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Colusa surf scoter

John Sterling
 

The femal scoter found two days ago by Liam Huber was present this afternoon. Take the stonyford entrance to East Park Reservoir. Park near closed entrance gate and walk about a mile to the spillway. I saw the scaup from the too of the spillway but had to walk down closer to the water to see the nw arm of the reservoir. The scoter was by itself at that nw corner. A scope is needed to identify at that distance.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


Re: [countybirders] East Park Reservoir (Colusa Co.) Surf Scoter

John Sterling
 

I told Liam about Kathy’s record from East Park Res after his initial report.

John Sterling
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26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

PO Box 1653
Woodland, CA 95776A

530 908-3836
jsterling@...
www.sterlingbirds.com

On Oct 26, 2021, at 10:02 AM, Bruce Deuel <lewisia1980@...> wrote:

A Surf Scoter was found yesterday at the subject lake.  So far the only place I've seen this is on eBird, where the question came up of how many Colusa Co. records there were.  John Luther was correct in stating Liam Huber's find was the first for the county in eBird, but I have 2 other records in my North American Birds files:
12/11/2012 at East Park Res., a female, by Kathy Parker (appears no one else saw this);
11/29/2014 at Delevan NWR, 1 imm. male and 1 imm. female brought through the hunter check station.  Confirmed by Dan Skalos from photographs of the dead birds (which I haven't seen).

Liam asked in his eBird post if the current bird was the 2nd county record, so if he knows of or suspects another record I didn't list, I'd love to see it.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


East Park Reservoir (Colusa Co.) Surf Scoter

Bruce Deuel
 

A Surf Scoter was found yesterday at the subject lake.  So far the only place I've seen this is on eBird, where the question came up of how many Colusa Co. records there were.  John Luther was correct in stating Liam Huber's find was the first for the county in eBird, but I have 2 other records in my North American Birds files:
12/11/2012 at East Park Res., a female, by Kathy Parker (appears no one else saw this);
11/29/2014 at Delevan NWR, 1 imm. male and 1 imm. female brought through the hunter check station.  Confirmed by Dan Skalos from photographs of the dead birds (which I haven't seen).

Liam asked in his eBird post if the current bird was the 2nd county record, so if he knows of or suspects another record I didn't list, I'd love to see it.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


2021 Virtual 25th CVBS Reminder

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Birders,

You are welcome to join us for the 2021 Virtual 25th Central Valley Birding Symposium! This year, we are hosting an abbreviated virtual version of the symposium with many of your favorite speakers. In addition to having access to the program during and after the event, registration will renew your membership in the Central Valley Bird Club (CVBC). Registration is per family; a couple only has to register once to view the symposium on a single screen. Below is the link to the schedule and registration button. 
For the CVBS steering committee 


Northern Waterthrush at Hwy128 birdge - Yolo/Solano

Bart Wickel
 

I just had a Northern Waterthrush downstream of hwy 128 bridge over Putah Creek (near the Monticello dam).

Last seen at 13:35. I observed it going back and forth between Yolo and Solano, slowly moving downstream. Occasionally heard it making a couple of rounds of its typical 'chink' calls.

Bart Wickel
Davis, CA


Sage Thrasher of Waverly RD, San Joaquin Co. 10/20

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Posting for John Harris: 

Sage Thrasher on Waverly 4.3 miles north of highway 4. There’s a windmill on the east side of the road. Bird on fence and on the ground

Frances
Lodi, CA 


Lake Solano Report

John Ehrenfeld
 

Birded Day Use and Overnight areas 10-14-21.

Very birdy. Lots of activity on land and water.

Red-breasted Sapsucker, 8 Buffleheads flew in (first I have seen there this year), numerous Lewis's Woodpeckers (counted at least 40)  Sora, numerous Northern Flickers (juvenile and adults), Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hermit Thrush, many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, lots of Mallards, Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Yellow Warblers, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Osprey. Usual Heron's, Egrets and Corrmorants.

Interestingly enough, very slow early AM. Picked up in a big way early afternoon. 

John Ehrenfeld

Napa County


Re: [ShastaBirders.io] Song sparrow subspecies

Bruce Deuel
 

Hi Barbara and all.  There are a number of subspecies of Song Sparrow that show this contrasting white throat against very dark striping.  According to Rising's The Sparrows of the United States and Canada, subspecies around the Bay Area look like this, but as they are resident it's not likely they'd be seen in this area.  Eastern Song Sparrows are similar.  Don Roberson's website here: http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTYbirdsSOSP.html might be helpful, but I didn't see anything there that was as dark as this bird.  Maybe Ken Able the museum guy has some thoughts.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff


On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 10:17 PM Barbara Peck <bapeck8@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I don’t recall seeing a song sparrow in this area (Anderson, CA)  with such a striking white throat, dark malars, and dark streaking. I was wondering if anyone could tell me which subspecies this might be?

Sorry about the poor photos. It was very shady.

 

Barbara Peck

Anderson, CA

 


Song sparrow subspecies

Barbara Peck
 

Hi all,

I don’t recall seeing a song sparrow in this area (Anderson, CA)  with such a striking white throat, dark malars, and dark streaking. I was wondering if anyone could tell me which subspecies this might be?

Sorry about the poor photos. It was very shady.

 

Barbara Peck

Anderson, CA

 


Re: Large Numbers of Lewis's Woodpeckers - Lake Solano

Brewbird
 

I had close to 100 on Sand Creek Road in Colusa County this morning and I’m know I didn’t see them all. There were almost 75 in one flock. What an awesome spectacle.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.

On Oct 9, 2021, at 13:42, William Hemstrom via groups.io <whemstrom@...> wrote:


We had 40+ today during a survey at Bobcat Ranch (just a bit north of Lake Solano County Park) this morning as well. Seems like they are out in force at the moment.

Best,
Will Hemstrom
Davis, CA -- Yolo County

On Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 1:37 PM John Ehrenfeld via groups.io <production=ix.netcom.com@groups.io> wrote:

Large number of Lewis's Woodpeckers at Lake Solano. 10-8-21

I counted 22. They were staging in a dead tree at the far East end on the Yolo County bank and flying out over the creek to feed on insects.

I observed and photographed for 20 minutes.

Good birding otherwise; Hermit Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Vaux-Swifts, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Wood Ducks, Lincoln Sparrow, Osprey, Bald Eagle (fly-over) and the usual Egrets, Cormorants and Great-blue Herons.

John Ehrenfeld

Napa County


--
Michele Swartout
Red Bluff


Re: Large Numbers of Lewis's Woodpeckers - Lake Solano

William Hemstrom
 

We had 40+ today during a survey at Bobcat Ranch (just a bit north of Lake Solano County Park) this morning as well. Seems like they are out in force at the moment.

Best,
Will Hemstrom
Davis, CA -- Yolo County


On Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 1:37 PM John Ehrenfeld via groups.io <production=ix.netcom.com@groups.io> wrote:

Large number of Lewis's Woodpeckers at Lake Solano. 10-8-21

I counted 22. They were staging in a dead tree at the far East end on the Yolo County bank and flying out over the creek to feed on insects.

I observed and photographed for 20 minutes.

Good birding otherwise; Hermit Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Vaux-Swifts, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Wood Ducks, Lincoln Sparrow, Osprey, Bald Eagle (fly-over) and the usual Egrets, Cormorants and Great-blue Herons.

John Ehrenfeld

Napa County


Large Numbers of Lewis's Woodpeckers - Lake Solano

John Ehrenfeld
 

Large number of Lewis's Woodpeckers at Lake Solano. 10-8-21

I counted 22. They were staging in a dead tree at the far East end on the Yolo County bank and flying out over the creek to feed on insects.

I observed and photographed for 20 minutes.

Good birding otherwise; Hermit Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Vaux-Swifts, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Wood Ducks, Lincoln Sparrow, Osprey, Bald Eagle (fly-over) and the usual Egrets, Cormorants and Great-blue Herons.

John Ehrenfeld

Napa County


New rules for Tehama Emperor Goose

Brewbird
 

Hi all,
Leave it to the local girl to get locked behind the gate at the Gerber WTP. However, this may have been the best scenario, since I know people and was able to get out fairly quickly. If this was anyone out of town, this could have been a nightmare for them.
So, after talking with the head honcho, we came up with some rules.
The gates are open 7-3:30, Mon-Fri. The gates are closed and locked on weekends. If they happen to be open on a weekend, it’s because hay is being hauled out of the fields around the plant. DO NOT DRIVE IN! Only bird from the levee road, do not go to the office and do not walk or drive into the plant from the levee. They would prefer, not parking on the levee and leaving your car unattended, so go down to the lower road that parallels the levee and walk back up. They know this is a very rare bird and are welcoming people to see it, but they still have to do normal operations and having a bunch of birders is definitely not normal for them. Until this rarity showed up, most of you have probably never heard of Gerber before, so please respect this small facility.
They have no problem with people walking in, even on weekends. Just don’t block any roads, use common sense, be respectful and enjoy this great bird that Liam found. If you have any questions, I’ll answer them if I can. Thank you.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”- John Muir

--
Michele Swartout
Red Bluff


Re: [countybirders] Colusa Sabine’s Gull

John Sterling
 

It’s back!!  First county record!  It was not on the pond for first the fifteen minutes then flew in and landed as I was walking to my car. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Oct 8, 2021, at 3:57 PM, John Sterling <JSTERLING@...> wrote:

Not here now.  Gone. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Oct 8, 2021, at 2:43 PM, Frances Oliver <hummer52@...> wrote:

Reporting for Liam Huber:

Sabine's Gull @ Maxwell WTP in Colusa right now. 

Frances
Lodi, CA


Re: [countybirders] Colusa Sabine’s Gull

John Sterling
 

Not here now.  Gone. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Oct 8, 2021, at 2:43 PM, Frances Oliver <hummer52@...> wrote:

Reporting for Liam Huber:

Sabine's Gull @ Maxwell WTP in Colusa right now. 

Frances
Lodi, CA


Colusa Sabine’s Gull

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Reporting for Liam Huber:

Sabine's Gull @ Maxwell WTP in Colusa right now. 

Frances
Lodi, CA


Western Screech Owls at Willowbank Ditch

Kathy Blankenship
 

Hi,

I haven’t checked it out myself but I understand that 2 Western Screech Owls are calling in the early evening where the bike path from Cowell intersects with the path running along the ditch.

Good Birding!
Kathy Blankenship 
Davis, CA


Re: Worker issue with Emperor Goose

Asher Perla
 

One possibility for viewing the bird without actually driving on the levee is to drive on the paved road that parallels the levee to the north and east (google maps calls it tehama/east chard). You get on it by turning right just after you would turn to get to the levee. From there you can just walk up to the levee, see the bird, and walk back without having to have a car on the actual levee. 

Good birding,

Asher Perla
Yuba County

On Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 7:18 AM Cameron Tescher <camerontescher@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,


Emperor Goose continues in the field, but worker said to not be on the levee before even stepping foot. They mentioned about having an issue with trespassing birders and that we may want to talk to the land owner directly. It seemed he was mainly concerned with people being on the levee when they are driving trucks on it. So if you do want to get the goose, please take this into discretion and not to have a poor relationship with private landowners.

Good birding!

Cameron Tescher
Davis, CA


Worker issue with Emperor Goose

Cameron Tescher
 

Hi everyone,


Emperor Goose continues in the field, but worker said to not be on the levee before even stepping foot. They mentioned about having an issue with trespassing birders and that we may want to talk to the land owner directly. It seemed he was mainly concerned with people being on the levee when they are driving trucks on it. So if you do want to get the goose, please take this into discretion and not to have a poor relationship with private landowners.

Good birding!

Cameron Tescher
Davis, CA


Fos white-fronted geese

Sally M. Walters
 

8 overhead flying south west.

Sally M. Walters
Sacramento CA

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