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· Garganey at Waller Park (update) (Feb 17, 2018)
· tropical thanks (Feb 19, 2018)
· Del Norte Black-tailed Gull refound (Feb 16, 2018)
· Mountain Plover in Solano County (Feb 15, 2018)
· Black-tailed Gull in Crescent City (Feb 14, 2018)
  1. Garganey at Waller Park (update) LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:22pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Great news from Santa Barbara County: the Garganey at Waller Park has not been seen since Thursday. 
    
    Unless it reappears on Craigslist or so,  this should be pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 
    
    Wim van Dam
    Solvang, CA
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  3. tropical thanks LINK
    DATE: Feb 19, 2018 @ 1:27pm, 2 day(s) ago
    For a variety of reasons, organized visits to see the
    Tropical Parula in Huntington Beach have come to an end. To date, nearly 250
    birders have been able to see the bird, despite delicate onsite private
    property concerns. How those obstacles were able to be overcome are due to a
    select group of individuals, starting with property manager Love Douglas. If
    not for her generosity and fondness for birds (and perhaps even birders by
    now), this enterprise wouldn’t have had a chance of success. Equally deserving
    of gratitude is Ryan Winkleman (RYWI), who devoted an excessive amount of time to
    the logistics of these visitations. Without him at the hub of the wheel, this wouldn’t
    have happened. Lastly, there are those that served as leaders, with several
    leading multiple groups to see the bird: Brian Daniels, Tom Wurster, Curtis Marantz,
    Roger Schoedl, Jeff Bray, Lucy Lee, Liga Auzins-Wurster, Vic Leipzig, Tom
    Benson, and Doug Willick.   A recent,
    ill-fated presidential candidate once asserted, “It takes a village,” and the
    success of this collective endeavor is surely proof of that. We owe them all a
    lot of thanks.               Jim Pike Huntington Beach
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  5. Del Norte Black-tailed Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:11am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Greg Gray just refound the BLACK-TAILED GULL in Crescent City. He is currently viewing the bird in the gull flock on South Beach just south of Anchor Way. This is the south end of town and just south of the harbor.
    
    Good luck,
    
    Rob Fowler
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    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  7. Mountain Plover in Solano County LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 9:52pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Today with Jim Ross I made a second try for Mountain Plovers in Solano County, along Robinson Rd. and Flannery Rd. near Hwy 113 and Hwy 12. Near 11 AM scoping the sheep pasture on the east side of Robinson Rd. we counted 20 Mountain Plovers. Return an hour later we counted 32 Mountain Plovers along Flannery Rd. probably part of the first 20 Plover counted. Also of interested we counted 12 Logger Head Shrikes as we traveled slowly along these dirt roads. I recall in years past we had Northern Shrike making appearances’ in this area, none today. The day was very windy in this area. Rich Cimino Marin County  
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  9. Black-tailed Gull in Crescent City LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2018 @ 8:36am, 7 day(s) ago
    Here are my best pix of the Black-tailed Gull, first found by Lucas Brug in Crescent City on Sunday, 2-11-18. https://naturestoc.smugmug.com/Birds/Birdrarities
    
    FYI, this gallery contains other species but the BTGU is first in line.
    Myself along with several other birders searched for the bird Monday, 2-12 without success, as there are HUGE numbers of gulls on the beaches and over the ocean enjoying a herring run. I spent the night and was lucky to refind the BTGU in a large flock of gulls roosting on the beach just south of the water treatment plant in the north west corner of the Crescent City Harbor at approximately 8:15am. Immediately after I found the gull, Diane Petty and Sally Hill arrived and they contacted Alan Barron, who arrived in minutes. The four of us watched the gull. It was observed for about 70 minutes at that location and then flew alone to the large rock/island that is due west of the end of the B street pier where it was not actually seen when searched for there later in the morning. FYI, If you are going to chase this bird, be aware that the many folks with their dogs make it really hard! Minutes after the BTGU flew off, a couple with a huge dog flushed the whole flock off the beach and they did not return!
    
    Dan Brown, Sacramento, naturestoc.smugmug.com
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  11. Fwd: [nwcalbird] The Del Norte Co. BLACK-TAILED GULL Seen Today: LINK
    DATE: Feb 13, 2018 @ 8:48pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Forwarding from Northwest Calbird. 
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird] < nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:18 PM
    Subject: [nwcalbird] The Del Norte Co. BLACK-TAILED GULL Seen Today:
    To: Nwcalbird < nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com >
    
     
    
    Yes, the Black-tailed gull was seen today. Dan Brown spotted it and Sally Hill and Diane Petty put me on it when I arrived this morning. Great photos were taken, Dan's were especially good. After about 30 minutes of looking at it behind the Crescent City water treatment plant just east of the B Street Pier road, the whole flock mysteriously flushed themselves. I watched the BTGU go to the roost rock just off the end of the B Street Pier road on the ocean side. Despite much searching the rest of the day by some great birders it was not seen again today that I know of. The gull flocks here are enormous during this Herring run and it does take a lot of committed searching with a scope. Alan D. Barron
    
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  13. Swans at San Luis NWR LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2018 @ 11:25pm, 10 day(s) ago
    I was out at Merced NWR doing some scouting for a group trip I’m leading there next week (want to join us There’s still room: https://ticketbud.com/events/409e4e34-e516-11e7-a7db-d7a15b74abd7), and on the way home, I decided I had time for a quick look at San Luis NWR, so I tried the Waterfowl Tour route. I didn’t see anything exceptionally special either places, but along the two-way roadway area of the Waterfowl tour, I ran into a quite large number of Swans — about 40.
    
    Many were close enough for some photography, so I hauled out the camera and took some shots. Now that I’m home and looking at the photos, I’m puzzling over a swan. I’d love your opinions on the one on the right:
    
    https://chuqui.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/180211_143352_chuq.jpg
    
    What catches my eye is the body shape and neck shape being very different from the swan on the left, plus the neck being much slimmer. And that beak. And being really hesitant to yell OMG TRUMPETER, I’m just not sure what I’m seeing here. Is it a younger Tundra still growing into its beak Maybe a hybrid I can’t convince myself it’s a tundra swan, but I can’t convince myself it’s not. And in case it is special, I wanted to show off the photos so folks could decide if they wanted to go for a look before it left. This shot was taken about 2:30PM, so I expect the birds to stick around overnight at least.
    
    Curious about your opinions on this one. I’m not sure what to think.
    
    (For what it’s worth, Merced NWR was rocking today with large numbers of white and GWF geese and many sandhill cranes. They’re mowing the corn so there were multiple hundreds of cranes in the field feeding. The one big change from my big scout trip two weeks ago is many of the Shovelers seem to have left, along with some of the pintails, so duck numbers were down, but still a good diversity of duck species were still around, including refinding some buffleheads and canvasbacks and a group of ruddy ducks, all unusual for me in what I generally see as a dabbling duck location. San Luis NWR was much quieter and also showed the reduced shoveler numbers, but I also ran into an American Bittern wandering along the side of the road about 1/4 mile short of the turn onto the Waterfowl turn. Other than that, mostly the usual suspects both places. Someone I talked to at Merced let me know about a fairly big group of egrets along Sandy Mush west of the refuge and said he thought it had some cattle egret in it, so I drove past and looked, and my thought was that they were great/snowy but I didn’t look in great detail because there wasn’t a good stopping place… So, FYI they might be around somewhere…)
    
    Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
    Email: chuqvr@...
    Twitter: @chuq
    Silicon Valley, California
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  15. State Lands Pass refunds LINK
    DATE: Feb 10, 2018 @ 1:43pm, 11 day(s) ago
    I'm just the messenger:  
    
    CDFW is offering refunds if you bought a Lands Pass primarily for one of the areas (such as Yolo Bypass) where the program is now suspended. Note you still need one for Gray Lodge and many other areas. Refund info is here:  
    If requested, CDFW will provide refunds   to people who bought lands passes to use on properties that have been indefinitely suspended from the Lands Pass Program. Here are the directions for obtaining a refund: Please mail the pass, along with a brief note requesting a refund, and stating the date the pass was purchased, and the property you planned to used it on. To facilitate processing, include the GO ID (if available), your telephone number, and mailing address. Mail refund requests to: CDFW - License and Revenue Branch
    Attn: Brent George
    1740 North Market Blvd
    Sacramento, CA 95834 People should expect to get a refund in 30 days. If they have questions, they should contact the License and Revenue Branch at 916-928-5805.
    
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    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  17. Gyrfalcon Friday afternoon Feb. 8th. LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2018 @ 10:08pm, 12 day(s) ago
    This afternoon (2.8.18), at 3:15ish
    
    Jeff Miller and myself spotted the GYRFALCON found in Monterey
    County in the Salinas River State Beach Potrero sand dunes.
    
    
    The bird was perched in the tucks and folds of the sand dunes to the left as we
    walked south using the middle trail through the dunes. We think the falcon was
    perched somewhere in this east slope of the dunes above a willow patch area
    where it has been reported. It flushed and headed west then turned and flew in
    front of us low with quick deep wing beats showing its broad pointed wings.Giving
    us good opportunity to view the large size, streaky breast, and long tail. Enjoy
    the good beach weather Rich
    Cimino, Marin County Jeff
    Miller, Sonoma County
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  19. Re: [CALBIRDS] South Lake Tahoe advice? LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2018 @ 10:44pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Hi Vivek,
    
    I would love to know where folks are seeing Pine Grosbeaks in Tahoe as well. If anyone responded to you with any tips can you forward them to me I’m going to be in Tahoe this weekend and would love to look for them.
    
    Thanks!
    Louis Libert
    Oakland, CA
    
    On Feb 2, 2018, at 5:17 PM, Vivek Tiwari spiderhunters@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    For the next 8 Saturdays I will be up in South Lake Tahoe. Will be free from 9AM to 3PM while my son is skiing. I might ski too, but the idea of exploring the area is rathertoo tempting.
    Any advice on the best way to use my time
    
    Pine Grosbeak is a nemesis and would love to try for it.
    And perhaps photo opportunities for the iconic birds of the Eastern Sierra and the High Plains.
    
    I can probably go up as far as Renoto the north and Bridgeport to the south. Any further would entail more driving and less birding.
    
    In the past I have had luck with Pinyon Jays near Walker, CA and would probably try again for some pics. Anteleope Valley for raptors and other roadside photo ops.
    Last Saturday I went to Diamond Valley near Indian Creek Reservoir. Great looks at Ferruginous Hawks and Prairie Falcons but no Grosbeaks.
    
    Any good site for Bald Eagles
    
    Appreciate any/all suggestions.
    
    Thanks in advance,
    Vivek Tiwari
    Sunnyvale, CA
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  21. Gyrfalcon YES-Near Salinas River SB, Potrero Enterance LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2018 @ 9:46pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Birders, 
      This afternoon, at 2:15ish I spotted the GYRFALCON from Molera Rd in Monterey County.  This was looking northwest  towards the Salinas River State Beach Potrero Entrance, where others apparently, had seen the bird in the morning (and on other occasions).    From Molera Road, I scanned from the northern most point, before the road turns east back to hwy. 1.  I chose this spot, despite the distance from the area the bird had previously been seen, but for the better lighting (I was looking northwest rather than south into the afternoon sun).  
      The bird was perched ever so slightly on the east slope of the dunes above a willow patch.  It took off when a Northern Harrier flushed it, and headed north, at first on the east side of the dunes, but then to the oceanside headed north.  A few gulls flushed. 
      The bird had been facing east when perched, so I saw the large size, streaky breast, and a distant impression of the facial pattern.  Confirmation of the ID was when the bird took off in flight; falcon flight and broader winged esp. at wing tips than a peregrine. 
      Nine hours of searching, about 2 minutes of birding bliss.     
      Afterwards, I searched from the Potrero Entrance from 2:45-3:45ish without success. 
       Best of luck,
    Mark Kudrav
    
      
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  23. Slaty-backed Gull in Monterey 5 February LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2018 @ 9:59pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    
    This morning I found a second cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL at the Marina Landfill in Monterey County. So far this season, ourlandfill hasn't proved quite as fruitful as last year, with increased gull-deterrent activities and less abundant rain puddles. But, it was good for at least an hour this morning with the Slaty-backed, a Glaucous Gull, and a Vega Gull candidate amidst 1500-2000 other gulls.
    
    Details and photos in the eBird list.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42517502
    
    Good birding,
    
    Blake Matheson
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  25. Monterey Seabirds Winter Pelagic Feb. 11 LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2018 @ 8:29pm, 17 day(s) ago
    Hey folks,    On Feb. 11, Monterey Seabirds is kicking off our first pelagic trip for 2018! Join us on Sunday as we explore Monterey Bay for in search of winter goodies.  It's been a nice winter thus far for Ancient Murrelet off of Monterey, a Brown Booby has been seen off and on at Pt. Pinos lately, and you just never know what surprise the Bay may hold.  
      We'll also be running a spring trip on May 20. 
    
     Check out our schedule at 
    
    Montereyseabirds.com
    
    or call to book a trip 
    
    (831) 375-4658  
    
      Good birding to all and best of luck with the Gyrfalcon!
    
    Best, 
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
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  27. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 6:32pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    Photos of the Monterey County Gyr can be seen here:
    
    https://ebird.org/media/catalogtaxonCode=gyrfal®ion=Monterey,%20California,%20United%20States%20(US)®ionCode=US-CA-053&includeUnconfirmed=T&q=Gyrfalcon%20-%20Falco%20rusticolus
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Don Roberson creagrus@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      As eBird designates Gyrfalcon as a "sensitive species," updates on its Monterey County occurrence today are not appear on eBird alerts, nor can you find specific details on eBird maps. Here is a short update from today: Blake Matheson found the gray-morph juv perched at Pajaro River mouth, on the Monterey side, in late morning, but then it flew. Brian Sullivan and Paul Fenwick arrived and joined Blake, and the Gyr was refound. Apparently it was flushed by children or dogs once or twice and may have flown into Santa Cruz, but then returned and perched on the beach again. When I arrived at 11:55 it was perched on driftwood near the river mouth, but in less than a minute it took off and flew south towards Zmudowski, flying past Rita Carratello hurrying northwards, and she saw it fly south and out of sight. At 12:20 Sullivan and Fenwick found it sitting on the crossbar of a telephone pole on Giberson, the road to Zmudowski, and we scoped it there amongst a group of ten of us. Then it flew south again towards Moss Landing and has not been seen again.
    
    You can look at eBird lists from Pajaro River mouth, Zmudowski, and the Giberson Road hot spot today -- all of which have photos -- but I don't know if those will show. There are many photos of it sitting and in flight. The remiges and rectrices are all juv feathers and not unduly worn. No one saw bands or jessies in scope views or in flight.
    
    The Gyr was flushed by beach-goers with dogs and children today... and it was very warm and calm at the beach today. I suspect the Gyr will look for a beach location without many people. It could return to the Pajaro River mouth (reached from MTY side from Zmudowski SB parking lot and walking the fire road just east of the dunes to the river mouth {Warning -- Zmudowski SB parking lot is notorious for car break-ins.. take valuables with you.} There is a long stretch of mostly vacant beach from Moss Landing south to Salinas River mouth. That beach can be reached from parking lot for Salinas River NWR (long walk up the beach) or parking lots just south of Moss Landing town (long walk down the beach).
    
    Best of luck, Don
    
    Don Roberson
    
    Pacific Grove CA
    
    http://creagrus.home. montereybay.com/
    
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    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  29. Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 5:55pm, 18 day(s) ago
    As eBird designates Gyrfalcon as a "sensitive species," updates on its Monterey County occurrence today are not appear on eBird alerts, nor can you find specific details on eBird maps. Here is a short update from today: Blake Matheson found the gray-morph juv perched at Pajaro River mouth, on the Monterey side, in late morning, but then it flew. Brian Sullivan and Paul Fenwick arrived and joined Blake, and the Gyr was refound. Apparently it was flushed by children or dogs once or twice and may have flown into Santa Cruz, but then returned and perched on the beach again. When I arrived at 11:55 it was perched on driftwood near the river mouth, but in less than a minute it took off and flew south towards Zmudowski, flying past Rita Carratello hurrying northwards, and she saw it fly south and out of sight. At 12:20 Sullivan and Fenwick found it sitting on the crossbar of a telephone pole on Giberson, the road to Zmudowski, and we scoped it there amongst a group of ten of us. Then it flew south again towards Moss Landing and has not been seen again.
    
    You can look at eBird lists from Pajaro River mouth, Zmudowski, and the Giberson Road hot spot today -- all of which have photos -- but I don't know if those will show. There are many photos of it sitting and in flight. The remiges and rectrices are all juv feathers and not unduly worn. No one saw bands or jessies in scope views or in flight.
    
    The Gyr was flushed by beach-goers with dogs and children today... and it was very warm and calm at the beach today. I suspect the Gyr will look for a beach location without many people. It could return to the Pajaro River mouth (reached from MTY side from Zmudowski SB parking lot and walking the fire road just east of the dunes to the river mouth {Warning -- Zmudowski SB parking lot is notorious for car break-ins.. take valuables with you.} There is a long stretch of mostly vacant beach from Moss Landing south to Salinas River mouth. That beach can be reached from parking lot for Salinas River NWR (long walk up the beach) or parking lots just south of Moss Landing town (long walk down the beach).
    
    Best of luck, Don
    
    Don Roberson
    
    Pacific Grove CA
    
    http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
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