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grosbeaks in the evening

Michael Perrone
 

Two evening grosbeaks just flew southbound over my home in Davis, at 5:30 PM.

Michael perrone


Re: Hooded Merganser at Lake Solano

John Ehrenfeld
 

Lake Solano has been productive. Hooded Merganser female seems to enjoy following the female Common Mergansers around. There's also good numbers of Wood Ducks who are there all year. New sightings include a  Swainson's Thrush and a Northern Flicker Intergrade. Photos attached.

John Ehrenfeld
Napa County


White-crowned Sparrow Return Dates

Tim Jackson
 

Hi,

We saw White-crowned Sparrows in our yard (Shingle Springs) this morning.?? This is the latest return date since we've been keeping watch.
Here are the historical return dates for our yard:

2001 - 9/15
2002 - 9/19
2003 - 9/22
2005 - 9/17
2006 - 9/18
2007 - 9/19
2008 - 9/15
2009 - 9/19
2010 - 9/13
2011 - 9/18
2012 - 9/12
2013 - 9/14
2014 - 9/15
2015 - 9/20
2016 - 9/17
2017 - 9/19
2018 - 9/20
2019 - 9/26

Tim & Angela Jackson
Shingle Springs


Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area update

Steve Hampton
 

Per the mgr, the auto tour loop area will start flooding up around Oct 1. They have delayed it due to a broken pipe and delayed timothy grass seed caused by the late flooding last spring. 

Duck hunting starts Oct 19, but the hunting area will be closed starting Oct 7. 

all for now, 

--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA


Re: Hooded Merganser Yolo County

Jeri M. Langham
 

All I can say is that I find Hooded Merganser eggs in with Wood Duck eggs every few years. Sometimes, the eggs do not hatch, but that is also true for any Wood Duck egg “dumped” after incubation has begun.
Wood Duck incubation time is 21-31 days and Hooded Merganser is 26-41, so there is overlap.

Best of birding,

Jeri

On Sep 25, 2019, at 4:48 PM, Rusty Scalf <rscalf@...> wrote:

Hello
Do you mean to say that Hooded Merganser can be brood parasites?

    Rusty Scalf

From 1-4 Hooded Merganser eggs have been laid in my Wood Duck nest boxes every few years and some have hatched along with the Wood Duck eggs, but I have never seen a Hooded Merganser juvenile with Wood Duck juveniles.  One year a female successfully fledged around 10 young.

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Jeri  M. Langham, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
9619 Mira Del Rio Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Cell (916) 505-0002 
Home (916) 366-8584 
jlangham@... OR
langhamjm@...  

Neotropical Grassland Conservancy, Director
http://www.conservegrassland.org

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"ONE TOUCH OF NATURE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN"
 William Shakespeare
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On Sep 25, 2019, at 4:31 PM, Andy Engilis <aengilisjr@...> wrote:

Sami – Great shot.  Hooded Mergansers now breed on Putah Creek and at several locations in the Sacramento Valley.  I have not seen the new checklist but this species can be seen pretty much year round albeit rarely from June – September. 
 
Andrew Engilis, Jr.
Curator
Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
One Shield Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
USA
 
Office Phone:  530-752-0364
Cell: 530-902-1881
FAX: 530-752-4154
E-mail:  aengilisjr@...
 
From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Sami via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:31 PM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Cc: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Hooded Merganser Yolo County
 
Today I was with a birding group at Lake Solano. Our group saw this Hooded Merganser which had be previously seen and photographed by Pam Starr.
I will put her photo on this site. According to the 2019  edition of "Checklist of the Birds of Yolo County, California" these ducks arrive in November.
The juvenile bird was swimming middle of lake about .1 to .2 mile east from  bridge on Pleasants Valley Road. 

Surprised in Yolo,
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
530 908-0288 







Re: Hooded Merganser Yolo County

ed pandolfino
 

And, for those interested is such, here are links to a couple papers documenting both the relatively new status of Hoodies as regular breeders in the Sacramento Valley, and also the increasing numbers of wintering birds.


https://tinyurl.com/y2ja2tkj

Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento

In a message dated 9/25/2019 4:31:21 PM Pacific Standard Time, aengilisjr@... writes:

Sami – Great shot.  Hooded Mergansers now breed on Putah Creek and at several locations in the Sacramento Valley.  I have not seen the new checklist but this species can be seen pretty much year round albeit rarely from June – September.

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

One Shield Avenue

University of California

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

Cell: 530-902-1881

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr@...

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Sami via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:31 PM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Cc: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Hooded Merganser Yolo County

 

Today I was with a birding group at Lake Solano. Our group saw this Hooded Merganser which had be previously seen and photographed by Pam Starr.
I will put her photo on this site. According to the 2019  edition of "Checklist of the Birds of Yolo County, California" these ducks arrive in November.
The juvenile bird was swimming middle of lake about .1 to .2 mile east from  bridge on Pleasants Valley Road. 

Surprised in Yolo,
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
530 908-0288



Re: Hooded Merganser Yolo County

Jeri M. Langham
 

From 1-4 Hooded Merganser eggs have been laid in my Wood Duck nest boxes every few years and some have hatched along with the Wood Duck eggs, but I have never seen a Hooded Merganser juvenile with Wood Duck juveniles.  One year a female successfully fledged around 10 young.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jeri  M. Langham, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
9619 Mira Del Rio Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Cell (916) 505-0002 
Home (916) 366-8584 
jlangham@... OR
langhamjm@...  

Neotropical Grassland Conservancy, Director
http://www.conservegrassland.org

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, Leader
https://ventbird.com/content/124/JeriLangham/34

"ONE TOUCH OF NATURE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN"
 William Shakespeare
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On Sep 25, 2019, at 4:31 PM, Andy Engilis <aengilisjr@...> wrote:

Sami – Great shot.  Hooded Mergansers now breed on Putah Creek and at several locations in the Sacramento Valley.  I have not seen the new checklist but this species can be seen pretty much year round albeit rarely from June – September. 
 
Andrew Engilis, Jr.
Curator
Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
One Shield Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
USA
 
Office Phone:  530-752-0364
Cell: 530-902-1881
FAX: 530-752-4154
E-mail:  aengilisjr@...
 
From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Sami via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:31 PM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Cc: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Hooded Merganser Yolo County
 
Today I was with a birding group at Lake Solano. Our group saw this Hooded Merganser which had be previously seen and photographed by Pam Starr.
I will put her photo on this site. According to the 2019  edition of "Checklist of the Birds of Yolo County, California" these ducks arrive in November.
The juvenile bird was swimming middle of lake about .1 to .2 mile east from  bridge on Pleasants Valley Road. 

Surprised in Yolo,
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
530 908-0288 






Re: Hooded Merganser Yolo County

Andy Engilis
 

Sami – Great shot.  Hooded Mergansers now breed on Putah Creek and at several locations in the Sacramento Valley.  I have not seen the new checklist but this species can be seen pretty much year round albeit rarely from June – September.

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

One Shield Avenue

University of California

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

Cell: 530-902-1881

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr@...

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

From: centralvalleybirds@groups.io <centralvalleybirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Sami via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:31 PM
To: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Cc: centralvalleybirds@groups.io
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] Hooded Merganser Yolo County

 

Today I was with a birding group at Lake Solano. Our group saw this Hooded Merganser which had be previously seen and photographed by Pam Starr.
I will put her photo on this site. According to the 2019  edition of "Checklist of the Birds of Yolo County, California" these ducks arrive in November.
The juvenile bird was swimming middle of lake about .1 to .2 mile east from  bridge on Pleasants Valley Road. 

Surprised in Yolo,
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
530 908-0288


Hooded Merganser at Lake Solano

Sami
 

I posted a message regarding this Hooded Merganser seen today and last weekend at Lake Solano. Here's the photo of the bird.

Ciao,

Sami LaRocca

Woodland, CA

 

 

 


Hooded Merganser Yolo County

Sami
 

Today I was with a birding group at Lake Solano. Our group saw this Hooded Merganser which had be previously seen and photographed by Pam Starr.
I will put her photo on this site. According to the 2019  edition of "Checklist of the Birds of Yolo County, California" these ducks arrive in November.
The juvenile bird was swimming middle of lake about .1 to .2 mile east from  bridge on Pleasants Valley Road. 

Surprised in Yolo,
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
530 908-0288


Re: Impromptu Bufferlands tour on Friday at 7 am

Chris Conard
 

Sorry, it looks like my signature was cut off. And the location is for the Bufferlands of the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Chris Conard
Sacramento
--please excuse this brief message sent with my phone


On Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 7:29 AM Chris Conard <conardc@...> wrote:

Hi folks,

 

This Friday, I’m going to do an impromptu Bufferlands bird tour. This is a great time of year, I have the opportunity to spent a little time in the field looking for birds, and wanted to invite you to join me. We’ll meet at the Bufferlands office at 7 and plan to be back no later than 11. Please send me an e-mail for directions (conardc at gmail dot com).

 

We’ll focus primarily on finding songbird migrants and fall arrivals. Plan to walk about two miles on level ground.

 

All the best,

 

Chris


Impromptu Bufferlands tour on Friday at 7 am

Chris Conard
 

Hi folks,

 

This Friday, I’m going to do an impromptu Bufferlands bird tour. This is a great time of year, I have the opportunity to spent a little time in the field looking for birds, and wanted to invite you to join me. We’ll meet at the Bufferlands office at 7 and plan to be back no later than 11. Please send me an e-mail for directions (conardc at gmail dot com).

 

We’ll focus primarily on finding songbird migrants and fall arrivals. Plan to walk about two miles on level ground.

 

All the best,

 

Chris


White swallow - Madera WWT

Stuart Angerer
 

Today at the Madera WWT my wife and I found and photographed a leucistic or albanistic Barn Swallow flying with others.  Interestingly enough I was able to see one a couple of months ago at the Colusa NWR but was never able to get a picture.  Same one?  who knows.  The bird is pure white on top but shows some dark from below but this may be due to the poor photos and shadow effect.  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60086789

Good Birding!
Stuart Angerer
Colusa County


Sandhill Cranes

Brewbird
 

Hi all,
While working down at Bumpass Hell, in Lassen Volcanic National Park, there were many good-sized flocks of Sandhill Cranes migrating south. Right on schedule for this area.

Michele Swartout 
Red Bluff 

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


Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Chipping Sparrows, and other along Putah Creek

kuschmanfred
 

I spent about two hours in my blind at the warbler bathing and drinking spot upstream from my house and found it busier than it has been in the last 2 weeks. The traffic was especially heavy between 10:30 and 11o’clock when birds were present continuously.

The most numerous and steady visitors were, as is to be expected at this time in the migration cycle, Yellow Warblers, both adults and juveniles. But the variety of additional birds was also impressive:
some Wilson’s and Orange-crowned warblers,
2 Black-throated Gray Warblers ( I had not seen any for quite some time),
several Yellow-rumped Warblers,
a White-breasted Nuthatch,
a Pac. Slope and a Willow flycatcher,
a Bewick's and a House wren,
a flock of Lesser and American goldfinches,
a small flock of Bushtits,
a male Western Tanager, still bright but with the red on its head fading,
a Spotted Towhee,
a White-crowned Sparrow,
a number of Chipping Sparrows,
a Lincoln’s Sparrow
a Black Phoebe that has claimed this spot year-round for several years

And the surprise of the season, a (first-year?) male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a first for me along my stretch of the creek. While it remained partially hidden and did not come down to the water, I was able to capture several views with my camera that show clearly a pink blush on its breast and , when it was stretching, very obvious pink underwing coverts.

As is often the case, a Belted Kingfisher perched nearby ambushing crayfish in the shallow water.



Manfred Kusch
South bank of Putah Creek
3 miles W of Davis


Lewis’s Woodpecker

marieke furnee
 

Hi,
I observed around thirty migrant Lewis’s woodpeckers flying over the alcouffe center in Oregon House in Yuba county. I have never seen them here before.
Good Birding,
Asher Perla, yuba county


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Lewis's Woodpecker flock in North Davis (Yolo Co.)

Chris Dunford
 

Eight to ten Lewis’s Woodpeckers in a loose flock flew east to west over the North Davis Ponds (Anderson and F Street) at 12:20 pm today.  Seen by Joan Humphrey, Ed Whisler, Janet Brendia and me from the short observation deck at the Julie Partansky Pond.  Steve Hampton reported a Lewis’s in North Davis (North Davis Farms Subdivision) a week ago (Sept. 14).

 

Chris Dunford

Davis


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winter finches already

Michael Perrone
 

This morning at about 8 AM I heard evening grosbeaks fly over my block in Davis, and an hour later a purple finch showed up in the yard.

Michael Perrone
Davis


Franklin's Gull, Pectoral and Baird's Sandpipers at Woodland WTP

Kirk Swenson
 

This afternoon there was a young Franklin's Gull and a Pectoral Sandpiper in the main pond at the Woodland WTP (south side of road), along with a Whimbrel and a Marbled Godwit. Unfortunately, the Franklin's Gull flew off to the south before I could get any photos. Later at the Woodland/Davis water facility pond across the street (north side of road) there was a Baird's Sandpiper and another Marbled Godwit (possibly the same bird as before). Meanwhile, Konshau Duman reported a second Baird's Sandpiper with the Pectoral back at Woodland WTP at the same time.


new Yolo County checklist

Michael Perrone
 

Yolo Audubon Society is happy to note that the 2019 revision of the checklist of the birds of Yolo County is now available in print.

A new twist in the checklist that may interest Central Valley birders is the use of number codes.  The checklist assigns number codes to each of its 371 species, so as to help birders quickly understand and communicate the relative rarity of particular birds in the county.

Please visit the Yolo Audubon website to learn how to obtain copies.

Michael Perrone
Davis

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