned Larks, sparrows, etc. I found the flock Pat was talking about about 1 mile south of Flood Road. I could not pick out any longspurs but heard a "rattle" type call when the flock flushed and flew over the road just before I left. I am not certain that it was a longspur, as I am not very familiar with their calls, but it sounded like one. I never did pick up the bird visually, however.

Also on Waverly Road this afternoon, just after I talked to Pat I saw a beautiful ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK just south of Flood and on the way back I saw an adult Bald Eagle flying east along Flood, it crossed over Waverly and flew off over the hills.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: Thick-billed Fox Sparrow in Stanislaus Co.

Steve Hampton
 

Nice find. I would expect that Thick-billed Fox Sparrows breeds in the upper reaches of Stanislaus County (though I'm not sure how high it goes). They do winter in low numbers around the Central Valley (very rarely IN the Central Valley), but are most common in winter in chaparral in southern California, especially the Santa Monica Mtns west thru Santa Barbara. 

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 9:59 PM Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
Hi All,

This is a belated report, since I finally looked at my photos this evening - and I didn’t realize how unusual this was at the time:

On January 6th I drove up Del Puerto Canyon Road and down San Antonio Road with my college-age son - with the intention of getting out of the city and away from the news for a few precious hours - and also to look at the fire damage, which turned out to be more extensive than I'd expected.

The most notable sighting from the outing was a flock of Fox Sparrows right at Adobe Springs, which is at about Mile 19 or so on Del Puerto Canyon Road. The Sparrows were at the river right above the spring then working their way up the hill a bit.  There appeared to be 4-5 sparrows of one of the interior races with gray heads and gray backs along with a couple of Sooty Fox Sparrows.   I got some photos for documentation so that I could study them later, and then we got distracted.  A trucker was filling up his tanker with spring water (high in magnesium) and listening to the news - something about an armed insurrection happening at the capitol building.  Anyway, I digress.

I’ve attached a photo of a pretty good Thick-billed Fox Sparrow (also at https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/50851596747).  Gray head and back, large conical bill with a curved culmen and a steep forehead.  I wanted to get the word out belatedly now as eBird does not have any records of Thick-billed for Stanislaus County!   Kind of surprising.


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA











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Thick-billed Fox Sparrow in Stanislaus Co.

Aaron Maizlish
 

Hi All,

This is a belated report, since I finally looked at my photos this evening - and I didn’t realize how unusual this was at the time:

On January 6th I drove up Del Puerto Canyon Road and down San Antonio Road with my college-age son - with the intention of getting out of the city and away from the news for a few precious hours - and also to look at the fire damage, which turned out to be more extensive than I'd expected.

The most notable sighting from the outing was a flock of Fox Sparrows right at Adobe Springs, which is at about Mile 19 or so on Del Puerto Canyon Road. The Sparrows were at the river right above the spring then working their way up the hill a bit.  There appeared to be 4-5 sparrows of one of the interior races with gray heads and gray backs along with a couple of Sooty Fox Sparrows.   I got some photos for documentation so that I could study them later, and then we got distracted.  A trucker was filling up his tanker with spring water (high in magnesium) and listening to the news - something about an armed insurrection happening at the capitol building.  Anyway, I digress.

I’ve attached a photo of a pretty good Thick-billed Fox Sparrow (also at https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/50851596747).  Gray head and back, large conical bill with a curved culmen and a steep forehead.  I wanted to get the word out belatedly now as eBird does not have any records of Thick-billed for Stanislaus County!   Kind of surprising.


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA










Celebrity loon and eBird

Jim Rowoth
 

Fellow loonatics,

I have created a new eBird hotspot "YBLO stakeout (2021), S Mokelumne River” for use to report this bird in eBird.

Per previous posts, don’t even dream of attempting levee access west of the bridge. Unambiguous access remains limited to the levee at Westgate Landing County Park. If you attempt access below the bridge, please keep your visit brief and avoid congregating in numbers—both for coronavirus safety and for good public relations.

Thanks!


San Joaquin y-b loon access

Lily Douglas
 

Hi all,

Please see these notes from David Yee on access to view the San Joaquin County Yellow-billed Loon. 

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1673832


Thanks and good birding,


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Sacramento, CA
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Yellow-billed Loon and property issues

Ralph
 

I also saw the YELLOW-BILLED LOON this afternoon, with several other birders. Just before I left the bird was moving upriver toward Westgate Landing Regional Park. At one point it was very close to the near shore so I and a few others started walking in that direction to try for better photos. The fellow who lives in the house on the bend north of Tower Marina told us that the levee is private property and that we were not supposed to be there. He said he had told someone the same thing yesterday. We asked if some of us could stay a bit longer and he said that would be OK but I think he may not be so accommodating in the future if large groups continue to look for the bird from the levee. One alternative would be to scope from Westgate Landing. When I left the bird was rounding the curve and may have been in view from the park.

On the way home I saw 36 Long-billed Curlew on the ball field at Escalon High School. I've seen Cattle Egrets there on several occasions in the past but never curlew.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: Visalia Pine Siskins

Beth Grafton-Cardwell
 

I too have had an unusually large flock of pine siskins at my feeders.  I counted 27 last week.  Based on the recent discussion string about their susceptibility to salmonella, we have increased sanitation of the feeders and spread seed around the yard.
 
Beth Grafton-Cardwell
Visalia CA

On 01/17/2021 1:23 PM Nathan Parmeter via groups.io <nathanparmeter@...> wrote:
 
 
Hello all Central Valley Birders,
 
In the last few weeks, we've had a flock of Pine Siskins frequently visit our birdbath and goldfinch feeder. Today, a total of 12 showed up in our backyard, along with a couple of goldfinches. I've also had more Siskins than normal years in the Fresno area this season. 
 
 
Nathan Parmeter
Fresno, CA


Re: Yellow-billed Loon yes

Joe Morlan
 

Thanks for the update. Robbie Fischer and I saw the YELLOW-BILLED LOON
this morning in the same place. Very distant at first but eventually
closer for better views.

Photos:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=yebloo&;view=Grid&subId=S79443958

Also perhaps of local interest was a single CATTLE EGRET along Hwy 12 near
Isleton in Sacramento County.

Photo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79450680?view=photos


On Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:35:38 -0800, "Lily Douglas" <ldouglas14@gmail.com>
wrote:

Hi all,

The loon continues this morning, and the fog has burned off!

Lily Douglas
Sacramento, CA
On Jan 16, 2021, at 5:17 PM, Bart Wickel <bartwickel@gmail.com> wrote:

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Here are some photos of the bird today: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79352983

To clarify, I don't think you have better access to the section of the levee where the YBLO was observed today if you walk in from the county park. It would not be visible from there.
It was observed downstream of the confluence of Little Potato Slough and the S Mokelumne River working its way towards the bridge from 38.116116, -121.496811







On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 4:53 PM B W <bartwickel@gmail.com> wrote:
I am not sure that's correct Frances. I refound the bird today after it was found and documented by Lynnette Williams on ebird yesterday.
The location indicated by Andy is publically accessible, though on weekdays there might be some construction activity (based on parked equipment).

Bart Wickel
Davis

On Sat, Jan 16, 2021, 4:25 PM Frances Oliver <hummer52@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
Please be aware that on weekdays they are working on the levee with heavy equipment and you will be kicked off. The BEST LEGAL location is to park at Westgate Landing County Park ($5 fee) and walk west toward the bridge.

Frances
Lodi, CQ
On Jan 16, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr=ucdavis.edu@groups.io> wrote:

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The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River, north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island, just north of Hwy 12 Bridge. Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge. Good luck, still being seen at 4pm. This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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Fresno Pine Siskins

Nathan Parmeter
 

Hello all Central Valley Birders,

In the last few weeks, we've had a flock of Pine Siskins frequently visit our birdbath and goldfinch feeder. Today, a total of 12 showed up in our backyard, along with a couple of goldfinches. I've also had more Siskins than normal years in the Fresno area this season. 


Nathan Parmeter
Fresno, CA


Re: Yellow-billed Loon yes

Lily Douglas
 

Hi all,

The loon continues this morning, and the fog has burned off!

Lily Douglas
Sacramento, CA


On Jan 16, 2021, at 5:17 PM, Bart Wickel <bartwickel@...> wrote:


Here are some photos of the bird today: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79352983

To clarify, I don't think you have better access to the section of the levee where the YBLO was observed today if you walk in from the county park. It would not be visible from there.
It was observed downstream of the confluence of Little Potato Slough and the S Mokelumne River working its way towards the bridge from 38.116116, -121.496811







On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 4:53 PM B W <bartwickel@...> wrote:
I am not sure that's correct Frances. I refound the bird today after it was found and documented by Lynnette Williams on ebird yesterday. 
The location indicated by Andy is publically accessible, though on weekdays there might be some construction activity (based on parked equipment).

Bart Wickel
Davis

On Sat, Jan 16, 2021, 4:25 PM Frances Oliver <hummer52@...> wrote:
Please be aware that on weekdays they are working on the levee with heavy equipment and you will be kicked off. The BEST LEGAL location is to park at Westgate Landing County Park ($5 fee) and walk west toward the bridge. 

Frances
Lodi, CQ
On Jan 16, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr=ucdavis.edu@groups.io> wrote:


The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River,  north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island,  just north of Hwy 12 Bridge.  Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge.  Good luck,  still being seen at 4pm.  This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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Re: Yellow-billed Loon yes

Bart Wickel
 

Here are some photos of the bird today: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79352983

To clarify, I don't think you have better access to the section of the levee where the YBLO was observed today if you walk in from the county park. It would not be visible from there.
It was observed downstream of the confluence of Little Potato Slough and the S Mokelumne River working its way towards the bridge from 38.116116, -121.496811







On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 4:53 PM B W <bartwickel@...> wrote:
I am not sure that's correct Frances. I refound the bird today after it was found and documented by Lynnette Williams on ebird yesterday. 
The location indicated by Andy is publically accessible, though on weekdays there might be some construction activity (based on parked equipment).

Bart Wickel
Davis

On Sat, Jan 16, 2021, 4:25 PM Frances Oliver <hummer52@...> wrote:
Please be aware that on weekdays they are working on the levee with heavy equipment and you will be kicked off. The BEST LEGAL location is to park at Westgate Landing County Park ($5 fee) and walk west toward the bridge. 

Frances
Lodi, CQ
On Jan 16, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr=ucdavis.edu@groups.io> wrote:


The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River,  north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island,  just north of Hwy 12 Bridge.  Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge.  Good luck,  still being seen at 4pm.  This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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Re: Yellow-billed Loon yes

Bart Wickel
 

I am not sure that's correct Frances. I refound the bird today after it was found and documented by Lynnette Williams on ebird yesterday. 
The location indicated by Andy is publically accessible, though on weekdays there might be some construction activity (based on parked equipment).

Bart Wickel
Davis


On Sat, Jan 16, 2021, 4:25 PM Frances Oliver <hummer52@...> wrote:
Please be aware that on weekdays they are working on the levee with heavy equipment and you will be kicked off. The BEST LEGAL location is to park at Westgate Landing County Park ($5 fee) and walk west toward the bridge. 

Frances
Lodi, CQ
On Jan 16, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr=ucdavis.edu@groups.io> wrote:


The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River,  north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island,  just north of Hwy 12 Bridge.  Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge.  Good luck,  still being seen at 4pm.  This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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Re: Yellow-billed Loon yes

Frances Oliver
 

Please be aware that on weekdays they are working on the levee with heavy equipment and you will be kicked off. The BEST LEGAL location is to park at Westgate Landing County Park ($5 fee) and walk west toward the bridge. 

Frances
Lodi, CQ

On Jan 16, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Andy Engilis via groups.io <aengilisjr@...> wrote:


The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River,  north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island,  just north of Hwy 12 Bridge.  Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge.  Good luck,  still being seen at 4pm.  This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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Yb Loon Coordinates

Andy Engilis
 

Here are the coordinates for the Yellow-billed Loon in San Joaquin County.

Mokelumne River YB Loon (38.117, -121.498) 

Andy E
Elk Grove

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Yb Loon, mokelumne river

Andy Engilis
 

Attached is a map.  Park at blue dot,  walk to red X. And bird was foraging along bank marked in redImage


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Yellow-billed Loon yes

Andy Engilis
 

The yellow-billed loon was refound today on the Mokelomne River,  north of Tower Park Marina, HWY-12. It was foraging along the river at the levee of Staten Island,  just north of Hwy 12 Bridge.  Park on Tower Maina Road and walk up the levee under the bridge.  Good luck,  still being seen at 4pm.  This is the location it was first found.

Andy Engilis
Elk Grove

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