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Photos posted of "possible" female Garganey from YBWA

naturestoc
 

Hi all. I have posted 3 shots taken at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area of
what many of us hope is a female Garganey and 1 shot of a female Green-
winged Teal taken on the west side of the auto tour road at YBWA
earlier in the day. None of the photos are good and they may just
confuse the issue even more, but what the heck!

A group of us viewed the bird for about 2 hours and with every
imaginable field guide at our access, we all felt that the bird had to
be a Garganey. And if not, WHAT IS THE ID? I must add that our combined
experience with this species probably wouldn't fill a thimble!

Dan Brown,
Sacramento


Yolo Birds

Joan Humphrey <ybmagpie@...>
 

Word from the hunter check-in station at the yolo bypass wildlife area is that the sharp-tailed sandpiper was not seen today.
Other birds of interest today were a Franklin's Gull found by Gil Ewing at the yolo county landfill pond along road 28H. There were four bonaparte's gulls along with it.
The Ruff was observed again during a monitoring survey at the city of davis wetlands, this time on wastewater lagoon. Lots of good habitat present. A wilson's phalarope was part of a large assortment of shorebirds on stormwater lagoon. This time of year the wetlands are open to the public on mondays and from 3-5 on the first saturday of the month docent led tour [next saturday].

Joan Humphrey
Davis, CA


Re: (Possible) Garganey continues at Yolo Wildlife Area

Matt Brady
 

Hi CV Birders. I was one of the co-finders of the 2003 Baker STP
"Garganey". That bird was NOT accepted by the CBRC, and I have since
reidentified it as a probable Common Teal, the Eurasian counterpart to
our Green-winged Teals. Please use discretion when comparing the
current Yolo bird to that one.

Matt Brady
Mendocino County


--- In central_valley_birds@..., "Chris Conard"
<conardc@...> wrote:

Folks,

This morning (10/27/07) a little before 1030, Kimya Lambert and I
found a
large group of birders. They were scoping the putative female-type
Garganey
from what I believe is Lot C (the lot on your right as you are heading S
along the loop portion of the auto tour).

I have never seen a Garganey [before], so for what it is worth, I
like the
pattern on the face. The bill appeared a little smaller than I
would like.
The bill was all dark. At times green showed in the speculum (wing
folded)--I didn't get good views of the bird flapping as seen by
others. I
like the white edging to the tertials.

The bird was farther away than I would have liked, but a few of my
digiscopes might be useful:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/

As additional food for thought, a possible Garganey was photographed
at the
Baker Sewage Ponds in 2003. Photo here:
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/garg.htm<http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/%7Ejmorlan/garg.htm>

Thoughts welcome.

While we were there, nobody saw a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. One Pectoral
Sandpiper was found by another birder on the return leg of the loop ~150
yards S of Lot B.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


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Sac Co, Great-tailed Grackles

B. Acord
 

~30 Great-tailed Grackles, Folsom, Sacramento Co, 10/27/07 (resident
population?)

While hanging out with folks at Jeri Langham's place this morning, Craig
Swolgaard mentioned something about grackles that caught my attention being
new to Sac Co. Sure enough, this afternoon Krysta Rogers and I found about
30 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES at Willow Springs Lake in Folsom (that's what a
local resident said it was called; Tim Fitzer earlier at Jeri's said it
might be called Pintail Pond; directions at end). This is a nice urban pond
with with some decent vegetation right in the middle of a newish housing
development. Some other notable birds were a MERLIN, 3 BUFFLEHEAD, about 10
RING-NECKED DUCKS, 1 GREEN HERON, 1 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, about 15
COMMON MOORHENS, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and about 7 YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS.

From Hwy 50, exit at Prairie City Road and head north. Turn east (right) on
Iron Point Road. Turn north (left) at McAdoo Dr. Turn east (right) on Marsh
Hawk Dr which loops all the way around the south, east, and north sides of
the pond. If you live in the area, its a place to check once in a while, but
not a major destination.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=112545539956088290976.000439e4192e503ca8c28&ll=38.656728,-121.150231&spn=0.018164,0.040169&z=15&om=1

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Re: teal photos

Gil Ewing
 

Chris
In addition to John Sterling's comments, the scapulars on the bird you photographed look more like those of the Green-winged teal, and your bird appears in one photo to show the white at the sides of the base of the tail, also found in Green-winged but not Garganey.
The two-lined face pattern is interesting though, and the throat looks white-enough to me, and Garganeys can look buffy on the head. Can't tell the difference by the bill. Maybe you have an immature female hybrid! ;^)
Gil Ewing

On Oct 27, 2007, at 3:13 PM, Chris Conard wrote:

Folks,

This morning (10/27/07) a little before 1030, Kimya Lambert and I found a
large group of birders. They were scoping the putative female-type Garganey
from what I believe is Lot C (the lot on your right as you are heading S
along the loop portion of the auto tour).

I have never seen a Garganey [before], so for what it is worth, I like the
pattern on the face. The bill appeared a little smaller than I would like.
The bill was all dark. At times green showed in the speculum (wing
folded)--I didn't get good views of the bird flapping as seen by others. I
like the white edging to the tertials.

The bird was farther away than I would have liked, but a few of my
digiscopes might be useful:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/

As additional food for thought, a possible Garganey was photographed at the
Baker Sewage Ponds in 2003. Photo here:
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/garg.htm<http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/%7Ejmorlan/garg.htm>

Thoughts welcome.

While we were there, nobody saw a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. One Pectoral
Sandpiper was found by another birder on the return leg of the loop ~150
yards S of Lot B.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Re: [CVBirds] (Possible) Garganey continues at Yolo Wildlife Area

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

I saw presumably the same bird a bit later in the morning as it was shown to
me by others who had been there awhile, but I identified it as a
Green-winged Teal. The face pattern wasn't bold enough on one side of the
face when seen in good light, and the head was too buffy in color. The
throat wasn't pale nor was the lore pale and bold enough. The overall size
of the bird and the bill size/shape was identical to my eye to the
Green-winged Teal next to it.



John Sterling

26 Palm Ave

Woodland, CA 95695

530-908-3836 (cell)

530-753-3733 ext 102 (work)



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From: central_valley_birds@...
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Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 3:13 PM
To: central_valley_birds@...
Subject: [CVBirds] (Possible) Garganey continues at Yolo Wildlife Area



Folks,

This morning (10/27/07) a little before 1030, Kimya Lambert and I found a
large group of birders. They were scoping the putative female-type Garganey
from what I believe is Lot C (the lot on your right as you are heading S
along the loop portion of the auto tour).

I have never seen a Garganey [before], so for what it is worth, I like the
pattern on the face. The bill appeared a little smaller than I would like.
The bill was all dark. At times green showed in the speculum (wing
folded)--I didn't get good views of the bird flapping as seen by others. I
like the white edging to the tertials.

The bird was farther away than I would have liked, but a few of my
digiscopes might be useful:
http://www.flickr. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/>
com/photos/conardc/

As additional food for thought, a possible Garganey was photographed at the
Baker Sewage Ponds in 2003. Photo here:
http://fog.ccsf. <http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/garg.htm>
cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/garg.htm<http://fog.ccsf.
<http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/%7Ejmorlan/garg.htm> cc.ca.us/%7Ejmorlan/garg.htm>

Thoughts welcome.

While we were there, nobody saw a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. One Pectoral
Sandpiper was found by another birder on the return leg of the loop ~150
yards S of Lot B.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


(Possible) Garganey continues at Yolo Wildlife Area

Chris Conard
 

Folks,

This morning (10/27/07) a little before 1030, Kimya Lambert and I found a
large group of birders. They were scoping the putative female-type Garganey
from what I believe is Lot C (the lot on your right as you are heading S
along the loop portion of the auto tour).

I have never seen a Garganey [before], so for what it is worth, I like the
pattern on the face. The bill appeared a little smaller than I would like.
The bill was all dark. At times green showed in the speculum (wing
folded)--I didn't get good views of the bird flapping as seen by others. I
like the white edging to the tertials.

The bird was farther away than I would have liked, but a few of my
digiscopes might be useful:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/

As additional food for thought, a possible Garganey was photographed at the
Baker Sewage Ponds in 2003. Photo here:
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/garg.htm<http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/%7Ejmorlan/garg.htm>

Thoughts welcome.

While we were there, nobody saw a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. One Pectoral
Sandpiper was found by another birder on the return leg of the loop ~150
yards S of Lot B.

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Cosumnes birds- 27 X 07

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

A brief visit to the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County
this morning produced the following birds in and around the Tall Forest:
red-breasted sapsucker, brown creeper, golden-crowned kinglet, blue-gray
gnatcatcher, varied thrush (FOS), and black-throated gray, Townsend's and
Wilson's (this one late, for sure) warblers. Very large numbers of hermit
thrushes and sooty (at least those that were seen) fox sparrows have come
in since last weekend. I found a *pugetensis* white-crowned sparrow, too.

Ponds along Desmond Road had a decent mix of waterfowl, including one
Aleutian goose. Alas, shorebird numbers are dismal.

Best,
John Trochet

--
John Trochet
Sacramento, California
trochetj@...


Sharp-tailed Sanpiper photos posted

naturestoc
 

Hi all. One of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers was still present at 5:00pm,
10-26-07 at the YBWA on the mudflat just east of the hunters check
station where it was seen during the day. I have posted a couple long
distance shots of it in the Shorebirds folder.

Dan Brown,
Sacramento


Re: [CVBirds] A reminder to follow the rules and use good sense

Bruce Deuel <bkrdeuel@...>
 

I'd like to put in a word here. I worked for Cal. Fish and Game for 34 years. I've been to or worked on most of the state wildlife areas. I honestly feel there is NO staffed wildlife area in the state more accommodating to birders than Yolo Wildlife Area, though several are getting better. Please, don't mess it up - follow the rules.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 10:46 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] A reminder to follow the rules and use good sense


Since the report of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers we have had several birders walking into the hunt zone near the Hunter Check Station.? The area beyond the barriers?is closed to ALL users on non-hunt days and is only? open to a limited number of hunters on the hunt days.? Please follow the rules and regulations.? Wait for the Merlin and Peregrine to bring the sandpipers?back into view.
As always, you should pull to the side of the road while birding from a vehicle and use turnouts and parking lots if you will be walking away from your immediate vehicle location.? You've probably seen the huge tule clumps being hauled to enhance new wetlands, and you can see rice harvesters and the other harvest equipment near the Auto Loop.? The truck drivers?may not see you in the road as easily as you see them.? Please especially avoid parking at the "Y" in the semicircle because the large trucks need every inch they can squeeze to make the sharp turn.
Mary Schiedt
Yolo BYPASS Wildlife Area staffer
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Merced Co. 10/25

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Yesterday, Ed Pandolfino & I decided to bird in Merced Co. Started early in the morning at Dinosaur Pt. with 3-4 WESTERN SCREECH OWLS vocalizing. Then at the end of the road, we parked close to the boat launch and had 2 COMMON POORWILLS calling before dawn.

At the day use area around O'Neill Forebay added RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH to my list. Scoping around the lake found just the usual ducks, grebes, & coots. Unfortunately, no loons or scoters.

Checked all the usual spots for a roadrunner and could not find one, though we did find a good spot for longspurs. Too bad there weren't any! {Though if Todd E were with us, I'm sure we would have had one of each!}

At the Gustine Sewage Ponds, the continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was found along one of the south-eastern levees. And 45+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen in the westernmost large ponds. Calling rails and moorhens were heard in the marshes north of the ponds.

Driving east along Gun Club & then south along Santa Fe Rd, we found lots of shorebirds {mostly Dunlin, peeps, dowitchers, stilts, & both yellowlegs}. In one of the large flocks of shorebirds along Santa Fe Rd, Ed found a WILLET.

Good Birding!
Frances
Lodi, CA


Garganey at Yolo Wildlife Area

shoppeco <shoppe01@...>
 

Hi Birders,

Went to Yolo Bypass WildLife Area today to look for Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers (found one east of hunters check station at 12:30 where
previously reported). But also found a female Garganey at around 1:30
about 300 yards south of Lot B. She was roosting at the edge of a
loafing island (or loafing at the edge of a roosting island) west of
the auto loop road. This is probably the bird that Todd Easterla
thought he saw the other day.
While myself and another birder from the bay area were watching her,
she began swimming around and we lost sight of her around 2:30.
You can call me with any questions regarding i.d., etc.: (916)835-8471

Good Luck!

Scott Hoppe
Newcastle, CA


Sailor Bar / American River Parkway

David
 

Fellow birders,

Dee Warenycia accompanied me on this beautiful day weatherwise,
10/26/07, and in 5 1/4 hours I tallied 57 species of birds, the
highlights being: 1 male and 2 female Wood Ducks were perched on a
dead tree on the west side of the pond off Illinois Ave; 2
White-tailed Kites; 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk; 1 male American Kestrel; 1
American Coot was at the boat launch inlet and 2 others were on the
south side of the river; 2 adult Glaucous-winged Gulls; several
White-throated Swifts were foraging high above; 1 AMERICAN PIPIT on a
gravel bar in the American River was a first October record for me at
Sailor Bar this decade; 3 male and 2 female Phainopeplas; 8-10 Western
Bluebirds; 2 American Robins; no Yellow-billed Magpies; 5-6 Lark
Sparrows; 2 Sooty Fox Sparrows; 1 white-striped White-throated Sparrow
was near the American River; and 6-8 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a first October
record for me for Sailor Bar.

In the mammal department, 2 large male Black-tailed Deer ran right in
front of us.

The most exciting find today was in the herp department where Dee and
I observed 4-5 smallish frogs jump into a small creek. In picking one
up we determined that we were looking at a Foothill Yellow-legged
Frog, a species I haven't observed at Sailor Bar since the 1970's.

Good birding,

Dave Johnson
Fair Oaks


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper still in Yolo

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper(s) still in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. I saw one
in the pond just to the east of the hunter check-in station about 9 am.
On the north-bound leg of the auto tour loop at about 9:30 I saw a
second Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (maybe the same bird?) about a quarter
mile south of parking lot B on the east side of the road associating
with Greater Yellowlegs.



Roger Adamson

Davis, California


Placer next species-better link

ed pandolfino
 

Some are having problems with the link I sent in my last message. Try the
link below to the SFAS web page, then select Birding and Placer County Bird
List. Sorry about that.

_http://www.sierrafoothillsaudubon.com/_
(http://www.sierrafoothillsaudubon.com/)


Ed Pandolfino



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Placer Big Year, next 10 species

ed pandolfino
 

As Deren Ross mentioned, we are inviting everyone to bird Placer County next
year as part of a communal Big Year. I'm sure we'll add some new species to
the county list so I'm asking everyone to think about which new species you
think will be the next ones added to the Placer list.

Refer to the Placer County Bird List at:
_http://www.sierrafoothillsaudubon.com/Birding/Placer_County_Bird_list/CHECKLIST.htm_
(http://www.sierrafoothillsaudubon.com/Birding/Placer_County_Bird_list/CHECKLIST.htm) .

Choose a species that is not on the main list and not one of the three
species not yet accepted by the CRBC (at the bottom of the list).

Send me by return email your picks (top ten?) for the next Placer species,
preferably in the order you think most likely. Send that list to me by Nov 2
and I'll post everyone's picks on the SFAS web site or some other accessible
site. In the course of the year, we'll see how accurate your prognostications
turn out to be.



Ed Pandolfino



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A reminder to follow the rules and use good sense

maryolo1
 

Since the report of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers we have had several birders walking into the hunt zone near the Hunter Check Station.? The area beyond the barriers?is closed to ALL users on non-hunt days and is only? open to a limited number of hunters on the hunt days.? Please follow the rules and regulations.? Wait for the Merlin and Peregrine to bring the sandpipers?back into view.
As always, you should pull to the side of the road while birding from a vehicle and use turnouts and parking lots if you will be walking away from your immediate vehicle location.? You've probably seen the huge tule clumps being hauled to enhance new wetlands, and you can see rice harvesters and the other harvest equipment near the Auto Loop.? The truck drivers?may not see you in the road as easily as you see them.? Please especially avoid parking at the "Y" in the semicircle because the large trucks need every inch they can squeeze to make the sharp turn.
Mary Schiedt
Yolo BYPASS Wildlife Area staffer
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Re: [CB] sharp-tailed sandpipers in Yolo

Todd Easterla <tje6969@...>
 

At about six O'clock Joan Humphrey and my self found two juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Vick's Place (Fazio Wildlife Area). They were in the area that John Sterling reported them in an earlier post. They were seen at the small field now drying up just to the East of the hunter check in station. The birds flushed and went in every direction. One of the birds returned and the other never came back? It is possible there are other Sharp-taileds here as we briefly viewed the birds and they flushed rather quickly due to a car driving by before we could thoroughly scan all of the birds.

There is alot of good habitat for the likes of a Ruff or Sharp-tailed Sandpiper out there. One good place to check would be just North of Parkikng lot D. Go to Parking lot D, park and walk on the trail toward the North a hundred feet or so and scan here.

On the drive out this evening I was amazed at the numbers of Tringa out there! Unfortunately it was to dark to check them on the way out as it was almost dark, could be anything there?

Todd Easterla
Bird Nut

----- Original Message -----
From: John Sterling
To: countybirders@... ; central_valley_birds@...
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:17 PM
Subject: [CB] sharp-tailed sandpipers in Yolo




Todd Easterla just called me. He found two juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
this evening at the Fazio Wildlife Area near the hunter check in station at
southern end of the autotour loop.

John Sterling

26 Palm Ave

Woodland, CA 95695

530-908-3836 (cell)

530-753-3733 ext 102 (work)


Yolo Bypass WA

cormorant95833
 

This morning's Sacramento Audubon Society's trip to this area did not
find the Ruff. However, we did have some nice early season birds.
While looking for the Ruff near the hunter check-in station, all the
shorebirds flushed and we suspected a falcon was in the area, but did
not immediately find one. However, soon after the birds settled back
down, a Merlin was spotted on the far shore.

We noticed that the road behind the check-in station is posted "No
Foot Traffic". If you go to look for the Ruff, you can scope the
flooded field from the parking area adjacent to, and immediately
north of the check-in station.

A juvenile Snow Goose was seen in the area immediately east of the
road, approximately 200 yards up the one-way north section of the
auto tour loop. A little further up and to the west of this road, a
Prairie Falcon was seen on the ground. Everyone had nice scope views
of this bird.

Waterfowl numbers are increasing, as are sparrows and pipits. Winter
must be on the way.

Best,
Dan Tankersley
Sacramento


sharp-tailed sandpipers in Yolo

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

Todd Easterla just called me. He found two juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
this evening at the Fazio Wildlife Area near the hunter check in station at
southern end of the autotour loop.



John Sterling

26 Palm Ave

Woodland, CA 95695

530-908-3836 (cell)

530-753-3733 ext 102 (work)

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