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22 Dec Honey Lake CBC -- December 30 ["ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Dec Falcated Duck Continues ["bruce.berman AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Dec Youth Scholarships for WFO Conference in Montana ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Dec Youth Scholarships for WFO Conference in Montana ["ERPfromCA AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" ]
21 Dec 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Dec Falcated Duck update ["Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Dec Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Dec Colusa Falcated Duck ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
19 Dec Green tailed towhee Solano county ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Dec Yolo Bypass WA closing temporarily ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Dec Red-breasted Merganser, American River, Sacramento Co. ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Dec Benicia CBC in Solano & Napa Ctys ["robin_leong AT netzero.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
18 Dec Colusa Falcated Duck continues ["judyspitler AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Dec Yolo Co. Rough-legged Hawk refound ["'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Dec Fwd: Christmas Bird Count Circle Maps ["Karen Scheuermann karens2020 AT gmail.com [shasta_birders]" ]
17 Dec One tree, five Western Tanagers in William Land Park, Sacramento ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Dec Re: lovebird identification from Putah Creek CBC ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Dec Peace Valley CBC results ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Dec River Walk bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Dec Marysville CBC -- Dec. 23 ["ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Dec Re: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area access and Black-crowned Night Herons ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Dec lovebird identification from Putah Creek CBC ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Dec Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area access and Black-crowned Night Herons ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Dec Varied Thrushes ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Dec LEOW in Butte County ["findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec Putah Creek CBC early returns ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec Snowy Plover, Fresno-Clovis WTP, Jensen Ave., Fresno ["tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec SAS Field Trip - Robinson Road Area, Solano County ["burris.nellieann AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec Re: Unusual duck ["Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec Extraordinary Numbers of Varied Thrush in William Land Park, Sacramento ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Dec new birder rules at Fresno WTP ["cropwatch AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Dec Unusual duck ["crosspa AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Dec Yolo Rough-legged Hawk ["'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Dec Western Screech owl tooting ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Dec Empid at WPA Rock Garden, William Land Park, Sacramento ["Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
11 Dec Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers at Winters Nature Park ["jaswthomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Dec Northern Shrike Tehama Co seen Dec 10 ["'Mary Muchowski' mmuchowski AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Dec Mountain Bluebirds in Sutter County ["sami182 AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
10 Dec Northern Shrike - Tehama County ["Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Dec Effie Yeaw Nature Center Pond ["Rich Howard rhoward1 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
09 Dec Winter Raptor Surveys - call for participants ["kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Dec No Falcated Duck, 12/8 ["MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Re: Northern Shrike ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
08 Dec Shrike site fidelity? ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Lewis's Woodpecker, Phainopepla at Putah Ck Diversion Dam ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
9 Dec Re: Northern Shrike ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Off topic: Tanzanian teens need your used binoculars! ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Re: Vermilion Flycatcher ["Nina Jones mtnlynx AT sti.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Northern Shrike & Lewis's Woodpeckers ["'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Tree Swallows ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Folsom Lake waterbirds and county lines ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
8 Dec Re: Vermilion Flycatcher ["Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Vermilion Flycatcher ["Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Red-breasted Merganser - Folsom Lake ["Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Re: Folsom Lake - three species of loons ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Re: Folsom Lake - three species of loons ["Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Male Blue-winged Teal at West Pond ["Gene Trapp grtrapp AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Re: Pine Siskin, Orangevale ["Wayland Augur WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
7 Dec Varied Thrushes in Sutter? ["BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Dec Colusa Falcated Duck continues - Dec.6 - 4 pm ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Dec Davis area gulls and Davis Woodland WTP access ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Dec Pine Siskin, Orangevale ["Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Dec Western Tanager (cont.), Pine Siskin, Purple Finch at Winters Nature Park ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
6 Dec Barrow's goldeneye near Tracy ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Dec Western Tanager at Winters Nature Park ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Dec Re: Sapsucker ID help ["Harold Reeve birder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Dec RE: Sapsucker ID help ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Dec Sapsucker ID help ["jslipsig AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
04 Dec Folsom Lake - three species of loons ["Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
04 Dec Falcated duck update ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
4 Dec Tehama northern shrike ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Dec Harris's Sparrow in Davis; a different bird? ["calidris AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Dec Tall Forest bird survey this Saturday ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Dec Interesting Red-tail on Wise Rd ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
3 Dec Putah Creek CBC Bird ID Workshop ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
02 Dec Holland Tract, Contra Costa County ["bacpab AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Honey Lake CBC -- December 30
From: "ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:15:24 -0800
Hi Folks:

Just an update and late plea for participants for the Honey Lake CBC, which has 
been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 30, a postponement from the original 
date, December 16. The long-range weather forecasts suggest the weather will be 
great, although we know how those can change. We are always short-handed on 
this count, but the postponement lost us quite a few counters and so we can 
really use all the help we can get. 


Let me know if you can make it, and have a Merry Christmas!

Cheers,

Tim Manolis
Sacramento
Subject: Falcated Duck Continues
From: "bruce.berman AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Dec 2014 20:20:33 -0800
Found the Falcated Duck mid-afternoon today on my 4th attempt for this lifer. 
We viewed the duck at the spot mentioned yesterday by Cory, along Highway 20, 
.8 miles west of the O'Hair Rd. entrance at a large gravel pullout on the south 
side of the road. There is a green gate on the west end of the pullout. The 
duck was swimming about 100 yards straight out from our parking spot, among 
scores of pintails, shovelers and wigeons. There was a lot of fog/mist in the 
air due to recent rains, so although the bird was easy to ID, a nice sunny day 
would have made this handsome duck stand out more. 

  

 Bruce Berman
 Mountain View, CA/Sierra Vista, AZ

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Subject: Youth Scholarships for WFO Conference in Montana
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:26:30 -0500
 
Hello  Birders: 
Up to four Pasadena  Audubon/Western Field Ornithologists Youth 
Scholarships are being offered to the Western Field Ornithologists conference 
in 

Billings, Montana June 10-14, 2015. The competitive scholarships are available 

to students in Grades 6 through 12.  Applications are being accepted from  
December 29 through January 20.  The  WFO conference offers the opportunity 
for young, motivated youth to meet some of  the people who earn their living 
and/or volunteer in field ornithology, bird  conservation, biology and 
other distinguished fields. 
Follow this link to the  scholarship opportunity: 
_www.westernfieldornithologists.org_ 
(http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/) 

 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
Subject: Youth Scholarships for WFO Conference in Montana
From: "ERPfromCA AT aol.com [sierra-nevadabirds]" <sierra-nevadabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:26:30 -0500
 
Hello  Birders: 
Up to four Pasadena  Audubon/Western Field Ornithologists Youth 
Scholarships are being offered to the Western Field Ornithologists conference 
in 

Billings, Montana June 10-14, 2015. The competitive scholarships are available 

to students in Grades 6 through 12.  Applications are being accepted from  
December 29 through January 20.  The  WFO conference offers the opportunity 
for young, motivated youth to meet some of  the people who earn their living 
and/or volunteer in field ornithology, bird  conservation, biology and 
other distinguished fields. 
Follow this link to the  scholarship opportunity: 
_www.westernfieldornithologists.org_ 
(http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/) 

 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
Subject: 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:50:08 -0800
Hi. Sent this to sierra-nevada birds instead of Central Valley Birders 
list serv by mistake very early morning. Apologies to those receiving 
this message for a second or third time (kerncobirding, sierra-nevada, 
central valley). Bob

EVENT: Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count, Kern County, California

DAY/DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WEATHER: Very light showers off and on most of the day, sunshine the 
last hour or two.

PARTICIPANTS: John Wilson (Compiler), Bob Barnes, Gary File, Brenda 
Kyle, Ken Kyle, Darrin Heindel, Kelli Heindel-Levinson, Bill Lydecker, 
Michael McQuerrey, Priscilla Summers, and Steve Summers, plus Kern 
Audubon Society field trip covering the Beale Park neighborhood (Dana 
Adams, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Susan Castle, Margaret Dolan, Kevin 
Fahey, Harry Love, Bill Moffat, and Deb See).

HIGHLIGHTS (out of  a preliminary total of 133 species):

    * CACKLING GOOSE 1 - Hart Park
    * COMMON GOLDENEYE 37 - Kern River, Lake Ming
    * HOODED MERGANSER 37 - Hart Park, Kern River, Lake Ming
    * PACIFIC LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * COMMON LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 784 - Hart Park, Kern River, Kern River
      County Park between Lake Ming and Hart Park, Lake Ming
    * CATTLE EGRET 143 - Bakersfield WTP
    * THAYER'S GULL 1
    * COMMON GROUND-DOVE 3 - Orange Grove RV Park vicinity
    * FOUR FALCON SPECIES - including AMERICAN KESTREL 22, MERLIN 2,
      PEREGRINE FALCON 1, PRAIRIE FALCON 2
    * ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET 102 - including Hart Park & 75 in the Beale
      Park neighborhood
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER 1 - Hart Park
    *   RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2 - Hart Park
    * BROWN CREEPER 1 - Hart Park
    * AMERICAN DIPPER 3 - mouth of Kern River Canyon
    * BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - 9
    * MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD 144
    * VARIED THRUSH 27
    * CEDAR WAXWING 452
    * BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * FOX SPARROW 16 - Kern River corridor
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 1 - Hart Park
    * TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD 6 - Kern River
    * PURPLE FINCH 2- Hart Park


HIGHEST COUNTS:

    * 4591 EUROPEAN STARLING
    * 3782 CALIFORNIA GULL
    * 3609 NORTHERN SHOVELER
    * 3398 AMERICAN COOT
    * 3101 GULL SPECIES
    * 1531 BREWER'S BLCKBIRD
    * 0962 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
    * 0837 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
    * 0830 HOUSE FINCH
    * 0814 AMERICAN ROBIN
    * 0784 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    * 0757 RUDDY DUCK
    * 0757 EARED GREBE
    * 0600 ROCK PIGEON


ONLY ONE:

    * SNOW GOOSE
    * CACKLING GOOSE
    * PACIFIC LOON
    * COMMON LOON
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * GREATER YELLOWLEGS
    * THAYER'S GULL
    * PEREGRINE FALCON
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER
    * BROWN CREEPER
    * BEWICK'S WREN
    * YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
    * BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Subject: Falcated Duck update
From: "Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:51:06 -0800
This was just sent to me by Mark Dettling regarding the Falcated Duck in
Colusa County:


"Today (Dec 20) I found the Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR away from the
observation deck pond. I first went to the observation deck and searched
for 45 minutes without seeing the bird. I had checked eBird yesterday and
saw that someone reported seeing it from Hwy 20 (though they still used the
observation deck hot spot), so I was headed in that direction. I then ran
into one of the refuge staff, who had talked to this birder and was able to
give me more precise directions. On Hwy 20 about 0.8 mi to the west of the
O'Hair Rd entrance there is a large gravel pullout on the south side of the
road. You will see a green gate and a low, grassy levee going south from
the gate. I first saw the bird on the sleeping on the levee with pintail
and wigeon. It was about 150 yds away. After a few minutes several of the
ducks became alert (not sure if it was me as I was still 150 yds away) and
then a few birds took flight including the Falcated Duck. I was able to
watch the bird in flight as it circled a couple times and eventually landed
in the open water to the west of the levee and another 200 yds further
south. I could still pick out the bird at this distance since I had seen
where it landed, but it would be difficult to pick out if you were looking
there without knowing it was there. With the bird being seen in this area
twice, I would definitely check it if you can't find it at the observation
deck. It's much less peaceful with the cars zipping by, but still great to
see the bird!"
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:37:57 -0800
For those who still want to look for the subject duck, the most recent
eBird report says the bird was seen from Hwy 20 at "the green gate."  So if
you don't find it in the observation platform pond, you might try going out
to the highway and looking south.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:37:57 -0800
For those who still want to look for the subject duck, the most recent
eBird report says the bird was seen from Hwy 20 at "the green gate."  So if
you don't find it in the observation platform pond, you might try going out
to the highway and looking south.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Green tailed towhee Solano county
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:59:52 -0800
The green tailed towhee found on Monday was still present on Goodyear road on 
east side on intersection of parish road near the hwy 680 overpass. Park on 
Goodyear and parish and walk north. The bird was in northernmost shrubs on east 
side of road 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
Www.sterlingbirds.com
530 908-3836

Sent from my iPhone



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Subject: Yolo Bypass WA closing temporarily
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:10:03 -0500
Although the Fremont Weir is not the source of the flooding, we are 
experiencing water flowing over the Auto Loop and "wall-to-wall" puddles in 
other spots. We are temporarily closing the Wildlife Area to all uses, but will 
reopen as soon as we safely can. 


When we are closed no "foot traffic" is allowed.

Mary Schiedt
Davis
Subject: Red-breasted Merganser, American River, Sacramento Co.
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:07:07 -0800
Hi everyone

Late this afternoon I scoped out an immature Red-breasted Merganser from the 
picnic tables overlooking the American River at Upper Sunrise, across from 
Sailor Bar. 

The merganser went into the cove at the Sailor Bar boat launch area, so I drove 
over there to try to get a closer photo. But by then the merganser was leaving 
the cove. 

One photo from each site was uploaded to my Flickr photo stream, here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive/ 
 


Also present: many Barrow’s Goldeneyes, a male Hooded Merganser, the Egyptian 
Goose, and many more birds. 


Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA
Subject: Benicia CBC in Solano & Napa Ctys
From: "robin_leong AT netzero.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 13:13:10 -0800
The Benicia CBC was done in a total rainy day on Monday Dec 15. Preliminary 
results 168 species with1 during CW with several group reports lacking. 
Highlights include 3 Lewis' Woodpeckers (last seen on this count in 1978) found 
on 1756 Mason Road in the afternoon, many Varied thrushes, Pacific 
Golden-plover found on Chadbourne Road, a Green-tailed Towhee found on Goodyear 
Road 100 yards north of the intersection with Parish Road in the trees and 
scrubs on the east side of the road.and a Phainopepla in Rockville Park. All 
sightings were in Solano County even though part of the count circle is also in 
Napa County. 

Best birding,
Robin Leong
Vallejo, CA
 

Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck continues
From: "judyspitler AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:30:52 -0800
Sorry for late post - forgot I wasn't a member yet. The Falcated Duck was 
present at Colusa NWR on 12/16 on the far NW edge of the pond in front of the 
observation platform - in and out of the vegetation. The ranger had also seen 
it on 12/14. 

Eurasian Wigeon also present. 

Auto tour route was closed due to flooding  

Judy Spitler 
Roseville 

"To err is human. To forgive, canine."

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Subject: Yolo Co. Rough-legged Hawk refound
From: "'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:59:24 -0800
I was able to re-find the Rough-legged Hawk today that was previously seen last 
Saturday, the 13th. This gives me hope that it will stay in the area for the 
winter. Today I found it at the edge of an alfalfa field about 1 mi north of 
28H on the west side. I believe it is an adult female (subject to a better 
view) and could easily be the same bird that was in the same fields last year. 


I also briefly tried for the Mountain Plovers that have been seen near Rds 17 
and 102 (north of Woodland). There were no plovers, but there was a Ferruginous 
Hawk on the ground. 


Roger Adamson
Davis


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Subject: Fwd: Christmas Bird Count Circle Maps
From: "Karen Scheuermann karens2020 AT gmail.com [shasta_birders]" <shasta_birders-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:58:56 -0800
Reminder: The Red Bluff CBC will be held at 7 AM, Saturday January 3, 2015.
Meet in the parking lot at 460 Antelope Blvd (Dollar General Store). If you
want to start early for owling, let me know and where you want to go so I
can send you a worksheet. For dinner, we'll go to M&M Ranch House, 645
Antelope Blvd, just east of the Valero Gas Station, at 5 PM. See below for
circle maps.

​H​
i Everyone,

Here is a link to a *Christmas Bird Count Circle App* for iPhone &
Androids. It costs $2.99, and has all the count circles in it. It is good
for see the boundary of our count circle. And you can switch between street
view and satellite view.



http://www.stevenscreek.com/countcircle.htm



Or you can access this one from Audubon for free over the internet (not an
app):



http://ca.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count-3

Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care,
Cottonwood, CA
karens2020 AT gmail.com, 530-347-1687
http://tehamawildcare.com
Subject: One tree, five Western Tanagers in William Land Park, Sacramento
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:45:26 -0800
This morning, I observed 5 Western Tanagers in the same tree, same time, at the 
corner of 11th Avenue and Riverside Blvd. in Land Park. The birds where part of 
a mixed flock of birds upset about an intruder, which may have been just a guy 
smoking a cigarette, near the artificial water feature in front of Pump Station 
#2. 


Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: Re: lovebird identification from Putah Creek CBC
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:58:46 -0800
Thanks to all for the replies.  The consensus from several sources is that
the birds appear to be Fischer's x Masked (aka Yellow-collared) Lovebirds
(fischeri x personatus).  This hybrid form occurs in the wild and is common
in captivity, where they are called "Olive Lovebirds".

The CBC Admin wants such exotics reported and they will track them, as some
exotics eventually become established.  They say the birds do not count
toward our species total but we do get credit for the 2 individuals on our
bird total.






On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:47 PM, Steve Hampton 
wrote:
>
> On the Putah Creek CBC we encountered a pair of free-flying lovebirds.
> I'm interested in help with the identification.
>
> Pic is at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/15846635440/in/photostream/
>
> red forehead; reddish bill, gray face, yellow breast; call was a "chik"
> note
>
> The best I could come up with was Fischer's Lovebird, perhaps faded due to
> lack of carotene deficiency or immaturity.  Both birds looked similar.
>
> thanks,
>
>
>
> --
> Steve Hampton
> Davis, CA
>


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Peace Valley CBC results
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:51:12 -0800
Hi all,
The rain held off until after we had recorded a respectable 121 species.
Not a lot of highlights - 7 Steller's Jays in the Sutter Buttes and a juv.
Glaucous-winged Gull from the viewing platform at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff.
Subject: River Walk bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:15:50 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Jim Rowoth has a conflict this month, so I am running the River Walk bird
survey in his stead.  The survey will take place Sunday, 21 December.  We
will meet at the Visitor Center on Franklin Boulevard and begin the walk at
7:00 a.m.

 

Decent rains fell while I was away, my spouse tells me.  So expect a muddy
trail.  If it's a nice day, mosquitoes may be abroad, even in December.  Be
prepared.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Marysville CBC -- Dec. 23
From: "ylightfoot YLIGHTFOOT AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:10:59 -0800
Hi folks:

The Marysville CBC is coming up in a week, on Tuesday, Dec. 23. We can sure use 
additional help, so please let me know if you are interested. 


The Honey Lake CBC, which had been scheduled for today, was postponed due to 
weather and road conditions. The probable reschedule date is Dec. 30. Let me 
know if you are interested in this count, as well. 


Cheers,

Tim Manolis
Sacramento
Subject: Re: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area access and Black-crowned Night Herons
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:25:28 +0000 (UTC)
Sami LaRocca reports the YBWA is currently open. 
Sylvia 


----- Original Message -----

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To: "cv birds"  
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:08:08 PM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area access and Black-crowned Night 
Herons 





I was at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at 4:30 pm today and talked with a CDFW 
Delta biologist who said the area may be closed to the public in the next few 
days because of flooding. Looks like Yolo Basin Foundation is posting updates: 
http://yolobasin.org/ 


Interesting to see 200+ Black-crowned Night Herons in the tules/cattails south 
of Lot A and west of the auto route, about 2/3 of the distance to the fork. 


Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County) 



 
Subject: lovebird identification from Putah Creek CBC
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:47:39 -0800
On the Putah Creek CBC we encountered a pair of free-flying lovebirds.  I'm
interested in help with the identification.

Pic is at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/15846635440/in/photostream/

red forehead; reddish bill, gray face, yellow breast; call was a "chik" note

The best I could come up with was Fischer's Lovebird, perhaps faded due to
lack of carotene deficiency or immaturity.  Both birds looked similar.

thanks,



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area access and Black-crowned Night Herons
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:08:08 +0000 (UTC)
I was at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at 4:30 pm today and talked with a CDFW 
Delta biologist who said the area may be closed to the public in the next few 
days because of flooding. Looks like Yolo Basin Foundation is posting updates: 
http://yolobasin.org/ 


Interesting to see 200+ Black-crowned Night Herons in the tules/cattails south 
of Lot A and west of the auto route, about 2/3 of the distance to the fork. 


Sylvia Wright 
Davis (Yolo County) 
Subject: Varied Thrushes
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:49:15 -0800
I have been gone for over a week and when I resumed my bird walks along the 
creek yesterday I was surprised to find more than 10, perhaps as many as 20 
Varied Thrushes, mostly concentrated at the western end of my trail, about a 
quarter mile downstream from Stevenson Bridge on both the Solano and Yolo 
sides. I don’t remember having ever seen this many around here or in fact 
anywhere. This observation is in line with Leo Edson’s report about more than 
30 in Land Park in Sacramento. An interesting year so far with larger than 
usual numbers of Steller’s Jays (see the Winters CBC preliminary report!), 
Lewis’s Woodpeckers, and Varied Thrushes in places where they are rarely seen 
in most years. I wonder how many Varied Thrushes were seen during the Winters 
CBC on the same day I saw them at my place which is not far from the Winters 
CBC circle. The 3 Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue at or near their storage 
trees/power poles even though last week’s storm stripped the last acorns and 
nearly all the remaining leaves off the Valley Oaks. I also saw 3-5 Acorn 
Woodpeckers, 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers, and the usual resident Nuttall’s and 
Downy Woodpeckers, plus several Northern Flickers and 2 White-breasted 
Nuthatches. 

Otherwise, the usual suspects: Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, 
Belted Kingfishers, Black Phoebe, crowned sparrows, 1 Song Sparrow, Western 
Scrubjays, Wood Ducks, an imm. Cooper’s Hawk, a House Wren, Dark-eyed Juncos, 
Bushtits, Am. Robins, Anna’s Hummingbirds. on my way back to my house I 
encountered a large flock of Cedar Waxwings feeding on my neighbor’s abundant 
Fuju persimmons. In my garden, the sparrow flock has stabilized with 
Golden-cr., White-cr., 2-3 White-throated, 3 Fox, several California and 
Spotted towhees, a few Hose Finches, but, once again, very few goldfinches. The 
continuing Costa’s Hummingbird seems to have completed the molt of his crown 
and gorget, all spiffy again and ready for prime time. 



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


Subject: LEOW in Butte County
From: "findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 10:18:17 -0800
Yesterday (Dec 14th), a group of Altacal members met at the Thermalito Forebay 
Recreation Area South, off of Grand Ave in Oroville. I was out here last week 
and viewed close to 1000 Canvasback, 10-15 Redhead and many more waterfowl. 
This trip resulted in a decrease in numbers, but there were both Canvasback, a 
single Redhead and 4 Common Loon viewable, via scope. As we sat watching the 
waterfowl, Mary Muchowski and I heard an even and consistent hoot coming from 
across the Forebay. After listening to a recording as we left the parking lot, 
we both agreed that what we were hearing was a Long-eared Owl. We decided to 
continue on to the Feather River, where we viewed Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, 
Common Merganser, a Cooper's Hawk, an Osprey, a couple of Mew Gull and all the 
usual suspects along the trail. 

 

 Still thinking about the "hoot" that we heard earlier, a smaller group of us 
decided to explore the Nelson Ave side of the Forebay. As we traveled from 
Oroville west, on Nelson Ave, we crossed over the Forebay causeway and pulled 
into a dirt parking lot against the Forebay. The walk west along the trees on 
the embankment of the Forebay was a little moist, but the idea of a possible 
LEOW, had us going. Roughly 300-400 yards from where we parked, we saw the 
LEOW. He was perched about 10-12 ft high in a leafless tree against the 
Forebay. 50 yards further was a GHOW, and we were able to compare size, 
coloration, and shape. Another great bird for Butte County! The bird was also 
viewed an hour later by John Lewis, Michael Rogner and Kenny Sobon. Hopefully 
this bird will stick around! 

 

 Regards,
 

 Matt Forster
 Butte County
 

Subject: Putah Creek CBC early returns
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:45:49 -0800
Here are some preliminary highlights from the Putah Creek CBC today (Dec
14):

GREATER ROADRUNNER in Yolo County between Davis and Winters, "corner" of
Rds 31 and 91A (they don't actually meet, but the bird was in the ditch
between the two); found by Sarah Mayhew, Ken Ealy, and Sam Williams.  3rd
count record.  Pic at the Yolo Audubon Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/YoloAudubonSociety/photos/a.10150553216515682.408102.56488660681/10152879095585682/?type=1&theater 


RED-NECKED GREBE, Lake Berryessa, Napa County.  Found by Joe Zinkl and
crew.  3rd count record.  Also 2 COMMON LOONS and 2 HORNED GREBES.

WINTER WREN, Lake Solano County Park, Solano Park.  ID in the process of
being confirmed.

STELLER'S JAY count was 304 individuals; previous high was 78.

Preliminary species total:  143.


Thanks to all the Area Leaders and participants and pot luck contributors!



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Snowy Plover, Fresno-Clovis WTP, Jensen Ave., Fresno
From: "tracy_farrington AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 21:32:04 -0800
 At 10am, this morning, along with my old friend Dr. Michael Stubblefield, we 
found a single SNOWY PLOVER on some exposed mudflats of a very shallow pond on 
the NW section of the Fresno-Clovis WTP. This particular pond lies about 1/2 
mile east along the levee after entering the vineyard gate off of Jensen Ave. 
The vineyard gate is about 1/4 mile east of the main entrance to the WTP. For 
those interested, their procedures have changed and you will need to call in 
advance, 559-621-2489. 

 

 Good birding, and good holidays to all,
 Tracy Farrington
 Walnut Creek
 

 

Subject: SAS Field Trip - Robinson Road Area, Solano County
From: "burris.nellieann AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 17:50:36 -0800
Yesterday ,Sat Dec.13 during a SAS field trip a flight of 60+ Mountain Plovers 
flew directly over while stopped on Flannery Rd.just east of Robinson Rd. They 
turned over our heads and flew west to the winter wheat fields along Flannery 
Rd. We drove west on Flannery Rd. looking but could not locate them in the in 
the fields on the ground. Also seen were 6 Ferruginous Hawks, 1 juvenile Golden 
Eagle, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Burrowing Owls ,11 Loggerhead Shrikes and 9 Says 
Phoebes. A very exciting day 

 

 
 Tim Fitzer
 Fair Oaks
 

 Ann Burris
 West Sacramento
 

Subject: Re: Unusual duck
From: "Gil Ewing gewing1 AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:49:40 -0800
Hi Lindsley et al.,

You are describing a hybrid which is likely the same one seen by Jeri Langham 
on 12/4/14 and photographed by Chris Conard and others during the ARNHA count 
on December 6. 

Here is a link to their shared checklist and a photo of this hybrid duck:

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20809854 
 

Cheers,

Gil Ewing
Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., C


> On Dec 14, 2014, at 10:02 AM, crosspa AT att.net [central_valley_birds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Just downstream of the Harrison Access on the American River in Sacramento, I 
observed a diving duck amongst a group of Common Goldeneye. It had a white 
face, black bill, black down the back of head onto a black back. Pure white 
sides, while sitting on the water. Slightly smaller than the goldeneyes, but 
actually chased a male away and was near a female off and on. Looking in field 
guides didn't help, but the internet showed it as a probable Bufflehead x 
Goldeneye hybrid. Striking bird, should you see it! Flew off towards William 
Pond area. 

> 
> 
> 
> Lindsley Cross, Carmichael
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Extraordinary Numbers of Varied Thrush in William Land Park, Sacramento
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:25:38 -0800
This morning with conditions good for spotting them on the ground (foggy, wet, 
and relatively few visitors of the human variety), I counted 85 Varied Thrush, 
all within the park boundaries. This count included five different groups with 
at least 10 birds. 


Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: new birder rules at Fresno WTP
From: "cropwatch AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 00:01:09 -0800
Today I was the first one to bird the place under new rules. What hasn't 
changed is that you must call 621-5100 at least one business day ahead of your 
appointment and provide full names of all participants along with an entry time 
and cell phone contact number. What's new is that only a lead participant with 
a valid CA photo ID has to check in with the guard and get a visitor's pass and 
an electronic bird watcher gate badge, but everyone in the party has to sign a 
liability waiver sheet. Park alongside Jensen west of the guard gate and walk 
to the kiosk to check in, then drive 0.4 mile west on Jensen to the new gate 
for birders. This is where the alfalfa fields begin and just past the main 
north/south canal you used to drive past. No more birding inside the facilities 
east of the canal apparently since the birder badge will only operate the new 
electronic gate along Jensen and none of the 3 along the main canal. The hours 
are from 7am to 4pm every day and is supposed to be for members and affiliates 
of the Audubon Society. That's what is printed on the directive the guard gave 
me (Arthur). If there is more than one vehicle, all vehicles must enter and 
leave together through the gate on Jensen and the lead participant must return 
the gate badge to the guard at the main gate. Good birding. Gary Woods-Fresno 


 

Subject: Unusual duck
From: "crosspa AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 10:02:06 -0800
Just downstream of the Harrison Access on the American River in Sacramento, I 
observed a diving duck amongst a group of Common Goldeneye. It had a white 
face, black bill, black down the back of head onto a black back. Pure white 
sides, while sitting on the water. Slightly smaller than the goldeneyes, but 
actually chased a male away and was near a female off and on. Looking in field 
guides didn't help, but the internet showed it as a probable Bufflehead x 
Goldeneye hybrid. Striking bird, should you see it! Flew off towards William 
Pond area. 

 

 Lindsley Cross, Carmichael
Subject: Yolo Rough-legged Hawk
From: "'Adamson, Roger' rhadamson AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:44:35 -0800
There was a Rough-legged Hawk about a quarter mile northwest of the 
intersection of Rds 103 and 28H in Yolo Co (about 3 miles ne of Davis). This is 
the first Rough-leg that I have seen in Yolo Co this year. It is the same field 
in which I had one last year, although I could not see it well enough today to 
determine age, so I wouldn't claim it to be the same bird. We have been low on 
northern raptors this year, so I was glad to find this today along with a 
Prairie Falcon in the same area. 

 In the category of "Way many Varied Thrushes", today I had one along Rd 103 at 
an isolated farm house. 

Roger Adamson
Davis, Yolo County


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Subject: Western Screech owl tooting
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:51:54 -0800
Tooting away in my back yard as I write. Started about 7:25pm for about 20 
minutes in River Park on the Am River Parkway. Near Sac State. 

Moddison Ave, Sacramento

Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
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Subject: Empid at WPA Rock Garden, William Land Park, Sacramento
From: "Leo Edson leoedson AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:50:26 -0800
An unidentified Empidonax flycatcher was present at the WPA Rock Garden in 
William Land Park this morning. All field marks noted pointed to Hammond's 
Flycatcher in my mind but I was more comfortable leaving it as unidentified for 
now. The bird did not vocalize. I did take a few distant photos that are 
included in my eBird report: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20871531 


Perhaps someone with more experience identifying little green jobs will be able 
to confirm. 


Also today, a total of 36 Varied Thrush were scattered within the park 
boundaries matching my high count for this winter. 


Yesterday, I found a Western Tanager and Black-throated Gray Warbler during a 
walk in the Land Park neighborhood. 


Leo Edson
Sacramento
Subject: Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers at Winters Nature Park
From: "jaswthomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:50:42 -0800
Mid morning yesterday (12/10), at Winters Nature Park, there were a pair of 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS. They were right along the creek, about 50 yds from 
I505. 


A worker told me the access road to the park from Putah Creek Rd would be 
closed to the public while work is going on in the area. I understood walking 
there would be ok. 


Jim Thomas
Davis

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Subject: Northern Shrike Tehama Co seen Dec 10
From: "'Mary Muchowski' mmuchowski AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:06:02 -0800
Dave Fundakowski and I re-located the northern shrike in Tehama County. It


was right where it has been seen before. This time on the north fence a
little bit further west (Rancho Tehama Rd), then later in the elderberry
bush that is on the north side of the road, not far (west) from Paskenta Rd.
There was also a Say's Phoebe there.





Mary Muchowski


Chico, CA











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Subject: Mountain Bluebirds in Sutter County
From: "sami182 AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Dec 2014 21:01:13 -0800
Hi all,
 Today a group of Yolo County birders made our annual trip to Gray Lodge (Butte 
Co). On Almond Orchard Rd we saw a green field of short grass where we 
estimated about 20 Mt. Bluebirds were busy flycatching and hovering in the mild 
breeze. They were a wonderful surprise. a few at very close range; one of my 
favorite wintering bird. In the rice check on the other side of the road we 
were able to see 8 Sandhill Cranes. This spot is near the edge of the 
Butte/Sutter County border. The two species were in Sutter County. 

 In Gray Lodge there were mostly duck of the usual species expected. but we 
were able to find one Eurasian Widgeon and one Blue-wing Teal, both males. 

 Keep on birding,
 Sami LaRocca
 Woodland, Yolo County
Subject: Northern Shrike - Tehama County
From: "Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:44:26 -0800
Birders,

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was still on Rancho Tehama Road this morning, December
10.

You can read more details here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20856391



Good birding,

Cory Gregory
Elk Grove, CA
http://arcticory.blogspot.com/
Subject: Effie Yeaw Nature Center Pond
From: "Rich Howard rhoward1 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:02:18 -0800
The pond at the south end of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center was amazing today: 
two Sora rails, two Pine Siskins, five Purple Finches, two Varied Thrush, 
American and Lesser Goldfinches, Song Sparrow, 14 Wood Ducks. Also, the Merlin 
has returned to the trees at the east end of the meadow, and we saw 13 
Band-tailed Pigeons fly over while we were watching the Merlin eat a small 
bird. We had 56 species overall (about 10 higher than previous weeks this 
fall), and that doesn’t include the Turkeys we saw in the parking lot 
afterwards. 



View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20841153 
 



Rich Howard
Carmichael, CA
Subject: Winter Raptor Surveys - call for participants
From: "kschnei1 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 11:13:29 -0800
Hi all,
  
 This isn't a bird sighting, but the listowner was kind enough to allow this 
post. I've conducted a winter raptor survey in the Bay Area following the HMANA 
protocol (see below) for several years now. This organization recently updated 
the protocol to make it more user-friendly and arranged for the data to be 
entered into an online database. The Central Valley should be a great place to 
set up some surveys if anyone is interested. For additional information, you 
can visit the HMANA website, email HMANA at the address below, or email me 
directly and I'll try to help you. 

  
 Thanks!
  
 Ken Schneider
 kschnei1 AT hotmail.com mailto:kschnei1 AT hotmail.com
 San Francisco
  
 ___
    
 "The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) seeks more observers 
for Winter Raptor Surveys. Full details, protocol and data forms are available 
on the HMANA website at http://bit.ly/12nwuJl http://bit.ly/12nwuJl . A Winter 
Raptor Survey requires a minimum of 2 people following a pre-defined vehicle 
road route one to three times each winter. Routes are typically 10-100 miles 
long selected for likely diurnal raptor occurrence. Survey season is 
late-November to early March depending on when wintering birds are present in 
your area. 

  
 Data are recorded on forms (available at the above website) and then entered 
online into the Winter Raptor Survey data base. The survey’s goal is to 
collect, by means of uniform methods, wintering raptor information that can be 
useful to researchers, land management and planning agencies, and regional 
birding organizations. 

  
 For more questions contact wrs AT hmana.org
  
 Will Weber"
  
Subject: No Falcated Duck, 12/8
From: "MResch8702 AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:13:19 -0500

Spent the whole day at Colusa NWR observation platform on 12/8 but had no 
success with the Falcated Duck (my 3rd try for the bird). Birders there with me 
had the bird late in the day on the 7th. The total number of ducks and geese in 
the lake were quite low, and very few birds came in during the afternoon to 
roost. At about 1 PM I made a count of the waterfowl on the lake visible from 
the observation platform and only came up with - 



Shoveler 69
Am Wigeon 53
Gadwall 49
Mallard 34
Pintail 19
Green-winged Teal 5
Cinnamon Teal 1
White-fronted Goose 37


Highlights of the day, from 6:30 to 4:30 were -


Watching a Great Egret devour a Marsh Wren it had caught (!)
1 flyover Peregrine Falcon
3 Cackling Geese
7 calling Great Horned Owls - calling when I arrived and calling when I left
Many thousands of Snow and White-fronted Geese, and a few Ross's, flying 
overhead almost all day long 





Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA
Subject: Re: Northern Shrike
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:14:23 -0800
This is a good find! Loggerhead Shrike sightings are a big deal and have been 
decreasing and eliminated in many areas such as around Folsom and Folsom Lake. 

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=10413

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

On Dec 8, 2014, at 6:12 PM, Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 


> 
> I'm beginning to discover, sort of, how shrikes operate. They seem to be 
creatures of habit and often occupy the same perch day in and day out. 
Currently, there is a Loggerhead Shrike that has apparently decided to hang out 
on the high wires above the Isenberg Crane Preserve on Woodbridge Rd. in San 
Joaquin County. I realize that a Loggerhead is no big deal in comparison with a 
Northern, but thought that the success Lisa had in going to a certain place was 
neat. Breck Breckenridge in Lodi CA 

> 
> From: "'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

> To: Central Valley  
> Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 12:24 PM
> Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike & Lewis's Woodpeckers
> 
>  
> Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 PM ish we followed the instructions provided 
in the Nov. 29 post by Bruce Deuel of Red Bluff for the Northern Shrike. His 
email read Northern Shrike on Rancho Tehama Road in southern Tehama County. I 
drove straight there (get off I-5 on Gyle Road, go west until it intersects 
Paskenta Road, go north to Rancho Tehama Road). About 200 yards west of 
Paskenta Rd. there are 3 large elderberries, 2 on the south, 1 on the north. 

> The shrike was exactly where Bruce said it should be. In the area north of 
the shrike we found the Lewiss Woodpeckers. While others have also reported 
Phainopepla here, we did not find any. 

>  
> On our way back to I-5 we stopped along Gyle Road at the mailbox which read 
6595 Long Dirt Road. It was not really safe to all get out of our bus to view 
what we believe was a Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk. It was at a distance south 
of Gyle Road. I mention this bird to see if anyone else has seen it? It sat low 
on a barb wire fence and at one point was on the ground. 

>  
> On another note  we drove down Sycamore Slough Road on Saturday at sunset. 
This road is just south of Colusa. I love this road but have never been there 
at sunset. For the first time here we found LEWISS WOODPECKERS bugging at the 
top of the trees in close proximity to ACORN WOODPECKERS. We also heard and 
then observed GREAT HORNED OWLS coming out for the night. We had the rare 
opportunity to watch roughly 12 Northern Harriers harass a Great Horned Owl 
down into an Alfalfa field. The darker it got the harriers departed and the owl 
went on its way. 

> 
> I should add that on Saturday we enjoyed the FALCATED DUCK and also observed 
a SWAINSONS HAWK as we birded the Colusa NWR. It was circling overhead with 
TVs and Red-tail Hawks. I understand they do not belong here this time of 
year, but that is what makes birding exciting. I mention this bird so that 
others also keep an eye out. 

>  
> Oh  we also had mosquitos!
>  
> Lisa Myers
> Campbell
> www.letsgobirding.com
> Come play in Costa Rica March 21  April 2015
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Shrike site fidelity?
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:00:46 -0800
We would say - sometimes yes, and sometimes no.

We had a Northern Shrike on Jelly's Ferry Road in Tehama County on 
January 2nd, 2014, in the AM and immediately contacted Bruce Deuel, who 
went right over and diligently searched for a long time for this good 
county bird - to no avail.

So we say, sometimes yes, and sometimes no.

Bob & Carol Yutzy


On 12/8/2014 6:12 PM, Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com 
[central_valley_birds] wrote:
>
>
> I'm beginning to discover, sort of, how shrikes operate. They seem to 
> be creatures of habit and often occupy the same perch day in and day 
> out. Currently, there is a Loggerhead Shrike that has apparently 
> decided to hang out on the high wires above the Isenberg Crane 
> Preserve on Woodbridge Rd. in San Joaquin County. I realize that a 
> Loggerhead is no big deal in comparison with a Northern, but thought 
> that the success Lisa had in going to a certain place was neat. Breck 
> Breckenridge in Lodi CA
>
>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>     *From:* "'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com
>     [central_valley_birds]" 
>     *To:* Central Valley 
>     *Sent:* Monday, December 8, 2014 12:24 PM
>     *Subject:* [CVBirds] Northern Shrike & Lewis's Woodpeckers
>
>     Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 PM ish we followed the
>     instructions provided in the Nov. 29 post by Bruce Deuel of Red
>     Bluff  for the Northern Shrike. His email read “Northern Shrike
>     on Rancho Tehama Road in southern Tehama County.  I drove straight
>     there (get off I-5 on Gyle Road, go west until it intersects
>     Paskenta Road, go north to Rancho Tehama Road).  About 200 yards
>     west of Paskenta Rd. there are 3 large elderberries, 2 on the
>     south, 1 on the north.”
>     The shrike was exactly where Bruce said it should be.  In the area
>     north of the shrike we found the Lewis’s Woodpeckers. While
>     others have also reported Phainopepla here, we did not find any.
>     On our way back to I-5 we stopped along Gyle Road at the mailbox
>     which read “6595 Long Dirt Road”. It was not really safe to
>     all get out of our bus to view what we believe was a Dark Morph
>     Ferruginous Hawk. It was at a distance south of Gyle Road. I
>     mention this bird to see if anyone else has seen it? It sat low on
>     a barb wire fence and at one point was on the ground.
>     On another note – we drove down Sycamore Slough Road on Saturday
>     at sunset. This road is just south of Colusa. I love this road but
>     have never been there at sunset. For the first time here we found
>     LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS bugging at the top of the trees in close
>     proximity to ACORN WOODPECKERS.  We also heard and then observed
>     GREAT HORNED OWLS coming out for the night. We had the rare
>     opportunity to watch roughly 12 Northern Harriers harass a Great
>     Horned Owl down into an Alfalfa field. The darker it got the
>     harriers departed and the owl went on its way.
>
>     I should add that on Saturday we enjoyed the FALCATED DUCK and
>     also observed a SWAINSON’S HAWK as we birded the Colusa NWR. It
>     was circling overhead with TV’s and Red-tail Hawks. I understand
>     they do not belong here this time of year, but that is what makes
>     birding exciting. I mention this bird so that others also keep an
>     eye out.
>     Oh – we also had mosquitos!
>     Lisa Myers
>     Campbell
>     www.letsgobirding.com 
>     Come play in Costa Rica March 21 – April 2015
>
>
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker, Phainopepla at Putah Ck Diversion Dam
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:29:40 -0800
This morning (12/08), at about 9 AM, a LEWIS’S WOODPECKER and a PHAINOPEPLA 
were in a distant tree on the Yolo side of Putah Creek, just below the 
Diversion Dam. Above the dam were a GREEN HERON and 17 HOODED MERGANSERS. 


Jim Thomas
Davis

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Subject: Re: Northern Shrike
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 02:12:08 +0000 (UTC)
I'm beginning to discover, sort of, how shrikes operate. They seem to be 
creatures of habit and often occupy the same perch day in and day out. 
Currently, there is a Loggerhead Shrike that has apparently decided to hang out 
on the high wires above the Isenberg Crane Preserve on Woodbridge Rd. in San 
Joaquin County. I realize that a Loggerhead is no big deal in comparison with a 
Northern, but thought that the success Lisa had in going to a certain place was 
neat. Breck Breckenridge in Lodi CA 




 From: "'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

 To: Central Valley 
 Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 12:24 PM
 Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike & Lewis's Woodpeckers

   Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 PM ish we followed the instructions 
provided in the Nov. 29 post by Bruce Deuel of Red Bluff  for the Northern 
Shrike. His email read “Northern Shrike on Rancho Tehama Road in southern 
Tehama County.  I drove straight there (get off I-5 on Gyle Road, go west 
until it intersects Paskenta Road, go north to Rancho Tehama Road).  About 200 
yards west of Paskenta Rd. there are 3 large elderberries, 2 on the south, 1 on 
the north.”The shrike was exactly where Bruce said it should be.  In the 
area north of the shrike we found the Lewis’s Woodpeckers. While others have 
also reported Phainopepla here, we did not find any. On our way back to I-5 we 
stopped along Gyle Road at the mailbox which read “6595 Long Dirt Road”. It 
was not really safe to all get out of our bus to view what we believe was a 
Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk. It was at a distance south of Gyle Road. I mention 
this bird to see if anyone else has seen it? It sat low on a barb wire fence 
and at one point was on the ground.  On another note – we drove down 
Sycamore Slough Road on Saturday at sunset. This road is just south of Colusa. 
I love this road but have never been there at sunset. For the first time here 
we found LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS bugging at the top of the trees in close 
proximity to ACORN WOODPECKERS.  We also heard and then observed GREAT HORNED 
OWLS coming out for the night. We had the rare opportunity to watch roughly 12 
Northern Harriers harass a Great Horned Owl down into an Alfalfa field. The 
darker it got the harriers departed and the owl went on its way. 



I should add that on Saturday we enjoyed the FALCATED DUCK and also observed a 
SWAINSON’S HAWK as we birded the Colusa NWR. It was circling overhead with 
TV’s and Red-tail Hawks. I understand they do not belong here this time of 
year, but that is what makes birding exciting. I mention this bird so that 
others also keep an eye out. Oh – we also had mosquitos! Lisa MyersCampbell 

www.letsgobirding.comCome play in Costa Rica March 21 – April 2015
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Subject: Off topic: Tanzanian teens need your used binoculars!
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:07:51 +0000 (UTC)
[Posted with permission of CV Birds list owner] 

Dear fellow birders, 

Here is a local opportunity to help birds, and birders, globally. 

Sylvia Wright 
Davis, Calif. 

Begin forwarded message: 

From: Tim Caro  
Subject: binoculars 
Date: December 7, 2014 at 5:57:06 PM PST 

We are trying to supply an environmental youth center in western Tanzania with 
sets of binoculars for the teenagers to go bird watching around their village. 
If you have any easy-to-use binoculars in working order that you want to 
donate, please email Tim Caro (tmcaro AT ucdavis.edu) with the subject line: 
binoculars. 


I need these by December 15th or they won't get on the plane with me. 

No tax deduction available, sorry. 

Thanks so much 
Tim 

Tim Caro, Professor of Wildlife Biology, 
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, 
University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA 
tel: USA +1 530 771 7116, Tanzania +255 785 893130 
http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/caro-tim/caro-lab/ 
Subject: Re: Vermilion Flycatcher
From: "Nina Jones mtnlynx AT sti.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:16:16 -0800
It is at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge


Nina Jones
Oakhurst


--
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of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
― Rachel Carson 
Subject: Northern Shrike & Lewis's Woodpeckers
From: "'Lisa Myers' lisa AT letsgobirding.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:24:29 -0800
Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 PM ish we followed the instructions provided in 
the Nov. 29 post by Bruce Deuel of Red Bluff for the Northern Shrike. His email 
read “Northern Shrike on Rancho Tehama Road in southern Tehama County. I 
drove straight there (get off I-5 on Gyle Road, go west until it intersects 
Paskenta Road, go north to Rancho Tehama Road). About 200 yards west of 
Paskenta Rd. there are 3 large elderberries, 2 on the south, 1 on the north.” 

The shrike was exactly where Bruce said it should be. In the area north of the 
shrike we found the Lewis’s Woodpeckers. While others have also reported 
Phainopepla here, we did not find any. 


On our way back to I-5 we stopped along Gyle Road at the mailbox which read 
“6595 Long Dirt Road”. It was not really safe to all get out of our bus to 
view what we believe was a Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk. It was at a distance 
south of Gyle Road. I mention this bird to see if anyone else has seen it? It 
sat low on a barb wire fence and at one point was on the ground. 


On another note – we drove down Sycamore Slough Road on Saturday at sunset. 
This road is just south of Colusa. I love this road but have never been there 
at sunset. For the first time here we found LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS bugging at 
the top of the trees in close proximity to ACORN WOODPECKERS. We also heard and 
then observed GREAT HORNED OWLS coming out for the night. We had the rare 
opportunity to watch roughly 12 Northern Harriers harass a Great Horned Owl 
down into an Alfalfa field. The darker it got the harriers departed and the owl 
went on its way. 


I should add that on Saturday we enjoyed the FALCATED DUCK and also observed a 
SWAINSON’S HAWK as we birded the Colusa NWR. It was circling overhead with 
TV’s and Red-tail Hawks. I understand they do not belong here this time of 
year, but that is what makes birding exciting. I mention this bird so that 
others also keep an eye out. 


Oh – we also had mosquitos!

Lisa Myers
Campbell
www.letsgobirding.com
Come play in Costa Rica March 21 – April 2015
Subject: Tree Swallows
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:09:07 -0800
As I am doing my shorebird survey in the Butte City area, there are hundreds 
upon hundreds of Tree Swallows flying over the flooded fields, near the 
Butte/Glenn County line on Hwy 162. WOW! 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff
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Subject: Folsom Lake waterbirds and county lines
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:50:19 -0800
Birders-

It can be kind of frustrating trying to figure which county a bird is in when 
on the shore of Folsom Lake, so I saved an image from Google Earth of the lake 
with the lines and saved it as an image for my Flickr. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/24349477 AT N08/15790186740/

So, according to the map, the common and red-throated loons were in Sacramento 
County when I saw them yesterday, the Pacific loon and the Barrows goldeneyes 
were all in El Dorado County. Where I was standing is shown on the map as a 
small island off of the Mormon Island shore, with the Sacramento / El Dorado 
County line dividing it. You can see Sophia Parkway as a yellow road just south 
of Mormon Island at the Sacramento / El Dorado County divide. 

Needless to say, by today these birds could have crossed into other counties. 
Thanks to Bruce Webb for finding the loons! 


Good birding,

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA




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Subject: Re: Vermilion Flycatcher
From: "Breck Breckenridge breck22 AT ymail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:47:11 +0000 (UTC)
Kent is Bittern Marsh Trail in Fresno? Thanks, Breck Breckenridge in Lodi, CA 
(and here for only a year now) 


 
 From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

 To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Sunday, December 7, 2014 5:47 PM
 Subject: [CVBirds] Vermilion Flycatcher
   
Yesterday, with a group of birders from Fresno, led by Jeff Seay we
had the female Vermilion Flycathcer in the line of trees to the west 
of the Bittern Marsh Trail. A number of Ross’ Geese were very 
close to the nearby platform.  

Kent Van Vuren 

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Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher
From: "Kent Van Vuren VanVurenK AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:47:56 -0800
Yesterday, with a group of birders from Fresno, led by Jeff Seay we
had the female Vermilion Flycathcer in the line of trees to the west 
of the Bittern Marsh Trail. A number of Ross Geese were very 
close to the nearby platform.  

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Subject: Red-breasted Merganser - Folsom Lake
From: "Cory Gregory arcticory AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:18:56 -0800
Birders,

There was a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Folsom Lake in addition to the
continuing RED-THROATED LOON.  We dipped on the Pacific Loon.


Good birding,

Cory Gregory & Ashley Casey
Elk Grove, CA
Subject: Re: Folsom Lake - three species of loons
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:10:29 -0800
Forgot- also two pair of Barrow's goldeneyes out from Brown's Ravine (ED 
county). 


Sent from my iPhone

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA


> On Dec 7, 2014, at 2:53 PM, "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> I am presently scoping all three loon species from a peninsula I accessed 
through Mormon Island. The common & red-throated loons are foraging between me 
& Folsom Point (both SAC & ED counties), easily distinguished. The Pacific loon 
is by itself, across at the main peninsula (El Dorado County) and is more 
distant. If going to Morman Island park on Sophia Prkwy. Free but a mile hike 
to where I am. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Craig Swolgaard
> Georgetown, CA
> 
> 
>> On Dec 4, 2014, at 8:56 PM, "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From the Beals Point area of Folsom Lake (Placer Co) it is long hike to 
>> the shoreline. With a spotting scope, in the past few days when the 
>> weather cooperated, I have seen several Common Loons, one, possibly, two 
>> Pacific Loons and a very distant loon that looked and behaved like a 
>> Red-throated Loon. (pale overall, small size, low swimming profile, 
>> upturned bill, etc)
>> 
>> Today, I went from Beals Point and drove to Folsom Point, the Sacramento 
>> Co. side of the lake, where the lighting is excellent. Looking with the 
>> spotting scope in the direction of Beals Point, I was able to find it, 
>> still distant and identified it as a Red-throated. It moves with a 
>> small flock of similar-sized Western Grebes.
>> 
>> As many of you know, Folsom Lake encompasses three counties: Placer, 
>> Sacramento and El Dorado. In the field, I use Google Earth on my smart 
>> phone to show my position and the county lines.
>> 
>> The Folsom Christmas Bird Count is one month away. Maybe all three 
>> species of loons will still be there for the count.
>> 
>> -- 
>> Bruce Webb
>> Granite Bay, CA
>> 
>> 'Have scope - Will travel'
>> 
>> ---
>> This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus 
protection is active. 

>> http://www.avast.com
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Folsom Lake - three species of loons
From: "Craig Swolgaard cswol AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:53:57 -0800
I am presently scoping all three loon species from a peninsula I accessed 
through Mormon Island. The common & red-throated loons are foraging between me 
& Folsom Point (both SAC & ED counties), easily distinguished. The Pacific loon 
is by itself, across at the main peninsula (El Dorado County) and is more 
distant. If going to Morman Island park on Sophia Prkwy. Free but a mile hike 
to where I am. 


Sent from my iPhone

Craig Swolgaard
Georgetown, CA


> On Dec 4, 2014, at 8:56 PM, "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> 
> From the Beals Point area of Folsom Lake (Placer Co) it is long hike to 
> the shoreline. With a spotting scope, in the past few days when the 
> weather cooperated, I have seen several Common Loons, one, possibly, two 
> Pacific Loons and a very distant loon that looked and behaved like a 
> Red-throated Loon. (pale overall, small size, low swimming profile, 
> upturned bill, etc)
> 
> Today, I went from Beals Point and drove to Folsom Point, the Sacramento 
> Co. side of the lake, where the lighting is excellent. Looking with the 
> spotting scope in the direction of Beals Point, I was able to find it, 
> still distant and identified it as a Red-throated. It moves with a 
> small flock of similar-sized Western Grebes.
> 
> As many of you know, Folsom Lake encompasses three counties: Placer, 
> Sacramento and El Dorado. In the field, I use Google Earth on my smart 
> phone to show my position and the county lines.
> 
> The Folsom Christmas Bird Count is one month away. Maybe all three 
> species of loons will still be there for the count.
> 
> -- 
> Bruce Webb
> Granite Bay, CA
> 
> 'Have scope - Will travel'
> 
> ---
> This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus 
protection is active. 

> http://www.avast.com
> 
> 
Subject: Male Blue-winged Teal at West Pond
From: "Gene Trapp grtrapp AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:31:46 -0800
At about 11:15 a.m. today I saw a male Blue-winged Teal at West Pond. Present 
also were 4-5 Green-winged Teal, 3-4 Ring-necked Ducks, 4-5 American Wigeons, 1 
Northern Shoveler, Mallards, and a few hundred Canada Geese. 


Location of West Pond: It is south of Covell Blvd and north of Arlington in 
west Davis. Take Covell Blvd west of Hwy 113 to the 3rd light, Denali, go left, 
then take 2nd right, Isle Royale. Park by small park at end of street. 


Gene Trapp
Davis, CA

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin, Orangevale
From: "Wayland Augur WBA AT acm.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:27:13 -0800
We also had about a dozen Pine Siskins at our thistle feeder in Chico
(California Park) during the heaviest or the rains last week, and a couple
more near the nearby lake on one of our walks.


Skip Augur
Chico, Butte County


On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:


>

>
> A Pine Siskin visited the thistle feeder yesterday December 5 in my yard
> here in Orangevale. The Siskin is in a flock of about 10 Lesser Goldfinches
> that regularly visits the feeder.
>
> Doug Herr
> Orangevale, Sacramento County
> http://www.wildlightphoto.com
>
>
Subject: Varied Thrushes in Sutter?
From: "BRUCE DEUEL bdeuel AT wildblue.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:03:59 -0800
Hi all,
I just got an e-mail from Dan Skalos, who spent the morning along the
Feather River in Yuba County, across from Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary.  He
saw about 30 Varied Thrushes, and suggests it might be a good time to check
Bobelaine, for anyone who needs the species in Sutter County.
Cheers,
Bruce Deuel
Red Bluff
Subject: Colusa Falcated Duck continues - Dec.6 - 4 pm
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:55:44 -0800
The Falcated Duck was seen today at Colusa by 7 observers in the viewing 
platform pond, just a bit down the road. The duck was seen and photographed 
from cars, rather than from the platform, but it was on a par not far from 
shore. 


 Len Blumn
 http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/
 Mill Valley
 




 



Subject: Davis area gulls and Davis Woodland WTP access
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:34:42 -0800
Today there was an adult Glaucous Gull swimming in the westernmost pond at
Davis WTP.

Pic at https://www.flickr.com/photos/7202050 AT N04/15961365001/

There are also two 2nd cycle Glaucous Gulls around-- one very white and one
darker.

Dozens of Thayer's and apparent Gl-W x Herrings as well.

Construction at Davis WTP around the gate is almost done.  If the chain
link fence is closed, you can park outside the gate.  If you park on Rd
28H, you must have all tires off the white lines (off the road).  In the
long run, they will be building a whole new WTP, so there will be lots of
construction trucks for a year or two.  The new driveway was built for the
trucks.  After the new plant is completed, they will re-do the driveway
again.  Thus, birder access and parking along the driveway will be subject
to restrictions at various times in the next year or two.

Similar situation at Woodland WTP.  They are building the facilities that
will transfer Sac River water to Woodland and Davis.  Some days there are
lots of construction trucks on their driveway and even occupying the little
birder parking area.  Other days there's not much going on in that area.
So be flexible and avoid it if there's lots of activity.



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Pine Siskin, Orangevale
From: "Doug Herr wildlightphoto AT earthlink.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:40:09 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
A Pine Siskin visited the thistle feeder yesterday December 5 in my yard here 
in Orangevale. The Siskin is in a flock of about 10 Lesser Goldfinches that 
regularly visits the feeder. 


Doug Herr
Orangevale, Sacramento County
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Subject: Western Tanager (cont.), Pine Siskin, Purple Finch at Winters Nature Park
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:23:55 -0800
Late this morning, at Winters Nature Park, I again saw a WESTERN TANAGER, near 
where seen yesterday, except this time on the south side of Putah Creek. in the 
same area, two PINE SISKINS were with a mixed flock of mostly House Finches and 
PURPLE FINCHES (about 5). 


Jim Thomas
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Subject: Barrow's goldeneye near Tracy
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:34:45 -0800
The female is still present at west side of the second "lake" in the River Park 
residential area off Stewart road near mossdale exit off hwy 5 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Western Tanager at Winters Nature Park
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:33:30 -0800
This morning a birded along the south side of Lake Solano and Putah Creek, from 
just below the diversion dam to the Winters Nature Park. Birds there included 


Western Tanager - Nature Park, north side of creek, at 11:45
Hooded Merganser - 6, just above dam
Osprey - just above dam

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Subject: Re: Sapsucker ID help
From: "Harold Reeve birder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:08:30 -0800
I agree with Michael Perrone that this is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It 
appears to me to be a first-year bird with a fair amount of juvenal plumage 
retained. The brown and tan tones in the back and head are remnants of its 
plumage as a juvenile, and this actually supports the ID as a Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker rather than a Red-naped . Young Red-napeds generally molt earlier in 
the fall and would probably be in adult plumage by now except, perhaps, the 
black breast band may still be coming in. I found a similarly-plumaged bird 
last December 30 (except it was a female) that was considered by myself and 
others to be a pure Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. If others consider this to be a 
hybrid I would like to see their comments. 


Harold Reeve
Modesto 


On Friday, December 5, 2014 10:03 AM, "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' 
Michael.Perrone AT water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" 
 wrote: 

 



  



Nice photos. Looks like a male yellow-bellied sapsucker to me. I am puzzled by 
how blurry the black and white head markings are. I expect a crisper look in an 
adult. Somebody who knows more about sapsuckers should have a say. 

  
Michael Perrone 
Department of Water Resources 
Division of Environmental Services 
3500 Industrial Blvd 
West Sacramento CA 95691 
(916) 376-9788  
  
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Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 11:57 PM
To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Sapsucker ID help   
  
   
While we were watching a Red-breasted Sapsucker in our yard this morning, 
another sapsucker flew in for a few minutes. It had no red on the nape, breast 
or back of its head, like a Yellow-bellied, but it also had only a faint, 
incomplete black line around its red throat-patch, like a Red-naped. My 
husband, Charles Smith, took some pictures before it flew off. We're wondering 
what others might think - possibly a female Red-naped without a red nape or 
white chin, or a hybrid? 

Photos are posted at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/113364264343827160307/YellowBelliedSapsucker141204 

   
Jolie Lipsig  
Sacramento      


  
Subject: RE: Sapsucker ID help
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:03:13 +0000
Nice photos. Looks like a male yellow-bellied sapsucker to me. I am puzzled by 
how blurry the black and white head markings are. I expect a crisper look in an 
adult. Somebody who knows more about sapsuckers should have a say. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788

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To: central_valley_birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CVBirds] Sapsucker ID help


While we were watching a Red-breasted Sapsucker in our yard this morning, 
another sapsucker flew in for a few minutes. It had no red on the nape, breast 
or back of its head, like a Yellow-bellied, but it also had only a faint, 
incomplete black line around its red throat-patch, like a Red-naped. My 
husband, Charles Smith, took some pictures before it flew off. We're wondering 
what others might think - possibly a female Red-naped without a red nape or 
white chin, or a hybrid? 

Photos are posted at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/113364264343827160307/YellowBelliedSapsucker141204 


Jolie Lipsig
Sacramento

Subject: Sapsucker ID help
From: "jslipsig AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:57:01 -0500

While we were watching a Red-breasted Sapsucker in our yard this morning, 
another sapsucker flew in for a few minutes. It had no red on the nape, breast 
or back of its head, like a Yellow-bellied, but it also had only a faint, 
incomplete black line around its red throat-patch, like a Red-naped. My 
husband, Charles Smith, took some pictures before it flew off. We're wondering 
what others might think - possibly a female Red-naped without a red nape or 
white chin, or a hybrid? 

Photos are posted at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/113364264343827160307/YellowBelliedSapsucker141204 



Jolie Lipsig
Sacramento
Subject: Folsom Lake - three species of loons
From: "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:56:11 -0500
 From the Beals Point area of Folsom Lake (Placer Co) it is long hike to 
the shoreline.  With a spotting scope, in the past few days when the 
weather cooperated, I have seen several Common Loons, one, possibly, two 
Pacific Loons and a very distant loon that looked and behaved like a 
Red-throated Loon. (pale overall, small size, low swimming profile, 
upturned bill, etc)

Today, I went from Beals Point and drove to Folsom Point, the Sacramento 
Co. side of the lake, where the lighting is excellent. Looking with the 
spotting scope in the direction of Beals Point, I was able to find it, 
still distant and identified it as a Red-throated.  It moves with a 
small flock of similar-sized Western Grebes.

As many of you know, Folsom Lake encompasses three counties: Placer, 
Sacramento and El Dorado.  In the field, I use Google Earth on my smart 
phone to show my position and the county lines.

The Folsom Christmas Bird Count is one month away.  Maybe all three 
species of loons will still be there for the count.

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA

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Subject: Falcated duck update
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:02:58 -0800




Subject: Tehama northern shrike
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:17:06 -0800
Still here

John Sterling.
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow in Davis; a different bird?
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 19:29:48 -0800
I have uploaded an image of a rather strange looking Harris's Sparrow that some 
of you might ponder, particularly if you are acquainted with the Harris's 
Sparrow that showed up on Cortez Ave. in Davis. Is this a different bird coming 
to the same yard? 

 

 The bird was photographed on 24 November when Ed Pandolfino, Jon Dunn, and Dan 
Tankersley joined me for a day of birding in Yolo. 

 

 Enjoy,
 

 Ed Harper
 Carmichael
Subject: Tall Forest bird survey this Saturday
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:21:21 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Owing to conflicts later in the month, I am scheduling the December 2014
Tall Forest bird survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve for this coming
Saturday, 06 December.  We will go through the locked Farm Center gate at
06:30 promptly.  Rubber knee boots will be necessary.  If it's a pleasant
day, there may be mosquitoes to deal with.  I have been unable to check the
forest since last Saturday's visit.

 

Given the rains received in the last two days (2.25" at Sacramento Executive
Airport and 1.5" at Benson Ferry in the last 24 hours), it seems likely that
this will be a survey with LOTS of walking.  You should plan to walk back
from the Farm Center itself.  I expect to receive notice that all the
preserve's unpaved roads are now closed to vehicles, a notice that I have
received in recent years after all such similar storms.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Interesting Red-tail on Wise Rd
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 11:24:01 -0800
Got rained out from work this morning in western Placer County and decided to 
bird the fields west of Lincoln on my way back to the freeway. 


Along Wise Rd just west of Dowd, I flushed a raptor down the telephone line I 
initially thought was a Rough-leg due to symmetrical white patches on the wing 
and what appeared to be a mostly white tail. 


When it landed I immediately realized it was a young Red-tail by shape, but the 
white patches puzzled me because they didn't appear to be partial albinism. 
They were neatly embedded as large squares across the outer primaries and had 
light barring across them, as did the bottom half of the very light tail 

 

 That's when I started thinking of KRIDER'S, but the head was not very stark 
white, and the belly did have a pretty average amount of barring, so I wonder 
if it could have been a KRIDER'S intergrade. 

 

 Just thought any raptorphiles with a better camera than I have might be 
interested in this individual! 

 

 Dan Williams
 Sacramento

Subject: Putah Creek CBC Bird ID Workshop
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:10:03 -0800
is tonight in Davis at the Senior Center on A Street, 7:30pm, fun and games
and raffle, plus all new bird ID presentation with an emphasis on each Area
of the count and specialty birds within each area!



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Holland Tract, Contra Costa County
From: "bacpab AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Dec 2014 19:14:59 -0800
Dear bird people,
 

 In celebration of the rain, I drove out to Holland Tract in eastern Contra 
Costa Co this afternoon. It rained like cats and dogs all the way out, but the 
moment I drove onto the levee road the rain slowed to a gentle mist. The south 
wind had thousands of birds moving around in the flooded fields north of the 
levee road. SNOW GEESE, 3 ROSS'S GEESE, TUNDRA SWANS, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GEESE, and SANDHILL CRANES were all present. To my surprise, there were many 
diving ducks out there in the shallow water-COMMON GOLDENEYE, CANVASBACK, and 
RUDDY DUCKS were out among the dabblers. I found one EURASIAN WIDGEON in the 
pack of N PINTAIL, N SHOVELORS, MALLARDS, GADWALL, RING-NECK DUCKS, and 
AMERICAN WIGEONS. The birds aren't necessarily close, so a scope is a 
necessity. 

 

 A big flock of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS was in the field at the intersection 
of Delta and Holland Tract Roads-total blackbird numbers were in the thousands. 
This is a great place to spend a rainy day, so may we have many more of those 
this winter. 


 

 The eBird checklist is at:
 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20759856 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20759856 


 

 Holland Tract is north of Brentwood. From the Byron Hwy in Brentwood, take 
Knightson/Delta Road north, then east onto Holland Tract Road, along the levee. 

 

 Good birding,
 

 Pat Bacchetti
 Oakland