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Chipping Sparrow
Spizella passerina

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  1. Re: Clay colored sparrow in Orange County LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Here is the location sent by
    Sent from my iPhone
    John Sterling
    530 908-3836
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    > On Dec 29, 2017, at 8:48 AM, John Sterling < jsterling@... > wrote:
    > Mark Sawyer just sent me photos of a clay colored sparrow with chipping sparrow at Huntington Central Park in a wood pile at north end of an island. That’s all I know.
    > Sent from my iPhone
    > John Sterling
    > 530 908-3836
    > 26 Palm Ave
    > Woodland, CA 95695
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  3. Clay colored sparrow in Orange County LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Mark Sawyer just sent me photos of a clay colored sparrow with chipping sparrow at Huntington Central Park in a wood pile at north end of an island. That’s all I know.
    Sent from my iPhone
    John Sterling
    530 908-3836
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
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  5. Siskiyou and Trinity Counties LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2017 @ 4:01pm, 1 year(s) ago
    CB’ers, Sharon & I took a trip to far NorCal, starting on the 7 th
    & ending yesterday (11 th ).
    Actually, the goal of the trip was to scout out a viewing location for
    the August total solar eclipse in central Oregon, but we took the opportunity
    of being in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties to see if we could add some birds. Siskiyou County,
    05/08/17 Grass Lake, on SR-97, was full of water, as expected. The past several years it has been dry or
    nearly so. With the abundant water, we
    were hoping for BLACK TERN, which Bruce Mast got here on 05/30/16 (despite the
    low water level), and Jim Greaves got on 06/09/07. No luck.
    Perhaps we were a couple of weeks early.
    At the Rest Stop here, we did get a couple of singing Purple Finches
    (both female), and a Pygmy Nuthatch.
    Near Macdoel, along SR-97, we had a Rough-legged Hawk & a Swainson’s
    Hawk. With 250 miles still to go to get to Madras, OR, we took only
    a short time to bird along SR-161 (a.k.a. Stateline Road), but it was
    productive in giving us our first NCB of the trip, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Several Redhead pairs were enjoyable. There were also about 100 WHITE-FACED IBIS,
    which turned out to be a surprising previous county miss. Siskiyou County,
    05/09/17 Having stayed overnight in Madras, we didn’t get back down to
    California until noon. This time, we
    more intensively birded the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake NWR’s. Along SR-161, at the junction of Lower
    Klamath Lake Road, we found a mixed Icterid flock that included Tricolored
    Blackbirds & Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
    We took Lower Klamath Lake Rd south for a few miles, getting a
    Ferruginous Hawk near the junction with SR-161, and a SAGE THRASHER perhaps
    3-miles in. After returning to Stateline Road, we turned south on Hill
    Road to get to the auto tour route south of the refuge headquarters. At Tour Stop #1 (which is actually still on
    Hill Road), we got a CLARK’S GREBE amongst the more populous Western
    Grebes. Near where the auto tour route
    turns east out into the refuge, we discovered a PEREGRINE FALCON perched on top
    of the rocky wall west of the road.
    Scanning the cave entrances in the rock wall, focusing on the
    guano-covered openings, we found a Great Horned Owl. Caspian Terns squawked overhead. Siskiyou County,
    05/10/17 We stayed in Yreka last night to get an early start on the way
    to Weaverville along SR-3. The town of
    Etna, in Scotts Valley, was searched for Great-tailed Grackles &
    White-tailed Kites, both of which have been seen here, albeit in the dead of
    winter. We didn’t get either of these,
    but at the Etna City Park we did carefully sort through a flock of CEDAR
    WAXWINGs for its congener (no luck). A
    Lewis’s Woodpecker and Townsend’s Solitaire were both seen along SR-3 downhill
    from the summit. At the summit of SR-3, where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses
    the highway, I have always had trouble deciding where the Siskiyou/Trinity
    county line is. Arbitrarily, I’ve chosen
    the PCT as the line; birds on the south side are in Trinity, birds on the north
    are in Siskiyou, and birds flying across the trail are counted in both
    counties. So it was, for instance, that
    a Brown Creeper on a tree just off the PCT to the south was a Trinity bird –
    regrettably, I needed it for Siskiyou but not Trinity. Other interesting birds seen here were
    Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch … never in a “needed”
    county. Trinity County, 05/10/17 The Lewiston Fish Hatchery had an Osprey driving off an adult
    Bald Eagle – usually, it is the opposite.
    Along Lewiston Road on the way to the Fish Hatchery from Weaverville, we
    got a WILSON’S WARBLER. At the Mary
    Smith Campground along Trinity Dam Road, we encountered an assemblage of
    coniferous forest birds, including: Warbling Vireo, Black-throated Gray
    Warbler, Western Tanager, Cassin’s Vireo & Hairy Woodpecker. Trinity County, 05/11/17 First stop for the day was Summit Creek Road off of SR-3 north
    of Hayfork. This road passes through
    some good xeric sage habitat, and has been a go-to spot for county birders
    since “discovered” by Steve Glover in August, 2005. Here, we added BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, but
    failed to pish up either a Bell’s Sparrow or Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Of course if one is driving on SR-3 to Hayfork, THE
    destination is the Hayfork Water Treatment Plant. This is accessed from Tule Creek Road, which
    is just a few feet south of the bridge over Hayfork Creek. I usually blow past the entry road to the
    WTP, which is not marked in any way.
    About a ˝-mile from SR-3, the road makes a gentle 90° turn to the left
    (south). Within 500’, a road goes off to
    the left – this is the entrance road.
    Sometimes the gate is closed, compelling one to walk in. There are signs indicating “Authorized
    Personnel Only,” but birders are welcomed.
    Wood Ducks were herding their chicks.
    Lots of swallows including BARN SWALLOW, my 57 th county for
    this bird, were flying around.
    Shorebirds were the target here, but we only got Spotted Sandpiper &
    Short-billed Dowitcher (it called).
    However, a flock of BAND-TAILED PIGEONs flew over. A female & 1 st -year male
    Bullock’s Oriole put in an appearance – the 1 st -year male always
    gets heart beating faster as I contemplate Hooded Oriole (which would be a
    county record for Trinity). At the
    entrance gate, Salt Creek is very near the road, and a number YELLOW-BREASTED
    CHATs were heard, and a male Lazuli Bunting was singing from an exposed perch. We went back through Hayfork to take Wildwood Road over to
    SR-36. Along this road are many
    opportunities to pull off and bird.
    Along this road, we saw a beautiful HERMIT WARBLER. All in all, a good trip with 7 NCB’s for each county, bringing
    me to within 2 for color change in each county.
    Guess I’ll have to return. Good birding, Stephen Long Oakland, CA diomedea (dot) Stephen (at) gmail (dot) com
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  7. Enjoying Panoche Valley & Recent Birds LINK
    DATE: Jan 19, 2017 @ 1:26pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    It’s that time of year when many birders and birding groups head out to Panoche Valley to search for the special birds of the area. I’ve been inundated with emails for information. I hope this post will answer your questions.
    PANOCHE SOLAR: Yes, construction is taking place along Little Panoche Road from Shotgun Pass to the intersection with Panoche Road. The valley floor looks different and that is not going to change for the better. Prepare your eyes for that, if not your heart. Nevertheless, Panoche Valley is still very much worth a visit and it is entirely possible to have a very enjoyable birding time, away from the construction site.
    I suggest birding more regularly in areas where you may not have spent much time on past visits to the valley. These include: Panoche Road, New Idria Road— both the Griswold Hills and the grasslands, and Panoche Hills BLM area if the roads are dry, and Panoche Road along Silver Creek area to Jackass Pass, if the roads are dry.
    PANOCHE ROAD: If approaching the valley from Hollister via Hwy 25 and Panoche Road— I would suggest spending more time along Panoche Road itself. The road has many eBird hot spots, pullouts to park multiple vehicles, and beautiful scenery. Here is a link to my checklist during four hours of birding on January 17:
    Some highlights included: 2 pairs of GOLDEN EAGLES; WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS; singing CALIFORNIA THRASHERS; MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at the McCullough Ranch grasslands; 10 PHAINOPEPLAS; RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, and one CHIPPING SPARROW, for a total of 55 species of birds. I did not detect any Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
    PAICINES RESERVOIR is still bone dry. Water level is controlled by the county, not the landowner. I believe that water comes to Paicines via Hernandez Reservoir in south county. Hernandez is just beginning to have some water, after being bone dry, too. We welcome eBird checklists at Paicines Reservoir, even without the waterfowl. A FERRUGINOUS HAWK has been wintering there. Please make this a stationary checklist for this location alone.
    MOUNTAIN PLOVERS: I counted, one by one, 137 Mountain Plovers on 17 January along Norton Road near the school:
    This checklist has information about exactly where they were located along this road. It is going to be best to park on solid pavement near the school because of wet roads. The plovers were seen at this same location during the Panoche Valley CBC, December 30, 2016.
    DOUGLAS RANCH along Panoche Road has nearly 2000 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS present on a regular basis.
    I have not seen any Cassin’s Kingbirds during my recent visits.
    SILVER CREEK RANCH along Panoche Road to Panoche Creek has had various birds, but has not been as productive lately. I do NOT recommend driving through the creek unless you have a vehicle with high clearance and 4WD. Here’s a short checklist:
    GRISWOLD HILLS & NEW IDRIA: At this time, I think you’d be better off driving the grasslands of New Idria Road, rather than heading out to Silver Creek area. All of the birds found at Silver Creek are found in the Idria grasslands, including VESPER SPARROW and PRAIRIE FALCON. Note that the Griswold Hills BLM area has picnic tables and a restroom. ROCK and CANYON WRENS and CHUKAR are found in the Griswold Hills. You’ll need a high clearance vehicle to go all the way to the old quicksilver mining town of New Idria. I don’t recommend this area for birding at all due to drug issues.
    YTURIATE ROAD, one of the dirt roads that connects at Little Panoche Road is not drivable now that we’ve had more rain. I saw MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS and one MERLIN along this road:
    Best not to risk getting stuck on this road, though.
    LITTLE PANOCHE ROAD: I saw a ‘BLACK’ MERLIN along Little Panoche Road, sitting on top of a solar post a couple weeks ago! However, I recommend caution birding along this road. There was a new sign up on January 17th which stated that one had to stay on the pavement along this road. I don’t know if this is a county sign (legal) or an illegal sign. The speed limit is 25 mph and the road has been patrolled by both CHP and county sheriffs. Be sure to wear your seat belt! The road is severely potholed. I would avoid birding along Little Panoche Road for the most part. It is not worth it.
    PANOCHE HILLS BLM area (Fresno County) has had BELL’S SPARROWS and a couple of photo-documented SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS recently. No Sage Thrashers were detected during the CBC on December 30, 2016. The road out to the radio station () had CHUKARS. It is best to park at the picnic and restroom location and walk from there if the roads are wet and muddy.
    MERCEY HOT SPRINGS(Fresno County) is one of the best places to see LONG-EARED OWLS. However, you’ll need to check their web site for birding details/phone: 209-826-3388:
    Please do not try to sneak in! Birders who did this in the past are responsible for the issues that have come up at this location. No entry prior to 10 a.m. It is possible to camp or spend the night at one of their cabins.
    If approaching the valley from I-5, it would be best to contact CalTrans to make certain the road is open. I think it is open, but I don’t usually bird on that side.
    PANOCHE INN & STORE: I’ve been told that the inn has sold. I do not know if it is open for business. Every time I’ve been by during the last few visits, it was closed. Might be best to call them: 831-628-3538.
    WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS: The roads have suffered terribly due to the truck traffic. Some potholes could swallow half a VW Bug. At this time, I would stick to paved roads only. Even parking on the shoulder, if dirt, could get a car stuck. A trailing caravan of 20+ vehicles might have a difficult time out in the valley these days. I would suggest limiting the number of vehicles on field trips (for the sanity of the trip leader, if nothing else).
    SHOOTING: Target practice and hunting occur at the BLM lands. If at all possible, it is best to visit these places on a weekday rather than a weekend. They are much quieter at on the weekend.
    BEST BIRDING PLACES RIGHT NOW in the valley: Norton Road near the school; Douglas Ranch area along Panoche Road; New Idria Road grasslands; Panoche Road from Highway 25 to McCullough Ranch (24 miles of birding).
    If I forgot anything, or you have any questions, please email me directly (off the list serve): debi@...
    Please repost this post to any regional list serves that may be interested, or have field trips to the area.
    Spring is going to be very beautiful in Panoche Valley!
    Mountain Plovers Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  9. Amador County LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2016 @ 1:13pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Sharon and I headed to Amador County to try to change a
    color – only needed 1, so we were pretty confident.
    We started at Camanche Reservoir, north shore. Liberty Road (becomes Camanche Parkway North},
    which heads north from SR-88 to the Reservoir, is a two-lane road with very
    limited (or absent) shoulders, although there is a pull-off as the Reservoir
    comes into view. American White Pelicans
    were on the Reservoir to the south of the road.
    At the narrow road crossing of the Reservoir (no shoulder to pull off
    on), we had a very obliging ROCK WREN, the color-changer. We went to the Camanche Hills Hunting Reserve. In the past, I have been confused as to how
    other birders {e.g., Tim Steurer, CB #8320} were able to walk down to near the
    shoreline, and no new answers became obvious.
    Jim Lomax describes {CB #8268} entering the north side of the Reservoir
    through the kiosk, but this is on the south side of Liberty Road, whereas CHHR
    is accessed off Curran Road to the north.Regardless, the Reservoir is so full that no
    shorebird habitat was seen.
    We then headed into the high country (>6000’) on SR-88 to
    Ellis Road. At the junction is a nice
    picnic area, as described by Frances Oliver {CB #418}, that provided a nice
    assortment of birds, including Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee,
    & Western Tanager. A little further
    down Ellis Road, we ran into CHIPPING SPARROW, CASSIN’S VIREO &
    MacGillivray’s Warbler (nice look as it came to roadside when I pished). Further yet, past the turn off to Salt
    Springs Road – now signed as “Motor Vehicles Not Permitted” (see John Luther’s
    posting, CB #7802) – we came to a logged area which provided Green-tailed
    Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, Nashville Warbler, THICK-BILLED FOX SPARROW,
    Clark’s Nutcracker & Yellow Warbler.
    Going back down to the foothills, we headed to Electra
    Road. This road is accessed from SR-49
    immediately north of the bridge over the Mokelumne River. Incidentally, the river itself is the county
    line between Amador & Calaveras, though I’m not certain if the county line
    follows the thalweg (as is usual), or one of the banks. We immediately encountered RUFOUS-CROWNED
    SPARROW, singing on the grassy hill north of the road. We proceeded to the Day Use area where we
    quickly found Western Wood-Pewee, Bullock’s Oriole, & Lazuli Bunting, but
    not the target. Driving on to the end of
    the road, just above the pseudo-dam, we finally heard YELLOW-BREASTED
    CHAT. But where was it As we concentrated on locating the singer, we
    began to conclude that it was actually across the river – bad news since we
    needed it for Amador, but not for Calaveras, unlike Leslie Flint {CVBirds
    #17573}. We were never able to conclusively
    put the bird in Amador.
    Beautiful day in the foothills & mountains, Stephen Long Oakland, CA
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  11. Blackburnian Warbler LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2015 @ 9:11pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    Around 4:30 this afternoon, I found a h.y. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the Bodega Dunes Campground in Sonoma County.
    It was first seen near campsites 69-70, foraging the willows with about 15 Townsend's Warblers, 10 Yellow Warblers, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Wilson's , 2 Orange-crowned, and 20 Bushtits. I saw the bird several times before losing track of it around 5:30. It continued moving E. through site 73 and was last seen in the large-trunked cypress at site 80. The wind was increasing then, and the flock had split into segregated groups.
    Early this AM, it was calm at the coast but a brisk EAST wind picked up around 8:00. It died down around noon; soon the WNW wind kicked up, and Doran was getting blown hard. I left after watching the BURROWING OWL first found by Norm Ortmann, and returned to the N. end of the harbor where it remained fairly calm. I was heading for the Dunes, but was distracted by a COMMON TERN working the shallows at the extreme N end of the harbor. Most of the warbler action was around the S loop of the Dunes Campground, which was less than half-full with campers today.
    A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen just S. of the boardwalk at Campbell Cove, and a CHIPPING SPARROW was around the restroom and parking lot. My first Ruby-crowned Kinglet was nearby, singing a near-complete song.
    One Common Yellowthroat (male) was doing an aerial, overhead singing display for his "mate" which seemed odd for late September, but hey I hate letting go of summer too.
    Like previous days, the number of migrant landbirds remained low.
    Thanks to Will Anderson for posting the earlier notes!
    Good Birding,
    ~Dan Nelson, So Co
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  13. Kern County Birdiest Count Final Report Including Locations LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 10:46am, 3 year(s) ago
    "Missed"or just not present (too early, too late, no coverage where
    occurs, and/or rare to very rare and not annual; several known
    usual nesting species missed) - Lesser Scaup, Common
    Goldeneye, Common Merganser,
    Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pacific Loon,
    Loon, Horned Grebe,
    American Bittern (Kern NWR), Least Bittern (Kern
    NWR), Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Short-billed Dowitcher, Herring Gull, Common Ground-Dove,
    Vaux's Swift,
    Williamson's Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, Peregrine
    Falcon, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Magpie, Clark's
    Varied Thrush,
    Sage Thrasher, American Pipit, Vesper
    Sparrow, Grasshopper
    Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red
    Crossbill, plus even rarer species,...
    ***Count Period
    ***Reported in 2014, not in 2015
    ***Reported in 2015, not in 2014
    ***2015 Kern Birdiest Count Period List of 227 species
    ***Total Species Numbers from all prior 72 hour Kern Birdiest Counts
    ***79 Known Participants
    ***72 Hour Kern County Birdiest Count, 3:30pm, Thursday, April 1, 2015
    to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
    ***REPORTED IN 2014, NOT IN 2015: Lesser Scaup,
    Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Common
    Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Ground-Dove, Vaux's Swift,
    Pileated Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Plumbeous Vireo, Clark's
    Nutcracker, Pacific Wren, American Pipit, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red
    ***REPORTED IN 2015, NOT IN 2014: Canvasback,
    NOTE: Species reported in UPPER CASE
    LETTERS; species missed during count listed in lower case letters. Remember,
    2015 species reported.
    ***NOT expected - convincing details and/or pictures required
    GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - Frazier ParkSnow GooseROSS'S GOOSE - California CityBrant***Cackling Goose***CANADA GOOSE - Bakersfield's Truxton Lakes, Kern River County
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, WOOD DUCK- Kern River County Park, Kern River PreserveGADWALL- reports for numerous locationsAMERICAN WIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehahchapi, China Lake
    Kern NWREurasian Wigeon***MALLARD- reports for numerous locationsBLUE-WINGED TEAL - China Lake NAWSCINNAMON TEAL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN SHOVELER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN PINTAIL - Kern NWRGREEN-WINGED TEAL- China Lake NAWSCANVASBACK - Kern NWRREDHEAD- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRRING-NECKED DUCK- Lake Jean,, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)Greater Scaup***Lesser ScaupBUFFLEHEAD - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCommon GoldeneyeCommon MerganserRed-breasted Merganser***RUDDY DUCK- reports for numerous
    locationsMOUNTAIN QUAIL- reports for numerous locationsCALIFORNIA QUAIL - reports for
    numerous locationsCHUKAR - Butterbredt Spring, Wind Wolves PreserveRing-necked PheasantSOOTY GROUSE***- Sunday Peak in the Greenhorn MountainsWILD TURKEY- Kern River PreservePacific Loon***Common Loon***PIED-BILLED GREBE- reports for numerous locationsHorned Grebe***EARED GREBE- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRWESTERN GREBE- Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR, Kern River County
    Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoCLARK'S GREBE - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoDOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Kern River
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoAMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - Isabella ReservoirAmerican BitternLeast Bittern***GREAT BLUE HERON- reports for numerous locationsGREAT EGRET- reports for numerous
    locationsSNOWY EGRET- Kern NWR, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCATTLE EGRET- From along CA Hwy 99 south of Bakersfield,
    Tehachapi's Tom Sawyer LakeGREEN HERON - Edwards AFB, GalileoBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - California City, Edwards AFB, Kern
    NWR, Lake
    Woollomes east of Delano, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)WHITE-FACED IBIS- reports for numerous locationsTURKEY VULTURE- reports for
    numerous locationsCALIFORNIA CONDOR (now countable) - Bear Valley Springs, Tejon
    RanchOSPREY - Edwards AFB, Isabella Reservor--Nuui CunniWHITE-TAILED KITE - Edwards AFBGOLDEN EAGLE - Breckenridge Mountain, west of Rosamond, Wind
    Wolves PreserveNORTHERN HARRIER - Edwards AFB, Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern
    NWR, Wind Wolves PreserveSHARP-SHINNED HAWK - GalileoCOOPER'S HAWK- Ridgecrest,
    Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of Delano, TehachapiNorthern Goshawk***Bald EagleCommon Black Hawk***RED-SHOULDERED HAWK - Kern River Parkway corridor through
    Bakersfield, Kern River PreserveSWAINSON'S HAWK - Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern NWR, Sand
    Canyon above Iindian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Tule Elk State Reserve
    (two nesting
    pairs)Zone-tailed Hawk***RED-TAILED HAWK- reports for
    numerous locationsVIRGINIA RAIL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRSORA- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRCOMMON GALLINULE - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRAMERICAN COOT- reports for
    numerous locations
    BLACK-NECKED STILT - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoAMERICAN AVOCET - China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR,
    Woollomes east of DelanoBLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of DelanoAmerican Golden-Plover***Pacific Golden-Plover***
    SNOWY PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley private propertySEMIPALMATED PLOVER- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, San Joaquin Valley private
    propertyKILLDEER- reports for numerous locationsSPOTTED SANDPIPER - reports for
    numerous locationsSOLITARY SANDPIPER - "Old Sewage Ponds" at Ridgecrest Watchable
    Wildlife ParkWandering Tattler***GREATER YELLOWLEGS- Kern NWRWILLET - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyLesser YellowlegsWHIMBREL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLONG-BILLED CURLEW- China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoMARBLED GODWIT - China Lake NAWSRuddy Turnstone***RED KNOT*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyRuff***Stilt Sandpiper***SANDERLING*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyDUNLIN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes east of
    San Joaquin Valley private propertyBAIRD'S SANDPIPER*** - China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLEAST SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWSPectoral Sandpiper***SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyWESTERN SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoShort-billed Dowitcher**LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoWILSON'S SNIPE - China Lake NAWSWILSON'S PHALAROPE - China Lake NAWSRED-NECKED PHALAROPE- China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyRed Phalarope***BONAPARTE'S GULL - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyLittle Gull***FRANKLIN'S GULL - China Lake NAWSHeerman's Gull***RING-BILLED GULL - China Lake NAWS, , Kern River County Park
    (Lake Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoWestern Gull***CALIFORNIA GULL- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern River
    County Park (Lake Ming), San Joaquin Valley private propertyHerring GullGULL-BILLED TERN*** - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyCASPIAN TERN - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyBLACK TERN - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyCommon Tern***FORSTER'S TERN - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park (Lake
    Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoROCK PIGEON - RidgecrestBAND-TAILED PIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Lebec,
    Panorama Vista Preserve (Bakersfield), Pine
    Mountain Club, Squirrel Valley above Mountain Mesa, Tehachapi Mountain
    for numerous locationsSPOTTED DOVE - Bakersfield's Beale ParkInca Dove***Common Ground-Dove
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE*** - China Lake NAWS, RidgecrestMOURNING DOVE - reports for
    numerous locations
    GREATER ROADRUNNER - Indian Wells Valley, Kern NWR, west of
    Rosamond, Wind Wolves PreserveBARN OWL - Kern River PreserveFLAMMULATED OWL - Breckenridge MountainWESTERN SCREECH-OWL- Breckenridge MountainGREAT HORNED OWL- Cerro Coso Community College, Fay Ranch Rd in
    Weldon, Wind Wolves PreserveNORTHERN PYGMY-OWL - Breckenridge MountainBURROWING OWL- RidgecrestSPOTTED OWL- Breckenridge MountainLONG-EARED OWL - RidgecrestShort-eared Owl***NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL- Breckenridge MountainLESSER NIGHTHAWK - California City, Kern NWRCOMMON POORWILL- Fay Ranch Rd in WeldonBlack Swift***Vaux's SwiftWHITE-THROATED SWIFT- Galileo, Sand Canyon above Indian Wells
    Valley (part of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird
    Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD - reports
    locationsANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - reports for
    numerous locationsCOSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD- reports for numerous desert locationsBroad-tailed Hummingbird***RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD - Bakersfield, Galileo, Ridgecrest, TehachapiCALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD - GalileoBELTED KINGFISHER - GalileoLEWIS'S WOODPECKER - Sand Canyon above Indian Wells Valley (part
    of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)ACORN WOODPECKER- reports for numerous locations including the
    desertWilliamson's Sapsucker***Red-naped Sapsucker***RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkLADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER - reports for numerous desert locationsNUTTALL'S WOODPECKER - Kern River Preserve, Sand Canyon above
    Indian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveDOWNY WOODPECKER - Kern River PreserveHAIRY WOODPECKER - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Kern River PreserveWHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkNORTHERN FLICKER - reports for numerous locationsPileated WoodpeckerAMERICAN KESTREL- reports for numerous locationsMerlin***Peregrine FalconPRAIRIE FALCON - Kern River PreserveROSE-RINGED PARAKEET - Bakersfield west of CA Hwy 99,
    Bakersfield's Beale Park (notable even
    though not currently
    countable)OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER- Breckenridge Mountain, Galileo,
    Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Greenhorn Mountains, Lake
    east of DelanoWESTERN WOOD-PEWEE - reports for numerous
    locationsWillow Flycatcher***HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, RidgecrestGRAY FLYCATCHER - 10 miles south of Weldon, Galileo, Kern
    River PreserveDUSKY FLYCATCHER - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern NWRPACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous locationsBLACK PHOEBE- reports for numerous locationsSAY'S PHOEBE - reports for numerous locationsVERMILION FLYCATCHER - Kern River PreserveASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous
    locationsBrown-crested FlycatcherCASSIN'S KINGBIRD- Kern River County Park (Lake Ming), Paul's
    Place country store (Weldon)WESTERN KINGBIRD- reports for numerous locationsLOGGERHEAD SHRIKE- reports for numerous locationsBell's Vireo***CASSIN'S VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPlumbeous Vireo***HUTTON'S VIREO - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains west
    slopeWARBLING VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPINYON JAY - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of the Southern Sierra
    Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)STELLER'S JAY- Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi, Tehachapi Mountain
    Park, Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN SCRUB-JAY- reports for numerous locationsYellow-billed MagpieClark's NutcrackerAMERICAN CROW- reports for numerous locationsCOMMON RAVEN - reports for numerous locationsHORNED LARK - Edwards AFB, Inyokern, Isabella Reservoir,
    Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves Preserve NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW- reports for
    numerous locationsPURPLE MARTIN - Bear Valley SpringsTREE SWALLOW- reports for numerous locationsVIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bear Valley Springs, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkBANK SWALLOW - Kern River corridor in BakersfieldBARN SWALLOW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoCLIFF SWALLOW - reports for numerous locationsMOUNTAIN CHICKADEE- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkOAK TITMOUSE - reports for numerous locationsVERDIN- China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Inyokern, Inyokern--MiddlemissBUSHTIT - Kern River Preserve, Wind Wolves PreserveRED-BREASTED NUTHATCH- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkWHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH - reports for numerous
    locationsPYGMY NUTHATCH - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs, Cerro
    Noroeste Rd in the Mt. Pinos regionBROWN CREEPER- Greenhorn MountainsROCK WREN- Edwards AFB, Galileo Hill, Isabella Reservoir sides,
    Wind Wolves PreserveCANYON WREN - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsHOUSE WREN - reports for numerous locationsPacific WrenMARSH WREN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRBEWICK'S WREN - reports for numerous locationsCACTUS WREN - reports for numerous locationsBLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - Edwards AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn
    12.0,AMERICAN DIPPER - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsGOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET - Greenhorn MountainsRUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWRENTIT - Breckenridge Mountain, Fay Ranch Rd (upper part),
    Greenhorn Mountains, Wind Wolves
    PreserveWESTERN BLUEBIRD - reports for numerous locationsMountain Bluebird***TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE- Greenhorn MountainsSWAINSON'S THRUSH - Butterbredt Spring, Cerro Coso Community
    College, GalileoHERMIT THRUSH- Galileo, Kern NWR, Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves PreserveAMERICAN ROBIN - reports for numerous locationsVaried Thrush***Brown Thrasher***Bendire's Thrasher***CALIFORNIA THRASHER - Fay Ranch Rd (upper), Kern River corridor
    in Bakersfield, Lebec,
    Wind Wolves PreserveLE CONTE'S THRASHER - California City, Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Inyokern, Maricopa
    (Petroleum Club Rd)Sage Thrasher***NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsEUROPEAN STARLING- reports for numerous locationsAmerican PipitCEDAR WAXWING - Bakersfield, Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS,
    Edwards AFB,
    Galileo, Lake
    Woollomes east
    of DelanoPHAINOPEPLA - reports for numerous locationsOvenbird***Northern Waterthrush***Black-and-white Warbler***ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - reports for numerous
    locationsLucy's Warbler***NASHVILLE WARBLER - Greenhorn MountainsMACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsCOMMON YELLOWTHROAT- reports for numerous
    locationsHooded Warbler***Northern Parula***Magnolia Warbler***YELLOW WARBLER- reports for numerous locationsPalm Warbler***YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S & MYRTLE) - reports
    locationsGrace's Warbler***BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake
    east of DelanoTOWNSEND'S WARBLER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Ridgecrest's
    Desert Memorial Park (cemetery), TehachapiHERMIT WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWILSON'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsPainted Redstart***YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Galileo, Kern River PreserveGREEN-TAILED TOWHEE- California City, Galileo, Greenhorn MountainsSPOTTED TOWHEE- Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River
    Preserve, Tehachapi Mountain
    Wind Wolves PreserveRUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW- Wofford HeightsCALIFORNIA TOWHEE - reports for numerous locationsCHIPPING SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Butterbredt Spring,
    Edwards AFBClay-colored Sparrow***BREWER'S SPARROW - Edwards AFB, Kelso Valley
    Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0,BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW- Chimney Peak Byway, Piute Mountains
    (Saddle Springs Rd)Vesper Sparrow***LARK SPARROW - Galileo, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to 12.0, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-THROATED SPARROW - Cow Heaven Canyon (part
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonBELL'S SPARROW (MOJAVE) - California City, Cow
    Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards AFB, InyokernLark Bunting***SAVANNAH SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsGrasshopper Sparrow***FOX SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsSONG SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsLINCOLN'S SPARROW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Kern River PreserveSwamp Sparrow***WHITE-THROATED SPARROW*** - GalileoHarris's Sparrow***WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW- Galileo (Mountain White-crowned/oriantha
    subspecies), off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonGOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW- Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    California City, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River PreserveDARK-EYED JUNCO- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkSUMMER TANAGER- Kern River Preserve (several locations)WESTERN TANAGER - reports for numerous locationsPhyrrhuloxia***Rose-breasted Grosbeak***BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK- reports for numerous
    locationsBLUE GROSBEAK - Kern River Preserve, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, Wind Wolves
    PreserveLAZULI BUNTING - Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Piute
    Mountains (Saddle Springs
    Rd), TehachapiIndigo Bunting***RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD- widespreadTRICOLORED BLACKBIRD- Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Edwards AFB,
    Kern River Preserve, Lake Isabella (community of), Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN MEADOWLARK- reports for numerous locationsYELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - California City, China Lake NAWS,
    GalileoBREWER'S BLACKBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsCommon Grackle***GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE - reports for numerous
    locationsBronzed Cowbird***BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsOrchard Oriole***HOODED ORIOLE - Bakersfield, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of Weldon, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoBULLOCK'S ORIOLE- reports for numerous locationsSCOTT'S ORIOLE - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of WeldonHOUSE FINCH - reports for numerous locationsPURPLE FINCH - Bear Valley Springs, Kern NWR, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkCASSIN'S FINCH - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsRed CrossbillPINE SISKIN - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    Butterbredt Spring, Galileo,
    TehachapiLESSER GOLDFINCH- reports for numerous locationsLAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH - reports for numerous
    locationsAMERICAN GOLDFINCH - Bakersfield, Kern River County Park--Hart
    Park unit, Lebec, Wind Wolves PreserveEVENING GROSBEAK*** - GalileoHOUSE SPARROW- reports for numerous locations
    COUNTS: 2006-246 species, 2007-235 species, 2008-241 species, 2009-246
    species, 2010-242 species, 2011-245 species, 2012-242 species, 2013-251
    species, 2014-240 species, 2015-227
    ***79 KNOWN PARTICIPANTS: Liga Auzins, Bob Barnes, John Birsner, Gordon
    Black, Jeb Blain, Jana
    Borba, Sherry
    Brubaker, Brenda Burnett, Dan Burnett, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Encar
    Card, Daisy Carillo, Jeff Cartier, Barbara Castle, Susan Castle, Bill
    Cooper, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Jeff
    Davis, Mary Dufrain, Mike Duncan, Madi Elsea, Kevin Fahey, Laura Fahey,
    Feenstra, Gary File, Ernie
    Flores, Joe Fontaine, Kristi Frick, Terri Gallion, Bruce Garlinger,
    Gail Gewain,
    Darrin Heindel, Greg Homel, Andy
    Honig, Louise
    Sandy Koonce, Debby Kroeger, Brenda Kyle, Ken
    Kyle, Denise LaBerteaux, Megan Lundin, Penny LaPone, Rod Lee, Kelli
    Levinson, John Lockhart, Harry
    Love, Andy
    Lundin, Bill Lydecker, Wayne Martin, Judy Matsuoka, Terri Middlemiss,
    Bill Moffat,
    Jean Moore, Chuck
    Noble, Bob Parker, Landon Peppel, Nancy
    Robinson, Erik Schoenborn, Adam Searcy,
    Deb See, Alison Sheehey, Mark Stacy,
    Jenna Stanek, John Stanek,
    Bob Steele, Susan
    Steele, John Sterling, Steve Summers, Lee Sutton, Shirley Sutton,
    Alexia Svejda, Nadia
    Svejda, Al Tapia, Linda Vasquez, Barb Walls, Mary Whitfield, Marcia
    Wolfe, Tom
    Wurster. Kerncrest
    Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon. Southern Sierra Research Station staff
    (Jenna Stanek, John Stanek, Mary Whitfield). Wind Wolves Preserve staff
    Borba, Daisy Carrillio, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Megan
    Schoenborn, Linda Vasquez),...THANK
    Serving as the Messenger for Participants,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    Cell: 760-382-1260 
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  15. FRNC, Point Loma - Yellow-green Vireo and other birds, 21 Sep 2013 LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2013 @ 5:20pm, 5 year(s) ago
    A somewhat cooperative YELLOW-GREEN VIREO was my best find early in the morning today at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. It was in the large Ficus tree in the very northeast corner of the cemetery, but sometimes retired to a small eucalyptus tree 50 feet or so away outside the fence. As far as I am aware it was last seen by James Smith, and his birding tour group from England, at 12:25 pm when it was seen flying off north towards the residential area, i.e. a long way away.
    I also managed finally to get some photographs of the TENNESSEE WARBLER that I first located on 19 Sep 2013. It is traveling with a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers and a Warbling Vireo but is not easy to get good looks at!
    I also found my first CLAY-COLORED SPARROW of the fall in the southeast section associating with a large group of Chipping Sparrows. One VAUX'S SWIFT also seen cruising overhead there.
    Photos of the Yellow-green Vireo and other birds on my blog at this link
    -- Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
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  17. RBA: Feb 11-18, 2013 NW California Bird Box LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2013 @ 5:24am, 5 year(s) ago
    - RBA
    * Northwestern California Bird Alert
    *19 February 2013
    hotline: Northwestern California Bird Alert
    date(s): 11 February – 18 February 2013
    number: (707)-822-LOON (5666)
    to report: (707)-822-LOON (Do not send reports by e-mail)
    coverage: Northwestern CA (Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties)
    compiled: 19 February 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
    transcriber: Robert W. Hewitt
    *Birds mentioned:*
    Rufous Hummingbird
    Say's Phoebe
    Palm Warbler
    Chipping Sparrow
    Evening Grosbeak
    11 Feb.
    A PALM WARBLER was between the Healthsport Fields and the Parkway
    Apartments in Arcata, Robert Hewitt. Gary Bloomfield reported 3 EVENING
    GROSBEAKS in his yard in Arcata, on Ziendner Avenue.
    12 Feb.
    Two SAY’S PHOEBE were chasing each other at the intersection of Jans and
    Bay School Road on the Arcata Bottoms at the edge of town, Greg Chapman.
    15 Feb.
    A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in Sunnybrea residential, Annie Meyer. Another was
    at the Arcata Marsh, along Sparrow Alley seen by Tony Kurz.
    16 Feb.
    The continuing immature male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was still occasionally
    returning to orange slices in Crescent City, 646 B Street and was seen by
    John Oliver and Gene Lodes. See photo provided by Sky Lloyd at whose
    feeders this bird has been seen.
    17 Feb,
    A CHIPPING SPARROW was at the Arcata Marsh between Gearheart Marsh and the
    Brackish Pond, Casey Ryan.
    18 Feb,
    A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was reported by John Oliver from Shay Park, Arcata.
    This is the weekly summary of reports from the Northwestern
    California Bird Alert, sponsored by the City of Arcata, Redwood Region
    Audubon Society, and generous support from area birders. Most
    birds reported are in Humboldt County unless otherwise noted.
    Birds in caps under the "highlights" section have about 50 (plus
    or minus 5) records of occurrence in Northwestern California as
    defined in Stan Harris's "Northwestern California Birds" (3rd
    edition, 2005). California Bird Records Committee review species
    are noted with an asterisk (*).On another note, you can subscribe to
    California Bird Alert this listserv at:
    This listserv receives audio messages, which are called in to the
    Northwestern California Bird Alert. One of the benefits of using
    this listserv is that it saves on your long-distance phone bills by
    receiving messages in your e-mail, of which typically appear within
    5 minutes of the message being called in. Messages
    get sent as .wav files and they come as attachments. Broadband helps.
    Average file
    size is 270kb and max size is about 1 MB.
    Good Birding!
    Robert W. Hewitt
    Wildlife Biologist, *LBJ Enterprises*
    Eureka, CA, 95501, USA
    (707) 601-8581
    Board Member and Founder
    18th Annual Godwit Days
    Spring Migration Bird Festival
    April 18th-24th*, 2013*
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  19. Update on Luke Cole Memorial Challenge LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2009 @ 4:05pm, 9 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Hopefully at least most of you are aware that this past weekend was the Luke
    Cole Memorial Challenge. We had birders out in at least 48 of California's 58
    counties. The California birding community came through in a big way and we are
    deeply grateful.
    We are continuing to solicit sightings from throughout the state. Soon we will
    post a link to a spreadsheet containing the list for each county and ask all of
    you to look it over and see if you found species on either September 26th or
    27th that are not on the list.
    In the meantime, the thrust of our fun/fund-raising effort was a cumulative list
    for the entire state. I'm not sure that anyone has ever attempted to calculate
    the number of birds seen in California for a single day or weekend and Luke, who
    kept lists of virtually everything, would have loved the idea. The list
    currently stands at a whopping 379 species and we may yet add a couple more.
    Here is the list:
    Greater White-fronted Goose
    Ross' Goose
    Cackling Goose
    Canada Goose
    Tundra Swan
    Wood Duck
    Eurasian Wigeon
    American Wigeon
    Blue-winged Teal
    Cinnamon Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    Green-winged Teal
    Ring-necked Duck
    Greater Scaup
    Lesser Scaup
    Harlequin Duck
    Surf Scoter
    White-winged Scoter
    Hooded Merganser
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Ruddy Duck
    Mountain Quail
    California Quail
    Gambel's Quail
    RIng-necked Pheasant
    Sooty Grouse
    Wild Turkey
    Red-throated Loon
    Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Horned Grebe
    Red-necked Grebe
    Eared Grebe
    Western Grebe
    Clark's Grebe
    Black-footed Albatross
    Northern Fulmar
    Pink-footed Shearwater
    Flesh-footed Shearwater
    Buller's Shearwater
    Sooty Shearwater
    Black-vented Shearwater
    Manx Shearwater
    Wilson's Storm-Petrel
    Ashy Storm-Petrel
    Black Storm-Petrel
    Least Storm-Petrel
    Blue-footed Booby
    Brown Booby
    American White Pelican
    Brown Pelican
    Brandt's Cormorant
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Pelagic Cormorant
    American Bittern
    Least Bittern
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Reddish Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Green Heron
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    White-faced Ibis
    Turkey Vulture
    California Condor
    White-tailed Kite
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Cooper's Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Swainson's Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Ferruginous Hawk
    Golden Eagle
    Crested Caracara
    American Kestrel
    Prairie Falcon
    Peregrine Falcon
    Black Rail
    Clapper Rail
    Virginia Rail
    Common Moorhen
    American Coot
    Sandhill Crane
    Black-bellied Plover
    American Golden-Plover
    Pacific Golden Plover
    Snowy Plover
    Semipalmated Plover
    American Oystercatcher
    Black Oystercatcher
    Black-necked Stilt
    American Avocet
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Wandering Tattler
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Long-billed Curlew
    Hudsonian Godwit
    Marbled Godwit
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Black Turnstone
    Red Knot
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Western Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Baird's Sandpiper
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
    Stilt Sandpiper
    Short-billed Dowitcher
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Wilson's Snipe
    Wilson's Phalarope
    Red-necked Phalarope
    Red Phalarope
    Sabine's Gull
    Bonaparte's Gull
    Laughing Gull
    Franklin's Gull
    Heerman's Gull
    Mew Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Western Gull
    Yellow-footed Gull
    California Gull
    Herring Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Gull-billed Tern
    Caspian Tern
    Black Tern
    Common Tern
    Arctic Tern
    Forster's Tern
    Royal Tern
    Elegant Tern
    Black Skimmer
    South Polar Skua
    Pomarine Jaeger
    Parasitic Jaeger
    Long-tailed Jaeger
    Common Murre
    Pigeon Guillemot
    Marbled Murrelet
    Xantu's Murrelet
    Cassin's Auklet
    Rhinoceros Auklet
    Tufted Puffin
    Rock Pigeon
    Band-tailed Pigeon
    Eurasian Collored-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Inca Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Red-crowned Parrot
    Greater Roadrunner
    Barn Owl
    Western Screech-Owl
    Great Horned Owl
    Northern Pygmy-Owl
    Burrowing Owl
    Spotted Owl
    Barred Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Long-eared Owl
    Northern Saw-whet Owl
    Lesser Nighthawk
    Common Poorwill
    Black Swift
    Vaux's Swift
    White-throated Swift
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Costa's Hummingbird
    Rufous Hummingbird
    Allen's Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Lewis' Woodpecker
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Gila Woodpecker
    Williamson's Sapsucker
    Red-naped Sapsucker
    Red-breasted Sapsucker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Nuttall's Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Hairy Woodpecker
    White-headed Woodpecker
    Black-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Olive-sided Flycatcher
    Western Wood-Pewee
    Willow Flycatcher
    Hammond's Flycatcher
    Gray Flycatcher
    Dusky Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    Black Phoebe
    Say's Phoebe
    Vermillion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Great-crested Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Cassin's Kingbird
    Western Kingbird
    Loggerhead Shrike
    White-eyed Vireo
    Bell's Vireo
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Cassin's Vireo
    Hutton's Vireo
    Warbling Vireo
    Philadelphia Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Gray Jay
    Steller's Jay
    Island Scrub-Jay
    Western Scrub-Jay
    Pinyon Jay
    Clark's Nutcracker
    Black-billed Magpie
    Yellow-billed Magpie
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Horned Lark
    Purple Martin
    Tree Swallow
    Violet-green Swallow
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Mountain Chickadee
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    Oak Titmouse
    Juniper Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Pygmy Nuthatch
    Brown Creeper
    Cactus Wren
    Rock Wren
    Canyon Wren
    Bewick's Wren
    House Wren
    Winter Wren
    Marsh Wren
    American Dipper
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    California Gnatcatcher
    Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
    Western Bluebird
    Mountain Bluebird
    Townsend's Solitaire
    Swainson's Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Varied Thrush
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Sage Thrasher
    Brown Thrasher
    California Thrasher
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Cedar Waxwing
    Tennessee Warbler
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Lucy's Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-thr. Blue Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-th Gray Warbler
    Townsend's Warbler
    Hermit Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Bay-breasted Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Northern Waterthrush
    MacGillivray's Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Hooded Warbler
    Wilson's Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Spotted Towhee
    California Towhe
    Abert's Towhee
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Brewer's Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Sage Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Savannah Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Fox SParrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln's Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Golden-crowned Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Lapland Longspur
    Summer Tanage
    Western Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Blue Grosbeak
    Lazuli Bunting
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Tricolored Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole
    Hooded Oriole
    Bullock's Oriole
    Pine Grosbeak
    Purple Finch
    Cassin's Finch
    House Finch
    Red Crossbill
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Lawrence's Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    Evening Grosbeak
    House Sparrow
    If you happen to know about any species that aren't listed above, please let us
    Also, it isn't too late to make a pledge. If you would like to do so, please
    follow this link:
    Thanks to everyone who helped out with this, more soon!
    Steve Glover
    Mark Eaton
    Alan Hopkins
    Brent Plater
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  21. Buena Vista Lake - today last day of count week LINK
    DATE: Dec 24, 2008 @ 9:19pm, 9 year(s) ago
    Hi All,
    If anyone has birded the Buena Vista area in search of the Lesser
    Black-backed or other gulls, I would appreciate a note on birds found.
    Several regular birds were missing (although it was a great count with only
    9 people in the field).
    Below is the list of birds seen during the Buena Vista CBC held this past
    American Wigeon
    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    Green-winged Teal
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    scaup sp.
    Common Merganser
    Ruddy Duck
    Duck sp.
    California Quail
    Common Loon*
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Eared Grebe
    Western Grebe
    Clark's Grebe
    American White Pelican
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Green Heron
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Cooper's Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Ferruginous Hawk
    American Kestrel
    Common Moorhen
    American Coot
    Black-necked Stilt
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Least Sandpiper
    Wilson's Snipe
    Bonaparte's Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Western Gull
    California Gull
    Herring Gull
    Thayer's Gull
    Lesser Black-backed Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    gull sp.
    Rock Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Greater Roadrunner
    Barn Owl
    Great Horned Owl
    Burrowing Owl
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Hummingbird sp.
    Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker
    Black Phoebe
    Say's Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Western Scrub-Jay
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Horned Lark
    Tree Swallow
    Violet-green Swallow
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Bewick's Wren
    House Wren
    Marsh Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Varied Thrush
    Northern Mockingbird
    California Thrasher
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Spotted Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Sage Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln's Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Golden-crowned Sparrow
    Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow
    Alison Sheehey
    P.O. Box 153
    Weldon, CA 93283
    ***************************** - "Sharing the magic of central California's
    biodiversity with the world."
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  23. SBT COUNTY: 19 SEPT 2007 LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2007 @ 5:24am, 11 year(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    A wee touch of winter arrived this morning! Clouds, chilly wind, and
    light rain were quite a surprise, as low pressure system from Canada
    edged down the coast. I grabbed a cup of coffee, and headed to
    Paicines Reservoir about 20 miles south of Hollister. The highlight
    was a continuing ORCHARD ORIOLE, female-type, which was first found
    on September 12th by David Wimpfheimer. This is the first SAN BENITO
    (SBT) COUNTY record of Orchard Oriole. I saw it just as I was about
    to leave the pullout, up on the hill, in the vineyard—feeding on the
    juicy, ripe grapes, no doubt!
    Other birds at Paicines Reservoir today included:
    BALD EAGLE- 3 (same as previous reports: 1 ad female, 1 first plumage
    ad, 1 HY)
    I did not see the Common Tern (4th county record) found by Clay
    Kempf, or the Stilt Sandpiper (third county record) found by Scott &
    Linda Terrill.
    Heading south on Highway 25, I turned on LA GLORIA ROAD. High winds
    seemed to keep the birds down. At the summit, near Mile Marker 7.37,
    I found 50+ LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES. On September 12th, I found 360
    Lawrence's Goldfinches on this road, many of them at the summit.
    Roiling fog from the Salinas Valley, rain, and the wind probably kept
    them down. Best way to see the goldfinches is to stay inside of the
    car, using it as a blind. I saw a total of 150 Lawrence's Goldfinches
    today. Other birds on Gloria Road included:
    WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW-1 First of the fall (FOF) in San Benito County
    for me.
    WILD TURKEY-6 (one with only one leg, and it hops)
    YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE-54, near the summit
    I made a very brief stop at VISTA PARK HILL in downtown Hollister
    after picking up my mail. About 30 hummingbirds are still feeding in
    the bottlebrush. At least 2 "RUFOUS" were present, along with many
    Debra Shearwater
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  25. SBT County: Sep 12, 2007 LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:09pm, 11 year(s) ago
    HI, Birders,
    Yesterday morning, Laurilee Thompson (of Space Coast Bird Festival
    fame) and I did a couple of hours of birding in San Benito County.
    Highlights included: 360 LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES, 3 BALD EAGLES, 1
    At Paicines Reservoir, about 30 miles south of Hollister on Highway
    25, we found: 3 BALD EAGLES ( 1 adult female, 1 first plumage adult,
    1 HY); 1 CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was sitting in the willow tree that is
    surrounded by water, along with 1 TANAGER sp. Both of these birds
    flew to the west side of Hwy 25 to feed on the grapes in the
    vineyard. Also present were: 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker, 1 Bewick's Wren,
    4 Black Phoebes, Song Sparrows, Mallards, American Coots, etc.
    —"regulars" at the reservoir. Best way to bird the reservoir is to
    pull out on the large, dirt parking lot on Highway 25 just south of
    the turnoff for Panoche Valley. Stand around and scope the area,
    including the willow tree. There is no public access to other areas
    surrounding the reservoir. The bald eagles generally sit on the high
    power poles on the west side of the reservoir, or sometimes on the
    top of the small oak tree on the levee on the east side. No
    shorebirds, other than Killdeer, were present yesterday, even though
    there are some good mud flats now.
    Continuing south on Highway 25 toward Pinnacles National Monument, we
    pulled over about 5 miles later, to see a ROADRUNNER. A CALIFORNIA
    THRASHER was singing in the coyote bushes at this stop. A BOBCAT was
    sitting under a large oak tree on the east side of the highway.
    Further south, (just beyond Bear Valley Fire Station), we turned east
    on Gloria Road. This well maintained dirt road is public, but all
    areas off the road are private property. It is often patrolled by the
    local landowners, who can be quite intimidating, even threatening.
    So, please respect the private property, even if there is no fence on
    the road in areas. The highlight of this road was 360 LAWRENCE'S
    GOLDFINCHES, multiple flocks. The biggest flocks were at the summit,
    in the open grasslands, just before you reach the Monterey County
    sign. (If you reach the sign, go back). Driving slowly on this road
    will likely put the goldfinches up in flocks and they will land on
    the barbed wire fences. Best to stay in your car. The flocks are
    almost 100% Lawrence's right now. It will be interesting to see if
    the Lessers and Americans join them, as they usually do. Again, the
    best way to see them is to stay in your car. Two CHIPPING SPARROWS
    ( 1 adult, 1 HY), were also on the fence with the goldfinches.
    BOBCAT, and 1 COYOTE.
    Goldfinches forever,
    Debi Shearwater
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  27. Gray-crowned Rosy-finch and Northern Goshawk LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2007 @ 4:45am, 11 year(s) ago
    I had two goals for the recent Labor Day weekend. I wanted to turn
    Mono County blue and to see a Gray-crowned Rosy-finch in both
    Mariposa and Madera Counties.
    On Friday, 8-31-07, I headed over Tioga Pass and had lunch at the
    TPR. Then I went down to Mono Lake and spent the afternoon birding
    around it. The first stop was Mono County Park. The only birds that I
    saw were: California Gull, American Avocet, Starling, Red-winged
    Blackbirds, Brewer Blackbirds, Red-necked Phalarope, Eared Grebe,
    American Robin and Western Sandpiper (98).
    From there I went up to the cemetery where I hit a jackpot for my
    county list. I saw: a few Chipping Sparrows, scads of House and some
    Cassin's Finches, a Downey Woodpecker, a Say's Phoebe (99), an Olive-
    sided Flycatcher (100), and a Black Phoebe (101). The next stop was
    the DeChanbeau Ponds where I saw: Northern Flicker, American Kestrel,
    Northern Harrier, House Finch, Say's Phoebe, Red-tailed Hawk,
    Loggerhead Shrike, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Northern Shoveler,
    Black Phoebe and three possible female and/or Juvenile Green-winged
    Teal. I spent a lot of time on these birds and was able to eliminate
    virtually every other duck. They had very small and slender bills,
    were the size of the coots and much smaller than the Shovelers that
    they were with. I could not see much, if any light coloration on
    their rear ends under their tails. When I saw them, I thought Teal
    based on their general appearance. I have no idea about their color
    other than that they were not blue, yellow, black or white. Could
    they be early migrants or some other species that I missed I would
    appreciate any comments.
    I was getting hungry and so I headed back to the pass and stopped
    atthe intake dam for Lee Vining Creek and there I added 102, a
    Western Wood-Pewee and 103 a Nashville Warbler. I was now a very
    happy famished birder and so I rewarded myself with dinner at the
    TPR. Goal number one for the weekend, making Mono County a blue
    county, was accomplished and I had added six species to my county
    9-01-07 to 9-03-07
    For those of you who know me and have wondered about my sanity, I am
    going to erase any doubt that you may have had. I spent the next
    three days, Sept. 1, 2 and 3 doing a 27-mile trek with my son Brad
    and his daughters, Kati who turned 12 on the hike and Patti age 5, to
    bag (climb) 12,147 foot Parson's Peak and then go down 100 feet in
    elevation and a distant of 800 feet to the high point in Mariposa
    County which is also the intersection of Mariposa, Madera and
    Tuolumne Counties. It paid off. On the way up Parson's Peak we saw 13
    White-tailed Ptarmigan (lifers for all). I achieved my second goal
    and got the Gray-crowned Rosy-finch in Mariposa and Madera Counties.
    Then a big bonus flew in from Mariposa, a Northern Goshawk, which
    flew on into Madera County and hovered there for several minutes. The
    only other species that I saw that day were Dark-eyed Juncos, Rock
    Wrens and a Raven.
    On the way out, I was too pooped to notice much of anything that
    didn't all but land on my nose. However, I did see a Northern Goshawk
    in Tuolumne County and a good number of Clark's Nutcrackers
    and a Nashville Warbler.
    I now have Gray-crowned Rosy-finches in six counties. I feel darned
    good about that.
    Lowell Young
    Mariposa, CA
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  29. Trip to Sacramento NWR & Tule Lake LINK
    DATE: Apr 30, 2007 @ 3:22am, 11 year(s) ago
    Hello birders,
    I just spent the weekend on a College of Marin ornithology field trip to
    Tule Lake via Sacramento NWR. We saw over 125 species of birds! At the
    Sacramento NWR there were many bitterns in open view, lots of King Birds,
    Ash-throated Flycatcher seen from the viewing platform, along with Warbling
    Vireo and Yellow Warbler. Snow Geese still there, also White-faced Ibis.
    Saw many Marsh Wren nests, and a Bullock's Oriole nest cleverly concealed
    in a bunch of hanging eucalyptus leaves. There is a lot going on out there
    even though much of the areas covered with water in the winter are dry.
    Lots of Ring-necked Pheasant in breeding plumage. Otters and muskrats.
    Up at Tule Lake and environs we had some wonderful sights. Short-eared owls
    out in the morning around 10 AM. A pair flying and briefly coming together
    to lock talons in the air, juvenile Golden Eagle, three versions of Bald
    Eagle: adult, 1st year and second year,gorgeous Swainson's Hawks, a Great
    Horned Owl mama on an Osprey platform (no Osprey nest had yet been built
    there) with her babies, completely out in the open with the mate roosting
    in some nearby trees, Barn Owls roosting in the cliffs above Tule Lake.
    From the cliffs we heard a Canyon Wren. On the water we got to see all the
    shorebirds that we see here, but they are breeding plumage! Least and
    Western Sandpipers, Dunlins, Avocets, Wilson's and Red-necked Phaloropes,
    Western Grebes dancing across the water! I cannot even remember it all
    right now! More Snow Geese, Ross's Greater White-Fronted, Canada with
    Goslings, all the ducks, White-faced Ibis. Coyotes, marmot (sorry not birds).
    Then we also saw:
    Mountain Bluebird
    Mountain Chickadee
    Brewer's Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Sage Thrasher
    I could post my full list if anyone is interested.
    Maggie Rufo
    " know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This
    is to have succeeded!" - Emerson
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