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Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Hey,

Can somebody tell me how to subscribe to the San Joaquin Birds list serve? I
don't hear that much from these guys on the C.V list serve. And I know they
find quite a bit of the good stuff, so I would like to join there list
serve. Thanks in advance.

Todd Easterla (county twitcher)
todtringa@jps.net
Rancho Cordova, Ca.
(916) 638-7007


Re: [CB] Colusa County Birds

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Birders,

Yesterday, just before seeing the Long-tailed Duck at Delevan NWR, I saw a
first year Glaucous-winged Gull just a half mile East of here. The bird flew
towards the south but I had great looks at it. According to Brian Williams
this would be a first county record? Can some of you other county listers
shed a little light here? Does Sterlings spread sheet show this as a first
as well?

Todd Easterla

-----Original Message-----
From: Clifford Hawley <yellowhammer74@yahoo.com>
To: countybirders@yahoogroups.com <countybirders@yahoogroups.com>;
central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2001 7:20 PM
Subject: [CB] Colusa County Birds


Hi Birders,
Today the 17th of November I went looking for the
recently reported birds. I managed to refind the
Long-tailed Duck(Oldsquaw) at Delevan NWR and the
Mountain Plovers near the intersection of Browning and
Countyline Rd. I didn't find the Lapland Longspurs
reported yesterday by Brian Williams. There were
still a lot of Horned Larks in the area, but I didn't
hear any longspur calls. The Long-tailed Duck took a
while to locate. Mike Feighner was already there
looking for the bird. After about 20 minutes I saw
the bird diving near the back of the pond. At
Browning and County Line Rd the Mountain Plovers were
well off the road to the NE. There was also a
Ferruginous Hawk on the ground in the same field as
the plovers. That's all for now. Good luck and good
birding.

Cliff Hawley

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Birds

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Hello Birders,

This evening at Folsom Lake I saw a White winged Scoter and three Pacific
Loons. The birds were viewed from the Beals point area. Walking or driving
down closer to the edge of the water and scanning from some of the higher
points on the lake is your best chance. I viewed the Scoter at about 4:30
where I saw it fly in from the Eldorado side and land in the area that used
to be the cove (now dry) just north of the beach area. I only had time to
scan the lake for about thirty minutes so there could be other goodies out
there.

Yesterday, in San Joaquin County I had three Mountain Plovers and an adult
Lapland Longspur. These birds were seen near the intersections of Flood and
Waverly Roads. This area is private property with limited access.

Todd Easterla

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Re: [CVBirds] Chukar in Yolo County

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Hey Steve and Others,

I have seen hunters just across the freeway from longspurs corners with
truck loads of different game birds. They had hundreds of cage's of
Pheasants and I'm sure they unloaded a few Chuckars here as well. Have any
of the Longspurs returned out in this area or has any body checked as of
late?

Todd Easterla

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Hampton <SHAMPTON@OSPR.DFG.CA.GOV>
To: central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com
<central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, November 19, 2001 11:28 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Chukar in Yolo County


I've just received news of a dead Chukar being found in Yolo County. I've
seen Bobwhite in the county and know that there are many game bird raisers,
but I thought I'd ask: Has anyone ever seen a Chukar in Yolo County? The
location was near "longspur corner" off the 505 n. of Esparto.



Steve Hampton, Ph.D.
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County Birds

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Birders,

Today Myself, Bruce Webb, Steve Abbott and John Lewis relocated the Rusty
Blackbird in Sutter County at around 8:20 to 8:30. The bird was in the same
area on Pleasant Grove Road. This bird yesterday seemed brighter over all so
there may actually be two birds, but what are the odds? There was also a
Lapland Longspur that landed here briefly in the same area. There were also
2-3 Lapland Longspurs on Brewer Road just north of Nicholas Rd in Placer
County.

Also in Sutter County I found a Chestnut-collared Longspur and a Lapland
Longspur Near the intersection of Hwy 113 and Subaco Road. These birds were
in the South West field of this intersection. There are thousands of Horned
Larks here and I didn't even use my scope, so who knows what else could be
here.

In Yolo County, I had a first winter Glaucous Gull near Tindall Landing. The
bird was about two miles south of where hwy 45 makes a 90 degree turn toward
Tindall Landing. This is to the West of Tyndall Landing where the road
turns. Go south on the gravel Road about 2 miles and look for red flagging.
The Glaucous Gull was on the East side of the road in a flooded field. There
are thousand of Swans, Geese and shorebirds here as well.

There were 61 Mountain Plovers just North of County line Rd in Colusa
County. They were between Browning Rd and Hwy 45 about a half a mile.


Todd Easterla (county twitcher)
todtringa@jps.net
Rancho Cordova, Ca.
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Re: [CVBirds] Re: Vaux's Swift

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Hey,

Has anyone gone to look for this bird yet? I'm Curious to see if it is going
to spend the rest of the winter at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. What is the
deal whith the fish hatchery any ways? Will they be opening up to the public
and cleaning the Salmon soon?

Todd

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Engilis, Jr. <aengilisjr@ucdavis.edu>
To: markeaton <mweaton@pacbell.net>; central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com
<central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, December 06, 2001 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Re: Vaux's Swift


Looking at records here at WFB Museum, the latest records are from early
October, none latter than that. I can find not historical accounts from
winter in literature.

Andy Engilis
UC Davis

At 06:14 PM 12/6/01 +0000, markeaton wrote:
--- In central_valley_birds@y..., "Todd Easterla" <todtringa@j...>
wrote:
I don't know how many December
records there are in Northern California but there can't be many.
Birds of Northern CA indicates "[along the coast...] there are a few
winter records", but there's no mention of any winter records away
from the coast. Maybe someone with more field experience in the
Central Valley can comment further.

Mark Eaton
mweaton@pacbell.net



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Rusty Blackbird

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Hey,

Today in Sutter County I saw a female Rusty Blackbird off Pleasant Grove
Road. The bird was in a harvested rice stubble field along with a mixture of
other blackbirds. It was half way between Marcum Rd (which is Nicholas) and
Stripplin Rd ( or Moore Rd). The bird was between eight or nine tenths of a
mile from either road on Pleasant Grove Rd. There are quite a few blackbirds
in this general area but I think that it can be relocated. There are some
large silo's and rice dryers at the intersections of Pleasant Grove Rd and
Stripplin Rd. The bird could be in this area as well as there were other
blackbirds concentrated in this area as well. Hopefully the blackbirds are
roosting in this immediate area and not flying off to roost.

Todd Easterla

Todd Easterla (county twitcher)
todtringa@jps.net
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Re: [CVBirds] Cosumnes Rusty Blackbird

Todd Easterla <todtringa@...>
 

Birders,

Rusty Blackbird is exceedingly rare in the Central valley. I would like to
hear reports of this bird if it is relocated, please. As for the loons at
Folsom Lake I was out there yesterday and had two Pacific Loons together and
one by its self. I haven't seen any of the other species of loons to date
but they do tend to move around the lake allot. I think that the three
species of Scoters in one location was very impressive for the central
valley.

Todd Easterla

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Engilis, Jr. <aengilisjr@ucdavis.edu>
To: central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com
<central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 10:31 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Cosumnes Rusty Blackbird


A few tidbits from Cosumnes. Yesterday, 6 November around 4:00pm, I found
a male, Fall plumage Rusty Blackbird feeding with numerous other blackbirds
on waste grain. The bird was located near the pole barn, near main gate at
corner of Bruceville and Desmond Road. This area is closed to general
public, but some who bird the area regularly (eg. myself or John Trochet)
might be able to meet with those intrepid souls who will attempt to
relocate the bird.

Today in Tall Forest, at the pump station was a calling Western Tanager.




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[CenValBirds] Lark Buntings still present?

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Hi all,
Are the Placer County Lark Buntings still being seen? Interested in finding out how long they've (they'll) stuck (stick) around.

Great idea Bruce! Thank you for all the wonderful contributions you've made to the CA birding community!

Steve Abbott
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[CenValBirds] Sutter County birds

Ylightfoot@...
 

Hi folks:

This is a test of the CenValBirds system.

While doing Tricolored Blackbird survey work in Sutter County yesterday,
April 24, I found a few birds of possible interest to Sutter County birders.

Along Kempton Road between Pacific Avenue and Pleasant Grove Road, in a
partly flooded field on the south side of the road, 3-5 Short-billed
Dowitchers and a couple of Whimbrels were seen. The dowitchers were in
breeding plumage and heard calling in flight. I don't know exactly how many
records of Short-billed Dowitcher exist for Sutter County, but expect there
aren't many.

Cheers,

Tim

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[CenValBirds] Weekend Spring Count

Gain, Jim <Gain.J@...>
 

We had 24 birders out in 12 groups trying to census Stanislaus County for
one 24 hour period. We started at 6:00 P.M. Saturday evening and birder
until 6:00 P.M. Sunday (some of us took a few hours off to sleep). In all we
found 171 species of birds with some incredible misses.

The following birds were missed: Redhead, Bonaparte's Gull, Black Tern (a
little early), Greater Roadrunner, Vaux's Swift, Rufous Hummingbird,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, NO Empids, Cassin's Vireo, Swainson's Thrush (a
little early), Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Hermit
Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Fox Sparrow, Hooded
Oriole, and Pine Siskin.

On the other hand we had good ones too: Common Loon, Greater White-fronted
Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Prairie Falcon, Wild Turkey, Pacific-Golden-Plover,
Willet, Marbled Godwit, Short-billed Dowitcher, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Lesser
Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, Stellar's Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Vesper
Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Lawrence's
Goldfinch.

I hope to have these sightings posted on Stanislaus Audubon's Website
(WWW2.ainet.com/sas) within 2 or 3 days by area.

A good time was had by all.
Jim Gain

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[CenValBirds] Hooded Orioles in Yolo County

Mike Feighner <pac_loon@...>
 

Central Valley Birders:

If I get time I will post the results of our team's Yolo Big Day on
4-24-99. We totalled 139 species.

At Steve's Pizza place John Sterling asked where Hooded Orioles could be
found in Yolo County. Steve Hampton replied that they are not found in
Yolo County. John Sterling's composite county spread-sheet does place
Hooded Oriole in Yolo county. Do they really exist in Yolo County? If
they do exist, where have they been recorded?
--
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, pac_loon@pacbell.net

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[CenValBirds] Yolo Lark Bunting

Marcel Holyoak <maholyoak@...>
 

Hi All,

The Yolo County Lark Bunting was still present on Saturday morning.

It is on County Rd 12A just east of Oat Creek. From I-505 get off at road
12 and drive west. Stop just before the creek (approx 1 mile west of 505)
and the bird was on the north side of the road along a fenceline
approximately 200 feet east of Oat Creek. There is a windmill in the
vicinity. The bird was previously also seen on the road. A wild Turkey and
Tricolored Blackbirds were also present on Saturday 24 April. Singing
Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows were present on Sunday 18 April.

Cheers,

Marcel Holyoak.

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[CenValBirds] Placer Lark Buntings

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4/27/99 @ 6:20PM the two Lark Buntings were again on Phillip Road North of Baseline between Brewer and Fiddyment. They were just west of the blue-gabled kennels which are about 2-2.5 mi west of Fiddyment. They have both molted almost completely to male breeding plumage, with a little brown at the undertail on one, and brown on top the head and center lower breast on the other. They were feeding on Filaree (Cransebill) seeds on the verge and in the road and allowed close approach and prolonged observation from the car.

A Burrowing Owl was on a post 1.5 mi west of Fiddyment.

Charley Walker


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[CenValBirds] Bullock's Oriole- Nesting

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Bullock's Oriole

We have a pair of Bullock's Orioles building their nest in a Blue Oak behind our house (the same tree with fledging Red-Tailed Hawks in a nest). At least 5 times today the male and female have flown into our yard. The male sits on the fence or on another conspicuous perch and occasionally chatters while the female quietly eats some grape jelly and then takes some cotton from a net bag we have hung in a tree. The female then flies back to the oak with the male close behind. The male has not been observed eating or collecting nesting material. Is the male acting as decoy for predators, or is he watching for other male orioles, or is he just watching?

C. Walker


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[CenValBirds] Re: Hooded Orioles in Yolo County

Ylightfoot@...
 

Hi Folks:

Hooded Orioles are regular summer residents (occasional in winter) in
Sacramento County, widely but sparsely distributed in the wooded suburbs of
Sacramento where fan palms occur. The area around Reichmuth Park in south
Sacramento is a good place to look for them. Individuals and family groups
are often seen in the park in August-September (attracted to fruiting plants
in and around the park). They seem to be attracted to fig trees at this time
of year (as are Western Tanagers and a wide variety of other birds, even
including Yellow-breasted Chat), and there is a fig tree near the south end
of the park that often attracts them. I've had a family come to the fig tree
in my backyard at this time of year.

Suburban woodlands are much more extensive in Sacramento County (and San
Joaquin?) than in Yolo County, and I suspect that is why Hooded Orioles are
rarer in the latter. Hooded Orioles probably would not even be in the
Sacramento Valley if not for suburban woods and the planting of fan palms
within them.

Cheers,

Tim

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[CenValBirds] Re: Hooded Orioles in Yolo County

Steve Hampton <SHAMPTON@...>
 

Mike must have misunderstood me in the din of the pizza parlour.
I meant that Hooded Orioles have not been found in Yolo County
yet this year. They are rare and semi-regular, but certainly hard to
come by. In recent years a few have been seen in south Davis
in the vicinity of Rosario and Torrey and at the s. end of Drew Lane.
Both spots have fan palms. In the 8 years I've been in Yolo County,
I can't recall any other Hooded Orioles. The Drew Land birds were
first reported last year, and the Rosario ones maybe for 3 years or
so.
Going farther north, a few years ago I saw a Hooded Oriole in Colusa
County on the Maxwell-Sites Rd just where the foothills begin.
Are they regular in the Sacramento area?



Steve Hampton
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Resource Economist, Ph.D.
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
Calif. Department of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
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phone: (916) 323-4724 Fax: (916) 324-8829
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[CenValBirds] Re: Hooded Orioles in Yolo County

David Yee <dyee@...>
 

Mike Feighner wrote:

Central Valley Birders:

If I get time I will post the results of our team's Yolo Big Day on
4-24-99. We totalled 139 species.

At Steve's Pizza place John Sterling asked where Hooded Orioles could be
found in Yolo County. Steve Hampton replied that they are not found in
Yolo County. John Sterling's composite county spread-sheet does place
Hooded Oriole in Yolo county. Do they really exist in Yolo County? If
they do exist, where have they been recorded?
--
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Birders of Yolo County:

I'm curious about this recent post. Is it true that Hooded Orioles are
hard to come by in Yolo County? They are rather common here in San
Joaquin County as nesters in palm trees.

David Yee

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[CenValBirds] Townsend's Solitaire

David Yee <dyee@...>
 

This morning I had a Townsend's Solitaire at Lodi Lake Nature Area.
Lodi Lake is on Turner Rd in n Lodi, and can be accessed via both I-5
and 99. The nature area is off the east portion of the lake. The bird
was about 100 yds down the dirt path at the point where there is a
connecting path to the paved path.

The nature area was "dripping" with migrants this morning. Not
surprisingly, the fallout occurs after the strongs winds of the past 2
weeks subsided, and there was a light cloud cover during the evening. A
sampling was 30+ Wilson's, 20+ Orange-crowned, 12 Nashville, and 10
Black-th Gray warblers, and 15 Warbling and 4 Cassin's Vireos.
Noticeably absent were flycatchers. Looks like we may have a hot May.

In a conversation with Debi Shearwater yesterday, she shared while on a
Tricolored Blackbird survey in Panoche Valley, San Benito County, she
had no less than 10 Lark Buntings!! Four breeding plumaged males and 2
females were together on a fenceline on New Idria Rd, 1.5 mi before the
junction with Panoche Rd. She also had 3 Blue Grosbeaks in the area.
While Panoche Valley isn't part of the Central Valley proper, it's flora
and fauna are decidedly part of the CV, and it drains into the CV.

Last sighting of rare small gulls at the Stockton sewage ponds was 2
Little and 1 Franklin's gulls on April 21 (myself). However, I don't
know if anyone has been out looking this week.

David Yee

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