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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


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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


black-throated blue warbler at Lake Solano

Michael Perrone
 

Diane Colborn of Davis reported a male bl-thr blue warbler from the campground at Lake Solano County Park (Solano Co.) today.  It was about 50 yards east of the end of the campground, along the trail that follows the shoreline, near trail marker #10.

Michael Perrone
Davis


Re: [CALBIRDS] [countybirders] Emperor Goose Tehama

Larry Jordan
 

The Emperor Goose continues at Gerber WTP this afternoon at 2pm. First pond when you drive up to the building from Ventura Avenue off East Chard Avenue.

Larry Jordan
Oak Run, CA


On Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 6:58 AM Ethan Monk <z.querula@...> wrote:
The Emperor Goose continues this morning, at the GPS provided by Asher. 

Ethan

On Oct 5, 2021, at 5:30 AM, Brewbird <michele31@...> wrote:

This was a great find by Liam. I created a hotspot in eBird, Gerber WTP (limited access). As of 5:30 this morning, it was not on their website, but already on the app. For all of you that have entered a list, please change the location to the hotspot, so we don’t have a bunch of personal locations scattered around a small area. Thank you.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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

On Oct 4, 2021, at 19:26, Asher Perla <asher.perla@...> wrote:


Hi All,

I just finished up watching the immature Emperor Goose found earlier today by Liam Huber at the Gerber Water Treatment Plant in Tehama. The bird and the 4 white fronts it was with stayed until it got dark, feeding in the field next to the wtp. It was a beautiful bird, and a lifer for me. 

These were the coordinates: 40.064616,-122.139616

Make sure to keep an eye out further south in the valley as this bird continues to migrate. 

Good birding,

Asher Perla,

Oregon House


--
Larry Jordan
Oak Run, CA


Re: [countybirders] Emperor Goose Tehama

Ethan Monk
 

The Emperor Goose continues this morning, at the GPS provided by Asher. 

Ethan

On Oct 5, 2021, at 5:30 AM, Brewbird <michele31@...> wrote:

This was a great find by Liam. I created a hotspot in eBird, Gerber WTP (limited access). As of 5:30 this morning, it was not on their website, but already on the app. For all of you that have entered a list, please change the location to the hotspot, so we don’t have a bunch of personal locations scattered around a small area. Thank you.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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

On Oct 4, 2021, at 19:26, Asher Perla <asher.perla@...> wrote:


Hi All,

I just finished up watching the immature Emperor Goose found earlier today by Liam Huber at the Gerber Water Treatment Plant in Tehama. The bird and the 4 white fronts it was with stayed until it got dark, feeding in the field next to the wtp. It was a beautiful bird, and a lifer for me. 

These were the coordinates: 40.064616,-122.139616

Make sure to keep an eye out further south in the valley as this bird continues to migrate. 

Good birding,

Asher Perla,

Oregon House


Re: [countybirders] Emperor Goose Tehama

Brewbird
 

This was a great find by Liam. I created a hotspot in eBird, Gerber WTP (limited access). As of 5:30 this morning, it was not on their website, but already on the app. For all of you that have entered a list, please change the location to the hotspot, so we don’t have a bunch of personal locations scattered around a small area. Thank you.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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

On Oct 4, 2021, at 19:26, Asher Perla <asher.perla@...> wrote:


Hi All,

I just finished up watching the immature Emperor Goose found earlier today by Liam Huber at the Gerber Water Treatment Plant in Tehama. The bird and the 4 white fronts it was with stayed until it got dark, feeding in the field next to the wtp. It was a beautiful bird, and a lifer for me. 

These were the coordinates: 40.064616,-122.139616

Make sure to keep an eye out further south in the valley as this bird continues to migrate. 

Good birding,

Asher Perla,

Oregon House

--
Michele Swartout
Red Bluff


Emperor Goose Tehama

Asher Perla
 

Hi All,

I just finished up watching the immature Emperor Goose found earlier today by Liam Huber at the Gerber Water Treatment Plant in Tehama. The bird and the 4 white fronts it was with stayed until it got dark, feeding in the field next to the wtp. It was a beautiful bird, and a lifer for me. 

These were the coordinates: 40.064616,-122.139616

Make sure to keep an eye out further south in the valley as this bird continues to migrate. 

Good birding,

Asher Perla,

Oregon House


Sacramento Broad-winged Hawk

M. Brodie
 

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Birders,

This morning Jeri Langham, Tom Horner, Stephanie Levins, Nora Papian and I witnessed an immature BROAD-WINGED HAWK flying east past Gristmill Recreation area at 10:29 a.m.  We were fortunate enough to get photos of the bird and immediately relayed the sighting to the Sacramento WhatsApp group.  Shortly thereafter, Cliff Hawley resighted the bird from Sara Ct. Access (about 2 miles east) and watched it turn and head back west.  Just upriver from Mayhew Drain, we watched the bird fly past us a second time still going west at 11:25, when Mark Martucci and Lyann Comrack were able to get on the bird from the opposite side of the river.  We met up with Linda Gal and Cliff and continued down to Larchmont Park, where Cliff again spotted the bird flying back east at 12:30 p.m. and Linda was finally able to see it.  To my knowledge, it was not seen for the remainder of the day despite multiple birders searching.

John Sterling noted that this bird represents a first county record for Sacramento and one of very few for the Central Valley.

As Jeri likes to say regarding birding his local patch, "Every day is different." Well, this day was different in a very special and unforgettable way.


Bird on,
Max Brodie
Orangevale, Sacramento, CA


Chestnut-sided Warbler at Elkhorn Regional Park (Yolo)

Emmett Iverson
 

Hi all,


This morning I had a hatch year Chestnut-sided Warbler at Elkhorn Regional Park. It was in the oaks next to the road here: (38.6611718, -121.6134344). Super birdy and I had a vireo get away from me that I thought might be a Red-eyed…dang.

 
This hotspot seems awesome and reasonably underbirded, this was my first visit. Bart Wickel had a Tennessee Warbler a couple weeks ago here and historically Andy Engilis has found some great birds at this spot, (Red-eyes Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler, etc). 



EBird checklist:


Emmett Iverson 

Sacramento, Ca
 

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