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· Spaces available on a WFO fundraising trip: Birding the Siskiyous and the Modoc Plateau (Apr 23, 2018)
· Incorrect Yolo Bypass hotspot (Apr 22, 2018)
· Fulvous Whistling Duck (Apr 22, 2018)
· Marsh Sandpiper continues in Yolo (Apr 21, 2018)
· Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper update (Apr 21, 2018)
  1. Spaces available on a WFO fundraising trip: Birding the Siskiyous and the Modoc Plateau LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2018 @ 8:48pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi, California Birders:
    
    From 2011 through 2016, Western Field Ornithologists offered three birding trips to the Sierra Nevada and to northeastern California, each trip roughly a week long. The purposes were to see some birds, address some ornithological questions, and raise funds forthis worthy non-profit organization — the publisher of the quarterly Western Birds , and the book Rare Birds of California .
    
    WFO members quickly filled all the spaces on the first three trips; none was available to non-members. So it’s an unusual situation that two slots are availableto anyone for this year’s trip, Birding the Siskiyous and the Modoc Plateau, to be led by Jon Dunn, John Harris and me, from 16 to 24 June, beginning and ending in Redding, CA.
    
    Click hereto read the trip’s itinerary and reports from the three preceding trips. And simply clickthe big “Register Now” button to sign up for Birding the Siskiyous and the Modoc Plateau.
    
    Check it out … and email me if you have any questions.
    
    Dave Quady
    Past President, Western Field Ornithologists
    Berkeley, California
    davequady@...
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  3. Incorrect Yolo Bypass hotspot LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:38am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Folks, I am copying and pasting from a personal email that I wrote to somebody this morning. The reason that I'm writing the email is that for those of you who live in that part of the state, you know where the Yolo Bypass bird area is, but for people coming from far away it is not a good thing that you guys have an official eBird Hotspot that will mislead people and put them out into the middle of nowhere, quite far from the actual wildlife area. You guys are going to want to fix that hot spot or move it over a couple hundred yards so the people don't wind up taking 10 Mile detours like I did yesterday. Before writing this email, I just double-checked to make sure that I'm not seeing something that is incorrect. The eBird hotspot for the driving Loop is the one that I'm referring to, and it is the one that I used:
    Yes, I got the Marsh Sandpiper, and the Ruff. I can't believe that the eBird report that I used for its presence had the hotspot for Yolo Bypass up on the dike (levee). I used that eBird hotspot via Google maps, and it had me drive west into the town to the west of the wildlife area, and then come in driving east on a bunch of dirt roads in between farm houses, eventually winding up on the levee able to see people down below me to the east of me, but unable to get to them. There is a gate on the levee, but it was locked (I checked). If that gate had not been locked, I could have driven down, then right into the parking lot. Instead, I had to backtrack all the way around. I lost two hours, which was useful because the time I lost got me home to my house in LA at 10:00 instead of 8:00 p.m. (I left my house at 5:00 a.m.).
    One thing that added to my confusion and cause me to ignore the sign on the street and to follow what Google Maps was telling me to do was the fact that various emails regarding the YOLO Bypass Wildlife Area discuss one way loops on the auto tour, which caused me to assume that Google Maps is having me loop around the area to come in from the correct, acceptable direction.
    I don't know if that hot spot is the official one for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is the official one, or if it is one that some random person put there.
    Tom
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  5. Fulvous Whistling Duck LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2018 @ 10:54am, 2 day(s) ago
    The reported Fulvous Whistling Duck was still at Lake Los Carneros in Santa Barbara this morning. (10:30-10:52) It was at the dam for a few minutes and then it swam toward the eastern end of the lagoon (close to the spillway) where it was apparently diving for food.
    
    Michelle Townsley
    Ventura, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. Marsh Sandpiper continues in Yolo LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 8:16am, 3 day(s) ago
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper update LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 1:26pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Call me ! I am here, lost, but can't get across the water to you. I am on the lever road. Tom
    909.241.3300
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 1:09 PM Justyn Stahl < justyn.stahl@... > wrote:
    
    It’s been refound and in view at 1306. Well west of parking lot E and the pump station, just east of a false parking lot where the hunter check station is during hunting season. 38.5308, -121.619
    
    Justyn Stahl
    San Clemente Island
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      OMG, you are making me really nervous! I am somewhere between Stockton and Sacramento on the 5. I left La at 6 this morning.. I can't believe how many Swainson's Hawks I have seen along the 5 freeway today, along with an adult bald eagle in Stanislaus County.
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 11:04 AM Steve Hampton stevechampton@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
       Some people are reporting that the Marsh Sandpiper  flew off to the east and went down somewhere north parking lot H 
    
    It does not seem to be along the return route  of the tour loop at the moment 
    
    --
    
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  11. Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper update LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 1:09pm, 3 day(s) ago
    It’s been refound and in view at 1306. Well west of parking lot E and the pump station, just east of a false parking lot where the hunter check station is during hunting season. 38.5308, -121.619
    
    Justyn Stahl
    San Clemente Island
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      OMG, you are making me really nervous! I am somewhere between Stockton and Sacramento on the 5. I left La at 6 this morning.. I can't believe how many Swainson's Hawks I have seen along the 5 freeway today, along with an adult bald eagle in Stanislaus County.
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 11:04 AM Steve Hampton stevechampton@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
       Some people are reporting that the Marsh Sandpiper  flew off to the east and went down somewhere north parking lot H 
    
    It does not seem to be along the return route  of the tour loop at the moment 
    
    --
    
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  13. RFI YOLO Bypass LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 12:41pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Saturday 1240 pm
    Hi, I am using Google maps to get to the eBird hotspots where the Marsh Sandpiper is supposed to be, and I might be close to the right location but I am out in the middle of a grassy field in the middle of nowhere, somewhere vaguely south of Highway 80. Google Maps had me drive on a bunch of unmarked unlabeled roads.I would really appreciate it if somebody could please call me up at 909.241.3300 Tom Miko
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper update LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 11:18am, 3 day(s) ago
    OMG, you are making me really nervous! I am somewhere between Stockton and Sacramento on the 5. I left La at 6 this morning. I can't believe how many Swainson's Hawks I have seen along the 5 freeway today, along with an adult bald eagle in Stanislaus County.
    
    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 11:04 AM Steve Hampton stevechampton@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
       Some people are reporting that the Marsh Sandpiper  flew off to the east and went down somewhere north parking lot H 
    
    It does not seem to be along the return route  of the tour loop at the moment 
    
    --
    
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  17. Marsh Sandpiper update LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 11:04am, 3 day(s) ago
     Some people are reporting that the Marsh Sandpiper  flew off to the east and went down somewhere north parking lot H 
    
    It does not seem to be along the return route  of the tour loop at the moment 
    
    --
    
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  19. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area map LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 7:47am, 4 day(s) ago
    All, 
    
    I've created and posted a map at  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44598880
    
    For the Marsh Sand, go south from Lot A, left at the Y, past Lot C, and get on return loop (northbound). 
    
    The Ruff is on the return leg further north, roughly opposite Lot C or further north. 
    
    --
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  21. Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper Fri/Saturday? LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 9:20am, 4 day(s) ago
    Thanks!
    If I call of from work, I won't be home to take my kids to swim class, after school, today, so I feel like I should only go tomorrow early in the morning (6 and 1/2 hours from my house to Yolo) but I waited until "Saturday" one of the previous years, and the bird flew away one hour (ONE HOUR!!!) before we arrived, and we waited until the sun went down, and never saw it.
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 9:16 AM, Gil Ewing < gewing1@... > wrote:
    Marsh Sandpiper still at SW corner of auto tour loop at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at this time on Friday April 20
    
    Gil Ewing
    Fair Oaks, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Apr 20, 2018, at 7:55 AM, 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups. com > wrote:
    
    Hi I am very frustrated that that bird shows up each year on a Sunday or Monday and stays doing the work week when I have to go to work and then it disappears by Saturday. I have been studying the dates of when this bird shows up and leaves and it has stayed as long as April 23rd. I'm seriously considering leaving Los Angeles today Friday, or perhaps leaving at 5 in the morning tomorrow, Saturday April 21, but I don't want to drive there alone. If somebody would like to ride with me and keep me awake and maybe pay some gas money from anywhere in Southern California please contact me. Also, if the bird is seen today Friday or during the weekend please post as soon as possible. I appreciate the fact that you folks have been trying to keep fresh information each day out there.
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300 cell
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] Marsh Sandpiper Fri/Saturday? LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 9:16am, 4 day(s) ago
    Marsh Sandpiper still at SW corner of auto tour loop at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at this time on Friday April 20
    
    Gil Ewing
    Fair Oaks, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Apr 20, 2018, at 7:55 AM, 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
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  25. Marsh Sandpiper Fri/Saturday? LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 7:55am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi I am very frustrated that that bird shows up each year on a Sunday or Monday and stays doing the work week when I have to go to work and then it disappears by Saturday. I have been studying the dates of when this bird shows up and leaves and it has stayed as long as April 23rd. I'm seriously considering leaving Los Angeles today Friday, or perhaps leaving at 5 in the morning tomorrow, Saturday April 21, but I don't want to drive there alone. If somebody would like to ride with me and keep me awake and maybe pay some gas money from anywhere in Southern California please contact me. Also, if the bird is seen today Friday or during the weekend please post as soon as possible. I appreciate the fact that you folks have been trying to keep fresh information each day out there.
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300 cell
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  27. Marsh Sandpiper, April 19 LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2018 @ 1:48pm, 5 day(s) ago
    According to eBird, the Yolo MASA continues this morning:
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44727584
    
    "Continuing bird along the
    northbound one-way return loop. I relocated this bird almost immediately
    this morning in the pond on the left hand side at the southern most
    area. It was foraging at a distance out in the open but also repeated
    going behind clumps of rushes so that it was no longer visible without
    repositioning to the other side of the pond. Looks similar to LEYE but
    very small and delicate with very white face and underparts. Back gray
    with some black spots but not anywhere like the Yellowlegs. Bill needle
    like. Photos and digiscoped videos. I was able to help many folks get on
    this bird. It was still in the same area when I left it around 11:30am.
    "
    
    Just the messenger,
    
    Justyn Stahl
    
    San Clemente Island
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  29. Gray Hawk in Blythe LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2018 @ 9:42am, 6 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Yesterday, April 17, several birders and I looked for and saw the Gray Hawk that was originally found at Palo Verde Ecological Reserve in Blythe by Tom Baxter on April 12. We initially saw the bird soaring over the forest tract immediately south of the parking lot, into which it disappeared. It then flew out of the forest and perched in a tree at the north edge of Mayflower County Park. Shortly after, it circled high, and then glided back down over the river towards the forest tract east of the parking lot where we lost sight of it. Minutes later, we re-found it as it was crossing the river from Arizona back into California (with a Broad-winged Hawk) flying west toward the parking lot. We had one final brief sighting of the bird flying north out of the forest tract that is south of the parking lot. All of these sightings occurred within a two hour window between about 10:00 and 11:30 AM. All sightings to date have been south of 2nd Avenue.
    
    For anyone who wants to look for this bird...first and foremost, please remember that Palo Verde is an Ecological Reserve. You may park in the parking lot (33.691249, -114.529483) on 2nd Avenue and walk the reserve roads, or drive to the east end of 2nd Avenue and along the road that immediately parallels the Colorado River. If you park along the river road, do not block the road or access to interior roads within the reserve. All other roads within the reserve are off-limits to public vehicles. You may walk along any of the roads within the reserve, but do not enter the forest tracts. The Gray Hawk seems to cover a large area, and spends much of its time within the forest canopy. The best strategy for seeing the bird is probably to find an open area where you have a good view of the forest tracts south of 2nd Avenue, and scan for raptors soaring above the canopies (a scope is extremely helpful).
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    PS Gray Hawk is a CBRC review species; I encourage anyone who sees this bird to send documentation to the CBRC secretary ( secretary@... ) or via the CBRC website ( https://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).
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