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Jamaican Oriole,©Tony Disley

01 Sep Northern Waterthrush at Putah Creek Reserve YOL/SOL Co. ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
01 Sep Black-and-White Warbler @ Ancil Hoffman Park, Sac Co ["bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Sep Re: The Selasphorus in my yard ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Sep The Selasphorus in my yard ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
31 Aug Bushy Lake and AR Parkway, Sac Co 8/31/2014 ["bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Aug Re: Lawrence's Goldfinches at Putah Creek Reserve ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Aug Lawrence's Goldfinches at Putah Creek Reserve ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Aug Early Dove Season at Yolo Bypass WA ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Aug World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Aug Yolo Bypass - Snow Goose ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Aug Grasslands Regional Park ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Aug Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Aug Sacramento Bypass, Yolo Co. ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Aug Butte County Summer Tanager ["WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Aug Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Aug Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Aug Dripping migrants in West Sacramento ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Straggler Swainson's hawks? ["Ron Melcer corvid88 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Aug Straggler Swainson's hawks? ["davisgradstudent AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Aug Re: FOS Selasphorus ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Aug Re: FOS Selasphorus ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Aug Re: FOS Selasphorus ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Aug Re: FOS Selasphorus ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Aug FOS Selasphorus ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Aug Cedar Waxwings back in SAC ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Aug Wilson's Warbler, River Park Sacramento8-22;6:30p ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Aug Baird's Sandpiper, Folsom Lake (Placer) ["gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Aug Fall birds ["Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Aug Yolo Bypass - Stilt Sandpiper ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Aug Birds on Babel and Elk Sloughs (Yolo COunty) ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Aug Yolo CO Migrants 08.17.14 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Tall Forest bird survey this morning: glossy ibis ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Putah Creek warbler bathing spots along Putah Creek ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Aug Snowy Plovers at Yolo Bypass ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Cosumnes birds- 15 August 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["michael rogner michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Aug Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug O'Neill Forebay on 08-13-14 ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Re: Davis migrants ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Davis migrants ["stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Putah Creek Warblers ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Burrowing Owl ["Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Aug Wilson's Warblers at Slide Hill Park, Davis ["hiquerr AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Aug Cosumnes birds- 13 August 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Aug SAC Black-throated Sparrow at Bufferlands ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Aug Re: Chico WTP Purple Martin ["'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' pmartins AT island.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Aug YBWA 4 Snowy Plovers ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Aug This morning's River Walk Survey at Cosumnes River Preserve ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
09 Aug Chico WTP Purple Martin ["michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
08 Aug Re: Gee! where did the water go? ["masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Aug Gee! where did the water go? ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Changed start time, cosumes river preserve, this Saturday ["Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Cosumnes birds- 06 August 2014; River walk survey this Saturday ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Aug Re: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder ["Marnelle marnglea AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Second set of shorebird fields filling at YBWA ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Yolo Basin Foundation - Bucks for Ducks Photography Show ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Aug Woodland WTP ["Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Aug Cosumnes birds- August 1-3, 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Aug Putah Creek hummers, warblers et al. ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Costas Hummingbird at my feeder ["'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Sac Rose-breasted--no ["Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Aug Cover of the recent Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin ["sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Burrowing Owls - West Elkhorn Road, Sacramento County ["fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Aug Re: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
31 Jul Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen today July 31 ["sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul Yolo Co. Shorebirds 07.30.14 ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Jul recent observations at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Jul Allen's Hummingbird in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul 7/27 Swainson's trip report ["scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul Water?@Yolo Basin WA - 28 July 2014 ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Jul West Nile Disease ["irehound AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Northern Waterthrush at Putah Creek Reserve YOL/SOL Co.
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 13:53:36 -0700
Hi All,

Thanks to Roger Muscat for telling myself and Daniel and Pam Thompson about the 
Northern Waterthrush he had just seen along the creek. The bird was just east 
of the Pedrick Rd. bridge. A trail drops down fairly close to the creek right 
after you cross under the bridge coming from the parking lot west of the 
bridge. Eventually there is a break in the willows and alder where you can get 
right up to the bank of the creek. We got great views of the bird, first on the 
south bank, then on the north, then back on the south again. 


Below is the video Daniel took and posted on youtube.

Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA


Northern Waterthrush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKvQ0DYja5A 
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKvQ0DYja5A 
 
 Northern Waterthrush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKvQ0DYja5A This Northern 
Waterthrush was seen On Putah Creek near the Pedrick Road bridge on 9/1/14 

 
 
 
 View on www.youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKvQ0DYja5A 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  

 

Subject: Black-and-White Warbler @ Ancil Hoffman Park, Sac Co
From: "bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 13:18:29 -0700
Mark M and Dan K called me around 9 AM to say they had a black-and-white 
warbler at Ancil Hoffman Park in Sacramento. I made it over in time from 
William B Pond to watch the bird for several minutes before they left to 
continue on. The bird was in the trees east of the 16th tee box. If you park in 
the lot next to the golf course clubhouse and walk along the trail next to and 
past the driving range you will come to the 16th tee box after about a 1/2 
mile. The bird called a few times and was foraging around on the trunks and 
branches of the oak and cottonwood trees. 


Kevin Thomas
Sac Co
 

Subject: Re: The Selasphorus in my yard
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:39:21 -0700 (GMT-07:00)




Subject: The Selasphorus in my yard
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:36:52 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
For the last week a Selasphorus hummingbird, believed to a Rufous Hummingbird 
(Selasphorus sasin) has been dominating the feeders in my yard (Orangevale, 
eastern Sacramento County). This morning the bird gave me a good look at its 
tail while it was threatening to annihilate another hummingbird: 


http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/trochilidae/selasphorus/ruhumm07.html

Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


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Subject: Bushy Lake and AR Parkway, Sac Co 8/31/2014
From: "bionerdkevin AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Aug 2014 10:32:56 -0700
The last week or so has been fantastic for migration along the American River 
Parkway. The numbers of warblers, flycatchers, and tanagers has been 
outstanding. Today I visited the Bushy Lake area along the American River 
Parkway (accessed from the dead end of Ethan Way on the eastern boundary of Cal 
Expo). 


Highlights:
1 yellow-breasted chat (hard to find in Sac Co)
numerous yellow, black-throated gray, wilson's, and orange-crowned warblers.
3 Nashville warblers
4 Western tanagers
1 Black-headed grosbeak
1 Lazuli bunting

The majority of the warblers were in the row of eucalyptus that is along the 
levee road bordering raging waters. There were probably many more than I 
reported but there were so many moving around so quickly getting a good 
estimate was difficult. 


Ebird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/ca/view/checklist?subID=S19623735 
http://ebird.org/ebird/ca/view/checklist?subID=S19623735 


Kevin Thomas
Sac Co
Subject: Re: Lawrence's Goldfinches at Putah Creek Reserve
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:44:31 -0700
Yes, a very birdy morning.  Michael and I ended up with 9 species of
warblers between Pedrick and Hopkins.  Full list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19616177

The primary active "birdbath" is about 300 yards upstream of the large
clearing along a woodsy side trail (toward the stream from where the trail
ramps down to the creek).  We saw a mink there last week.

good birding,




On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM, shoppe01 AT surewest.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi All,
>
> This morning, while observing the activity at one of the popular bird
> bathing spots along Putah Creek with Steve Hampton, Michael Perrone and
> Daniel Thompson, we were surprised by the appearance of 2 Lawrence's
> Goldfinches. I spotted one of them first, which everyone quickly got on,
> then we realized there were 2. They hung around for awhile, then moved off
> and did not reappear during the next half hour or so that a couple of us
> remained.
> There was a lot of activity at this spot, but not a very high diversity of
> Warblers. Most were Yellow, with a fewer amount of Wilson's. A handful of
> Lazuli Buntings also showed up, a couple of Western Tanagers and a
> Black-headed Grosbeak.
>
> Good Birding,
> Scott Hoppe
> Citrus Heights, CA
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Lawrence's Goldfinches at Putah Creek Reserve
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 16:32:03 -0700
Hi All,

This morning, while observing the activity at one of the popular bird bathing 
spots along Putah Creek with Steve Hampton, Michael Perrone and Daniel 
Thompson, we were surprised by the appearance of 2 Lawrence's Goldfinches. I 
spotted one of them first, which everyone quickly got on, then we realized 
there were 2. They hung around for awhile, then moved off and did not reappear 
during the next half hour or so that a couple of us remained. 

There was a lot of activity at this spot, but not a very high diversity of 
Warblers. Most were Yellow, with a fewer amount of Wilson's. A handful of 
Lazuli Buntings also showed up, a couple of Western Tanagers and a Black-headed 
Grosbeak. 


Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA

 

Subject: Early Dove Season at Yolo Bypass WA
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:11:21 -0400 (EDT)
The first fifteen days of September are the Early Dove hunting season in 
California. At YBWA, for the first two days we will allow only hunters beyond 
the bottom of the Main Auto Loop. There will be a table at the "Check Station" 
location with information and a place for those hunting to sign into a binder. 


From September 3rd through September 15th non-hunters can access the usual 
areas north of Putah Creek (i. e., north of Parking Lot G). Non-hunters do not 
need to sign into the binder on the table. Only hunters are allowed beyond the 
big yellow gate at Parking Lot G. 


Access to the shorebird habitat fields is fully accessible all fifteen days.

Mary Schiedt

Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 15:43:36 -0700
Dear Birdwatchers,
 

 You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 September, 
2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day is the 
Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask all 
bird enthusiasts in Central Valley to take part in the counting in any areas 
where shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of shorebirds 
in your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out birding, what 
every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

 

 Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about ÂŁ150. 

 

 Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

 

 The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

 

 Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a thousand 
locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

 

 Best wishes, Szimi
 _
 Gyorgy Szimuly
 Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
 Milton Keynes, UK
 http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 
Subject: Yolo Bypass - Snow Goose
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:30:59 -0700
A lone Snow Goose was at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area today (8/28/14) at around 10 
AM. It was moving slowly along the far (south) side of the further-in checks 
(which still have water) across the road from parking lot C. 



Jim Thomas
Davis
Subject: Grasslands Regional Park
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:16:56 -0700
Birders-

I spent over an hour in Yolo County at Grasslands Park and birded in the 
“Wilson Park” area, where the archery range is. I would call it a “chip fest” 
as there were loads of warblers (Wilson’s, yellow, orange-crowned, 
black-throated gray); I didn’t see any vagrants or rarities but there is a lot 
of activity there. Lots of “Western” flycatchers and western tanagers as well. 
Later, off Bulkley Road (driving toward S. Liberty Road) I passed an alfalfa 
field that had at least 150 long-billed curlews, along with many ibis, egrets, 
and a couple Swainson’s hawks. 


Good birding,

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:13:36 -0700
This morning I birded Rd 116B between Gray's Landing and the Sac River.  In
addition to the usual migrants, there was:

1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
1 RUBY-CR KINGLET
1 "AUDUBON'S" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER




On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM, leoedson AT sbcglobal.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

> Plenty of warblers in Land Park (Sacramento) as well with at least 8
> species seen today: orange-crowned, Nashville, MacGillivray's, yellow,
> black-throated gray, hermit, Townsend's, and Wilson's.
>
> Less expected for this location, two chipping sparrows were foraging on
> the grass with house finches between the rock garden and the golf course.
>
> Leo Edson
> Sacramento
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Sacramento Bypass, Yolo Co.
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:17:26 +0000
Best birds on my visit to the north levee of the Sacramento Bypass this morning 
were a chat (only detected because it called) and an acorn woodpecker. Lots of 
tanagers and yellow and Wilson's warblers, too. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Butte County Summer Tanager
From: "WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 23:18:08 -0700
I found a Male Summer Tanager near 1 Mile pool in Bidwell Park, Chico today. 
Later in the day it was also seen by others. It was suggested that I post to 
CalBirds as well, so here you go... This time of year it's likely on the move 
so may be a 1-day-wonder, but of course is likely moving south. 


 

 It was between the freeway and the pool along the road on the north side of 
the park. The call sounded different (more "rattely") than the typical Westerns 
which is why I stopped my ride to hunt it down. 

 

 Skip Augur
 Chico CA
 

Subject: Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:37:45 -0700
Dan,

Davis has been quite birdy the last few mornings-- lots of tanagers and
Wilson's Warblers as usual, and a scattering of other warblers (MacG, BTG,
Yellow, Orange-cr, Nashville, Townsends, Hermit -- the first 4 are reliable
daily, the last 3 are not), grosbeaks, a gnatcatcher, etc.  Willow
Flycatchers arrived on schedule-- I had 4 yesterday morning on a short
walk. There's usually at least 1 Pac-slope around.  Not many Warbling
Vireos so far.  Laz Buntings blew thru big time last weekend-- Michael
Perrone and I had about 45 at Putah Creek Preserve one morning!

Your BTG numbers are impressive, but then again they really do prefer oaks
which we don't have much of.





On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Migrant songbirds were very abundant this morning in West Sacramento.  I
> surveyed a small older neighborhood called "The Oaks" in West Sacramento
> which was built within a dense canopy of old valley oaks.  In about an hour
> covering about a 0.4 mi route, I found 42 migrants as follows: 19
> Black-throated Gray Warblers, 8 Wilson's, 7 Yellow, 3 Townsend's, 2
> Orange-crowns, 1 Hermit, 2 Warbling Vireos, and 1 female presumed-Rufous
> Hummingbird.  These numbers are probably underestimates, as it gets hard to
> keep track of everything when they are so abundant.  I am pretty sure this
> is the highest migrant abundance I've recorded in doing these surveys over
> the last 3 falls in a range of urban and more natural habitats.  Only Babel
> Slough has rivaled this number.
>
> Notably no migrant flycatchers were present, which is typical of urban
> areas.  All migrants (exc. hummer) were feeding in valley oaks.  There is
> no native understory or riparian habitat in the area.  To me, it's
> impressive how tied the migrants are to valley oak canopy amount,
> regardless of any other conditions present
>
> The pattern matches what Steve Hampton noted a few weeks ago here.
>
> Dan Airola
> Sacramento
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:11:11 -0700
Sorry, I forgot to mention the specific location of The Oaks neighborhood.  The 
area is off of Park Blvd between Lakewood Dr. and 19th St. 

 
Dan Airola
Sacramento
Subject: Dripping migrants in West Sacramento
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:12 -0700
Migrant songbirds were very abundant this morning in West Sacramento.  I 
surveyed a small older neighborhood called "The Oaks" in West Sacramento which 
was built within a dense canopy of old valley oaks.  In about an hour covering 
about a 0.4 mi route, I found 42 migrants as follows: 19 Black-throated Gray 
Warblers, 8 Wilson's, 7 Yellow, 3 Townsend's, 2 Orange-crowns, 1 Hermit, 2 
Warbling Vireos, and 1 female presumed-Rufous Hummingbird.  These numbers are 
probably underestimates, as it gets hard to keep track of everything when they 
are so abundant.  I am pretty sure this is the highest migrant abundance I've 
recorded in doing these surveys over the last 3 falls in a range of urban and 
more natural habitats.  Only Babel Slough has rivaled this number.  


Notably no migrant flycatchers were present, which is typical of urban areas. 
 All migrants (exc. hummer) were feeding in valley oaks.  There is no native 
understory or riparian habitat in the area.  To me, it's impressive how tied 
the migrants are to valley oak canopy amount, regardless of any other 
conditions present 


The pattern matches what Steve Hampton noted a few weeks ago here. 
 
Dan Airola
Sacramento
Subject: Re: Straggler Swainson's hawks?
From: "Ron Melcer corvid88 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:13:37 -0700
On Sunday - Road 128 just east of Winters there were > 20 Swainson's Hawks
foraging in flooded fields along with hundreds of Long-billed Curlews and a
similar number of Ibis.

Good Luck,

Ron Melcer
Sacramento, CA


On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM, davisgradstudent AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Hello all,
>
> I am bringing two hawk research intern biologists to the Davis area for
> some birding on Sunday morning, Aug 31st, and was wondering if there have
> been any recent Swainson's hawk sightings.  I counted two on the back road
> last weekend off the Pedrick exit (Lincoln Hwy/E7) last weekend but was
> curious if anyone here knows of other places to look.
>
>
> Regards,
> Laura Young
>
> Operations Manager, GGRO
>
> El Cerrito, CA
>
>  
>
Subject: Straggler Swainson's hawks?
From: "davisgradstudent AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 10:59:32 -0700
Hello all,
 I am bringing two hawk research intern biologists to the Davis area for some 
birding on Sunday morning, Aug 31st, and was wondering if there have been any 
recent Swainson's hawk sightings. I counted two on the back road last weekend 
off the Pedrick exit (Lincoln Hwy/E7) last weekend but was curious if anyone 
here knows of other places to look. 

 

 Regards,
Laura Young
 Operations Manager, GGRO
 El Cerrito, CA
Subject: Re: FOS Selasphorus
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:50:53 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Steve Hampton wrote:

>>>      
 Great photo! The shape of r2 (second in from the left in this view) suggests 
Rufous. Note the outside edge is pinched in and convex. This feature is 
strongest in males (and can be like this in adult male Allen's ), so it's 
presence in an imm female suggests Rufous. 

<<<

Thanks Steve.


Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


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Subject: Re: FOS Selasphorus
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:03:49 -0700
Great photo!  The shape of r2 (second in from the left in this view)
suggests Rufous.  Note the outside edge is pinched in and convex.  This
feature is strongest in males (and can be like this in adult male Allen's
), so it's presence in an imm female suggests Rufous.

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Doug Herr  wrote:

> Steve Hampton wrote:
>
> >>>
>       Banding returns near Davis suggest Allen's is expected in June thru
> late July, with Rufous predominating late July thru Sept.  The throat
> pattern and all green central tail feathers suggest this is an immature
> female.  You would need to see a spread tail (especially R2 and R5, the
> second from middle and outside one), to know for sure.
> <<<
>
> Will this help?
>
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/trochilidae/selasphorus/L1783728.jpg
>
>
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: FOS Selasphorus
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:17:40 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Steve Hampton wrote:

>>>
 Banding returns near Davis suggest Allen's is expected in June thru late July, 
with Rufous predominating late July thru Sept. The throat pattern and all green 
central tail feathers suggest this is an immature female. You would need to see 
a spread tail (especially R2 and R5, the second from middle and outside one), 
to know for sure. 

<<<

Will this help?

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/trochilidae/selasphorus/L1783728.jpg


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Subject: Re: FOS Selasphorus
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:23:53 -0700
Banding returns near Davis suggest Allen's is expected in June thru late
July, with Rufous predominating late July thru Sept.  The throat pattern
and all green central tail feathers suggest this is an immature female.
 You would need to see a spread tail (especially R2 and R5, the second from
middle and outside one), to know for sure.






On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> First of season and new yard bird:
>
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/trochilidae/selasphorus/ruhumm02.html
>
> While I believe this is a Rufous Hummingbird I'm not 100% certain (no
> ebird records for Allen's in my area). Opinions?
>
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: FOS Selasphorus
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:23:01 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
First of season and new yard bird:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/trochilidae/selasphorus/ruhumm02.html

While I believe this is a Rufous Hummingbird I'm not 100% certain (no ebird 
records for Allen's in my area). Opinions? 



Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
http://www.wildlightphoto.com


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Subject: Cedar Waxwings back in SAC
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Aug 2014 18:12:59 -0700
While having lunch with my family at Roxie Deli this afternoon (34th and C in 
Sacramento) I had my FOS CEDAR WAXWINGS come drifting into the trees in the 
medical plaza parking lot across the street. 


 Also had a juvenile CHIPPING SPARROW, lots of WESTERN TANAGERS and 
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, several WILSON'S, and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at 
Woodcreek Oaks Golf Course in Roseville. 

 

 Dan Williams
 Carmichael
  
Subject: Wilson's Warbler, River Park Sacramento8-22;6:30p
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:18:01 -0700
A Wilson’s warbler was taking a several minute long bath in our bird bath 
yesterday at 6:30pm. River Park, Sacramento. Apparent adult male with black 
cap. 

Sally


Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl AT Gmail.com

Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Folsom Lake (Placer)
From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 11:45:08 -0700
8-23-2014
 
 Greetings Birders,
 This morning at approximately 8:15am I had a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at 
Beal's Point, Folsom Lake. 

 The bird was alone on the shoreline, west of the main parking area. In some 
nearby small, isolated ponds were 2 black-necked stilts, 14 least sandpipers, 5 
american avocets, and 9 western sandpipers. 

 

 Get Out There!
 Ron Pozzi
 Granite Bay, CA
Subject: Fall birds
From: "Lawrence Parmeter parmeter3 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:50:08 -0700
     Signs of Fall migration-on Thursday, my son Nathan counted four 
Wilson's Warblers in our backyard in northwest Fresno, and yesterday, he saw, 
and took images of a Willow Flycatcher that showed up in our backyard 
trees-we'll see what comes next- 

  Larry Parmeter
Fresno Audubon Society
Subject: Yolo Bypass - Stilt Sandpiper
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:34:08 -0700
A juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was with about 400 dowitchers at round 10:30 this 
morning (8/20/14) at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, in the next to last check 
across from parking lot C. It was noticeably smaller than the dowitchers, with 
a thinner drooping black bill (longer than its head), fairly long yellowish 
legs, light eyebrow, dark eye line, no eye ring, capped appearance, scaled 
back, lightly streaked buff upper breast fading to plain while below. It was 
actively feeding. Occasionally a dowitcher would harass it. I watched it for 
about 20 min before it flew away to the west (maybe to a pond nearer the road). 
It showed a white rump when it flew. 



Jim Thomas
Davis
Subject: Birds on Babel and Elk Sloughs (Yolo COunty)
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:08:13 -0700
Birding yesterday on both Elk and Babel Sloughs was very productive and
reporting several of the same birds seen along Putah Creek an d Cosumnes.
One Western Flycatcher observed and heard was calling with a very typical
Cordilleran Flycatcher, two note upslurred call.  Was unable to get great
looks at it and also could not photograph. If I was in the Mogollon Rim of
Arizona, it would have been a cinch ID!

 

The bird list from the day was almost identical to that Terry Colburn
reported: Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, MacGillivray's, Wilson's,
Orange-crowned, Yellow warblers, a nice male Hooded Oriole, along with
Bullock's, Lazuli Bunting, Osprey and the Western Flycatchers were
highlights.

 

Andy

 

 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:    http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu

 

 
Subject: Yolo CO Migrants 08.17.14
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:52:48 -0700
Greetings,

My wife, Diane, and I birded Putah Creek east of the Pedrick Rd bridge this 
morning and had a nice array of migrants. Taking the lower trail as it bends 
down toward the creek, we immediately encountered several warbler species 
including BLACK-THROATED GRAY, HERMIT, TOWNSEND'S, YELLOW and WILSON'S. There 
was a big yellow ball in the brush by the trail that marks this area. 
Continuing east we observed several ASH-THROATED, a PACIFIC SLOPE and a WILLOW 
FLYCATCHER; a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER were also present. 
We had a vireo sp. but could not get a positive ID as it moved quickly in the 
canopy overhead before disappearing. In the area of the bird bathing "pools" we 
had a pair of LAZULI BUNTING, a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK and several W. KINGBIRD. 
There were no birds seen bathing. Interesting to note that there has been some 
significant stream bank restoration undertaken at this spot, and much of the 
brush and berry bushes have been removed. 


An afternoon visit to the Yolo Bypass WA didn't turn up any new species, 
however the numbers of shorebirds, gulls and waders in the flooded rice checks 
opposite Parking C was impressive. We noted the continuing presence of several 
SNOWY PLOVER but could not relocate the Red-necked Phalarope seen and 
photographed by Michael Reinhart last week. 


Cheers,

Terry and Diane Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: Tall Forest bird survey this morning: glossy ibis
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:30:40 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning's Tall Forest bird survey was mostly a slow outing until nearly
the very end, when we found an adult glossy ibis at the one pond remaining
near the Tall Forest.  Before that, the highlight had been an early cedar
waxwing.  That same pond had nine species of shorebirds, including one
black-bellied plover still in alternate plumage and three lesser yellowlegs.
Lesser lights among the songbirds included a loggerhead shrike, a common
raven, a MacGillivray's warbler, and an unidentified Passerina bunting.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Putah Creek warbler bathing spots along Putah Creek
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:29:15 -0700
Since Doug Herr inquired in his recent post whether anybody had checked the 
warbler bathing spots on Putah Creek (he was, I think, referring to the spot 
between the UCD airport and Pedrick Rd. bridge), I want to mention that this 
morning was the first day that I noticed good activity at the spot near my 
house, about 2.5 miles upstream from the Pedrick Rd. bridge. This spot is deep 
inside my neighbor's private property. As in the past few years, warblers come 
to drink and bathe in a small side channel between the north bank and a small 
gravel island where I set up a photo blind the last two years. Today, around 
9am, I counted 4 Orange-crowned, 4 Black-throated Gray, 1 Nashville, and 2 
Wilson's warblers simultaneously present. Other warblers were in the vicinity. 
So I assume that similar traffic is likely at the other spots accessible to the 
public where people have observed concentrated activity in the past. 



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


Subject: Snowy Plovers at Yolo Bypass
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:02:49 -0700
This morning there were 3 SNOWY PLOVERS at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
 The birds were in the 3rd check east of Lot C.  Most shorebirds were in
the first 3 checks.  Full list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19485446



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 15 August 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:19:05 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

A scouting trip for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey found most of the
migrant activity at the Accidental Forest.  About half of what was seen
moving in these trees got away unidentified.  In the vicinity of that site
just after sunrise there were a number of the usual suspects for the season:

 

western wood-pewee-  2

Nashville warbler-  1

common yellowthroat-  1

black-throated gray warbler-  1

Townsend's warbler-  1

hermit warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  6

black-headed grosbeak-  2

 

Elsewhere, at the Equipment Pad and along Wood Duck Slough, there were an
ash-throated flycatcher, more black-throated gray and Wilson's warblers, a
few western tanagers, more black-headed grosbeaks, a lazuli bunting fly-by,
and a Bullock's oriole.  No summer tanager.

 

Shorebird habitat at the preserve is on the wane now.  The one pond behind
the Farm Center gate had only black-necked stilts, greater yellowlegs and
long-billed dowitchers.  The ponds on the south side of Desmond Road are
approaching dry and have haired up thickly with green grass.  The ponds on
the north side are too deep for the little sandpipers.  The numbers and
variety all told along Desmond were disappointing this morning.  The two
white-fronted geese were again on the more westerly pond on the north side
of Desmond Road today.

 

A quick reminder: we go through the gate tomorrow morning at 5:45 a.m.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:50:22 -0700
Yes Babel Slough is a great place to look for them,, particularly now when the 
elderberry and grapes are ripe. We have them regularly on Putah Creek as well. 


 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

 

 

From: Charls4564 AT aol.com [mailto:Charls4564 AT aol.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 AM
To: aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu; conardc AT gmail.com; 
central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 

Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 

As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them several times 
now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the vicinity of the first 
clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways from River Rd. & yes, 
in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western Wood Peewee as well. 


 

Charles Smith

Sacramento

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

“A sense of flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do it / 
so long as you master it” 


Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 2009) 

 

In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes: 


  

To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban areas 
in mid-winter as well. 


Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

  

Hi Chris,

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County. They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 


As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily common 
in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake Natoma, and 
around Folsom Lake. In contrast, they're harder to find in other foothill 
portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. They seem to 
really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well as coffeeberry 
fruit. 


All the best,

Chris Conard

Sacramento

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "michael rogner michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:02:01 -0700
Further north in the valley they've begun breeding on the Sac floodplain in the 
past 4 or so years. I found three nests at the Rio Vista Unit of the Sac River 
NWR (near Corning) and have had breeding season detections at other units. 


Michael Rogner, Chico


On Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 AM, "charls4564 AT aol.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them 
several times now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the 
vicinity of the first clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways 
from River Rd. & yes, in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western 
Wood Peewee as well.
 
Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

“A 
sense of flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do it / so 
long 

as you master it”

Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic 
2009) 
 
In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:
  
>To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
 straddle the Hwy 99.  They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban 
areas in mid-winter as well. 

>Andrew  Engilis, Jr.
>Curator
>Museum of  Wildlife and Fish Biology
>University of  California
>One Shields  Avenue
>Davis, CA  95616
>USA
>Office  Phone:  530-752-0364
>FAX:  530-752-4154
>E-mail:   aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu
>Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu
>From:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

>Sent: Friday, August 15,  2014 10:50 AM
>To: Central Valley Birds
>Subject: Re:  [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
>  
>Hi Chris,
>Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County.  They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 

>As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily 
common in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake 
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're harder to find in other 
foothill portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. 
 They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well 
as coffeeberry fruit. 

>All the best,
>Chris Conard
>Sacramento
>On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

>A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 

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>Good Birding!
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>Chris Johnson
>Research 
  Economist
>San Mateo, CA
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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "charls4564 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:40:13 -0400 (EDT)
As far as lower riparian sightings are concerned, I've found them  several 
times now at Babel Slough in both September & December in the  vicinity of 
the first clearing w/ snags north of the road, just a little ways  from River 
Rd. & yes, in mistletoe. It's been a good spot for posing Western  Wood 
Peewee as well.
 
Charles Smith
Sacramento
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHermitThrush

“A  sense of flow is the main thing / and it doesn’t matter how you do it 
/ so long  as you master it”

Kenneth Irby, "Delius" (_The Intent On_, North Atlantic  2009)  

 
In a message dated 8/15/2014 11:12:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
To add, we  also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the 
Preserve, usually  associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve 
units that straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, 

urban areas in mid-winter as well.  
 
Andrew  Engilis, Jr. 
Curator 
Museum of  Wildlife and Fish Biology 
University of  California 
One Shields  Avenue 
Davis, CA  95616 
USA 
Office  Phone:  530-752-0364 
FAX:  530-752-4154 
E-mail:   aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu 
Website:  _http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu_ (http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu/)  

 
 
From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com  
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com 

[central_valley_birds]
Sent: Friday, August 15,  2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re:  [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 
 
 
 
Hi Chris, 
 

 
Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of  Cosumnes River 
Preserve and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento  County.  They are 
recorded occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, 

and that's likely what was going on with the bird  your friend found.
 

 
As you may already know, though others may not, this  species is patchily 
common in the low foothills and along the upper American  River Park, Lake 
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're  harder to find in other 
foothill portions of the county like along Michigan  Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. 
 They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe  growing on live oaks as 
well as coffeeberry fruit.
 

 
All the best,
 

 
Chris Conard
 
Sacramento

 
 
On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson _ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com_ 
(mailto:ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com)   [central_valley_birds] 
<_central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com_ 
(mailto:central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com) >  wrote: 
A fellow birder, Lee Sumner,  sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken 
at Cosumnes River Preserve earlier  today. I think he said it was across from 
the main parking lot and road, in  trees near the water channel, and was 
hanging out with some other flycatchers.  First time I've heard of one at 
Cosumnes so thought I'd report it. If anyone  has any info on how often they 
show up a CRP, I'd love to know the  details.


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research  Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: RE: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:12:17 -0700
To add, we also have had mid-winter Phainopepla observations on the Preserve, 
usually associated with mistletoe berry; typically on the Preserve units that 
straddle the Hwy 99. They turn up on lower riparian and at times, urban areas 
in mid-winter as well. 


 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

Curator

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

University of California

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

USA

 

Office Phone:  530-752-0364

FAX: 530-752-4154

E-mail:  aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu  

 

 

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Chris Conard 
conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:50 AM
To: Central Valley Birds
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve

 

  

Hi Chris,

 

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River Preserve 
and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County. They are recorded 
occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit crop, and 
that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found. 


 

As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily common 
in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake Natoma, and 
around Folsom Lake. In contrast, they're harder to find in other foothill 
portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and Latrobe Rd. They seem to 
really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on live oaks as well as coffeeberry 
fruit. 


 

All the best,

 

Chris Conard

Sacramento

 

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA



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Subject: Re: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:50:26 -0700
Hi Chris,

Phainopeplas are quite rare at the lower portions of Cosumnes River
Preserve and most of the low-lying portions of Sacramento County.  They are
recorded occasionally at Cosumnes visiting the late summer and fall fruit
crop, and that's likely what was going on with the bird your friend found.

As you may already know, though others may not, this species is patchily
common in the low foothills and along the upper American River Park, Lake
Natoma, and around Folsom Lake.  In contrast, they're harder to find in
other foothill portions of the county like along Michigan Bar Rd and
Latrobe Rd.  They seem to really like the fruit of mistletoe growing on
live oaks as well as coffeeberry fruit.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

> A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken
> at Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across
> from the main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and
> was hanging out with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one
> at Cosumnes so thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often
> they show up a CRP, I'd love to know the details.
>
>
> Good Birding!
>
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> Chris Johnson
> Research Economist
> San Mateo, CA
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Subject: Phainopepla at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Chris Johnson ryanjohnson77 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:14:21 -0400
A fellow birder, Lee Sumner, sent me this picture of a Phainopepla taken at 
Cosumnes River Preserve earlier today. I think he said it was across from the 
main parking lot and road, in trees near the water channel, and was hanging out 
with some other flycatchers. First time I've heard of one at Cosumnes so 
thought I'd report it. If anyone has any info on how often they show up a CRP, 
I'd love to know the details. 



Good Birding!


Chris Johnson
Research Economist
San Mateo, CA
 		 	   		  


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Subject: O'Neill Forebay on 08-13-14
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From Top Of The Hill, Prunedale

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new to me for the Forebay and that’s after 90 plus visits.  

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Subject: Re: Davis migrants
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Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:48:42 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
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A 40-min walk around north Davis this morning showed that migration is in full 
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Has anyone checked the Putah Creek birdbath locations?


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Subject: Davis migrants
From: "stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 18:25:45 -0700
A 40-min walk around north Davis this morning showed that migration is in full 
swing. I generally get max species diversity the last week of Aug. Highlights 
from today: 

 
 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 4Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2House Wren 4 (locally 
nesting family group with juvs)Orange-crowned Warbler 3MacGillivray's Warbler 
1Yellow Warbler 1Black-throated Gray Warbler 1Wilson's Warbler 6Western Tanager 
10Black-headed Grosbeak 2Lazuli Bunting 4Bullock's Oriole 1 good birding, 

 
 Steve Hampton
 Davis, CA

 
Subject: Putah Creek Warblers
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:53:17 -0700
Warbler migration along the creek behind my house is picking up a bit. 
Yesterday I saw several Wilson's, a Hermit, a Nashville, and an Orange-crowned 
warbler. Today I observed 7 Wilson's, 3 Townsend's, 2 or 3 Black-throated Gray, 
plus 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 2 Western Tanagers, several Bullock's Orioles, 
1 empid, probably a Pac. Slope Flycatcher. 



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


Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: "Farley Cross farleycross AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:05:23 -0700
Stone Lake Wildlife Preserve at the closed gate on Elk Grove Blvd just off of 
I-5 at 10:00am this morning I found an adult Burrowing Owl with two owlets. 
Looking due west of the gate they were just west of a dirt road at about 11:00. 
I did get some Digi-scoped photos and hopefully have something decent to post 
when I get home. A lot of heat distortion already at 10. 



Farley Cross Sacramento 


PS: Doing this from my phone for the first time so my apologies for latching 
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Subject: Wilson's Warblers at Slide Hill Park, Davis
From: "hiquerr AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 06:48:03 -0700
We've had 2-5 Wilson's Warblers eating bugs off our pepper plants and flying 
around Slide Hill Park (slide side) this week. They were still out this 
morning. 

 
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 Davis, CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 13 August 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:10:49 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning and early afternoon I visited the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County, covering the shorebird habitat along Desmond
Road and behind the Farm Center gate.  At the latter location, this habitat
has nearly disappeared.  I also visited the pond at the TNC Barn (nothing of
note) and walked the River Walk trail twice.  Between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.
the publicly accessible ponds were fairly decent, with a juvenile
semipalmated sandpiper on the south side of Desmond easily best of the 11
species found.  Interesting terrestrial birds were tough to come by.  A
Nashville warbler at the Point was the highlight among those birds.  When I
finished my second tour of the trail, I drove again by the Desmond Road
ponds.  They were then nearly bereft of shorebirds.

 

The most interesting bird of the day was an apparent melanic great blue
heron at the barn pond.  It was a uniform dark gray, slightly paler gray
(but still dark) on the belly, patternless dark gray head, all dark bill.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: SAC Black-throated Sparrow at Bufferlands
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:36:35 -0700
Folks,

This morning I found a juvenile Black-throated Sparrow at the Bufferlands:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19412036

Access is complicated by overpass construction at I-5, but I think we can
swing it.  If you can make it at 5:30 this evening, meet me at the site
below.

I likely will not be available tomorrow to take people to look for this
bird and there is no unguided access to this site.

Directions:   From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the Meadowview/Pocket
Rd exit (the exit between Florin Rd and Laguna Blvd).  Head east on
Meadowview and then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd.  In one mile, just
past the former entrance to Stonecrest Ave, meet in the large gravel lot on
the right side of Freeport Blvd at the north edge of the town of Freeport.
 This is a new meeting location made necessary because of major road
construction.  Site access may be a little convoluted.  Visitors are
required to sign a release waiver to access the Bufferlands.

The Bufferlands is a 2,500-acre open space buffer surrounding the
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (www.bufferlands.com).

Chris Conard
Sacramento
cell 916 203 1610
Subject: Re: Chico WTP Purple Martin
From: "'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' pmartins AT island.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:00:01 -0700
Sighting and reporting of banded Western Purple Martins during migration

Hi CVBirders, from sunny and hot (for now) sw. BC... I'm not sure where the 
Sacramento, CA, Purple Martins are in their breeding cycle at this time, and 
whether any are still in the Central Valley and may be roosting nearby, or they 
have already left on migration - no doubt Dan Airola or Dan Kopp can enlighten 
us. Their breeding timing in CA is roughly 1-2 months earlier than for martins 
here in the Pacific Northwest, many of which nested and fledged young several 
weeks earlier than usual this year with favourable early spring weather, and 
many adults have already left on migration, so it's possible this sighting 
could be a northern migrant rather than a local bird, which would be of 
interest to those of us working on conservation and recovery of this relatively 
scarce at-risk western subspecies. 


At least some (perhaps most) of the martins breeding in the PNW pass 
through/over the Central Valley in late summer on their way to post-breeding 
pre-migratory roost sites in AZ and northern Mexico, where they stop and 
prepare for migration to S. America, according to our migration tracking 
results from BC. As well, 80-90% of those breeding in BC and a far smaller 
percentage of those breeding in WA and OR are colour-banded as nestlings for 
identification of natal origin. Banded martins have a silver-coloured aluminum 
'federal' or 'F&W' band on one leg and a coded coloured aluminum band on the 
other leg that can be read with a spotting scope at fairly close range. The 
band colours indicate region of origin (gold or dark blue for BC, orange or 
green for n. or s. WA, red for central OR), the leg with the colour band may 
indicate either the year of banding (= age) for BC, or the area of banding for 
WA and OR, and the full colour band code (3 digits & letter, plus a state or 
prov. code - BC, WA, OR) indicates both the region and specific location of 
origin. 


We and others have banded >20,000 martins in BC and >3,000 in WA and OR in 
recent years, with very few band recovery or sighting reports beyond the 
banding region during migration. This is likely because martins migrate at 
altitude during the day, singly and in small groups, feeding in transit rather 
than at stopover points, so travel far and fast (up to 500-1,000 km per day!) 
and are rarely seen near the ground. However, they do stop (likely in late 
afternoon) to drink, bathe, preen, and to roost overnight, and may stop over 
for 1-2 days to rest or wait out adverse weather conditions. As well, some 
juvenile (hatch-year) birds may take a more leisurely trip with more ground 
stopovers along the way. 


So whenever martins are observed perched, particularly after the local breeding 
season in August and September, please check for visible colour leg bands and 
report them here in CVBirds (and/or to my e-mail address below), and if 
possible try to read the colour band code with a scope and report that here or 
to me directly as well, and I will try to provide origin info. If you happen to 
find an injured or dead martin that is banded, please note the band numbers and 
report them here or to me directly as well. If you have the federal band and/or 
colour band number code (but NOT just the band colour), you can also report 
these on line to the USGS Bird Banding Lab's reporting address: 
. 


For birds banded in previous years, if you report them on line you will usually 
receive origin information sooner or later - sooner if the auto-response 
software can locate the band number for the species in the database AND the 
recovery location in its location index, otherwise later when a human has time 
to follow up the report (as usual with gov't funding cuts and reduced staffing 
these days, they have a long backlog). In many cases for late summer migration 
of newly-banded juvenile (hatch-year) birds, the band numbers have not yet been 
reported to USBBL, so you will receive a 'data not found' error message until 
this occurs, typically later in the fall. As the volunteer colour banding 
coordinator for Western Purple Martins, I can either let you know the origin 
almost immediately if it is one of my bands, or track it down fairly quickly 
from one of the other western banders. As well, the record will be a useful 
addition to our migration tracking data. 


Thanks for any assistance CVBirders can provide in obtaining more information 
about Western Purple Martin migration, and happy birding! 


Cheers,    ...Bruce
______________________________________________________
Bruce Cousens, B.Sc., M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Senior Biologist,
BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program Coordinator,
Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society
PO Box 41012, RPO Woodgrove Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6M7
Phone/msg./fax:  (250) 758-2922; E-mail:  
______________________________________________________


1 Chico WTP Purple Martin Sat Aug 9, 2014 9:50 am (PDT) . Posted by: 
michaelrogner This morning an adult male purple martin was at the Chico WTP. 
Another local thought he may have seen one there last night, so perhaps it will 
stick around for a bit. 



Michael Rogner, Chico 
Subject: YBWA 4 Snowy Plovers
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:48:38 -0700
They were seen this morning (8/10) foraging loosely together in the third 
flooded field to the east of lot C. Distant record shots here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/46176050 AT N03/14875620011/in/photostream/

Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: This morning's River Walk Survey at Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:44:52 -0700
Greetings! Here’s my eBird report from this mornings visit to the Cosumnes 
River Preserve. John will be reporting additional birds identified before 
meeting the rest of the group and after he left. 


Cosumnes River Preserve--River Walk, Sacramento, US-CA
Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Regular monthly survey. Started off with 7 (Jim R, Chris C, Jim H, 
Breck B, and family of Mu, Ethan, and Amy; John T met up with us about 1 hr 
later. He and Mu & family left before we crossed under the RR tracks.) A 
relatively quiet morning for mid-August. The preserve is painfully dry. 

52 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  59
Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  15
Green Heron  1
White-faced Ibis  500
Turkey Vulture  6
White-tailed Kite  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Swainson's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Long-billed Curlew  1
peep sp.  14
Mourning Dove  7
Black-chinned Hummingbird  9
Anna's Hummingbird  2
hummingbird sp.  6
Belted Kingfisher  5
Acorn Woodpecker  1     John only
Nuttall's Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  7
American Kestrel  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  1     Chris only
Black Phoebe  10
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  3
Cassin's Vireo  1     Heard only by Chris and Jim R, at The Point.  Sang twice.
Hutton's Vireo 3 Initially ID'd first one as a very early Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 
later upon reconsideration changed ID to Hutton’s Vireo. Later, we encountered 
a pair much further along the trail. 

Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)  6
American Crow  150
Barn Swallow  4
Cliff Swallow  1
Oak Titmouse  8
Bushtit  100
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  10
House Wren  1
Bewick's Wren  5
Wrentit  7
American Robin  8
European Starling  1
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast)  8
Spotted Towhee  20
Song Sparrow  9
Western Tanager  4
Black-headed Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  75
Lesser Goldfinch  8
American Goldfinch  25

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Subject: Chico WTP Purple Martin
From: "michaelrogner AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 09:50:57 -0700
This morning an adult male purple martin was at the Chico WTP. Another local 
thought he may have seen one there last night, so perhaps it will stick around 
for a bit. 

 

 Michael Rogner, Chico
Subject: Re: Gee! where did the water go?
From: "masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 11:43:46 -0700
Breck and others,

Tract 7 at the Davis Wetlands has water and birds right now. See the map of the 
ponds here: 


http://public-works.cityofdavis.org/wastewater/wetlands/habitat-types 
http://public-works.cityofdavis.org/wastewater/wetlands/habitat-types 


Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Gee! where did the water go?
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:23:52 -0700
Since, in the past, other members have thanked me for showing my ignorance 
(ignorance loves company I guess), I'll go ahead and do it again.


On the advice of my fellow member Michael Strom I went up to Woodland to 
see their water treatment plant (WTP) this morning. It was alot better 
than many of them and I got some good birds.


Then, since I was in the "neighborhood" (and seldom are/am), I drove on down 
to Yolo Bypass-Vic Fazioland to see what birds might be in that little 
pond by Parking "B" (the one with the disabled access). No water - no 
birds. 




Then I went over to the large water area I'd seen on my previous visit July 
21st; it had Caspian Terns last time I was there in some pretty deep 
water. No water - no birds - just green rice growing. Another "check" 
was getting filled further south of there. Plenty of water - no birds.


So I thought well I'll go over to Davis Wetlands. It was great when I was 
there July 9, at that big pond with the Boardwalk. No water! No birds! 
Is there water somewhere else at Davis Wetlands? I was too tired and 
behind time to try exploring for same today.


So obviously, I have alot to learn about water and birding sites and how 
whoever is in charge of the water puts it. I saw Michael had been to 
Davis Wetlands as late as August 2 (on the register), what was he 
looking at? Not the dirt at the pond where I had seen beautiful pelicans on 
7-09-14 that's for sure! 



Ok that's it for now. 
Breck Breckenridge in Lodi, San Joaquin Co., CA.
Subject: Changed start time, cosumes river preserve, this Saturday
From: "Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:22:34 -0700
We'll start our survey at 6 am rather than 5:15 at the visitors center on Sat, 
August 9. 


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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 06 August 2014; River walk survey this Saturday
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:59:08 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I spent a few hours at the Tall Forest, then covered the
shorebird habitat known to me on the lower preserve.  Since the weekend
past, all the ponds along Desmond Road have been recharged with water, to
the extent that they are much less suitable for shorebirds.  Very few were
at the ponds viewable by the public.  Hopefully by this coming weekend,
conditions will revert to favorable.  There were not that many shorebirds
behind the locked gate, either.  But one of these was my first solitary
sandpiper this season.  The recharged ponds north of Desmond Road had four
large flocks of ibis before sunrise (crudely, 1500-2000 birds), all gone by
10:00.

 

I was wrong about the summer tanager.  I saw it fly over along Wood Duck
Slough, my first encounter since last Wednesday in five tries.  The bird is
no longer singing, and I did not hear it call.  There were a few small mixed
flocks to spice things up, too.  Today's migrant totals are:

 

western wood-pewee-  5

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  6

ash-throated flycatcher-  2

warbling vireo-  4

orange-crowned warbler-  1

common yellowthroat-  2

black-throated gray warbler-  7

Townsend's warbler-  1

hermit warbler-  5 (at least; all in the same flock)

Wilson's warbler-  8

summer tanager-  1

western tanager-  7

black-headed grosbeak-  5

blue grosbeak-  4

lazuli bunting-  1

Bullock's oriole-  4

 

Jim Rowoth will lead the monthly bird survey of the River Walk trail at the
Preserve on 09 August.  Meet at the Visitor Center off Franklin Blvd. at an
hour that he designates for us.  The starting time posted on the preserve
website of 5:15 a.m. seems early for an August survey.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder
From: "Marnelle marnglea AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:25:12 -0700
From:  Marnelle Gleason, Davis, CA


A friend sent me an email recently about a white hummingbird.  She didn't send 
a picture, but wondered if anyone has seen such a thing. 





I have been seeing a white hummingbird in my yard - mostly around the Rose of 
Sharon tree - for some days now.   



When I looked this up on line I read they are either albino or Leucistic - and 
quite rare. 



Do you know if they are very uncommon?  I have never seen one before.  I
tried to take some pictures but without much real success.  I believe it has 
dark eyes - not really pink like an albino. 





 
Marnelle
Subject: Second set of shorebird fields filling at YBWA
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:21:38 -0400 (EDT)
As scheduled, the second set of shorebird floodups was started on Friday August 
1st. As water coverage develops some of the birds already here will find the 
new water. Park in Lot C. 


Mary Schiedt
Subject: Yolo Basin Foundation - Bucks for Ducks Photography Show
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:38:28 -0700
Greetings:

As a board member of the Yolo Basin Foundation, I’d like to encourage all 
bird and wildlife photographers to submit your best photos to the 
Foundation’s upcoming Bucks for Ducks Photography Show. There are four 
categories: animals, plants, landscape and "open", which includes abstract and 
digitally enhanced photos. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 29. 
Please go to the Yolo Basin Foundation website at: www.yolobasin.org to see the 
Call for Entries. All proceeds from the sale of the photographs at the Bucks 
for Ducks Dinner and Auction on October 17 go toward the Foundation’s 
wetlands and outdoor education programs for school-aged kids. 


Thanks in advance for your consideration and support of the Yolo Basin 
Foundation. 


Cheers!

Terry Colborn
YBF Board Member
Davis, CA 

www.TLCBirding.com
Subject: Woodland WTP
From: "Michael masam321 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:10:35 -0700
This morning (8/4) there were 13 species of shorebirds, including two Willets 
and one Lesser Yellowlegs. The water levels in the large square pond south of 
the parking area and in the smaller rectangular pond just to the southeast are 
good right now. Ebird list with some photos: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19330743

Also, the Farmers Central Road pond has limited water but still 7 shorebird 
species. 



Michael Strom
Davis
Subject: Cosumnes birds- August 1-3, 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:49:43 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

The last three mornings I've spent at the Cosumnes River Preserve in
southern Sacramento County.  I believe the summer tanager has left.  I have
not detected it since Wednesday morning.  Before this series of misses, I
had failed to find this species only once during the stay.

 

Friday I visited behind the Farm Center gate.  It was a cool 49 degrees at
the Accidental Forest to start, and the area was very birdy.  Including
minor additions from around the Tall Forest (and notation of now-absent
breeders), the woodland totals were:

 

western wood-pewee-  12

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  8

unseen "whitting" empid-  1

ash-throated flycatcher-  0

western kingbird-  0

Cassin's vireo-  1

orange-crowned warbler-  6

common yellowthroat-  5

MacGillivray's warbler-  1 (I heard what may have been a second)

black-throated gray warbler-  5

hermit warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  9

unidentified warbler-  1 (chip note only- sounded like yellow warbler)

western tanager-  5

black-headed grosbeak-  8

blue grosbeak-  3

lazuli bunting-  1

Bullock's oriole-  0

 

The Cassin's vireo's extended song widened my experience of its variation
considerably toward that of blue-headed vireo.  Friday's shorebirding was
pretty unremarkable, with a spotted sandpiper best among 10 species.  I
covered both the small area near the Tall Forest and the ponds along Desmond
Road, which are much better at the moment.

 

Yesterday I started at Orr Ranch, where I walked out to the north arm of
Moyer (aka Deadman) Slough.  Then I returned to the area around the
Accidental Forest, followed by a walk down Wood Duck Slough.  The spigot of
migrant passerines was turned off!  I had one Wilson's warbler and a few
western tanagers.  But the breeders remaining on that north arm of the
slough included a yellow warbler and four lazuli buntings.  The Desmond Road
shorebirds included one lesser yellowlegs and one red-necked phalarope.  The
best "shorebirds" behind the gate were four Caspian terns.

 

This morning I did pretty much the same route as I did on Friday.  The flock
of hundreds of dark ibis was in the favored pond before sunrise again, the
western-most pond north of Desmond.    They did not flush and were too
distant and too densely packed to count.  There were almost no shorebirds
along Desmond before sunrise.  Migrant songbirds were not as varied as on
Friday, but their numbers were much better than yesterday:

 

western wood-pewee-  15

willow flycatcher-  1 (in song)

western/Pacific-slope flycatcher-  4

ash-throated flycatcher-  10

warbling vireo-  1

common yellowthroat-  9

yellow warbler-  1

black-throated gray warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  11

western tanager-  8

black-headed grosbeak-  10 (not including an unidentified unseen grosbeak
whose call was more typical of rose-breasted)

blue grosbeak-  6

 

The shorebirds were numerous near the Tall Forest, but the variety was
better by far along Desmond Road.  Combined numbers for the morning are
roughly these:

 

American avocet-  2

black-necked stilt-  75

killdeer-  45

spotted sandpiper-  2

greater yellowlegs-  45

willet-  1

lesser yellowlegs-  2

marbled godwit-  1

least sandpiper-  110

western sandpiper-  15

long-billed dowitcher- 1600

Wilson's phalarope-  44

red-necked phalarope-  1

Caspian tern-  1 (vocal fly-over along Desmond)

 

The spotted sandpipers were near the Tall Forest.  The willet was on the
south side of Desmond Rd. near the intersection with Bruceville.  The godwit
was in the western-most pond north of Desmond.  I got very lucky to see it
at all.  It was slumming with the ducks (mostly mallards, but with small
numbers of gadwall, American wigeon, cinnamon teal, northern pintail and
green-winged teal admixed) at the very back side of the pond.  If it had not
put its head up, I could not have seen it.  It disappeared when it went
resumed resting posture.  Also in this pond, near the western margin of it,
was the duo of greater white-fronted geese that has summered at the preserve
this year.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

 

 
Subject: Putah Creek hummers, warblers et al.
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:37:09 -0700
Warbler migration is showing the first signs of life. 2 days ago, I found the 
first Black-throated Gray Warbler along the creek behind my house in addition 
to two Orange-crowned Warblers, and several Western Tanagers. Today I observed 
a Nashville Warbler in my garden. 

Hummingbirds are still very plentiful. During their most recent banding 
sessions, July 22 and 26, the team of UCD researchers banded a total of 55 new 
birds in addition to capturing several previously banded individuals, some of 
them dating back several years. Of these newly banded hummers, 5 were Allen's 
(3 hatch-year females, 1 adult female, 1 hatch-year male) and one was male 
hatch-year Rufus. There were several other selasphorus around that did not get 
trapped. Probably the highest number of selasphorus, and definitely of Allen's, 
that I can remember. Many Anna's and Black-chinned make up the bulk of the 
hummer population that still consumes a gallon of sugar water a day, but it was 
also nice and a bit of a surprise that the male Costa's Hummingbird that was 
originally banded here last September and who hung around until the beginning 
May showed up again and let itself be caught and admired. 

Hooded Orioles are still feeding young in several nests and have even built at 
least one brand-new nest although I doubt that they will follow through with 
another brood. Similarly, a pair of Barn Swallows have just finished a new 
nest, apparently without first looking at the calendar. The young a a 
third-brood nest are close to fledging. And talking about third broods, the 
Western Bluebirds that built a third nest in the same nest box after raising 
two successful sets of youngsters, are persisting albeit with diminishing 
success. The female laid 3 eggs of which only two hatched. Those two chicks are 
now about a week old or so old. When I checked the box 2 days ago, I was 
surprised and puzzled to find a hatch-year bluebird still with speckled breast 
dead next to the two chicks. I theorize that this individual may have been one 
of the fledglings of the second brood that for some reason returned to the box 
where it died. I removed it and found today that the two chicks still seem to 
be doing well. 



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


Subject: Costas Hummingbird at my feeder
From: "'Todd Easterla' teasterla AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 21:24:18 -0700
Hey Dave,

 

There is a Costas Hummingbird at our feeder. I heard it yesterday evening
and saw it this afternoon.

 

Hope this is still your current email address.

 

Todd
Subject: Sac Rose-breasted--no
From: "Jim rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:49:13 -0700
For anyone contemplating looking for bird, homeowners have taken down feeder 
and cut back the grapes. Not seen today to my knowledge. 

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Subject: Cover of the recent Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin
From: "sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:30:16 +0000 (UTC)
Hi, 

We just received the new bulletin and although we have not had time to read it, 
yet . . . We'd like to commend Dan Brown on his beautiful digital artwork, of 
the Teal, on the cover. 


Gorgeous! 

all the best, 
Susie Nishio and Steve Ball 
Sacramento, CA 
Subject: Burrowing Owls - West Elkhorn Road, Sacramento County
From: "fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:40:39 -0400 (EDT)
 
Hello
 
I went to a pullout on the north side of West Elkhorn Road just before 7 am 
 today.  It is about 1/2 mile west of E. Levee Road.  To the north  is 
scrubby open space, a small hill, many fence posts, and various weeds.   Just 
west were flooded rice fields.
 
I was gratified to see 4 Burrowing Owls perched out in the open  there in 
just 5 minutes .  The species has bred there in the last 3  years.  I have 
made  corresponding "CNDDB" reports to the California  Department of Fish and 
Wildlife.  I don't know whether there was breeding  there this year. 
 
The property north of the metal fence is posted private land.  There  are 
very adequate viewing and photo opportunities from south of the fenced  
areas.   
 
Good birding!
 
Frank Gray
Antelope
 
 
Subject: Yolo Co., Swainson's Hawk viewing opportunity
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:10:44 -0700
Hi all

For the Swainson's Hawk groupies out there, I thought I'd share that there is a 
big aggregation of them right now on Rd 105 just north of Rd 30, east of Davis. 

The farmer has cut his alfalfa and reflooded the field, a phenomenon which 
occurs here annually and attracts large numbers of ibises and egrets as well. 

I only stopped briefly there this afternoon and counted 44 Swainson's Hawks 
close by, but the large majority of all the bird flocks were much farther back 
and not inspected. 


Also, a Willet and a Snowy Plover continued at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 
as previously described. 


Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

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Subject: Re: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:37:46 -0700
Hi all

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak continued at the same site at 9:20 this morning 
Friday August 1, seen by Jim and Sherry Lomax, Dave Johnson, and me. 

It was quietly preening in the small privet tree just to the left of the gate, 
trellis, and beware of dog sign, mere feet away from the grapevine where it has 
been watched previously. 

See prior posts below for directions, other information, and link to earlier 
photo. 

The dogs were fairly well behaved and the residents did not make an appearance.
Also at this site were a female Phainopepla and 3 Wild Turkeys.

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA

On Jul 31, 2014, at 2:00 PM, sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds] 
wrote: 


> 
> 
> Three of us from Davis (I, Sami LaRocca and Joe Clemens) watched the Grosbeak 
for nearly an hour this morning (Thursday 31), starting at 8:15. The directions 
given on the list earlier are great. I'll repeat for convenience below. 

> 
> A comment about the homeowner in this case:
> 
> We found the bird in an oak tree growing on the public park lands, in 
branches over the public parklands, but very near the back fence of the private 
property at 10513 Ambassador. We circled quietly under the oak tree, finding 
good viewing and photo opportunities. A big dog in an adjacent yard checked us 
out quietly, then retired to a shady porch. 

> 
> In the yard of 10513 Ambassador are fruiting grapevines, a full seed feeder 
and a water feature. It's a lovely spot for birds, and there are many coming 
and going between the yard and the park lands. 

> 
> After we had watched the Grosbeak exclusively from the public land for a 
modest interval -- perhaps 25 minutes -- a woman came out of the house with two 
big dogs, approached near the fence and watched us, as the dogs barked at us. 
We made complimentary remarks (loudly, to be heard over the canine ruckus) 
about her fortune in having such an unusual bird at her home. She replied that 
she understood the appeal of the rarity but was dismayed at having so many 
people in her yard -- 12 yesterday -- and asked us not to stay long. Then she 
and dogs returned to the house. 

> 
> That's all -- just be aware of the sensitivities. Know that homeowners along 
the parkway sometimes have problems with people entering their properties 
without permission. 

> 
> Repeating the directions:
> 
> From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. 
> 
> Turn left onto Coloma Road. 
> 
> Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the gated entrance to the 
American River Parkway at Rossmoor Bar. 

> 
> There is room to park at the gate. There is a fee ($5) parking lot inside the 
park, with pit toilets, by the river. 

> 
> After parking, walk east/northeast (to the right as you stand at the entrance 
facing the park) outside the back yards of the homes along Ambassador, about 5 
houses, to a grove of oak trees next to a yard with grapevines on a chain link 
fence, a decorative windmill and an arch over a gate holding a seed feeder. 

> 
> We found the bird taking cover in the oak tree and emerging, when we 
retreated a bit, to graze the purple grapes. Quite lovely. 

> 
> Sylvia Wright
> Davis (Yolo County)
> 
> ---In central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :
> 
> The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present in the grapevines on the 
chain-link fence when I left at 2:55PM. See Chris directions, below. 

> Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 
> 
> Here is a link to the photo on my Flickr photostream:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/
> 
> There are some further details about the status of this individual on my 
eBird checklist: 

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315
> 
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jul 27, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Chris Conard conardc AT ... [central_valley_birds] 
wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> 
>> Folks,
>> 
>> Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside the 
American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar. Apparently it has been 
sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the entrance, I 
believe) and can be seen from the parkway side. Seems like the best parking is 
on the street outside the parkway. 

>> 
>> From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto 
Coloma Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance. 

>> 
>> Chris Conard
>> Sacramento
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Rancho Cordova Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen today July 31
From: "sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2014 14:00:46 -0700
Three of us from Davis (I, Sami LaRocca and Joe Clemens) watched the Grosbeak 
for nearly an hour this morning (Thursday 31), starting at 8:15. The directions 
given on the list earlier are great. I'll repeat for convenience below. 


A comment about the homeowner in this case:

We found the bird in an oak tree growing on the public park lands, in branches 
over the public parklands, but very near the back fence of the private property 
at 10513 Ambassador. We circled quietly under the oak tree, finding good 
viewing and photo opportunities. A big dog in an adjacent yard checked us out 
quietly, then retired to a shady porch. 


In the yard of 10513 Ambassador are fruiting grapevines, a full seed feeder and 
a water feature. It's a lovely spot for birds, and there are many coming and 
going between the yard and the park lands. 


After we had watched the Grosbeak exclusively from the public land for a modest 
interval -- perhaps 25 minutes -- a woman came out of the house with two big 
dogs, approached near the fence and watched us, as the dogs barked at us. We 
made complimentary remarks (loudly, to be heard over the canine ruckus) about 
her fortune in having such an unusual bird at her home. She replied that she 
understood the appeal of the rarity but was dismayed at having so many people 
in her yard -- 12 yesterday -- and asked us not to stay long. Then she and dogs 
returned to the house. 


That's all -- just be aware of the sensitivities. Know that homeowners along 
the parkway sometimes have problems with people entering their properties 
without permission. 


Repeating the directions:

From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. 

Turn left onto Coloma Road. 

Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the gated entrance to the 
American River Parkway at Rossmoor Bar. 


There is room to park at the gate. There is a fee ($5) parking lot inside the 
park, with pit toilets, by the river. 


After parking, walk east/northeast (to the right as you stand at the entrance 
facing the park) outside the back yards of the homes along Ambassador, about 5 
houses, to a grove of oak trees next to a yard with grapevines on a chain link 
fence, a decorative windmill and an arch over a gate holding a seed feeder. 


 We found the bird taking cover in the oak tree and emerging, when we retreated 
a bit, to graze the purple grapes. Quite lovely. 


Sylvia Wright
Davis (Yolo County)

---In central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present in the grapevines on the 
chain-link fence when I left at 2:55PM. See Chris directions, below. 

 Thanks to Fritz Steurer for getting the word out. 
 

 Here is a link to the photo on my Flickr photostream:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/ 

 

 There are some further details about the status of this individual on my eBird 
checklist: 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239315 

 

 Gil Ewing
 Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
 

 

 


 On Jul 27, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Chris Conard conardc AT ... mailto:conardc AT ... 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 


 

 Folks, 

 Got word from Fritz Steurer of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just inside the 
American River Parkway at the entrance to Rossmoor Bar. Apparently it has been 
sitting 4 or 5 houses up from the entrance (right, if facing the entrance, I 
believe) and can be seen from the parkway side. Seems like the best parking is 
on the street outside the parkway. 


From Hwy 50, take the Sunrise Blvd exit and head north. Turn left onto Coloma 
Road. Turn right on Rossmoor Drive and follow it to the entrance. 


 Chris Conard
 Sacramento




 





Subject: Yolo Co. Shorebirds 07.30.14
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:19:05 -0700
I lead a shorebird field-trip for Yolo Basin Foundation (www.yolobasin.org) 
docents this afternoon to the flooded rice checks in the YBWA. As previously 
reported, the diversity and numbers of shorebirds, along terns and ibis is 
noteworthy. In the 3rd check, among a group of 300+ Long-billed Dowitchers and 
6 Wilson's Phalaropes, was juvenile STILT SANDPIPER, perhaps the same bird Eli 
Gross found on 23 July, and seen by Michael Strom. The Snowy Plover was 
foraging on the berm between 4th and 5th checks. There was single Pintail on 
the 6th check. 


Despite the hot weather, there was a nice breeze, and the temp dropped as a 
cooler evening came on. 


An updated map showing the locations of flooded areas is available on the YBF 
website. 


Cheers!

Terry Colborn
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: recent observations at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:51:07 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This past Sunday Chris Conard led the bird survey at Orr Ranch, a closed
parcel of the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County.  The
highlights that day included a Wilson's warbler and a fly-over Lawrence's
goldfinch.  Jim Rowoth had also picked up a Wilson's warbler at Lodi Lake
that morning.  We then visited the shorebird fields, where we saw one
black-bellied plover, eight or nine semipalmated plovers, a willet, four
lesser yellowlegs, and two long-billed curlews among the commoner species of
the season.  We also had a ring-billed gull, a California gull and a Caspian
tern.

 

This morning I visited along Desmond Road and behind the Farm Center gate.
The summer tanager remains in the Tall Forest (day 40), once more singing
frequently.  Today for the first time, it also called often.  It continues
to range very widely around the woodland.  Other woodland migrants included
a black-throated gray warbler, a Townsend's warbler and six western
tanagers.  Intriguing was a wood-pewee with what appeared to be an entirely
yellow-orange gnathotheca.  Unfortunately I never heard this bird vocalize.
It's been about 30 years since I netted a wood-pewee at Zuni, New Mexico
with such a bill coloration.  After banding and release, it called
repeatedly, identifying itself as a western wood-pewee.  I next checked all
the shorebird habitat known to me at the preserve.  Easily the best areas
are now along Desmond Road.  Approximate totals were:

 

black-necked stilt-  140

semipalmated plover-  2

killdeer-  40

greater yellowlegs-  38

lesser yellowlegs-  3

spotted sandpiper-  2

western sandpiper-  4

least sandpiper-  170

long-billed dowitcher-  1380

Wilson's snipe-  1

Wilson's phalarope-  34

 

Before sunrise there were about 800 dark ibis in the field across from the
gate to the TNC Barn at 6500 Desmond Road.  Almost all of these took flight
when I stopped there, even though they were some 250 meters from the road
and I didn't get out of the car.

 

The highlight of the day by far was a PUMA that crossed Franklin Blvd. just
in front of me some 200 meters north of the Visitor Center.  This is the
fourth I've seen at the preserve in 20 years.  I learned from staff that
another was seen crossing at the same point two years ago.  Every year at
CRP there are some 3-5 sightings.  They're there.  But there's no substitute
for dumb luck on top of being afield frequently.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Allen's Hummingbird in Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:05:40 -0700
All,

Over the past two days I have photographed and confirmed the presence of an
immature male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Davis.  Photos are at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/sets/72157645569533218/

There are very few confirmed records for the county.  This may be the first
one photographed and the first chaseable one.  I believe the bird has been
present a week or so.

Photos and good views reveal the bird has very narrow outer rectrices
(P5's), really the only way to separate it from Rufous.  It also does NOT
chase away the Anna's, another Allen's trait; they are supposedly less
pugnacious than Rufous.  P5 on the left side is a juvenile feather with a
white tip.  P5 on the right side is already molted to an adult-type very
narrow orange and black feather.  The bird also shows an extensive orange
rump, more common in imm Allen's than Rufous.  Manfred Kusch reports that 4
of 5 Selasphorus hummers banded at his place on Aug 26 were Allen's, so
they are certainly around and any Selasphorus should be checked if
possible.  Rufous will soon be coming thru in numbers and are presumably
the default Selasphorus.  I recommend the Williamson and Howell hummingbird
guides for id information.

The bird is in my neighbor's front yard, feeding and perching in and around
a large trumpet vine with orange flowers.  There are also several Anna's
Hummers there and at least one other Selasphorus, quite different because
it has a very white throat (in contrast to this bird).  I've yet to
identify that bird as I've only seen it briefly twice; the Allen's does
chase that one away!  The Allen's usually perches in and around the trumpet
vine around eye level or high in the tree to the east (Anna's go to the
west).  It occasionally makes a Selasphorus buzz call.

The location is the cul-de-sac in Elk Place; look for the orange trumpet
vine behind the sunflowers.  Please stay on the sidewalk or street (there
is no traffic) or you will set their dog to barking.  This will put you in
the hot sun, so early morning or evenings are best.  The neighbors on both
sides of the vine are aware of the bird.



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: 7/27 Swainson's trip report
From: "scubie82 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 23:36:39 -0700
Hello once again CV birders.

Yesterday (Sunday 7/27) myself and 7 other hawkwatchers visited Yolo County to 
checkout the Swainson's Hawk (swha) action. The Swainson's activity turned out 
to be quite lively. After meeting up in Dixon we drove northeast to CR105 where 
it meets CR30. Parking on road 30 at about 9:00 am 8 swha's were seen sitting 
in the field on the south side of the road. We observed here for about 30 
minutes. By the time we left there were 10-12 birds soaring over the field. 
Driving out from here we noticed the sign for the Davis Water Treatment Plant 
and decided to head in for a quick look. At the pond adjacent to the road we 
saw about a half dozen black necked stilts and several killdeer lining the 
shore. On the water we were surprised to a Bonaparte's gull in adult 
non-breeding plumage. 


The morning weather was surprisingly comfortable ( we were expecting searing 
heat). Light to medium cloud cover with a slight breeze kept the temperature in 
the mid 70's. This made for a leisurely ride westward across the county via 
Covell Road to highway 505. Acting on a tip from Allen Fish we took Road 31 off 
of 505 and wound up at Road 92E. As we turned onto the road Brian spotted 
several great egrets standing in the field east of the roadway. We decided to 
stop here and check things out. Our timing couldn't have been better. Along 
with the egrets there were easily a couple of hundred white-faced ibis and 
several more Swainson's. While all of us were scanning the area a worker was in 
the process of flooding the field. We decided to stick around for awhile and 
wait for some possible action. We didn't have to wait long. Within minutes one 
by one the Swainson's flew in feeding on the hundreds of moths that were 
skimming on top of the vegetation. Another large flock of ibis rose from the 
field on the opposite side of the road joining the others in the field we were 
watching. Several long billed curlew were in the mix as well. We had a kettle 
of about 30 Swainson's soaring over this field, many of them feeding on the 
wing. Looking to the opposite field a few us picked up on a dark-morph adult 
red-tailed hawk. Brian felt this could be a possible Harlan's, as there was 
some unusual sort of streaking on it's rufous tail. 


While witnessing all of this excitement the full sun finally broke out at about 
noon.Rather than melt from the heat we decided to call it a day and head on 
home.It turned out to be a great day for our group thanks in large part to 
those of you on this list serve who were gracious enough to e-mail me with 
great information and hot spots to check out. Thank you Gil, Sylvia, Kathy and 
Larry. 


And of course many thanks to our trip participants- Brian, Rina, Linda,Jim, 
Belle,JJ and Heather. 


Take care everyone.

Sam Hontalas-San Francisco
  

Subject: Water?@Yolo Basin WA - 28 July 2014
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT me.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:45 -0700
Hi all:
I will ditto what has been said about the Yolo bird species; however, note the 
Yolo Bypass area is not flooded as one normally thinks of it being flooded. 
Flooding is limited to the east side of the road north of parking lot C. YOU 
HAVE TO WALK TO THE PONDS. There is limited parking right on the roadside at 
the start of the trail and you might want to park in Lot C, cross the road, 
walk north a few hundred feet and walk out east to the obviously flooded ponds 
towards Sacramento. While the trail map accurately shows the trails and roads 
the areas of open water are not accurately depicted. I saw some folks walking 
all over looking for the water=shorebirds until they saw me with my scope. 



In addition, there is a small channel just south of the handicapped boardwalk 
that you can walk to from the nearby lot. Observed 2 male great-tailed grackles 
and with some imm/females; least and western sandpipers and great blue herons. 
I also had a flock (nye, brood, or covey) of 10 immature ring-necked pheasants 
cross the road in front of me south just past lot C. A few just starting to 
show some green feathers on the head/neck. Female marsh harrier gave a great 
show as well. The rice fields were making a lovely whirr in the breeze, and 
when the breeze died there was a hum of insects. I was there from 9 to 11am 
today. Nice breeze came up so the heat was not too bad. 

Sally


Sally M. Walters
Sacramento County, CA
bajaowl AT me.com








On Jul 28, 2014, at 12:40 AM, Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



> Greetings,
>
> The spectacle of shorebirds at the YBWA continued today. My wife, Diane, and 
I were able to find most of the species reported earlier this week by Steve 
Hampton and others. In addition to both Yellowlegs, lots of Western and a few 
Least Sandpiper, and dozens of Semipalmated Plover, there were a couple Dunlin 
and a Ruddy Turnstone. The Turnstone was located on the berm between the 3rd 
and 4th checks, about 25 yards north from the dirt access road, located 
opposite the pull-out just north of Parking Lot C. Three Wilson's Phalaropes 
remained as well, however we could not find the Snowy Plover, or relocate the 3 
Marbled Godwits we saw last week. The Caspian Tern and White-faced Ibis numbers 
were equally impressive. 

>
> Cheers!
>
> Terry and Diane Colborn
> Davis, CA
>
> www.TLCBirding.com
>
>

Subject: West Nile Disease
From: "irehound AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 13:40:12 -0700
We have a confirmed case of west nile in a yellow-billed magpie as one week 
ago. We have seen no other birds that appeared sick since then. We live in the 
Arden/Eastern area of Sacramento. 

 Populations of magpies have been large in this area. 
 

 Jim Collins
 Sacramento, CA