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Black-bellied Plover,©Barry Kent Mackay

2 Apr White-throated Sparrow [James P Williams ]
1 Apr Snow goose at Antonella pond noon today [Shirley Murphy ]
1 Apr Piliated nesting site [Larry Corridon ]
28 Mar San Benito Co. Brown's Valley Road [Nelson Samuels ]
27 Mar Re: Wilder Ranch SP [stephengerow via mbbirds ]
26 Feb Fun with Wilson's Snipe (photos) [Pete Sole ]
26 Feb Springtime and Sapsuckers at Henry Cowell Redwood S.P. [William Jolly ]
26 Feb Orange-crowned Warbler [Carol Pecot ]
26 Feb SCBC trip to Natural Bridges ["Bonnie O'Doon" ]
26 Feb Ferruginous hawk at Swanton Pond [Michael Bolte ]
25 Feb Upcoming Trips with Monterey Seabirds [MBWW Assistant ]
25 Feb Hooded Mergansers and Bald Eagle (Lee Rd) [Pete Sole ]
24 Feb Tundra swan [Sharon Hull ]
23 Feb Western Bluebirds [Sharon Hull ]
22 Feb RE: Black-tailed Gull ["John Cant" ]
22 Feb Black-tailed Gull [Blake Matheson ]
21 Feb Voicemail from CALLMaster []
21 Feb SBT County: Road closures [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Feb Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos) [Pete Sole ]
20 Feb Bird ID help [Chris Hartzell ]
19 Feb harkins slough ["Heidi Sandkuhle" ]
19 Feb Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos) [stephengerow via mbbirds ]
19 Feb Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos) [Pete Sole ]
18 Feb Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos) [Pete Sole ]
18 Feb Golden Eagle at UCSC [Michael Bolte ]
18 Feb Western Bluebirds [Sharon Hull ]
17 Feb Flickr group [Lee Jaffe ]
17 Feb Reminder - SCBC Meeting February 23 - Penguins! [Georgette Neal ]
16 Feb Kittiwake [Jeff Wall ]
15 Feb Baja college course in Marine Vertebrates [gmeyer ]
15 Feb Panoche Valley [Alexander Gaguine ]
15 Feb Palm Warbler [Sharon Hull ]
13 Feb Special Valentine's Day Audubon Presentation on Hummingbirds, tomorrow 2/14 [Blake Matheson ]
13 Feb Palm Warbler [Sharon Hull ]
13 Feb Voicemail from CALLMaster []
13 Feb Re: Warbler [Jonah Svensson ]
13 Feb Re: Wandering Tattler [Jonah Svensson ]
12 Feb Re: Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond [Jonah Svensson ]
12 Feb Voicemail from CALLMaster []
12 Feb Voicemail from CALLMaster []
12 Feb Re: Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond [Jonah Svensson ]
12 Feb Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond [Jonah Svensson ]
11 Feb Birds through the mist ["Jeff Poklen" ]
11 Feb Black-legged Kittiwakes at Rio Del Mar Beach [Randy Wardle ]
10 Feb Tropical Kingbird [Kent ]
9 Feb Warbler [Shirley Murphy ]
8 Feb Long-tailed Ducks at Del Monte Beach ["'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds" ]
8 Feb Garfield Egrets [Lois Goldfrank ]
8 Feb Re: Secondhand report of CATTLE EGRETS [Jean Brocklebank ]
08 Feb Secondhand report of CATTLE EGRETS [waxwingboheme ]
08 Feb Red-necked Grebe [Dave Weber ]
08 Feb Laguna Grande Warblers Feb 8 [Dave Weber ]
7 Feb Orchard Oriole [David Styer ]
6 Feb Long Tailed Duck [Shantanu Phukan ]
6 Feb Bald Eagles [Bernadette Ramer ]
6 Feb Jetty road [Anna ]
5 Feb Wandering Tattler ["Sharon Hull" ]
5 Feb gull assistance []
4 Feb Yellow-bellied Sapsucker []
2 Feb SCBC College Lake Field Trip Canceled ["Nicholas Levendosky" ]
2 Feb Orchard Oriole [David Styer ]
29 Jan Red-tailed Hawks: Time to Nest! [Pete Sole ]
27 Jan Re: PANOCHE VALLEY ["Heidi Sandkuhle" ]
28 Jan UCSC Arboretum [Pete Sole ]
28 Jan Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today? [stephengerow via mbbirds ]
28 Jan Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today? [Lisa Larson ]
28 Jan Re: Tundra Swan? [Pete Sole ]
28 Jan Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today? [Pete Sole ]
27 Jan Black-tailed Gull Reports [Pete Sole ]
28 Jan Re: Tundra Swan? [Pete Sole ]
27 Jan Re: MTY highlights updated... again [Don Roberson ]
28 Jan Tundra Swan? [Pete Sole ]
28 Jan Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today? [Bernadette Ramer ]
25 Jan Pinto Lake LAGU cont. [Kumaran Arul ]
25 Jan Birding the Blob - tomorrow in Santa Cruz ["Alvaro Jaramillo" ]
24 Jan Re: Fw:[SBB] no Lucy's at Monterey today (please repost?) [Chris Hartzell ]

Subject: White-throated Sparrow
From: James P Williams <jpwilliams2007 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:45:05 -0700
About 8:30 this AM I noticed a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in our yard in
downtown Ben Lomond.

I neglected to report a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH exactly one week ago at
Quail Hollow County Park.  It was in a willow snag by the parking area.  I
heard another Nuthatch while looking at the one in the tree.

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Subject: Snow goose at Antonella pond noon today
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:57:09 -0700

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Subject: Piliated nesting site
From: Larry Corridon <ldcrally AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:09:28 -0700
Over the last several days, I’ve heard and seen a pair Piliated Woodpeckers 
in a grove of redwood trees in Nicene Marks. Yesterday, Kitty Stein and I found 
the tree and saw two recently pecked holes and could hear pecking, fairly slow 
and deliberate, in one particular tree (by putting our ears to the tree). 
Today, I found a third hole a watched the bird work on hollowing out an 
interior chamber for about 30 minutes. 


I’ll try to give directions if anyone is interested.

Larry Corridon

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Subject: San Benito Co. Brown's Valley Road
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo AT razzolink.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:48:45 -0700 (PDT)
Birded the road yesterday, best birds were, ROCK WRENS nesting and BURROWING 
OWLS also probably doing the same. There were numerous LARK SPARROWS and 
WESTERN KINGBIRDS. Nelson Samuels, Aromas 

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Subject: Re: Wilder Ranch SP
From: stephengerow via mbbirds <mbbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:24:41 -0400
In case no one has answered, Merlins generally decline after March, but 
migrants still pass through regularly in April. Some continue into May, though 
they are rare that month. As far as I can tell there are no June records, the 
only month that appears to be completely lacking in Merlin records for Santa 
Cruz County. 

Steve Gerow
Santa Cruz



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From: Alexander Gaguine 
To: MBB 
Sent: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 7:03 pm
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Wilder Ranch SP

A RED-NECKED GREBE was off Wilder Beach this afternoon. A MERLIN flew behind 
the beach - can anyone say how late they stay around? 

Alexander
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Fun with Wilson's Snipe (photos)
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:00:18 -0800
Hi,

At lunch, Nancy and I birded Pajaro Dunes along Rio Boca Road, where 
Randy W. reported 46 Wilson's Snipe yesterday on ebird. Although we only 
counted some 28+ WILSON'S SNIPE, there were probably more. They were 
difficult to count as they flew back and forth from the flooded field 
and the slough.

A few fun images of the snipe:

One:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/snipe_wilsons_170226c.jpg 


Two:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/snipe_wilsons_170226a.jpg 


Three:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/snipe_wilsons_170226b.jpg 


And the NORMAL way to see snipe:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/snipe_wilsons_170226d.jpg 


Full ebird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34834672

Good birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Subject: Springtime and Sapsuckers at Henry Cowell Redwood S.P.
From: William Jolly <tjolly3 AT cruzio.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:22:41 -0800
Had my first look today at Henry Cowell post storms. The river is swollen and 
ripping along, and a lot of trees have come down, especially along the River 
Trail. They have fixed the big cave-in of Pipeline Road near the back entrance 
to the Redwood Grove, replacing the woefully under-sized culvert with a new 
rust-proof 4 ft diameter version. Seeing all the Sycamores which have fallen 
over along the River Trail, I checked out our winter sapsuckers’ favorite 
trees and was happy to see them still standing and hosting a Red-breasted 
sapsucker. Walking aways upstream to the picnic groves I had to detour away 
from the trail at several places to go around fallen trees and washouts. There 
is a large washout near the “beach” where a big chunk of paved roadway is 
just gone! At Parking Lot 3 in the picnic groves there are two large Sycamores 
joined at the hip near the restroom and one of them had a Red-naped sapsucker 
about twelve feet up. 


Please note that the River Trail is taped off in several places where erosion 
from the river and stormwater culverts makes the trail unsafe. You will have 
safer walking along the paved Pipeline Road. Wildflowers are starting to bloom 
and trees are budding out. Lovely. 


Tim Jolly

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:35:36 -0800
I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler this afternoon (prob imm.) I saw Bonnie’s 
post about seeing one at Natural Bridges this morning, as well. I was thinking 
that this was very early, but looked at my calendar of bird sightings, and…. 
right on time! That always amazes me :-) 


Carol Pecot
Old San Jose Rd
4 miles downhill of Summit

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Subject: SCBC trip to Natural Bridges
From: "Bonnie O'Doon" <bupsiesioux AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:04:42 +0000
It was an exquisite morning. We saw 50+ species including Violet-green
Swallows and an Orange-crowned Warbler. There were many American Robins and
a number of birds carrying nesting material. And a delightful dog-walker.

Bonnie Bedzin
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Ferruginous hawk at Swanton Pond
From: Michael Bolte <bolte AT ucolick.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:12:52 -0800
there was a Ferruginous Hawk soaring at the usual spot on the hill above the 
pond today at noon. 


Mike


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Subject: Upcoming Trips with Monterey Seabirds
From: MBWW Assistant <mbwwassistant AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:25:53 -0800
Hello Fellow Birders-



*Upcoming Trip! March 11th 2017*

Join us for our next 8 hour trip out in Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary looking for Seabirds and other wildlife! We expect to see plenty
of Black-footed Albatross, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters,
Pink-footed Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine's
Gulls & much more! We are also VERY likely to spend time observing marine
mammals such as Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales,
dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters! Some of our favorite species from 2016
were Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Nazca Booby and Tufted
Puffin!



Tickets are $125 per person for 8 hours. Check in is at 7am for a 7:30am
departure. Please be prepared for all types of weather and bring your own
lunch. Our primary vessel for the trips is the Pt. Sur Clipper which we
send out with 30 passengers or less to allow for comfort and space for
photographers.

Call 831-375-4658 for more information and to sign up, or you can go online
to montereyseabirds.com.



We have more 8 & 12 hour trips throughout the year – here is the list:

Saturday 4/1/17 (8 hr)
Saturday 6/10/17 (8 hr)
Sunday 8/20/17 (8 hr)
Tuesday 9/5/17 (8 hr)
Sunday 9/10/17 (8 hr)
Monday 9/11/17 (12 hr)
Sunday 9/17/17 (8 hr)
Monday 9/18/17 (12 hr)
Thursday 9/21/17 (8 hr)
Monday 9/25/17 (12 hr)
Tuesday 9/26/17 (8 hr)
Sunday 10/1/17 (8 hr)
Monday 10/2/17 (12 hr)
Sunday 10/15/17 (8 hr)
Monday 10/16/17 (12 hr)



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Subject: Hooded Mergansers and Bald Eagle (Lee Rd)
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:03:27 -0800
Hi,

Nancy wanted to see HOODED MERGANSERS. So we went to see the Hooded 
Mergansers last reported on ebird by Norman U., at Lee Rd, Struve 
Slough. (Thanks for reporting them Norman.)  Although too far for 
photography, Nancy was happy to see 2 in the scope. I only saw 1. Missed 
the second one.

A somewhat surprising highlight was a BALD EAGLE with something in it's 
talons. Once I got home, I could see in bad images that it was carrying 
an AMERICAN COOT.

Full ebird report with some images here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34800533

Good birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Subject: Tundra swan
From: Sharon Hull <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:46:57 -0800
Still in same field near Shorebird Ponds.
Sharon Hull

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Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: Sharon Hull <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:10:58 -0800
At least five individuals are still in the upper parking lot at Seacliff State 
Beach in Aptos. The operation of heavy equipment around where they hang out on 
the chain link fences did not seem to alarm them. 

Sharon Hull

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Subject: RE: Black-tailed Gull
From: "John Cant" <jgcant AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:08:55 -0800
I would be very grateful if anyone seeing this bird tomorrow or Friday would
phone the information to the Monterey Bay Bird Alert where I can access
information with my very primitive cell phone.

 

Many thanks,

 

John Cant

Fremont

 

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From: mbbirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:mbbirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Blake Matheson
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:07 PM
To: mbb AT biology.ucsc.edu
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black-tailed Gull

 

I was surprised to re-find the BLACK-TAILED GULL today at Point Pinos. A
photo is here. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34328261 AT N02/32216052694/in/datetaken-public/



 

Good birding,

Blake 

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only save the physical environment, you will ultimately lose both." E.O.
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Subject: Black-tailed Gull
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:07:25 -0800
I was surprised to re-find the BLACK-TAILED GULL today at Point Pinos. A
photo is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34328261 AT N02/32216052694/in/datetaken-public/

Good birding,
Blake
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Subject: SBT County: Road closures
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:33:08 -0800
HI, Birders,

I’m just now reading about the many road closures in San Benito County. 

Until we have several days in a row of dry weather, I would avoid anywhere in 
north county. Lover’s Lane and Frazier Lake Roads are closed. Driving Frye 
Lane is out of the question. San Felipe Road is reported as closed, north of 
Shore Road and between Fairview and Highway 156. Fairview Road is flooded in 
places and very hazardous. 


Quien Sabe Road between Highway 25 and Santa Ana Valley Road is closed due to a 
downed utility pole and transformer with wires across the road. Santa Ana 
Valley Road was officially closed yesterday, but I did drive it. Union Road was 
closed, at least yesterday. John Smith Road was flooded last night. Rocks Road 
is almost certainly flooded. Highway 152, Pacheco Pass was closed yesterday. 


Finally, and most important: Highway 25 (AKA: Airline Highway, Pinnacles 
Nat’l Park Highway) near Willow Creek has a flood watch in place until 3 pm 
today. If you are planning to go to Pinnacles, this is not the day to do that. 
You’d have to cross Willow Creek to do so. 


It is going to take some time to dry out. Even if it is not raining, pulling 
off on the shoulder of the road could be treacherous. I saw a large pickup 
truck mired in mud up to the floorboards yesterday on Santa Ana Valley Road. 


Today’s forecast calls for rain. Saturday and Sunday is forecast for heavy 
rains in San Benito County. 


Happy Trails,
Debi Shearwater


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Subject: Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:48:09 -0800
Steve, thanks for all the great pointers.

I should give credit where credit is due. Randy W. was the birder that 
questioned the initial id. He was quite right in calling it a Thayer's 
from the get go. Thanks Randy.

Cheers,

Pete

On 2/19/17 10:33 AM, stephengerow AT aol.com wrote:
> I think this is likely a Thayer's.  The close view of the orbital ring 
> does show a purplish orbital ring (orange-ish on Herring), a feature 
> that is hard to see in the field, but provides strong evidence.
>  I also agree with Pete's other pro-Thayer's points.  The pattern of 
> the underside of the wing tip on this gull shows just some black on 
> the trailing side of the wing tip. but essentially all pale on the 
> front (leading edge) of the primaries--the normal pattern for 
> Thayer's.  American Herring Gulls (at least the ones we get in 
> California) typically show a narrow wedge (a feather or two--usually 
> enough to show well in the field) of black on the leading edge or the 
> primaries.
> The structure (round-headed, small-ish billed, short legged) all seem 
> pretty good for Thayer's, and the size looks good-- close to (just 
> slightly larger) than the nearby California Gulls (although keep in 
> mind that size is quite variable in all the larger gulls).
> Addressing Pete's "anti-Thayer's" list-- the eye color in this bird is 
> darker than typical for an adult Herring, which usually have a fairly 
> unmarked pale yellow iris.  A smudged, darker-yellowish iris like in 
> this bird is not that unusual in Thayer's.
> Bill color on all the adult large gulls get brighter yellow in spring, 
> and this process varies among individuals.  I think the bill on this 
> bird may be in the process of getting brighter--it seems purer yellow 
> than the typical winter greenish-yellow for Thayer's and flesh-yellow 
> in Herrings.
> The leg color might not be the darkest, but I think it is within the 
> normal range of variation.
> Also the head streaking is fairly broad and smudgy on both the head 
> and the neck.  This is variable (like most gull things. . .), but 
> usually Herrings have finer and more distinct streaks, at least on the 
> head itself, and this bird looks more "average" for Thayer's streaking.
> So, from what I can see, this adds up fairly well to an adult Thayer's.
> Steve Gerow
> Santa Cruz
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pete Sole 
> To: mbbirds 
> Sent: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 7:28 am
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)
>
> All,
>
> A good birder has asked a very valid question:
>
> Is the reported HERRING GULL below actually a THAYER'S GULL?
>
> I'm no gull expert but here are a few more untouched images from a color
> standpoint, to help with the debate, as well as my own notes:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218a.jpg
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218b.jpg
>
> horrible blur but some color under the wingtips can be made out:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218c.jpg
>
> Evidence for Thayer's:
> - Eye ring looks more pink/purple than orange.
> - The wingtips are not dark black underneath.
> - Very rounded head.
>
> Argument against Thayer's include:
> - Pale eye, although a Sybley states that up to 10% have pale eyes
> - Bill looks fairly yellow, although the tip is more pale/translucent
> - Legs are not as dark pink as I'm used to for Thayer's
>
> Your thoughts?
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 2/18/17 7:11 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Inspired by Sharon Hull's reports of Bluebirds at Seacliff State
> > Beach, I went down to the ocean and shot a few fun photos of:
> >
> > WESTERN BLUEBIRDS
> > in the upper parking lot of Seacliff SB, by the fenced
> > equipment/supplies:
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218a.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218b.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218c.jpg 

>
> >
> >
> > COMMON MERGANSERS
> > in Aptos Creek:
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218c.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218d.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_f_170218e.jpg 

>
> >
> >
> > HERRING GULL
> > in Aptos Creek Mouth:
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218a.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218b.jpg 

>
> >
> > 
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218c.jpg 

>
> >
> >
> > Beats doing taxes. Besides it was highly therapeutic for my cold. :)
> >
> > Pete Sole'
> > not supposed to be birding today in Soquel, CA
> >
>
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Subject: Bird ID help
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:55:19 +0000 (UTC)
A friend sent me a video of a Merlin eating another bird. I cannot seem to ID 
the prey bird. I cannot think of, nor find in any book, a bird with all dark 
feathers and an exaggerated and over-proportionate rear claw on light colored 
legs. Look at the left leg at the 8 and 12 second mark. Anyone have any ideas? 

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Subject: harkins slough
From: "Heidi Sandkuhle" <mrskuhle AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:35:06 -0800
Richard and I did our Watsonville Wetlands survey this morning at Harkins 
Slough where the water crosses over the road by the dump, and at the Wetlands 
classroom and office area. 

Best bird for me was a COMMON GALLINULE down at the flooded roadway and a 
couple of WESTERN GREBES. 

Much of the dead branches and trees where all the cormorants, gulls, pelicans, 
etc. like to hang out is either below water or gone. 

The slough water appears very muddy, and today it was not very birdy, but then 
it was drizzly and cool. 

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Subject: Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)
From: stephengerow via mbbirds <mbbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:33:29 -0500
I think this is likely a Thayer's. The close view of the orbital ring does show 
a purplish orbital ring (orange-ish on Herring), a feature that is hard to see 
in the field, but provides strong evidence. 

 I also agree with Pete's other pro-Thayer's points. The pattern of the 
underside of the wing tip on this gull shows just some black on the trailing 
side of the wing tip. but essentially all pale on the front (leading edge) of 
the primaries--the normal pattern for Thayer's. American Herring Gulls (at 
least the ones we get in California) typically show a narrow wedge (a feather 
or two--usually enough to show well in the field) of black on the leading edge 
or the primaries. 

The structure (round-headed, small-ish billed, short legged) all seem pretty 
good for Thayer's, and the size looks good-- close to (just slightly larger) 
than the nearby California Gulls (although keep in mind that size is quite 
variable in all the larger gulls). 

Addressing Pete's "anti-Thayer's" list-- the eye color in this bird is darker 
than typical for an adult Herring, which usually have a fairly unmarked pale 
yellow iris. A smudged, darker-yellowish iris like in this bird is not that 
unusual in Thayer's. 

Bill color on all the adult large gulls get brighter yellow in spring, and this 
process varies among individuals. I think the bill on this bird may be in the 
process of getting brighter--it seems purer yellow than the typical winter 
greenish-yellow for Thayer's and flesh-yellow in Herrings. 

The leg color might not be the darkest, but I think it is within the normal 
range of variation. 

Also the head streaking is fairly broad and smudgy on both the head and the 
neck. This is variable (like most gull things. . .), but usually Herrings have 
finer and more distinct streaks, at least on the head itself, and this bird 
looks more "average" for Thayer's streaking. 

So, from what I can see, this adds up fairly well to an adult Thayer's.
Steve Gerow
Santa Cruz



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From: Pete Sole 
To: mbbirds 
Sent: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 7:28 am
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)

All,

A good birder has asked a very valid question:

Is the reported HERRING GULL below actually a THAYER'S GULL?

I'm no gull expert but here are a few more untouched images from a color 
standpoint, to help with the debate, as well as my own notes:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218b.jpg

horrible blur but some color under the wingtips can be made out:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218c.jpg

Evidence for Thayer's:
- Eye ring looks more pink/purple than orange.
- The wingtips are not dark black underneath.
- Very rounded head.

Argument against Thayer's include:
- Pale eye, although a Sybley states that up to 10% have pale eyes
- Bill looks fairly yellow, although the tip is more pale/translucent
- Legs are not as dark pink as I'm used to for Thayer's

Your thoughts?

Pete


On 2/18/17 7:11 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Inspired by Sharon Hull's reports of Bluebirds at Seacliff State 
> Beach, I went down to the ocean and shot a few fun photos of:
>
> WESTERN BLUEBIRDS
> in the upper parking lot of Seacliff SB, by the fenced 
> equipment/supplies:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218a.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218b.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218c.jpg 

>
>
> COMMON MERGANSERS
> in Aptos Creek:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218c.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218d.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_f_170218e.jpg 

>
>
> HERRING GULL
> in Aptos Creek Mouth:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218a.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218b.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218c.jpg 

>
>
> Beats doing taxes. Besides it was highly therapeutic for my cold. :)
>
> Pete Sole'
> not supposed to be birding today in Soquel, CA
>

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Subject: Re: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:28:13 -0800
All,

A good birder has asked a very valid question:

Is the reported HERRING GULL below actually a THAYER'S GULL?

I'm no gull expert but here are a few more untouched images from a color 
standpoint, to help with the debate, as well as my own notes:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218b.jpg

horrible blur but some color under the wingtips can be made out:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/gull/gull_170218c.jpg

Evidence for Thayer's:
- Eye ring looks more pink/purple than orange.
- The wingtips are not dark black underneath.
- Very rounded head.

Argument against Thayer's include:
- Pale eye, although a Sybley states that up to 10% have pale eyes
- Bill looks fairly yellow, although the tip is more pale/translucent
- Legs are not as dark pink as I'm used to for Thayer's

Your thoughts?

Pete


On 2/18/17 7:11 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Inspired by Sharon Hull's reports of Bluebirds at Seacliff State 
> Beach, I went down to the ocean and shot a few fun photos of:
>
> WESTERN BLUEBIRDS
> in the upper parking lot of Seacliff SB, by the fenced 
> equipment/supplies:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218a.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218b.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218c.jpg 

>
>
> COMMON MERGANSERS
> in Aptos Creek:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218c.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218d.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_f_170218e.jpg 

>
>
> HERRING GULL
> in Aptos Creek Mouth:
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218a.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218b.jpg 

>
> 
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218c.jpg 

>
>
> Beats doing taxes. Besides it was highly therapeutic for my cold. :)
>
> Pete Sole'
> not supposed to be birding today in Soquel, CA
>

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Subject: Fun with BlueBirds, Mergansers and Gulls (photos)
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:11:44 -0800
Hi,

Inspired by Sharon Hull's reports of Bluebirds at Seacliff State Beach, 
I went down to the ocean and shot a few fun photos of:

WESTERN BLUEBIRDS
in the upper parking lot of Seacliff SB, by the fenced equipment/supplies:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218a.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218b.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/bluebird_western_170218c.jpg 


COMMON MERGANSERS
in Aptos Creek:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218c.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_170218d.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/ducks_geese_swans/merganser_common_f_170218e.jpg 


HERRING GULL
in Aptos Creek Mouth:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218a.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218b.jpg 


http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_herring_170218c.jpg 


Beats doing taxes. Besides it was highly therapeutic for my cold. :)

Pete Sole'
not supposed to be birding today in Soquel, CA

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Subject: Golden Eagle at UCSC
From: Michael Bolte <bolte AT ucolick.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:19:36 -0800
Earlier this afternoon, there was a Golden Eagle flying and perched in some of 
the tallest trees on the left side of Hagar Drive (i.e. over the Great Meadow) 
on campus. 


Mike

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Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: Sharon Hull <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:13:37 -0800
In the upper parking lot at Seacliff State Beach. They are hanging out mostly 
on the chain-link fences that enclose gravel and big equipment. Three males and 
two females. 

Sharon Hull

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Subject: Flickr group
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:52:31 -0800
Just a reminder that there is a Monterey Bay Area Bird Photography group on
Flickr and we'd love your contributions highlighting the birds seen in our
area.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/mbbirdphotos/

Since our "focus" is on birding, please annotate your photos to identify
the birds featured and where you saw them.  If you are not already a member
of Flickr, free accounts are available.

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Subject: Reminder - SCBC Meeting February 23 - Penguins!
From: Georgette Neal <gl_neal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:31:36 +0000
Dear Fellow Birders:

The Santa Cruz Bird Club will host a presentation by renowned educator and 
birder, Nanci Adams, on Thursday, February 23, at 7:00, at the Museum of 
Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Nanci’s adventurous trip 
to Argentina for the Magellanic Penguins promises to be a topic as amusing as 
it will be informative. 


Please join us for an entertaining evening!

Georgette Neal
Programs Officer
Santa Cruz Bird Club

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Subject: Kittiwake
From: Jeff Wall <jhwall AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:17:46 +0000
               Hi MMB-

Today around 1:30 there was a Black-legged Kittiwake swimming in the mouth of 
Soquel creek in Capitola. It was flying around a bit, but seemed to return to 
the same spot. The best views are from the little passageway that runs between 
Zelda’s restaurant and My Thai Beach restaurant. 


Jeff Wall
Soquel, CA

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Subject: Baja college course in Marine Vertebrates
From: gmeyer <gmeyer AT csumb.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:11:44 -0800 (PST)
I am teaching a two week marine ecology course this summer in Baja, with an 
emphasis on birds, marine mammals and fish.  Daily field trips by boat to 
the "Galapagos of Mexico" with a dynamic, sub-tropical seabird community. 
 Open to all California residents, see attach flyer for more details - 
great deal and an amazing experience.

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Subject: Panoche Valley
From: Alexander Gaguine <gaguine AT baymoon.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:38:19 -0800
Sunday afternoon Tom Helman, Mary Ann Balian and I had great looks at a 
CASSIN’S KINGBIRD on Panoche Road, 200 yards east of New Idria Rd. junction. 
Sorry for the late report. 

Alexander
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Palm Warbler
From: Sharon Hull <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:40:10 -0800
Still behind Homeless Garden on black fence.
Sharon Hull
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Special Valentine's Day Audubon Presentation on Hummingbirds, tomorrow 2/14
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:26:50 -0800
Alejandro Rico-Guevara is an expert in all things “nectavorious” which
makes him an especially apt presenter for our Valentine's Day program,
falling as it does on that “sweetest” of all Holidays. Much of Alejandro's
work has focused on the evolution of Hummingbirds and their extraordinary
bills.  These bills function both as foraging tools as well as important
weapons in intra and interspecies conflicts. While he is currently based at
UC Berkeley much of his field work has been based in South American
hummingbird hotspots. Don’t miss this sweet treat. Significant others are
welcome!

Doors open at the PG Museum of Natural History at 700PM. Program to begin
at 730PM.

Also, if you haven't already done so, be sure to like us on Facebook at
Monterey.Audubon.

https://www.facebook.com/monterey.audubon/

Good birding,

*Blake T. Matheson*
Monterey Peninsula
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34328261 AT N02/
http://montereyaudubon.org/volunteers/blake-matheson.html
* "If you save the living environment, the biodiversity that we have left,
you will also automatically save the physical environment, too... If you
only save the physical environment, you will ultimately lose both." E.O.
Wilson. *

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Subject: Palm Warbler
From: Sharon Hull <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:22:50 -0800
At fence behind Homeless Garden until he flew off into field just now.
Sharon Hull
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Voicemail from CALLMaster
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Hi, you have new voicemail. 
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Subject: Re: Warbler
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:26:37 -0800 (PST)
BAWW continuing on February 12 at 1:20 PM at Bethany Curve. Foraged 
throughout the area, sticking to pines and willows. Distinct coloration.

On Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:24:35 AM UTC-8, smurphbird wrote:
>
> Black and white still here. Close to alta
>

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Subject: Re: Wandering Tattler
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:24:28 -0800 (PST)
WATA was continuing on February 12, about 100 yards to the east of Woodrowe 
Avenue foraging with some BLTUs and a SURF amongst the rocks. Bobbing tail. 
Slate gray overall, yellow legs, and a white eyebrow/band. Link to 
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34335939.

On Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:14:53 PM UTC-8, plants wrote:
>
> Early this afternoon, the continuing WANDERING TATTLER was on the cliff 
> face at West Cliff Dr.  just south of Woodrow, near the sea cave entrance.  
> Ebird report with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34181301. 
>
>
>  
>
> Sharon Hull
>
> Santa Cruz
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Subject: Re: Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:26:28 -0800 (PST)
PAWA continuing on February 12 from 3:10 PM to 3:25 PM between the railroad 
tracks and the housing complex behind the Homeless Garden on the black 
fence (near Antonelli Pond). Foraged in the brush behind the black fence, 
occasionally flying to the top of the fence or the middle. Eventually flew 
to the oaks, shrubs, and grasses on the north side of the pond to bathe and 
preen, where it stayed for 10 minutes before flying back to the black 
fence, where it began foraging in the brush again. Yellow tail coverts and 
rump, grayish-brown striping all over. White eyebrow. Bobbed tail 
continually.

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:38:25 AM UTC-8, Jonah Svensson wrote:
>
> At 5:00 PM between the railroad tracks and the housing complex on the 
> black fence behind the Homeless garden, there was a non-breeding Palm 
> Warbler (Brown/Western variant). Mixed with YRWAs and BLPHs, hopping, 
> darting, skittering, and moving amongst the brush, occasionally hopping up 
> onto the fence line. Non breeding Brown/Western subspecies, with a white 
> eyebrow and drab color overall (occasional gray streaks along a brownish 
> breast). Yellow/green undertail coverts and rump. Bobbed its tail 
> continually while foraging, and there was a small white flash when it was 
> in flight to another spot along the brush and fence line. Stayed for 
> roughly 4-5 minutes, then it flew farther down the fence closer to the pond 
> (near the railroad bridge and brush). Seen with Peter and Hanna Svensson.
>

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Subject: Re: Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:46:00 -0800 (PST)
Seen on February 11.

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:38:25 AM UTC-8, Jonah Svensson wrote:
>
> At 5:00 PM between the railroad tracks and the housing complex on the 
> black fence behind the Homeless garden, there was a non-breeding Palm 
> Warbler (Brown/Western variant). Mixed with YRWAs and BLPHs, hopping, 
> darting, skittering, and moving amongst the brush, occasionally hopping up 
> onto the fence line. Non breeding Brown/Western subspecies, with a white 
> eyebrow and drab color overall (occasional gray streaks along a brownish 
> breast). Yellow/green undertail coverts and rump. Bobbed its tail 
> continually while foraging, and there was a small white flash when it was 
> in flight to another spot along the brush and fence line. Stayed for 
> roughly 4-5 minutes, then it flew farther down the fence closer to the pond 
> (near the railroad bridge and brush). Seen with Peter and Hanna Svensson.
>

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Subject: Palm Warbler @ Antonelli Pond
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:38:25 -0800 (PST)
At 5:00 PM between the railroad tracks and the housing complex on the black 
fence behind the Homeless garden, there was a non-breeding Palm Warbler 
(Brown/Western variant). Mixed with YRWAs and BLPHs, hopping, darting, 
skittering, and moving amongst the brush, occasionally hopping up onto the 
fence line. Non breeding Brown/Western subspecies, with a white eyebrow and 
drab color overall (occasional gray streaks along a brownish breast). 
Yellow/green undertail coverts and rump. Bobbed its tail continually while 
foraging, and there was a small white flash when it was in flight to 
another spot along the brush and fence line. Stayed for roughly 4-5 
minutes, then it flew farther down the fence closer to the pond (near the 
railroad bridge and brush). Seen with Peter and Hanna Svensson.

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Subject: Birds through the mist
From: "Jeff Poklen" <jpkln AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:13:21 -0800
Heading south Friday morning with Barry McLaughlin who found his 1st Kittiwake!

6 photos at:
http://www.pbase.com/jpkln/gallery/current

Jeff Poklen
Santa Cruz   

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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwakes at Rio Del Mar Beach
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:47:35 +0000
Friday afternoon around 3:30pm there were 8 species of gulls at the Aptos Creek 
mouth. Among the flock of 200 plus gulls were two BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, one 
resting on the beach while another rode the current over and over as it bathed. 
Up the creek a hundred yards lounging on a sand bar were 9 COMMON MERGANSERS, 
three males and six females. 


Here is a link to my eBird report with some photos:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34289658



Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Subject: Tropical Kingbird
From: Kent <kentjohnson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:12:40 +0000
The Santa Cruz westside TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at the shore this morning, 
feeding from the little natural bridge on West Cliff Drive near Lighthouse 
Field. 



This afternoon a pair of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS was at Santa Cruz Memorial Park; I 
think this is a new wintering area for them. 



Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Subject: Warbler
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:24:33 -0800
Black and white still here. Close to alta

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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks at Del Monte Beach
From: "'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds" <mbbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 23:08:54 -0800
Hi all, 

Today I had four Long-tailed Ducks together at Del Monte Beach in Monterey. 
Very hard to get a photo of them together as they were 

constantly diving, but I persevered.  

Long-tailed Ducks, Del Monte Beach, Monterey, CA 
12-08-17 



Long-tailed Ducks, Del Monte Beach, Monterey, CA 
12-08-17 




Kent Van Vuren 
Prunedale, CA 

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Subject: Garfield Egrets
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg AT cruzio.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:13:53 -0800
Since I live very close, I checked out the egrets at Garfield Park this 
afternoon on my way to West Cliff. At 3:20 there were 6 Snowy Egrets but no 
Cattle; all had black bills, 5 had black legs and all had yellow feet. One did 
have yellowish legs as young birds do. 

Lois Goldfrank

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Subject: Re: Secondhand report of CATTLE EGRETS
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean AT baymoon.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:05:09 -0800
There have also been egrets at Frederick Street Park, for about a month. There 
are also egrets to be seen at the park-like area next to the school behind Our 
lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church ... off Frederick Street. I once saw an 
egret at Hestwood County Park on Harper Street. And that was not during a rainy 
season. 


Jean

On Feb 8, 2017, at 1:50 PM, waxwingboheme wrote:

> At Garfield Park in Santa Cruz on the flooded lawn. Today (8 Feb). I saw a 
photo and it looked good. 

> 
> Christian Schwarz 

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Subject: Secondhand report of CATTLE EGRETS
From: waxwingboheme <waxwingboheme AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:50:59 +0000
At Garfield Park in Santa Cruz on the flooded lawn. Today (8 Feb). I saw a
photo and it looked good.

Christian Schwarz

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:25:02 -0800
At noon Feb 8 there was a Red-necked Grebe near the end of the north jetty at 
Moss Landing 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Subject: Laguna Grande Warblers Feb 8
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:13:24 -0800
8:45am Black-throated Green Warbler seen in willows extreme corner of lake/park 
behind the Holiday Inn. 10am the Yellow-breasted Chat was in the willows along 
lake westish of a small deck not far from its usual hangout. 10:30am the Lucy's 
Warbler was behind the in&out burgers wall. 11am a White-throated Sparrow was 
along the trail behind Chili's. 


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Subject: Orchard Oriole
From: David Styer <david.styer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:28:26 +0000 (UTC)
The frustrating adult male Moss Landing Orchard Oriole is back in the 
passion-fruit vine, 2:15 - 2:20 pm, today, Feb 7. He has been flying between 
the leafless apple tree next to the arbor and the passion-vine on the arbor. 
The area can be viewed better from the back of the Moss Landing Cemetery than 
from Pieri Court. 

David Styer10923 Pieri Court

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Subject: Long Tailed Duck
From: Shantanu Phukan <phukan AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:08:45 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
The winter plumaged female Long Tailed Duck was at Moss landing harbor this 
afternoon--very actively diving but giving great looks. Also present were 13 
Brant Geese. 



Shantanu Phukan
Santa Cruz/San Jose

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Subject: Bald Eagles
From: Bernadette Ramer <baramer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:22:24 -0800
Today Lois Goldfrank and I birded College Lake and saw two adult BALD EAGLES 
sitting on the bank at the far side of the lake. It has been awhile since one 
has been reported there, the last time that I know of was January 1, 2017 by 
David Styer. 


In general the bird activity and numbers seemed low at College Lake and 
visibility difficult. 


At Pajaro Dunes, we saw a large feeling flock just offshore both in Santa Cruz 
and Monterey County. It included about 80 BONAPARTE'S GULLS AND 40 FORTER'S 
TERNS as well as numerous other common species. An oiled COMMON MURRE was on 
the beach being harassed by the gulls and was not long for this world (I did 
call and report it to Native Animal Rescue). Twenty SNOWY PLOVERS were also 
roosting on the beach. 


Bernadette Ramer and Lois Goldfrank
Santa Cruz

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Subject: Jetty road
From: Anna <amk17 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:56:58 -0800
This morning, 14 brant at jetty road.  

AKopitov 
Santa Cruz 

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Subject: Wandering Tattler
From: "Sharon Hull" <plants AT cruzio.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:14:51 -0800
Early this afternoon, the continuing WANDERING TATTLER was on the cliff face
at West Cliff Dr.  just south of Woodrow, near the sea cave entrance.  Ebird
report with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34181301. 

 

Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Subject: gull assistance
From: <amk17 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:38:34 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Hi Mbbers

If anyone has a moment, Pete Sole and I decided to id gulls at Waddell Creek 
Saturday morning. There was one odd gull that didn't seem to quite fit so I 
thought to share photos. 


https://www.flickr.com/gp/105361713 AT N07/012H79

The gull appears in most of the photos, for scale, except for the final 
digiscope photo which is an old photo from Tacoma, WA of a black-tailed gull. 
Otherwise, most of the photos are of a gull that is smaller than a herring 
gull, slightly larger than a California gull with pink legs, flesh or pink 
legs, white/blue bill, pale iris, interesting gray feathers at the back of the 
head growing in...of course it is in 2nd or 3rd winter phase, I think. 


Steve Gerow is leaning towards an odd small herring or herring hybrid. Any 
comments? Feel free to respond off MBB. 


Thanks!

AKopitov
Santa Cruz, CA

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: mdodder AT sbcglobal.net
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 19:23:54 -0800
At the end of our Panoche Valley tour, our group had a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER 
on Panoche Valley Road near Cottonwood Road. I believe this is also referred to 
as Graves Ranch. The bird was below the bridge in the trees along the shore. 
Photos will be posted as soon as available. The bird appeared to be a female 
with a completely white threat and no red on its nape. 


Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Subject: SCBC College Lake Field Trip Canceled
From: "Nicholas Levendosky" <n.levendosky AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:02:50 -0800
The Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip to College Lake tomorrow is CANCELED due
to the predicted inclement weather.

 

 

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Subject: Orchard Oriole
From: David Styer <david.styer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 17:18:42 +0000 (UTC)
The Moss Landing adult male Orchard Oriole has been on our arbor (9:08 am) and 
on the bottle-brush next to the arbor ( up to 9:12 am) today, 2/2/17. 

David Styer10923 Pieri Court

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Subject: Red-tailed Hawks: Time to Nest!
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:51:39 -0800
Hi birders,

Had a Red-tailed Hawk pair copulate in a Eucalyptus Tree about 100 yards 
from the house. (Sorry, no images. I take mostly family friendly 
pictures so don't ask. :)   )

Nest building or fix up in progress? According to the Cornell Lab of 
Ornithology, Red-tailed Hawks can start nesting as early as late Dec.

It will be spring soon, and with all this vegetation, lots of rodents, 
and with lots of rodents... hopefully lots of raptors!

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


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Subject: Re: PANOCHE VALLEY
From: "Heidi Sandkuhle" <mrskuhle AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:00:01 -0800
This morning I headed out to Panoche Valley with husband, Richard.
First stop at Paicines Reservoir saw very little water, but lots of AMERICAN 
PIPITS, 2 CANADA GEESE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GOLDEN EAGLE, COOPER’S HAWK, RT 
HAWK, a big flock of sheep and a coyote. 

Birding along the Panoche Rd., we saw 2 WT SWIFTS, PHAINOPEPLA, OAK TITMOUSE, 
RC KINGLETS, YB MAGPIES, lots of GC AND WC SPARROWS, ACORN WOODPECKERS, CA. 
THRASHER, several W. BLUEBIRDS, 2 HERMIT THRUSH, and a couple more LH SHRIKES. 

When we got to Panoche Valley, we saw SAVANNAH SPARROWS, LARK SPARROWS, lots of 
BREWERS and RW BLACKBIRDS---some forming huge flocks. 

Stopping for lunch on the road that runs past the school, we saw more LARK 
SPARROWS and about 20 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. We always check the field to the 
south of the school as we have seen MOUNTAIN PLOVERS there in the past. Today 
was no exception—a small flock was flushed from the field by some one on an 
ATV (on private land)—I counted about 20, but then a little bit later, some 
RAVENS moved toward the MT. PLOVERS moving them again, but when we looked 
through the scope, there were now lots more—maybe 80-100. They were very hard 
to count because of the distance. 

In the same area was also a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, RT HAWK, PRAIRIE FALCON, and a 
huge flock of FINCHES, HOUSE, we think, but they were distant, in front of the 
sun, and ever moving. 


It was a beautiful day out there, and good to get out of Watsonville, once we 
figured out a way around the landslides and flooded roads—but hey, it was 
better than yesterday when we were on Hwy. 17 on the way to San Jose and they 
closed the highway! 


Richard has posted all the birds seen, their numbers, and locations on ebird.

Heidi and Richard Sandkuhle
Corralitos


From: Kent 
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:42 PM
To: mbbirds AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] PANOCHE VALLEY

A family event in Hollister early this evening gave me a chance to spend the 
day birding the Panoche area. I can endorse Debi's view that this is still very 
worthwhile. Along Panoche Road between Pacines and the valley I found all the 
expected species (but not Lewis's Woodpecker) including PHAINOPEPLA'S at 
several spots (Miller's Ranch and Panoche Pass summit for two) and a 
RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW. At Panoche Valley were tons of LARK and SAVANNAH 
SPARROWS, HORNED LARKS, and TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS. I found two VESPER SPARROWS 
on Panoche Road west of Silver Creek Ranch and a ROCK WREN where the road 
crosses the creek. MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were widespread over the valley. I had 
PRAIRIE FALCONS at three different areas. By the time I headed up Little 
Panoche Road it was after 3 pm and there was no construction traffic. I took 
the sign indicating that traffic must stay on the pavement to refer to moving 
vehicles and parked off the road wherever I wanted. I did not, however, find 
any Mountain Plovers here (or elsewhere). This was the only place I saw a 
FERRUGINOUS HAWK. A pothole repair crew had obviously been at work along the 
road recently and it was in better condition than much of Panoche Road. I only 
went to the top of Shotgun Pass, where I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE. Just before 
leaving the valley I stopped at the Panoche Inn, which is now open, and was 
told that it would be open seven days a week hereafter and that sandwiches 
would be available as before and also 12" pepperoni pizzas. 




Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek






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Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:54 PM
To: mbbirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MBBIRDS] PANOCHE VALLEY 

Howdy, Birders,


It’s that time of year when many birders and birding groups head out to 
Panoche Valley to search for the special birds of the area. I’ve been 
inundated with emails for information. I hope this post will answer your 
questions. 



PANOCHE SOLAR: Yes, construction is taking place along Little Panoche Road from 
Shotgun Pass to the intersection with Panoche Road. The valley floor looks 
different and that is not going to change for the better. Prepare your eyes for 
that, if not your heart. Nevertheless, Panoche Valley is still very much worth 
a visit and it is entirely possible to have a very enjoyable birding time, away 
from the construction site. 



I suggest birding more regularly in areas where you may not have spent much 
time on past visits to the valley. These include: Panoche Road, New Idria 
Road— both the Griswold Hills and the grasslands, and Panoche Hills BLM area 
if the roads are dry, and Panoche Road along Silver Creek area to Jackass Pass, 
if the roads are dry. 



PANOCHE ROAD: If approaching the valley from Hollister via Hwy 25 and Panoche 
Road— I would suggest spending more time along Panoche Road itself. The road 
has many eBird hot spots, pullouts to park multiple vehicles, and beautiful 
scenery. Here is a link to my checklist during four hours of birding on January 
17: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33776834


Some highlights included: 2 pairs of GOLDEN EAGLES; WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS; 
singing CALIFORNIA THRASHERS; MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at the McCullough Ranch 
grasslands; 10 PHAINOPEPLAS; RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, and one CHIPPING SPARROW, 
for a total of 55 species of birds. I did not detect any Lewis’s Woodpeckers. 



PAICINES RESERVOIR is still bone dry. Water level is controlled by the county, 
not the landowner. I believe that water comes to Paicines via Hernandez 
Reservoir in south county. Hernandez is just beginning to have some water, 
after being bone dry, too. We welcome eBird checklists at Paicines Reservoir, 
even without the waterfowl. A FERRUGINOUS HAWK has been wintering there. Please 
make this a stationary checklist for this location alone. 



MOUNTAIN PLOVERS: I counted, one by one, 137 Mountain Plovers on 17 January 
along Norton Road near the school: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33780745 
This checklist has information about exactly where they were located along this 
road. It is going to be best to park on solid pavement near the school because 
of wet roads. The plovers were seen at this same location during the Panoche 
Valley CBC, December 30, 2016. 



DOUGLAS RANCH along Panoche Road has nearly 2000 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS present 
on a regular basis. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33780824 

I have not seen any Cassin’s Kingbirds during my recent visits. 


SILVER CREEK RANCH along Panoche Road to Panoche Creek has had various birds, 
but has not been as productive lately. I do NOT recommend driving through the 
creek unless you have a vehicle with high clearance and 4WD. Here’s a short 
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33780878 



GRISWOLD HILLS & NEW IDRIA: At this time, I think you’d be better off driving 
the grasslands of New Idria Road, rather than heading out to Silver Creek area. 
All of the birds found at Silver Creek are found in the Idria grasslands, 
including VESPER SPARROW and PRAIRIE FALCON. Note that the Griswold Hills BLM 
area has picnic tables and a restroom. ROCK and CANYON WRENS and CHUKAR are 
found in the Griswold Hills. You’ll need a high clearance vehicle to go all 
the way to the old quicksilver mining town of New Idria. I don’t recommend 
this area for birding at all due to drug issues. 



YTURIATE ROAD, one of the dirt roads that connects at Little Panoche Road is 
not drivable now that we’ve had more rain. I saw MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS and one 
MERLIN along this road: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33780454
Best not to risk getting stuck on this road, though. 


LITTLE PANOCHE ROAD: I saw a ‘BLACK’ MERLIN along Little Panoche Road, 
sitting on top of a solar post a couple weeks ago! However, I recommend caution 
birding along this road. There was a new sign up on January 17th which stated 
that one had to stay on the pavement along this road. I don’t know if this is 
a county sign (legal) or an illegal sign. The speed limit is 25 mph and the 
road has been patrolled by both CHP and county sheriffs. Be sure to wear your 
seat belt! The road is severely potholed. I would avoid birding along Little 
Panoche Road for the most part. It is not worth it. 



PANOCHE HILLS BLM area (Fresno County) has had BELL’S SPARROWS and a couple 
of photo-documented SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS recently. No Sage Thrashers were 
detected during the CBC on December 30, 2016. The road out to the radio station 
(?) had CHUKARS. It is best to park at the picnic and restroom location and 
walk from there if the roads are wet and muddy. 



MERCEY HOT SPRINGS (Fresno County) is one of the best places to see LONG-EARED 
OWLS. However, you’ll need to check their web site for birding details/phone: 
209-826-3388: 

http://www.merceyhotsprings.com/birding-rates/
      Birding Info | Mercey Hot Springs
      www.merceyhotsprings.com
 Mercey Hot Springs is a rustic, historical resort located on the western edge 
of Fresno County, 13 miles from Interstate 5, at exit 379 (Shields Avenue and 
Little ... 



Please do not try to sneak in! Birders who did this in the past are responsible 
for the issues that have come up at this location. No entry prior to 10 a.m. It 
is possible to camp or spend the night at one of their cabins. 



If approaching the valley from I-5, it would be best to contact CalTrans to 
make certain the road is open. I think it is open, but I don’t usually bird 
on that side. 



PANOCHE INN & STORE: I’ve been told that the inn has sold. I do not know if 
it is open for business. Every time I’ve been by during the last few visits, 
it was closed. Might be best to call them: 831-628-3538. 



WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS: The roads have suffered terribly due to the truck 
traffic. Some potholes could swallow half a VW Bug. At this time, I would stick 
to paved roads only. Even parking on the shoulder, if dirt, could get a car 
stuck. A trailing caravan of 20+ vehicles might have a difficult time out in 
the valley these days. I would suggest limiting the number of vehicles on field 
trips (for the sanity of the trip leader, if nothing else). 



SHOOTING: Target practice and hunting occur at the BLM lands. If at all 
possible, it is best to visit these places on a weekday rather than a weekend. 
They are much quieter at on the weekend. 



BEST BIRDING PLACES RIGHT NOW in the valley: Norton Road near the school; 
Douglas Ranch area along Panoche Road; New Idria Road grasslands; Panoche Road 
from Highway 25 to McCullough Ranch (24 miles of birding). 



If I forgot anything, or you have any questions, please email me directly (off 
the list serve): debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 

Please repost this post to any regional list serves that may be interested, or 
have field trips to the area. 



Spring is going to be very beautiful in Panoche Valley!


Mountain Plovers Forever,
Debi Shearwater


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: UCSC Arboretum
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:04:01 -0800
Hi birders,

Todd Newberry led a great little walk at the UCSC arboretum today.

Hightlights included:

- Multiple Hutton Vireos signing
- A visit by a local adult Cooper's Hawk
- The now famous, white, leucistic Anna's Hummingbird
- 7 or so Allen's Hummingbirds
- 3 or so California Thrashers
- 3 Western Bluebirds behind the arboretum, on the fence line leading up 
to the nest boxes put up for them.
A terrible, distant, experimental, digi-scoped iPhone image of the male 
blue bird is here:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/bluebird_western_170128a.jpg 


Full ebird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33988182

Thanks to Todd for leading a particularly birdie walk today.

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Subject: Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?
From: stephengerow via mbbirds <mbbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:13:28 -0500
The TUNDRA SWAN was still around later this morning. Mary Crouser and I saw it 
around 10 AM in the same area Bernadette described. It was close enough to the 
berm bordering the field that we could not see it while in the car, but it was 
easily visible when we were standing alongside the road. 

Steve Gerow
Santa Cruz



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To: Lisa Larson 
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Sent: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 10:58 am
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?


Bob and I saw the Tundra Swan this morning about 8:15 am in the green field 
along Shell Rd. on the entrance road to Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds area. It was 
fairly close to the road and we viewed from a distance so as not to disturb the 
bird. We went to Shorebird Pond and when we returned it wasn't there although 
we didn't take a lot of time looking. 



Bernadette and Bob Ramer
Santa Cruz

On Jan 28, 2017, at 9:20 AM, Lisa Larson wrote:



Thank you!


Swamp Sparrows seen and photographed by Pinto Lake boardwalk yesterday and 
Thursday. They are very, very skulky. Patience and quiet is required! 




-Lisa



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Subject: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:20:47 -0800
Thank you!

Swamp Sparrows seen and photographed by Pinto Lake boardwalk yesterday and
Thursday. They are very, very skulky. Patience and quiet is required!

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swan?
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:36:27 -0800
All,

Well, "upon further review of the play by the refs" ... it's a juvenile 
Tundra Swan.

What clinched the id for me in the end was:
1. The black on the back of the bill has a clear change in direction 
from diagonal to vertical.
2. The pink at the bottom of the lower mandible can be pink/red in some 
Tundras.

Thanks to Nick and Lois for sending additional references. See:
http://www.schmoker.org/BirdPics/TRUSs.html (4th image down)
http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org

Thanks also to Anna for trying to prevent me from making a fool of myself.

Cheers,

Pete

On 1/28/17 8:07 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> All,
>
> I took a number of images of this swan today, including a few close up 
> crops below. To me, this is quite an odd bird. (I generally defer to 
> the experts on species, and I suggest you do to.)
>
> Regardless, I can't help going out on a limb here and wonder if this 
> is not a Tundra.
>
> Evidence:
>
> Images:
>
> A. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128a.jpg
> B. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128b.jpg
>
> C. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128c.jpg
> D. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128d.jpg
>
> E. 
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128e.jpg
> F. 
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128f.jpg
>
> Odd notes of this individual:
>
> 1. Quite a bit of grey on the bird, could just be dirt, but boy this 
> thing looks motley looking.
> 2. The lower mandible has quite a bit of red instead of yellow. 
> Particularly visible in image D.
> 3. The color of the upper mandible is mostly black but shows some 
> discoloration in the center of the bill, that looks pinkish to me. See 
> images E and F
> 4. The face feathers makes a deep V into the upper mandible. See 
> images E and F and to a lesser extent A and B.
>
> Notes 2 and 4 make we wonder if this is a Trumpeter
> Notes 1 and 3 makes me wonder if this is a young Mute.
>
> I have about 40 more images of this bird if need be.
>
> Your thoughts? Deep breath, I'm going with Trumpeter. (Wait! Is that a 
> limb that I hear cracking?)
>
> Pete Sole'
> flapping against the tide in Soquel, CA
>

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Subject: Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:04:34 -0800
Mike, Frances, Anna and I saw it around 2pm this afternoon.

Pete

On 1/28/17 1:13 PM, stephengerow via mbbirds wrote:
> The TUNDRA SWAN was still around later this morning.  Mary Crouser and 
> I saw it around 10 AM in the same area Bernadette described.  It was 
> close enough to the berm bordering the field that we could not see it 
> while in the car, but it was easily visible when we were standing 
> alongside the road.
> Steve Gerow
> Santa Cruz
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bernadette Ramer 
> To: Lisa Larson 
> Cc: mbbirds 
> Sent: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 10:58 am
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?
>
> Bob and I saw the Tundra Swan this morning about 8:15 am in the green 
> field along Shell Rd. on the entrance road to Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds 
> area. It was fairly close to the road and we viewed from a distance so 
> as not to disturb the bird. We went to Shorebird Pond and when we 
> returned it wasn't there although we didn't take a lot of time looking.
>
> Bernadette and Bob Ramer
> Santa Cruz
> On Jan 28, 2017, at 9:20 AM, Lisa Larson wrote:
>
>     Thank you!
>
>     Swamp Sparrows seen and photographed by Pinto Lake boardwalk
>     yesterday and Thursday. They are very, very skulky. Patience and
>     quiet is required!
>
>     -Lisa
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Subject: Black-tailed Gull Reports
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:37:18 -0800
Hi Monterey Birders,

Any recent reports in the last few days of the Black-tailed Gull?

Nothing within the last week on ebird. The last MBB reports are from 1/18.

Thanks in advance,

Pete

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swan?
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:14:00 -0800
Correction on the links for images E and F:

E. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128e.jpg
F. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128f.jpg

Pete


On 1/28/17 8:07 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> All,
>
> I took a number of images of this swan today, including a few close up 
> crops below. To me, this is quite an odd bird. (I generally defer to 
> the experts on species, and I suggest you do to.)
>
> Regardless, I can't help going out on a limb here and wonder if this 
> is not a Tundra.
>
> Evidence:
>
> Images:
>
> A. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128a.jpg
> B. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128b.jpg
>
> C. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128c.jpg
> D. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128d.jpg
>
> E. 
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128e.jpg
> F. 
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128f.jpg
>
> Odd notes of this individual:
>
> 1. Quite a bit of grey on the bird, could just be dirt, but boy this 
> thing looks motley looking.
> 2. The lower mandible has quite a bit of red instead of yellow. 
> Particularly visible in image D.
> 3. The color of the upper mandible is mostly black but shows some 
> discoloration in the center of the bill, that looks pinkish to me. See 
> images E and F
> 4. The face feathers makes a deep V into the upper mandible. See 
> images E and F and to a lesser extent A and B.
>
> Notes 2 and 4 make we wonder if this is a Trumpeter
> Notes 1 and 3 makes me wonder if this is a young Mute.
>
> I have about 40 more images of this bird if need be.
>
> Your thoughts? Deep breath, I'm going with Trumpeter. (Wait! Is that a 
> limb that I hear cracking?)
>
> Pete Sole'
> flapping against the tide in Soquel, CA
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Subject: Re: MTY highlights updated... again
From: Don Roberson <creagrus AT montereybay.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:55:24 -0800
... and yet again with a new January photo of a rarity, thanks to Paul Fenwick. 
Update at 

http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTY_2017a.html

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Subject: Tundra Swan?
From: Pete Sole <pete AT lighthousenet.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:07:13 -0800
All,

I took a number of images of this swan today, including a few close up 
crops below. To me, this is quite an odd bird. (I generally defer to the 
experts on species, and I suggest you do to.)

Regardless, I can't help going out on a limb here and wonder if this is 
not a Tundra.

Evidence:

Images:

A. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128a.jpg
B. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128b.jpg

C. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128c.jpg
D. http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128d.jpg

E. http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128e.jpg
F. http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/swan_170128f.jpg

Odd notes of this individual:

1. Quite a bit of grey on the bird, could just be dirt, but boy this 
thing looks motley looking.
2. The lower mandible has quite a bit of red instead of yellow. 
Particularly visible in image D.
3. The color of the upper mandible is mostly black but shows some 
discoloration in the center of the bill, that looks pinkish to me. See 
images E and F
4. The face feathers makes a deep V into the upper mandible. See images 
E and F and to a lesser extent A and B.

Notes 2 and 4 make we wonder if this is a Trumpeter
Notes 1 and 3 makes me wonder if this is a young Mute.

I have about 40 more images of this bird if need be.

Your thoughts? Deep breath, I'm going with Trumpeter. (Wait! Is that a 
limb that I hear cracking?)

Pete Sole'
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Subject: Re: Has anybody seen the Tundra Swan today?
From: Bernadette Ramer <baramer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:47:30 -0800
Bob and I saw the Tundra Swan this morning about 8:15 am in the green field 
along Shell Rd. on the entrance road to Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds area. It was 
fairly close to the road and we viewed from a distance so as not to disturb the 
bird. We went to Shorebird Pond and when we returned it wasn't there although 
we didn't take a lot of time looking. 


Bernadette and Bob Ramer
Santa Cruz
On Jan 28, 2017, at 9:20 AM, Lisa Larson wrote:

> Thank you!
> 
> Swamp Sparrows seen and photographed by Pinto Lake boardwalk yesterday and 
Thursday. They are very, very skulky. Patience and quiet is required! 

> 
> -Lisa
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Subject: Pinto Lake LAGU cont.
From: Kumaran Arul <karul2 AT stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:06:54 +0000
I stopped by Pinto Lake this morning and although the entrance road was closed 
I was able to spot the 1st winter LAUGHING GULL from the walkway along the 
fence on Green Valley Rd. David and Nickie came by too. The gull flew around 
but came back regularly to the floating dock. I then stopped by the main 
(north) entrance of Pinto Lake and found (2) SWAMP SPARROWS and (2) WHITE 
THROATED SPARROWS in the area by the (flooded) boardwalk (along the trail at 
the water) just near the Lady of Guadalupe shrine. Hutton's Vireo was singing 
here, and a Sora called. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33928482

Kumaran Arul
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Subject: Birding the Blob - tomorrow in Santa Cruz
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao AT coastside.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:24:11 -0800
HI all, 

   Just in case anyone missed this talk last fall at Monterey Audubon or the
bird festival, I will be talking about seabirds and the weird ocean
situation we encountered during the last few years (the blob) tomorrow at
the Save Our Shores Sanctuary Speaker Series. Complementary food and beer -
make sure you RSVP. 

   Details are here: 

 

http://saveourshores.org/event/alvaro/?instance_id=1975

 

I urge you also to support groups such as Save Our Shores, Audubon, Santa
Cruz Bird Club etc. - the voice of those interested in conservation,
science, birding and the environment has to be heard now more than ever. I
will be doing a bit of gull watching on my way down there tomorrow, I hope I
can find a goody on my way down :) 

Alvaro 

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

  alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

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Subject: Re: Fw:[SBB] no Lucy's at Monterey today (please repost?)
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:47:49 -0800
I birded the north end of LGP yesterday  in search of the Lucy's. After a 
couple hours I finally had a quick view at 5pm when it perched on the willows 
directly behind In-N-Out. It perched for only enough time for me to ID it and 
then off it went south to the larger patch where the Chat has been seen. I 
spent another 30 minutes almost in the dark trying to re-find it without luck. 
I did also find the Black-throated Green just west of Chili's at the trail's 
turn. 


⁣-Chris Hartzell

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On Jan 24, 2017, 9:09 PM, at 9:09 PM, Dave Weber  
wrote: 

>Forwarding to mbbirds...
>
>Dave Weber,
>Milpitas
>by phone
>
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: [SBB] no Lucy's at Monterey today (please repost?)
>From: "stevjohnso AT yahoo.com [south-bay-birds]"
>
>To: south-bay-birds AT yahoogroups.com
>CC: 
>
>Hello, I have not been able to find a listserve or group for birding
>Monterey.  Please tell me where this should be posted, and I will do
>so. 
>
>I spent 3 full hours today covering the NW end of Laguna Grande Park
>today, searching for the "continuing" Lucy's Warbler, from 8-11 AM.  No
>luck with Lucy, but I did find many other nice birds at this gem of a
>park.
> 
>
>I went around the shoreline from Chili's on the NE shore, to the
>opposite point on the SW shore, concentrating on the reeds and willows
>near the In-and-Out burger.  Also a brief look at Roberts Lake, on the
>NW side of Del Monte Blvd, which appears to have some similar habitat
>for a Lucy's.
> 
>
> Best birds for my eyes were:
> 
>
> Sora
> Hermit Thrush
> Townsend's Warblers - 3 including a spectacular male
> Orange-crowned, Yellow-Rumped, and Yellowthroat
> 
>
>The Sora, the Thrush, and most of these warblers were either in the
>willows on the drive-through side of the In-and-Out; or in the trees
>along the Holiday Inn parking lot near that hotel's office.
> 
>
> -Steve Johnson
> visiting from Virginia this week
> 
>
>
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