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CDs of bird songs

Michael Perrone
 

Can someone recommend a CD of bird songs from typical Sacramento Valley
or foothill habitats, like oak woodland, one that identifies the
singers? I have a tape from about 1984 of East San Francisco Bay Area
songbirds (from the Nature Sounds Society, I believe) that is quite good
and mostly relevant, but I figure there have been improvements since
then.

Thanks,



Michael Perrone

Department of Water Resources

Division of Environmental Services

1725 23d Street, Suite 220

Sacramento CA 95816

(916) 445-6452

mperrone@...


Larchmont Park Red-naped Sapsucker continues (Sac Co)

Stefan Schlick
 

The Larchmont Park Red-naped Sapsucker continues in the cluster of trees that it has been previously reported from. Dan Kopp and I saw the bird at around 12:30pm today. For directions to the park see the earlier posts.

Stefan Schlick
Folsom, CA
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Yolo Glaucous Gull photos

Jon King
 

I have posted a couple of my digiscopes of the adult Glaucous Gull at
the Yolo County Central Landfill on 21st January to the gulls album in
the photo section of the Central Valley Birds yahoogroup (photos 31 and
32, sign in required). The large size of this bird compared to nearby
American Herring Gulls suggests it is probably a male, and note how it
dwarfs the many Californias.

Cheers, Jon.


Jon King
Senior Ornithologist
EDAW, Inc.
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Ovenbird in Yolo and Solano Co this morning

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

This morning at 8:30am Jim Dunn and I were treated to the OVENBIRD putting on a show, marching right under the bridge from west (Solano) to east (Yolo) and then up the path next to the bridge on the Yolo side. At one point it flushed to a tree and called twice, but then flew down and resumed it's path.

I can finally add Ovenbird to my county list!

good birding,





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Re: [CVBirds] Stanislaus County Lark Bunting

Harold Reeve
 

Just a small correction to the earlier post: the intended road name is Crabtree Rd. rather than Crabapple Rd. It is a very good road for sparrows and raptors and we have had several Lark Buntings along this road in previous winters. Thanks for the post, Matt.

Harold Reeve
Modesto

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Brady" <podoces@...>
To: "Central Valley Birds" <central_valley_birds@...>; <countybirders@...>
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 8:35 PM
Subject: [CVBirds] Stanislaus County Lark Bunting


Hi Birders. This afternoon, after seeing the Smew in
Tuolomne County, David Vander Pluym and I found a
female LARK BUNTING in eastern Stanislaus County. The
bird was in a large bramble patch along Crabapple
Road, and was in a huge flock of White-crowned
Sparrows. Further along Crabapple Road we also saw
five Burrowing Owls, three Prairie Falcons, and two
Ferruginous Hawks.

To get to the Lark Bunting, take Highway 132 east from
the town of Waterford. Turn left onto Crabapple Rd,
and park in the first pull-out after crossing the
canal, which is 150 meters or so after you turn off of
Highway 132. The Sparrows were very responsive to
spishing. Good birding,

Matt Brady



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Stanislaus County Lark Bunting

Matt Brady
 

Hi Birders. This afternoon, after seeing the Smew in
Tuolomne County, David Vander Pluym and I found a
female LARK BUNTING in eastern Stanislaus County. The
bird was in a large bramble patch along Crabapple
Road, and was in a huge flock of White-crowned
Sparrows. Further along Crabapple Road we also saw
five Burrowing Owls, three Prairie Falcons, and two
Ferruginous Hawks.

To get to the Lark Bunting, take Highway 132 east from
the town of Waterford. Turn left onto Crabapple Rd,
and park in the first pull-out after crossing the
canal, which is 150 meters or so after you turn off of
Highway 132. The Sparrows were very responsive to
spishing. Good birding,

Matt Brady



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One More Smew Photo

jonathanekatz
 

As an afterthought I posted yet another photo that
shows the grey sides of this duck aren't a uniform
grey at all but instead are a fine grey barring:
http://www.pbase.com/image/73427791/large

Jon Katz
Davis, CA

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Re: [CVBirds] Directions to the Smew near Sonora?

Lou, Calvin <louc@...>
 

Tuolumne Co.
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On Jan 22, the male SMEW continues in Tuolumne County.
To get to the pond take highway 108 a few miles (about 5?) east of Sonora
to Soulsbyville Road where there is a stop light. Turn right on
Soulsbyville Road and then take the first left (right by a store)
which ends in about 100 yards at a pond with the Smew, along with
HOODED MERGANSERS. (Matt Brady)

-----Original Message-----
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To: central_valley_birds@...
Sent: 1/22/2007 4:37 PM
Subject: [CVBirds] Directions to the Smew near Sonora?

None of the CVBirds postings on the Smew have given directions. Could
someone please post them? Thanks.
Mary Schiedt
Woddland / Yolo County
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More Smew Photos: Wings and Feet

jonathanekatz
 

Apologies for the cross-post; I took a photo on Sunday
1/21 that shows full length primaries:
http://www.pbase.com/jekatz/image/73426615/large

and another that shows the full right tarsus and part
of the left:
http://www.pbase.com/jekatz/image/73426609/large

I know this won't identify the origin of this bird,
but these should give us something to base discussion
on!


Jon Katz
Davis, CA

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Smew location

wagtail042000 <wagtail042000@...>
 

Sorry if folks don't know the location of the Smew in Sonora;I guess
the original sighting came through the "Mountain Birds" group. The bird
is at a subdivision pond ,just east of Sonora,Ca. ,in Tuolumne Co. To
get there , take Rte. 108, east through Sonora . On the east side of
town you will come to a stoplight marked "Soulsbyville Rd." Turn right
onto Soulsbyville Rd. turn left at the first street,"King's Ave".You
will be entering a residential area--bear to your left up a short hill.
At the top of the hill on your right will be a small pond.Walk up on
the side of the pond . The Smew will be the small white merganser -
looking duck, usually hanging out with the Hooded
Mergansers. Craig Miller, Sutter Creek


Re: [CVBirds] Stanislaus County Lark Bunting

David Vander Pluym
 

Birders,
Matt meant to say CRABTREE Rd not crabapple rd. Its been a long day.

David Vander Pluym
Santa Cruz,


Hi Birders. This afternoon, after seeing the Smew in
Tuolomne County, David Vander Pluym and I found a
female LARK BUNTING in eastern Stanislaus County. The
bird was in a large bramble patch along Crabapple
Road, and was in a huge flock of White-crowned
Sparrows. Further along Crabapple Road we also saw
five Burrowing Owls, three Prairie Falcons, and two
Ferruginous Hawks.

To get to the Lark Bunting, take Highway 132 east from
the town of Waterford. Turn left onto Crabapple Rd,
and park in the first pull-out after crossing the
canal, which is 150 meters or so after you turn off of
Highway 132. The Sparrows were very responsive to
spishing. Good birding,

Matt Brady


Directions to the Smew near Sonora?

maryolo1
 

None of the CVBirds postings on the Smew have given directions. Could someone please post them? Thanks.
Mary Schiedt
Woddland / Yolo County
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Lower Sunrise / American River Parkway

David
 

Fellow birders,

I birded Lower Sunrise today, 1/22/07, and in 4 1/2 hours I tallied 58
species, the highlights being: 1 Osprey flying downriver; 1 MERLIN
perched in the top of a Valley Oak tree at the northeastern part of
Lower Sunrise picnic area and again 1/2 hour later about 250 yards
downriver from the previous location, a first record for me for Lower
Sunrise this decade; 4 female Wild Turkeys in the Ambassador Park
area; 3 Greater Yellowlegs; 1 adult Thayer's Gull; 3 Yellow-billed
Magpies, 2 of which were within 2 feet of the Merlin above; about 12
Western Bluebirds at the Lower Sunrise picnic area; 3-4 American
Robins also there; 1 male and 2 female VARIED THRUSHES, a first record
for me for Lower Sunrise and a first January record for me for the
American River Parkway this decade; 1 American Pipit; 5-6 Cedar
Waxings at the Lower Sunrise picnic area; 1 male and 2 female
Phainopeplas; 15-20 Lark Sparrows; 1 Fox Sparrow; and 4 Western
Meadowlarks, only my second record for me for Lower Sunrise, the other
record being 11/02/2003.

As I was enroute to lunch near Hazel Avenue and Highway 5o, I again
saw Cattle Egrets at Yuba Canal and Gold Country in Gold River, but
this time there were 4 instead of 3.

Good birding,

Dave Johnson
Fair Oaks


Sonora Smew

wagtail042000 <wagtail042000@...>
 

The male Smew was still present at 1:30pm today at the pond just east
of Sonora.Several folks had scope views . The bird was preening and
flapping its' wings --the primaries seemed to be full length. What
little we could see of the legs showed no leg bands. I have seen Smews
at waterfowl collections in zoos,but this bird sure looked wild to all
of us present.Any comments? Craig Miller, Sutter Creek


SMEW

Chris Conard
 

It was reported to Calbirds that the Smew continues on 1/22.

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CALBIRDS

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Relocating the red-naped sapsucker near Chico.

williamscotthuber
 

I am heading back to B.C.C.E.R. today at noon to attempt to relocate
the bird. I have permission and the gate code so I can drive nearer to
the bird's location. I'd welcome additional eyes so please call me if
you'd like to join me: 530-899-5957 or email me.

Bird well,

Scott Huber


Re: RED-NAPED or YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER near Chico

Bruce Webb <BruWebb@...>
 

Scott and others:

The only record of Red-naped Sapsucker I know of was the immature first seen Feb 16, 2000 in Paradise at my sister's property on Neal Road. It spent a couple of winters and was at the same place where many birders saw their Butte County Costa's Hummingbird.

Hopefully the sapsucker will stick around this weekend when I and others will be up for the Snow Goose Festival (I am giving a couple of workshops).

Bruce Webb
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To: "Altacal Audubon Society" <altacal@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2007 7:28 PM
Subject: RED-NAPED or YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER near Chico



Today at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (B.C.C.E.R) I found either
a red-naped or a yellow-bellied sapsucker. The bird flew into the top
of an oak tree that I was walking under and I got good views of the red
throat bordered below by a black collar, and was able to get a photo
that shows this distinct red triangle (which I'll post tomorrow).
I'm accustomed to seeing red-breasted sapsuckers in this area and
this bird lacked the unbordered red wash to the throat and chest and
clearly had white and black striping in the face. He also showed a red
crown and white barring on the back eliminating Williamson's
sapsucker. I'm assuming red-naped to be more likely for our area than
yellow-bellied.

B.C.C.E.R. is owned by California State University Chico and access is
monitored but generally allowed by walking mile down to the
caretakers house and asking permission (or try calling the manager Jeff
Mott at 530-898-5010). The bird was another mile below the house on
the gravel road that heads down a steep hill between the house and the
barn. You will pass a couple of meadows before the road makes a final
sharp turn before flattening out (there is a picnic bench on the flat
used by bird banders). The bird was in an oak at the top side of that
final sharp turn above the flat and then flew into the hollow above the
picnic bench.

To get to B.C.C.E.R from Hwy 99 take the hwy 32 exit in Chico and head
east towards Chester. Go app. 13 miles. There will be a subdivision of
high end houses all by itself on the right along with a historical
marker regarding 14 MILE HOUSE. From this point back up a few hundred
yards and look for a well hidden driveway on your left. Park your car
in the pullout on the right and walk down the driveway, around the gate
and down to the caretakers house.

Bird well,

Scott Huber
Chico


Yolo Co Am Tree Sparrow still present

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

On a windy day in Yolo Co good birds were hard to come by. The only birds of note for Sunday were Mountain Bluebirds (3) on Rd 23 (intersection with 86A) and Bald Eagles on Cache Creek (from Rd 41 bridge). The eagles were one adult and one 4th year (white head and tail with terminal black). Yesterday I refound the (one of the) American Tree Sparrows at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area near the original site.

Roger Adamson


RED-NAPED or YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER near Chico

williamscotthuber
 

Today at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (B.C.C.E.R) I found either a red-naped or a
yellow-bellied sapsucker. The bird flew into the top of an oak tree that I was walking
under and I got good views of the red throat bordered below by a black collar, and was
able to get a photo that shows this distinct red triangle (which I'll post tomorrow). I'm
accustomed to seeing red-breasted sapsuckers in this area and this bird lacked the
unbordered red wash to the throat and chest and clearly had white and black striping in
the face. He also showed a red crown and white barring on the back eliminating
Williamson's sapsucker. I'm assuming red-naped to be more likely for our area than
yellow-bellied.

B.C.C.E.R. is owned by California State University Chico and access is monitored but
generally allowed by walking ½ mile down to the caretakers house and asking permission
(or try calling the manager Jeff Mott at 530-898-5010). The bird was another ½ mile
below the house on the gravel road that heads down a steep hill between the house and
the barn. You will pass a couple of meadows before the road makes a final sharp turn
before flattening out (there is a picnic bench on the flat used by bird banders). The bird
was in an oak at the top side of that final sharp turn above the flat and then flew into the
hollow above the picnic bench.

To get to B.C.C.E.R from Hwy 99 take the hwy 32 exit in Chico and head east towards
Chester. Go app. 13 miles. There will be a subdivision of high end houses all by itself on
the right along with a historical marker regarding 14 MILE HOUSE. From this point back up
a few hundred yards and look for a well hidden driveway on your left. Park your car in the
pullout on the right and walk down the driveway, around the gate and down to the
caretakers house.

Bird well,

Scott Huber
Chico


Snowy Owl Trips and such

Quiavispetit
 

Hey birders,
So far the Snowy Owl is still being seen from Capt. Dan Thieman's boat.
Trips will leave Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at noon. Wednesday is booked.
Dan's number is (916) 289-8375.

On another note: the other day several boats loaded with idiots followed Dan
out. Once near the owl, they proceeded to harass the bird and chase it from
pillar to pillar. The boats were apparently loaded with people with
cameras. These idiots were not associated with Dan, and he doesn't know who they
are. I want to try to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again. If
anyone was on that boat and can give me some more information about this
incident offlist I would greatly appreciate it. Also if anyone has any information
as to the identity of the boats or the yahoos on them, please contact me.


Bird on!
Daryl Coldren
Arcata

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