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Common Pochard
Aythya ferina


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  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 11, 2018 @ 8:04pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Approximately 4 people saw the bird yesterday. The finder, Jeff Allen,
    found the HumCo Common Pochard Dec 2016 and the Stellerís Eider isnít a joke.
    
    Searchers today included Rob Fowler and I. Fog made conditions difficult
    and no one relocated the bird as far as I know.
    
    Tom Leskiw
    Blue Lakeish
    HumCo
    
    From: mailto:CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:11 PM
    To: CALBIRDS
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a
    joke
    
    
    
     I, along with others I talked to, determined from the deafening silence that
    the report was bogus.
    Jim
    
    On Mar 11, 2018, at 5:47 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    wrote:
    
    
    Birders,
    
    I am assuming that
    since a bird representing a fourth California record, and the first record in
    over 26 years (which is greater than the birding lifetime of most current
    California birders) has not merited even a single posting to this statewide
    list serve or to the local (NWCalbirds) list serve, either (1) the sighting is
    well-known to be bogus and has been summarily dismissed by Humboldt birders),
    or (2) list serves have now officially and completely outlived any function in
    disseminating news of rare birds.. Could somebody closer to the scene please
    enlighten the rest of us birders on the status of the reported female
    Steller's Eider at the mouth of Redwood Creek, Humboldt Co. on 10
    March
    
    Kimball L.
    Garrett Natural History
    Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition
    Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
    90007 USA (213)
    763-3368 kgarrett@...
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  3. RE: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 7:09am, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thanks to Rob, Elias, Alan, and Jeff for their clarifications (either in the list serve or in private replies).Since I started this rant, I just wanted to emphasize that I was not at all trying to cast birders inCalifornia's great Northwest in a negative
    light -- obviously the talent up there is phenomenal, and they must deal with weather issues that we never see down here in the south. I was simply trying to understand why there was no public word about this mega-rarity, especially in light of ongoing discussions
    about the relevance of a statewide list serve.
    
    I would suggest that Calbirds is still a critical link in the communications chain about statewide rarities (a fourth state record certainly qualifies, even if yet another central coast/Bay Area Harlequin Duck or a twelfth-of-spring Hooded Oriole might not).
    Further, I would suggest that, with a bird this rare, getting word out about a "probable" (and I agree the brief eBird descriptions sound promising, and the observers are excellent) hasmany advantages and few drawbacks.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
    
    
     From: Rob Fowler [migratoriusfwlr@...]
    
    Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2018 9:15 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    
    Hi all,
    As far as I can tell there probably is a Stellerís Eider here in Humboldt County. Many parties have tried to see this bird so far and weather and ocean conditions have confounded most parties except for a party of four that reportedly saw the bird yesterday
    afternoon, despite birders looking in the morning, too.
    
    Jeff Allen first noted this possible sighting to a couple of us on Wednesday but wasnít comfortable with calling it 100%, despite having previous experience with this species in Alaska. Jeff briefly saw the bird again on Friday and thought it was probably
    the same bird and became more confident about the bird after looking at some photos online of the recent Oregon female Stellerís. I then decided to let birders know on our back channel Humboldt birders Facebook chat about this possibility yesterday morning
    but held off posting it publicly because Jeff was still not 100% on it (but overall felt pretty good about it). A couple of parties tried yesterday and only one party reportedly saw the bird in the afternoon. I think they probably did see the bird but I think
    that people might understand that we do want more locals to also see it and 100% confirm it despite the decent details that were included in the eBird report that got posted on the eBird alerts. I hope the observers donít take this as a slight in their abilities
    because it is certainly not meant to be.
    
    It is worth noting that Jeff Allen discovered last years Common Pochard, discovered a female King Eider north of Redwood Creek in 2014, and has found many other notable birds.
    
    So as it stands right now there is probably a female Stellerís Eider with scoters north of the Redwood Creek mouth here in Humboldt County but as of yet few have gotten eyes on it due to mostly to weather and ocean conditions at this location. It can be
    a tough spot to get good looks at many of the birds and today the fog rolled in for most of the day and hampered viewing for most of it.
    
    We will promptly report the sighting more widely with more details once we got this bird 100% firmed up...if we do.
    
    Some of us will be looking for this bird tomorrow before rain comes in for most of the upcoming week.
    
    Also, it is worth noting that I and others are easily reachable via the various modern methods of communication and could have been asked directly about this.
    
    Stay tuned,
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    
    From: Jim Lomax
    sdrib@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Date: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 7:11 PM
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    
    To: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
     I, along with others I talked to, determined from the deafening silence that the report was bogus.
    
    Jim
    
    On Mar 11, 2018, at 5:47 PM, Kimball Garrett
    kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Birders,
    
    
    I am assuming that since a bird representing a fourth California record, and the first record in over 26 years (which is greater than the birding lifetime of most current California birders) has not
    merited even a single posting to this statewide list serve or to the local (NWCalbirds) list serve,either (1) the sighting is well-known to be bogus and has been summarily dismissed by Humboldt birders), or (2) list serves have now officially and completely
    outlived any function in disseminating news of rare birds. Could somebody closer to the scene please enlighten the rest of us birders on the status of the reported female Steller's Eider at the mouth of Redwood Creek, Humboldt Co.on 10 March
    
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
    USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  5. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 11, 2018 @ 9:15pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi all,
    As far as I can tell there probably is a Stellerís Eider here in Humboldt County. Many parties have tried to see this bird so far and weather and ocean conditions have confounded most parties except for a party of four that reportedly saw the bird yesterday afternoon, despite birders looking in the morning, too.
    
    Jeff Allen first noted this possible sighting to a couple of us on Wednesday but wasnít comfortable with calling it 100%, despite having previous experience with this species in Alaska. Jeff briefly saw the bird again on Friday and thought it was probably the same bird and became more confident about the bird after looking at some photos online of the recent Oregon female Stellerís. I then decided to let birders know on our back channel Humboldt birders Facebook chat about this possibility yesterday morning but held off posting it publicly because Jeff was still not 100% on it (but overall felt pretty good about it). A couple of parties tried yesterday and only one party reportedly saw the bird in the afternoon. I think they probably did see the bird but I think that people might understand that we do want more locals to also see it and 100% confirm it despite the decent details that were included in the eBird report that got posted on the eBird alerts. I hope the observers donít take this as a slight in their abilities because it is certainly not meant to be.†
    
    It is worth noting that Jeff Allen discovered last years Common Pochard, discovered a female King Eider north of Redwood Creek in 2014, and has found many other notable birds.
    
    So as it stands right now there is probably a female Stellerís Eider with scoters north of the Redwood Creek mouth here in Humboldt County but as of yet few have gotten eyes on it due to mostly to weather and ocean conditions at this location. It can be a tough spot to get good looks at many of the birds and today the fog rolled in for most of the day and hampered viewing for most of it.
    
    We will promptly report the sighting more widely with more details once we got this bird 100% firmed up...if we do.†
    
    Some of us will be looking for this bird tomorrow before rain comes in for most of the upcoming week.
    
    Also, it is worth noting that I and others are easily reachable via the various modern methods of communication and could have been asked directly about this.†
    
    Stay tuned,
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Jim Lomax sdrib@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 7:11 PM
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    To: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    † I, along with others I talked to, determined from the deafening silence that the report was bogus.
    
    Jim
    
    On Mar 11, 2018, at 5:47 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Birders, †
    
    I am assuming that since a bird representing a fourth California record, and the first record in over 26 years (which is greater than the birding lifetime of most current California birders) has not merited even a single posting to this statewide list serve or to the local (NWCalbirds) list serve,†either (1) the sighting is well-known to be bogus and has been summarily dismissed by Humboldt birders), or (2) list serves have now officially and completely outlived any function in disseminating news of rare birds. Could somebody closer to the scene please enlighten the rest of us birders on the status of the reported female Steller's Eider at the mouth of Redwood Creek, Humboldt Co.†on 10 March †
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  7. Humboldt Common Pochard continues 12 Jan... LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 4:37pm, 2 year(s) ago
    ....at Freshwater Lagoon in the typical Canvasback flock and has been consistently seen from the southeast corner of Old State Highway.
    
    Good luck,
    
    Rob Fowler†
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  9. Common Pochard /Eurasian Kestrel LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2017 @ 9:39pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Today was my 2nd trip to find the CommonPochard and it was present at 9:30am at theSE end of the Lagoon. No other birders or Hunters present at this time,but lots of rain and wind. also tried for the Eurasian Kestrel both on my way to the Lagoon and on my way back home with no luck,the winds were very strong.
    Gary File Bakersfield
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  11. Common Pochard Continues 4 Jan LINK
    DATE: Jan 4, 2017 @ 10:25am, 2 year(s) ago
    ....continuing at the northeastern corner of Freshwater Lagoon here in Humboldt County with Canvasbacks, etc.
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
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  13. Sunday Jan 1st: Re: [CB] Humboldt and Del Norte road trip--long and tedious (the writing, not the trip) LINK
    DATE: Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:20pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Bruce et as l, 1. We saw 2 Tundra Swans (one was immature), at the same spot, today †(January 1st), visible i.e. close to Highway 101.
    2. The Pochard was back in the large freshwater lagoon, east of Highway 101, not at the oxbow lake west of the 101. A local gentleman found it, and called us away from the oxbow lake.† The Pochard was with a large flock of Canvasbacks and Ring-necked Ducks, and difficult to refind, even when when it was in front of us. It is slightly smaller and darker gray than the Canvasbacks.
    The Great Gray Owl showed well in the late afternoon.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont CA 91711
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    On Jan 1, 2017 9:51 AM, "Bruce Mast cathrasher4@... [countybirders]" < countybirders-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    † Hey folks,
    
    It has been a county birding goal of mine for some time to get to 100 species in every county. But for the last 6 months I've been stuck at 57.98, lacking just 2 species in Del Norte to put me over the top. So the presence of some north coast rarities this last week finally motivated me to fire up the chase vehicle and make the pilgrimage.
    
    Drove up to Arcata Thursday night and arrived at Aldergrove Rd. at 6:45 am on Friday morning (12/30), just as the eastern sky was showing some light. Paced up and down the road for an hour but found no owls. A calling Californa Quail was new to my county list.
    
    On to the McKinleyville Vista overlook, where I tried to relocate the Burrowing Owl that Gary Lester reported back in November. No luck. Not a propitious start to the journey.
    
    Driving north across the Big Lagoon causeway, I made a brief and sketchy stop to confirm a couple Tundra Swans foraging in the mud to the east, plus a female Hooded Merganser on the west side.
    
    Continuing north, I finally made it to the Redwood Creek oxbow around 9:30, where the kind gentleman from Lakeport who's name I've ungraciously forgotten quickly put me on a lovely COMMON POCHARD. Views were distant but the light was good and the distinctive black and white bill pattern jumped out. In the pasture to the north, a couple Snow Geese were grazing.
    
    On to Klamath to bird the RV parks. I first stopped at the Klamath Camper Corral, mistakenly thinking I was at the Golden Bear. The mistake paid off when I followed a well-blazed trail through the undergrowth to the Klamath River under the 101 Bridge. In addition to Common Goldeneyes (#99) and a bunch of bear tracks, I was able to toot up a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL (#100).
    
    I then proceeded to the Golden Bear RV Park (actually the jet ski parking lot) but had no success locating any bluebirds. I tried again on Saturday, also without success. I also checked the other RV parks in the neighborhood that seem to offer suitable habitat but came up empty. Gone
    
    Continuing on to Crescent City, I bee-lined straight to the water treatment plant. The adult and juvenile SNOW GEESE were loafing on the rocks at the water's edge. After wandering the park for 45 minutes, I returned to the WTP to find the lovely continuing VERMILION FLYCATCHER sitting on a post at the water's edge. It then flew into the willows below the plant.
    
    After a couple uneventful stops, I ended the day at Smith River bottoms where the duck bonanza at Alexandre Dairy was particularly impressive. Further north, I spotted a FERRUGINOUS HAWK on a pole and then flying north toward the river. A couple Peregrine Falcons were also in the area. Driving back down Pala and Lower Lake Rd at dusk, I scoured the fields for any owl action but found only a male Harrier.
    
    I started Saturday morning seawatching from the 9th St. overlook on Pebble Beach Drive. Best birds were 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS swimming in formation. Further north at Pebble Beach, I added Red-necked Grebe and my DEN Sanderlings. Point Saint George was underwhelming, yielding just a handful of Black Turnstones and a Peregrine Falcon. No Surfbirds.
    
    I ended my Crescent City birding on Church Street, where I was quickly rewarded with a pair of GRAY JAYS flying from tree to tree.
    
    After short stops on Requa Rd. and Golden Bear RV, I headed south to Arcata Marsh. I arrived at Gearheart Marsh around 2:20 and was told the duck had just flown out and headed east. I shifted my attention to George Allen Marsh and was finally able to locate a lovely female-type TUFTED DUCK swimming around at the northeast end of the deep water. I then ran into local birder Chris who was able to orient me to a locally rare BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.
    
    One final stop at the Eureka Boardwalk to check the gull flock turned up nothing Glaucous-like. Made it home by 8:30 in time to drink champagne.
    
    Bruce Mast
    
    Oakland
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Humboldt Common Pochard continues LINK
    DATE: Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:52pm, 2 year(s) ago
    We just refound the Pochard in Freshwater Lagoon (where he was originally seen). We first saw the bird from 101, but he moved into a cove at the south end of the Lagoon. We then refound him from Old State Highway more towards the north end of the Lagoon with a large flock of Canvasback. Difficult looks through the trees, bit possible. Five other birders joined us and have seen him.
    
    Excellent bird!
    
    Shannon and Dan Skalos
    Woodland, CA
    
    On Dec 31, 2016, at 1:00 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Hi all, The COMMON POCHARD continued this morning at the Redwood Creek Oxbow, seen from Highway 101. See previous messages for further location details.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
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  17. Humboldt Common Pochard continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi all, The COMMON POCHARD continued this morning at the Redwood Creek Oxbow, seen from Highway 101. See previous messages for further location details.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
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  19. Common Pochard photo study LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi Birders,
    I would like to share some hard-won photos of the Common Pochard, found by Jeff Allen about 10 days ago. When we arrived aftera six-hour drive, we learned it had not been seen all morning, and it was not until we returned to our hotel at 3:30 that the call came that Todd Easterla had relocated it across highway 101. We blasted back in time for it to disappear again. Thursday am it was not immediately evidently, but finally we were convincedwe glimpsed it in the far northern pond. Slowly the flock moved our awayand the distinct"white flag" of the bill and black base became evidently. Finally it paused in glorious sunlight:
    
    
    
    http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p989996334/h8094d447#h8094d447
    
    Thanks to allwho expressed concern for its'welfare and kept track of its' movements so many birders could view this avisrara.
    
    Happy New Year and many wonderful birds to you.
    
    Mark Rauzon Oakland
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  21. Re: [CALBIRDS] Common Pochard Humboldt County LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Bird seen in good light this morning, Friday. Same spot.
    
    Bruce Mast
    Oakland
    
    On Dec 29, 2016 11:32 AM, "Michelle B Townsley ms.townsley@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups. com > wrote:
    The COMMON POCHARD was seen intermittently from the 101 Freeway looking in an oxbow lake near the State Park Visitor Center. I love it when a plan comes together. We arrived at sunset yesterday with poor light, but were rewarded on our return trip today with several good looks.
    
    Sincerely,
    
    Michelle Townsley
    
    Ventura, CA
    
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  23. Redwood Creek Oxbow: new eBird hotspot LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi all, For all that have seen the Humboldt County Common Pochard at the Redwood Creek Oxbow location today and yesterday (and in the future) I have created a new eBird hotspot simply called the "Redwood Creek Oxbow." If you could please move your eBird checklists to this hotspot to lessen the potential clutter of eBird lists entered under personal locations that would be greatly appreciated.†
    
    Thanks much,
    
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    Rob Fowler
    Humboldt County eBird reviewer
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  25. Re: [CALBIRDS] Common Pochard Humboldt County LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    A couple of points of clarification for those unfamiliar with the area:
    
    1) Hwy. 101 is a two-lane highway there, not a freeway.† Parking on the shoulder is possible.
    2) The visitor center in question is Redwood National Park's Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, not state park.† The boardwalk from which the bird was found yesterday is closed for safety reasons and the park does not want people using it, even for lifers (it could wind up being your last!).† Use the highway instead.
    
    Ken Burton
    Klamath
    
    On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 11:32 AM, Michelle B Townsley ms.townsley@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    † The COMMON POCHARD was seen intermittently from the 101 Freeway looking in an oxbow lake near the State Park Visitor Center. I love it when a plan comes together. We arrived at sunset yesterday with poor light, but were rewarded on our return trip today with several good looks.
    
    Sincerely,
    
    Michelle Townsley
    
    Ventura, CA
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  27. Common Pochard Humboldt County LINK
    DATE: Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:32am, 2 year(s) ago
    The COMMON POCHARD was seen intermittently from the 101 Freeway looking in an oxbow lake near the State Park Visitor Center. I love it when a plan comes together. We arrived at sunset yesterday with poor light, but were rewarded on our return trip today with several good looks.
    
    Sincerely,
    
    Michelle Townsley
    
    Ventura, CA
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  29. Humboldt Common Pochard has moved..... LINK
    DATE: Dec 28, 2016 @ 3:20pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi all, Just got a call from Todd Easterla redound the COMMON POCHARD in the Redwood Creek Oxbow. There is an old closed boardwalk that he walked out on and saw the bird in the oxbow east of there. I believe there is no hunting permitted in this area.†
    
    Dropped pin for where the boardwalk entrance is here: Dropped Pin
    near Humboldt County, CA
    https://goo.gl/maps/Qsx9VQzRWiy
    
    Good luck,
    
    Rob Fowler
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