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· Re: CALBIRDS @yahoogroups.com vs @groups.io (TODAY)
· CALBIRDS @yahoogroups.com vs @groups.io (Nov 14, 2018)
· Re: Long-eared Owl location? (Nov 14, 2018)
· Re: Long-eared Owl location? (Nov 13, 2018)
· Long-eared Owl location? (Nov 13, 2018)
  1. Re: CALBIRDS @yahoogroups.com vs @groups.io LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:17pm
    To all,
    
    We can make sure we are posting to the NEW, correct CALBIRDS@groups.io by
    saving a message FROM that address, then replying to it when we want to
    make a posting. Make sure to delete all the subject line, text, etc.
    irrelevant to your posting.
    If you use a CALBIRDS address that's already in your address book or
    email system, you'll likely wind up with the OLD, incorrect
    CALBIRDS@... address.
    Chuck Almdale
    
    North Hills, Ca.
    
    toggle quoted message . . .
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  3. CALBIRDS @yahoogroups.com vs @groups.io LINK
    DATE: Nov 14, 2018 @ 10:24pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This is confusing: it seems that CALBIRDS is currently alive at both at groups.io and at yahoogroups.com .
    The recent "Long-eared Owl location" posts showed up at the new groups.io : https://groups.io/g/CALBIRDS/topic/long_eared_owl_location/28124616
    
    But the equally recent "Eurasian Skylark in Del Norte County" posts appeared at old Yahoo groups: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/conversations/messages/13839
    
    Disabling posts to calbirds@... would probably be a good idea to make a clean switch.
    
    Wim van Dam Solvang, CA
    
    
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  5. Re: Long-eared Owl location? LINK
    DATE: Nov 14, 2018 @ 12:11am, 2 day(s) ago
     
    
       This started in the 80's because a pair
         of Spotted Owls were reported on the LA bird alert line as being
         at Switzer Campground.  They were shot with ranger reported
         bodies dumped in trash barrels there................
    
        
    
         Wanda Dameron
    
         San Fernando Valley
    
        
    
         On 11/13/2018 11:42 AM, Chuck & Lillian wrote:
    
      
      
        
         To All:
    
         In many prior discussions over decades over many bird-chat-lines,
         the
         observation has often been made that telling strangers (or chat
         lines)
         just where to find hawks, falcons, owls, etc. is Not A Good
           Idea .
         The electronic walls have Eyes, and there are Those that like to
         go
         capture raptors and/or steal their eggs. Don't make it easy for
         them.
    
        
    
         If you are quite sure the inquirer is not such a Person, go ahead.
    
         But don't ever broadcast your information on this or any other
         chat
         line.
    
        
    
         Frankly, giving such information to an unknown and
         poorly-identified
         "K Phillips," first time poster, no address given, seems naive.
         Mr. or Ms. Phillips better come up with some legitimacy for their
         request
         and/or known birders who will vouch for them.
    
        
    
         Chuck Almdale
    
         North Hills, Ca.
    
        
    
         At 08:34 AM 11/13/2018, K Phillips via Groups.Io wrote:
    
         Hi All, This is my
           first
           post and a bit of a stretch, but...
    
          
    
           Years ago, when I was doing Hawk Watch with David Barry at
           Jenner, there
           were Long-eared Owls wintering on Hwy 5 near Kettleman City.
    
           Does anyone know if that is still the case I think I know the
           exit, but
           not which side of the freeway, or in which direction to look.
          
    
          
    
           I don't know about protocol for detailing bird locations, but
           could
           someone PM me with info if not appropo to reply here I do not
           use
           playback, nor do I photograph, just want to see these amazing
           birds and
           this is my first chance in 5 years. That's how long I've been
           thinking about them! lol.
    
          
    
           Thanks all, K
        
       
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  7. Re: Long-eared Owl location? LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2018 @ 11:44am, 2 day(s) ago
    To All:
    
    In many prior discussions over decades over many bird-chat-lines, the
    observation has often been made that telling strangers (or chat lines)
    just where to find hawks, falcons, owls, etc. is Not A Good Idea .
    The electronic walls have Eyes, and there are Those that like to go
    capture raptors and/or steal their eggs. Don't make it easy for
    them.
    If you are quite sure the inquirer is not such a Person, go ahead.
    
    But don't ever broadcast your information on this or any other chat
    line.
    Frankly, giving such information to an unknown and poorly-identified
    "K Phillips," first time poster, no address given, seems naive.
    Mr. or Ms. Phillips better come up with some legitimacy for their request
    and/or known birders who will vouch for them.
    Chuck Almdale
    
    North Hills, Ca.
    
    toggle quoted message . . .
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  9. Long-eared Owl location? LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2018 @ 8:58am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi All, This is my first post and a bit of a stretch, but...
    
    Years ago, when I was doing Hawk Watch with David Barry at Jenner, there were Long-eared Owls wintering on Hwy 5 near Kettleman City.
    Does anyone know if that is still the case I think I know the exit, but not which side of the freeway, or in which direction to look.
    
    I don't know about protocol for detailing bird locations, but could someone PM me with info if not appropo to reply here I do not use playback, nor do I photograph, just want to see these amazing birds and this is my first chance in 5 years. That's how long I've been thinking about them! lol.
    
    Thanks all, K
    
    
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  11. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Nov 6, 2018 @ 11:04am, 9 day(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    In mid December the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records, for which we have little or no documentation. If you have any documentation
    to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you.
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas A. Benson
    Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
    
    2018-200 Broad-billed Hummingbird (1), 1-3 Oct 2018, Bishop, INY
    2018-121 Broad-billed Hummingbird (1), 2-6 Sep 2018, Bolinas, MRN
    2018-143 Tricolored Heron (1), 13 Sep-9 Oct 2018, Oceanside, SD
    2018-170 Tricolored Heron (1), 3 Oct-11 Oct 2018, Sweetwater Marsh & San Diego River, SD
    2018-062 Mississippi Kite (1), 13-15 Jun 2018, Alisal Road in Solvang, SBA
    2018-120 Greater Pewee (1), 2-3 Sep 2018, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, SD
    2018-053 White-eyed Vireo (1), 1-6 Jun 2018, Oceano Campground, SLO
    2018-145 White-eyed Vireo (1), 15 Sep 2018, Muir Beach, MRN
    2018-174 White Wagtail (1), 6-7 Oct 2018, Fiesta Island, SD
    2018-198 Rusty Blackbird (2), 26-28 Oct 2018, Baker sewage ponds, SBE
    2018-047 Common Grackle (1), 26 May-19 Jun 2018, Bridgeport Reservoir, MNO
    2018-128 Golden-winged Warbler (1), 5 Sep 2018, Bodega Bay, SON
    2018-175 Blue-winged Warbler (1), 8-9 Oct 2018, Carmel River, MTY
    2018-186 Blue-winged Warbler (1), 13-15 Oct 2018, Carpinteria Creek, SBA
    2018-055 Grace's Warbler (1), 24 May-29 Jul 2018, Bald Mountain Road near June Lake, MNO
    2018-078 Grace's Warbler (1), 15-28 Jul 18, Chilao Visitor Center, LA
    
    What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the
    CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ), or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).
    
    Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable)
    photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That
    really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people,
    then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively
    short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please
    contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
    
    Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location,
    at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally,
    this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate
    a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation,
    and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used,
    distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
    
    
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  13. Varied Bunting, Santa Barbara County, 2018-11-03 (i.e. old news) LINK
    DATE: Nov 6, 2018 @ 10:04am, 9 day(s) ago
    FYI: Last Saturday afternoon Wes Fritz found and photographed a Varied Bunting at Gaviota State Park Beach, Santa Barbara County. Despite significant efforts then, it has not been refound.
    https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/gaviota_bunting/27844939
    
    Wim van Dam Solvang, CA
    
    
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  15. Benicia CBC is on Monday Dec 17, 2018 LINK
    DATE: Nov 6, 2018 @ 9:45am, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi CAL Birders,
    The Benicia CBC is scheduled for Monday Dec 17, 2018. We cover both Napa and Solano Counties. I am hopeful that I'll be able to hire a boat to bird Grizzly Bay this year. If you are interested in doing this for about $20 for a day on a boat, please let me know. I'll accept birders of all levels of expertise. We still have a free potluck dinner after the count.
    Best birding,
    Robin Leong
    Compiler of the Benicia CBC
    Vallejo, CA
    
    
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  17. adult Rusty Blackbird at Galileo 11/05/18 LINK
    DATE: Nov 5, 2018 @ 7:28pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Today, Monday, 11/05/18, we observed an adult Rusty Blackbird at Galileo. It was seen next to the creek that is
    across from the main hotel.
    Ken and Brenda
    Bakersfield
    
    
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  19. Downtown San Diego Purple Gallinule *deceased* partial specimen, Nov 02, 2018 LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2018 @ 2:53pm, 12 day(s) ago
    I heard from visiting seabird biologist Michael Force last night that earlier in the day, while walking near the Crosby Street pier just south of downtown San Diego, he had come across a partial carcass of a dead bird laying on the roadside along Harbor Drive that he thought might be a PURPLE GALLINULE. I went down there this morning and after some searching around found the leg and wing, with a few tidbits of body and feathers hanging on, of what I think does appear to be this species.
    I put a series of photos on my blog since dead birds cannot be entered into eBird. See the link here http://www.sandiegobirding.com/p=5896
    I will add that just two months ago a live Purple Gallinule was captured in downtown Ensenada, Mexico, about 60 miles south of here. Links to eBird checklists showing that bird also in the blog post.
    
    --
    Gary Nunn
    you can find me on twitter, @garybnunn
    
    
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  21. Re: Please sign me up LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2018 @ 12:47pm, 22 day(s) ago
    Hi Debi!
    Where is the info on the Galapagos and other international destinations
    Ed
    
    toggle quoted message . . .
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  23. Please sign me up LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2018 @ 8:02am, 23 day(s) ago
    DEBRA SHEARWATER Shearwater Journeys, Inc. PO Box 190 Hollister, CA 95024 831.637.8527 debi@... www.shearwaterjourneys.com www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys Siberias Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper- 25 June - 9 July 2019 Galapagos Islands: 30 October - 12 November 2019
    
    
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  25. Gannet in San Francisco LINK
    DATE: Oct 22, 2018 @ 7:48pm, 24 day(s) ago
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  27. RED-FOOTED BOOBY & IT'S A WRAP LINK
    DATE: Oct 22, 2018 @ 3:56pm, 24 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys last pelagic trip of the 2018 fall season was yesterday, October 21, departing from Montereys Fishermans Wharf.
    The highlight of the day was when Linda Terrill spotted a RED-FOOTED BOOBY about 12:27 p.m. in Santa Cruz County! It was a thrilling moment for everyone on board, especially Jim Lomax (who, I am certain did not think he would tick a new bird for Santa Cruz County!)
    Linda spotted the booby in a small flock of feeding gulls and pelicans. It made a speedy pass by our boat, flying off in a direction which made it impossible for us to chase it because of the choppy seas. (Yes, a beautiful marine forecast was predicted all week-long until the very morning of our trip! It wasnt awful, just a very annoying, small chop on the top. Im just now looking at the leaderss report and they called it squirrelly.) Quite a few birders looking for new ticks for Santa Cruz County were on board and, very happy. The Red-footed Booby was a life bird for some folks.
    A few images were made of the Red-footed Booby which will hopefully be submitted to the California Bird Records Committee. Jim Gain made a nice photo album of the trip which includes some shots of the booby: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimgain-nature
    Other seabird highlights included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR; SOOTY, BULLERS, PINK-FOOTED and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS, arriving BONAPARTES GULLS; COMMON MURRE, RHINOCEROS and CASSINS AUKLETS, and a single TUFTED PUFFIN.
    Cetaceans included humpback and blue whales, and Rissos Dolphins.
    It was a very, very fun day out on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
    This trip concludes our fall season of pelagic trips. Shearwater Journeys will have a full fall season of trips for 2019, including trips to the Farallon Islands, and trips departing from Monterey and Half Moon Bay. As most folks know, at the conclusion of the fall 2019 season, I shall be retiring after 44 consecutive years of California pelagic trips. To receive the 2019 schedule after the first of the New Year, sign up on our advance list email group at this link: https://us2.list-manage.com/subscribeu=92640607eb67e4b0bf1f55f6c&id=8601dfde41
    Many thanks to all of the birders, locally and from out-of-state, who participated on this trip. The leaders were: Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Sahas Barve, and Debi Shearwater.
    The complete species list for OCTOBER 21, 2019, Shearwater Journeys Monterey Bay pelagic trip follows, below, with Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties.
    COMMON LOON- 8/5 EARED GREBE- 1/0 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 2/12 NORTHERN FULMAR- 9/10 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 67/260 BULLERS SHEARWATER- 5/75 SOOTY SHEARWATER- 34/80 SOOTY/SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 11/3 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 12/3 ASHY STORM-PETREL- 0/1 **RED-FOOTED BOOBY- 0/1 BROWN PELICAN- 76/1 BRANDTS CORMORANT- 85/3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 2/0 PELAGIC CORMORANT- 1/0 SURF SCOTER- 18/0 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 14/0 RED-NECKED/RED PHALAROPE- 1/0 SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 0/2 POMARINE JAEGER- 1/6 PARASITIC JAEGER- 2/1 BONAPARTES GULL- 20/205 HEERMANNS GULL- 7/3 CALIFORNIA GULL- 36/200 HERRING GULL- 0/2 WESTERN GULL- 62/85 GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 0/1 ELEGANT TERN- 10/2 COMMON MURRE- 160/175 CASSINS AUKLET- 45/4 RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 710/160 TUFTED PUFFIN- 1/0 PEREGRINE FALCON- 1 on the radio tower along Cannery Row BLUE WHALE- 3 HUMPBACK WHALE- 4 RISSOS DOLPHIN- 25 OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
    Many thanks to everyone who participated on our fall season! Looking forward to seeing you next year.
    Seabirding for Science, 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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  29. Offshore County Maps LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2018 @ 10:27am, 27 day(s) ago
    Dear Birders
    I have enhanced my pelagic maps to allow upload of your sightings and see them plotted on the map.
    Two ways.
    1. manually create a csv file with species name andadd two columns for latitude, longitude. 2. download a csv file from ebird and add two columns for latitude and longitude.
    After you are finished entering a lat and long for each species, save file.
    Click the upload icon on the map and select file, browse to file and upload.
    Sighting points will be placed on map. clicking on apoint will show details from csv file.
    The draw icon will allow you to label each point with the species name.
    Now you are ready toprint a pretty map of your sightings and save as a pdf or an image
    sample jpg output
    http://birdingthecloud.com/rarities/tahitipetrel.jpg
    Kurt
    
    
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v1.30 - 01/05/16 - Revamped cloud logic, optimized database queries, linked to eBird rarities.
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v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations.
 v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'.
 v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.