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Huia,©Barry Kent Mackay

5 Mar Yolo County Roadrunner, Mar 5, 2015 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
5 Mar Thick-billed Fox Sparrow at Grasslands Park, Yolo County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
04 Mar Short-eared Owl (Placer) ["gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Mar Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mergansers ["bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Mar Ash-throated Flycatcher in River Bend Park, Sac ["fastrunnerboy05 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
03 Mar Hairy Woodpecker continuing near Young Wo Circle, Folsom ["jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Mar Putah Creek birds ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Mar Re: FOS Western Tanager in Butte County ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
02 Mar Sacramento county big day March 1 2015--162 species ["Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Mar Re: American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks ["Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
02 Mar FOS Western Tanager in Butte County ["findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Mar Re: Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no ["Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
02 Mar Sandhill cranes and American wigeons ["pouletchalet AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
2 Mar American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks ["Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Mar Clarification ["Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
1 Mar Continuing Hairy woodpecker, Steller's jays ["Jim rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb Harris's Sparrow ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week ["Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Yolo Bypass WA, 2/26 ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Re: YBWA Shorebirds ["'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb YBWA Shorebirds ["'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
26 Feb Caswell Park, Ripon Ponds ["bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin ["Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
25 Feb Long-eared Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["David Hartley dhartley AT aba.org [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Swamp Sparrow William Pond ["Mark Sawyer marksawyer3383 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Feb RE: roadrunner ["Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
23 Feb Lagoon Valley ["Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: roadrunner ["Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb roadrunner ["'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb Re: photo posting ["Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb Swainson's Hawks ["George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb UC Merced Vernal Pools Trip ["Nathan Parmeter nathanparmeter AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
22 Feb photo posting ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb today's Tall Forest survey highlights ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb N. Saw-whet Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season? ["maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season? ["karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
21 Feb rough-winged swallow ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Pixley rare birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb Pixley rare birds ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [tularekingsbirds]" ]
20 Feb Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no ["lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
20 Feb FOOTWEAR ADVISORY for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey ["'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Feb Northern Saw-whet Owl ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
19 Feb Merced NWR post for Janna Pauser ["Mike Rogers m.m.rogers AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Falcated Duck - Yes ["Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Folsom eurasian collared dove ["John Spranza spranz AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Violet-green Swallow arrival ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Re: bushtits nesting ["ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb bushtits nesting ["'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" ]
17 Feb Harris's Sparrow continues in North Davis (Yolo Co) ["'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Falcated Duck ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Sandhill Cranes ready to migrate ["Bethi Carver bethic AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb FOS Swainson's Hawk - Yolo County ["Ryan Bourbour rpbourbour AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Cassin's Finch report from Davis, Feb 10 ["Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Northern Yolo County ["William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Cliff Swallows, Southwest Placer County ["fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Apologies to the list for spamming ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Re: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin ["Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
16 Feb Fwd: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county ["Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Red-naped Sapsucker still at Lake Solano, SOL Co. ["shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin ["Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
15 Feb Mountain Plovers - Robinson Road ["litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Feb 14 Gull ID Field Trip ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
14 Feb Meiss Road and Mather wetlands ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Spring at Putah Creek ["Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Re: Sandhill Cranes ["Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Sandhill Cranes ["Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Re: Bell's Sparrows ["mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
13 Feb Bell's Sparrows ["'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Feb Re: Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake ["ColimaBirder colimabirder AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]
12 Feb Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8 ["Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" ]

Subject: Yolo County Roadrunner, Mar 5, 2015
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:34:23 -0800
Hi folks,

Mark Sawyer asked me to report a Greater Roadrunner he saw this morning
west of Davis, just west of where Rd 91A nearly reaches Rd 31. He said
there is a red and black beanie hanging from a tree very near the spot.
This is about where one was found on the CBC, so it appears to be sticking
around.

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Thick-billed Fox Sparrow at Grasslands Park, Yolo County
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:11:51 -0800
This morning I was very surprised to come across a Thick-billed Fox Sparrow
on the valley floor.  It was at Grasslands Park at Mace and Tremont south
of Davis.  It was in the south section of park-- in the center stick pile
and in the thickets north of target #7.  This is an archery range, so best
to go weekdays before 9am.
This subspecies winters in chaparral in southern Calif and in very low
numbers in the Coast Ranges all the way up the west side of the Sacramento
Valley (e.g. top of Mix Cyn; top of Rayhouse Rd).  This bird may be a
migrant.

There were also 14 Varied Thrushes, mostly on the north side of the park.

Full ebird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22182376

good birding,


-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Short-eared Owl (Placer)
From: "gbbirder AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 20:03:34 -0800
3-4-2015
 Greetings Birders,
 This evening at 6:12pm I had a single SHORT-EARED OWL off of Waltz Road in 
Lincoln. The bird was 

 hunting over some weedy agricultural fields with its characteristic slow, 
floppy flight. Great looks at a bird 

 difficult to find in Placer County this year. From the same vantage point I 
observed 20 wood ducks walking 

 around in a muddy field feeding.... never have seen that before.
 

 Get Out There!
 Ron Pozzi
 Granite Bay, CA
Subject: Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mergansers
From: "bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 13:04:48 -0800
There was a single bedraggled GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET that apparently got 
separated from its flock at Caswell Memorial State Park earlier this morning. 
There are now two female HOODED MERGANSERS at the Ripon sewage ponds with the 
other diving ducks. 

 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto
Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher in River Bend Park, Sac
From: "fastrunnerboy05 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 11:32:49 -0800
Hi All,
 

I was flyfishing this morning ~8 am in River Bend Park off Bradshaw in Sac when 
I heard the unusual winter sound of a flycatcher 'hwit'. In the willow beside 
me was an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER. It continued calling for a few minutes and 
gave me great looks without binos. The bird was a large flycatcher with rusty 
red, long tail, gray chest, heavy bill, and prominent brown bulge on rear of 
head. I did see a slight yellow wash on the lower belly. It didn't leave while 
I watched, but upon finishing fishing and walking back up the island I did not 
relocate the bird. 

 

 Also present in the park on this birdy morning were no less than 6 varied 
thrushes, many noisy white-throated swifts, a few cliff and tree swallows, 
greater yellowlegs, and a green heron. 

 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158735 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158735 


 

 Keith Bailey
 Davis, Ca
Subject: Hairy Woodpecker continuing near Young Wo Circle, Folsom
From: "jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 09:38:17 -0800
I just had a Picoides trifecta: a male HAIRY WOODPECKER with a male Nuttall's 
and a female Downy in the same binocular view and all calling! Definitely a 
first for me. 

 

 This was right where the trail branches just off the circle, roughly 60 feet 
NE of Pole 33. 

 

 Dan Williams
 Carmichael
Subject: Putah Creek birds
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:14:06 -0800
I had to smile reading Logan Kahle’s (and Chris Conard’s and Clifford 
Hawley’s) Sacramento Co. Big Day report with its impressive results, but more 
specifically about their list of misses or near misses, among them 
White-throated Sparrow (they got it late in the day), and especially 
Red-breasted Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, and Purple Finch. No wonder they missed 
them, I chuckled, since all of them were within a stretch of about a hundred 
yards along my walk on the South bank of Putah Creek this morning (downstream 
from Stevenson Bridge): a single White-throated Sparrow, a beautiful specimen, 
mixed in with Golden-cr. and White-cr. sparrows, a Brown Creeper, typically 
rarely seen in these parts, 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers, and a small group of 
female/juv. Purple Finches feeding on Box Elder seedpods. 

Otherwise, birdlife around here is as one would expect for this time of year. 
Downy and Nuttall’s woodpeckers have paired up, Northern Flickers are 
jousting and drumming, Acorn Woodpeckers are scattered, but I still encounter 
individuals as well as groups of 2-5, and finally the three Lewis’s 
Woodpeckers that have been faithful to their very small territories since 
October are still there every morning. A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches has 
returned to an area where they have nested for several years now. Several Wood 
Ducks and Mallards can be encountered on the creek pretty much daily, 2 juv. 
Common Mergansers made a brief appearance yesterday. The 2 pairs of Red-tailed 
Hawks that have nests in eucalyptus at the beginning and end of my trail can be 
found on or near their nests daily. I finally discovered the nest of the pair 
of Great Horned Owls that have been hooting behind my house for some time now. 
While the male spends the day perched in a jumble of twigs and branches of a 
small Valley Oak leaning over the creek, the female is hunkered down on her 
nest nearby, an old squirrel nest high in a cottonwood tree in the stream 
channel directly behind my house. The male used to fly off when I would pass in 
front of him on my trail but by now has become so used to my routine that he 
barely opens an eye to check on me. 

And speaking about owls, the Northern Saw-whet Owl in my brother-in-law’s 
olive orchard abandoned its perch where I had photographed it for several days 
last week. It was still there on Thursday afternoon but gone on Friday and 
subsequently. However, by an incredible coincidence, my brother-in-law (Mike) 
happened to look up as he was installing or repairing some drip irrigation 
lines elsewhere in the orchard on Saturday morning and there, tucked away in 
dense foliage was our awol NSWO! What are the chances of this happening twice 
in an orchard with well over 1000 trees! And intriguingly, the Long-eared Owl 
flushed out of a tree nearby as he walked past just as I had observed on three 
occasions before: the Long-eared Owl always seems to be roosting close to the 
NSWO. Today, as I was looking for the NSWO the Long-eared Owl again suddenly 
flew out of a dense tree before I could spot it. I did not have the time to 
look around in the vicinity to see whether the NSWO might be roosting close by. 
It occurred to me that the evergreen olive orchard provides ideal roosting 
habitat for these owls used to evergreen coniferous forests, while the bare row 
crop fields and deciduous orchards around us offer ideal open hunting grounds. 
I will have to pay more attention to the orchard in the future. 

Along the creek, three female Anna’s Hummingbirds can be found in distinct 
territories, but so far I have located only one nest with the female still 
incubating. In my garden the number of Anna’s is picking up again after a 
strange, rather dramatic dip 2 weeks ago. The female Costa’s I observed in 
the middle of February did not stick around although the male Costa’s 
continues, as faithful to his corner of the garden as the Lewi’s Woodpeckers 
are to their storage trees. The male Rufous/Allen’s that briefly showed up 
when the female Costa’s was present has so far been the only selasphorus 
hummer of the season. I expect more of them very soon. The first Black-chinned 
should arrive back from Mexico in about 4 weeks. 

Both Mourning and Eurasian Collared doves are nesting by now, as are at least 
three pairs of Bushtits down by the creek whose nests are about half finished. 

And finally, Varied Thrushes are still present among the many American Robins 
feeding on overripe olives and taking baths in the creek. Most mornings I find 
3-5 of them, occasionally more. 

 

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




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Subject: Re: FOS Western Tanager in Butte County
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:33:29 -0800
I think this is too early for a migrant.  It may be an over-wintering
tanager.  There are several in Davis.



On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM, findforster AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> On my evening walk along Mud Creek, just north of Chico, I happened upon a
> FOS male Western Tanager. Spring is upon us! There are still a couple of
> Varied Thrush and flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons, as well.
>
> Matt Forster
> Butte County
>  
>



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Sacramento county big day March 1 2015--162 species
From: "Logan Kahle logan AT archive.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:23:37 -0800
Hi all,


Chris Conard, Cliff Hawley, and I embarked on an epic Sacramento county 
big day yesterday, March 1st. Chris constructed an amazing route that 
covered all the possible habitat types in the county, and in a timely 
manner. So, at 2:20, Chris picked up Cliff and I at Cliff's house, and 
we started out the day.


Out to Latrobe Road, our first bird of the day was GREAT HORNED OWL. And 
our target, a COMMON POORWILL, sounded off in the far distance. 
Unfortunately, Chris heard it too faintly to be positive, so it was one 
of our three "dirty birds" for the day.


We proceeded on to Michigan Bar where we picked up a calling WESTERN 
SCREECH-OWL.


We went on to Meiss Road where a BURROWING OWL flew up from the roadside 
and a distant flock of SANDHILL CRANES could be heard trumpeting.


With all of our highland targets we continued to lower elevation. On 
Riley road, we heard a calling COMMON GALLINULE and VIRGINIA RAIL.


Down to Cosumnes River Preserve, we added many calling waterfowl and 
other marsh birds, among them CINNAMON TEAL and SORA.


With dawn approaching (and our day list already 35 or so), we positioned 
ourself at our dawn location, arriving at Young Wo circle at 5:55. This 
was just in time to hear a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON fly by. Missable 
birds like CALIFORNIA QUAIL, VARIED THRUSH, WOOD DUCK, RUFOUS-CROWNED 
SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN made prompt appearances. Additionally, the 
HAIRY WOODPECKER and STELLAR'S JAY called from the pine grove. Two EARED 
GREBES were on the river. We had all of our targets before sunrise. On 
to Rodeo Grounds.


As we pulled up to the Rodeo grounds, we quickly found two introduced 
birds that could be tough on a Sacramento big day: HOUSE SPARROW and 
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE. We started to walk down the trail, and quickly 
picked up HUTTON'S VIREO and DOWNY WOODPECKER. Chris spotted a distant 
BAND-TAILED PIGEON, and shortly after a flock flew by. We looked 
unsuccessfully for the White-throated Sparrows, but I found a calling 
PACIFIC WREN while we searched. We could not find the Phainopeplas or 
Purple Finches, but picked up a calling COOPER'S HAWK in the distance.


Blasting on to Folsom Point, almost half an hour ahead of schedule, we 
pulled up and started scanning. A ROCK WREN called from the lake edge. 
On the road in Cliff spotted a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. At the 
lake we picked up HORNED and CLARK'S GREBES. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were 
seen by Cliff and I. A PHAINOPEPLA was in the parking lot, chasing a 
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. Off to Nimbus.


Before Nimbus, though, we picked up a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE at BT Collins 
Park.


As we arrived at Nimbus, a horde of WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS circled 
overhead. We got to the parking lot at Nimbus and walked to the viewing 
platform. Few gulls. Not looking good. However, the BARN OWL was in its 
rectangular hole across the river, three BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were 
downstream, and a HOUSE WREN sang from behind. We also cleaned up 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER and COOPER'S HAWK. No luck with Green Heron or 
Peregrine Falcon. Oh well. Now to East county.


Payen road had a SAY'S PHOEBE and HORNED LARK but little else.


Scott road road, on the other hand, was hopping. At a pond on the 
roadside we quickly added HOODED MERGANSER, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED 
DUCK, and LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. Continuing on down the road, a pair young 
of BALD EAGLES flew over.


On to Latrobe road, we had a female SLATE-COLORED DARK-EYED JUNCO mixed 
in with a large junco flock. A LARK SPARROW sang from an oak.


On to Michigan Bar, where we quickly added a Lewis's Woodpecker. While 
we could not find anything but CLIFF SWALLOWS over the bridge when we 
passed over it first, on our second pass we found two VIOLET-GREEN 
SWALLOW. Cliff picked up on a distant AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN as well.


Next to Meiss road, with hopes of finding new raptors for the day. At 
the beginning of the road, we found a blackbird flock including 
TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS. Driving down the road we lucked into 2 GOLDEN 
EAGLES, 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, and a NORTHERN HARRIER. A large flock of 
SANDHILL CRANES, possibly the same birds as heard in the dark, circled 
overhead. A BURROWING OWL was in the traditional spot. We then went to 
the pond at the end of the road. The stakeout TUNDRA SWANS were still 
around. In a small flock of blackbirds just passed the pond, I picked up 
on a lone female BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.


We then continued to the Mather Lake region. A suspicion that there was 
a Lesser Scaup on one of the lakes on Sunrise boulevard lead us to find 
a GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE at a different pond.


Mather Lake itself was extremely slow, adding only COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. 
However, a pond slightly north of the lake hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN.


On to Old City Cemetary, the stakeout RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was easily 
audible and even visible. Cliff and I heard a calling GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLET, and two male TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS foraged in the conifers.


We continued on to the Sacramento County Bufferlands. Chris's access 
allowed us to pick up several species we would've otherwise missed. The 
riprap-lined WTP hosted a small group of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS as well 
as DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPERS. The riparian held a silent WRENTIT. We 
continued on to the vegetated ponds where 6 ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE were 
in with a flock of CANADA and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. Two SNOWY 
EGRET and many AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were on the ponds. Having found 
our targets, we were off to Cosumnes River Preserve. We added 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and LONG-BILLED CURLEW and Cliff saw a WHITE-FACED 
IBIS on our way out.


We arrived at the Cosumnes Visitor Center, and quickly scanned the 
nearby pond. The number of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was quite striking. We 
counted 12 in the preserve, yet no Cinnamon Teal. Additionally, 
BLACK-NECKED STILTS and AMERICAN AVOCETS were foraging in the vicinity. 
At the Visitor Center Cliff spotted a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a late 
save for the day. We could not find the Redhead from a couple days back, 
so we headed west.


On our way to our last stop, Sherman Island, we passed through San 
Joaquin county (much to my annoyance). To exacerbate the problem, we had 
4 birds seen while driving by in San Joaquin that we had not had for the 
day yet in Sacramento: SNOW GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, 
and BONEPARTE'S GULL. Luckily, we would find all but one of those in 
Sacramento county at our next stop.


We arrived at Sherman Island over two hours before sunset. We quickly 
found SNOW and ROSS'S GEESE in Sacramento county as a flyover flock. We 
drove along the channel of Highway 160, picking up a large flock of 
GREATER SCAUP with one LESSER SCAUP mixed in in the channel, and a lone 
CATTLE EGRET on the fields on the opposite side of the road. Pulling off 
slightly farther along, we found a single FORSTER'S TERN. As we waited 
for an opportunity to merge back onto the road, Cliff spotted a 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK soaring behind us. We then went to the Eddo's area, 
where we easily added a small group of RING-NECKED PHEASANTS in the 
fields to the north and 4 of each SURF SCOTER and WESTERN GULL in the 
channel nearby. In the nearby riparian we found a DOWNY WOODPECKER and 
an INTEGRADE NORTHERN FLICKER and heard a WRENTIT. This habitat, reedy 
islands with some willows, is the last stronghold for Wrentits in nearby 
Eastern Contra Costa county, and I believe its also likely the last 
stronghold for them in far western Sacramento county, too. As we were 
headed back west, I spotted a single GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL with a WESTERN 
GULL on a pier. We then headed to the west end of the island, where we 
positioned ourselves to see the massive flight of Red-winged Blackbirds 
at dusk. As we'd hoped, there were several female YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRDS among the thousands of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS flying over. 
Dusk was settling in, so in the last bit of light we scanned a marsh on 
the west end of the island for a certain crepuscular owl. Sure enough, 
Chris picked out a foraging SHORT-EARED OWL at about 6:20 over the 
marsh. Nice. At this point, there were literally no more birds we could 
get in the night, so we ended at 6:30, and went out for dinner, a luxury 
I've never had before on a big day!


Short-eared Owl was species #162 for Sacramento county for the day. 
Additionally, Boneparte's Gull was seen in San Joaquin county but not 
Sacramento. According to Chris, the previous record for the county was 
131, so we beat it by 31 species. While this may seem aseasonal for a 
big day, the presence of many wintering county rarities and the 
continuance of waterfowl made it an ideal year to make a strong big day 
effort. Additionally, Sunday was the one clear, sunny, calm day in 
between two storms, so we lucked into the perfect day. Like all big 
days, we had misses, but none of the birds we missed are easy to plan 
for: Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Boneparte's Gull, Green 
Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, 
and Purple Finch. Our only "dirty birds" (birds seen or heard by not 
every team member) were Common Poorwill, White-faced Ibis, and 
Golden-crowned Kinglet. It was an amazing day with many surprises and 
few misses. It is possible that given this year's amazing incursion of 
many hard county birds as well as the great weather will make this 
record very hard to beat, though it would be interesting to see what 
subsequent Big Days in the county produce!


I would like to thank Cliff and Chris for showing me the county, 
constructing the route, and scouting. I would've been helpless without them!


Good birding,
Logan Kahle, Cliff Hawley, and Chris Conard
San Francisco, Sacramento, and Sacramento


Below is a list of the birds we saw in taxonomic order. I have put in 
the comments a list of the first spot a species was encountered, or if 
the species was in many, many places, I put "many spots ".


1 	Greater White-fronted Goose 	Many spots
2 	Snow Goose 	Sherman Is
3 	Ross's Goose 	Sherman Is
4 	Cackling Goose 	Bufferlands
5 	Canada Goose 	Many spots
6 	Tundra Swan 	Meiss
7 	Wood Duck 	Natoma
8 	Gadwall 	Many spots
9 	American Wigeon 	Many spots
10 	Mallard 	Many spots
11 	Blue-winged Teal 	Cosumnes
12 	Cinnamon Teal 	Cosumnes
13 	Northern Shoveler 	Many spots
14 	Northern Pintail 	Many spots
15 	Green-winged Teal 	Many spots
16 	Canvasback 	Many spots
17 	Ring-necked Duck 	Meiss
18 	Greater Scaup 	Sherman Is
19 	Lesser Scaup 	Sherman Is
20 	Surf Scoter 	Sherman Is
21 	Bufflehead 	Many spots
22 	Common Goldeneye 	Many spots
23 	Barrow's Goldeneye 	Nimbus
24 	Hooded Merganser 	Meiss
25 	Common Merganser 	Natoma
26 	Ruddy Duck 	Many spots
27 	California Quail 	Natoma
28 	Ring-necked Pheasant 	Sherman Is
29 	Wild Turkey 	Natoma
30 	Common Loon 	Folsom
31 	Pied-billed Grebe 	Many spots
32 	Horned Grebe 	Folsom
33 	Eared Grebe 	Natoma
34 	Western Grebe 	Folsom
35 	Clark's Grebe 	Folsom
36 	Double-crested Cormorant 	Many spots
37 	American White Pelican 	Bufferlands
38 	American Bittern 	Mather Lake area
39 	Great Blue Heron 	Many spots
40 	Great Egret 	Many spots
41 	Snowy Egret 	Bufferlands
42 	Cattle Egret 	Sherman Is
43 	Black-crowned Night-Heron 	Natoma
44 	White-faced Ibis 	Bufferlands area
45 	Turkey Vulture 	Many spots
46 	White-tailed Kite 	Natoma
47 	Golden Eagle 	Meiss
48 	Northern Harrier 	Meiss
49 	Sharp-shinned Hawk 	Sherman Is
50 	Cooper's Hawk 	Many spots
51 	Bald Eagle 	Michigan Bar
52 	Red-shouldered Hawk 	Many spots
53 	Red-tailed Hawk 	Many spots
54 	Ferruginous Hawk 	Meiss
55 	Virginia Rail 	Riley Road
56 	Sora 	Cosumnes
57 	Common Gallinule 	Riley road
58 	American Coot 	Many spots
59 	Sandhill Crane 	Meiss
60 	Black-necked Stilt 	Cosumnes
61 	American Avocet 	Cosumnes
62 	Black-bellied Plover 	Bufferlands
63 	Killdeer 	Many spots
64 	Spotted Sandpiper 	Many spots
65 	Greater Yellowlegs 	Many spots
66 	Long-billed Curlew 	Bufferlands
67 	Dunlin 	Many spots
68 	Least Sandpiper 	Many spots
69 	Long-billed Dowitcher 	Bufferlands area
70 	Wilson's Snipe 	Randle raod
71 	Mew Gull 	Sherman Is
72 	Ring-billed Gull 	Many spots
73 	Western Gull 	Sherman Is
74 	California Gull 	Many spots
75 	Herring Gull 	Many spots
76 	Glaucous-winged Gull 	Sherman Is
77 	Forster's Tern 	Sherman Is
78 	Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 	Many spots
79 	Band-tailed Pigeon 	Rodeo grounds
80 	Eurasian Collared-Dove 	Natoma
81 	Mourning Dove 	Many spots
82 	Barn Owl 	Nimbus
83 	Western Screech-Owl 	Michigan Bar
84 	Great Horned Owl 	Many spots
85 	Burrowing Owl 	Meiss
86 	Short-eared Owl 	Sherman Is
87 	Common Poorwill 	Latrobe
88 	White-throated Swift 	Nimbus
89 	Anna's Hummingbird 	Many spots
90 	Belted Kingfisher 	Many spots
91 	Lewis's Woodpecker 	Meiss
92 	Acorn Woodpecker 	Many spots
93 	Nuttall's Woodpecker 	Many spots
94 	Downy Woodpecker 	Rodeo
95 	Hairy Woodpecker 	Natoma
96 	Northern Flicker 	Many spots
97 	American Kestrel 	Many spots
98 	Prairie Falcon 	Meiss
99 	Black Phoebe 	Many spots
100 	Say's Phoebe 	Scott rd
101 	Loggerhead Shrike 	Meiss
102 	Hutton's Vireo 	Rodeo
103 	Steller's Jay 	Natoma
104 	Western Scrub-Jay 	Many spots
105 	Yellow-billed Magpie 	BT Collins Park
106 	American Crow 	Many spots
107 	Common Raven 	Many spots
108 	Horned Lark 	Scott rd
109 	Northern Rough-winged Swallow 	Folsom
110 	Tree Swallow 	Many spots
111 	Violet-green Swallow 	Michigan Bar
112 	Barn Swallow 	Cosumnes
113 	Cliff Swallow 	Many spots
114 	Oak Titmouse 	Many spots
115 	Bushtit 	Many spots
116 	Red-breasted Nuthatch 	Old City cemetary
117 	White-breasted Nuthatch 	Many spots
118 	Rock Wren 	Folsom
119 	House Wren 	Nimbus
120 	Pacific Wren 	Rodeo grounds
121 	Marsh Wren 	Many spots
122 	Bewick's Wren 	Many spots
123 	Golden-crowned Kinglet 	Old City Cemetary
124 	Ruby-crowned Kinglet 	Many spots
125 	Wrentit 	Bufferlands
126 	Western Bluebird 	Many spots
127 	Hermit Thrush 	Natoma
128 	American Robin 	Many spots
129 	Varied Thrush 	Natoma
130 	Northern Mockingbird 	Many spots
131 	European Starling 	Many spots
132 	American Pipit 	Folsom
133 	Cedar Waxwing 	Natoma
134 	Phainopepla 	Folsom
135 	Orange-crowned Warbler 	Rodeo
136 	Common Yellowthroat 	Mather Lake area
137 	Yellow-rumped Warbler 	Many spots
138 	Townsend's Warbler 	Old City Cemetary
139 	Spotted Towhee 	Many spots
140 	Rufous-crowned Sparrow 	Rodeo
141 	California Towhee 	Many spots
142 	Lark Sparrow 	Latrobe rd
143 	Savannah Sparrow 	Many spots
144 	Fox Sparrow 	Natoma
145 	Song Sparrow 	Many spots
146 	Lincoln's Sparrow 	Many spots
147 	White-throated Sparrow 	Cosumnes
148 	White-crowned Sparrow 	Many spots
149 	Golden-crowned Sparrow 	Many spots
150 	Dark-eyed Junco 	Many spots
151 	Red-winged Blackbird 	Many spots
152 	Tricolored Blackbird 	Meiss
153 	Western Meadowlark 	Many spots
154 	Yellow-headed Blackbird 	Sherman Is
155 	Brewer's Blackbird 	Many spots
156 	Great-tailed Grackle 	Mather Lake area
157 	Brown-headed Cowbird 	Meiss
158 	House Finch 	Many spots
159 	Pine Siskin 	Many spots
160 	Lesser Goldfinch 	Many spots
161 	American Goldfinch 	Nimbus
162 	House Sparrow 	Many spots







Subject: Re: American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks
From: "Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:36:13 -0800
Spotted a Gadwall too. :)


Lagoon valley Park.
Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca.


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> On Mar 2, 2015, at 10:30 AM, Gina Dupell  wrote:
>
> American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks, Buffleheads, Ring-billed Gulls among the 
usual Canada Geese, Mallards & Blackbirds. 

>
> Lagoon Valley Park.
> Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca.
>
> Sent from my iPhone so please excuse the poor grammar, typos or brevity.
Subject: FOS Western Tanager in Butte County
From: "findforster AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 18:43:26 -0800
On my evening walk along Mud Creek, just north of Chico, I happened upon a FOS 
male Western Tanager. Spring is upon us! There are still a couple of Varied 
Thrush and flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons, as well. 


Matt Forster
Butte County

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Subject: Re: Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no
From: "Jim Thomas jaswthomas AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:41:41 -0800
At 11:45 this morning (2 Mar 2015), 57+ MOUNTAIN PLOVERS were east of Robinson 
Rd near the Flannery Rd tee, with 74+ Long-billed Curlew. Between 10:00 and 
11:00, smaller numbers of both species, and a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, were east of 
the first turn in Robinson Rd coming from Hwy 113. I counted 5 Loggerhead 
Shrikes along Robinson Rd. No Lark Sparrow or Bunting. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22146617 
 


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Davis, CA

> On Feb 20, 2015, at 12:42 PM, lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hugh Dingle and I birded Robinson Rd from ~10 - ~12 today. Just SE of the 
southern bend in Robinson was a large flock of Mt. Plovers, 55 in one pass, but 
surely more. We searched unsuccessfully for the Lark Bunting, but were unable 
to find any Lark Sparrows (with which it was associated last time) in that 
area. 

> 
> 
> Eric LoPresti
> Davis, CA
Subject: Sandhill cranes and American wigeons
From: "pouletchalet AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 12:25:07 -0800
I just had a skein of 75+ Sandhill cranes fly over my property heading north 
with the winds. 

 I also have 300+ American wigeons grazing in the fields around my ponds. They 
have been here for the last month. They are along with plentiful mallards, 
Canada geese, great egrets, cormorant, and great blue heron. This area faces 
Meiss Rd. 

 

 Stefanie Stewart
 Wilton, CA
 

 

 

Subject: American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks
From: "Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:30:17 -0800
American Widgeons, Canvasback Ducks, Buffleheads, Ring-billed Gulls among the 
usual Canada Geese, Mallards & Blackbirds. 



Lagoon Valley Park.
Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca.


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Subject: Clarification
From: "Jim Rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:00:55 -0800
The Hairy Woodpecker and Steller’s Jays that I reported earlier today were at 
Lake Natoma--Young Wo Cir. access in Folsom, Sacramento Co. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton

Subject: Continuing Hairy woodpecker, Steller's jays
From: "Jim rowoth rowoth AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:44:47 -0800
I finally succeeded with a/the Young Wo Hairy Woodpecker. I first heard it and 
saw it in undulating flight near pole 31, deep inside the gray pine forest, 
approx 9:45. About 25 min later I had clear views of a female working high on a 
smooth barked tree on the forest side if the trail, near where there are 4 blue 
plastic ribbons on live oaks next to the trail. This actually closer to pole 
32. 


I heard several steller's jays at various places between poles 32 and 28. At 
28, obs was high on a gray pine next to the river, squawking. 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:36:29 -0800
Hi all,
 Just an update on the Harris's Sparrow. Again, I thought he had moved on, 
since February 8th was the last time I saw him. He sure isn't as predictable as 
he was the first month he was here, but glad to see him still around. I will 
keep the updates going if I continue to see him. The location is explained in 
the Jan. 1st posting by Bruce Deuel. If he continues and people are interested, 
I will put up more flagging on the fence. 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff
Tehama Co.

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Subject: Re: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:22 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Frank and All, Mountain Plovers have been recently reported to the NBB ( 
North Bay Birds ) group in Solano County west of Sacramento. Good Birding, 



Doug Shaw Santa Rosa, CA 


----- Original Message ----- > Dear group, > > > I'm from Massachusetts, and am 
planning a trip next week which > involves two free days with a rental car in 
the Sacramento area (Mar > 3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major 
birding destinations in > this part of the Central Valley are, and have done 
some research on > eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what 
are the > must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse 
> to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles > just 
to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives > closer by. 
> > > My goal birds: > > > *Mountain Plover > *Tri-Colored Blackbird > 
*Yellow-Billed Magpie > *Greater White-Fronted Goose > *Burrowing Owl > 
*Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal > *Nuttall's Woodpecker > *Any other California 
specialty birds > > > Extra interested in the first two -- are these species 
one generally > has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a 
> definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this > area. Is 
this reliable and worth the trip? > > > Thanks so much for any and all advice. 
I'm happy to accept messages > privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the 
preferred protocol. > I'm really looking forward to this trip! > > > Frank 
Lehman > Belmont, Massachusetts > fmlehman AT gmail.com > > > -- > Frank Lehman, > 
Ph.D., Harvard University > Lecturer of Music, Tufts University > 
fmlehman AT gmail.com > 



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Subject: RE: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:54:52 -0800
Hi Frank and others,

It looks like you've found a lot of info through this list and eBird, but
just in case anyone isn't sure how to access it, this listserve has
recently reported most of the species you've mentioned (go to the listserve
website  and
click on "Conversations" or use the search function). eBird is an
increasingly great tool for this type of info. Go to eBird.org and click
"Explore data" and there is an abundance of current reports.

For narrative descriptions of some of the locations and for trip planning,
here are a couple of good resources:
Yolo County (west of Sacramento) Birding Guide:
http://www.tertial.us/yolobirds/yolo.html
Birding in the Sacramento Region:
http://sacramentoaudubon.org/bookcontents.html

Check eBird for current locations of Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover,
Blue-winged Teal, and Tricolored Blackbirds. The others you should
encounter in regular birding, though Yellow-billed Magpie isn't as abundant
as it once was (the Davis area is usually good for them).

You can't go wrong visiting Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area or Cosumnes River
Preserve (cosumnes.org).

All the best,

Chris Conard
Sacramento



On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM, Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

> Dear group,
>
>
> I'm from Massachusetts, and am planning a trip next week which
> involves two free days with a rental car in the Sacramento area (Mar
> 3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major birding destinations in
> this part of the Central Valley are, and have done some research on
> eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what are the
> must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse
> to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles
> just to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives
> closer by.
>
>
> My goal birds:
>
>
> *Mountain Plover
> *Tri-Colored Blackbird
> *Yellow-Billed Magpie
> *Greater White-Fronted Goose
> *Burrowing Owl
> *Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal
> *Nuttall's Woodpecker
> *Any other California specialty birds
>
>
> Extra interested in the first two -- are these species one generally
> has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a
> definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this
> area. Is this reliable and worth the trip?
>
>
> Thanks so much for any and all advice. I'm happy to accept messages
> privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the preferred protocol.
> I'm really looking forward to this trip!
>
>
> Frank Lehman
> Belmont, Massachusetts
> fmlehman AT gmail.com
>
>
> --
> Frank Lehman,
> Ph.D., Harvard University
> Lecturer of Music, Tufts University
> fmlehman AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Advice for short stay in Sacramento next week
From: "Frank Lehman fmlehman AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:50:40 -0500
Dear group,


I'm from Massachusetts, and am planning a trip next week which
involves two free days with a rental car in the Sacramento area (Mar
3-4). I've figured out what a lot of the major birding destinations in
this part of the Central Valley are, and have done some research on
eBird. But I'd prefer to hear from people who know -- what are the
must-see places near Sacramento at this time of year? I'm not averse
to driving fairly long distances, but wouldn't want to drive 100 miles
just to see one super interesting bird if there's lots of alternatives
closer by.


My goal birds:


*Mountain Plover
*Tri-Colored Blackbird
*Yellow-Billed Magpie
*Greater White-Fronted Goose
*Burrowing Owl
*Cinnamon/Blue-Winged Teal
*Nuttall's Woodpecker
*Any other California specialty birds


Extra interested in the first two -- are these species one generally
has to luck into seeing, or are there any spots where they're a
definite? I also hear that there's a regular Falcated Duck in this
area. Is this reliable and worth the trip?


Thanks so much for any and all advice. I'm happy to accept messages
privately, at fmlehman AT gmail.com, if that's the preferred protocol.
I'm really looking forward to this trip!


Frank Lehman
Belmont, Massachusetts
fmlehman AT gmail.com


-- 
Frank Lehman,
Ph.D., Harvard University
Lecturer of Music, Tufts University
fmlehman AT gmail.com


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Subject: Yolo Bypass WA, 2/26
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 15:39:30 -0800
In addition to the aforementioned shorebirds (800+ Dunlin, 500+ dowitchers, 
150+ BB Plovers), Jay Riggio and I had a Rough-Legged Hawk (light morph) 
hovering north of parking lot G, three early Cliff Swallows, a Great-Horned Owl 
on nest, and FOS Yellow-headed Blackbirds and White-faced Ibis. 

 

 Beautiful day!
 

 Eric LoPresti,
 Davis, CA
Subject: Re: YBWA Shorebirds
From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:57:46 -0800
If you continue to eastern spur that deadends, there's 100's of Dublin (no 
scope). 


Ken Ealy 
Davis

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From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" 
 

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Subject: [CVBirds]YBWA Shorebirds
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 12:38

At Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, now. 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, 10's of Least 
Sandpipers, some Dunlin. 


From parking lot A, take the east/southeast tour road to the rice fields.  

Ken Ealy 
Davis
Subject: YBWA Shorebirds
From: "'Ken Ealy' litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:38:02 -0800
At Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, now. 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, 10's of Least 
Sandpipers, some Dunlin. 


From parking lot A, take the east/southeast tour road to the rice fields.  

Ken Ealy 
Davis
Subject: Caswell Park, Ripon Ponds
From: "bees2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 11:28:59 -0800
Xavier Sandoval and I saw a first-of-season NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and 
SWAINSON'S HAWK at Caswell Memorial State Park earlier today. The slough had 
Wood Ducks and American Wigeons. There was an assortment of ducks at the Ripon 
Sewage Ponds, including Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, Ruddy 
Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaups, and surprisingly one female HOODED 
MERGANSER. 

 

 Sal Salerno, Modesto
Subject: Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin
From: "Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:21:23 -0800
Pardon use of the list serv for this, but I thought members may want to know 
about the availability of a forthcoming special issue of the Central Valley 
Bird Club Bulletin. This will be a special triple issue dedicated to the 
status, ecology, and conservation of the newly state-listed Tricolored 
Blackbird. The expanded issue will include 9 papers (about 100 pages) providing 
up-to-date information on Tricolored Blackbird population assessment, ecology 
of foothill populations, habitat management, recovery needs, and conservation 
programs. Authors include species experts Drs. Robert (Bob) Meese and Edward C. 
(Ted) Beedy, other scientists, and representatives of Audubon California and 
Audubon chapters. 


We believe that this issue will be an important reference for agency personnel, 
conservationists, and anyone interested in California's native blackbird. 


Central Valley Bird Club members will receive a copy as part of their regular 
membership benefits. A limited number of copies also will be available for 
individual sale at a price to be determined later. The easiest and surest way 
to get a copy is to join the CVBC ($25 sent to CVBC c/o Frances Oliver, 1817 
Songbird Place, Lodi, CA 95240). 


We expect the issue to be available by the middle to the end of March, and will 
provide later notice then. Thanks. 

 
Dan Airola
CVBC Bulletin Editor
Sacramento
Subject: Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:32:50 -0800
Hi folks,

This is a reminder about the joint field trip weekend with Fresno Audubon
Society and the Central Valley Bird Club for March 7-8.

On Saturday, March 7, plan for a full day in beautiful grassland and
foothill transition habitat with a high total of raptors and a diversity of
locations and habitat types.

We'll meet at 9am at the Pilot truck stop north of Madera on Hwy 99. It is
at 18 1/2 on the west side of Hwy 99 (

www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B001'05.6%22N+120%C2%B008'02.8%22W/ AT 37.018233,-120.1341,856m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0). 



Bring food and liquids for a full day in the field. We will end at Friant
so we're close to Fresno for the evening.

On Sunday, March 8, we'll meet at 8am at the Lost Lake Recreation Area ($5
per car) for a nice morning of riparian birding and those with a long drive
can head for home around noon.
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=51939

Please RSVP (conardc at gmail.com) for more details, carpooling options and
a hotel recommendation if you're coming from out of town.

Thanks to Nina Jones and Robert Snow for organizing this trip with me.

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Long-eared Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:48:23 -0800
This morning while checking on the Northern Saw-whet Ow (NSWO)l I flushed a 
larger owl with long wings that roosted not far from the NSWO. I had seen this 
owl fly low through the olive orchard a few days ago but had been unable to 
relocate it. Today I was able to follow it and briefly observe it before it 
flushed again. It had assumed the skinny camouflage posture and had prominent 
large ear tufts of a Long-eared Owl, but I was surprised that it was not as 
large as I had expected. However definitely quite a bit taller than the NSWO. I 
hope to relocate it again and perhaps get a photo. 



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






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Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "David Hartley dhartley AT aba.org [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0800
More on the GREATER ROADRUNNER... Roger Willmarth saw it cross Road 31
(north to south) at the bridge .5 miles from Buckeye Rd outside of Winters
 AT  3:00pm on Saturday, Feb 21, 2015...just about the same location as Sarah
reported a couple of months earlier. We spent some time scanning the fields
and walking the ditch along the road today, but no luck. Maybe this high
wind has blown it a few fields south. :-)


David Hartley
Davis, CA


On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:42 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:


>
>
> Did you post it on eBird?  You really should - a really good sighting -
> and it is very easy to do.
>
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
>
> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end
> where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same
> one. Nice to know it is still around.
>
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis, CA
>
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
> [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA.  He said he had a
>> road runner cross the road in front of him.  He was driving between Winters
>> and Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more
>> details later.  He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the
>> phone.
>> Sally
>>

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

>>
>>
>
>
> --
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>
>
>
>
Subject: Swamp Sparrow William Pond
From: "Mark Sawyer marksawyer3383 AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:34:57 -0800
Dan Williams just told me he had a Swamp Sparrow at William Pond this morning. 
SE of the bridge in the bottoms of the pond. Will post more details later  





Mark Sawyer 


Sacramento 


Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


From:"Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

Date:Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM
Subject:[CVBirds] Falcated Duck - Yes


 


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The oft-mentioned Falcated Duck was seen by me today at 3:15 pm. It was loc=
ated in the pond on the north side of Hwy 20, across from the green gate whi=
ch is just west of the Colusa NWR entrance. =20



Graham Chisholm
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Subject: RE: roadrunner
From: "Damien Farine swiss7 AT hotmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:48:54 +1100
Hi,Last summer my wife and I were cycling back from Winters along Putah Creek 
Rd and we thought we saw a roadrunner cross some way in front of us. My wife 
saw it better than I did but hasn't seen them before so she wasn't confident 
with the ID. I saw the post about the Rd 91 bird, but now this one makes me 
wonder if it really was one we saw! This was just before Putah Creek Rd hits 
Stevenson Bridge Road, and in July some time. 

Anyways - I hope that we can turn one up when I'm back again!
DamienCurrently in Oxford (UK), but back in Davis this spring.


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To: slmayhew77 AT gmail.com
From: central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:44 -0800
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] roadrunner














































 Did you post it on eBird? You really should - a really good sighting - and it 
is very easy to do. 





Sally Walters SchmoldtSacramento County, CaBajaOwl AT Gmail.com




On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



































 Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end where 
it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same one. Nice 
to know it is still around. 



Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA


On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 



























 















 I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

Sally




Sally Walters SchmoldtSacramento County, CaBajaOwl AT Gmail.com











































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Subject: Lagoon Valley
From: "Gina Dupell dupell AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:54:21 -0800
I'm birding  AT  Lagoon Valley Park. There are about 30 Ring-necked Ducks, lots of 
Buffleheads, lots of Ring-billed gulls among the usual Canada Geese, Mallards & 
Blackbirds. Too far away to say for sure, but looks like some Canvasback Ducks 
too. 


Gina Dupell - Vacaville, Ca. 
Happy 2015!  Gina.

Sent from my iPhone so please excuse the poor grammar, typos or brevity. 
Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:44 -0800
Did you post it on eBird? You really should - a really good sighting - and it 
is very easy to do. 


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

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end 
where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same one. 
Nice to know it is still around. 

> 
> Sarah Mayhew
> Davis, CA
> 
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com 
 [central_valley_birds] 
> wrote: 

>  
> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

> 
> Sally
> 
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Visit my Websites at: www.sarahmayhew.com 
> http://sarahmayhewphotography.zenfolio.com/ 
 

> All Photographs © All Rights Reserved
> 
> 
Subject: Re: roadrunner
From: "Sarah Mayhew slmayhew77 AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:41:21 -0800
Great! We saw one on the Christmas bird count on Road 91 at the very end
where it almost meets Covell, between Winters and Davis. Probably the same
one. Nice to know it is still around.

Sarah Mayhew
Davis, CA

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, 'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA.  He said he had a
> road runner cross the road in front of him.  He was driving between Winters
> and Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more
> details later.  He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the
> phone.
> Sally
>
> Sally Walters Schmoldt
> Sacramento County, Ca
> BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
>
>  
>



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Subject: roadrunner
From: "'Sally M. Walters' bajaowl AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:34:32 -0800
I just got a call from Roger Willmarth of Winters CA. He said he had a road 
runner cross the road in front of him. He was driving between Winters and 
Davis, I don’t know what road and he would not say and promised more details 
later. He’s out looking now with another birder not answering the phone. 

Sally

Sally Walters Schmoldt
Sacramento County, Ca
BajaOwl AT Gmail.com
Subject: Re: photo posting
From: "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:43:27 -0500
Manfred and all:

Unlike messages, All photos posted to the group require approval. I wish it 
could be automated for members who are unmoderated, but that does not seem to 
be possible. 


So, post your photos - once. Sending multiple times just makes it more 
complicated. 


When Yahoo notifies me that there are photos waiting for approval, I will do 
that and they go up on the list. 


A reminder to new members. You must sign any message with your full name and 
city of residence. 


Bruce Webb.
Granite Bay

Bruce Webb, Granite Bay, CA
Sent from my mobile phone

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:20 PM, "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

> 
> I don’t know why but posting photos to the CVB photo stream or albums does 
not seem to work. I had to download and post the previous photo of the Saw-whet 
Owl 4 times before it showed up. I downloaded and posted the encore photo last 
night and again this morning but so far without it showing up. So it may not be 
worth the effort. The photo downloads fairly quickly, I receive the message: 
"downloaded successfully”, I click on “Post” and nothing happens after 
that. I notice not much has been posted lately and perhaps that’s the reason. 

> 
> 
> Manfred Kusch
> South bank of Putah Creek
> 3 miles W of Davis
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Swainson's Hawks
From: "George Folsom gjfolsom AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:08:45 -0800
Today on Highway 152 several miles east of Los Banos we observed a flock of at 
least 42 Swainson's Hawks. 



George Folsom
Fresno 


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Subject: UC Merced Vernal Pools Trip
From: "Nathan Parmeter nathanparmeter AT yahoo.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:54:32 -0800
Today I went on Dr. Chris Swarth's Mariposa Audubon trip to the UC Merced 
Vernal Pool Reserve, an area normally closed off to the public. There were 2 
Bald Eagles(One juvenile, one adult), a Golden Eagle, 2 Ferruginous Hawks, a 
Prairie Falcon, both Western and Least Sandpipers, around 35 American Wigeon, 2 
Cinnamon Teal, 3 Goldeneyes(In one of the back ponds) and lots of Savannah 
Sparrows, Pipits, Horned Larks and Meadowlarks. At that same pond were about 
30-35 Cliff Swallows building nests on the side of a eroded cliff. Overall very 
good day out there and it was nice seeing a part of the campus typically 
off-limits. Also yesterday when I went out to the Vernal Pool Reserve as part 
of a class activity there were about 6-7 Greater White-Front Geese in a flock 
of Canada Geese in the reserve but we did not see these today. 



Nathan Parmeter
Merced, CA


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Subject: photo posting
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:20:02 -0800
I don’t know why but posting photos to the CVB photo stream or albums does 
not seem to work. I had to download and post the previous photo of the Saw-whet 
Owl 4 times before it showed up. I downloaded and posted the encore photo last 
night and again this morning but so far without it showing up. So it may not be 
worth the effort. The photo downloads fairly quickly, I receive the message: 
"downloaded successfully”, I click on “Post” and nothing happens after 
that. I notice not much has been posted lately and perhaps that’s the reason. 


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



Subject: today's Tall Forest survey highlights
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:42:04 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Two sisters from Arkansas, adequately booted, joined me today for the
monthly survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  Clouds/fog attended the
survey until about 20 minutes from the end.  Birding was accordingly slow,
with better finds limited to a handful of varied thrushes and one
slate-colored junco.  When the sun did break through the clouds, legions of
sandhill cranes streamed off to the northeast.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: N. Saw-whet Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:43:24 -0800
Since I was able to clip a few obstructing twigs last night when the owl was 
away and had good light this morning I came up with a better picture of the 
owl. I am posting it to the owl album in CVB photos. 

Unfortunately, the roosting place is on private property and not accessible to 
the public. 


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



Subject: Re: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?
From: "maryolo1 AT netscape.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:20:07 -0500
A few years ago in Colusa County at a bird survey site in Bear Valley, on one 
visit a little later in the winter/spring I found 70 to 80 Lewis' Woodpeckers 
noisily copulating in the oak trees. The following week I went back and all had 
disappeared. I believe it was pair bonding going on prior to dispersing to pair 
territories. They were a real treat. 


Mary Schiedt
Davis

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds] 
 

To: central_valley_birds 
Sent: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 12:15 am
Subject: [CVBirds] Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?


 
  
    
                  

Yesterday and today I was out in a field off Irish Hill Road near Carbondale 
Road and the Oak trees are all full of Lewis's Woodpeckers! It is very late in 
the season, and I think close to nesting season, so might they be nesting 
there? Are Lewis's Woodpeckers known to nest in this area? 

The land owner is very nice, and I'm sure would grant permission to anyone who 
has the courtesy to ask to hike around. He is in the house down the first drive 
south of the pond on the west side of Irish Hill road. 

Karl G Kerster
Sacramento, CA 

    
             

  
Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker This late in the Season?
From: "karl AT kerster.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 20:32:46 -0800
Yesterday and today I was out in a field off Irish Hill Road near Carbondale 
Road and the Oak trees are all full of Lewis's Woodpeckers! It is very late in 
the season, and I think close to nesting season, so might they be nesting 
there? Are Lewis's Woodpeckers known to nest in this area? 

 The land owner is very nice, and I'm sure would grant permission to anyone who 
has the courtesy to ask to hike around. He is in the house down the first drive 
south of the pond on the west side of Irish Hill road. 

 Karl G Kerster
 Sacramento, CA 
Subject: rough-winged swallow
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:12:43 +0000
A rough-winged swallow was at 3500 Industrial Blvd in West Sacramento, a 
traditional nesting spot, today. This is a very early spring arrival date, but 
not so surprising, given the weather lately. 


Michael Perrone
Davis CA
Subject: Pixley rare birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:17:16 -0800
The Harris's sparrow and ruff continued this afternoon at pixley NWR in Tulare 
county from the new observation platform under construction. 


John Sterling.
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Pixley rare birds
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [tularekingsbirds]" <tularekingsbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:17:16 -0800
The Harris's sparrow and ruff continued this afternoon at pixley NWR in Tulare 
county from the new observation platform under construction. 


John Sterling.
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Woodland, CA 95696
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Subject: Robinson Rd: Mt. Plovers - yes, Lark Bunting - no
From: "lopresti.eric AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 12:42:38 -0800
Hugh Dingle and I birded Robinson Rd from ~10 - ~12 today. Just SE of the 
southern bend in Robinson was a large flock of Mt. Plovers, 55 in one pass, but 
surely more. We searched unsuccessfully for the Lark Bunting, but were unable 
to find any Lark Sparrows (with which it was associated last time) in that 
area. 

 

 Eric LoPresti
 Davis, CA
Subject: FOOTWEAR ADVISORY for tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey
From: "'John and Glennah Trochet' trochetj AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:28:39 -0800
Dear Birders,

 

Owing to persisting high water on the flood plain, if you wish to remain dry
on tomorrow's Tall Forest bird survey you will need HIP BOOTS.  Rubber knee
boots will be insufficient.

 

A brief visit turned up several varied thrushes.  Low numbers of the
regulars have returned to the Tall Forest after last week's flooding, except
for Bewick's wrens, which seem as common as they ever get.

 

Best,

John Trochet

Sacramento
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:45:22 -0800
My brother-in-law and neighbor, Mike Madison, today found what he initially 
thought might be a Western Screech-Owl in his olive orchard. When I took my 
camera to the location to photograph it, it turned out that it was a Northern 
Saw-whet Owl instead. A neat find, especially since it was well hidden in 
fairly dense foliage. I took some photos through a few twigs and will post one 
in the owl folder of CVB. 



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



Subject: Merced NWR post for Janna Pauser
From: "Mike Rogers m.m.rogers AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:42:18 +0000 (UTC)
Posting for Janna Pauser, who is not on CVBirds...

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA


On Feb. 17 at 2pm I saw and photographed a female Vermilion Flycatcher in trees 
along the Merced NWR auto route at the left turn before viewing platform near 
the Bittern trail. 


An adult dark morph Swainson's Hawk and 12 Tundra Swans were also seen.

Janna Pauser
San Jose, CA


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Subject: Falcated Duck - Yes
From: "Graham Chisholm graham.chisholm AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:37:42 -0800
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The oft-mentioned Falcated Duck was seen by me today at 3:15 pm.  It was loc=
ated in the pond on the north side of Hwy 20, across from the green gate whi=
ch is just west of the Colusa NWR entrance. =20

Graham Chisholm
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Subject: Folsom eurasian collared dove
From: "John Spranza spranz AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:48:22 -0800
Good Afternoon, 

Today, a eurasian collared dove flew into my feeder area. This is the first 
individual of this species I have seen in my yard, or in Folsom for that 
matter. Who knew being sick at home could add to my backyard bird list. 


Good Birding! 

John Spranza
Folsom, CA
Subject: Violet-green Swallow arrival
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:38:10 -0500
Crossing the Cosumnes River on Michigan Bar Rd today (eastern Sacramento  
County), I saw a flock of 40+ swallows and figured they'd be the Cliff 
Swallows  which breed under that bridge, but they were all Violet-greens. 
Violet-green  Swallows tend to return to our area about now normally, a few 
occasionally over-winter in the CV, and they are frequently seen in winter in 
many 

areas  along the NorCal coast.
 
Still lots of Lewis's Woodpeckers and Varied Thrushes along that road (and  
a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons) and in Deer Creek Hills Preserve (Latrobe 
Rd).  Biggest surprise for me was a Peregrine Falcon enjoying a breakfast of 
Western  Meadowlark on a fence post in the eastern grassland section of Deer 
Creek Hills,  a new species for me on that property.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
 
 
Subject: Re: bushtits nesting
From: "ERPFROMCA AT AOL.COM [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:05:06 -0500
Michael,
 
Bushtits routinely begin nesting in February. Those ultra-warm, insulated  
sock-like nests may be the key.
 
 
Ed Pandolfino
Sacramento, CA
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 2/17/2015 8:55:09 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
central_valley_birds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
With all the reports of early  arrivals, it was not so surprising to find a 
completed bushtit nest, with the  pair in attendance, east of Slide Hill 
Park in Davis (Yolo Co.) on Feb  17.  But this date strikes me as a 
record-breaking early  find. 
Michael  Perrone 
Department of Water  Resources 
Division of Environmental  Services 
3500 Industrial  Blvd 
West Sacramento CA  95691 
(916)  376-9788 



Subject: bushtits nesting
From: "'Perrone, Michael AT DWR' Michael.Perrone@water.ca.gov [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:53:42 +0000
With all the reports of early arrivals, it was not so surprising to find a 
completed bushtit nest, with the pair in attendance, east of Slide Hill Park in 
Davis (Yolo Co.) on Feb 17. But this date strikes me as a record-breaking early 
find. 


Michael Perrone
Department of Water Resources
Division of Environmental Services
3500 Industrial Blvd
West Sacramento CA 95691
(916) 376-9788
Subject: Harris's Sparrow continues in North Davis (Yolo Co)
From: "'Chris Dunford' christopher.j.dunford AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:27:58 -0800
The Harris's Sparrow has been visiting my backyard every morning between
6:45 and 7:15 am for the past seven days straight, after an absence of
nearly a month.  Approaching completion of its fourth winter in the
neighborhood, this bird has been difficult for birders to find.  Because it
can change its daily patterns dramatically and is seldom seen for more than
one or two minutes on a good day, I have hesitated to encourage birders to
look for it.  But it is certainly in and around the yards of 243 and 249
Cortez Avenue these days, at least in the early mornings.  When the bird
leaves my yard it goes west (it arrives from the west as well), probably to
the oleander thicket at the northwest corner of 249 Cortez.  From there it
probably flies across the greenbelt to 300 Anza (with four tall thin cypress
trees), where it probably spends the night.  It hangs out with the other
Zonotrichia sparrows, but not always.  I suspect its unpredictability and
elusiveness is the secret to its long life in this neighborhood, regularly
hunted by cats, a Merlin and a Cooper's Hawk.  Feel free to contact me if
you want to try for the bird and want more detail.  Be warned that you need
time, patience and high tolerance for frustration!  But a good look is very
rewarding - big, handsome sparrow.

 

Chris Dunford

Davis



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Subject: Falcated Duck
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:14:59 -0800
Hi all,
 The Falcated Duck was seen today on the north side of Hwy 20 across from the 
green gate and west of the red colored gate, hanging out with Pintails and 
Wigeon. 


Michele Swartout
Red Bluff

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes ready to migrate
From: "Bethi Carver bethic AT att.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:09:10 -0800
Today at noon about 900 Sandhill Cranes circled in flight migration formation 
over North Holland Tract ponds or east of there. They circled and some landed, 
taking off to circle again. 

Be sure to see the Kestrels along east Cypress Road in Oakley, perching to hunt 
on the phone lines. Many Hawks are all over the residential areas of Brentwood 
and Oakley, Red Shoulder Hawks, Kestrels, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, 
northern Harriers and many Red Tail Hawks. Seems we saw a Coopers Hawk on west 
Balfour Road last week but was unable to confirm it. A rainy foggy day is best 
for viewing Hawks in the delta. 

Best birding is near the fast water!
Bethi Carver Gibb
POB 2022
Bethel Island CA 94511
925-708-2763




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Subject: FOS Swainson's Hawk - Yolo County
From: "Ryan Bourbour rpbourbour AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:05:13 -0800
This morning, 16-February 2015, a single intermediate morph SWAINSON'S HAWK
was perched in an alfalfa field near County Road 29 and County Road 95.


Ryan Bourbour
Davis, CA
Subject: Cassin's Finch report from Davis, Feb 10
From: "Steve Hampton stevechampton AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:48:16 -0800
All,

sorry for the late report.  Joan Humphrey had a male Cassin's Finch on her
street on Tues, Feb 10.  Perhaps it was Ken Ealy's bird!



-- 
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA
Subject: Northern Yolo County
From: "William Rockey wlrockey AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:59:07 -0800
Hi all,

This morning Eric LoPresti and I drove a loop birding through the Dunnigan
Hills to County Line Road and Knights Landing. Notable species included:
1 male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD along Rd. 86 north of Rd. 14
2 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS on the south side of County Line Rd. They took off in
flight to the northwest shortly after we saw them on the ground.
A large flock of thousands of SNOW GEESE and hundreds of GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE also on the south side of County Line Rd. In the flock
we picked out a CACKLING GOOSE and several ROSS'S GEESE but nothing rarer.
We had to quit scanning the Snow Goose flock once a GOLDEN EAGLE flushed
them all.
We turned onto Rte. 45 from County Line Rd., and less than a mile down on
the west side we spotted a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK hovering and eventually
landing on the ground in view.
Lastly, we saw our first-of-spring CLIFF SWALLOW with a flock of TREE
SWALLOWS northwest of Knights Landing along the Sacramento River.

Good birding,
William Rockey
Esparto
Subject: Cliff Swallows, Southwest Placer County
From: "fgray4birds AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:26:38 -0500
 
Hello
 
I was surprised to see several Cliff Swallows this morning.  They were  
near the Curry Creek bridge crossing along South Brewer Road in southwest 
Placer  County.  They were flying in the immediate vicinity of the crossing.   
Seems a little early in the season? 
 
This is a regular area for Cliff Swallows.  Often I have seen dozens  or 
even hundreds there, but never this early in the year.  
 
FYI, South Brewer is a two lane road bordered on each side by private  
property, usually posted as such.  Fortunately, there are a few pullout  areas 
here and there that allow for observations, sans trespass.  

Hopefully the arrival time information via E-bird and any other data  
repository will be analyzed such that any trends are noted. 
 
Frank Gray
Antelope
Subject: Apologies to the list for spamming
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:43:27 +0000 (UTC)
Apologies to the list for spamming. Intended for Dan only. Mea culpa. 

Abashedly, 
Sylvia 


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From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "Dan Brown"  
Cc: "cv birds"  
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 8:45:09 AM 
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 




Hola Dan, 

If any of my Yolo County banding pics are of use to you, feel free to use. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/16550275555/in/set-72157644818057798 



Credit appreciated: 

Sylvia Wright -- flickr.com/34046677 AT N04 




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From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "central valley birds"  
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:07:30 AM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 





Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 





Dan Brown, photo editor 

Sacramento, 

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com 






 
Subject: Re: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin
From: "Sylvia Wright sylvia.wright AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:45:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hola Dan, 

If any of my Yolo County banding pics are of use to you, feel free to use. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34046677 AT N04/16550275555/in/set-72157644818057798 



Credit appreciated: 

Sylvia Wright -- flickr.com/34046677 AT N04 




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From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" 
 

To: "central valley birds"  
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:07:30 AM 
Subject: [CVBirds] Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin 





Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 





Dan Brown, photo editor 

Sacramento, 

www.naturestoc.smugmug.com 


 
Subject: Fwd: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county
From: "Doug Shaw dougshaw09 AT comcast.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 03:51:37 +0000 (UTC)
This message was posted to NBB which does not cover that area.


Doug Shaw
NBB Listowner


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From: "ANNE HOFF anne2210b AT sbcglobal.net [northbaybirds]" 
 

To: "North Bay Birds" 
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 5:18:22 PM
Subject: [NBB] Woodbridge Rd and Staten Island Rd. San Joaquin county


Hello Birders,
The Golden Gate Audubon Advanced Beginning Birding class marveled at large 
numbers of snow (3300), cackling (200), and greater white-fronted geese (3300) 
counted from the entrance to the duck club driveway on the north side of the 
road, about 1.5 miles west of the Isenberg Sanctuary parking lot on Woodbridge. 
Seen from the Isenberg site were 2 rough-winged swallows, a sharp-shinned hawk, 
a female kestrel, both phoebes, a bush full of birds in the parking lot (w. 
meadowlark, RW blackbird, savannah sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, common 
yellowthroat, and n. mockingbird--all in there at once!), and many ducks 
(mostly dabblers, but there were also three canvasbacks). 



Staten Island Rd. was very quiet! Best looks at sandhill cranes were at the end 
of the public road, with cackling and greater white-fronted geese. A few 
green-winged teal, a cinnamon and 2 each of horned and eared grebes were the 
only things swimming except hundreds of coot. Shorebirds: greater and lesser 
yellowlegs in the same binocular view, two flocks of least sandpipers, a 
killdeer and six white-faced ibis. 



And the weather was perfect!


Anne Hoff
Martinez


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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker still at Lake Solano, SOL Co.
From: "shoppe01 AT surewest.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 16:38:12 -0800
Hi All,

I re-found the Red-naped Sapsucker at Lake Solano County Park this morning at 
about 8:30. He seems to like the area around the last restroom building near 
the east end of the park. When first spotted, he was in a tree just west of the 
restrooms that was fairly riddled with sapsucker holes. And he was there again 
when I returned almost an hour later. Two lady photographers had him in view. 


Otherwise bird numbers and diversity were down a bit from earlier this season. 
Most of the usual suspects can still be found, though. Plenty of Lewis's 
Woodpeckers. Only one Varied Thrush detected. A few Steller's Jays. But 
surprisingly, no Phainopepla detected. This may be my first visit without them. 


Good Birding,
Scott Hoppe
Citrus Heights, CA
 
 

Subject: Tricolored Blackbird images needed for CVBC bulletin
From: "Naturestoc AT aol.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 11:07:30 -0800
Hi all. We are looking for cover quality images of Tricolored Blackbirds, male 
and/or female or flocks for the upcoming issue of the CVBC bulletin. Please 
send them to me at (naturestoc AT aol.com). Please send files as attachments of 
under 2mb in size with information regarding WHEN AND WHERE each image was 
captured and how you would like your credit line to read if we decide to use 
them. We would prefer that you send images captured in the Central Valley but 
send what you have if it of cover quality. Thanks, Dan B. 

 

 Dan Brown, photo editor
 Sacramento,
 www.naturestoc.smugmug.com
Subject: Mountain Plovers - Robinson Road
From: "litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 00:02:05 -0800
Saturday, Feb. 14 between 3:00-4:00 pm, Sam Williams and I found 70 mountain 
plovers in the pasture east of Robinson Road in the section north of the 
Flannery Road "T", to the left turn that sends Robinson Rd. west. Also in the 
area were 3, maybe 4, burrowing owls, and a loggerhead shrike. 


Ken Ealy
Davis
 

Subject: Feb 14 Gull ID Field Trip
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:00:45 -0800
Hi folks,

We had another great (third year in a row) Gull ID Field Trip led by Steve
Hampton. We spent the entire time at the Yolo Landfill and had an excellent
study of expected species in a range of plumages. The only rare gull
(species) was a second-cycle Western Gull first spotted by Jeri Langham at
about 11:00 on the Landfill Pond that would have been visible from Rd 28H.
We had good looks at first-cycle and adult Thayer's Gulls and
Glaucous-winged Gulls, plus several Herring x Glaucous-wings and a likely
Herring x Glaucous.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21845001

Thanks to all who attended and to Steve for leading the outing!

Chris Conard
Sacramento
Subject: Meiss Road and Mather wetlands
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:48:28 -0800
I birded Meiss Road and mather Wetlands this morning.

 

I was looking for the Mountain Bluebird found yesterday just north of the
intersection of Dillard and Meiss Road.  This morning I found 13 (males and
females) Mountain Bluebirds.  Photos of one on the wire are in my eBird list
below.   At the Mather Wetlands, there was an American Bittern out in the
open.  eBird list below.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21841904 

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21842884 

 

Thanks


Jim Holmes

 
Subject: Spring at Putah Creek
From: "Manfred Kusch makusch AT ucdavis.edu [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:55:00 -0800
The unseasonably warm weather has brought a number of surprises in the avian 
world to my neighborhood. During the past 3 days I have found an adult 
Steller’s Jay directly behind my house, further downstream than I have seen 
any before, and today a large flowering manzanita bush and a flowering Aloe 
Vera plant next to it in my garden proved a powerful magnet for three species 
of hummingbirds: both female and male Anna’s, one male Selasphorus, probably 
Rufous but perhaps Allen’s, the continuing male Costa’s with a pretty 
impressive broadly flaring purple gorget and, another surprise, a female 
Costa’s. The Rufous/ Allen’s appeared only briefly and was chased away by 
the male Costa’s (which makes me think it may have been a less aggressive 
Allen’s). When I brought out my camera he was gone. I only got a good view 
from the front and side and was not able to see the back clearly. The female 
Cost’s has an entirely unmarked gorget and the typical short tail and the 
overall compact shape of a Costa’s. Will try tomorrow to get a photo of her 
perched to check on primary projection. The appearance of the selasphorus male 
is the earliest ever in my garden. 

Not surprisingly, the warm weather has put several birds into the mood for 
breeding . In the first week of February I observed, for the first time, a male 
and female Anna’s hummer mating, a rather interesting sequence, from power 
dives by the male to a short shuttle- like display that backed the female into 
some low vegetation and then onto the ground with the male perched about 3 
inches above her. The male made three attempts to mount her and was accepted on 
his fourth try. The pair then rolled over and locked claws with the female on 
top. Then the female flew off a short distance, fluffed and rearranged her 
feathers (a behavior often observed after avian matings) and the male zoomed 
off out of sight. I had observed similar behavior in Black-chinned 
Hummingbirds, but in all cases the female would fly up from the ground where 
the male had positioned her before any mating took place. I wonder whether this 
is, however, the typical sequence that leads to mating and whether most hummer 
mating takes place on the ground. 

Eurasian Collared Doves have been building nests since the beginning of the 
month but really went into high gear today with several pairs hauling sticks 
into my palm trees which they seem to prefer over other nesting trees, although 
I have observed a couple of nests in my Valley Oaks in past years. 

The Red-tailed Hawks behind my house have added to their nest and are engaging 
in their courtship flight with their talons extended like an airplane coming in 
for a landing. A second pair of Red-tails have been building a brand-new nest 
in a slender eucalyptus near the upstream end of my trail, not far from their 
nest of last year, and today I found the female sitting on it. 

The pair of Great Horned Owls that has nested in the eucalyptus grove behind my 
house for many years, but not last year, seems to be back, hooting day and 
night. 

Tree Swallows have been back for about 10 days, their numbers varying from day 
to day, Varied Thrushes still are mixed in with numerous American Robins, a 
pair of Hutton Vireos surprised me three days ago, Black Phoebes have formed 
pairs, as have more and more Wood Ducks on the creek (time to clean out the 
nest boxes). The first female Anna’s Hummingbird with nesting material showed 
up at one of my feeders the last week of January, but so far I have not been 
able to locate any of their nests. Acorn Woodpeckers are more widely dispersed 
than earlier but can be found anywhere along my trail and even in my garden 
from time to time. Interestingly, the three Lewis’s Woodpeckers I have been 
observing since late October have remained absolutely faithful to very small 
areas (of perhaps 150ft in diameter) around their storage trees/power pole. 
They are the most predictable species of my (nearly)daily bird walks. There has 
not been a single day when I have not encountered them on or near their storage 
trees. Remarkable to think that for over three months they have not left these 
small areas for any extended period of time, if at all. 



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






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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Ken Ealy litehawk AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:34:24 -0800
We’re willing to share. I was at Yolo Basin Wildlife Area from about 12:30 to 
2:30 today, and it seemed like there was the chorus of northward cranes during 
my entire visit. 


Ken Ealy
Davis


> On Feb 13, 2015, at 1:51 PM, Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]  wrote: 

> 
> Just south of the Hwy 99/149 interchange on Hwy 99, there has to be at least 
1000 Sandhill Cranes. Pretty awesome sight! Butte Co. 

> 
> Michele Swartout
> Red Bluff
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Michele Swartout michele31 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:51:39 -0800
Just south of the Hwy 99/149 interchange on Hwy 99, there has to be at least 
1000 Sandhill Cranes. Pretty awesome sight! Butte Co. 


Michele Swartout
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Subject: Re: Bell's Sparrows
From: "mdodder AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:43:56 -0800
Tal,

That was my report from my Palo Alto Adult School birding class field trip. 
Panoche Access Road is a good place for the species. It is unpaved, but well 
maintained. We have frequently found Bell's Sparrows on the hillside about 
halfway up to the crest where there are outcroppings of Mormon Tea. We've also 
found them near the new overlook near the outhouse. Watch also for Sage 
Thrasher and Mountain Bluebirds. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA


On Friday, February 13, 2015 9:25 AM, "'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net 
[central_valley_birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Greetings all,
 
This is a request from a couple of out-of-state birders who are coming to 
California next week (Feb 16-20), and among other things would like to pick up 
a Bell’s Sparrow. 

 
I have made note of some recent eBird postings from the Central Valley, and one 
in particular caught my eye. It’s a report from Panoche Access Road on Jan 
31. A rather large group of people, probably a field trip, saw six birds at a 
location that appears to be a short distance east of Little Panoche Road. If 
anyone can tell me whether or not this is a fairly reliable site for the 
sparrows, I would be very interested…and very grateful. I’m trying as best 
I can to make the most efficient use of my time. 

 
I also noticed another sighting of a half-dozen birds at the I-5 Rest Area (mm 
445) in mid-January. Would also love to know if this is an ongoing possibility. 

 
Any other locations or information would also be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks for your help,
 
Tal Roberts
Dallas
 
Subject: Bell's Sparrows
From: "'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:22:59 -0600
Greetings all,


 


This is a request from a couple of out-of-state birders who are coming to
California next week (Feb 16-20), and among other things would like to pick
up a Bell's Sparrow.


 


I have made note of some recent eBird postings from the Central Valley, and
one in particular caught my eye.  It's a report from Panoche Access Road on
Jan 31.  A rather large group of people, probably a field trip, saw six
birds at a location that appears to be a short distance east of Little
Panoche Road.  If anyone can tell me whether or not this is a fairly
reliable site for the sparrows, I would be very interested.and very
grateful.  I'm trying as best I can to make the most efficient use of my
time.


 


I also noticed another sighting of a half-dozen birds at the I-5 Rest Area
(mm 445) in mid-January.  Would also love to know if this is an ongoing
possibility. 


 


Any other locations or information would also be greatly appreciated.


 


Thanks for your help,


 


Tal Roberts


Dallas


 

Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon continuing at Folsom Lake
From: "ColimaBirder colimabirder AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:10:19 -0800
There have been two Red-throated Loons, occasionally seen swimming close to
one another off Beals Point.

One is a very pale immature. The other one, a presumed adult, has a dark
throat patch and is darker on the upper parts.

There has Never been the time I didn't need a spotting scope to identify these
loons from Beals Point, Placer County.

Bruce Webb
Granite Bay.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, jaegermaestro AT yahoo.com
[central_valley_birds]  wrote:

>
>
> From Folsom Point this morning I observed a RED-THROATED LOON (most likely
> the one found by Bruce Webb on the Folsom CBC 1/4).
>
>
> It was foraging near a flock of Clark's and Western Grebes just south of
> the island on the Browns Ravine side (El Dorado waters).
>
>
> Dan Williams
>
> Carmichael
>
>  
>   ------------------------------
>
>

-- 
Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, CA
call:  916-768-7940 mobile
Subject: Fresno Audubon-CV Bird Club Weekend, March 7-8
From: "Chris Conard conardc AT gmail.com [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:08:27 -0800
Hi folks,

I'm happy to announce a joint field trip weekend with Fresno Audubon
Society and the Central Valley Bird Club for March 7-8.

On Saturday, March 7, plan for a full day in beautiful grassland and
foothill transition habitat with a high total of raptors and a diversity of
locations and habitat types.

We'll meet at 9am at the Pilot truck stop north of Madera on Hwy 99. It is
at 18 1/2 on the west side of Hwy 99 (

www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B001'05.6%22N+120%C2%B008'02.8%22W/ AT 37.018233,-120.1341,856m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0). 



Bring food and liquids for a full day in the field. We will end at Friant
so we're close to Fresno for the evening.

On Sunday, March 8, we'll meet at 8am at the Lost Lake Recreation Area ($5
per car) for a nice morning of riparian birding and those with a long drive
can head for home around noon.
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=51939

Please RSVP (conardc at gmail.com) for more details, carpooling options and
a hotel recommendation if your coming from out of town.

Thanks to Nina Jones and Robert Snow for organizing this trip with me.

BTW, there are a few spots left for the Gull ID Field Trip to Yolo County
on Saturday, 830 to noon (send me a note if you're interested).

Chris Conard
Sacramento