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06 Mar RE: Calpella Osprey Nest ["'kllyaustin AT netscape.net' kllyaustin@netscape.net [Mendobirds]" ]
06 Mar Calpella Osprey Nest ["jimarm AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
6 Mar Osprey and Violet-green swallows ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
03 Mar 3.3.15 Lawrence's Goldfinch - Talmage ["davebengston AT icloud.com [Mendobirds]" ]
3 Mar Winter Period ends ["Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" ]
01 Mar Re: American Redstart ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
1 Mar Allen's is back! ["Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: American Redstart in Philo ["chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
1 Mar Loggerhead Shrike - Westport ["Karen jkhavlena AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
1 Mar American Redstart in Philo ["Tim Bray albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" ]
28 Feb Lake County Birds ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
27 Feb Ross goose ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" ]
27 Feb north shore of Clear Lake ["Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" ]
26 Feb Fork-tail Storm-Petrel--Lake Cleone ["richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
25 Feb RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER at Rose Memorial Cemetery ["Carolyn Kinet ckinet AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" ]
23 Feb Ferruginous Hawk ["Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" ]
20 Feb Fwd: FW: CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality ["Becky Stenberg sugarsmom53 AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" ]
19 Feb 2/19: singing Orange-crowned Warbler ["'Chuck and Barbara Vaughn' cevaughn AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Rufous Hummingbird ["Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" ]
18 Feb Rufous Hummingbird today ["Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" ]
18 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
18 Feb RE: Quail chicks in February? ["Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" ]
17 Feb Rufous Hummingbird ["Carolyn Kinet ckinet AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["'Hunter, John' john_e_hunter AT fws.gov [Mendobirds]" ]
16 Feb 2.16.15 Rufous Hummingbird - Ukiah ["davebengston AT icloud.com [Mendobirds]" ]
16 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Feb Owling field trip report ["AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: Quail chicks in February? ["Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Feb Quail chicks in February? ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Feb White-throated Swifts Frog Woman Rock ["ryan_keiffer AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: 1000 Geese heading north ["Karen Havlena jkhavlena AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
13 Feb Re: 1000 Geese heading north ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
13 Feb 1000 Geese heading north ["'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
12 Feb Palm Warbler at the Garcia River Casino ["richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
10 Feb FOS Allen's H-bird, Osprey ["AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" ]
10 Feb Northern Pygmy Owl ["Kitty & Creek Norris cmnorris AT saber.net [Mendobirds]" ]
8 Feb A good day birding... ["gashawk AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
5 Feb Continuing Snow Geese ["jessica jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
4 Feb Immature Bald Eagle Ridgewood Grade ["Kitty & Creek Norris cmnorris AT saber.net [Mendobirds]" ]
4 Feb Headlands Snow Geese ["Jessica Morton jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
02 Feb Navarro Vineyards pond, 1/31 ["AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" ]
01 Feb Re: Take a guess? ["larosaco AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
31 Jan Re: RE: Spotted Owl ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" ]
31 Jan RE: Spotted Owl ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Re: Reporting Senitive Bird Species. ["Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Reporting Senitive Bird Species. ["richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Ft. Bragg birds ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Continuing Ross's Geese ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Spotted Owls ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
30 Jan Evening Grosbeaks/Lake County ["Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" ]
29 Jan Brant ["Jessica Morton jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
28 Jan Hooded Merganser ["Jessica Morton jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]
28 Jan Take a guess? ["larosaco AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
28 Jan Ross and Cackling Geese ["j_ossello AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" ]
25 Jan Burrowing Owl ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
25 Jan Ukiah WWTP ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
22 Jan Early Spring? ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
20 Jan Long-tailed Duck continues at Virgin Creek ["richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
20 Jan Fort Bragg Coast ["Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" ]
19 Jan 1/19 Ukiah Black-headed Grosbeak ["'Chuck and Barbara Vaughn' cevaughn AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
17 Jan 1-17-15 Snowy Egret ["bethandjeff35 AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Jan Continuing Redhead ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Jan Lake County Butts Canyon Rd and vicinity ["'Jerry White' white-jerry AT att.net [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Jan Glaucous Gull, Long-tailed Duck and a Battle of the Phoebes. ["richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Jan Re: Eurasian Wigeon in Potter Valley ["George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
15 Jan Redbud Audubon CBC Results ["Darlene Hecomovich dheco AT me.com [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Jan shrike and raptor search/Butts Canyon Rd ["Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" ]
13 Jan Eurasian Wigeon in Potter Valley ["George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
14 Jan Hopland feeder highlights ["Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" ]
13 Jan Sharp shinned carcass ["'dcolivarez AT prodigy.net' dcolivarez@prodigy.net [Mendobirds]" ]
13 Jan Black and White Warbler ["'Lisa Walker (Feather)' featherbirdlady3 AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
11 Jan Snow Goose and continuing Redheads ["stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" ]
10 Jan Tricolored Blackbirds ["George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" ]
8 Jan Short Eared Owl - Hesser Drive ["gashawk AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" ]

Subject: RE: Calpella Osprey Nest
From: "'kllyaustin AT netscape.net' kllyaustin@netscape.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:13 -0800
I have been watching that nest for three years and reporting their progress on 
Osprey Watch. This year they arrived on the 4th. They circled and started to 
build on a light post on the State Street side, the first post north of the 
gateway. The osprey were perched on the beginnings of a new nest yesterday 
morning. I have not seen them since. I can call the mendo forest products or 
swing by on Monday. 


Kelly Austin

-------- Original message --------
From: "jimarm AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]"
Date:03/06/2015 5:48 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Mendobirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Mendobirds] Calpella Osprey Nest
I know several others here have been watching the Osprey family over the past few years on the light standard on the north end of the Mendocino Redwood facility in Calpella. The best viewing has been from the dirt lot where travellers decide whether to go north or south on US Hwy 101 as Cal Hwy 20 intersects it. It looks like the platform that supported a series of nests on the top of the light standard has been removed. I have not been able to reach anyone at the mill site to ask about this. Has anyone else? I was always impressed at the toughness of the Ospreys at this noisy and dusty location, seemingly at some distance from good feeding opportunities. Posted by: jimarm AT pacific.net
Subject: Calpella Osprey Nest
From: "jimarm AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:48:28 -0800
 I know several others here have been watching the Osprey family over the past 
few years on the light standard on the north end of the Mendocino Redwood 
facility in Calpella. The best viewing has been from the dirt lot where 
travellers decide whether to go north or south on US Hwy 101 as Cal Hwy 20 
intersects it. 

 It looks like the platform that supported a series of nests on the top of the 
light standard has been removed. 

 I have not been able to reach anyone at the mill site to ask about this.
 Has anyone else?
 I was always impressed at the toughness of the Ospreys at this noisy and dusty 
location, seemingly at some distance from good feeding opportunities. 
Subject: Osprey and Violet-green swallows
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:34:03 -0800
3/6/15 Anchor Bay

 Early this afternoon Rick and I heard and saw our first Osprey of the year. We 
have several Osprey nests on our road and we hope to have successful nests this 
year. I had a report of Osprey heard in Gualala yesterday, 3/5/15. 

 Mel Smith called to saw a pair of Violet-green swallows arrived today near his 
home in Point Arena. 

  Seems a bit early for both but that’s the kind of year we are having.
           Jeanne Jackson
Subject: 3.3.15 Lawrence's Goldfinch - Talmage
From: "davebengston AT icloud.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 22:48:32 -0800
Today, I had a Lawrence's Goldfinch at my feeder, a new yard bird. I only saw 
it for about 15 minutes. If it returns tomorrow, I will post ASAP in case 
anyone wants to see it. It favored Niger seed. 

 

 Dave Bengston
 Rogina Heights, Ukiah
Subject: Winter Period ends
From: "Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:41:30 +0000
3 March 2015 - The WINTER reporting period has now ended, comprised of the 
months of December, January, and February. I will be compiling a summarized 
report to send to the Northern California Region editors of North American 
Birds, which is a quarterly journal of ornithological records published by the 
American Birding Association. As the "subregional editor" for Mendocino County, 
I work with others to compile the more important, rare, out-of-season, and 
outstanding records to send to them. 


I glean those records from the Mendobirds reports and from the flagged eBird 
reports. And reports sent directly to me. If you have other outstanding records 
from this period that you did not report on eBird or Mendobirds, then please 
send me your brief list of those observations. For the reporting I need: 
Species, date or date range, specific location, number, age (such as adult, 
immature, juvenile), sex (M-F-Unknown), and observers including finder and 
other observers. If you can get that information to me by March 10th, then I 
have until March 20th to compile the report. 


Thanks for your cooperation. Mendocino County has network of serious bird 
observers that is constantly building over time. It is the dedication of those 
reporting with good documentation that has built such a strong and defendable 
data base of bird observations for the county. Good birding. Bob Keiffer 
rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu 
rjkeiffer AT att.net 
Subject: Re: American Redstart
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 21:50:41 -0800
3/1/15 9pm
 

 Thanks Tim for the heads up!!! I have posted a couple photo's of the American 
Redstart on Flickr. Steve Stump 

 American Redstart (2) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16483771867/in/photostream/ 


 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16483771867/in/photostream/ 
 
 American Redstart (2) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16483771867/in/photostream/ To take 
full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and 
install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. American Redstart (2) ... 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16483771867/in/photostream/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 American Redstart 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16691044025/in/photostream/ 


 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16691044025/in/photostream/ 
 
 American Redstart 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16691044025/in/photostream/ To take 
full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and 
install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. American Redstart ... 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16691044025/in/photostream/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

Subject: Allen's is back!
From: "Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:07:05 -0800
Today the first Allen’s hummingbird returned to our feeder, with all his 
characteristic “bad behavior.” The two Rufous are still with us, like 
little flying flames. 


Kitty Norris
Irene Peak 
SW of Willits
3000 ft


Subject: Re: American Redstart in Philo
From: "chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:59:27 -0800
Sun, 1 March 2015 -- Steve Stump and I refound the AMERICAN REDSTART at 12:00 
after a search of about an hour. It was in the small Live Oaks just E of the 
studio and in the shrubbery behind the studio near the propane tank. It made 
quick, darting movements and conspicuous flycatching sallies. The chip note was 
fairly obvious too. 


George Chaniot

> On Mar 1, 2015, at 9:50 AM, Tim Bray albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> 1 March 2015 (Sunday) - Just now spotted an adult male American Redstart 
foraging and calling in the oak and bay trees near the KZYX studio in Philo, 
just east of Goldeneye Winery. Stunning bird! 

> 
> Tim Bray
> Albion
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Loggerhead Shrike - Westport
From: "Karen jkhavlena AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:46:35 -0800
Sun, 1 March, 2015 -- I just found a Loggerhead Shrike at the Westport STP. It 
is an adult. Moves around a lot up and down the fence on the east side of the 
long pond. So seen at the far north end atop bare willows. 


Karen Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, California

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Subject: American Redstart in Philo
From: "Tim Bray albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:50:23 -0800
1 March 2015 (Sunday) - Just now spotted an adult male American Redstart
foraging and calling in the oak and bay trees near the KZYX studio in
Philo, just east of Goldeneye Winery.  Stunning bird!

Tim Bray
Albion
Subject: Lake County Birds
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 17:12:25 -0800
2/28/15 3 pm
 

 The Mew Gull found Feb 19th by Jerry White and seen the 26th by Dave Woodward 
continues at Lucerne Harbor. Also, the Barrow's Goldeneye Dave found on the 
26th at mile marker 20.81 continued today but at mile marker 20.11 Steve Stump 

 

 

 Mew Gull https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16057207643/in/photostream/

 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16057207643/in/photostream/ 
 
 Mew Gull https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16057207643/in/photostream/ 
Lucerne Harbor (LAK) 

 
 
 
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 Barrow's Goldeneye 
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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16651210986/in/photostream/ 
 
 Barrow's Goldeneye 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16651210986/in/photostream/ Clear Lake 
(mile marker 20.11 Lucerne) (LAK) 

 
 
 
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Subject: Ross goose
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:08:44 -0800
Doug Forsell reported to me that he had seen a small Ross Goose in the
pond behind Brush Creek near Manchester State Beach.  If you want other
information he is at   DJForsell AT aol.com
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
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Subject: north shore of Clear Lake
From: "Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:37:11 -0800
2/27/15 Yesterday morning and early afternoon (2/26/15) I birded the north
shore of Clear Lake. At Lucerne Harbor there was a first cycle Mew Gull
among many Ring-billed Gulls. This is a continuing bird first found by
Jerry White on Feb. 19. Further east near Hwy 20 mile marker 20.81 there
was an adult male Red-breasted Merganser in breeding plumage and an adult
male Barrow's Goldeneye. Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneyes were also
present.There was a Common Loon still further east near Hwy 20 mm 21.56 and
a pair of Hooded Mergansers at Clark's Island in Clear Lake Oaks.

David Woodward
Lakeport
Subject: Fork-tail Storm-Petrel--Lake Cleone
From: "richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 17:20:56 -0800
Thursday Feb 26, 2015--Early this afternoon there was an obviously distressed 
FORK-TAIL STORM-PETREL in the marshy area between the Haul Rd and Mill Creek 
Dr. just south of the lake. It was still alive when I circled back after a 
short lunch. 

 

 The female LONG-TAILED DUCK continues at Virgin Creek Beach. I saw it fly in 
today. While at Virgin Creek Beach I estimated a conservative 931 
ALEUTIAN(type) CACKLING GEESE flying over going north. The largest group 
contained 450+ birds. 

 

 Richard Hubacek
 Little River, CA
Subject: RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER at Rose Memorial Cemetery
From: "Carolyn Kinet ckinet AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:29:43 -0800
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015  --  Toby Tobkin called to report a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER
at Rose Memorial Cemetery in Fort Bragg this morning around 11 a.m.   It
arrived in the usual Banksia tree closest to the cemetery office as she was
watching a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the same tree.

The Cemetery is at the eastern end of Spruce Street in Fort Bragg.

For Toby Tobkin

Carolyn Kinet
Subject: Ferruginous Hawk
From: "Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:45:50 +0000
22 February 2015 - Sunday - I normally don't post Ferruginous Hawks ... but 
even as winter visitors they are a bit scarce in the Yokayo and Sanel Valley 
regions (Ukiah & Hopland). I observed a lone Ferruginous Hawk flying low over a 
vineyard next to the Crofoot Ranch about 4 miles north of Hopland. As I drove 
on Highway 101, I watched the bird paralleling me about 200 feet away, a 
red-tailed dove on it from above. The Ferruginous Hawk rolled over in the air 
and the two interlocked feet and the two began spiraling and falling towards 
the vineyard floor. A second Red-tailed Hawk was also about 50 feet away. By 
that time I had passed and did not have time to turn around to figure out the 
outcome. I hope they negotiated a peaceful outcome. Good Birding. Bob Keiffer 
Hopland rjkeiffer AT att.net 
rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu 
Subject: Fwd: FW: CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality
From: "Becky Stenberg sugarsmom53 AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:33:37 -0800
Our first-of-the-season Band-tailed Pigeons arrived in GlenBlair (5 miles
east of Fort Bragg on Pudding Creek) about a week ago.  We have seen about
6, by mid-summer we usually have a a flock of over 40 in the neighborhood.

This news release just made it to my  email at work a couple of days ago:

*(This news release is being sent to all CDFW employees)*



California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release



January 27, 2015



Media Contacts:

Krysta Rogers, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 358-1662

Levi Souza, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3709

Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908



*CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality*



The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closely monitoring
the population of band-tailed pigeons for mortality this winter.
Band-tailed pigeons are California’s only native pigeon. They spend their
winter from central to Southern California primarily inhabiting oak
woodland and conifer forests. In late winter into early spring, band-tailed
pigeons will migrate north into northern California, Oregon, Washington and
British Columbia. Band-tailed pigeons are a different species than rock
pigeons (also called city, urban or barn pigeons), which were introduced
into North America from Europe.



Large flocks of band-tailed pigeons, sometimes up to 200 birds, have been
observed in numerous coastal locations from the San Francisco Bay Area
south into Santa Barbara County and in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Increased mortality has been reported in several of these areas since
mid-December. CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory has evaluated
carcasses from these locations and determined the cause of mortality to be
Avian Trichomonosis.



Avian Trichomonosis is a disease caused by a single-celled microscopic
protozoan parasite, typically *Trichomonas gallinae*, which only infects
birds. The parasite lives in the mouth and throat of infected birds,
causing caseous (“cheese-like”) lesions in the birds’ mouth or esophagus.
The lesions eventually block the passage of food, causing the bird to
become weak and emaciated. Infected birds die from starvation or
suffocation if the lesions block the airway. Non-native rock pigeons are
thought to be the source of infection for native bird species.



The CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Lab is asking residents to be on the
lookout for band-tailed pigeons this winter and to report any sick or dead
pigeons. This information helps CDFW  determine how many pigeons die during
these mortality events and consequently, how these events may impact the
overall population. Mortality can be reported using the following link:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Investigations/Monitoring/Mortality-Report 

or by phone at (916) 358-2790.



If sick birds are observed, please contact a local wildlife rehabilitation
center for advice.  The list of CDFW licensed centers can be found at
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/WIL/rehab/facilities.html.



Additionally, residents can help reduce transmission of the disease by
removing artificial sources of food and water (bird baths and fountains).
Bird feeders and artificial water sources may increase disease transmission
between individual band-tailed pigeons, and possibly other bird species,
because it brings the birds into closer contact than is normal.



# # #
Subject: 2/19: singing Orange-crowned Warbler
From: "'Chuck and Barbara Vaughn' cevaughn AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:12:03 -0800
Greetings Mendobirders-  This is sort of a follow-up on the early spring
theme here on Mendobirds.  This morning I saw and heard a male
Orange-crowned Warbler at the UC Hopland R&E Center.  The bird was
trilling continuously.  I looked through my notes and the earliest I have
heard a singing male in the past was 2/27(1995), also at HREC.

Chuck


-- 
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Ukiah, CA



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Subject: Re: Rufous Hummingbird
From: "Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:14:13 -0800
Our mob of Anna’s arrived one afternoon last week, a month ahead of usual 
mid-March. We are once again pressed into catering - their feeders - or suffer 
the consequences! The Rufous usually come through, stay a couple weeks and move 
on. We are looking for them! 

Kitty
> On Feb 17, 2015, at 1:06 PM, Carolyn Kinet ckinet AT gmail.com [Mendobirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 --- First-of-season (for me) RUFOUS Hummingbird at my 
feeder here north of Fort Bragg this morning. Let the Hummer wars begin! 

> 
> Carolyn Kinet
> Inglenook
> 
> 
> 
> 

Kitty Norris
Kitty AT kittynorris.com
www.kittynorris.com



Subject: Rufous Hummingbird today
From: "Kitty & Creek Norris kitty AT kittynorris.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:13:48 -0800
Two Rufous Hummingbirds showed up at our feeder today - Dave Bengston, are 
yours still there? If not, they are moving north and have arrived here. 

Kitty & Creek
Irene Peak SW of Willits 3000'


Kitty Norris
Kitty AT kittynorris.com
www.kittynorris.com



Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:08:21 -0800
And this just in from Jane (she is not very mobile at the moment with a foot 
problem): I am still trying to get a photo from inside the house of the quail. 
Werner saw them too and we have discussed them so my sighting is not a product 
of dementia! I want a photo because I had the impression the chicks were in two 
sizes - about a week apart and I want to establish that for myself. Ill let 
you see whatever photo I do get. 


I will certainly share her photos if/when they come in. Jeanne
From: Kate Marianchild 
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:37 AM
To: Robert Keiffer ; Rick & Jeanne Jackson 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
Hi Bob, 

I too would tend to believe Jane. She is an internationally renowned haiku poet 
who observes nature closely as part of her haiku practice. But photos would 
certainly clinch it. 


Kate


On Feb 18, 2015, at 10:21 AM, Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds] 
wrote: 



    

 Jeanne, I would love to see photos of this to really document it. Right now I 
have to say that I am skeptical  as such an early record of quail breeding in 
Mendocino County would be unprecedented. Cheers. 



 From: Mendobirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf 
Of 'Hunter, John' john_e_hunter AT fws.gov [Mendobirds] 

  Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:49 AM
  To: Rick & Jeanne Jackson
  Cc: Mendobirds
  Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?


    

 FYI, Compton (1931, Condor 33:249) reported an adult with what appeared to be 
10-day-old California quail chick on 1/10/31 near Scotia, Humboldt County. John 
Hunter 



 On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 



 To further report, the woman who spotted them, Jane Reichhold, says there were 
four sets of adults and 8 to 10 chicks. She has an extremely large bush where 
every year she has quail so shes very familiar with this bird. She is fairly 
housebound these days but has her camera at the ready. 



 There are no game birds raised nearby. Im inclined to believe her but it 
would be nice to have photographic proof. She lives on the east side of Highway 
One, several miles north of Anchor Bay. Jeanne 


  From: mailto:Mendobirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 

  Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:29 AM

  To: Diane Hichwa ; Jack Booth 

  Cc: Mendobirds 

  Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?

    

 I will query her and report back. I do not believe there are any game birds 
raised nearby though. She is a long time resident and, in the past, has always 
been correct with her sightings. I have requested a photo if she sees them 
again. 



 And now there is a report of a possible mother/calf Gray Whale pair in SF Bay, 
another improbable early sighting. Jeanne 


  From: Diane Hichwa 

  Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:11 PM

  To: Jack Booth ; Rick & Jeanne Jackson 

  Cc: Mendobirds 

  Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?

  Interesting, and seemingly very early.

 The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr 5 
recently fledged young. Backing up a few weeks for development to fledging 
capability might put them back to Mar 5. 



  A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?

  Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?

  Diane Hichwa


  Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net


  Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)

              707-483-3130 (cell) 

  More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!

  Millie 2007


 From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" 
 

  Reply-To: Jack Booth 
  Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
  To: Jeanne & Rick Jackson 
  Cc: Mendobirds 
  Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?


    

 The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The Californias Wildlife, Volume 2, 
Birds , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in May-June. 
Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm. Jack Booth 


 On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 







  2/14/15


 I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 



 I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 



           Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay









  -- 

  John E. Hunter

  Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office

  1655 Heindon Road

  Arcata, CA 95521

  707-822-7201 (phone)

  707-822-8411 (fax)

  John_E_Hunter AT fws.gov



  
Subject: RE: Quail chicks in February?
From: "Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:21:10 +0000
Jeanne, I would love to see photos of this to really document it. Right now I 
have to say that I am skeptical … as such an early record of quail breeding 
in Mendocino County would be unprecedented. Cheers. 


From: Mendobirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf 
Of 'Hunter, John' john_e_hunter AT fws.gov [Mendobirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:49 AM
To: Rick & Jeanne Jackson
Cc: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?


FYI, Compton (1931, Condor 33:249) reported an adult with what appeared to be 
10-day-old California quail chick on 1/10/31 near Scotia, Humboldt County. John 
Hunter 


On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' 
jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds] 
> 
wrote: 


To further report, the woman who spotted them, Jane Reichhold, says there were 
four sets of adults and 8 to 10 chicks. She has an extremely large bush where 
every year she has quail so she’s very familiar with this bird. She is fairly 
housebound these days but has her camera at the ready. 


There are no game birds raised nearby. I’m inclined to believe her but it 
would be nice to have photographic proof. She lives on the east side of Highway 
One, several miles north of Anchor Bay. Jeanne 

From: mailto:Mendobirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:29 AM
To: Diane Hichwa ; Jack 
Booth 

Cc: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?

I will query her and report back. I do not believe there are any game birds 
raised nearby though. She is a long time resident and, in the past, has always 
been correct with her sightings. I have requested a photo if she sees them 
again. 


And now there is a report of a possible mother/calf Gray Whale pair in SF Bay, 
another improbable early sighting. Jeanne 

From: Diane Hichwa
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:11 PM
To: Jack Booth ; Rick & Jeanne 
Jackson 

Cc: Mendobirds
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
Interesting, and seemingly very early.
The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr 5 
recently fledged young”. Backing up a few weeks for development to fledging 
capability might put them back to Mar 5. 


A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?
Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com 
[Mendobirds]" 
> 

Reply-To: Jack Booth 
> 

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
To: Jeanne & Rick Jackson >
Cc: Mendobirds >
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?



The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The California’s Wildlife, Volume 2, 
Birds , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in May-June. 
Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm. Jack Booth 

On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' 
jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds] 
> 
wrote: 




2/14/15

I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 


I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 


         Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay






--
John E. Hunter
Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
1655 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
707-822-7201 (phone)
707-822-8411 (fax)
John_E_Hunter AT fws.gov

Subject: Rufous Hummingbird
From: "Carolyn Kinet ckinet AT gmail.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:06:32 -0800
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015  --- First-of-season (for me) RUFOUS Hummingbird at
my feeder here north of Fort Bragg this morning.   Let the Hummer wars
begin!

Carolyn Kinet
Inglenook
Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "'Hunter, John' john_e_hunter AT fws.gov [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:48:39 -0800
FYI, Compton (1931, Condor 33:249) reported an adult with what appeared to
be 10-day-old California quail chick on 1/10/31 near Scotia, Humboldt
County. John Hunter

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org
[Mendobirds]  wrote:

>
>
>  To further report, the woman who spotted them, Jane Reichhold, says
> there were four sets of adults and 8 to 10 chicks. She has an extremely
> large bush where every year she has quail so she’s very familiar with this
> bird. She is fairly housebound these days but has her camera at the ready.
>
> There are no game birds raised nearby. I’m inclined to believe her but it
> would be nice to have photographic proof. She lives on the east side of
> Highway One, several miles north of Anchor Bay. Jeanne
>   *From:* mailto:Mendobirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
> 
> *Sent:* Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:29 AM
> *To:* Diane Hichwa  ; Jack Booth
> 
> *Cc:* Mendobirds 
> *Subject:* Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
>
>
>  I will query her and report back. I do not believe there are any game
> birds raised nearby though. She is a long time resident and, in the past,
> has always been correct with her sightings. I have requested a photo if she
> sees them again.
>
> And now there is a report of a possible mother/calf Gray Whale pair in SF
> Bay, another improbable early sighting. Jeanne
>   *From:* Diane Hichwa 
> *Sent:* Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:11 PM
> *To:* Jack Booth  ; Rick & Jeanne Jackson
> 
> *Cc:* Mendobirds 
> *Subject:* Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
>   Interesting, and seemingly very early.
> The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr
> 5 recently fledged young”.  Backing up a few weeks for development to
> fledging capability might put them back to Mar 5.
>
> A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?
> Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?
>  Diane Hichwa
>
> Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net
>
> Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
>             707-483-3130 (cell)
> More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
> Millie 2007
>
> From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" <
> Mendobirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com>
> Reply-To: Jack Booth 
> Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
> To: Jeanne & Rick Jackson 
> Cc: Mendobirds 
> Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
>
>
>
> The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The *California’s Wildlife, Volume
> 2, Birds* , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in
> May-June. Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm.
> Jack Booth
>  On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org
> [Mendobirds]  wrote:
>
>
>  2/14/15
>
> I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles
> to the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday,
> about one week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms
> of last weekend.
>
> I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an
> early birth. his seems months early. Any comments?
>
>          Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
>
>
>
>
>
>
> 
>



-- 
John E. Hunter
Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
1655 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
707-822-7201 (phone)
707-822-8411 (fax)
John_E_Hunter AT fws.gov
Subject: 2.16.15 Rufous Hummingbird - Ukiah
From: "davebengston AT icloud.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Feb 2015 15:25:13 -0800
I just saw my first Rufous Hummingbird for the year at my feeder. It was a 
bright male, always a delight. 

 

 Dave Bengston
 Ukiah
 

Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:47:36 -0800
To further report, the woman who spotted them, Jane Reichhold, says there were 
four sets of adults and 8 to 10 chicks. She has an extremely large bush where 
every year she has quail so she’s very familiar with this bird. She is fairly 
housebound these days but has her camera at the ready. 


There are no game birds raised nearby. I’m inclined to believe her but it 
would be nice to have photographic proof. She lives on the east side of Highway 
One, several miles north of Anchor Bay. Jeanne 

From: mailto:Mendobirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:29 AM
To: Diane Hichwa ; Jack Booth 
Cc: Mendobirds 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
  

I will query her and report back. I do not believe there are any game birds 
raised nearby though. She is a long time resident and, in the past, has always 
been correct with her sightings. I have requested a photo if she sees them 
again. 


And now there is a report of a possible mother/calf Gray Whale pair in SF Bay, 
another improbable early sighting. Jeanne 

From: Diane Hichwa 
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:11 PM
To: Jack Booth ; Rick & Jeanne Jackson 
Cc: Mendobirds 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
Interesting, and seemingly very early.
The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr 5 
recently fledged young”. Backing up a few weeks for development to fledging 
capability might put them back to Mar 5. 


A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?
Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell) 
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" 
 

Reply-To: Jack Booth 
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
To: Jeanne & Rick Jackson 
Cc: Mendobirds 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?


  
The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The California’s Wildlife, Volume 2, 
Birds , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in May-June. 
Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm. Jack Booth 



On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 




  2/14/15

 I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 


 I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 


           Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay


Subject: Owling field trip report
From: "AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:05:51 -0800
14 February 2015 - Mike Stephens led 15 people on a wild owl chase along 
Road 409 near Caspar, on the border between Jackson Forest and Russian 
Gulch SP.  We were in Barred Owl territory, which meant little chance 
for any other owl species, though we did hear a distant Barn Owl scream.

Practicing the twin virtues of patience and perseverance, we were 
eventually rewarded with fine views of a vocal and curious male BARRED 
OWL as he pondered whether or not to eat Mike's mouse.  Eventually he 
decided to pass on dinner, flew up into the canopy and proceeded to 
vocalize loudly.

Along the way, Mike filled us in on many aspects of Spotted and Barred 
Owl ecology, as well as the tools and tricks of his profession.  It was 
a fine evening, educational and entertaining.  Many thanks, Mike!

Tim Bray
Albion



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Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:29:00 -0800
I will query her and report back. I do not believe there are any game birds 
raised nearby though. She is a long time resident and, in the past, has always 
been correct with her sightings. I have requested a photo if she sees them 
again. 


And now there is a report of a possible mother/calf Gray Whale pair in SF Bay, 
another improbable early sighting. Jeanne 

From: Diane Hichwa 
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:11 PM
To: Jack Booth ; Rick & Jeanne Jackson 
Cc: Mendobirds 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?
Interesting, and seemingly very early.
The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr 5 
recently fledged young”. Backing up a few weeks for development to fledging 
capability might put them back to Mar 5. 


A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?
Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell) 
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" 
 

Reply-To: Jack Booth 
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
To: Jeanne & Rick Jackson 
Cc: Mendobirds 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?


  
The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The California’s Wildlife, Volume 2, 
Birds , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in May-June. 
Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm. Jack Booth 



On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 




  2/14/15

 I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 


 I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 


           Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay



Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:11:11 -0800
Interesting, and seemingly very early.
The 1st edition of Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas had a record of "Apr 5
recently fledged young.  Backing up a few weeks for development to fledging
capability might put them back to Mar 5.

A question to also ask is, does anyone RAISE game birds near by?
Also was the adult seen with the chicks, to confirm they were CA Quail?
Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From:  "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]"

Reply-To:  Jack Booth 
Date:  Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM
To:  Jeanne & Rick Jackson 
Cc:  Mendobirds 
Subject:  Re: [Mendobirds] Quail chicks in February?

 
 
 
 
   

The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The Californias Wildlife, Volume 2,
Birds , CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in
May-June. Most nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm.
Jack Booth
On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org
[Mendobirds]  wrote:

> 
> 2/14/15
>  
> I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to
> the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about
> one week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last
> weekend.
>  
> I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early
> birth. his seems months early. Any comments?
>  
>          Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
> 


 
   

 

Subject: Re: Quail chicks in February?
From: "Jack Booth jack AT cinnamonbearfarm.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:04:53 -0800
The earliest I seen in Ukiah is May. The Californias Wildlife, Volume 2, Birds 
, CDFW, States that they nest from April to August with peak in May-June. Most 
nests hatch in June and that is what I see on my small farm. Jack Booth 

On Feb 14, 2015, at 3:23 PM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 


> 
> 2/14/15
>  
> I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 

>  
> I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 

>  
>          Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
> 
> 
Subject: Quail chicks in February?
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:23:02 -0800
2/14/15

I received a note from a woman who lives near Iversen Road (several miles to 
the north of Gualala). She was shocked to see Quail chicks yesterday, about one 
week old, which would have seen them hatch during the big storms of last 
weekend. 


I looked at my Quail photos and I have never had an instance of such an early 
birth. his seems months early. Any comments? 


         Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
Subject: White-throated Swifts Frog Woman Rock
From: "ryan_keiffer AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 13:11:53 -0800
14 Feb 2015 - Saturday- This morning I observed at least 11 WHITE - THROATED 
SWIFTS south of Hopland at Frog Woman Rock. They are best viewed in morning 
light from the large pullouts to the South of the rock. This is earlier 
compared to last year I believe. Cheers. 


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Subject: Re: 1000 Geese heading north
From: "Karen Havlena jkhavlena AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 04:13:58 +0000 (UTC)
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 - Sorry for the late reply, but Jim and I saw at least 1,000 
Brant flying over Glass Beach in Fort Bragg at 1:20-pm today.  Many were in 
the very long, single file line that Mel Smith described. 

Karen Havlena Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca
  From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" 
 

 To: Susan Tubbesing ; Mendobirds 
 

 Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 2:40 PM
 Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] 1000 Geese heading north
   
  Hi Susan,  I think when you reply you should hit reply all. That way it 
would go to me and to the Mendobirds group. I’m cc-ing the group here. I’m 
glad you got to see and hear the geese. Maybe someone else ID’d them and will 
let us know.  JeanneFrom: Susan Tubbesing Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 1:48 
PMTo: Rick & Jeanne Jackson Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] 1000 Geese heading northI 
saw and heard them too, but couldn't tell what kind of geese they were​. It 
was about 11:30, I think.   I live in Caspar. I can't figure out how to reply 
through Mendo Birds....they never seem to get around to posting my stuff till a 
day or so after I send it.....Susan Tubbesing On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:44 
AM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds] 
 wrote: 


   2/13/15 Hi All,   I just received a call from Mel Smith in Point Arena. He 
saw 1000 (give or take) Geese just fly by in a string he estimates a half mile 
long. Maybe Brant? I’d love to know what they are from someone to the north. 
  Thanks, Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay 

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Subject: Re: 1000 Geese heading north
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:40:13 -0800
Hi Susan,
 I think when you reply you should hit reply all. That way it would go to me 
and to the Mendobirds group. I’m cc-ing the group here. I’m glad you got to 
see and hear the geese. Maybe someone else ID’d them and will let us know. 

  Jeanne
From: Susan Tubbesing 
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 1:48 PM
To: Rick & Jeanne Jackson 
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] 1000 Geese heading north
I saw and heard them too, but couldn't tell what kind of geese they were​. It 
was about 11:30, I think. I live in Caspar. I can't figure out how to reply 
through Mendo Birds....they never seem to get around to posting my stuff till a 
day or so after I send it..... 

Susan Tubbesing

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM, 'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org 
[Mendobirds]  wrote: 


    

  2/13/15 
  Hi All,
 I just received a call from Mel Smith in Point Arena. He saw 1000 (give or 
take) Geese just fly by in a string he estimates a half mile long. Maybe Brant? 
I’d love to know what they are from someone to the north. 

    Thanks, Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
  
Subject: 1000 Geese heading north
From: "'Rick & Jeanne Jackson' jackson2 AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:44:26 -0800
2/13/15 
Hi All,
 I just received a call from Mel Smith in Point Arena. He saw 1000 (give or 
take) Geese just fly by in a string he estimates a half mile long. Maybe Brant? 
I’d love to know what they are from someone to the north. 

  Thanks, Jeanne Jackson, Anchor Bay
Subject: Palm Warbler at the Garcia River Casino
From: "richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 19:52:14 -0800
Thursday Feb 12, 2015--There was a western type PALM WARBLER in the parking lot 
at the Garcia River Casino this afternoon. 

 

 Richard Hubacek
 Little River, CA
Subject: FOS Allen's H-bird, Osprey
From: "AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:41:16 -0800
7 February 2015 (Saturday) - A male Allen's Hummingbird zipped in front 
of Catherine while we were cleaning up after the Friday night windstorm. 
  One or the other of us has seen one every day since then.

10 February 2015 (Tuesday) - Catherine found a gorgeous Osprey on a 
cliff just off the northwest Mendocino headland.  We watched it through 
the scope for a while and decided it was a male - seemed quite slender 
and on the small side.  It flew off to the north after a while.

Tim Bray
Albion


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Subject: Northern Pygmy Owl
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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:10:09 -0800
Good Glorious Morning Birders! 
Just witnesed a very lovely Northern Pygmy Owl arrive and hang out in our 
garden on the lookout for anything that moved below. 

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Subject: A good day birding...
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Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:35:39 -0800
...or adventure into the field: is best realizing by the richness and
quality of any observations encountered - and the good fellowship of the
company you might keep and travel with.

As above so below, Aho.

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Subject: Continuing Snow Geese
From: "jessica jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:01:25 -0800
Yesterday's Snow Goose pair flew over n. Mendocino Bay around 11 a.m. Thursday 
for 10-15 minutes, then landed to feed on farthest stack among 3 minima 
Cackling Geese and gulls. 


Subject: Immature Bald Eagle Ridgewood Grade
From: "Kitty & Creek Norris cmnorris AT saber.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:02:07 -0800
Immature bald eagle perched on tree northbound Ridgewood Grade around 11:30 am 
today just about where it starts to ascend uphill. It was so close to the road 
it was like checking out traffic. 

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Subject: Headlands Snow Geese
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Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:19:11 -0800
Noon Wednesday on Mendocino Headlands, with a dozen or so Canada Geese, two 
Snow Geese feeding in grass on an offshore stack, south of what I think is Goat 
Rock. 


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Subject: Navarro Vineyards pond, 1/31
From: "AlbionWood albionwood AT wildblue.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:57:14 -0800
31 January 2015 (Saturday) - On the way home from the Winter Abundance 
Workshop in Boonville, we stopped at Navarro Vineyards to glass their 
pond.  Best bird was a lone female-type Canvasback, though the two 
female-type Red-breasted mergansers were also surprising there.  Four 
Hooded Mergansers, two of each sex, mostly hid in willows on the edge of 
the island but occasionally swam out for good views.  Two female-type 
Scaup sp., probably Lessers.   Worth sorting through all the Ring-necked 
Ducks (around 50).

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Subject: Re: Take a guess?
From: "larosaco AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 10:27:41 -0800
Thanks to all who submitted guesses to my mystery bird post. The asker informed 
me that he saw the bird again and was able to identify it. 

 It was in fact a black-headed grosbeak.
 Case closed.
 

 Have fun out there,
 Seth LaRosa
 Student of Evolutionary Biology
 and Disturber of Wildlife
 

Subject: Re: RE: Spotted Owl
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:01:39 -0800
Steve,
This is a good question for each of us to THINK about.  And the link in Rich
Hubies post to eBirds How to Report on Sensitive Species  is a good
starter.  They consider owl species in general to be of concern for posting!
 
Breeding birds, pairing or on nests, are of concern for disturbance.
Calling out birds that could be attacked by predators are of concern.  And
if you look at the list of birds with an eye for endangered species or
threatened species or even "species of concern", those categories would all
be sensitive.  There may be declining species in parts of Mendo
countyequally sensitive.  So the question provides good
consciousness-raising for all of us.

So if you know of nesting Snowy Plovers or nesting Peregrine Falcons, there
may be appropriate people to report them to but it might not be via  a
specific report on eBird!

YOU may be very careful and respectful of the space wildlife needs, but
someone reading your post might just HAVE to have the close-up look or
close-up photo.  Which sometimes has resulted in the death of the bird of
interest (again referring to older situations and discussions on
NorthBayBirds!)

Diane Hichwa

Email:  dhichwa AT earthlink.net

Telephone:  707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
            707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

From:  "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]"

Reply-To:  
Date:  Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 5:32 AM
To:  
Subject:  [Mendobirds] RE: Spotted Owl

 
 
 
 
   

1/31/14Richard, Diane and birders.



Thanks a lot for the posts. I apologize to everyone for posting this
location. I did not know of the SPOW sensitivity. I had never heard nor seen
one of these species and was overly excited. It was a really cool experience
though! 



Are there other birds of sensitivity in the county that I should be aware
of? Thanks again, Steve Stump

 
   

 

Subject: RE: Spotted Owl
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 05:32:17 -0800
1/31/14Richard, Diane and birders.
 

 Thanks a lot for the posts. I apologize to everyone for posting this location. 
I did not know of the SPOW sensitivity. I had never heard nor seen one of these 
species and was overly excited. It was a really cool experience though! 

 

 Are there other birds of sensitivity in the county that I should be aware of? 
Thanks again, Steve Stump 
Subject: Re: Reporting Senitive Bird Species.
From: "Diane Hichwa dhichwa AT earthlink.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:58:54 -0800
Richard,  Thank you for your reminder about birding ethics.  This prompts me
to pass on a recent (Jan 24, 2015), and similar, discussion from
NorthBayBirds.
Diane Hichwa


Some of you may have seen a number of owls reported on eBird today at Muir
Woods National Monument, with a note that they were hooted in. I'd like to
remind birders out there that calling and spotlighting wildlife, including
owls, is illegal in National Parks - Muir Woods NM, Golden Gate National
Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore - and is considered a form of
wildlife disturbance. I believe the same type of regulations exist in our
several State Parks, and I assume our County parks and preserves and Marin
Municipal Water District have similar rules. These activities are only
allowed for management purposes or for research with a permit. This is
especially important in Marin now that we have a few Barred Owls in the
county, that are known to displace Spotted Owls. We are incredibly fortunate
to live in a place with so much park and protected land. Please be
respectful and ethical in your birding pursuits.

Daphne Hatch
Chief of Natural Resource Management & Science
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
(and resident of Novato)

Sent from my iPad

 

Subject: Reporting Senitive Bird Species.
From: "richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 22:04:54 -0800
The posting of a "specific" location of a pair of Northern Spotted Owls on a 
"public" birding site makes me pause to remind birders that there are some 
ethics involved in birding. 

 

 The current status of Northern Spotted Owls as stated on the Arcata Fish and 
Wildlife Office's website is: 

 

 "Official Status: Threatened, the northern spotted owl is Federally listed 
under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species in Washington, Oregon 
and California, and State-listed as threatened in California and Oregon, and 
endangered in Washington." 


 

 While the finders of these two birds might think that their actions did in no 
way disturb the birds, who knows what other birders looking for them will do. 
The fact that there was a "pair" should urge caution. I know from personal 
experience that birders do stupid things. 

 

 
 Ebird has an excellent article on the reporting of "sensitive" birds species. 
It can be found at this link. Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Speci... 
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species 

 
 Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Speci... 
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species 
We have posted this story again as a reminder of how to report sensitive 
species in eBird. As birders, we all love to se... 

 
 
 
 View on help.ebird.org 
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Richard Hubacek
 Little River, Ca
 

Subject: Ft. Bragg birds
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 20:06:48 -0800
1/30/15 8 pm
 

 This morning at Rose Memorial Park there was a female Red-naped Sapsucker 
feeding from Banksia Tree to Banksia Tree. This bird was moving around quite a 
bit. Seth LaRosa got the best pic which I believe he is posting later. 

 

 Also, at Virgin Creek beach Seth LaRosa, David Flaim and I met up with Jack 
Boothe and Dave Bengston to see the continuing Long-tailed Duck. This bird was 
only about 30 yards from shore so it was pretty cool to see only using 
binoculars. Photo on Flickr Steve Stump 

 

 Long-tailed Duck https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16407150475/

 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16407150475/ 
 
 Long-tailed Duck https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16407150475/ To take 
full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and 
install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. Long-tailed Duck ... 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16407150475/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

Subject: Continuing Ross's Geese
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 19:51:25 -0800
The Ross's Geese continued with Cackling Geese at the Mendocino Headlands. They 
were first reported on the 28th of Jan by Joleen Ossello. Photo on Flikr 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16219374118/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16219374118/ 


 

Subject: Spotted Owls
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 19:46:18 -0800
Early this morning just before 6am, Seth LaRosa and I heard male and female 
Spotted Owls and also saw the female. The were together on Hwy 128 just east of 
mile marker 6.60 Steve Stump 
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks/Lake County
From: "Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:18:52 -0800
1/30/15 I was surprised this morning to find two Evening Grosbeaks in my
yard in southwest Lakeport. I had my brother Stan Woodward keep the birds
in view while I went back to the house for a camera. I was able to get one
good photo before the birds flew off. The habitat is mixed blue and Calif.
white oak woodland. A new yard bird and a great way to start the day.

Dave Woodward
Lakeport
Subject: Brant
From: "Jessica Morton jessica AT mcn.org [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:40:48 -0800
At Van Damme among Black Oystercatchers and assorted gulls ( one Heerman's ) on 
Thursday morning at 10:30, one gorgeous Brant preening at water's edge. 


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Subject: Hooded Merganser
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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:59:10 -0800
At Caspar Pond on Tuesday afternoon around 3:15, a lone female Hooded Merganser 
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Ruddies and a few Mallard. 


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Subject: Take a guess?
From: "larosaco AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 09:00:50 -0800
I was asked about a bird recently sighted at a feeder in Brooktrails. The 
question asker is a non-birder but gave me these details; 

 The breast was yellow There were spots Bigger than a sparrow, "jay-sized" 
Appears in spring and summer and very occasionally comes to the feeder. Makes a 
whistle sound like "wheeeet" 

 Not exactly detailed field observations.
 Any ideas?

 

 Thanks Mendobirders!

 

 Have fun out there, 
 Seth LaRosa
Subject: Ross and Cackling Geese
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Date: 28 Jan 2015 08:42:32 -0800
1/28/15 Mendocino Headlands
2 Ross and 5 Cackling Geese foraging on offshore island together


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Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 16:55:49 -0800
1/25/15 450pm
 

 This afternoon there was a Burrowing Owl on Pine Ave. Potter Valley. It was 
7/10th of a mile up the road between a large blue storage container and a 
single wide mobile home( both off the road to the North). The owl was spotted 
easily with binoculars on a large red dirt mound near the base of the mound. 
There were several ground squirrels running around on the mound. Tricolored 
Blackbirds have been seen in this area just past the mobile home also. Photo on 
Flickr 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16182241417/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevestump/16182241417/ 


 

Subject: Ukiah WWTP
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 07:22:47 -0800
1/25/15 0700 
 

 This morning there are lot's of geese. Canada, Cackling and one Snow Goose. 
Also there were three Tundra Swan that I spooked into flight. It looked liked 
they were circling back around but I am not sure. Really foggy over the ponds 
this am. 

 

 The Chipping Sparrows are out every morning around 7 am, they are roosting in 
the redwood trees in front of the office. Steve Stump 

  
Subject: Early Spring?
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 12:49:30 -0800
1/22/15 1245 pm
 

 I have noticed the Song Sparrows singing their spring songs lately. The Willow 
trees are budding. There were earlier 6 Tree Swallow and 1 Barn Swallow flying 
over the South Pond. Anyone else seeing signs? Steve Stump 
Subject: Long-tailed Duck continues at Virgin Creek
From: "richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 16:28:08 -0800
20 January 2015-Tuesday- Chuck Vaughn and I birded the coast today and refound 
the LONG-TAILED DUCK at Virgin Creek Beach. It was off the main beach a little 
south of the first rocks. Other birds of note were a ROCK SANDPIPER, 2 WILLETS, 
7 WHIMBREL, 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 53 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS during the high tide 
at Laguna Point. 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were with the 2 BLACK and several SURF 
SCOTERS at Ward Ave. At least one of the wintering BULLOCK'S ORIOLES was at 
Rose Memorial Cemetery. 

 

 Richard Hubacek
 Little River, Ca
Subject: Fort Bragg Coast
From: "Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:45:37 +0000
19 January 2015 - Monday - Ryan Keiffer and I spent the afternoon birding the 
coast north of Fort Bragg. We looked for a Rock Sandpiper or Black Scoters at 
Ward Avenue without any luck. Surf Birds and Black Turnstones were there. . A 
"tundra" Peregrine Falcon flew by Ward Avenue and over the Fen. At Laguna point 
parking lot/beach a highlight was one immature Heermann's Gull mixed in with 
the various species gull flock. Six Whimbrels were at Laguna Point seen by 
Ryan. 5 Brown Pelicans were flying offshore. 


At Virgin Creek Beach was a large group of mixed gulls ... including one adult 
Heermann's Gull and 5 immatures. on the north end near the tidal zone rocks 
were two groups of Harlequin Ducks ... a group of two females and two males, 
and then a bit further on the lone rock before the next beach were three males 
and two females. So ... a total of 9 Harlequins. Despite how brilliant the male 
harlequin ducks are ... they can easily be overlooked as they camouflage well 
when resting on the sides of nearshore rocks with seaweeds and shadows in the 
background. There was a female-type Common Goldeneye feeding with bufflehead 
and red-breasted merganser also, but no long-tailed duck could be found. One 
Whimbrel flew onto the beach. More Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. 


Persistence paid off searching by walking almost the entire coastline from Ward 
avenue south to Pudding Creek for a Rock Sandpiper which we finally spotted 
amongst a large 200+ bird flock of Sanderlings that were active, constantly on 
the move, and working the rocks and beach on the north end of Virgin Creek 
Beach. The rock sandpiper will be the same size as the sanderlings ... so view 
the flying sanderling flocks for a dark bird amongst them ... that is how we 
first were alerted as to the possibility ... and soon confirmed it when they 
landed on the rocks to feed. 


At about 4:30 PM we watched a perched Merlin atop the eucalyptus trees, above 
Noyo Harbor beach, make a bee-line flight for about 300 yards and nail a lone 
passerine from the air .... the victim bird never knew what hit it. It was 
either in the right place at the wrong time ... or the wrong place at the right 
time (for the merlin)! 


Good Birding. Bob Keiffer Hopland 
rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu 
rjkeiffer AT att.net 


Subject: 1/19 Ukiah Black-headed Grosbeak
From: "'Chuck and Barbara Vaughn' cevaughn AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:07:18 -0800
Greetings Mendobirders-  There was a very timid female Black-headed
Grosbeak in our yard this afternoon.  It fed on Granny Smith Apples for a
while, and then made a brief trip to our sunflower seed feeders.  Have to
wonder if this isn't the same bird that made a brief visit here in
November?

Chuck


-- 
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA



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Subject: 1-17-15 Snowy Egret
From: "bethandjeff35 AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 13:15:46 -0800
Miner Hole section, Garcia River
 Jeff Petit
Subject: Continuing Redhead
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 17:54:13 -0800
1/15/15 1745
 

 The two male Redhead continue at the North end of Lake Mendocino. I continue 
to go back to this spot because in December and January there have been Tufted 
Duck reported in past years . They have been reported with fair amounts of 
Greater Scaup and presently there are 40 plus Scaup species. Steve Stump 

  
Subject: Lake County Butts Canyon Rd and vicinity
From: "'Jerry White' white-jerry AT att.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:28:31 -0800
Decided to chase some of the good birds that Dave and Mary Beth Woodward found 
yesterday. I saw the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE on Loconomi Road; the BURROWING OWL and 
Ferruginous Hawk on Callayomi Road and later in the day found the PRAIRIE 
FALCON on Butts Canyon Road. Also found 2 Tricolored Blackbirds in a large 
blackbird flock on Callayomi Road. In a distant flock of mostly Common 
Mergansers on Detert Reservoir there was an adult male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. 
There may have been female Red-breasted Mergansers present also but the flock 
stayed as far away from the road viewing sites as they possibly could. Jerry 
White 
Subject: Glaucous Gull, Long-tailed Duck and a Battle of the Phoebes.
From: "richhubie AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 17:01:00 -0800
Thu, 15 Jan 2015--During a Winter SOS Shorebird survey at Virgin Creek Beach 
there was a 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL in the gull flock. It flew to the north. 
Diving with the 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS (I think that's the most I've seen at VC) was 
a female LONG-TAILED DUCK fairly close to shore. While still at Virgin Creek I 
witnessed a territorial battle between a SAY'S and BLACK PHOEBE. I have always 
been impressed with the Black Phoebe's pugnacious behavior but if you are asked 
to bet on a winner between the two put your money on the Say's. It chased the 
Black Phoebe, caught it, took it to the ground and was beating the heck out of 
it. Needless to say the Black Phoebe left the area. 

 

 Richard Hubacek 
 Little River, Ca
Subject: Re: Eurasian Wigeon in Potter Valley
From: "George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:35:11 -0800
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 -- The male EURASIAN WIGEON continues for the third day at
the same location below.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA

> From: "George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]"
> 
> Reply-To: George Chaniot 
> Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:56:57 -0800
> To: Mendobirds 
> Subject: [Mendobirds] Eurasian Wigeon in Potter Valley
> 
> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 -- Today Steve Stump found a EURASIAN WIGEON at the Red
> Post Vineyard pond at milemarker 1.33 on Westside Road, Potter Valley.  It
> was still there at sunset, seen by Adrian Macedo, Janet Chaniot, and myself.
> This is directly across Westside Road from my house.  Yardbird #172.
> Steve also reported 10 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS on Pine Avenue at the same
> location where we saw 4 on Friday --  a cattle feeding area about 3/4 mile
> from Eastside Road.
> 
> George Chaniot
> Potter Valley, MEN, CA
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Subject: Redbud Audubon CBC Results
From: "Darlene Hecomovich dheco AT me.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:59:02 -0800
One hundred and thirty-two species of birds were seen on the Redbud Audubon 
2014 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 27. The 132 count is down 
from the previous 5-year average of 137.8 birds but considerably higher than 
the all-time low count of 122 birds tallied in 2003. The 40,622 total number of 
birds seen, however, was higher than the previous 5-year average of 32,300. 


Highlights of the count were a Greater Roadrunner, a member of the cuckoo 
family, that was seen for the second year in a row as well as a Black-throated 
Gray Warbler that is considered extremely rare in Lake County in the winter but 
fairly common the rest of the year. 


The sighting considered to be the most unusual was a potential Iceland Gull, a 
gull that has been seen only once before in Lake County. Documentation of the 
sighting details for all three birds will be submitted to the Audubon CBC 
Regional Editors for approval, but acceptance of the Iceland Gull sighting will 
be the most difficult to achieve. The field marks that differentiate it from an 
Iceland/Thayers Gull hybrid are subtle and extensive written documentation as 
well as photos will be submitted to support the sighting. The report will also 
be sent to the California Bird Records Committee for acceptance as well. 


The Western Grebe wins the prize for the most individuals tallied with a high 
of 8,585 outranking the 7,501 Ruddy Ducks, the species that had this 
distinction for the previous three years. Several species hit record high 
counts including the Acorn Woodpecker with a count of 354 outdoing its previous 
high of 307 in 2011, the Red-breasted Sapsucker and the Phainopepla, both 
usually seen in single digits, each had a high count of 16, the 88 Black 
Phoebes counted surpassed the 70 seen in 2004, and the Northern Mockingbird 
topped its 1990 high of 50 with 64 this year. 


On the other side of the spectrum but not unusual, only 1 Golden-crowned 
Kinglet and 1 Pacific Wren were seen, species that are often missed entirely. 
The European Starling registered a low count of 217 a decline that does not 
dismay birders. Brewers Blackbirds appear to be diminishing in numbers over 
the history of the CBC in the County. The 257 birds counted this year 
registered a low. The previous 10-year average of this species is 705 a figured 
remarkably lower than the high count of 2,558 in 1992 at a time when the 
Brewers often garnered 1,000 or more on the CBC. The only species that was 
seen by all participating groups this year was the American Crow. The big 
misses were the Northern Pintail and Redhead ducks, Coopers Hawk, Prairie 
Falcon, Wilsons Snipe and Barn Owl. 


Fifty-nine individuals participated in the count, which represents an all-time 
high since the Lake County count began in 1975. The previous high was 55 
participants in 2009 and the all-time low was only 10 participants in 1993. 
Nevertheless, those 10 participants found 129 species, the lowest number 
recorded on a count, but down just 4 from this year's total. Consider this a 
challenge for next year's Count! 
Subject: shrike and raptor search/Butts Canyon Rd
From: "Dave Woodward dlwoodward AT andrecca.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:03:43 -0800
Jan 14, 2015 Late this morning and early this afternoon Mary Beth Woodward
and I saw the following along Butts Canyon Rd near Middletown:

1 Loggerhead Shrike  A continuing bird first observed last November. Today
it was beyond the last mobile home (cream colored with blue trim) on the
east side of Loconomi Rd.

1 Golden Eagle  Near the end of Loconomi Rd soaring to the west of the road.

1 Burrowing Owl  Another continuing bird first observed in November. It was
seen on a fairly distant mound of dirt about 100 yards off of Butts Canyon
Rd onto Callayomi Rd.

I Ferruginous Hawk  Observed from Callayomi Rd.

1 Prairie Falcon  Soaring with two ravens. Observed from a pullout with a
mail box labeled 19298 on Butts Canyon Rd.

2 Bald Eagles  Soaring at Detert Resovoir on Butts Canyon Rd.

Also observed along Butts Canyon Rd between Callayomi Rd and Detert
Resovoir were 2 Northern Harriers, 2 American Kestrels, 3 Red-tailed Hawks
and 3 Turkey Vultures.

David Woodward
Lakeport
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon in Potter Valley
From: "George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:56:57 -0800
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 -- Today Steve Stump found a EURASIAN WIGEON at the Red
Post Vineyard pond at milemarker 1.33 on Westside Road, Potter Valley.  It
was still there at sunset, seen by Adrian Macedo, Janet Chaniot, and myself.
This is directly across Westside Road from my house.  Yardbird #172.
     Steve also reported 10 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS on Pine Avenue at the same
location where we saw 4 on Friday --  a cattle feeding area about 3/4 mile
from Eastside Road.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA



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Subject: Hopland feeder highlights
From: "Robert Keiffer rjkeiffer AT ucanr.edu [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:05:36 +0000
13 January 2015 - I have a new office here at work at the UC Hopland Research & 
Extension Center ... and it actually has a nice window with trees and bushes 
outside. So I have been able to set up a feeder and continue the long-run of 
feeder watching that Chuck Vaughn did here for years. I had three 
white-throated sparrows, two adults and an immature, for about 10 days now. 
Today, just now, I had a nice male slate-colored junco show up. So, nothing 
earth shattering, but it has been a while since I have had a slate-colored in 
my view. Good birding. Bob Keiffer Hopland 
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Subject: Sharp shinned carcass
From: "'dcolivarez AT prodigy.net' dcolivarez@prodigy.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:19:43 -0800
Hiking in Jackson State Forest I came across the remains of a sharp shinned (I 
think) hawk. Plumage and entire body complete except eyes and innards seemed to 
be gone due to ants and maggots. 

Photos to follow. Location east of Mitchell Creek Rd. approx. 1 1/2 miles south 
of Simpson Ln. southeast of Fort Bragg. 1/13/15 



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Subject: Black and White Warbler
From: "'Lisa Walker (Feather)' featherbirdlady3 AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:34:20 +0000 (UTC)
I have no photo; caught the briefest glimpse of what I *think* may have been a 
Black and White Warbler at my suet feeder this afternoon. I went in for the 
camera, but it was gone by the time I came back outside. I am setting up the 
cameras and tripods out there tomorrow; perhaps the bird will return. If it 
does, I will be sure to post photo(s) here.  

Feather (Lisa)
Subject: Snow Goose and continuing Redheads
From: "stevestump AT yahoo.com [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 10:28:26 -0800
1/11/15  0845
 

 There is an immature Snow Goose at the North end of Lake Mendocino (from HWY 
20). It was on the NW shoreline with a large flock of Canada Goose. The two 
Redheads continue with a third duck. There are also three Canvasback and lots 
of Greater Scaup all on the NW corner. Steve Stump 

  
Subject: Tricolored Blackbirds
From: "George Chaniot chaniot AT pacific.net [Mendobirds]" <Mendobirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:13:15 -0800
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 -- This morning Steve Stump and I saw at least 4 TRICOLORED
BLACKBIRDS and 12 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS on Pine Avenue in Potter Valley.
They were in the flock of mixed blackbirds associating with cattle at a
feeding area about 3/4 miles from Eastside Road.

George Chaniot
Potter Valley, MEN, CA



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Subject: Short Eared Owl - Hesser Drive
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Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:07:35 -0800
A beautiful sunset provided a stunning backdrop but alas no whales were
observed tonight on a family outing to Mendocino Headlands. A delightful
bonus to me and my two daughters was the appearance of a solitary Short
Eared Owl. We were offered majestic views of the gracfull hunter as we
exited the park on the north side by Jack Peters Gulch and before the
Cypress Grove.

Gunn, Caspar



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