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Booted Eagles,©Tony Disley

30 Oct Fwd: [CALBIRDS] falcated duck ["Peter Headland Peter AT matrixlink.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Oct Cosumnes birds- 30 October 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
30 Oct intergrade Northern Flicker in Orangevale ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October ["Kurt Mize k1mize AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Wintering sparrows arrival dates ["camivega AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 29 October ["Gene Trapp grtrapp AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Swamp Sparrow, Cache Creek, Yolo Co ["Brent Campos brcampos AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
29 Oct Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October ["Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
28 Oct San Joaquin NWR, Northern Harrier, juvenile female ["Marcus scrod2000 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Oct Harris's Sparrow's return is not welcomed by all neighbors in North Davis ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Oct Lake Natoma Steller's Jay ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Oct RE: For Sparrow - Red? ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct Steller's Jays at Chico Oxidation Ponds ["Kathy Trevino kathytrev AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct FW: Steller's jays on Putah Creek ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct Re: For Sparrow - Red? ["ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct Re: Harris's Sparrow returns for 4th winter in North Davis ["Gary Zamzow gwzamzow AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct Re: For Sparrow - Red? ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct For Sparrow - Red? ["'Jim Gain \(birding\)' phalarope AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Oct Harris's Sparrow returns for 4th winter in North Davis ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Oct Chico oxidation ponds ["Frank Sanderson darliss60 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Oct second try Band-tailed Pigeon ["John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Oct Cassin's finch in Davis ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Oct Band-tailed Pigeon ["John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Oct Study on Sparrows in Central Valley ["camivega AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Joan jernegan95602 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Nicole lindynik AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct RE: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["'Widdowsons email' widdowson AT saber.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["David Barry ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Wayland Augur WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Clifford Hawley yellowhammerCA AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Merced NWR--Auto Loop, Oct 18, 2014 ["Chuq Von Rospach chuqvr AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Oct 10/18/14 Bakersfield Area Birding ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Oct Varied Thrush in W Davis, Red-breasted Nuthatch in S Davis ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Oct Western Screech-Owl Sounds - questions ["'Lynnette Mammino' mamminol AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Oct snow geese ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Oct Cosumnes birds- 16 October 2014; footwear advisory for Saturday's Tall Forest survey ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Oct Re: Putah Ck and Willowbank Ditch ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Oct White-throated Sparrow near Putah Ck in S Davis ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Oct Re: Merlins in Davis ["Dawn Garcia mel.dawn AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Oct Cosumnes birds- 12 and 13 October 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Oct Lodi WWTP Blue-winged Teal and Rock Wren ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Oct Re: Merlins in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Oct Putah Creek Canyon ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Oct Merlins in Davis ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Oct Cosumnes Preserve River Walk this morning ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Oct RE: Merlin in Davis ["'Dennis Pleau' dpleau AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Oct Merlin in Davis ["ldwarbler AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Oct Re: mountain birds in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Oct Cosumnes birds- 09 October 2014; upcoming surveys ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Oct mountain birds in Davis ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Oct Re: Peregrine at Sac City College ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Oct Putah Creek at Diversion Dam ["'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Oct Peregrine, Sac City College ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Oct banded Am White Pelicans ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Oct Sacramento Audubon Meeting, Thurs. Oct 16, 7pm ["'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Oct Central Valley Bird Symposium, Nov 20-23, 2014 ["'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Oct Red-breasted Nuthatch Yolo Co ["'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Oct Cosumnes birds- 05 October 2014: fantastic morning ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Oct Horned Grebe at Lema Ranch, Redding, CA ["sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Oct Cosumnes birds- 04 October 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Oct Putah Woodpeckers ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Oct Merced County ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Oct Cosumnes birds- 03 October 2014 ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Oct O'Neill Forebay ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Oct Putah Creek ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Oct Yolo Bypass ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Oct The end in sight on paving near YBWA ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Oct Cosumnes birds- 28 September and 02 October ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Fwd: [CALBIRDS] falcated duck
From: "Peter Headland Peter AT matrixlink.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:09:46 -0700
I imagine this will be of interest to CV Birds...


--
Peter Headland
Redwood City




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[CALBIRDS] falcated duck
Date: 	Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:38 -0700
From: 	Wim van Dam wim.van.dam AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 

Reply-To: 	Wim van Dam 
To: 	CALBIRDS 






Matt Victoria has just photographed a Falcated Duck at Colusa nwr. More 
info to follow.


Wim van Dam
--- sent from a phone







Subject: Cosumnes birds- 30 October 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:13:47 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

I visited behind the Farm Center gate at the Cosumnes River Preserve this
morning.  I found the following birds of modest interest:

 

sandhill crane-  420 (the harvested fields on the county property are just
now being flooded up)

lesser yellowlegs-  1

acorn woodpecker-  1

common raven-  2

golden-crowned kinglet-  12

varied thrush-  14

orange-crowned warbler-  4

black-throated gray warbler-  1

Townsend's warbler-  3

western tanager-  1

purple finch-  1

pine siskin-  1

 

On the drive home, along Desmond Road, a south-bound prairie falcon was
being closely pursued by a flock of some 150 red-winged blackbirds.  In the
falcon's talons was something about the size of a red-winged blackbird, but
I can't say for sure that that's what it was.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: intergrade Northern Flicker in Orangevale
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:38:47 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
A Northern Flicker visited the water feature in my yard this morning. I'd been 
trying to get a good look at this bird for a couple of weeks now; the yellow 
wing linings were obvious on numerous fly-bys but I wasn't going to call it 
Yellow-shafted until I got a good look at its head: 


http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/picidae/colaptes/noflic04.html

Note the red mustache stripe (a "Red-shafted" feature) along with the gray 
crown and brown face (a "Yellow-shafted" feature). If you look carefully a hint 
of a red crescent is visible on the nape. Technically this photo is weak so I 
won't be making a big print :( but for intergrade study it's fascinating, and 
since this bird seems to be hanging around and has found the water feature my 
photo blind will be semi-permanently set up until I get a print-worthy picture 
:) 'cuz this is a dashing bird. 


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


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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
From: "Kurt Mize k1mize AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:44:56 -0700
I had a beautiful FOS Varied Thrush today on my lunch hour at Dentoni Park in 
north Stockton. I also had a flyover Lewis's Woodpecker at my house in North 
Stockton this afternoon. I'm pretty sure that's a new yard bird for me! 



Sent from my iPhone


> On Oct 29, 2014, at 1:04 PM, "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>
> Greetings,
>
> We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our 
backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+ years in 
this house. Great new yard bird. 

>
> Now I'm waiting for a Steller's
> Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!
>
> Cheers!
>
> Terry Colborn
> Davis, CA
>
> www.TLCBirding.com
>
>
Subject: Wintering sparrows arrival dates
From: "camivega AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Oct 2014 22:33:57 -0700
Dear Central Valley Bird Club Members: 

I am interested in conducting a small study on long-term changes in wintering 
site arrival dates for sparrows in the Central Valley and adjacent foothills. I 
am interested in the first-of-season records available for at least a 10-year 
period. To be eligible, a site should have been monitored regularly so that 
arrival dates are accurate to within 1-3 days. I'd like to target folks that 
keep a daily list of species or a list of first arrivals at their homes each 
year. 


The focus is on the typical wintering sparrows, especially White-crowned, 
Golden-crowned, and Fox Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos. But if you have similar 
records for other species, please let me know. 


I hope to publish the results in the Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin and will 
acknowledge all contributors. 


If you think you have useful set of dates going back at least 10-years, please 
send them to me at: camivega AT yahoo.com. Also, please provide a full address of 
the site or other locator (GPS coordinates), and the site elevation. 


Thank you! 

Cami Vega 
Merced

 

Subject: Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:01:11 -0700
Varied thrush are now being observed regularly (high count of 7) in Land Park, 
Sacramento, where small numbers are typically present throughout the winter. 
I've also seen/heard at least two birds the last couple of days at both Babel 
Slough/Sacramento River and Wood Duck Ponds/Sacramento River in Yolo County. 


Leo Edson
Sacramento 


On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:44 PM, "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
I've been hearing some pretty vocal Varied Thrushes around Davis and Putah 
Creek the last few weeks as well. They are most vocal at dawn. Here's an 
example of their very distinctive UFO "song" http://www.xeno-canto.org/189179 





On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


 
>  
>Fascinating… I think I've heard Varied Thrush here in Orangevale in the last 
few days, the first I've heard (that I can recall) in the almost 15 years I've 
been here. I have not been able to confirm by sight. Also had 2 Steller's Jays 
a couple of weeks ago, the second sighting at this place. Stuff is moving. 

>
>Doug Herr
>Orangevale, Sacramento County
>http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>
>---Original Message-----
>
>From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
>
>Sent: Oct 29, 2014 1:04 PM
>
>To: CV Birds 
>
>Cc: Steve Hampton 
>
>Subject: [CVBirds] Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
>
>Greetings,
>
>We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our 
backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+ years in 
this house. Great new yard bird. 

>
>Now I'm waiting for a Steller's 
>
>Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!
>
>Cheers!
>
>Terry Colborn 
>
>Davis, CA
>
>www.TLCBirding.com
>
>


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 29 October
From: "Gene Trapp grtrapp AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:47:06 -0700
I saw a Varied Thrush at the south end of West Pond in Davis about 1 week ago. 


Gene Trapp
Davis

On Oct 29, 2014, at 3:15 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


> Fascinating… I think I've heard Varied Thrush here in Orangevale in the last 
few days, the first I've heard (that I can recall) in the almost 15 years I've 
been here. I have not been able to confirm by sight. Also had 2 Steller's Jays 
a couple of weeks ago, the second sighting at this place. Stuff is moving. 

> 
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
> 
> ---Original Message-----
> 
> From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
> 
> Sent: Oct 29, 2014 1:04 PM
> 
> To: CV Birds 
> 
> Cc: Steve Hampton 
> 
> Subject: [CVBirds] Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
> 
> Greetings,
> 
> We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our 
backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+ years in 
this house. Great new yard bird. 

> 
> Now I'm waiting for a Steller's 
> 
> Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> Terry Colborn 
> 
> Davis, CA
> 
> www.TLCBirding.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:44:45 -0700
I've been hearing some pretty vocal Varied Thrushes around Davis and Putah
Creek the last few weeks as well.  They are most vocal at dawn.  Here's an
example of their very distinctive UFO "song"
http://www.xeno-canto.org/189179



On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Fascinating… I think I've heard Varied Thrush here in Orangevale in the
> last few days, the first I've heard (that I can recall) in the almost 15
> years I've been here. I have not been able to confirm by sight. Also had 2
> Steller's Jays a couple of weeks ago, the second sighting at this place.
> Stuff is moving.
>
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>
> ---Original Message-----
>
> From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]"
>
> Sent: Oct 29, 2014 1:04 PM
>
> To: CV Birds
>
> Cc: Steve Hampton
>
> Subject: [CVBirds] Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
>
> Greetings,
>
> We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our
> backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+
> years in this house. Great new yard bird.
>
> Now I'm waiting for a Steller's
>
> Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!
>
> Cheers!
>
> Terry Colborn
>
> Davis, CA
>
> www.TLCBirding.com
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:15:58 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Fascinating… I think I've heard Varied Thrush here in Orangevale in the last 
few days, the first I've heard (that I can recall) in the almost 15 years I've 
been here. I have not been able to confirm by sight. Also had 2 Steller's Jays 
a couple of weeks ago, the second sighting at this place. Stuff is moving. 


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


---Original Message-----

From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 

Sent: Oct 29, 2014 1:04 PM

To: CV Birds 

Cc: Steve Hampton 

Subject: [CVBirds] Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
















 

 



  


    
      
      
      Greetings,



We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our 
backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+ years in 
this house. Great new yard bird. 




Now I'm waiting for a Steller's 

Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!



Cheers!



Terry Colborn 

Davis, CA



www.TLCBirding.com

    
     

    
    




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Subject: Swamp Sparrow, Cache Creek, Yolo Co
From: "Brent Campos brcampos AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:40:27 -0700
This morning I had a Swamp Sparrow along Cache Creek as accessed via Wild
Wings County Park (

http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/wild-wings-park). 

A map of the Swamp Sparrow's location is here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zEI01uLrDFaU.kT4e8MNx8Y7c. Other
notables included a Townsend's Warbler, a Phainopepla (third in the last
three outings to this location), two fly-over Pine Siskins, and an apparent
hybrid Golden-crowned X White-crowned Sparrow.

Brent Campos
Woodland


Cache Creek at Wild Wings County Park, Yolo, US-CA
Oct 29, 2014 9:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
58 species

Canada Goose  3
California Quail  2
American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  3
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  1
Mourning Dove  5
Barn Owl  1
Anna's Hummingbird  6
Lewis's Woodpecker  2
Acorn Woodpecker  3
Nuttall's Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  9
Black Phoebe  6
Western Scrub-Jay  13
Yellow-billed Magpie  1
American Crow  2
Bushtit  28
House Wren  4
Marsh Wren  8
Bewick's Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7
Western Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  5
American Robin  2
Varied Thrush  2
California Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  8
European Starling  4
American Pipit  3
Cedar Waxwing  14
Phainopepla  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  24
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Townsend's Warbler  1     Heard calling. Confirmed visually.
Spotted Towhee  7
California Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  13
Lincoln's Sparrow  21
Swamp Sparrow  1     Initially identified by sweet, Black Phoebe-like call.
Confirmed visually with prolonged looks. Breast was slightly smudgy and
light gray with a central dark spot, without streaks. Dull light brown
flanks with light streaking. Strong rufous tones to crown and wings.
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)  95
Golden-crowned Sparrow  74
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  3
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Western Meadowlark  2
House Finch  37
Pine Siskin  2
Lesser Goldfinch  33
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20373194

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Varied Thrush - Davis, 28 October
From: "Terry Colborn tlcbirding AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:04:19 -0700
Greetings,

We had a bright, adult male Varied Thrush show up yesterday at one of our 
backyard fountains. This is the first one I've seen or heard after 24+ years in 
this house. Great new yard bird. 


Now I'm waiting for a Steller's 
Jay to show up, or better yet, a "party" of 'em!

Cheers!

Terry Colborn 
Davis, CA

www.TLCBirding.com

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Subject: San Joaquin NWR, Northern Harrier, juvenile female
From: "Marcus scrod2000 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:21:01 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday, my partner and I were sightseeing the farm country in the Central 
Valley between HWY5 and HWY99, on River Road, south of hwy132-Maze Blvd when we 
spotted the sign for the San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge and decided to 
visit. At the parking lot we first spotted the Northern Harrier swooping and 
darting around nearby, from near ground level to about 20-25 feet in altitude. 
Hunting, as my partner spotted some poor little critter darting around beneath. 
  Later, about .4 mi from the parking lot going the north branch of the trail 
we spotted it again doing the same behavior for at least 5 minutes. this 
happened around 1:45 PM 

There was something odd here, being first timers we trusted the large map of 
trail in the kiosk which seemed to show a loop in yellow dashed lines. THERE IS 
NO LOOP, instead the trail goes north, heads east for about half a mile then 
goes north again for a while before looping back down the river channel on the 
other side of a large and heavily vegetated hillock. Does not intersect with 
the trail as it turns north. The paper map shows the correct trail path. We 
were hoping for the shortcut because partner had sandals on, (spur of the 
moment trip) and it was getting annoying with the rocks and stuff. So we only 
went part way down the trail and them back. Looking forward to returning when 
things are a little wetter. It was VERY dry. 

Glad I found this.  I won't be making too many posts here as I am in Oaktown, 
but once in a while we do get out. Will read your postings with interest.  

BTW, even though I didn't bring my telephoto lens I did manage to get some pix 
and blow them up. If interested you can visit here. 


https://www.facebook.com/marcus.pun.7/media_set?set=a.873057142713420.1073741842.100000274263996&type=1 

 Marcus Pun
Video Editor/Producer/Editor
cell 510-384-8085,  home 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA
Subject: Harris's Sparrow's return is not welcomed by all neighbors in North Davis
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:42:04 -0700
While I welcome birders peering into my yard, the folks living across the
street at 254 Cortez have reached their limit.  Please steer clear of that
house and yard on the edge of the greenbelt - to preserve the local peace.
I am trying to attract the local Zonotrichia flock(s) to my front yard at
243 Cortez to make it easier to find the Harris's Sparrow from the street
this year, but it will take a few days for the sparrows to discover the new
feeding station - you might want to delay your visits until I can verify
that the odds are good.  It is still good to post yourself across the street
west of 249 Cortez and watch the foundation plantings and the lawn on the
west side (greenbelt side and nearly windowless side) of that house.  Also
check the dense shrubs hanging over the back (greenbelt side) fence of the
house directly across the greenbelt at 300 Anza (also the frequent evening
roost of the local Merlin) - but avoid peering into that backyard, please.
Thanks for your consideration.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis 



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Subject: Lake Natoma Steller's Jay
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:12:11 -0700
Hi birders-

Here’s another observation of Steller’s jay in the Valley. It was at Lake 
Natoma, close to the Young Wo Circle access point, working its way along the 
trees on the shoreline. I also saw / heard a Hutton’s vireo before that. Grebes 
& bufflehead are on the lake as well. 

Good birding,

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA





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Subject: RE: For Sparrow - Red?
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:12:09 -0700
I also echo Steve and Tim's assessment; it looks like altivagans.  Tim
correctly points out the red/gray sharp contrast on head and back of iliaca.


 

Andrew Engilis, Jr.

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University of California

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Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:27 AM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com; 'STA BIRD GROUP'
Subject: [CVBirds] For Sparrow - Red?

 

  

I stopped by the Merced NWR this morning and spotted what I think might be a
"Red" Fox Sparrow by the SE platform. Anyone confirm?

http://jimgain.smugmug.com/California-Birds/i-qTnqkCT/A

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Subject: Steller's Jays at Chico Oxidation Ponds
From: "Kathy Trevino kathytrev AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:36:47 -0700
We had two Steller's Jays at the Chico Oxidation Ponds today. We think that may 
be a first for this location. 


Kathy Trevino
Paradise, CA



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Subject: FW: Steller's jays on Putah Creek
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:50:41 +0000


On Sunday, October 26, 2014 4:40 PM, Michael Perrone 
 wrote: 



This morning I visited Putah Creek canyon, west of Winters, Yolo Co. Between 
milepost 1.5 and 0.9 along Highway 128, I found at least nine Steller's jays, 
spread all along the creekside. The species is reported to be "on the move" in 
the North Bay area, so maybe this is part of that irruption. In any case, I've 
not seen more than one or two anywhere along Putah Creek in a single visit ever 
before, and this is my 29th year covering the area. 


Near milepost 1.5 was a pygmy owl.. Two vesper sparrows were at the traditional 
spot west of Winters, at the first curve in the highway. 


Michael Perrone
Davis CA

Subject: Re: For Sparrow - Red?
From: "ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:46:30 -0700
I would echo Steve's assessment, below, based on my experience with subspecies 
of Fox Sparrow in the CV (including having banded individuals of both 
altivagans and zaboria/illiaca, as well as the other, expected subspecies). In 
addition, the red areas on zaboria/illiaca are much redder, and more sharply 
delineated against the paler gray areas on the head and back. 


Cheers,

Tim Manolis
Sacramento


In a message dated 10/26/14 13:35:38 Pacific Daylight Time, 
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes: 

  
Jim, 

This is a great bird for discussion because birds that look like this are 
pretty regular in the Central Valley in winter. They get reported as Red or 
Slate-colored (on CBC's and elsewhere). I'm pretty sure they are altivagans, 
which are considered Slate-colored by some and Red by others. See the breeding 
range map by subspecies at 
http://offline.whatbird.com/img/4/63985/image.aspx?x=311 



For true Red (zaboria and illiaca) I think there needs to be more white in the 
mustache and a thin white wingbar and tertial tips. 



The other option is the more Alaskan versions of Sooty, which are less 
dipped-in-chocolate and have more gray in the face and look a lot like 
altivagans. 



Thoughts by others?  






On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM, 'Jim Gain (birding)' phalarope AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


  
I stopped by the Merced NWR this morning and spotted what I think might be a 
"Red" Fox Sparrow by the SE platform. Anyone confirm? 

http://jimgain.smugmug.com/California-Birds/i-qTnqkCT/A

Jim Gain
Modesto



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Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Harris's Sparrow returns for 4th winter in North Davis
From: "Gary Zamzow gwzamzow AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:01:44 -0700
Congratulations Chris!
Put a fence around your feeding area.
Chicken wire will do.
I wonder where it goes?
Thank you for sharing and take care,
Gary Zamzow
Davis




On Oct 26, 2014, at 8:42 AM, 'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 



First sighting today at 8:20 am in my backyard at 243 Cortez Avenue. No 
question that it is the same bird – distinctive pattern of rusty breast stripes 
with central “stick pin.” Black crown and face almost entirely turned to tiny 
black specks on gray background with solid black only around the base of the 
pinkish bill. Probably no coincidence that it showed up right after a 
significant rain event. This bird will probably follow the same pattern of 
daily movement as in prior years – best seen in the front yards of 249 and 254 
Cortez, but not dependably found. I’ll try feeding in my front yard again this 
year, until the local black cat catches on. 


 

Chris Dunford

Davis



 	
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Subject: Re: For Sparrow - Red?
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:35:33 -0700
Jim,

This is a great bird for discussion because birds that look like this are
pretty regular in the Central Valley in winter.  They get reported as Red
or Slate-colored (on CBC's and elsewhere).  I'm pretty sure they are
altivagans, which are considered Slate-colored by some and Red by others.
See the breeding range map by subspecies at
http://offline.whatbird.com/img/4/63985/image.aspx?x=311

For true Red (zaboria and illiaca) I think there needs to be more white in
the mustache and a thin white wingbar and tertial tips.

The other option is the more Alaskan versions of Sooty, which are less
dipped-in-chocolate and have more gray in the face and look a lot like
altivagans.

Thoughts by others?




On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM, 'Jim Gain (birding)'
phalarope AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds] <
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I stopped by the Merced NWR this morning and spotted what I think might be
> a "Red" Fox Sparrow by the SE platform. Anyone confirm?
>
> http://jimgain.smugmug.com/California-Birds/i-qTnqkCT/A
>
>
>
> Jim Gain
>
> Modesto
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: For Sparrow - Red?
From: "'Jim Gain \(birding\)' phalarope AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:27:15 -0700
I stopped by the Merced NWR this morning and spotted what I think might be a
"Red" Fox Sparrow by the SE platform. Anyone confirm?

http://jimgain.smugmug.com/California-Birds/i-qTnqkCT/A

 

Jim Gain

Modesto
Subject: Harris's Sparrow returns for 4th winter in North Davis
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:42:26 -0700
First sighting today at 8:20 am in my backyard at 243 Cortez Avenue.  No
question that it is the same bird - distinctive pattern of rusty breast
stripes with central "stick pin."  Black crown and face almost entirely
turned to tiny black specks on gray background with solid black only around
the base of the pinkish bill.  Probably no coincidence that it showed up
right after a significant rain event.  This bird will probably follow the
same pattern of daily movement as in prior years - best seen in the front
yards of 249 and 254 Cortez, but not dependably found.  I'll try feeding in
my front yard again this year, until the local black cat catches on.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis



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Subject: Chico oxidation ponds
From: "Frank Sanderson darliss60 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:20:32 -0700
Has anyone been out to Chico's wastewater treatment plant lately and if you 
were what did you see? I have seen no resent postings and was considering drive 
down that way in the morning (10/24). Thanks 

Frank Sanderson
Redding, CA
Subject: second try Band-tailed Pigeon
From: "John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:19:24 -0700
I sent this earlier today but it seems it did not go through.

This morning I had a lone Band-tailed Pigeon on top of a dead cottonwood on
the edge of our yard, about 4 miles east of Oakdale. The bird was there for
about 10 minutes, then flew off toward the Stanislaus River, with a group
of starlings in pursuit. This is the second one reported this fall on the
valley floor in our county, so it is worth looking for them in the parks
along the river.
This bird lacked a white color, so is a juvenile.
I got a couple of so-so photos, which I've posted here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110355567 AT N06/14981346923/
John Harris
Oakdale
Subject: Cassin's finch in Davis
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:36 +0000
This morning before 8 AM I heard (but did not see) a Cassin's finch over Slide 
Hill Park in east Davis. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon
From: "John Harris johnh AT mills.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:50:33 -0700
This morning I had a lone Band-tailed Pigeon on top of a dead cottonwood on the 
edge of our yard, about 4 miles east of Oakdale. The bird was there for about 
10 minutes, then flew off toward the Stanislaus River, with a group of 
starlings in pursuit. This is the second one reported this fall on the valley 
floor in our county, so it is worth looking for them in the parks along the 
river. 

 This bird lacked a white collar, so is a juvenile.
 I got a couple of so-so photos, which I've posted here:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/110355567 AT N06/14981346923/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110355567 AT N06/14981346923/ 

 

 John Harris
 Oakdale


Subject: Study on Sparrows in Central Valley
From: "camivega AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 09:45:53 -0700
Central Valley Bird Club Members: 

I am interested in conducting a small study on long-term changes in wintering 
site arrival dates for sparrows in the Central Valley and adjacent foothills. I 
am interested in the first-of-season records available for at least a 10-year 
period. To be eligible, a site should have been monitored regularly so that 
arrival dates are accurate to within 1-3 days. I'd like to target folks that 
keep a daily list of species or a list of first arrivals at their homes each 
year. 


The focus is on the typical wintering sparrows, especially White-crowned, 
Golden-crowned, and Fox Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos. But if you have similar 
records for other species, please let me know. 


I hope to publish the results in the Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin and will 
acknowledge all contributors. 


If you think you have useful set of dates going back at least 10-years, please 
send them to me at: camivega AT yahoo.com. Also, please provide a full address of 
the site or other locator (GPS coordinates), and the site elevation. 


Thank you! 

Cami Vega 
Merced

 

Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Joan jernegan95602 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:44:37 -0700
Also not Central Valley, but we Saw a Stellars Jay at our backyard bird feeder 
on Sat 10/18/14 at 1,500 feet in oak woodlands outside Auburn. 



Only the 2nd or 3rd time we've seen Stellars in our 25 years here. Prior 
sightings we associated with snowfall at higher elevations - not the case now. 



Joan Jernegan
Auburn, CA


Sent from my iPhone


> On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:49 PM, "Clifford Hawley yellowhammerCA AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>
> The Orangevale birds apparently haven't been entered on eBird. If birds are 
being seen in Western Placer County there is almost certainly some kind of 
movement into the Valley happening. I grew up in the Lincoln area and I only 
saw Steller's Jays once in that area and it was a good irruption year. Good 
birding. 

>
> Cliff Hawley
> Sacramento, CA
>
>> On Oct 19, 2014 6:42 PM, "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>>
>> Hi Manfred and everyone
>>
>> One of the beauties of ebird is that you are able to type in a species and 
see where it has been reported in the past month. I did this for Steller's Jay 
and found that there really has not yet been a widespread irruption into the 
Sacramento Valley, so far (unless the volunteer compilers have been withholding 
the reports). The red balloons show almost all reports are in the areas of its 
past occurrences (the blue balloons). Exceptions are individuals seen east of 
Fairfield and in west Placer at the end of September. 

>> Here is the specific link. You may need to enlarge the map and move it to 
the area you wish to study. 

>>
>> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/stejay?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 

>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Gil Ewing
>> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
>>
>> On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:17 PM, Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 

>>
>> > A friend of mine who lives just outside Healdsburg to the west reports 
that hundreds of Steller's Jays have been moving through his property during 
the past few days, generally in a southern direction. Perhaps they are feeding 
on left over grapes or on acorns in the costal woodlands? In any case, the 
numbers would suggest some sort of irruption. Have there been observations or 
reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this fall? 

>> > Around my place along Putah Creek Acorn Woodpeckers continue in 
unprecedented numbers. I see 10-20 every day, and mixed in among them, still at 
least 3-5 Lewis's Woodpeckers. A very unusual year. Has there been an acorn 
crop failure in some of the drought stricken areas? 

>> >
>> > Manfred Kusch
>> > South bank of Putah Creek
>> > 3 miles west of Davis
>> >
>> > Sent from my iPad
>> >
>> > ------------------------------------
>> > Posted by: Manfred Kusch 
>> > ------------------------------------
>> >
>> >
>> > ------------------------------------
>> >
>> > Yahoo Groups Links
>> >
>> >
>> >
>
>
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Nicole lindynik AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:09:32 -0700
Hi! Also not in the central valley, but I was birding the Laguna de Santa Rosa 
(Sonoma County) yesterday with Lisa Hug and we saw at least 3 Steller's. Lisa 
was pretty surprised because she had never seen them before at this location 
and she birds here pretty often. She uses ebird so you can see her lists there. 

 

 Haven't posted through email on my phone so sorry if this doesn't work. 

Cheers,
 

 Nicole Barden
 Santa Rosa

Sent from my iPhone.
 


 
 
 


Subject: RE: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "'Widdowsons email' widdowson AT saber.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:08:21 -0700
There is one in our yard in North Redding for the last 2 weeks. 

Only the second one we have had in 8 years.

 

Bud & Margaret Widdowson

Redding

 

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[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of David Barry 
ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:37 PM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption

 

  

Hello all,

 

I have a friend who lives in Chico CA and photographed a Steller's Jay in her 
backyard. About 1 week ago. This is only the 2ND Steller's Jay ever seen in her 
yard. 


 

Also regarding Acorn Woodpeckers: 2 weeks ago North of Covelo CA Mendocino 
County there were hundreds of Acorn Woodpeckers, literally everywhere! 


 

Also hundreds of Band-tailed Pigeons. Perhaps it is an ACORN irruption ? Though 
I haven't noticed a particularly large amount of them in the hills West of 
Healdsburg this year. 


 

Dave Barry

Santa Rosa

 

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:27 PM, "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 


 

  

Manfred Kusch wrote:

>>>
Have there been observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this 
fall? 

<<<

Two yesterday Oct 18 in the sequoia trees on my property here in Orangevale. 
This is the second time in 14 years I've seen this species here. 


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

 


Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "David Hamilton napabirders AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:35:56 -0700
Hi all,

Ok, I realize I am not in the Central Valley, but I'd like to respond to the 
Steller's Jays irruption. On Oct. 11, I saw 4-5 jays in my neighborhood in 
Napa- not too unusual, but usually see only 1 or 2 at the most. A few days 
later I saw 12+ flying over low headed in a southerly direction. The morning of 
Oct. 16 when I first noticed them in flight I started counting and there were 
35 of them! As I reported on NBB, I have never seen that many at one time. I 
will continue to watch for them. 


Birds of North America online mentioned: "Large irruptive movements are 
sporadic after breeding season, perhaps in response to food shortages 
(Svärdson 1957, Hubbard 1978, Garrett and Dunn 1981, Monson and Phillips 1981, 
Vander Wall and Balda 1981, Rosenberg et al. 1991). Irruptions can occur over 
large geographic areas, and in years when other corvid species also irrupt. 
During irruptions, flocks apparently are composed mainly of immatures, which 
may have originated from areas much farther north..." 


I posted my sighting to eBird.

Denise Hamilton
Napa
napabirders AT att.net  


On Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:36 PM, "David Barry ramsman AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

  


 



Hello all,

I have a friend who lives in Chico CA and photographed a Steller's Jay in her 
backyard. About 1 week ago. This is only the 2ND Steller's Jay ever seen in her 
yard. 


Also regarding Acorn Woodpeckers: 2 weeks ago North of Covelo CA Mendocino 
County there were hundreds of Acorn Woodpeckers, literally everywhere! 


Also hundreds of Band-tailed Pigeons. Perhaps it is an ACORN irruption ? Though 
I haven't noticed a particularly large amount of them in the hills West of 
Healdsburg this year. 


Dave Barry
Santa Rosa 


On Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:27 PM, "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

  


  
Manfred Kusch wrote:

>>>
Have there been observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this 
fall? 

<<<

Two yesterday Oct 18 in the sequoia trees on my property here in Orangevale. 
This is the second time in 14 years I've seen this species here. 


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

     


 
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "David Barry ramsman AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:36:58 -0700
Hello all,


I have a friend who lives in Chico CA and photographed a Steller's Jay in her 
backyard. About 1 week ago. This is only the 2ND Steller's Jay ever seen in her 
yard. 



Also regarding Acorn Woodpeckers: 2 weeks ago North of Covelo CA Mendocino 
County there were hundreds of Acorn Woodpeckers, literally everywhere! 



Also hundreds of Band-tailed Pigeons. Perhaps it is an ACORN irruption ? Though 
I haven't noticed a particularly large amount of them in the hills West of 
Healdsburg this year. 



Dave Barry
Santa Rosa




On Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:27 PM, "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 







Manfred Kusch wrote:


>>>
Have there been observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this 
fall? 

<<<


Two yesterday Oct 18 in the sequoia trees on my property here in Orangevale. 
This is the second time in 14 years I've seen this species here. 



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

 
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Wayland Augur WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:50:33 -0700
We had a pair at the local Mendocino Genetic Resource Center (locally also
called the Tree Improvement Center) about 2 or 3 weeks ago; it seemed early

at the time (and we don't see them every year) but I didn't check arrival
dates.


Skip Augur
Chico, Butte County, CA


On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:


>
>
> Manfred Kusch wrote:
>
> >>>
> Have there been observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption
> this fall?
> <<<
>
> Two yesterday Oct 18 in the sequoia trees on my property here in
> Orangevale. This is the second time in 14 years I've seen this species here.
>
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>
>
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Clifford Hawley yellowhammerCA AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:49:24 -0700
The Orangevale birds apparently haven't been entered on eBird.  If birds
are being seen in Western Placer County there is almost certainly some kind
of movement into the Valley happening. I grew up in the Lincoln area and I
only saw Steller's Jays once in that area and it was a good irruption
year.  Good birding.

Cliff Hawley
Sacramento, CA
On Oct 19, 2014 6:42 PM, "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net
[central_valley_birds]" 
wrote:

>
>
> Hi Manfred and everyone
>
> One of the beauties of ebird is that you are able to type in a species and
> see where it has been reported in the past month. I did this for Steller's
> Jay and found that there really has not yet been a widespread irruption
> into the Sacramento Valley, so far (unless the volunteer compilers have
> been withholding the reports). The red balloons show almost all reports are
> in the areas of its past occurrences (the blue balloons). Exceptions are
> individuals seen east of Fairfield and in west Placer at the end of
> September.
> Here is the specific link. You may need to enlarge the map and move it to
> the area you wish to study.
>
>
> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/stejay?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 

>
> Cheers,
>
> Gil Ewing
> Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
>
> On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:17 PM, Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu
> [central_valley_birds] wrote:
>
> > A friend of mine who lives just outside Healdsburg to the west reports
> that hundreds of Steller's Jays have been moving through his property
> during the past few days, generally in a southern direction. Perhaps they
> are feeding on left over grapes or on acorns in the costal woodlands? In
> any case, the numbers would suggest some sort of irruption. Have there been
> observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this fall?
> > Around my place along Putah Creek Acorn Woodpeckers continue in
> unprecedented numbers. I see 10-20 every day, and mixed in among them,
> still at least 3-5 Lewis's Woodpeckers. A very unusual year. Has there been
> an acorn crop failure in some of the drought stricken areas?
> >
> > Manfred Kusch
> > South bank of Putah Creek
> > 3 miles west of Davis
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> > Posted by: Manfred Kusch 
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Yahoo Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:42:29 -0700
Hi Manfred and everyone

One of the beauties of ebird is that you are able to type in a species and see 
where it has been reported in the past month. I did this for Steller's Jay and 
found that there really has not yet been a widespread irruption into the 
Sacramento Valley, so far (unless the volunteer compilers have been withholding 
the reports). The red balloons show almost all reports are in the areas of its 
past occurrences (the blue balloons). Exceptions are individuals seen east of 
Fairfield and in west Placer at the end of September. 

Here is the specific link. You may need to enlarge the map and move it to the 
area you wish to study. 



http://ebird.org/ebird/map/stejay?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 



Cheers,

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA





On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:17 PM, Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds] wrote: 



> A friend of mine who lives just outside Healdsburg to the west reports that 
hundreds of Steller's Jays have been moving through his property during the 
past few days, generally in a southern direction. Perhaps they are feeding on 
left over grapes or on acorns in the costal woodlands? In any case, the numbers 
would suggest some sort of irruption. Have there been observations or reports 
about a Steller's Jay irruption this fall? 

> Around my place along Putah Creek Acorn Woodpeckers continue in unprecedented 
numbers. I see 10-20 every day, and mixed in among them, still at least 3-5 
Lewis's Woodpeckers. A very unusual year. Has there been an acorn crop failure 
in some of the drought stricken areas? 

> 
> Manfred Kusch
> South bank of Putah Creek
> 3 miles west of Davis
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> ------------------------------------
> Posted by: Manfred Kusch 
> ------------------------------------
> 
> 
> ------------------------------------
> 
> Yahoo Groups Links
> 
> 
> 



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Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:29:50 -0700
Manfred,

I know that one or two Steller's Jays established themselves at Fishing
Access #1 in Putah Creek Canyon and along Rayhouse Rd in Cache Cr Canyon,
but that was earlier this spring/summer.



On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM, Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> A friend of mine who lives just outside Healdsburg to the west reports
> that hundreds of Steller's Jays have been moving through his property
> during the past few days, generally in a southern direction. Perhaps they
> are feeding on left over grapes or on acorns in the costal woodlands? In
> any case, the numbers would suggest some sort of irruption. Have there been
> observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this fall?
> Around my place along Putah Creek Acorn Woodpeckers continue in
> unprecedented numbers. I see 10-20 every day, and mixed in among them,
> still at least 3-5 Lewis's Woodpeckers. A very unusual year. Has there been
> an acorn crop failure in some of the drought stricken areas?
>
> Manfred Kusch
> South bank of Putah Creek
> 3 miles west of Davis
>
> Sent from my iPad
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:27:43 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Manfred Kusch wrote:

>>>
 Have there been observations or reports about a Steller's Jay irruption this 
fall? 

<<<

Two yesterday Oct 18 in the sequoia trees on my property here in Orangevale. 
This is the second time in 14 years I've seen this species here. 


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


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Subject: Inquiry about Steller's Jay irruption
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:33 -0700
A friend of mine who lives just outside Healdsburg to the west reports that 
hundreds of Steller's Jays have been moving through his property during the 
past few days, generally in a southern direction. Perhaps they are feeding on 
left over grapes or on acorns in the costal woodlands? In any case, the numbers 
would suggest some sort of irruption. Have there been observations or reports 
about a Steller's Jay irruption this fall? 

Around my place along Putah Creek Acorn Woodpeckers continue in unprecedented 
numbers. I see 10-20 every day, and mixed in among them, still at least 3-5 
Lewis's Woodpeckers. A very unusual year. Has there been an acorn crop failure 
in some of the drought stricken areas? 


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

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Merced NWR--Auto Loop, Oct 18, 2014
From: "Chuq Von Rospach chuqvr AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:57:01 -0700
On the way home from some time in Lee Vining and the Eastern Sierra we made
a quick side-trip to Merced NWR to scout it's state (given the drought) and
see what's started to arrive for the winter.


Overall the refuge looks to be in reasonably good shape, and they seem to
be flooding or setting up to flood about the same amount of the refuge as
last year. One area I remember as being dry last year seems to be on the
flood list this year, but the Bittern Marsh area is bone dry.


There are a nice number of Sandhills already on site and hanging out, I
counted well over a thousand. We also found multiple groups of Greater
white-fronted and a couple of large flocks ibis. No sign of Ross's/Snow
Geese found either visually or by ear. We saw a moderate number of ducks,
almost all of them Shovelers. A few Gadwall and one pair of Pintail, and no
teals of any type found. Shorebirds looked to be the usual suspects in
fairly good numbers.


Of the raptors, one looked to be a Swainson's, other than that, it was
Red-tails and Harriers.


This was a fast scouting trip, so we didn't stop to try to dig out rarities
or spend much time on the smaller birds, but we did find flocks of
White-crowns and some Savannah sparrows along the way.


There were rather large numbers of Egrets (especially Great) and Great Blue
Herons all over the refuge.


In one of the pastures on Sandy Hill we found a herd of cows with Egrets
working the area. Because of traffic we couldn't slow to be sure, but I
think they were Cattle egrets, not Snowy.


So overall, the refuge seems to be shaping up to be in decent shape this
winter. One of the pastures nearby that the Snow/Ross's tended to hang out
in hasn't been maintained so it's effectively dirt, and I'm guessing
that'll encourage them to spend more time in the refuge once they show up.


Given that with the drought that some refuges are simply being closed due
to lack of water (notably Kern NWR and Pixley down state), what I saw was
pretty good news. Driving west on Sandy Hill onto Turner Island to look at
the hunting areas, it looked like they're being flooded about as much as
last year as well, maybe somewhat less. I'm guessing that we're going to
see more birds concentrated on key refuges this winter as they have to
figure out where best to use the water being allocated, and it looks like
Merced's one that's going to be depended on this winter.


Hoping the rain starts soon -- even though we probably won't fix the
drought this winter, I'm hoping we can at least stop getting worse...


chuq
Santa Clara


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Subject: eBird Report - Merced NWR--Auto Loop, Oct 18, 2014
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Merced NWR--Auto Loop, Merced, US-CA
Oct 18, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
26 species (+1 other taxa)


Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  500     4 groupings within
the refuge, each 100+
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  11
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  24
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  9
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)  250
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  1100
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  X
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)  X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus/scolopaceus)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  3
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20276764


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)






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Silcon Valley, California
Subject: 10/18/14 Bakersfield Area Birding
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:20:39 -0700
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Kern Audubon Society Field Trip

6:30am-10:45am, Hart Park - Highlights: 48 species including 43 Canada Geese, 
86 Wood Ducks, 1 Red-breasted Sapsucker, 8 Rose-ringed Parakeets including one 
well seen male showing its thin rose upper neck "ring," 30 Ceder Waxwings, and 
1 male Phainopepla. 


11:30am-12:30pm, Beale Park - Highlights: 22 species including 1 SPOTTED DOVE, 
7 Rose-ringed Parakeets, and 1 Western Tanager, plus 1 mystery finch species 
(see write-up in list below). 


12:50pm-1:18pm, Orange Grove RV Park - Highlights: 1 female COMMON GROUND-DOVE 
(a first for Kern County and California for David Chilton - see write-up in 
list below) 


1:19pm-1:24pm, Muller Rd--Arvin-Edison WSD Balancing Reservoir - Highlights: 
None - no water in reservoir - steep-sloped, cement lined bordering canal had 
water - 2 species only 


Total Species: 52

The following reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 
(http://ebird.org/california/) 



KER--Bakersfield--Kern River County Park (Hart Park), Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling-2.0 mile(s)

Observers: Dana Adams (first hour), Bob Barnes, Jim Burrow, Al Caetano, Cindy 
Caetano, Barbara Castle, Susan Castle, David Chilton, Lynn James, Bill Moffat, 
plus one whose name I did not get written down in my notebook. 


Coverage: Walk around west end of park west of Mirror Drive 6:30am to 7:30am 
followed by a 7:30am-10:45am counterclockwise walk around the main lake from 
the parked cars alongside Mirror Drive. With zig-zagging during the walk 
included, the estimated total distance covered was 2 miles. 


Temperature: 56 degrees Fahrenheit at start then warming into the high 60s/low 
70s by the end. 


48 species (+7 other taxa)

    * Canada Goose 43
    * Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 2
    * Wood Duck 86
    * Mallard 14
    * Mallard (Domestic type) 30
    * duck sp. 38
    * Pied-billed Grebe 1
    * Double-crested Cormorant 16
    * Great Blue Heron 2
    * Great Egret 2
    * Snowy Egret 5
    * Black-crowned Night-Heron 5 included one in adult plumage and four
      in immature plumage perched in trees and/or shrubs on the island
      in the main lake.
    * Turkey Vulture 1
    * Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    * Red-tailed Hawk 1
    * American Coot 150
    * Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
    * Mourning Dove 1
    * Great Horned Owl 1 was heard hooting near the east end of the park
      by Bob Barnes at 6:25am just before the early birders arrived.
    * Anna's Hummingbird 1 was a male.
    * Belted Kingfisher 1 was a male.
    * Acorn Woodpecker 11
    * Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
    * sapsucker sp. 1
    * Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
    * Northern Flicker 4
    * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 9
    * Rose-ringed Parakeet 8
    * Black Phoebe 6
    * Western Scrub-Jay 7
    * American Crow 1
    * Common Raven 1
    * swallow sp. 30 were either Tree Swallows or Violet-green Swallows
      with the ID leaning toward Violet-green. They were flying directly
      overhead making a determination based on a view of the sides of
      these birds or from the top not possible. Bill Moffat's photo may
      lead to species determination on a computer screen used for
      comparison with field guide and photo depictions of Tree Swallows
      vs Violet-green Swallows. Note: Both species are possible at Hart
      Park fall, winter, and spring. There are no records of
      Violet-green Swallow June 20th-September 18th for any year.
    * White-breasted Nuthatch 3
    * House Wren 1
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    * Western Bluebird 2
    * Hermit Thrush 1
    * American Robin 9
    * Northern Mockingbird 10
    * European Starling 206
    * Cedar Waxwing 30
    * Phainopepla 1 was a male.
    * Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    * Common Yellowthroat 1 was a male.
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 18
    * Spotted Towhee 2
    * Song Sparrow 3
    * White-crowned Sparrow 10
    * Dark-eyed Junco 1
    * Red-winged Blackbird 6
    * Brewer's Blackbird 10
    * blackbird sp. 25
    * House Finch 10
    * House Sparrow 10

View the above checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20271881 




KER--Bakersfield--Beale Park, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling-1.0 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Coverage: From the northeast corner of Beale Park west along Dracena along the 
north edge of the park to north on Oleander one block to west on Chester Lane 
for one block to south on Holtby for one block to east on Dracena for one block 
to south on Oleander for one block along the west edge of Beale Park to a walk 
in the park along its south and east margins back to the starting point at the 
northeast corner. 


Temperature: 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

22 species (+2 other taxa)

    * Spotted Dove 1 was along the east side of Holtby about halfway
      between Chester Lane on the north and Dracena on the south.
    * Mourning Dove 1
    * Anna's Hummingbird 2
    * Acorn Woodpecker 3
    * Northern Flicker 2
    * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3
    * American Kestrel 1
    * Rose-ringed Parakeet 7
    * Black Phoebe 2
    * Western Scrub-Jay 9
    * American Crow 1
    * Common Raven 1
    * White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    * American Robin 10
    * Northern Mockingbird 9
    * European Starling 2
    * Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
    * White-crowned Sparrow 1
    * Western Tanager 1 was in a fruit bearing small to medium sized
      tree with American Robins and Yellow-rumped Warblers one block
      north from Beale Park at the southwest corner of the junction of
      Oleander and Chester Lane.
    * House Finch 2
    * Haemorhous sp. 1 which we watched for several minutes feeding in a
      tree in Beale Park while trying to sort out its identity to
      species proved to be an unsolved puzzle for us. The entire top
      half of this bird suggested a Purple Finch to us - soft reddish
      pink wash covering the entire head, throat, and breast. However,
      the flanks along the sides of the upper belly had brown streak
      markings like a House Finch. The lower belly where streaks are
      typically found on House Finches were missing suggesting Purple
      Finch. Neither of us know if hybrid House Finch X Purple Finch
      occur leaving us only comfortable with Haemorhous sp. as the
      listing for this bird.
    * House Sparrow 1

View the above checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20271337 




KER--Orange Grove RV Park, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 12:50 PM - 1:18 PM

Protocol: Traveling-0.45 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

9 species

    * Great Egret 1 was along the edge of the ponding basin south
      directly across Redbank Rd from Orange Grove RV Park.
    * Red-tailed Hawk 1
    * Common Ground-Dove 1 was an adult female at a known location for
      finding this species several times throughout the year. Small,
      chunky dove first seen flying low away from us when flushed from
      under one orange tree to under an orange tree in the orange grove.
      Since it was low to the ground in flight, we were looking at it
      from above resulting in our not being able to see the cinnamon
      underwing linings. Short, dark tail during this flight. We then
      drove three rows of trees to where we were opposite the dove which
      was under the third tree south down the row from the main grove
      road. Looking out the car window from there we were able to see
      the strong long black vertical marks on the wings, scaly breast
      and crown on gray background, and lighter area on side of face.
      The bill was short. In the shade of the tree we could NOT see the
      pink portion of the bill. It appeared dark to us. We never got
      clear looks at the leg color as it foraged on the ground in the
      leaves. This was both a Kern County and California state bird for
      David Chilton making for a very successful visit targeting and
      observing this species.
    * Western Scrub-Jay 2
    * Northern Mockingbird 3
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    * White-crowned Sparrow 1
    * Brewer's Blackbird 1
    * House Finch 5

View the above checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20271153 




KER--Muller Rd.--Arvin-Edison WSD Balancing Reservoir, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 1:19 PM - 1:24 PM

Protocol: Traveling - 0.6 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Coverage: From just outside west and south portions of perimeter fence. 
Condition: Largely dry wit only two species detected as being present. 


Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 species

    * Great Blue Heron 1
    * Black Phoebe 1

View the above checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20270921 



Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell Phone #: 760-382-1260

Subject: Varied Thrush in W Davis, Red-breasted Nuthatch in S Davis
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:45 -0700
Late yesterday afternoon (10/16/2014), I saw two VARIED THRUSH just south of 
Russell Blvd between Tierra Linda Pl and Patwin Rd. 


This morning (10/17/2014), in the Willowbank Ditch area, I heard a RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH “yanking" from west of Putah Creek Park. 


Jim Thomas
Davis

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Subject: Western Screech-Owl Sounds - questions
From: "'Lynnette Mammino' mamminol AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:37:47 -0700
For the last several weeks I have heard strange sounds, every morning at
around 6am while it is still dark.  I finally figured out they were Western
Screech Owl calls including the following names and sounds from the Cornell
site.  They occurred in the following order: "first female begging whinny",
then "Te-te-do progressing to double trill", and recently much more of the
double trill.  BTW - I often hear the typical screech owl voice.


I don't understand the circumstances of these calls and wondered if someone
could direct me to more information.  Had the feel of a young owl's voice
progressing over time.  


Grass Valley (Alta Sierra)


Lynnette Mammino

Subject: snow geese
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:11:05 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

While enjoying electronic coverage of the Giants' pennant-winning game
against the Cardinals just now, I heard a flock of snow geese heading south
over our house in downtown Sacramento, my first snow geese this season.

 

Go Giants!

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 16 October 2014; footwear advisory for Saturday's Tall Forest survey
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:05:37 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I visited behind the Farm Center gate.  I cleaned up a bit of
the trail in the Tall Forest for the upcoming survey, but the birding was
underwhelming.  Mixed flocks were few and small, and contained only one wood
warbler, a silent orange-crowned.  Other modest finds included 18
golden-crowned kinglets, 14 varied thrushes and one western tanager.  Some
pigeons overflew the woods but I could do nothing with them through the
leafy tree canopy.  No winter finches or gaudy goldfinch today.  At midday I
joined a group of preserve volunteers on a site visit to Denier, a closed
parcel of the preserve.   A substantial restoration project is underway
there that hopefully will be good for early successional woodland
development and its associated biota, for native fish and for groundwater
recharge.  One of the highlights was watching a red-tailed hawk labor off
the ground with an approximately three foot-long gopher snake in its talons.

 

This morning I found water in the overflow channel that we'll need to wade
on Saturday.  I don't understand how it got there, since the channel was dry
earlier this week and much of it remains dry.  But the fact that it's there
means that rubber knee boots will be necessary unless you don't mind getting
wet.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Re: Putah Ck and Willowbank Ditch
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:51:04 +0000 (UTC)
Folks, minor note re local names: 

The waterway that Jim calls Putah Creek and Steve called Willowbank Ditch on 
Oct. 9 are the same in this case. 


Approximate location Jim refers to: 38.543143, -121.701640 

Steve wrote: "Willowbank Ditch in South Davis ... It's a bike path and 
neighborhood in south Davis north of Montgomery and west of Mace. Best accessed 
from San Marino." 


Jim wrote: "A tan-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was along the trail on the 
north side of Putah Creek in south Davis, near La Paz Drive, at 9:15 AM this 
morning (10/14/2014)." 



Excess background: Putah Creek was diverted 100+ years ago, to a channel south 
of its then-location, starting at a point west of Davis. 



You can read a lot about this online. Suffice to say that the creek remnant, 
and even sections thereof, now have various names, including UC Davis Arboretum 
Waterway, Willowbank Ditch, Putah Creek (still), and probably others that I 
haven't learned in my mere 17 years here. 




Good navigating, 

Sylvia Wright 


Davis ( 38.546349, -121.698078 ) 


Subject: White-throated Sparrow near Putah Ck in S Davis
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:50:03 -0700
A tan-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was along the trail on the north side of 
Putah Creek in south Davis, near La Paz Drive, at 9:15 AM this morning 
(10/14/2014). 


In the same area, in brush around an oak tree, was a mixed flock with House 
Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox 
Sparrow, and White-crowned Sparrow. Also nearby were a Red-breasted Sapsucker 
and Hermit Thrush. Birdy. 


Another birder mentioned seeing Varied Thrush along the trail a bit further 
west. 


Jim Thomas
Davis

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Subject: Re: Merlins in Davis
From: "Dawn Garcia mel.dawn AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:44:04 -0700
I also had a merlin chasing dragonflies!, on thursday evening October 9, 2014, 
over the feather river in Oroville, CA 

 
  
Dawn
Dawn Garcia
Oroville, CA
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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 12 and 13 October 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:14:09 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

Yesterday I did the monthly survey of the Lost Slough parcel at the Cosumnes
River Preserve in southern Sacramento County.  Many of the ponds now have
water and cranes, waterfowl and shorebirds are present in decent numbers and
variety for the date.  The windy conditions made for tough birding away from
the water.  The highlights were rather few:

 

lesser yellowlegs-  2

western sandpiper-  2

dunlin-  1 (my first this season)

peregrine falcon-  2

yellow warbler-  4

 

Today I did something like the route of the Tall Forest surveys.  The bird
encounter rate was on the low side, but there were several nice finds:

 

band-tailed pigeon-  14

northern flicker-  I saw an intergrade combination I can't recall having
seen previously: gray crown, brown face, full red nuchal crescent, black
"moustache," and bright reddish flight feathers.  So there have recently
been two birds in the Tall Forest with these identical head markings, one
with yellow flight feathers and today's bird

Empidonax sp.-  giving multiple "whit" calls before dawn, this bird stayed
mostly concealed from view in large shrubs; all I was able to see was the
tail flick movements.

golden-crowned kinglet-  6

varied thrush-  3

orange-crowned warbler-  3

common yellowthroat-  4

Audubon's warbler-  20

black-throated gray warbler-  6

Townsend's warbler-  8

western tanager-  2

purple finch-  5

Cassin's finch-  1

pine siskin-  2

lesser goldfinch-  a male with much more black in the plumage than is
usually the case around here

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

 
Subject: Lodi WWTP Blue-winged Teal and Rock Wren
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Oct 2014 14:56:30 -0700
Around Noon today I stopped by the White Slough Water Pollution Facility off 
Thornton Rd in Lodi. 


Most of the ponds had too much water for there to be very many shorebirds, but 
the NW corner of the SE pond had a good number of dowitchers (most if not all 
Long-billed), stilts, Leasts, and a couple of Dunlin. 


The NE pond had a smattering of shovelers and with one group of them was a hen 
BLUE-WINGED TEAL. 


Along the north shore of that same pond I flushed a ROCK WREN from the rip-rap 
as I was making my way back to the birder parking lot. 

 

 Dan Williams
 Carmichael

Subject: Re: Merlins in Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:17:19 -0700
Breck and all,

The Merlins typically come in to their tree-top perches at dusk, just
before sunset.  I assume they spend the days hunting pipits and larks out
in the fields-- at least that's mostly where I see them in daytime.  They
can be found in many parts of Davis on tall tree-tops (Anza in north Davis
has been a reliable spot) at dusk in winter.  Biking around and checking
tall trees is a good way to do it.  You may also come across Sharp-shinned
Hawks, as well as plenty of robins, crows, magpies, and kites, which all
like to do evening tree-top sits before going in to roost.

good birding,





On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM, Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi All,
>
> I had occason to drive with friends to Davis today for the Plant Sale.
> Went by the two Merlin sites twice, those mentioned by fellow CV Birders,
> i.e. Antioch, and 8th Street  AT  North Campus Way.
>
> At 8th & No. Campus, poster said to look in "large evergreens". I only saw
> one such anywhere near that intersection, a large cedar.  I went at ca.
> 11:30 a.m. and then again at ca. 1:30 p.m. No merlin. At the nearby Antioch
> site I checked out the larger deciduous trees on that block, but no merlin
> either at the times mentioned.
>
> You win some and lose some.
>
> Breck Breckenridge, Lodi CA
>
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Putah Creek Canyon
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:56:24 -0700
This morning (10/11) I birded areas #1-4 on the Yolo County side of Putah 
Creek. Birds there included 


Lewis’s Woodpecker - 2
Loggerhead Shrike - 1
Steller’s Jay - 2
Brown Creeper - 1
Hermit Thrush - 2 seen, more heard
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1 (only warbler seen)

Jim Thomas
Davis





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Subject: Merlins in Davis
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:12:59 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,


I had occason to drive with friends to Davis today for the Plant Sale. Went by 
the two Merlin sites twice, those mentioned by fellow CV Birders, i.e. Antioch, 
and 8th Street  AT  North Campus Way. 



At 8th & No. Campus, poster said to look in "large evergreens". I only saw one 
such anywhere near that intersection, a large cedar.  I went at ca. 11:30 a.m. 
and then again at ca. 1:30 p.m. No merlin. At the nearby Antioch site I checked 
out the larger deciduous trees on that block, but no merlin either at the times 
mentioned. 



You win some and lose some.
Breck Breckenridge, Lodi CA
Subject: Cosumnes Preserve River Walk this morning
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:10:45 -0700
I met Bob G, Carlos C, and Rondine M at the visitor’s center at Cosumnes River 
Preserve at 6:45 this morning. It was great to finally have water again W of 
Franklin—and ducks, geese, cranes, and shorebirds! Nothing unusual, however. 
Over the next few hours, we were joined by John T, and we picked up a lot of 
expected winter residents. Highlights included: Eared Grebe, Hutton’s Vireo, GC 
Kinglet, BTG Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler,Yellow Warbler, Hutton’s Vireo, Fox 
Sparrow. We had one intergrade Northern Flicker. We had Acorn Woodpeckers again 
this month—not generally encountered on this trip. John and Bob had a good, 
quick look at a bobcat near The Point, but of course, Carlos and I were looking 
the other direction at the time. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton



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Subject: RE: Merlin in Davis
From: "'Dennis Pleau' dpleau AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:22:18 -0700
Same tree eight years in a row. Last year we had some discussion if this has 
been the same bird all seven years. I’m still betting it is the same bird. 
There has also been one in a deciduous on Antioch for the last seven years. 
That tree probably hasn’t lost its leaves, so the Merlin will be hard to see. 
Both are in the neighborhood of Davis grew up in and my father still lives in. 
so I’m there often. 


Dennis Pleau
Woodland, CA

From: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of ldwarbler AT yahoo.com 
[central_valley_birds] 

Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 9:01 PM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Merlin in Davis


Once again the tall evergreens near the intersection of 8th St. and N. Campus 
are home to a Merlin. It was perched at the top of one of them on the south 
side of 8th around 6:35 this evening. 


Laura Davis
Subject: Merlin in Davis
From: "ldwarbler AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 21:00:50 -0700
Once again the tall evergreens near the intersection of 8th St. and N. Campus 
are home to a Merlin. It was perched at the top of one of them on the south 
side of 8th around 6:35 this evening. 

 

 Laura Davis
 Davis, CA
 

Subject: Re: mountain birds in Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:53:54 -0700
It's a bike path and neighborhood in south Davis north of Montgomery and
west of Mace.  Best accessed from San Marino.

On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM, Jann Dorothy 
wrote:

> What is the location of Willowbank Ditch? I’ve not heard of it before.
> Thanks.
>
>
>
> Jann Dorothy
>
> Sacramento, CA
>
>
>
> *From:* central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:
> central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Steve Hampton
> stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]
> *Sent:* Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:15 PM
> *To:* cvbirds
> *Subject:* [CVBirds] mountain birds in Davis
>
>
>
>
>
> No Evening Grosbeaks, but an equally productive morning along Willowbank
> Ditch in South Davis today.  Highlights:
>
>
>
> PINE SISKIN  - a few flying high and calling
>
> VARIED THRUSH  - one singing
>
> CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE  - one
>
> GOLDEN-CR KINGLET - three different spots
>
> RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - two different spots
>
> BLACK-THR GRAY and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS
>
>
>
> No Acorn or Lewis's Woodpeckers.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Steve Hampton
> Davis, CA
>
> 
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 09 October 2014; upcoming surveys
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:53:47 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning I visited that portion of the preserve behind the Farm Center
gate, mostly around the shack and along Wood Duck Slough.  I also trimmed up
the trail inside the Tall Forest in advance of the bird survey later this
month.  It was slow birding, but there were a few things of interest:

 

Lewis's woodpecker-  1 (at the shack)

western wood-pewee-  1

golden-crowned kinglet-  3

varied thrush-  2

orange-crowned warbler-  7

yellow warbler-  1 (at the shack)

Audubon's warbler-  16 (my first day this fall when these guys outnumbered
the sum of all other wood warbler species)

black-throated gray warbler-  3

Townsend's warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  1

western tanager-  2

pine siskin-  2

 

This coming Saturday will see Jim Rowoth leading the River Walk bird survey.
Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 6:45 a.m.  This month's Tall
Forest bird survey will take place the following Saturday, 18 October.  We
will depart through the Farm Center gate at 6:30 a.m.  The trails are dry,
but dews have been heavy first thing in the morning near the Accidental
Forest.  So your choice of footwear is a now fully informed one.  Mosquitoes
haven't been terrible, but they are still biting some.  Bring repellent.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento

 
Subject: mountain birds in Davis
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:15:08 -0700
No Evening Grosbeaks, but an equally productive morning along Willowbank
Ditch in South Davis today.  Highlights:

PINE SISKIN  - a few flying high and calling
VARIED THRUSH  - one singing
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE  - one
GOLDEN-CR KINGLET - three different spots
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - two different spots
BLACK-THR GRAY and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS

No Acorn or Lewis's Woodpeckers.




-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Re: Peregrine at Sac City College
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 03:18:26 +0000 (UTC)
Sally, many many thanks! I followed your lead and drove up to Sacramento today 
from my home in Lodi. I had to go to the Wild Birds Unlimited store anyway to 
get some bird food for the upcoming season, so I hoped to combine that with a 
trip to City College. The two places, I found, were not that far apart. 

As soon as I arrived at the parking lot (ground) on the shady side of the tower 
I saw the bird. From that perspective it had its back to me so I got some 
photos for insurance purposes then and there. At that point I looked for a way 
to get on the other side of the tower for some photos of it from its front. (I 
looked also at your suggestion of getting on top of the parking building but 
from the bird's position didn't think that would be much better). 

I did get around to the other side and got a nice photo of him/her with eyes 
open. Most of my shots were of eyes closed. The bird was napping up there. 

This was a Life List bird for me (#165) and so I had a very Big Day!Again 
thanks so much for taking the time to alert the group to the presence of this 
special bird! 

Breck BreckenridgeLodi CA
Subject: Putah Creek at Diversion Dam
From: "'Andy Engilis, Jr.' aengilisjr AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:23:41 -0700
This morning Michael Strom and I conducted a bird survey on private lands
below the Solano Lake Diversion Dam (West of Winters).  It was a spectacular
morning with incredible diversity (59 species observed in 1.5 hours) and
some goodies too.  Highlights included an Evening Grosbeak, Lawrence's
Goldfinch and male Phainopepla all three fly down the creek.  Fall migrant
pulse has moved on but with a few lingering individuals: Yellow Warbler,
Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's and BT Gray/Townsend's Warblers.  The
wintering birds were in full force including a Merlin and Sharp-shinned
Hawk, both hunting in adjacent trees, Chestnut-backed Chickadees (looks like
it will be a good year for these along the creek), high numbers of waxwings
and yellow-rumps, 3 Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Brown Creeper.  Sparrows
included Golden and white-crowns, Lincoln's Fox, Song and Savannah (the
latter uncommon on the creek proper).  Also uncommonly found on the creek
was a "singing" Loggerhead Shrike.   Large flocks of acorn loving birds were
in evidence (as with other locales in the valley), we recorded 14 Acorn
Woodpeckers and 24 Scrub Jays.  We detected no Lewis's Woodpeckers however.
Other notables included a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Wrentit. 

 

 

A great fall day on the creek

 

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: Peregrine, Sac City College
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:51:48 -0700
There is a peregrine falcon at Sacramento City College. It hangs out on the 
water tower near the student parking lot and garage. Reanna Wights told me 
about it during a class we take. I’ve seen it on the east side or shady side of 
the tower between Eucalyptus trees when arriving around 3pm and then on the top 
or sides of the tower after 6pm. Very photographable if you go to the top level 
of the parking garage. Be sure to get a parking sticker for ~$2 - all day - at 
one of the kiosks on the paved lot behind the parking shelter before going to 
the top level of the garage. Parking mafia are definitely active! 


Sally

Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
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Subject: banded Am White Pelicans
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:34:44 -0700
I'm fwding this information.  Apparently a lot of juv white pelicans were
banded this summer.




*Subject:* [fws-ec-tech] What to do if you see a pelican with a green
wing-tag



*We are getting a bit late in the season for pelicans, but we are
still **seeing
young of the year pelicans in the wetlands surrounding Great Salt Lake.
When you see pelicans keep an eye out for green wing tags on these birds.
This year on Gunnison Island in Great Salt Lake 540 juvenile American white
pelicans were banded and wing tagged on both wings.*



*Reporting your sightings to reportband.gov

 

will help us track pelican movements both locally and regionally.  At the
end of last month we had one of the pelicans banded this year turn up west
of Fort Collins, Colorado.  *



*The tags are green with white writing and have a three character,
alphanumeric code in large type.  Above the code is the word "UTAH" in
small letters.  You may also see red or black wing tags on the right wing
only.  These pelicans were banded in Idaho at Minidoka NWR and Blackfoot
Reservoir, respectively.*



*Check out the attached photos showing the wing tags.*



*Thanks,*



*John Neill*
* Avian Biologist*

*Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program*

*Utah Division of Wildlife Resources*
* 4790 S 7500 W*

*Hooper, Utah 84315*

-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Sacramento Audubon Meeting, Thurs. Oct 16, 7pm
From: "'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:30:58 -0700
I ran into Mike tracking a radio-tagged rattlesnake nearby when I was
birding near Effie Yeaw.  Do you watch where you walk when birding?  If not,
you might want to after this program!  

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Mike Cardwell:  Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes

 

Mike will share what he has learned about the behavior of northern Pacific
rattlesnakes during several years of radio telemetry work in El Dorado and
Sacramento Counties. In particular, seasonal movement, reproductive
behavior, and winter denning will be discussed, with an emphasis on busting
common myths and pointing out how rattlesnake reproductive behavior affects
the incidence of human rattlesnake bites.

 

Mike Cardwell is a retired law enforcement administrator who's now an
adjunct professor at Sac State with an MS degree in ecology, evolution and
conservation. He has published many articles on rattlesnakes and snakebite
in both technical and non-technical publications, lectured all over the U.S.
and Canada on these topics, and his long-term radio telemetry study of the
notorious Mohave rattlesnake was prominently featured in Animal Planet's
Venom ER TV series. Mike is a co-editor of The Biology of Rattlesnakes, a
peer-reviewed 600-page compilation of research by more than 90 scientists
(Loma Linda U. Press, 2008) and he currently serves on a panel formulating
practice guidelines for physicians treating North American snakebites. He
currently studies northern Pacific rattlesnakes at two study sites near
Sacramento. Mike is fascinated by animals that others unreasonably fear and
his favorite pastime is radio-tracking rattlesnakes to learn about their
secretive lives.

.The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman
Park (For directions, see www.sacnaturecenter.com).   There will be no
charge for the program or parking, and no park-entry fee.

Linda Pittman

Wilton, CA

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park
(For directions, see www.sacnaturecenter.com). There will be no charge for
the program or parking, and no park-entry fee.

 

Linda Pittman

Wilton, CA

 

 
Subject: Central Valley Bird Symposium, Nov 20-23, 2014
From: "'L Pittman' pittmanl AT frontiernet.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:54:25 -0700
Fall is upon us and the days are getting shorter!  That means this year's
Central Valley Birding Symposium just around the corner. only six weeks to
go!

 

Join us for the 18th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium Nov. 20-23,
2014 at the Stockton Hilton Hotel in Stockton, CA.  Come meet the CVBS board
& staff members! Reconnect with old friends!  Meet new ones!  Take advantage
of the scrumptious Hors D'oeuvres buffet & No Host Bar on Thursday night. 

The CVBS kicks off on Thursday night with a lively and informative keynote
presentation by Ed Harper with his program on   "A Passion for Shorebirds".
Ed is a widely known, popular and highly sought after speaker. 

Friday Night's keynote program is presented by Nat Seavey on "From Flood to
Drought: A Bird's-Eye View of Water Management in the Central Valley."  Nat
Seavey, is the Research Director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley
Group at Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO).  His research is
focused on the ecology and conservation of riparian ecosystems, bird
migration, the ecological effects of climate change, and applying science to
conservation decision making and public policy. 

Saturday Night's keynote program is presented by Joel Greenberg on "The
Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon."  For
the past four years he has been a leader in Project Passenger Pigeon which
aims to mark the anniversary of the species' extinction. He is co-producer
of the documentary, From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to
Extinction. 

Workshops include: "Subspecies for Birders" by Joe Morlan, "What Birders
should know about Taxonomy in Flux" by Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett, and a
photo workshop by Bob Steele, plus informative talks by Sara Kross, and Bob
Meese.  Andy Engilis and his UCD Museum crew will present the very popular
Specimen Workshop.  

Our field trips always turn up exciting birds. Add in the always
entertaining and educational Bird ID Panel, the wonderful display of art and
gifts for yourself or others at the Birder's Market and the camaraderie of
hundreds of like-minded folks, and you know you'll have a good time! There's
something for everyone interested in birds. Come and join us to bird, learn,
and just have fun! 

To look over the line-up of speakers, workshops, and field trips or
register, check out our website at:  
http://www.2013cvbs.org/  

Registration:  
http://www.regonline.com/centralvalleybirdingsymposium2014

 

Linda Pittman

Wilton, CA
Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch Yolo Co
From: "'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:52:06 -0700
Had my first of season Red-breasted Nuthatch this week in Davis. One was heard 
on Oct 1 and again today near the intersection of Catalina and Alvarado in 
north Davis. 


Roger Adamson
Davis
Yolo Co


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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 05 October 2014: fantastic morning
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:36:16 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning's visit to the Tall Forest area at the Cosumnes River Preserve
was simply overwhelming.  There was no way to look at all the birds in the
trees along Wood Duck Slough.  But what I was able to see included both
quality and quantity, the latter in two massive mixed flocks.  The highlight
bird was a Blackburnian warbler.  Rough numbers are attached to what was
seen:

 

western wood-pewee-  1

western flycatcher-  2

Cassin's vireo-  2

Hutton's vireo-  8

warbling vireo-  5

golden-crowned kinglet-  5

varied thrush-  5

orange-crowned warbler-  18

common yellowthroat-  3

MacGillivray's warbler-  1

yellow warbler-  5

Audubon's warbler-  25

black-throated gray warbler-  40

Townsend's warbler-  35

Blackburnian warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  6

western tanager-  4

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Horned Grebe at Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
From: "sjnishio AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:34:29 +0000 (UTC)
Hi, 

Steve Ball and I were at Lema Ranch yesterday morning. We saw and photographed 
a Horned Grebe, in one of the larger ponds, on Leah's Trail. Below is the link 
to our ebird checklist, the map is marked with the location where we saw the 
grebe. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20034672 

Sorry for the delay in reporting, we were in Redding, for a wedding, which got 
in the way of getting the word out. 


all the best, 
Susie Nishio 
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 04 October 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:11:09 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

I volunteered to co-lead a general natural history walk at the Cosumnes
River Preserve this morning, but no one aside from the leaders showed up!
So I ended up doing something very like Jim Rowoth's River Walk survey- the
real one is next Saturday, by the way.  The best observation was probably
two western gray squirrels in the trees over the benches at the Point.  I
can't remember the last time I saw two of these together at the preserve.
The best bird, certainly for the date, was an ash-throated flycatcher, also
at the Point.  Other terrestrial birds of minor note include:

 

acorn woodpecker-  5 (in the oaks along the river from the Point west to
Middle Slough)

western flycatcher-  1

loggerhead shrike-  1

Hutton's vireo-  3

golden-crowned kinglet-  7

orange-crowned warbler-  2

common yellowthroat-  7

MacGillivray's warbler-  1

yellow warbler-  6

Audubon's warbler-  20

myrtle warbler-  2

yellow-rumped warbler ssp.-  10

black-throated gray warbler-  8

Townsend's warbler-  2

Wilson's warbler-  1

lark sparrow-  2

western tanager-  1

 

The TNC Barn ponds had a couple of things of interest.  Ten ring-necked
ducks were my first this season.  A pectoral sandpiper flushed when I opened
the gate.  Near the Barn itself was a female plumaged Brewer's blackbird
with a pale eye.  I take it as a Brewer's because there were no russet edges
anywhere in the plumage.  Perhaps it was a young male.  Over on Lost Slough,
Cathie Lazier found us a lesser yellowlegs.

 

On the way home I also visited the Twin Cities Unit.  I was unable to find a
burrowing owl.  I think I have not seen one there, a former breeding site,
since late spring.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Putah Woodpeckers
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:59:09 -0700
I set up my blind near the sap well in the cottonwood tree I had mentioned 
earlier and within an hour and a half I was able to observe and photograph 
White-breasted Nuthatches (repeatedly), a female Nuttall's, a female Downy, 
three Lewis's, three Acorn woodpeckers, and a male Northern Flicker 
(yellow-shafted) that sported both the red malar marks and the red V or 
crescent on the back of its neck. And today, but not at the sap well, I 
observed a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a eucalyptus not far from my blind. The 
first of this season. This completes the collection of wood peckers I could 
possibly expect to see along the creek near my house. I have seen a Hairy 
Woodpecker twice in about 20 years, so if it showed up, too, that would be 
extremely exceptional. But even without it, the presence of all these 
woodpeckers is unprecedented in all the years I have lived in this spot (27). 
Two Acorn Woodpeckers came to drink at one of my fountains this morning and, 
rather implausibly, they were chased around by a Northern Mockingbird. There is 
certainly no competition for food among these two species, as there is among 
Acorn and Lewis's woodpeckers who can be seen chasing each other constantly. 
And talking about food, there are plenty of acorns along the creek, with some 
Valley Oak bearing heavily while others are almost without fruit. But in places 
the ground is covered in acorns. 

Today the first Fox Sparrow showed up at my seed feeder.  


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


Subject: Merced County
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 22:35:46 -0700
From Top Of The Hill, Prunedale

Today I had a American Golden Plover, a Vesper Sparrow and a Rock Wren at a 
private property location near Los Banos. 

Pretty far into the valley floor for a Rock Wren I think.  

At the O’Neill Forebay were two continuing Cassin’s Kingbirds and a 
Black-bellied Plover. Very few shorebirds still around. 


American Golden Plover, Los Banos, CA 
10-03-14 


American Golden Plover, Los Banos, CA 
10-03-14 


Kent Van Vuren 
Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: Cosumnes birds- 03 October 2014
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:32:09 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

I did a walk today very like my usual Tall Forest bird survey route.  I
began at the Accidental Forest/Wendel's Levee (42 degrees F. at the start),
then parked at the Equipment Pad and walked down Wood Duck Slough, made a
loop through the southern part of the Tall Forest proper, then retraced my
steps back to my car.  I turned up nothing really scarce, but I enjoyed a
decent variety of migrants and recently arrived species.  The highlights:

 

black-bellied plover-  1 (vocal fly-over around sunrise)

acorn woodpecker-  1 (at the Equipment Pad)

western wood-pewee-  1 (getting somewhat late)

western flycatcher-  2

Cassin's vireo-  1

warbling vireo-  1

red-breasted nuthatch-  1 (in Orr Forest across the river from Wendel's
Levee)

golden-crowned kinglet-  1 (I ran into a birder on the River Walk last
Sunday who told me that she had seen one that day)

orange-crowned warbler-  16

MacGillivray's warbler-  3

common yellowthroat-  12 (10 of these were along Wood Duck Slough, where
there were none yesterday)

yellow warbler-  4

Audubon's warbler-  10 (my first day this fall in double figures)

black-throated gray warbler-  26

Townsend's warbler-  6

hermit warbler-  3

Wilson's warbler-  1

western tanager-  7

Lawrence's goldfinch-  1 (vocal fly-over)

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: O'Neill Forebay
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:06:57 -0700
From Top Of the Hill, Prunedale

Below are links to several birds at had at the O’Neill Forebay on 09-23-14 
included are: Common Tern, Sabine’s Gull and Cassin’s Kingbird. 


Common Terns, O'Neill Forebay, CA 
09-23-14 


Sabine's Gull, O'Neill Forebay, CA 
09-23-14 


Common Tern, O'Neill Forebay, CA 
09-23-14 



434A5303 


Kent Van Vuren
Prunedale, CA 



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Subject: Putah Creek
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:47:12 -0700
From Top Of The Hill, Prunedale 

This morning I had a Vesper Sparrow on the Solano side of the river in the 
Pedrick rd. river access area. 


Kent Van Vuren 

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Subject: Yolo Bypass
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:45:11 -0700
Birds at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area this morning (10/2/14) included

Green-winged Teal - uncounted
Sora - 1 heard only
Sandhill Crane - 160, flyover in 3 flocks
Red-necked Phalarope - 2
Herring Gull - 1
Loggerhead Shrike - 1
Barn Swallow - 5+
Yellow Warbler - 1

Jim Thomas
Davis


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Subject: The end in sight on paving near YBWA
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:19:16 -0400
I just talked to the project manager for Teichert, and the paving itself will 
be on Saturday, so the access to the YBWA will need to be closed. There will be 
big paving machines and rollers creating smooth roadway, as well as 
reconnecting the freeway ramps, so with a little more patience we'll get back 
to normal life. 


The wildlife area should be open normal hours on Thursday and Friday. Sunday 
would be a good day for a leisurely tour of the flooding up ponds and swales. 


Mary Schiedt
Davis
Subject: Cosumnes birds- 28 September and 02 October
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:23:18 -0700
Dear Birders,

 

This morning our daughter in the U.K. deigned to receive a phone call from
us, so the visit I made to the Tall Forest was brief.  I only had time
enough for a fairly quick walk down and back along Wood Duck Slough.  It was
36 degrees F. at the start and I was not dressed for that!  I missed a lot
of stuff seen on the weekend, but I found the following:

 

acorn woodpecker-  3 (back in the TF after an apparent absence of 7-10 days;
most years there are none)

western flycatcher-  2

warbling vireo-  2

Swainson's thrush-  1, my first this fall

hermit thrush-  45

orange- crowned warbler-  4

Audubon's warbler-  2

black-throated gray warbler-  17

Townsend's warbler-  5

fox sparrow-  30, many in song

western tanager-  9

 

When I went down to the preserve Sunday morning, I hoped that place would
trump date.  That is to say, I hoped that the woodland migrant numbers would
be more like the many on Friday along Wood Duck Slough than the few on
Saturday at Orr Ranch.  Alas, Orr was much, much closer to the truth.
Nevertheless, it turned out to be an interesting day.  I walked north and
west of the pad, did a couple of leisurely circuits of Wood Duck Slough,
walked the River Walk and checked the TNC Barn ponds.

 

On Sunday I started the long morning with my more-or-less annual "Bobolink
Walk."  Years ago Michael Perrone asked to join me around the Tall Forest in
mid-September.  He found us a bobolink on the margin of one of the rice
fields, still the only one I've ever seen at the preserve.  I walked the
margin of most of the unharvested rice in hopes of finding a second.  I did
not.  But I was impressed with the enormous numbers of sparrows that have
settled in.  I hoped for something really snazzy (think Nelson's sparrow),
but they were all the usual suspects, though the number of fox sparrows out
there surprised me.  I had a flock of 12-14 male tricolored blackbirds go by
at one point.  There were 56 turkeys in one rice field- I wonder if the
farmers know they're losing crop to these things.

 

I worked much harder in the Tall Forest than on Friday and had much less to
show for it.  I ended up with the following:

 

Cooper's hawk-  2

band-tailed pigeon-  3 (another marker of acorn crop failure, and far less
than annual on the lower preserve)

northern flicker-  35 (way up from Friday)

western wood-pewee-  4

western flycatcher-  2

Empidonax sp.-  2 (one of these was very interesting, but too briefly seen
to be sure that I saw what I thought I did)

Hutton's vireo-  6

warbling vireo-  2

western scrub-jay-  migratory flock of 28 flying to the Tall Forest

violet-green swallow-  1 (at least one still moving through after Saturday's
flocklet)

bushtit-  100+ (the encounter rate was very good, but for the most part they
had little moving with them)

varied thrush-  2 (had another across the river from "the Point")

orange-crowned warbler-  3

MacGillivray's warbler-  1

common yellowthroat-  5 (in the rice)

yellow warbler-  3

Audubon's warbler-  6

black-throated gray warbler-  7 (plus three more at "the Point")

Townsend's warbler-  1

Wilson's warbler-  2 (plus two more at "the Point")

white-throated sparrow-  1 (presumed the same tan-striped bird seen Friday,
though displaced 80 meters along the slough)

western tanager-  5

 

I had high hopes at the start, since the sunlit east end of the borrow pit
trees west of the pad had a good mix of migrants.  That was the best patch
all morning!  The flock of jays was a mix of age classes.  On the couple of
occasions I've seen flocks hit the forest before, the residents madly tried
to drive them off but were overwhelmed by the numbers of intruders.  This
time there was no such defense offered, making me think that this wasn't the
first such flock this season.  A high percentage of the jays seen already in
the woods were flying with acorns in their bills.

 

The River Walk was most notable for the above-mentioned varied thrush and a
fly-over Lewis's woodpecker at the savanna.  Just south a bit from the TNC
Barn was a vesper sparrow gorging on weed seeds.  The ponds around the barn
have seen some extensive remodeling.  Shorebird numbers were quite low, but
there was a lesser yellowlegs.

 

I enjoyed being caught out in a light rain shower while on the River Walk.
All in all, it was an entertaining day afield.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento