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  1. Swans at San Luis NWR LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2018 @ 11:25pm, 38 day(s) ago
    I was out at Merced NWR doing some scouting for a group trip I’m leading there next week (want to join us There’s still room:, and on the way home, I decided I had time for a quick look at San Luis NWR, so I tried the Waterfowl Tour route. I didn’t see anything exceptionally special either places, but along the two-way roadway area of the Waterfowl tour, I ran into a quite large number of Swans — about 40.
    Many were close enough for some photography, so I hauled out the camera and took some shots. Now that I’m home and looking at the photos, I’m puzzling over a swan. I’d love your opinions on the one on the right:
    What catches my eye is the body shape and neck shape being very different from the swan on the left, plus the neck being much slimmer. And that beak. And being really hesitant to yell OMG TRUMPETER, I’m just not sure what I’m seeing here. Is it a younger Tundra still growing into its beak Maybe a hybrid I can’t convince myself it’s a tundra swan, but I can’t convince myself it’s not. And in case it is special, I wanted to show off the photos so folks could decide if they wanted to go for a look before it left. This shot was taken about 2:30PM, so I expect the birds to stick around overnight at least.
    Curious about your opinions on this one. I’m not sure what to think.
    (For what it’s worth, Merced NWR was rocking today with large numbers of white and GWF geese and many sandhill cranes. They’re mowing the corn so there were multiple hundreds of cranes in the field feeding. The one big change from my big scout trip two weeks ago is many of the Shovelers seem to have left, along with some of the pintails, so duck numbers were down, but still a good diversity of duck species were still around, including refinding some buffleheads and canvasbacks and a group of ruddy ducks, all unusual for me in what I generally see as a dabbling duck location. San Luis NWR was much quieter and also showed the reduced shoveler numbers, but I also ran into an American Bittern wandering along the side of the road about 1/4 mile short of the turn onto the Waterfowl turn. Other than that, mostly the usual suspects both places. Someone I talked to at Merced let me know about a fairly big group of egrets along Sandy Mush west of the refuge and said he thought it had some cattle egret in it, so I drove past and looked, and my thought was that they were great/snowy but I didn’t look in great detail because there wasn’t a good stopping place… So, FYI they might be around somewhere…)
    Chuq Von Rospach -
    Email: chuqvr@...
    Twitter: @chuq
    Silicon Valley, California
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  3. Sandhill Crane (Inyo County) LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2017 @ 9:39am, 4 month(s) ago
    RJ Adams asked me to post his report of a SANDHILL CRANE present at the Furnace Creek golf course at 9:20 AM this morning.
    Rita Carratello
    Sent from my iPhone
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  5. Alameda, Kings and Tulare Counties LINK
    DATE: Dec 29, 2016 @ 10:07am, 1 year(s) ago
    Alameda County, December 26 th
    Went over to Livermore to look for the CASSIN’S KINGBIRD in
    Holdener Park. Seems this guy works
    around the whole area. Within about
    15-seconds of parking in the lot, I caught sight of a possibility on the fence
    around the large water tanks on the periphery of the parking lot. But before I got my binos on it, it
    flew. So I retraced Lomax’s trip around the
    area, including rounding the hill. Say’s
    Phoebe, yes, but no Tyrannus. As I
    returned to the parking lot, there it was – on the same black fence that encircles
    the water tanks – the northern fence to be precise. This was at 1:15.
    Kings County, December 27 th
    Started at Floyd Rice Park in Avenal (36.00848 x -120.12670). It was just a stop on the way to Devils Den
    Road, but others have seen Brown Creepers here in December, and, well, I needed
    it for the county. Alas, no Creeper, but
    did have a female PHAINOPEPLA.
    Got to Devils Den Rd (35.77695 x -119.97512), which is
    accessed from SR-33 just about 1-mile south of the Kern-Kings line (here, the
    road is called “Barker”, but it becomes Devils Den when you cross back into
    Kings). Unexpected over this xeric
    habitat was a Ferruginous Hawk. The
    target bird, SAGE THRASHER, was seen about 1-mile south of 25 th
    The canal along 10 th Avenue, a sometimes source
    of needed waterfowl, was largely empty (had hoped for Common Goldeneye). Time was getting short for us to get to
    Pixley NWR to witness the Sandhill Crane fly-in, so we had to forego Jack Stone
    ponds, Lemoore Sportsman Club & Burris Park. But we had to stop at Corcoran Reservoir (36.13865
    x -119.56428). Here, we were impressed
    by the hundreds of Canvasback and many Common Mergansers.
    Tulare County, December 27 th
    Pixley NWR, accessed along County Road 88 a mile or so north
    of Avenue 56, was a delight. The cranes
    did fly in, noisily, and landed in the adjacent fields, especially the one
    directly south of the foot trail out to the observation platform. Also here were a couple of new county birds
    Tulare County, December 28 th
    One of the best things about county birding is the need to
    visit “new” places (new to us) that we would otherwise never go to. We stayed in Porterville, intending to spend
    most of the birding day at Success Lake and on to Yokohl Valley. But earlier in December, Steve Summers
    reported a Vermilion Flycatcher in Porterville, and opined that it might attempt
    to overwinter (tularekings posting #2314).
    So we went out to Porter Slough (Creek) area he described, which is at
    the west end of Porter Creek Avenue (36.08328 x -119.07721). It was easy to find the large Valley Oak he
    referred to, but, alas, no Vermilion Flycatcher in the hour or so we spent
    Success Lake was serenely quiet, people-wise, likely fewer
    than 2-dozen spread throughout the area.
    I first wanted to check out the sapsucker trees in the campground. Although I haven’t seen any postings for a
    couple of years, in several past December’s, three of the four Sphyrapicus
    species have been reported here. And the
    reports were quite specific about where: Campsites 37 & 84 (or 88). We didn’t see any sapsuckers, but we did get several
    BUSHTITs, which was a needed county bird.
    There were lots of ducks on the far side of the lake, and we studied the
    flocks several times looking for any “unusual” bird (like a Eurasian amongst
    the American Wigeons), but didn’t find anything worth reporting.
    So it was off to Yokohl Valley Drive, coming in from the
    south (SR-190 east from Success Lake, Balch Park Rd north – becomes Yokohl
    Valley Dr). This road is the place to go
    for winter raptors in Tulare. Here we
    saw 2 Golden Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 beautiful Ferruginous Hawks, several
    American Kestrels, a female Northern Harrier, and one adult BALD EAGLE; no Prairie
    Falcons or Rough-legged Hawk. We also
    added MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD. The Bald Eagle
    flew north along Yokohl Dr between Rocky Hill Dr & SR-198 (36.30675 x
    Traffic along SR-99 to home was light, the winter sun was a
    Good birding, Stephen Long Oakland, CA
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  7. GODWIT DAYS 2016, APR 13-19, Arcata, David Sibley - AWESOME RESPONSE! LINK
    DATE: Apr 2, 2016 @ 11:37am, 2 year(s) ago
    Dear Birders,
    I know I seem somewhat effusive, but in our 21st year it turns out the response to David Sibley as our keynote speaker this year has been unprecedented.  The statistics speak for themselves.
    354 people signed up.
    40 of 108 trips already fully sold out (more than one in three).
    Just had to add 21 new trips.
    Of 1400 trip spaces 875 already gone, that's 60% and it's only April 1st!
    I'm really happy with the way things are going, and I send this message primarily to encourage folk to get their David Sibley ticket sooner than latter.  Who knows how many will want to come
    Several trips have been repeated, and Interesting new trips with plenty of space available include:
    1)  Garberville Lost Coast overnight with Ken Burton early in the week  Wednesday-Thursday  - California Thrasher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and sunshine!
    2)  Morning Photography Wednesday is another new trip for this rapidly developing area of birding.  
    3)  Gary Bloomfield with a Bird Feeder Trip with added food for the birders too in their yard  Thursday afternoon .
    4)  In the evening enjoy the Marsh at Sunset and bird with Rob (Opticron) and Raymond (Leica) using some quality scopes or binoculars on the Field Optics Expo at the Marsh Interpretive Center.  There is no better time to see and judge what top-of-the-line bins can bring to the table.
    5)  Author Micheal Kauffmann is doing another coastal twist on both his conifers/manzanitas of the North-coast books on Saturday. 
    6)  Rob Fowler is leading a Fowlerope Classic Saturday, and Yoga for birding is a great way to  end Saturday afternoon  before the David Sibley keynote that evening.
    7)  Speaking authors  Sunday morning  Ken Burton and Leslie Scopes-Anderson are doing a Marsh related walk for their 2nd edition of Ken's 165 species Bird Book, a great basic trip.
    8)  There is also the "green/healthy" Bike and Bird trip Sunday with Pacific Outfitters, and wrapping up there is a 
    9)  Beer and Birding event out in Manilla is going to be a party! Until  6:00  pm.
    10)  HSU Professor Mark Colwell is doing Shorebirds at the marsh - who better  On Monday morning.
    11)  And.......Monday-Tuesday the Two Day Lava Beds trip is the last Gold Trip left with space still available.  Calliope Hummingbird to Sandhill Crane; includes food and accommodation.
    There is even a few spaces left on the very popular Spotted Owl trips.  I'm  looking forward to a great time in a few weeks and I invite you once a again to come birding with us.
    Yours Rob
    Robert W. Hewitt
    Wildlife Biologist, LBJ Enterprises
    Eureka, CA, 95501, USA
    (707) 601-8581
    Board Member and Founder
    21st Annual Godwit Days
    Spring Migration Bird Festival
    April 13th - 19th , 2016
    Like us on Facebook:
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] directions please Barred Owl in INYO County LINK
    DATE: Feb 26, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Excellent directions can be found in the post by Rosie and Chris Howard to the Eastern Sierra Google Group. The post can be found by Googling "Barred Owl Bishop" (it is the first result), or at either of these two links:!topic/easternsierrabirds/gag2fTLiPR4;id=1142510
    When the owl is in its usual perch, it is usually present all day. When it is not there, nobody knows where it is. I saw rosy-finches in Aspendell and Black-billed Magpies in Round Valley (both just east of Bishop) last weekend when I was there.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  11. directions please Barred Owl in INYO County LINK
    DATE: Feb 26, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    I am looking at eBird because I would like to find out how to find the Barred Owl in Inyo County. I have been perusing the eBird reports, and reading a lot of "In the usual spot." or "He wasn't in his usual spot, today" type postings. I am sure that there was an original post on the Inyo County email list, or an eBird posting that gave good directions, but I can't find it (the Google Page that allows me to read the Inyo emails without being subscribed is very unwieldy, and hard to use).
    Please email me directions that assume that I have never been up there (I haven't been up there in 15 or so years). Please give detailed directions that include where to park, where to walk, etc. I have a great talent for driving 100 miles to where a bird is, and going to the wrong end of the river trail, football field, etc. and looking for the bird in the wrong place, so I need idiot-proof directions.
    Also, as a bonus, since I haven't been up there in 15 or 20 years, if you would like to suggest a one-day itinerary for other notable species e.g. Rosy Finch, Sage Grouse, Sandhill Cranes, swans, or BB Magpies, that would be cool.
    I am CC-ing myself at my Hotmail address, on purpose.
    Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
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  13. Delta Blues and Sweet Delta Highs LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2015 @ 5:18pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi folks,
    My husband's sister is visiting from Florida, and we have been trying to entertain her. She wanted to go to "the snow" but I nixed that ... too cold and treacherous for a one day turn-around.
    But hey, how 'bout them birds in the Delta So, at about 2 pm, we headed out to Staten Island and Woodbridge Road, to catch that late afternoon spectacle of water birds. David was clever enough to call local crane man Bruce Forman first, and he suggested Staten Island.
    Boy, were we glad that we made that call! It was pretty obvious that we were in the right place when we noticed all of the cars pulled over (quite badly, I might add. hello people! this is a local road where folks actually drive!!!), and saw a number of waterways filled with sandhill cranes, both lesser and greater. Mostly they were loafing around, but some were scrapping and dancing with sticks and doing their crazy, endlessly fascinating crane thing. A few brown-headed juveniles were hanging with their parents. I estimated the flock to be about a thousand birds; not bad, but nowhere near my top counts of cranes off Woodbridge, twenty years back.
    We relaxed against our vehicle, pulled well off the road, and watched their antics for quite a while. Most of the other folks there were attempting those long-lens photos; it was perfect light in which to do so. Then we decided, hey, let's head on over to Woodbridge for those spectacular fly-ins at dusk! So, we got back into our car, and drove south, past those nasty filthy dairy farms, with cows standing hock deep in muck. Got milk
    We finally arrived at the "official" Woodbridge Sanctuary, the one with the fence and the benches and the Portapotty. But darned if there weren't any birds! OK, there were a few ducks, and a swan or two off in the distance, but no cranes, and all of the birds were in horrible light. Waiting in the cold was a pretty large group of disappointed-looking Japanese tourists, with a fella who looked to be their guide. They were cold and bored and hoping to see a crane.
    I felt bad for them, and wasn't about to tell them that they missed that really big flock just a few miles away. Beside, I don't speak Japanese, except for the word Tancho (red crowned/Japanese crane).
    Still, dusk started to fall and skeins of birds flew overhead in the distance against the purpling sky. I was thrilled to see a small flock of five snipe circle overhead. Too backlit to tell species (probably Wilson's eh), but unmistakeable in silhouette, with that long long bill and long pointed wings and pointed tail. Best snipe views ever! But cranes Nada.
    So, we decided to drive in along the road a bit more, and boy, were we glad that we did. Arriving at another well watered area, we found a plethora of waterbirds, many swans and geese, too. By now it was too dark to see much detail. Looking off towards Diablo, we could see layer after layer of birds flying in, their skeins black against the sky. Overflights showed us the black wing-tips of the snowy geese, and some blue geese and white fronts, too. Swans soared overhead and drifted down to the water, their bodies appearing almost too heavy to fly, and then came the cranes, in small waves of only a few individuals. A few even headed on up the road over to that depauperated
    "official"Woodbridge site, but by now it was way too dark for photographs.
    Skeins of birds were stacked up over the water like planes at an airport, taking turns as they floated down to water for the night. We stood out in the cold, with the sky still showing color, and serenaded by a gabbling cacophony of geese, punctuated by the whistling of widgeons and the occasional rattling of cranes. What a treat for the senses, and how sad that what we see today is but a shadow of what once was.
    Still, a trip worth taking. Real beats virtual with a stick.
    Debbie Viess
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  15. Fwd: [sbcobirding] Franklin's Gull and Frigate Bills in county LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:44am, 3 year(s) ago
    See below: This Monday morning two Frigate birds where seen flying north above Goleta, Santa Barbara County.
    Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)---SBCO #362: Little Blue Heron
    Get your SBA S&D fix at
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Thomas Turner tomleeturner@... [sbcobirding]" <>
    Subject: [sbcobirding] Franklin's Gull and Frigate Bills in county
    Date: 2015, June 22 at 09:37:43 PDT
    Reply-To: Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
    Hi all,
    I should also report that my colleagues Hilary and Doug (who recently found a Sandhill Crane in Devereux) had two frigate birds over their house this morning (~ Ocean Meadows). I didn’t see them, but they work on birds on Pacific Islands and are a reliable source. Perhaps the same ones seen in Ventura yesterday. They were headed North.
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  17. new photos of rare birds LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2015 @ 10:29am, 3 year(s) ago
    I just placed a bunch of new photos of rare birds in CA including Common Scoter, Rustic Bunting, Rusty Blackbird, Brambling etc on my website. Click on Photo Gallery tab on my homepage, then Recent Photos gallery to see the images.
    The male Black-throated Blue Warbler, Oak Titmouse (accidental in Del Norte), Sandhill Crane were all seen by us yesterday along with the Common Scoter (first North American record except for one record in Greenland)…..go get that bird!
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey 375-4658
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  19. Northeastern California 12/1-12/3 LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2013 @ 4:52pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Birders -
    The past few days I birded northeastern California with Dan Maxwell, Amy Patten and Officer Adam Searcy. We spent most of our time in Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. Highlights are below.
    11/30 - An extremely late WESTERN KINGBIRD was refound on the auto tour loop at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, northwest of the big viewing platform.
    12/1 - At Tule Lake NWR, there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE hunting along the auto tour loop. Lower Klamath NWR was not very birdy aside from what you could see along State Line Road. Lots of raptors in the area and near Meiss Lake.
    At Modoc NWR, there were 9 TRUMPETER SWANS seen in wetlands on the east side of 395.
    12/2 - At Modoc NWR we had a late SANDHILL CRANE, a late WILSON'S SNIPE, a single AMERICAN TREE SPARROW (south of Duck Pond), a BEWICK'S SWAN (Goose Pond) and an impressive total of 22 TRUMPETER SWANS from the
    second bridge south of Alturas on 395. There seem to be more Trumpeters than Tundras at this site at the moment.
    An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was hunting along the northern edge of Alturas.
    12/3 - On County Road 2 in the Warner Mountains, there was a PACIFIC WREN (unseasonal) and an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK. Goose Lake was essentially dry.
    Very unexpected was a male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH near West Valley Reservoir, which is southeast of Likely.
    On Mapes Road north of Honey Lake (Lassen County) another NORTHERN SHRIKE flew across the road carrying a slain Zonotrichia.
    Hopefully I'm not forgetting any of the most noteworthy species. We put in a considerable amount of time searching for Bohemian Waxwings in Modoc County at many sites, but had no luck. Maybe we can blame it on the wind and rain. There were countless robin flocks (some truly staggering
    in size) to search through feeding on fruiting junipers in the region. Many flocks were accompanied by small numbers of Cedar Waxwings, but unfortunately that's all we came up with. Aside from that dip, it was a great trip.
    Good birding,
    Steve Tucker
    Oakland, CA
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  21. Williamson's Sapsucker and wave on Farallones LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hey all, Just a quick message that the Farallones got its first island record of Williamson's Sapsucker today, a male. We got a few good photos, but we cannot relocate the bird now. We are having a pretty good wave today of western birds, mostly sparrows: Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Savannah, and Fox, including one that we just caught that is a zaboria Red Fox Sparrow. A few warblers: Black-throated Gray, Yellow, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rump, and Yellowthroat. Lots of thrushes, mostly Hermit and a few Swainson's, including one Olive-backed. Good numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and two Hammond's Flycatchers. A few raptors like White-tailed Kite,
    Sharpie, and Harrier. The most interesting thing about this wave is the preponderance of adults, maybe 5 to 1 over juveniles if you consider only songbirds. The Sandhill Crane, which arrived last week, is still present on the island. And the Northern Gannet is still here. This is looking to be a good day to start our week-long Farallonathon, our annual fundraiser. You can follow our progress on our Los Farallones blog. I'll post an update today explaining it and how you can contribute if you so desire. Here's the link:
    Good birding!
    James R. TietzSE Farallon Island, CA
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  23. News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Jan 23, 2013 @ 6:14pm, 5 year(s) ago
    The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the Western
    Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo on 18-19 January 2013. Below is
    a brief summary of actions relating to committee membership, the state list, and
    the review list. The CBRC web site <
    www.californiabirds.org> > has been updated by
    webmaster Joe Morlan to reflect these actions.
    Joseph Morlan, Adam Searcy and Dan Singer were elected to three-year terms on
    the Committee. We welcome back Joe, who will serve as CBRC Chair, and Dan, who
    will be Vice-Chair; Adam will be serving his first term on the Committee.
    Rotating off the committee are Dave Compton, Kimball Garrett and Oscar Johnson.
    After discussion, the Committee let stand its final decisions to add
    Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (from Imperial Co.) and Common Crane (Del Norte Co.) to
    the California state list. Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis/serrirostris)
    is placed on the California list between Fulvous Whistling-Duck and Greater
    White-fronted Goose, with a "P" symbol. Common Crane (Grus grus) is placed on
    the checklist after Sandhill Crane, also with a "P" symbol. Both the crane and
    the goose get an asterisk, indicating that they have been added to the review
    list. Acceptance of these two taxa brings the California state list to 651
    species (including 10 established introduced species). An additional
    photographic record of Common Crane is under review.
    The following species will be removed from the review list:
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (regular breeding population in San
    Diego Co., possibly Ventura Co.)
    Harris's Hawk (regular breeding in s. San Diego Co.)
    Lesser Black-backed Gull (has averaged >7 accepted records of
    new individuals per year over the past 10 years)
    Parakeet Auklet (large numbers in recent years well off n. CA in
    winter, early spring)
    As always, records of these four species (and all rarities) should still be
    documented and sent to appropriate North American Birds sub-regional editors.
    Among the many additional topics discussed was the increasing and unfortunate
    trend toward "photo-only" submissions of records. We urge observers to provide
    written context with all photo submissions, including circumstances of the
    sighting, description of behaviors and vocalizations (and anything else not
    evident in photographs), and other pertinent details.
    The CBRC thanks its outgoing members for their service, Linnea Hall and Adam
    Searcy of the WFVZ for hosting our meeting, and all of the observers who have
    submitted documentation of records to the CBRC over the past year.
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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  25. Sandhill Crane Lecture - Wed. 7PM (1/23) LINK
    DATE: Jan 22, 2013 @ 4:59pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway
    Guest Speaker - International Crane Foundation - Gary Ivey - Research
    Awe-inspiring and with a prehistoric call, stately gait, and elegant
    choreography, the Sandhill Crane continues to inspire everyone. Gary
    will discuss the 3 subspecies of Sandhill Crane that are observed on the
    Pacific Flyway and the latest information about their breeding ranges,
    migration paths and wintering sites, much of it from his own research.
    Lecture Location - 126 First St. West, Sonoma CA 95476. Adm $5.
    visit> for more
    Tom Rusert - Darren Peterie
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  27. Vote now for 2012 Bird of the Year LINK
    DATE: Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:47pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Voting has begun for Audubon California's 2012 Bird of the Year, which will
    recognize a California bird species of conservation interest that made a
    significant impact in 2012. All members of the public are encouraged to cast
    their votes online on Audubon California's website at the link below through
    Dec. 7. You can vote as many times as you like.
    Here's the link to vote:
    Audubon California created the designation in 2009 to highlight the state's
    remarkable birds and the conservation challenges many of them face. Soon after
    voting ends on Dec. 7, the winner will be announced to those who provided their
    email address to Audubon California while voting. A more public announcement
    will be made soon afterwards.
    Although you can vote for any bird you wish, the Audubon California Board of
    Directors has nominated seven species in particular: Yellow Warbler, Western
    Snowy Plover, Burrowing Owl, Sandhill Crane, Tricolored Blackbird, Black
    Oystercatcher, and Golden Eagle.
    Garrison Frost
    Audubon California
    Emeryville, CA
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  29. Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks at Lassen Volcanic National Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 22, 2012 @ 5:24am, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings Everyone,
    Kathi Ellsworth and I have spent the last couple of days in Lassen
    Volcanic National Park and at adjacent areas. Although our primary
    focus hasn't been birds, we've done some birding and have been struck by
    the widespread red crossbills we keep encountering at various places
    below 7000 feet in elevation, by groups of evening grosbeaks, and by
    varied thrushes.
    The single most productive spot has been the parking lot at Subway Cave
    Lava Tube in Lassen National Forest near the junction of routes 89 and
    44 (a short distance north of Lassen NP). There's a dripping drinking
    fountain that was attracting droves of birds this afternoon. We found
    at least 70 evening grosbeaks there, about 20 red crossbills, 3
    solitaires, two varied thrushes, and other montane species. The list
    from eBird appears below; among the species listed, all the ones with
    an asterisk (*) next to them were coming to the drinking fountain (i.e.,
    most of them).
    We also found flocks of red crossbills at Summit Lake and at the
    Devastation Area parking lot (both within Lassen National Park), and at
    St. Bernard Lodge B & B on highway 36 between Lassen NP and Chester.
    To my ear, the crossbills sounded like type 2s, but that's tentative
    until I have a chance to generate sonograms from my recordings to check
    the call type(s). St. Bernard Lodge B & B also had a small group of
    evening grosbeaks on Saturday morning and a northern saw-whet owl on
    Friday night.
    The evening grosbeaks sounded like a mixture of type 1s and type 2s, but
    again, I need to check sonograms of my recordings to be sure.
    We also found four varied thrushes at Summit Lake for a total of six
    Other highlights:
    Two golden eagles in Lassen National Park near the Diamond Peak trail
    head on Saturday morning.
    One sooty grouse on the side of highway 89 about a mile south of the
    south entrance to the National Park at 5 pm on Saturday.
    Two sandhill cranes at Butte Lake on Sunday at about 6 pm.
    This is our first visit to this area, so perhaps some of this is normal,
    but we still thought it would be of general interest.
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    Kathi Ellsworth
    San Dimas, CA
    -------- Begin forwarded message --------
    Subject: eBird Report - Subway Lava Tube, Lassen NF, Oct 21, 2012
    Subway Lava Tube, Lassen NF, Shasta, US-CA
    Oct 21, 2012 2:35 PM - 4:45 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.5 mile(s)
    Comments: We hiked through the lava tube and then back to the
    parking lot. Many of the birds were coming to a dripping drinking
    fountain at the edge of the parking lot.
    22 species
    * Hairy Woodpecker 2
    * White-headed Woodpecker 3
    * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2
    * Steller's Jay 5
    Common Raven 1
    * Red-breasted Nuthatch 10
    * White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    * Pygmy Nuthatch 10
    Brown Creeper 1
    * Townsend's Solitaire 3
    * American Robin 3
    Varied Thrush 2
    * Spotted Towhee 4
    * Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 2
    * Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored) 3
    * Golden-crowned Sparrow 3
    * Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5
    * Cassin's Finch 3
    * Red Crossbill 20
    Pine Siskin 2
    * Lesser Goldfinch 6
    Evening Grosbeak 70
    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
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