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· Re: [CALBIRDS] A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG (Apr 29, 2017)
· A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG (Apr 29, 2017)
· Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Wagtail new location 24 April (Apr 26, 2017)
· RFI: California Pelagic trip advice (Apr 25, 2017)
· SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 (Apr 25, 2017)
  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2017 @ 10:02pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders
    
    Here are two eBird checklists with Little Stint and Little Gull photos. Sorry for the quality!
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36387955
    
    and
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36387535
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM, B Matheson gypaetusbarbatus@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      Greetings Birders
    
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used. 
    
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing. 
    
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS, BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone.  At the Point Pinos Seawatch, good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS. 
    
    It was all great fun. 
    
    Good birding, 
    
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  3. A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2017 @ 8:30pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Greetings Birders
    
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used.
    
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing.
    
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS,BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'SHUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone. At the PointPinos Seawatch,good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS.
    
    It was all great fun.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
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  5. Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Wagtail new location 24 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2017 @ 9:49am, 4 day(s) ago
    Being seen right now (9:49) slightly up river as the tide is rolling in and not many mud spots above water level. Location is 32.760338, -117.222562
    
    David Trissel
    Dan Diego
    
    On Apr 24, 2017, at 5:58 PM, 'Geoffrey Rogers' rogersgl1952@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     The White Wagtail continued in the general location described by Ryan Andrews to SanDiegoRegionBirding ( Out on the mudflats on the SeaWorld side, just east of Mission Bay Dr. Bridge. Very active. This is not the original location it was found, but at the end of Old SeaWorld Dr. ) up until about 4:45 when we lost it. It may be behind the patches of cordgrass here or may have flown back to the original location north of Robb Athletic Field.
    
     Geoffrey L. Rogers ---------------------------- San Diego, CA
    
    
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  7. RFI: California Pelagic trip advice LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2017 @ 12:41pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    My fiance and I are planning our first birding trip to southern California from the East coast. We are thinking 10-12 days sometime between the middle of Sept. and the first part of Oct. With regards to seabirds, I was thinking we could do one Monterrey pelagic and one San Diego pelagic in addition to visiting the Channel Islands. I know there are several options for pelagics and I was hoping to get some advice from members (off-list is fine) on how to maximize diversity, see great spectacles, and also get close (life-bird) views and photo ops if possible, along with the chance of good marine mammal diversity. That is to say, rather than targeting rarities. I know many seabirds are also seen from shore and many coastal birds will also be new to us.
    Thanks so much for any guidance,
    Frank Marenghi Shady Side, MD
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  9. SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2017 @ 2:53pm, 5 day(s) ago
    San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a a 9-hour pelagic trip aboard the Ocean Institute’s (Dana Point) R/V Sea Explorer in search of pelagic birds, marine mammals, and other oceanic wildlife on Saturday, June 10. We expect to see Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin’s Auklet, and Scripps’s Murrelet. We have a reasonable chance of seeing Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, and Red Phalarope, as well as marine mammals such as Common Dolphin, and Blue, Humpback, and Fin Whales. The cost for the trip is $70. We will meet at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point at 6:30 AM. The trip departs promptly at 7:00 AM and will not be held for late arrivals; it returns at 4:00 PM. To reserve a space on the trip, email Tom Benson
    
    with your name and phone number, the number of spaces you want to reserve, and the names of those in your party.For complete details please see the trip description on the SBVAS website .
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  11. Lake County Hummingbird 20 APR '17 LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 4:29pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Added separately to the photo gallery is a single picture of a female hummingbird from Lake County on 20 APR '17 for any ID comments from Calbirders.By McIntosh,Bryan J of Kelseyville,CA.
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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  13. Lake County Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 4:08pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Added to the photo gallery are three pictures of 1 female hummingbird from Lake County on 17 APR for ID comment by anyone with hummingbird experience.All serious responses for identification of this hummingbird invited.By McIntosh,Bryan J of Kelseyville,CA.
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  15. Wagtail new location 24 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 5:58pm, 6 day(s) ago
    The White Wagtail continued in the general location described by Ryan Andrews to SanDiegoRegionBirding ( Out on the mudflats on the SeaWorld side, just east of Mission Bay Dr. Bridge. Very active. This is not the original location it was found, but at the end of Old SeaWorld Dr. ) up until about 4:45 when we lost it. It may be behind the patches of cordgrass here or may have flown back to the original location north of Robb Athletic Field.
    
     Geoffrey L. Rogers ---------------------------- San Diego, CA
    
    
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  17. No wagtail 9:30 to 11:30, 24 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:28pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Around a dozen or so birders looked for the White Wagtail on the tidal mudflats of the San Diego River from 9:30 to 11:30 without success. It was last seen here by other observers around 8:30.
    
     Geoffrey L. Rogers ---------------------------- San Diego, CA
    
    
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  19. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 6 day(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  21. Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Diego White Wagtail 24 Apr LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 8:14am, 6 day(s) ago
    Still here 8:15. Same spot. The mud flats will soon be under water. It sometimes flies to the rocky levees.
    
    -Gjon
    
    On Apr 24, 2017, at 6:23 AM, Justyn Stahl
    justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Bird still present this morning! On mud flat opposite tennis court. 623am.
    
    Justyn Stahl
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  23. San Diego White Wagtail 24 Apr LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 6:23am, 7 day(s) ago
    Bird still present this morning! On mud flat opposite tennis court. 623am.
    
    Justyn Stahl 
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  25. San Diego River – White Wagtail photos, 23 April 2 017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 9:17pm, 7 day(s) ago
    I posted some of the closer photographs that I obtained today of the WHITE WAGTAIL at the San Diego River flood control channel at Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    The wagtail was first found and identified by JoAnn Hackos, we believe a visiting birder from Colorado, and reported very quickly into eBird.  Thanks JoAnn!!  I happened to be getting into my car at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery to head down to the river right when the eBird alert pinged my phone.
    
    Seen by many observers pretty much all day.
    
    Some photos here http://www.sandiegobirding.com/p=5864
    
    --
    Gary Nunn
    
    Pacific Beach
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  27. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:14pm, 7 day(s) ago
    White Wagtail still present at 2pm, on the sandbar Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Apr 23, 2017, at 11:48 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Bird still present as of 1130am
    
    Justyn Stahl
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM
    Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017
    To: sandiegoregionbirding < sandiegoregionbirding@yahoogroups.com >
    
     Still present on sandbar outside Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Fwd: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 11:48am, 7 day(s) ago
    Bird still present as of 1130am
    
    Justyn Stahl
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM
    Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017
    To: sandiegoregionbirding < sandiegoregionbirding@yahoogroups.com >
    
      Still present on sandbar outside Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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