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· Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds (Sep 29, 2016)
· Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips (Sep 29, 2016)
· Northern Gannet still present 12:40pm (Sep 29, 2016)
· Odd storm petrel - who knows what it was? A summary (Sep 29, 2016)
· Upcoming Pelagic Trips with Monterey Seabirds (Sep 28, 2016)
  1. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 8:19pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  3. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 7:22pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  5. Northern Gannet still present 12:40pm LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 3:29pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    
    At Pillar Point, north of Half Moon Bay, Nick and I along with Alvaro Jaramillo saw the NORTHERN GANNET perched on rocks just off the beach. Its yellowish head was evident on this overcast day.
    
    Good Birding!
    
    Mary & Nick Freeman
    
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. Odd storm petrel - who knows what it was? A summary LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 12:45am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello Calbirders      On Sept 15, we observed a very odd Leach’s group storm-petrel off Half Moon Bay, I posted about it at the time and thought I would give a wrap up on this critter. Here are the photos, and video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/29629732081/in/datetaken-public/ We wondered if it was a Townsend’s Storm-Petrel. For those of you wondering, what the heck is that It is a newly separated species previously lumped with Leach’s Storm-Petrel, it shows up rarely in Southern California and breeds off Guadalupe Island in Baja. In the field our bird looked very small, but it was missing much of the tail, some of the uppertail coverts and inner wing feathers. This made identification difficult to say the least! I have not been to the museum to look at the Leach’s group storm petrels, but think this bird will have to remain unidentified until there is a better grasp of variation in wing pattern/shape features that may separate between Townsend’s and Leach’s. In summary: Pro Townsend’s: 1) it looked very small, smaller than Ashy 2) body looked quite dark 3) Bill was not large 4) wings appeared rounded, short. Pro Leach’s 1) the upperwing bar was bright and bold 2) it is expected in Half Moon Bay Pro leave it unidentified 1) It was missing a ton of feathers! No way to assess tail shape. 2) darkness of body and size not assessed in direct comparison 3) it was very tame, easily approached, and this odd behavior could have influenced 4) odd flight style noted likely due to so many missing feathers.   In any case, this was a wonderful bird to learn from. The duller upper wing bar of Townsend’s is an interesting and perhaps key feature to focus on in well identified and photographed birds. Variation in this feature will be key in seeing how reliable it is, on average this pattern should become more contrasting as a bird wears and fades. But at this time of year it appears to be noticeably or significantly duller in Townsend’s it seems as compared to Leach’s. So, what to look for in Townsend’s then 1) small 2) rounded winged appearance 3) short tail with shallow fork, suggesting Wedge-rumped 4) dull upper wing bar 5) smallish bill 6) darker body plumage than Leach’s.   I look forward to getting down to San Diego in October and perhaps getting out on the ocean and maybe seeing some comparison birds. I will be talking at the San Diego Field Ornithologists on Oct 18, the title is Birding The Blob about weather, warm water, seabirds and our California Oceanography. http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/page_id=61   Two more pelagics left for us out of Half Moon Bay, including one this Saturday: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ Flesh-footed Shearwater showed up last week, hopefully another will turn up this Saturday. Great birding to you all. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  9. Upcoming Pelagic Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016 @ 10:02pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello- I am writing to you on behalf of Monterey Seabirds, an organization that offers pelagic birding trips in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We are announcing our calendar for the rest of the year (2016). We have 8 hour excursions planned for the following dates: October 1 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 15 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 23
    Trips depart at 7:30am and check in is at 7am. Tickets are $130 per person. Please bring your own lunch and be prepared for any type of weather while onboard. We are also very likely to see marine mammals and possibly a variety of fishes including sharks in addition to birds. More information can be found, and reservations can be made at montereyseabirds.com or by calling 831-375-4658.
    We have been sighting up to 5 different species of shearwaters, all three species of jaegars, cassin's and rhino auklets, tufted puffin, black-footed albatross and a variety of other species. This also the time of year when more winter birds are coming to the area.
    We are also looking for potential trip leaders and spotters, if you are interested please email Katlyn Taylor at  mbwwassistant@... .  Thank you, Katlyn Taylor Monterey Bay Whale Watch & Monterey Seabirds
    
    --
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  11. Yellow-green Vireo Pt. Reyes LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016 @ 7:31pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Noah Arthur and I located a Yellow-green Vireo at 11:45 am today. The bird was in fennel on the outer western slope at the Lighthouse, just past the residence. It was photographed and also viewed later on by other birders. Details on North Bay In-bird and photos forthcoming and on Marin-Sonoma Facebook.
    
    John Kendall
    
    Warsaw, IN
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  13. Re: [CALBIRDS] Dusky Warbler, 9/26/16, 0720 to 0920 hr. LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2016 @ 9:41pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Not as of 11:30am.
    Dan Brown,
    Sacramento
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Ken kenpoe@... [CALBIRDS]"
    Date: 9/27/16 6:08 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Dusky Warbler, 9/26/16, 0720 to 0920 hr.
    
     Anyone see the Dusky today, Tuesday
    
    Ken Poerner, Fairfield
    
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
    
     Folks:
    
    Over this two-hour period the DUSKY WARBLER was seen from Google
    
    Maps: 37.661220, -122.384431 to 37.660997, -122.382483, about 170
    
    m. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS that foraged together were seen over
    
    that same range and time period.
    
    Bill Bousman
    
    Menlo Park
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Dusky Warbler, 9/26/16, 0720 to 0920 hr. LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2016 @ 6:08pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Anyone see the Dusky today, Tuesday
    
    Ken Poerner, Fairfield
    
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
    
    On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:54 PM, Bill Bousman barlowi@... [CALBIRDS]
    wrote:
    
     Folks:
    
    Over this two-hour period the DUSKY WARBLER was seen from Google
    
    Maps: 37.661220, -122.384431 to 37.660997, -122.382483, about 170
    
    m. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS that foraged together were seen over
    
    that same range and time period.
    
    Bill Bousman
    
    Menlo Park
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  17. Dusky Warbler still present at 12:30 pm today LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 2:46pm, 4 day(s) ago
    A few of us got to see and hear the Dusky Warbler in the large patch of fennel on the south east side of the UPS Bld off Gull Dr. It was moving all along the creek mainly up and down the fennel and occasionally in the few Toyon bushes along the bank. Also, at least one Clay colored sparrow present
    
    Juan-Carlos Solis
    
    QuetzalAdventures.com
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  19. Dusky Warbler still being seen as of 1450 Monday 20160926. LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 3:01pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Seen here: Dropped Pin
    near 406-412 Marina Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    https://goo.gl/maps/p5xJyv6BRUu
    
    Listen for its FOSP/LISP like chip note. Heard it give the call perhaps 20-30 times in 3 hours. Got a few recordings. Stand by for my checklist. See cumulatively for about 20 minutes in those 3 hours.
    
    Flock on!
    
    Elias/
    Arcata CA
    Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
    Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254
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  21. Dusky Warbler, 9/26/16, 0720 to 0920 hr. LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 12:54pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Folks:
    
    Over this two-hour period the DUSKY WARBLER was seen from Google
    
    Maps: 37.661220, -122.384431 to 37.660997, -122.382483, about 170
    
    m. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS that foraged together were seen over
    
    that same range and time period.
    
    Bill Bousman
    
    Menlo Park
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  23. Dusky Warbler pix LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 1:05pm, 5 day(s) ago
    This morning (9/25/16) the DUSKY WARBLER foraged in the fennel patch downhill from Marina Blvd in South San Francisco, providing goodish views to a happy batch of birders. Photography was challenging as the bird stayed down in the fennel and the distance was substantial, but I managed a few ok shots to serve as mementos of the occasion as well as documentation, and I'm sure others did so as well.
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/164158190
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/164158187
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/164158188
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/164158191
    
    Big thanks to Ron Thorn for spotting this great rarity!
    
    --
    
    Tom Grey
    www.pbase.com/tgrey
    tgreybirds.com
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  25. more documentation of Dusky Warbler- 9/24/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 12:22pm, 5 day(s) ago
    To add to the growing file of photo documentation for the fantastic find by Ron Thorn from 9/24, here are 10 more shots of the Dusky Warbler that show all the field marks. Lucky to get what I did of this fidgety bird in the dense fennel.
    http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h33c26ec7#h23838ba3
    
    Good Birding
    
    Mark Rauzon Oakland
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  27. Re: [CALBIRDS] Dusky Warbler Not Yet - Stay on top hill LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 10:00am, 5 day(s) ago
    Echoing Kevin's note…
    I would also add that from last night's experience,
    it seems the uphill access point and visibility are better.
    
    Matthew Dodder
    Mountain View
    
    On Sep 25, 2016, at 7:58 AM, " kevinagin@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     No sign of the Dusky Warbler yet this morning. But wanted to send out a quick note to mention that the UPS security guard asked that we not be in their property. It seems they are fine with us at the top of the hill, but he asked we not bird from bottom of the hill.
    
    Kevin Gin
    
    San Jose
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  29. Dusky Warbler Not Yet - Stay on top hill LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 7:58am, 6 day(s) ago
    No sign of the Dusky Warbler yet this morning. But wanted to send out a quick note to mention that the UPS security guard asked that we not be in their property. It seems they are fine with us at the top of the hill, but he asked we not bird from bottom of the hill.
    
    Kevin Gin
    
    San Jose
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  31. Dusky warbler correction. LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 9:50am, 5 day(s) ago
    It's Marina Blvd not Oyster Point Blvd
    
    Dave Weber,
    
    Milpitas
    
    by phone
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  33. Dusky Warbler South San Francisco, San Mateo county LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 9:44am, 5 day(s) ago
    Dusky warbler very cooperative this morning Sep25 8:30 to 9:30. In South San Francisco, along/below Oyster Point Blvd before entance booth to county park, apparently no fee to park. Bird covers 100 yds plus of mostly fennel between road and a channel, calling frequently. Patience = great views.
    
    Dave Weber,
    
    Milpitas
    
    by phone
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  35. Dusky Warbler present LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 8:37am, 5 day(s) ago
    The Dusky Warbler has turned up.It is flying up and down the channel that runs from the fennel patch where it was originally seen towards the bay.
    
    It can cover significant distances in one flight but tends to call as it is flying.
    
    Gary Meyer
    San Francisco
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  37. Re: Dusky Warbler *not* seen (yet) LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 8:18am, 5 day(s) ago
    REFOUND!  Spotted by Phil Eager in fennel to the east of the largest patch.
    
    On Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 7:53 AM Adam Winer < awiner@... > wrote:
    
    As of 7:50, no sight (or sound) of the Dusky Warbler in South San Francisco.
    
    -- Adam Winer
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  39. Dusky Warbler *not* seen (yet) LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 7:54am, 6 day(s) ago
    As of 7:50, no sight (or sound) of the Dusky Warbler in South San Francisco.
    
    -- Adam Winer
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  41. RE: [CB] Fwd: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER in San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 9:18pm, 6 day(s) ago
    W e have been advised the bird was seen and heard up until 6:40pm tonight. For people coming from outside the area. It was 86+ degrees
    here today and it was clear tonight. Hopefully it will stay for others to enjoy. If you do try tomorrow please keep posting positive or negative reports so others have an opportunity to see the Dusky Warbler or not travel up here.
    Thanks so much and have a great evening, Ron and Leonie
     From: countybirders@yahoogroups.com [mailto:countybirders@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of Leonie F Batkin lbatkin@... [countybirders]
    
    Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 6:49 PM
    
    To: Penbirds ; Calbirds ; County Birders
    
    Cc: Tronthorn@...
    
    Subject: [CB] Fwd: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER in San Mateo County
    
    
    
    Hi everyone,
    We are receiving emails for directions and sightings after 2pm. Please post any afternoon and early evening sightings so that we can assist others wanting to come long distances. We are extremely grateful to all the local birders who responded
    quickly to our request for camera and camera people.Great to meet folks and share this amazing bird!
    Ron and Leonie
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: Leonie F Batkin < lbatkin@... >
    
    Date: September 24, 2016 at 10:43:06 AM PDT
    
    To: Leonie F Batkin < lbatkin@... >
    
    Cc: " peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com " < peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: Re: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER
    Better directions:
    Take the Oyster Point Blvd exit off Highway 101 head towards the Bay. Turn right on Marina. Immediately on the left is the Inn at Oyster Point. Across from the Inn is an open field with a large patch of fennel.Walk up the hill. The bird
    is in the fennel patch between the fence behind the UPS building and the top of the hill.It is skulking in the lower vegetation. Best legal parking is at the marina at the end of Marina and walk back to the fennel patch.
    Leonie
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Sep 24, 2016, at 10:22 AM, Leonie F Batkin
    lbatkin@... [peninsula-birding] < peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
     Ron just found a DUSKY WARBLER in South San Francisco. Our camera battery is dead. We hope someone can get here with a camera. It is In a fennel patch off Gull Drive behind the UPS building. Can also get here from road where the Inn is at Oyster Point harbor.
    
    Email me privately with your number if you wish better directions. Sorry for the short note.
    
    Ron Thorn
    
    Leonie Batkin
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  43. Dusky Warbler, 9/24 sunny side images LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 7:04pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up on the south side of
    the ditch.
    
    Everyone else was viewing and photographing the Dusky Warbler from
    the
    
    north side of the ditch. Their images are either back lit or
    shaded.
    
    However, the images that I show here are blown out by harsh sun.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/albums/72157673158387481/with/29823544111/
    
    Tiny, skulky bird -- it was difficult to image. But at least
    
    it was possible to view. I am very happy about the latter. The
    images in
    
    the album are from many angles, so I think you'll be able to
    discern
    
    many of the distinguishing features. I hope that it will continue tomorrow and more images will
    emerge.
    
    Michael Park
    
    Berkeley
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  45. Fwd: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER in San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 6:48pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone,
    We are receiving emails for directions and sightings after 2pm. Please post any afternoon and early evening sightings so that we can assist others wanting to come long distances. We are extremely grateful to all the local birders
    who responded quickly to our request for camera and camera people.Great to meet folks and share this amazing bird!
    Ron and Leonie
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    From: Leonie F Batkin < lbatkin@... >
    
    Date: September 24, 2016 at 10:43:06 AM PDT
    
    To: Leonie F Batkin < lbatkin@... >
    
    Cc: " peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com " < peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: Re: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER
    
    Better directions:
    Take the Oyster Point Blvd exit off Highway 101 head towards the Bay. Turn right on Marina. Immediately on the left is the Inn at Oyster Point. Across from the Inn is an open field with a large patch of fennel.Walk up the hill.
    The bird is in the fennel patch between the fence behind the UPS building and the top of the hill.It is skulking in the lower vegetation. Best legal parking is at the marina at the end of Marina and walk back to the fennel patch.
    Leonie
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Sep 24, 2016, at 10:22 AM, Leonie F Batkin
    lbatkin@... [peninsula-birding] < peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Ron just found a DUSKY WARBLER in South San Francisco. Our camera battery is dead. We hope someone can get here with a camera. It is In a fennel patch off Gull Drive behind the UPS building. Can also get here from road where the Inn is at Oyster Point harbor.
    
    Email me privately with your number if you wish better directions. Sorry for the short note.
    
    Ron Thorn
    
    Leonie Batkin
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  47. South San Francisco Dusky Warbler LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 5:14pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    Some notes and mediocre photos of the bird from today: http://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-siberian-express-comes-to-san-mateo.html
    
    Steve Tucker
    Albany, CA
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  49. RE: Fwd: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 12:17pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Please ignore last double posting.My Outlook gave me the pen-bird version and tossed the CALBIRDS one....that is what happens when both groups are addressed in the same email.
    
    Mike Feighner
    Livermore, California
    
    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Leonie F Batkin lbatkin@... [peninsula-birding]"
    Date: 9/24/16 11:34 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: Calbirds , Penbirds
    Subject: Fwd: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER
    
    Dusky Warbler still being seen.Other observers. No good photos yet a real skulker is flying around and calling.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    From: "Leonie F Batkin lbatkin@... [peninsula-birding]" < peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Date: September 24, 2016 at 10:22:12 AM PDT
    
    To: " peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com " < peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [pen-bird] DUSKY WARBLER
    
    Reply-To: Leonie F Batkin < lbatkin@... >
    
     Ron just found a DUSKY WARBLER in South San Francisco. Our camera battery is dead. We hope someone can get here with a camera. It is In a fennel patch off Gull Drive behind the UPS building. Can also get here from road where the Inn is at Oyster Point harbor.
    
    Email me privately with your number if you wish better directions. Sorry for the short note.
    
    Ron Thorn
    
    Leonie Batkin
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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