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King Eider
Somateria spectabilis


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  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 5:01pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom
    The part about people deleting their eBird records/photos makes sense!
    Tom
    
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 3:28 PM Thomas Benson tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Tom, eBird and the CBRC are two separate entities. Submitting documentation to one does not mean you have submitted documentation to the other. The CBRC reviews records
    of statewide significance, and we maintain our own archives so that we or others are able to review that documentation at a later date if necessary. If we relied on eBird to archive our documentation, there is the possibility that a user could delete his/her
    photos or checklists, or alter the descriptions, defeating the purpose of an archive. There is no plan to merge these processes in the future. Tom
    Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee From: T.G. Miko [mailto: tgmiko@... ]
    
    Sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 3:11 PM
    
    To: Thomas Benson < TBenson@... >
    
    Cc: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson
    tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate.
    Thank you.
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas A. Benson
    Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
    
    King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete)
    Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete)
    Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete)
    Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete)
    
    What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly
    to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).
    
    Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission
    so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable
    and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures,
    lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit
    those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
    
    Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded.
    In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible;
    it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is
    that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations,
    behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed,
    and other observers present.
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  3. Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 3:10pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete) Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete) Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested) Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete) Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested) Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete) Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete) Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations
    cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  5. RE: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 3:27pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom, eBird and the CBRC are two separate entities. Submitting documentation to one does not mean you have submitted documentation to the other. The CBRC reviews records
    of statewide significance, and we maintain our own archives so that we or others are able to review that documentation at a later date if necessary. If we relied on eBird to archive our documentation, there is the possibility that a user could delete his/her
    photos or checklists, or alter the descriptions, defeating the purpose of an archive. There is no plan to merge these processes in the future. Tom
    Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee From: T.G. Miko [mailto:tgmiko@...]
    
    Sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 3:11 PM
    
    To: Thomas Benson
    
    Cc: CALBIRDS
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson
    tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate.
    Thank you.
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas A. Benson
    Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
    
    King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete)
    Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete)
    Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete)
    Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete)
    
    What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly
    to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).
    
    Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission
    so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable
    and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures,
    lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit
    those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
    
    Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded.
    In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible;
    it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is
    that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations,
    behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed,
    and other observers present.
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  7. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:48pm, 18 day(s) ago
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete) Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete) Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested) Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete) Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested) Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete) Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete) Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations
    cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  9. RE: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 7:09am, 3 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 Steller’s 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 wasn’t 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 Steller’s. 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 don’t 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 Steller’s 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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  11. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 11, 2018 @ 9:15pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Hi all,
    As far as I can tell there probably is a Steller’s 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 wasn’t 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 Steller’s. 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 don’t 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 Steller’s 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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  13. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2018 @ 1:02pm, 4 month(s) ago
    California birders,   The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will be reviewing the following records at the end of March. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to
    local listservs as appropriate. Thank you.   Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee     2017-165     King Eider     14-16 Dec 2017     Klamath R. mouth DN  (documentation complete) 2017-090     Little Stint     16-19 Sep 2017     Moss Landing Harbor MTY  (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-144     Wedge-tailed Shearwater     15 Aug 2017     Humboldt Bay North Jetty HUM  (documentation complete) 2017-149     Yellow-bellied Flycatcher     23-24 Sep 2017     Pt. Reyes MRN  (documentation from W. Anderson) 2017-148     Sedge Wren     4 Dec 2017     Arcata Marsh HUM  (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-156     White-winged Crossbill     12 Dec 2017     Elk Valley Casino DN  (listserv report - no documentation received) 2017-158     White-winged Crossbill     16 Dec 2017     Crescent City DN  (documentation complete) 2017-159     White-winged Crossbill     17-18 Dec 2017     Smith R. DN  (documentation complete) 2017-169     White-winged Crossbill     22 Dec 2017     Patrick’s Point State Park HUM (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-170     White-winged Crossbill     23 Dec 2017     Redwood National Park DN  (documentation complete) 2017-171     White-winged Crossbill     29 Dec 2017     Crescent City DN  (listserv report - no documentation received) 2017-173     White-winged Crossbill     21 Dec 2017     near Big Lagoon HUM  (documentation complete) 2017-174     White-winged Crossbill     28 Dec 2017     Big Lagoon HUM (documentation complete) 1972-802     Orchard Oriole     19 Nov 1972     Furnace Creek Ranch INY (documentation from G. McCaskie)     What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).   Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email.   Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations
    can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present.    
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  15. Arctic Loon and King Eider off Big Lagoon Spit, Humboldt LINK
    DATE: Nov 29, 2015 @ 6:31pm, 3 year(s) ago
    I started scoping for murrelets at dawn this morning from Big Lagoon Spit. I was distracted from the task at hand first by the continuing (but difficult to relocate) ARCTIC LOON and then by a female KING EIDER. I was happy to finally get some photos of the loon from the rear so that you can see both flank patches at once. My one near-profile shot of the eider leaves much to be desired.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769@N08/albums/72157661802381495
    
    I ended up with over 50 murrelets (mostly Marbleds), including the odd bird I've been trying to pin down over the past week, which in the bright sunlight appears to have an almost completely white face. Unfortunately it was still too distant for decent photos.
    
    Walk north up the beach from the parking lot at the southwest corner of the lagoon. After about a half-mile there is a log angled up and out toward the ocean--the only one that really sticks up. I started here, soon found the loon, followed it up the beach for another 500 meters as it swam north, then saw the eider, and both birds generally floated back toward the south and farther offshore. I cannot emphasize how much better EARLY morning can be out there, both for glassy-calm conditions (wind-waves being your greatest obstacle to birding) and also because a lot of birds seem to move further offshore later.
    
    Good luck,
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
    
    
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  17. HUM Gyr continues 11 Feb and Eel River Preserve FINAL ACCESS UPDATE LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2014 @ 7:45pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I just wanted to note that, yes, the white morph GYRFALCON was present again today and seen by many observers on the Eel River Estuary Preserve. Please see below for the hopefully FINAL UPDATE on access to the preserve, which has been switched back to "call for an appointment" with no time or day restrictions. Forwarding the most recent update for the preserve people:Eel River Preserve is open for birding opportunities by appointment only.  Please contact Dave Erickson at (707) 672-4725 or david.e@... or Jason Fredrickson at (707) 672-4724 or jason.f@...
    
    On another note I just saw that the KING EIDER was reported to eBird by Lucas Brug today: https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
    
    Thanks for your patience with this matter,
    Rob
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  19. Fw: [nwcalbird] King Eider and Gyrfalcon...(HUMBOLDT) 2-6-14 LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2014 @ 6:34pm, 4 year(s) ago
    
    From: Brad Elvert
    Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:32 PM
    To: nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [nwcalbird] King Eider and Gyrfalcon...(HUMBOLDT)
    2-6-14
    
    Hi birders, the female KING EIDER continues today seen by at least a half
    dozen people. It was located north of the Redwood Creek Mouth up the beach at
    least a mile. Reached best from the end of Hufford Rd.. it was in with a mixed
    flock of Scoters, mostly BLACK SCOTERS...and a good amount of them too..over a
    100 were reported yesterday and at least 50+ today. The weather wasnt the best..
    but persistence paid off..big time..Next I got a text from Matt Delgado
    about a probable GYRFALCON in Ferndale..He was in class on a fieldtrip and saw a
    light morph falcon.. it was later confirmed by other parties. Funny thing is I
    saw and photographed this bird last Sunday on the 2nd of February thinking it
    was a Prairie Falcon and didnt follow up on my pictures.. sure enough it was the
    same bird, so the bird has been hanging around since at least Sunday.. photos
    here http://www.flickr.com/photos/92648471@N07/12291679933/ and
    herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/92648471@N07/12353011174/ if you click on
    the link you can see other photos as well from there
    
    
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  21. King Eider (Humboldt) LINK
    DATE: Feb 6, 2014 @ 4:31pm, 4 year(s) ago
    A female KING EIDER was confirmed today north of Orick. It was found
    by Jeff Allen, who first spotted it about a week ago but wasn’t certain of the
    identification until today. From the end of Hufford Road in Orick, walk
    1.2 miles to and then up the beach to a landslide with a pile of big rocks at
    the back edge of the beach. This afternoon the bird was within 100 yards
    of shore straight out from this point with scoters.
    
    Ken Burton
    Eureka
    
    
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON EIDER in Del Norte Co. LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2011 @ 1:19am, 7 year(s) ago
    Photo by Alan Barron has been posted on the WFO web site:
    
    http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/
    
    Click thumbnail for full size. Click again for higher resolution.
    
    Enjoy!
    
    On Sun, 20 Nov 2011 18:20:22 -0500, Elias Elias
    wrote:
    
    >Dispatch from el Norte.
    >
    >Flock on!
    >
    >Elias
    >Arcata CA/San Diego CA
    >Walkie talkie primero 707-633-8833
    >Last ditch alternate 559-433-7254
    >
    >
    >Begin forwarded message:
    >
    >*From:* Alan Barron
    >*Date:* November 20, 2011 17:52:29 EST
    >*To:* NORTHWEST CALBIRD
    >*Subject:* *[nwcalbird] COMMON EIDER in Del Norte Co.*
    >*Reply-To:* Alan Barron
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >Today around 12:30 I found a female COMMON EIDER in the Crescent City
    >Harbor. I called Sky Lloyd and she came next, then Bob Hunter and his wife
    >showed up for great looks and photos too. Bird hangs around the pier off
    >the end of Starfish Way, is extremely tame.
    >I first saw it as a speck in the distance and assumed King Eider, but great
    >looks and photos later changed to Common, second California record, first
    >was also in Del Norte County.
    >Alan D. Barron
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
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  25. Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON EIDER in Del Norte Co. LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:20pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Dispatch from el Norte.
    
    Flock on!
    
    Elias
    Arcata CA/San Diego CA
    Walkie talkie primero 707-633-8833
    Last ditch alternate 559-433-7254
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    *From:* Alan Barron
    *Date:* November 20, 2011 17:52:29 EST
    *To:* NORTHWEST CALBIRD
    *Subject:* *[nwcalbird] COMMON EIDER in Del Norte Co.*
    *Reply-To:* Alan Barron
    
    Today around 12:30 I found a female COMMON EIDER in the Crescent City
    Harbor. I called Sky Lloyd and she came next, then Bob Hunter and his wife
    showed up for great looks and photos too. Bird hangs around the pier off
    the end of Starfish Way, is extremely tame.
    I first saw it as a speck in the distance and assumed King Eider, but great
    looks and photos later changed to Common, second California record, first
    was also in Del Norte County.
    Alan D. Barron
    
    
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  27. 2010 big year (long) LINK
    DATE: Jan 3, 2011 @ 7:07pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Calbirders,
    In 2010 I fulfilled a long-time goal of doing a big year in California.
    The year ended with 444 species. In addition, I saw 16 non-countable
    species. I birded daily except for March through mid-June due to a
    work-induced hiatus.
    My non-birding friends found some aspects of my big year experience
    humorous, interesting and/or offensive, including:
    * over 32,000 miles driven in the State
    * 18 round-trip plane trips to Northern California from LA
    * 5 unsuccessful trips from LA to Newberry Springs to look for Common
    Grackle (I eventually got a different bird in LA)
    * 2 trips / 4 mostly rainy days spent looking for Brown Shrike
    * 14 unsuccessful trips to La Mirada Creek Park to look for
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher (I got it on my 15th trip. I have no plans to
    ever visit LMCP again.)
    * 4 unsuccessful trips to look for the Pyrrhuloxia
    
    I missed 65 of the 499 countable species reported in eBird this year,
    including some common species:
    * Sooty Grouse
    * 14 pelagic species
    * California Condor
    * Barred Owl
    * Northern Saw-whet Owl
    * Gray Vireo
    * Pine Grosbeak
    I was left with a new appreciation for the heroic effort of the Howes in
    their record big year. I also developed a strong belief that eBird is
    an important and powerful tool for capturing status and distribution
    data. I believe we are just scratching the surface of what that
    database will eventually become. BirdsEye was a great tool for planning
    trips using eBird data.
    Thanks to the many birders who report in eBird or the listservs, and to
    those who provided generous help!
    Below is a list of the birds I observed during the year. Feel free to
    contact me offline if you have any questions or if you would like to
    flame me for my use of fossil fuels.
    Dave Bell
    
    Species observed that appear on the CBRC list of California Birds:
    TAIGA BEAN-GOOSE: IMP Sonny Bono Unit 1 tibg spot 10 Nov 2010Greater
    White-fronted Goose: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Snow Goose: Davis WTP 09 Jan
    2010Ross's Goose: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Brant: Bolinas Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan
    2010Cackling Goose: Inverness Park 10 Jan 2010Canada Goose: San Diego
    Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Tundra Swan: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Wood Duck:
    San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Gadwall: San Diego Wild Animal
    Park 01 Jan 2010Eurasian Wigeon: Bolinas Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan 2010American
    Wigeon: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Mallard: Tijuana
    Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Blue-winged Teal: Yolo Bypass
    Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Cinnamon Teal: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01
    Jan 2010Northern Shoveler: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Northern Pintail: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Green-winged
    Teal: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Canvasback: SOL Lagoon Valley
    park area 06 Jan 2010Redhead: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 18 Jan
    2010Ring-necked Duck: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility 10 Jan
    2010Tufted Duck: Lake Merritt 14 Jan 2010Greater Scaup: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Lesser Scaup: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast
    Dr. 01 Jan 2010King Eider: Cabrillo Beach 16 Jan 2010Harlequin Duck: Pt.
    Reyes--Fish Docks 08 Oct 2010Surf Scoter: Venice Beach 03 Jan
    2010White-winged Scoter: Dockweiler SB 10 Feb 2010Black Scoter:
    Dockweiler SB 19 Feb 2010Long-tailed Duck: Malibu Pier 26 Jan
    2010Bufflehead: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Common
    Goldeneye: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010Barrow's Goldeneye: Lake Merritt
    14 Jan 2010Hooded Merganser: SOL Lagoon Valley park area 06 Jan
    2010Common Merganser: Folsom Lake--Beals Pt. 13 Jan 2010Red-breasted
    Merganser: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan 2010Ruddy Duck: San Diego
    Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Mountain Quail: RIV Main Divide Truck Trail
    mid 09 Jun 2010California Quail: ALP river ranch rd 12 Jan 2010Gambel's
    Quail: Salton Sea NWR--Unit 2 / Visitor Center 24 Jan 2010Chukar:
    Galileo Hill--Silver Saddle Ranch and Club 08 Dec 2010Ring-necked
    Pheasant: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Ruffed Grouse: Redwood
    NP--Tall Trees Rd. 27 Feb 2010Greater Sage-Grouse: Benton Crossing Rd.
    07 Dec 2010Wild Turkey: AMA Ione STP 13 Jan 2010Red-throated Loon:
    Venice Beach 03 Jan 2010Pacific Loon: Venice Beach 03 Jan 2010Common
    Loon: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan 2010YELLOW-BILLED LOON: Castaic
    Lagoon 27 Mar 2010Pied-billed Grebe: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan
    2010Horned Grebe: Burton W. Chace County Park 03 Jan 2010Red-necked
    Grebe: Lake Merritt 14 Jan 2010Eared Grebe: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast
    Dr. 01 Jan 2010Western Grebe: Burton W. Chace County Park 03 Jan
    2010Clark's Grebe: Candlestick Pt. 07 Jan 2010Laysan Albatross: Arena
    Cove 02 Dec 2010Black-footed Albatross: Offshore--southwest of Pt.
    Conception (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Northern Fulmar: Pt. Loma--nearshore (SD
    Co.) 14 Mar 2010COOK'S PETREL: Offshore--Escarpment between Rodriguez
    and San Juan (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Pink-footed Shearwater: Nine Mile Bank
    (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Buller's Shearwater: Offshore--Escarpment between
    Rodriguez and San Juan (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Sooty Shearwater: Nine Mile
    Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Short-tailed Shearwater: Monterey Bay pelagic
    (SCZ Co.) 12 Sep 2010Black-vented Shearwater: Pt.
    Vicente--Seawatch/Whalewatch 10 Feb 2010Leach's Storm-Petrel: Santa
    Barbara Channel--west channel (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Ashy Storm-Petrel:
    Santa Barbara Channel--west channel (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Black
    Storm-Petrel: Santa Barbara Channel--west channel (SBA Co.) 31 Jul
    2010Least Storm-Petrel: Monterey Bay pelagic (SCZ Co.) 12 Sep
    2010RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD: Nine Mile Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010American
    White Pelican: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Brown Pelican: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Brandt's Cormorant: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: Ramer Lake 10 Jul
    2010Double-crested Cormorant: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Pelagic Cormorant: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan 2010American
    Bittern: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve 16 Jan 2010Least Bittern: Ramer
    Lake 10 Jul 2010Great Blue Heron: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01
    Jan 2010Great Egret: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Snowy
    Egret: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Little Blue Heron:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Reddish Egret: Seal Beach
    NWR 12 Mar 2010Cattle Egret: Finney Lake 24 Jan 2010Green Heron: Salton
    Sea SRA--Headquarters and Campground 25 Jan 2010Black-crowned
    Night-Heron: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Yellow-crowned
    Night-Heron: Imperial Beach Sports Park 14 Feb 2010White-faced Ibis: San
    Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Wood Stork: Salton Sea--Schrimpf Rd.
    Cove 20 Aug 2010BLACK VULTURE: SBA Goleta BLVU roost spot 06 Nov
    2010Turkey Vulture: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Osprey:
    Bolinas Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan 2010White-tailed Kite: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05
    Jan 2010Bald Eagle: ALP indian ck res 12 Jan 2010Northern Harrier:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Sharp-shinned Hawk: San
    Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Cooper's Hawk: ORA back bay at
    jamboree 01 Jan 2010Northern Goshawk: ALP river ranch rd 12 Jan
    2010Red-shouldered Hawk: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010Broad-winged Hawk:
    Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve 05 Dec 2010Swainson's Hawk: Sacramento
    International Airport 22 Mar 2010Zone-tailed Hawk: San Diego Wild Animal
    Park 14 Feb 2010Red-tailed Hawk: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Ferruginous Hawk: SAC lark bunting spot 08 Jan 2010Rough-legged
    Hawk: Foothill Rd. 12 Jan 2010Golden Eagle: SIE sierra valley 12 Jan
    2010CRESTED CARACARA: Smith River Bottoms--southern 01 Dec 2010American
    Kestrel: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Merlin: La Mirada
    Creek Park 16 Jan 2010Peregrine Falcon: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr.
    01 Jan 2010Prairie Falcon: SAC lark bunting spot 08 Jan 2010Black Rail:
    Rush Ranch 03 Dec 2010Clapper Rail: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01
    Jan 2010Virginia Rail: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Sora:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010PURPLE GALLINULE: San
    Gabriel River--Peck Rd. to Whittier Narrows Dam 22 Sep 2010Common
    Moorhen: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010American Coot: San Diego
    Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Sandhill Crane: SAC lark bunting spot 08 Jan
    2010Black-bellied Plover: Napa Valley Marina area 10 Jan 2010Pacific
    Golden-Plover: Shollenberger Park 10 Jan 2010Snowy Plover: Tijuana River
    mouth 14 Feb 2010WILSON'S PLOVER: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve 13 Apr
    2010Semipalmated Plover: Salton Sea--Lack Rd. at Lindsey Rd. 24 Jan
    2010Killdeer: Candlestick Pt. 07 Jan 2010Mountain Plover: LA 110th k to
    I 28 Nov 2010AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: Golden Shore Marine Reserve 10 Jun
    2010Black Oystercatcher: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan
    2010Black-necked Stilt: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010American
    Avocet: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Spotted Sandpiper:
    Candlestick Pt. 07 Jan 2010Solitary Sandpiper: Mill Creek--Hellman Ave.
    20 Aug 2010Wandering Tattler: Ballona Creek 18 Feb 2010Greater
    Yellowlegs: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Willet: Tijuana
    Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Lesser Yellowlegs: ORA Bolsa Chica
    05 Apr 2010Whimbrel: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Long-billed Curlew: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010HUDSONIAN GODWIT: Piute Ponds 22 May 2010BAR-TAILED GODWIT: Imperial
    Beach--Camp Surf 03 Aug 2010Marbled Godwit: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast
    Dr. 01 Jan 2010Ruddy Turnstone: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve 16 Jan
    2010Black Turnstone: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan 2010Surfbird:
    Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan 2010Red Knot: Bolsa Chica Ecological
    Reserve 22 Jun 2010Sanderling: Playa del Rey--breakwater 03 Jan
    2010Semipalmated Sandpiper: Los Angeles River--Willow St. 27 Jul
    2010Western Sandpiper: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve 16 Jan 2010Least
    Sandpiper: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Baird's Sandpiper: Los
    Angeles River--Del Amo Blvd. 27 Aug 2010Pectoral Sandpiper: Los Angeles
    River--Willow St. 20 Jul 2010Rock Sandpiper: Humboldt Bay--North Spit 26
    Feb 2010Dunlin: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Stilt Sandpiper: Salton Sea--Lack
    Rd. at Lindsey Rd. 24 Jan 2010BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER: Los Angeles
    River--Del Amo Blvd. 28 Aug 2010Ruff: Salton Sea--Schrimpf Rd. at Davis
    Rd. 20 Aug 2010Short-billed Dowitcher: San Diego River--mouth 13 Feb
    2010Long-billed Dowitcher: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan
    2010Wilson's Snipe: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Wilson's Phalarope: Lancaster
    Sewage Ponds 22 May 2010Red-necked Phalarope: LA Catalina Channel 02 May
    2010Red Phalarope: LA Catalina Channel 02 May 2010Black-legged
    Kittiwake: Humboldt Bay--South Spit 27 Feb 2010IVORY GULL: SLO Pismo
    Beach at Grand Ave 06 Nov 2010Sabine's Gull: Offshore--southwest of Pt.
    Conception (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Bonaparte's Gull: Ellis Creek Water
    Recycling Facility 10 Jan 2010LITTLE GULL: Lake Perris SP 13 Mar
    2010Laughing Gull: Bonelli Park 19 Jan 2010Franklin's Gull: Lancaster
    Sewage Ponds 22 May 2010BLACK-TAILED GULL: LA W Alamitos Bay, Bayshore
    Dr. 08 Nov 2010Heermann's Gull: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Mew Gull: Candlestick Pt. 07 Jan 2010Ring-billed Gull: Tijuana
    Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Western Gull: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Yellow-footed Gull: Salton Sea--south end
    24 Jan 2010California Gull: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Herring Gull: Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Thayer's Gull: Davis WTP 09 Jan
    2010LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: Salton Sea--Obsidian Butte 24 Jan
    2010Glaucous-winged Gull: Candlestick Pt. 07 Jan 2010Glaucous Gull:
    Crescent City Harbor 01 Dec 2010SOOTY TERN: Bolsa Chica Ecological
    Reserve 05 Jul 2010Least Tern: LA Catalina Channel 02 May
    2010Gull-billed Tern: Salton Sea--Lack Rd. at Grubel Rd. seawall 10 Jul
    2010Caspian Tern: Cabrillo Beach 16 Jan 2010Black Tern: Lancaster Sewage
    Ponds 22 May 2010Common Tern: Piute Ponds 22 May 2010Arctic Tern:
    Rodriguez Seamount (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Forster's Tern: Venice Beach 03
    Jan 2010Royal Tern: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Elegant
    Tern: Pt. Loma--nearshore (SD Co.) 14 Mar 2010Black Skimmer: Tijuana
    River mouth 14 Feb 2010South Polar Skua: LA Catalina Channel 02 May
    2010Pomarine Jaeger: Nine Mile Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Parasitic
    Jaeger: Nine Mile Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Long-tailed Jaeger: Rodriguez
    Seamount (SBA Co.) 31 Jul 2010Common Murre: Chadbourne Gulch 26 Feb
    2010Pigeon Guillemot: Pt. Bonita Lighthouse 24 Jul 2010Marbled Murrelet:
    Chadbourne Gulch 26 Feb 2010Xantus's Murrelet: Nine Mile Bank (SD Co.)
    13 Feb 2010Ancient Murrelet: Imperial Beach Pier 03 Dec 2010Cassin's
    Auklet: Nine Mile Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Rhinoceros Auklet: Nine Mile
    Bank (SD Co.) 13 Feb 2010Tufted Puffin: Farallon Islands (SF Co.) 24 Jul
    2010Rock Pigeon: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Band-tailed
    Pigeon: LA Eaton Canyon 17 Jan 2010Eurasian Collared-Dove: San Diego
    Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Spotted Dove: Salt Lake Park 14 Jul
    2010White-winged Dove: Niland 24 Jan 2010Mourning Dove: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Inca Dove: Salton Sea NWR--Unit 2 / Visitor
    Center 24 Jan 2010Common Ground-Dove: Salton Sea NWR--Unit 2 / Visitor
    Center 24 Jan 2010Red-crowned Parrot: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan
    2010Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Blythe 10 Jul 2010Greater Roadrunner: Salton
    Sea--Obsidian Butte 24 Jan 2010Barn Owl: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan
    2010Flammulated Owl: Buckhorn Campground 12 Jul 2010Western Screech-Owl:
    Occidental 09 Oct 2010Great Horned Owl: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan
    2010Northern Pygmy-Owl: Fish Creek trail 11 Jul 2010ELF OWL: Riverside
    05 Aug 2010Burrowing Owl: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 18 Jan
    2010Spotted Owl: LA chantry truck road 0.6mm 15 Nov 2010Long-eared Owl:
    Mercey Hot Springs 11 Nov 2010Short-eared Owl: SJ hwy 12 w of I-5 03 Jan
    2010Lesser Nighthawk: 2N02 crest w of Arrastre 10 Jul 2010Common
    Nighthawk: 3N03 mm0.6-mm0.9 from 2N02 10 Jul 2010Common Poorwill: LA Hwy
    2 mm67.44 12 Jul 2010Whip-poor-will: LA Hwy 2 mm67.44 12 Jul 2010Black
    Swift: Monkeyface Falls 09 Jul 2010Vaux's Swift: Laguna Niguel Regional
    Park 14 Apr 2010White-throated Swift: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan
    2010BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD: Sunnyslope Park 21 Dec 2010Black-chinned
    Hummingbird: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 11 Apr 2010Anna's Hummingbird:
    Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Costa's Hummingbird: San Diego Wild
    Animal Park 14 Feb 2010Calliope Hummingbird: Fish Creek trail 09 Jul
    2010Broad-tailed Hummingbird: SBA Fairview Gardens 15 Jan 2010Rufous
    Hummingbird: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 12 Apr 2010Allen's Hummingbird:
    Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Belted Kingfisher: Napa Valley
    Marina area 10 Jan 2010Lewis's Woodpecker: Scott Rd.--north 13 Jan
    2010Acorn Woodpecker: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan 2010Gila Woodpecker: Cattle
    Call Park 24 Jan 2010Williamson's Sapsucker: Veterans Park (LA Co.) 17
    Jan 2010Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: Edward Vincent Jr Park 23 Nov
    2010Red-naped Sapsucker: LA Mountain View Cemetery 27 Nov
    2010Red-breasted Sapsucker: Folsom Lake--Beals Pt. 13 Jan
    2010Ladder-backed Woodpecker: Niland 25 Jan 2010Nuttall's Woodpecker:
    San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Downy Woodpecker: Inverness Park
    10 Jan 2010Hairy Woodpecker: Bolinas Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan 2010White-headed
    Woodpecker: Arrastre Creek at 2N02 10 Jul 2010Black-backed Woodpecker:
    June Lake burn--west of 395 07 Dec 2010Northern Flicker: SOL 7457 Timm
    rd 05 Jan 2010Gilded Flicker: Mojave National Preserve--Cima Rd. at
    Powerline Rd. 16 Jul 2010Pileated Woodpecker: Yosemite NP--Mirror Lake
    20 Sep 2010Olive-sided Flycatcher: Fish Creek trail 09 Jul 2010Western
    Wood-Pewee: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 20 May 2010Willow Flycatcher:
    Morongo Valley 11 Jun 2010Least Flycatcher: DeForest Park 26 Nov
    2010Hammond's Flycatcher: Apollo Park 22 May 2010Gray Flycatcher: Cattle
    Call Park 24 Jan 2010Dusky Flycatcher: Apollo Park 22 May
    2010Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 06 Apr
    2010Cordilleran Flycatcher: Mojave National Preserve--New York
    Mtns.-Caruthers Cyn. 16 Jul 2010Black Phoebe: Encinitas Viewpoint Park
    01 Jan 2010Eastern Phoebe: Ocean Meadows Golf Course 15 Jan 2010Say's
    Phoebe: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Vermilion
    Flycatcher: Cattle Call Park 24 Jan 2010Dusky-capped Flycatcher: La
    Mirada Creek Park 27 Mar 2010Ash-throated Flycatcher: Cattle Call Park
    24 Jan 2010Brown-crested Flycatcher: Morongo Valley 11 Jun 2010Tropical
    Kingbird: Whittier Narrows--Legg Lake 25 Jan 2010Cassin's Kingbird:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD: SD
    chula vista open space 21 Dec 2010Western Kingbird: Castaic Lagoon 27
    Mar 2010Eastern Kingbird: Andree Clark Bird Refuge 06 Sep 2010BROWN
    SHRIKE: McKinleyville--Vista Point ponds 15 Dec 2010Loggerhead Shrike:
    Davis WTP 09 Jan 2010Bell's Vireo: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 12 Apr
    2010Plumbeous Vireo: Whittier Narrows--Legg Lake 09 Feb 2010Cassin's
    Vireo: LA Hwy 2 mm67.44 12 Jul 2010Hutton's Vireo: Folsom Lake--Beals
    Pt. 13 Jan 2010Warbling Vireo: Santiago Canyon Rd. 26 Mar 2010Gray Jay:
    Church Tree Rd. 01 Dec 2010Steller's Jay: Inverness Park 10 Jan
    2010Island Scrub-Jay: Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor 26 Aug
    2010Western Scrub-Jay: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan
    2010Pinyon Jay: Mono Mills 07 Dec 2010Black-billed Magpie: ALP mud lake
    rd (including sewage ponds) 12 Jan 2010Yellow-billed Magpie: SOL 7457
    Timm rd 05 Jan 2010Clark's Nutcracker: Kirkwood (ALP Co.) 20 Mar
    2010American Crow: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Common Raven: San
    Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Horned Lark: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Northern Rough-winged Swallow: San Joaquin
    Wildlife Sanctuary 18 Jan 2010Purple Martin: Lost Lake 15 Jul 2010Tree
    Swallow: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 18 Jan 2010Violet-green Swallow:
    SD Coyote Canyon Rd 06 Mar 2010Bank Swallow: San Joaquin Wildlife
    Sanctuary 22 Apr 2010Barn Swallow: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 19 Jan
    2010Cliff Swallow: Ojai Meadows 22 Feb 2010Black-capped Chickadee: Janes
    Creek--Zehndner and Q St. 26 Feb 2010Mountain Chickadee: South Lake
    Tahoe area 12 Jan 2010Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Pt. Reyes--RCA Building
    10 Jan 2010Oak Titmouse: Folsom Lake--Beals Pt. 13 Jan 2010Juniper
    Titmouse: Mojave National Preserve--New York Mtns.-Caruthers Cyn. 15 Jul
    2010Verdin: Finney Lake 24 Jan 2010Bushtit: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan
    2010Red-breasted Nuthatch: Kirkwood (ALP Co.) 20 Mar 2010White-breasted
    Nuthatch: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010Pygmy Nuthatch: Golden Gate
    Park--Stow Lake 25 Feb 2010Brown Creeper: Pt. Reyes--RCA Building 10 Jan
    2010Cactus Wren: Bonelli Park 19 Jan 2010Rock Wren: Folsom Lake--Folsom
    Pt. 13 Jan 2010Canyon Wren: Mt. Wilson Toll Rd. 23 Jan 2010Bewick's
    Wren: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010House Wren: LA Eaton
    Canyon 02 Jan 2010Winter Wren: Point Loma Nazareen University Pacific
    Wren: Bolinas Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan 2010Marsh Wren: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: El Dorado Park 16
    Jan 2010California Gnatcatcher: Bonelli Park 19 Jan 2010Black-tailed
    Gnatcatcher: Finney Lake 24 Jan 2010American Dipper: Hwy 49 at Goodyear
    12 Jan 2010Golden-crowned Kinglet: Pt. Reyes--RCA Building 10 Jan
    2010Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Western
    Bluebird: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Mountain Bluebird:
    Salton Sea--south end 24 Jan 2010Townsend's Solitaire: SIE sierra valley
    12 Jan 2010Swainson's Thrush: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 26 May
    2010Hermit Thrush: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010American Robin:
    Napa Valley Marina area 10 Jan 2010Varied Thrush: Redwood NP--Tall Trees
    Rd. 27 Feb 2010Wrentit: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan 2010GRAY CATBIRD: Niland
    25 Jan 2010Northern Mockingbird: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan
    2010Sage Thrasher: Upper Newport Bay--Back Bay Dr. parking lot 18 Oct
    2010BROWN THRASHER: Pt. Pinole 30 Nov 2010Bendire's Thrasher: SBD Cedar
    Cy Rd -- west 15 Jul 2010CURVE-BILLED THRASHER: Shipley Nature Center 14
    Nov 2010California Thrasher: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan 2010Crissal
    Thrasher: NY Mountain Rd 16 Jul 2010Le Conte's Thrasher: LA Palmdale
    area 28 Nov 2010European Starling: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan
    2010Red-throated Pipit: Tijuana River Valley 20 Oct 2010American Pipit:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010SPRAGUE'S PIPIT: Mission
    Bay--Fiesta Island dog area 20 Oct 2010Cedar Waxwing: Folsom Lake--Beals
    Pt. 13 Jan 2010Phainopepla: Folsom Lake--Beals Pt. 13 Jan 2010Tennessee
    Warbler: Huntington Central Park 30 Sep 2010Orange-crowned Warbler:
    Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Nashville Warbler: Laguna
    Niguel Regional Park 12 Apr 2010Virginia's Warbler: Janes
    Creek--Zehndner and Q St. 26 Feb 2010Lucy's Warbler: Blythe 10 Jul
    2010Northern Parula: Huntington Central Park 07 Jun 2010Yellow Warbler:
    El Dorado Park 16 Jan 2010Chestnut-sided Warbler: Huntington Central
    Park 02 Oct 2010Magnolia Warbler: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 12 Oct
    2010Black-throated Blue Warbler: Laguna Niguel Regional Park 12 Oct
    2010Yellow-rumped Warbler: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan
    2010Black-throated Gray Warbler: El Dorado Park 16 Jan
    2010Black-throated Green Warbler: Foothill Blvd. (Pasadena) 16 Jan
    2010Townsend's Warbler: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Hermit
    Warbler: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Yellow-throated Warbler:
    Lindo Lake 29 Nov 2010GRACE'S WARBLER: Bella Vista Open Space Park 15
    Jan 2010PINE WARBLER: Estancia Park 10 Feb 2010Palm Warbler: Santa Ana
    River--Adams Ave. to Gisler Ave. 10 Feb 2010Blackpoll Warbler:
    Huntington Central Park 04 Oct 2010Black-and-white Warbler: Mile Square
    Regional Park 10 Feb 2010American Redstart: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01
    Jan 2010Northern Waterthrush: Inverness Park 10 Jan 2010MacGillivray's
    Warbler: San Joaquin Hills--IBA 22 Apr 2010Common Yellowthroat: Tijuana
    Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010HOODED WARBLER: Huntington Central
    Park 07 Jun 2010Wilson's Warbler: El Dorado Park 16 Jan 2010PAINTED
    REDSTART: LA Loyola Marymount U 23 Jan 2010Yellow-breasted Chat: San
    Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 22 Apr 2010Green-tailed Towhee: Culver City
    Park 10 Apr 2010Spotted Towhee: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010California
    Towhee: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Abert's Towhee: Finney Lake
    24 Jan 2010Rufous-crowned Sparrow: LA Eaton Canyon 02 Jan 2010Chipping
    Sparrow: Latrobe Rd. (SAC Co.) 13 Jan 2010Clay-colored Sparrow: Napa
    Valley Marina area 10 Jan 2010Brewer's Sparrow: Sagebrush flat on Burnes
    Canyon Road 10 Jul 2010Black-chinned Sparrow: RIV Blue Jay Rd lower 09
    Jun 2010Vesper Sparrow: Mercey Hot Springs 11 Nov 2010Lark Sparrow: SOL
    7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010Black-throated Sparrow: RIV Box Canyon Rd 06 Mar
    2010Sage Sparrow: RIV Blue Jay Rd lower 09 Jun 2010Lark Bunting: SAC
    lark bunting spot 08 Jan 2010Savannah Sparrow: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Grasshopper Sparrow: Nicasio Reservoir 23
    Jul 2010LE CONTE'S SPARROW: IMP Irrigation District Managed Marsh 22 Dec
    2010NELSON'S SPARROW: Seal Beach NWR 20 Dec 2010Fox Sparrow: Bolinas
    Lagoon--IBA 10 Jan 2010Song Sparrow: Encinitas Viewpoint Park 01 Jan
    2010Lincoln's Sparrow: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Swamp
    Sparrow: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility 10 Jan 2010White-throated
    Sparrow: Crescent City 01 Dec 2010HARRIS'S SPARROW: Huntington Central
    Park--west 24 Nov 2010White-crowned Sparrow: Tijuana Slough
    NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Golden-crowned Sparrow: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05
    Jan 2010Dark-eyed Junco: SOL 7457 Timm rd 05 Jan 2010McCown's Longspur:
    Mission Bay--Fiesta Island dog area 20 Oct 2010Lapland Longspur: Mission
    Bay--Fiesta Island dog area 20 Oct 2010Chestnut-collared Longspur:
    Salton Sea--south end 24 Jan 2010Hepatic Tanager: Imperial Beach Sports
    Park 14 Feb 2010Summer Tanager: Morongo Valley 11 Jun 2010Western
    Tanager: Apollo Park 22 May 2010Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Golden Gate
    Park--Stow Lake/Arboretum 25 Feb 2010Black-headed Grosbeak: Laguna
    Niguel Regional Park 01 Apr 2010Blue Grosbeak: Newport Back Bay 01 Jun
    2010Lazuli Bunting: Arrastre Creek at 2N02 11 Jun 2010Indigo Bunting:
    Blythe 05 Aug 2010Bobolink: San Gabriel River--Whittier Blvd. 14 Sep
    2010Red-winged Blackbird: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan
    2010Tricolored Blackbird: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Western
    Meadowlark: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010Yellow-headed
    Blackbird: Newberry Springs 15 Feb 2010RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Whittier
    Narrows--Legg Lake 11 Dec 2010Brewer's Blackbird: San Diego Wild Animal
    Park 01 Jan 2010COMMON GRACKLE: Earvin Magic Johnson Park 09 Dec
    2010Great-tailed Grackle: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Bronzed
    Cowbird: Cattle Call Park 10 Jul 2010Brown-headed Cowbird: Yolo Bypass
    Wildlife Area 09 Jan 2010Orchard Oriole: Fairview Developmental Center
    11 Feb 2010Hooded Oriole: ORA Glenwood Park 23 Mar 2010Bullock's Oriole:
    Los Angeles National Cemetery 09 Feb 2010Baltimore Oriole: Los Angeles
    National Cemetery 09 Feb 2010Scott's Oriole: Sagebrush flat on Burnes
    Canyon Road 10 Jul 2010Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: Aspendell 07 Dec
    2010Purple Finch: RIV crest of Main Divide Truck Trail 09 Jun
    2010Cassin's Finch: Kirkwood (ALP Co.) 20 Mar 2010House Finch: Encinitas
    Viewpoint Park 01 Jan 2010Red Crossbill: Yosemite Valley--Headquarters
    area 20 Sep 2010Pine Siskin: MAR hwy 1 mm28.00 10 Jan 2010Lesser
    Goldfinch: Imperial Beach area 01 Jan 2010Lawrence's Goldfinch: Whittier
    Narrows--Legg Lake 18 Jan 2010American Goldfinch: MAR hwy 1 mm28.00 10
    Jan 2010Evening Grosbeak: LA Top of Chaney Trail 23 Oct 2010House
    Sparrow: Tijuana Slough NWR--Seacoast Dr. 01 Jan 2010
    Non-countable wild birds observed:Mute Swan: Ellis Creek Water Recycling
    Facility 10 Jan 2010Egyptian Goose: Bonelli Park 19 Jan 2010Mandarin
    Duck: San Diego Wild Animal Park 01 Jan 2010Indian Peafowl: Kewen Canyon
    05 Dec 2010Rose-ringed Parakeet: Playa del Rey 18 Jul 2010Nanday
    Parakeet: Sycamore Canyon (VEN Co.) 18 Feb 2010Mitred Parakeet: Venice
    28 Aug 2010Red-masked Parakeet: Telegraph Hill 25 Feb
    2010Yellow-chevroned Parakeet: LA Loyola Marymount U 23 Jan
    2010Lilac-crowned Parrot: LA Eaton Canyon 17 Jan 2010Yellow-headed
    Parrot: Parrot Roost--Daines Dr. west of Baldwin Ave. 13 Nov
    2010Black-throated Magpie-Jay: Imperial Beach area 01 Jan
    2010Red-whiskered Bulbul: Lacy Park 27 Jul 2010Orange Bishop: Ballona
    Freshwater Marsh 18 Jul 2010Indian Silverbill: La Mirada Creek Park 28
    Feb 2010Nutmeg Mannikin: ORA Torres Pointe hillside, Aliso Viejo 19 Mar
    2010
    
    
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  29. Mike San Miguel (DAD)----Long LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2010 @ 7:00pm, 8 year(s) ago
    All,
    
    My apologies for cross posting.
    
    I would like to personally thank each and every person for their kinds
    words about my father. He was an extraordinary man, father, Grandfather,
    husband, and friend.
    
    While attending Cal State Long Beach in 1990, I had a course in Marine
    Biology. One of the "labs" for the class was a field trip to Upper
    Newport Bay and Bolsa Chica. One portion of the "lab" was on coastal
    flora and fauna of southern California. It brought back memories as a
    child in the 1970's when my father and I ran around the state looking
    for birds. I remember calling up my Dad and suggested that we spend a
    day birding, just like we had done in the "old days". He was hooked all
    over again, and hooked with an enthusiasm and zeal that never waned for
    the next 21 years. He was an unstoppable presence in the birding
    community until his untimely death on Wednesday night.
    
    People have often asked me when I started birding. My answer has always
    been, "it is in my blood". For as long as I can remember, Dad had a pair
    of binoculars around my neck. Memories of being in our old VW van,
    heading to his banding stations at Buckhorn Campground, Morongo Valley,
    Fish Canyon, and Deep Springs College, as a child in the early 70's are
    forever chiseled into my memory. Trips to the far reaches of the state
    as a child will never be forgotten. The "Big Year" trip in 1975 may have
    been the most memorable. Sleeping under the stars at Furnace Creek or
    Mesquite Springs, Tombstone hopping at Fort Rosecrans, crossing the
    Whitewater River on his shoulders at the north end of the Salton Sea,
    are fond memories. I recall days where he contemplated pulling me out of
    school to take me down to San Diego to look for a Philadelphia Vireo and
    Blackburnian Warbler at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Or dragging me down to
    Malibu in 1974 to look for the King Eider. A classic "Mike" moment was
    when he left my mother and sister and a house full of guests on New
    Year's day with the Coppers and several other birders to chase a
    Trumpeter Swan at Legg Lake. As I grew into my high school years, my
    interest for birding faded and so did my fathers. In the 1980's he
    focused on his job and his family. His interest in birding and banding
    was slowly fading. He took up hobbies such as playing basketball,
    collecting baseball cards, collecting wine and building his rock walls
    in the backyard.
    
    One thing that never diminished was his constant battles for the
    environment and local conservation. His wars against the Army Core of
    Engineers in the late 60's and early 70's were epic. Confronting
    quarrelsome and arrogant representatives from various Construction
    firms, city managers, or just people he ran across butchering native
    habitats never ended. He was well respected because he always fought for
    what is right. He did this with such grace and poise, that rarely did
    make enemy's. His battles with conservation were also waged at home.
    The oak trees around the yard were never trimmed, despite years of
    pleading from both my mother, sister and myself. His "native grass
    garden" was never pleasing to the eye in the backyard and horrified my
    mother as it looked un-kept, and cluttered. But Dad never gave in.
    
    I suggested to him a few years ago that he set up more than two
    hummingbird feeders in the backyard, just to see what happens. Well,
    thousands of hummingbirds later, and gallons upon gallons of sugar water
    later, Dad had easily one of the greatest Hummingbird feeding stations
    west of Arizona. I recall the hours we spent during peak Hummingbird
    migration looking at those feeders, drinking wine, talking about the
    kids, the Dodgers, birds, whatever was on our minds. His "yard list" was
    nothing short of spectacular. I am not sure of the final number, but he
    amassed well over 225 species. Such rarities as Dickcissel, Bobolink,
    Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Blackpoll Warbler, Summer Tanager,
    are just a few that come to mind. I remember his "best" bird of the yard
    was either a White-headed Woodpecker or the Yellow-belied Sapsucker that
    spent the winter in the backyard this past year. We would spend hours in
    early June scouring the skies above his house every year looking for
    Black Swifts, or Purple Martins. Memories of awaking to him hunched over
    the table on the back patio measuring and banding birds are a treasured
    remembrance. I recall years where he banded hundreds of Lazuli Buntings,
    Purple Finches, and Wilson's Warblers in the backyard. Recent memories
    of birding trips to SE Arizona, the Salton Sea, Death Valley, Galileo,
    the LA River, and the Big Days shared with Jon Feenstra, Todd McGrath,
    and Kimball Garrett are some of the fondest with my father.
    
    As I grew older and began the process of raising a family, my hours in
    the field have dropped significantly. Basically birding for me has been
    narrowed to local patches near my home in La Verne. I was always in
    constant contact with my father, who was updating me on what rarities
    were around or just to tell me about his frustration with the Dodgers. I
    was able to spend some time on the phone with him the day of his death.
    The conversation was the same as it always was, "What time is Jake's
    game on Saturday, how is Alex, are you guys coming over for dinner on
    Sunday, did you get the E-Bird list I shared with you from 1993". I
    hung up the phone and that was it.................
    
    Birdwatching and conservation aside, I could not have asked for a better
    father. He was my best friend, an astonishing Grandfather, and an
    amazing husband to my mother. The loss of my father is inexpressible.
    However, I have a lifetime of memories to cherish, and the lessons in
    life he taught me will not go to waste on my two children.
    
    Rest well mi amigo!!!
    
    Michael J. San Miguel, Jr.
    
    La Verne, CA
    
    
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