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Tricolored Blackbird
Agelaius tricolor

   Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) - TRBL (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map

  1. DATE: Nov 6, 2017 @ 11:23am, 5 month(s) ago
    Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey November 17 th – 20 th Protocol now posted
    Calling all birders for a November Tricolored Blackbird WinterSurveythroughout California. We are seeking more information about Tricolored Blackbird distribution in the winter. Most of our current data about this nearly endemic species
    is from the spring nesting season, so we need your help filling in the winter data gap. The Tricolored Blackbird is a candidate for listing under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, so additional data can help inform management of the species. The
    eBird protocol is posted on Audubon’s
    website and also included below. Copy and paste the following web address, if you are having trouble with the hyperlinks: . Please review this protocol before heading out to survey November 17 th – 20 th .
     Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey Protocol
    Survey Period Bird throughout California on November 17 th – 20 th
    Survey Locations There are no assigned routes or survey locations for this winter pilot year. We are relying upon your local knowledge to find flocks of blackbirds or investigate areas where you think there may be habitat for the species.
    Making Observations
    Whenever you see blackbirds, conduct a stationary count to estimate the number of each blackbird, cowbird, starling, and grackle species.
    A minimum of 10 minutes is recommended for large, mixed flocks.
    These observations should be entered on eBird mobile or online with the observation type “Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey” (See “Entering Data in eBird” below)
    Note the exact location, start time, and duration of your observations for later entry in eBird online or use eBird mobile to enter your location.
    Estimating Numbers
    Estimate the number of each blackbird, cowbird, starling, and grackle species, rather than the overall blackbird sp. number, so we can get a count of Tricolored Blackbirds and data on which species are in mixed-flocks with Tricolored
    Conduct precise counts for under approximately 500 blackbirds.
    For large flocks, conduct scanning surveys. First estimate the total number of blackbirds by counting groups of 10, 50, 100, or more birds. Then estimate the number of Tricolored Blackbirds in a large flock by applying the same scanning
    method, or count the number of Tricolored Blackbirds in a portion of the flock to find the ratio of Tricolored Blackbirds in the flock. Multiply this ratio by the size of the entire flock to estimate the number of Tricolored Blackbirds. Female Tricolored Blackbirds
    can be nearly impossible to distinguish from Red-winged Blackbirds in mixed flocks, so only count male Tricolored Blackbirds in large mixed flocks. We cannot assume there are equal numbers of males and females in a flock, so cannot double male counts to get
    a combined count. Note in your eBird checklist whether you have only counted males.
    If you observe blackbirds, cowbirds, starlings, or grackles, but no Tricolored Blackbirds, you should still create a checklist using the Tricolored Blackbird protocol .
    Estimate the number of each blackbird, cowbird, starling, and grackle species.
    The focus of this survey effort is Tricolored Blackbirds and closely related species, but eBird analyses rely upon complete checklists. When observing blackbirds, submit a complete checklist to eBird by noting all species seen during
    the survey, either counting all species or indicating presence only by putting an ‘X’ in the count field for species observed but not counted. Then answer ‘Yes’ to the All Observations Reported question.
    Refer to Bird Counting 101 and Bird Counting 201 at the website below for more information and practice with counting methods.
    Non-blackbird Observations
    Time permitting, we encourage you to eBird more generally and submit complete checklists even when no blackbirds are observed. Submit any complete eBird checklists entered during the survey period to provide data about where there are
    no Tricolored Blackbirds.
    Submit complete eBird checklists with the ‘traveling’ or ‘stationary’ count observation type. The Tricolored Blackbird protocol should only be used when counting blackbirds with stationary counts, as described above.
    Entering Data in eBird
    Enter checklists on the eBird website ( or using eBird mobile.
    Enter the location where you conducted a stationary count of Tricolored Blackbirds
    On eBird’s DATE AND EFFORT screen provide the following details:
    Observation Date:Input date of survey
    Observation type:Click “other” and select “Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey” from the pull down.
    Start time: enter start time
    Duration: enter the duration of your count
    Party size:indicate the number of people in your survey party
    Click the “green continue button” on the bottom right side.
    On the WHAT DID YOU SEE OR HEAR eBird screen:
    Scroll down to Tricolored Blackbird or use the "jump to species" filter located on the upper right and enter tricolored blackbird or TRBL.
    Enter total estimate of TRBL observed.
    Click “ add details ” next to TRBL. Under Age & Sex indicate the number of males and the number of females (web data entry only). This will help confirm you were just counting males in a large flock.
    Add numbers for other blackbirds, cowbirds, starlings, and grackles
    Enter all other birds identified either as counts or as ‘X’ for presence only.
    Answer ‘yes’ to All Observations Reported if you are reporting all species (recommended).
    Click submit when data entry complete.
    You are done!
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  3. Save the Date, Tricolored Blackbird eBird Blitz, November 17 - 20 LINK
    DATE: Oct 12, 2017 @ 3:43pm, 5 month(s) ago
    the Date Tricolored Blackbird eBird Blitz November 17 th – 20 th   Calling all birders for a November Tricolored Blackbird eBird blitz throughout California. We are seeking more information about Tricolored Blackbird distribution in the winter. Most of our current data about
    this nearly endemic species is from the spring nesting season, so we need your help filling in the winter data gap. The Tricolored Blackbird is a candidate for listing under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, so additional data can help inform
    management of the species. This survey will follow the eBird protocol and ask participants to bird anywhere they are able to in their local region. Please save the date, November 17 th – 20 th , and we will follow up with more information.
    Contact Samantha Arthur at sarthur@... for questions.       Samantha Arthur Conservation Project Director AUDUBON CALIFORNIA 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1535, Sacramento, CA 95814 Office (916) 737-5707 ext. 115 Cell (415) 269-8031  
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  5. Panoche Valley: Where Spring Begins in San Benito County LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2017 @ 10:40pm, 1 year(s) ago
    By request—
    Howdy, Birders,
    In San Benito County spring begins in Panoche Valley with fields of golden flowers, wintering birds hanging around and resident breeders gearing up for the nesting season. I drove through the valley (March 3 & 4) en route to the tricolored blackbird workshop at San Luis NWR on Saturday. The valley is just stunning right now. Highlights were many.
    Near the school at Panoche and Norton Roads, there was a pair of CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS, MERLIN and a PRAIRIE FALCON carrying large prey. A flock of 475 AMERICAN PIPITS were in the dense grass along the sides of Norton Road.
    Near the intersection of Panoche and New Idria Roads, a beautiful dark morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK was present. Continuing along New Idria Road toward the BLM picnic spot, I saw a few LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES and MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. It is not often that one finds these two species in the same location at the same time. The goldfinches might be found anywhere in the valley where the fiddlenecks are blooming. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, very uncommon on the valley floor were in the dense eucalyptus grove (the backside of Douglas Ranch). A flock of about 175 LARK SPARROWS were closer to the BLM picnic site. One TURKEY VULTURE, rare in winter, but suspected breeder in the caves along New Idria, was soaring overhead.
    Another pair of CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS were near the entrance to Douglas Ranch along Panoche Road. Just a bit down the road, in the large stacks of hay, some 1200 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS, 99% MALES, were feeding on the seed heads on March 3. When I returned on March 4, I counted 200 FEMALE TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS at the same location. As far as I could tell, they had just arrived. I also photographed one banded male.
    I am very interested in as accurate as possible counts of these blackbirds. If you watch them from your vehicle— which is the best way to not flush them— you will notice that parties of 50 to 300 take off, heading toward the Panoche Creek. If you are there at dusk (5-5:30 pm), you’ll see all of them fly toward the creek. They are in the process of “making settlement” and it is quite spectacular to HEAR. You cannot see them in the creek area, but you can hear the noise of the colony. This is the males calling. Time will tell if they nest, or not.
    I continued along Panoche Road, passing Silver Creek Ranch, up to the summit of Jackass Pass (county line for San Benito and Fresno Counties). A few more MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were near the corrals. One LINCOLN’S SPARROW and more LARK SPARROWS were along the creek crossing area. A pair of NORTHERN HARRIERS were coursing the creekbed.Further along the road, I stopped to watch a MERLIN furiously pursuing a female Mountain Bluebird which I really thought she would nail— until the bluebird dived into an ephedra shrub! One solitary VESPER SPARROW was along this section. A flock of nearly 2000 STARLINGS at a distance, could easily have been mistaken for blackbirds! I scoped them because this was not a typical place for such a flock of starlings. Just after dark, I saw one SHORT-EARED OWL which was previously photographed in this area.
    Along Little Panoche Road, generally near Mercey Hot Springs, I saw another FERRUGINOUS HAWK,a few MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, one VESPER SPARROW, a small flock of HORNED LARKS, a ROCK WREN, and a male BURROWING OWL guarding his burrow. (Fresno County for all of these sightings.) I did not have time to get up to the BLM Panoche Hills area.
    All roads in Panoche Valley and leading into the valley are “drivable” — although you might need a front-end alignment after driving the roads in San Benito County. The larger, deeper pot holes are outlined in red paint, presumably to be filled. Bridge work continues along Little Panoche Road, but it is open. There is a flagger person to help navigate the mess of one lane. All creek crossing are possible, including Panoche Creek at Silver Creek Ranch. The Mountain Plovers have departed. It is truly beautiful and worth a visit. The Panoche Inn was open while I was in the valley.
    Please use the individual eBird hot spots rather than the General Panoche Valley hot spot, if you eBird. I’m especially looking for reports about the tricolored blackbirds.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  7. RFA: records of non-breeding season observations of tricolored blackbirds LINK
    DATE: Jan 20, 2017 @ 11:04am, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I'm seeking information on the non-breeding season (August 1 to February 15) distribution and abundance of tricolored blackbirds.For decades, research and monitoring efforts have focused on the breeding season and thus little is known about where the birds occur, what habitats they utilize, and where and when they move during the non-breeding season.If you have recorded any observations of tricolored blackbirds during the non-breeding season, I'd appreciate hearing from you.I need only the date, time, and location of your observations, plus any additional information that you collected.All records of observations provided will be attributed and summarized in a report to be submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.Please contact me off-list if you have any questions or suggestions for whom to contact for information.eBird records have already been requested.Many thanks in advance for your assistance.
    Bob Meese
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  9. Enjoying Panoche Valley & Recent Birds LINK
    DATE: Jan 19, 2017 @ 1:26pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    It’s that time of year when many birders and birding groups head out to Panoche Valley to search for the special birds of the area. I’ve been inundated with emails for information. I hope this post will answer your questions.
    PANOCHE SOLAR: Yes, construction is taking place along Little Panoche Road from Shotgun Pass to the intersection with Panoche Road. The valley floor looks different and that is not going to change for the better. Prepare your eyes for that, if not your heart. Nevertheless, Panoche Valley is still very much worth a visit and it is entirely possible to have a very enjoyable birding time, away from the construction site.
    I suggest birding more regularly in areas where you may not have spent much time on past visits to the valley. These include: Panoche Road, New Idria Road— both the Griswold Hills and the grasslands, and Panoche Hills BLM area if the roads are dry, and Panoche Road along Silver Creek area to Jackass Pass, if the roads are dry.
    PANOCHE ROAD: If approaching the valley from Hollister via Hwy 25 and Panoche Road— I would suggest spending more time along Panoche Road itself. The road has many eBird hot spots, pullouts to park multiple vehicles, and beautiful scenery. Here is a link to my checklist during four hours of birding on January 17:
    Some highlights included: 2 pairs of GOLDEN EAGLES; WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS; singing CALIFORNIA THRASHERS; MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at the McCullough Ranch grasslands; 10 PHAINOPEPLAS; RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, and one CHIPPING SPARROW, for a total of 55 species of birds. I did not detect any Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
    PAICINES RESERVOIR is still bone dry. Water level is controlled by the county, not the landowner. I believe that water comes to Paicines via Hernandez Reservoir in south county. Hernandez is just beginning to have some water, after being bone dry, too. We welcome eBird checklists at Paicines Reservoir, even without the waterfowl. A FERRUGINOUS HAWK has been wintering there. Please make this a stationary checklist for this location alone.
    MOUNTAIN PLOVERS: I counted, one by one, 137 Mountain Plovers on 17 January along Norton Road near the school:
    This checklist has information about exactly where they were located along this road. It is going to be best to park on solid pavement near the school because of wet roads. The plovers were seen at this same location during the Panoche Valley CBC, December 30, 2016.
    DOUGLAS RANCH along Panoche Road has nearly 2000 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS present on a regular basis.
    I have not seen any Cassin’s Kingbirds during my recent visits.
    SILVER CREEK RANCH along Panoche Road to Panoche Creek has had various birds, but has not been as productive lately. I do NOT recommend driving through the creek unless you have a vehicle with high clearance and 4WD. Here’s a short checklist:
    GRISWOLD HILLS & NEW IDRIA: At this time, I think you’d be better off driving the grasslands of New Idria Road, rather than heading out to Silver Creek area. All of the birds found at Silver Creek are found in the Idria grasslands, including VESPER SPARROW and PRAIRIE FALCON. Note that the Griswold Hills BLM area has picnic tables and a restroom. ROCK and CANYON WRENS and CHUKAR are found in the Griswold Hills. You’ll need a high clearance vehicle to go all the way to the old quicksilver mining town of New Idria. I don’t recommend this area for birding at all due to drug issues.
    YTURIATE ROAD, one of the dirt roads that connects at Little Panoche Road is not drivable now that we’ve had more rain. I saw MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS and one MERLIN along this road:
    Best not to risk getting stuck on this road, though.
    LITTLE PANOCHE ROAD: I saw a ‘BLACK’ MERLIN along Little Panoche Road, sitting on top of a solar post a couple weeks ago! However, I recommend caution birding along this road. There was a new sign up on January 17th which stated that one had to stay on the pavement along this road. I don’t know if this is a county sign (legal) or an illegal sign. The speed limit is 25 mph and the road has been patrolled by both CHP and county sheriffs. Be sure to wear your seat belt! The road is severely potholed. I would avoid birding along Little Panoche Road for the most part. It is not worth it.
    PANOCHE HILLS BLM area (Fresno County) has had BELL’S SPARROWS and a couple of photo-documented SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS recently. No Sage Thrashers were detected during the CBC on December 30, 2016. The road out to the radio station () had CHUKARS. It is best to park at the picnic and restroom location and walk from there if the roads are wet and muddy.
    MERCEY HOT SPRINGS(Fresno County) is one of the best places to see LONG-EARED OWLS. However, you’ll need to check their web site for birding details/phone: 209-826-3388:
    Please do not try to sneak in! Birders who did this in the past are responsible for the issues that have come up at this location. No entry prior to 10 a.m. It is possible to camp or spend the night at one of their cabins.
    If approaching the valley from I-5, it would be best to contact CalTrans to make certain the road is open. I think it is open, but I don’t usually bird on that side.
    PANOCHE INN & STORE: I’ve been told that the inn has sold. I do not know if it is open for business. Every time I’ve been by during the last few visits, it was closed. Might be best to call them: 831-628-3538.
    WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS: The roads have suffered terribly due to the truck traffic. Some potholes could swallow half a VW Bug. At this time, I would stick to paved roads only. Even parking on the shoulder, if dirt, could get a car stuck. A trailing caravan of 20+ vehicles might have a difficult time out in the valley these days. I would suggest limiting the number of vehicles on field trips (for the sanity of the trip leader, if nothing else).
    SHOOTING: Target practice and hunting occur at the BLM lands. If at all possible, it is best to visit these places on a weekday rather than a weekend. They are much quieter at on the weekend.
    BEST BIRDING PLACES RIGHT NOW in the valley: Norton Road near the school; Douglas Ranch area along Panoche Road; New Idria Road grasslands; Panoche Road from Highway 25 to McCullough Ranch (24 miles of birding).
    If I forgot anything, or you have any questions, please email me directly (off the list serve): debi@...
    Please repost this post to any regional list serves that may be interested, or have field trips to the area.
    Spring is going to be very beautiful in Panoche Valley!
    Mountain Plovers Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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    DATE: Nov 18, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    I’ve just arrived home from a four day road trip, birding San Benito Mountain and various places in south San Benito County. I noticed a post regarding Mercey Hot Springs and the Long-eared Owls.
    I received a notice from Mercey Hot Springs this evening, stating that they have been informed by Panoche Valley Solar LLC, that LITTLE PANOCHE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED from I-5 to Mercey Hot Springs due to road/bridge construction from approximately November 28 through December 4 (although this could change). Please continue to read this post for more information that may be important if you plan to visit Panoche Valley.
    I was last out in Panoche Valley on October 24 & 25. I was told that the County of Fresno had effectively halted the trail of large trucks traveling Little Panoche Road due to the wear and tear on the roads. It appears that Fresno County officials have effectively negotiated some sort of plan to repair the road. (I doubt that San Benito County has done anything about the wear and tear on their roads.)
    Panoche Valley Solar LLC has placed orange speed limit signs along Little Panoche Road that state the speed is 25 mph. At least one sign is located only 10-15 feet from a 55 mph sign. This is confusing.
    I spoke with the roads person in SBT County. The real speed limit in the construction area is supposed to be 35 mph . The only reason I bring this up is because the road is being heavily patrolled by the California Highway Patrol and the San Benito Sherif— pretty much, day and night.
    I was stopped by the CHP for doing 35 mph on Little Panoche Road. I was not ticketed or anything like that. However, the CHP officer took my name and address. I drove off, thought about it— thought he was probably giving my name and address to the solar people. Turned around, drove back to Little Panoche Road— and, sure enough, there was the CHP stopped right in the middle of the road next to the solar company’s pickup truck— and, well, I have to think that was precisely what he did— gave them my name and address.
    Bottom line: DO NOT SPEED. Do not give anyone an excuse to collect your name and address.
    The situation along Little Panoche Road has been and continues to be extremely hostile. I stated this to the road’s person for SBT County, and he said that he has heard this from a lot of people! Be careful, especially when pointing cameras and binoculars (The CHP made special note that I had binoculars! Why) It was all I could do not to mouth off to the CHP when he stopped me. I didn’t, though. However, when I returned and saw him talking to the solar truck, I did get his name and badge number, “just in case” —
    Elsewhere in PV, there is a lot of activity in many places, including helicopter activity that is flushing many birds. IF Mountain Plovers show up anywhere in the valley (very unlikely along Little Panoche Road) — anywhere, they are bound to be flushed by the helicopter activities— especially out near Silver Creek Ranch area. But, there are “operations” as part of the solar installation going on almost everywhere in the valley, not just along Little Panoche Road. BTW, the solar workers tend to take lunch at the Panoche Inn. I’ve steered clear of that.
    If you are driving Panoche Road from Hollister, be aware that I have encountered “convoys” of large pickup trucks — 13 of them in one convoy on 24 October. So, take care when stopping to bird along this road as so many birders do. Be sure you are well off the road when stopping.
    Paicines Reservoir along Highway 25 has been a traditional stop for many field trips heading to Panoche Valley. This reservoir has been bone dry sine May 2014. The “water level” is completely controlled by the county at this reservoir. I’ve just retuned from the far southern parts of SBT County. And, what I could see of Hernandez Reservoir is bone dry as well. Hernandez is at least twice as large as Paicines— when either has any water.
    There is a good pullout next to Paicines Reservoir, although it can be muddy if it rains. I would welcome eBird checklists as the reservoir is a hot spot. It would be good to have “negative” data from this hot spot. Raptors have been hanging around. On 15 November, I recorded 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS , a male MERLIN , and a GREATER ROADRUNNER was walking on the dry floor of the reservoir. So, still worth a stop these days.
    There are many eBird hot spots along Panoche Road and in Panoche Valley itself. Please, please use these hot spots and limit traveling counts to 5 miles or less.
    Some other highlights from PV on October 24: MERLIN at McCullough Ranch; 410 HORNED LARKS and GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over Little Panoche Rd; 2 BELL’S SPARROWS and 1 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD at the entrance to Panoche Hills BLM area and more of both species up in the hills along with 2 CHUKARS; FERRUGINOUS HAWK at Norton Rd; 2 CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS (they continue to be reported) and 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (first for PV area) near Douglas Ranch. October 25: 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 male LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH at Panoche Creek; 3 VESPER SPARROWS, 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK at Silver Creek Ranch area; TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS near Douglas Ranch; PRAIRIE FALCON along New Idria Rd; 1 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER near McCullough Ranch.
    BEAWARE if it rains, any dirt roads including road shoulders can easily cause your vehicle to get stuck! Panoche Hills BLM area has a lot of dirt roads. Panoche Road beyond Silver Creek corrals is dirt. It only takes a tiny bit of rain!
    Steel Your Heart if you are heading to Panoche Valley,
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
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  13. Seabirding: Monterey & Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2016 @ 8:25pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys has just completed six Monterey Bay pelagic trips — September 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 14. Monterey seabirds and marine mammals have put on quite a show — and it continued today with some very, very fine marine conditions. We reached 60 degree SST today with clear, dark, deep blue waters.
    Along the Coast Guard Breakwater, we found: BLACK TURNSTONE and SURFBIRD. WHIMBREL and MARBLED GODWITS were flybys. The PEREGRINE FALCON was on the radio tower. Eight TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS circled above the harbor.
    Marine mammals today included: MINKE, FIN, HUMPBACK, and KILLER WHALES; RISSO’S and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; SEA OTTER; and NORTHERN FUR SEALS. Two BLUE SHARKS were seen in the clear, 60 F SST water offshore, as were likely bluefin tuna.
    Other species included on earlier trips included: ASHY STORM-PETREL, including one being chased by a Parasitic Jaeger; and two very obliging SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS. Other marine mammals sighted have included: BLUE, SEI, and BAIRD’S BEAKED WHALES; and SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS.
    There is a lot of food around the greater Monterey Bay area. It seems to be a non-stop smorgasbord for the past four weeks.
    The marine weather looks great! Our full program of remaining trips is below. Spaces are available. I can only be reached by email: debi@...
    SEP 15 with Hannah Nevins, Jim Holmes, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 1 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 23, 24, 25 trips are in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. However, one does not need to be attending the festival to join any of those trips.
    SEP 16 with Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 18 with Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 9 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    RESERVATIONS: Email Debi Shearwater: debi@...
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 11:22pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    This is an update regarding the TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD COLONIES in Santa Ana Valley, San Benito County.
    I spent most of the day out in Santa Ana Valley watching the blackbirds. Nest building is completed. Most females now seem to be incubating eggs. Large flocks of hundreds, and sometimes, a couple thousand, mostly males, are roaming around the valley, feeding. They seem to be chasing insects ahead of the flock much the same way that I've seen cormorants swimming in a tight flock, chasing fish at sea. It is presumed that the males are feeding the females. If so, the food items must be small because we did not see any items in the beak of the male. One male tricolored was observed catching a lady bug. In the setting sun this evening, many insects could be seen. Many of the blackbirds are flycatching. The large flocks are roaming throughout Santa Ana Valley. The best way to see them is to stop and get out of your car at one of the colonies, and scan over the tops of the nesting substrate, watching for the "fly outs."
    In one such flock, Steve Rottenborn spotted several YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (about 3 males and one female) along Santa Ana Valley. Later, this evening, Leena Saoji spotted one "yellow-edged redwing blackbird " (first I have ever seen in SBT County), with a feeding flock on Santa Ana Valley, and at least one, and probably two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at the milk thistle colony. Vivek Khanzode managed to photograph a female with a silver band on her left leg at the milk thistle colony which is on John Smith Road. This is the first tricolored blackbird with a band that has been observed at this colony. It is the ninth banded tricolored blackbird found in San Benito County!(Keep in mind that there were only about 15 records of banded trikes, in total prior to this!).
    Vivek's patience shows that photographing banded tricolored blackbirds is quite possible. I would encourage photographers with the big lenses to come out and give it a try.
    In approximately 14 days, chicks should begin hatching. The colonies should be quite spectacular at that time! Those birders who have an interest in the life history of this complex species should get out to see these colonies! There is no telling what the future holds for this species.
    There are two colonies in Santa Ana Valley: the mustard colony right along Santa Ana Valley Road. That colony is located 1.1 miles northwestfrom the intersection of Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads. You can't miss it, really. The second, much smaller colony is located on John Smith Road on the flats in milk thistle that is about 3.5 feet tall. The thistle colony has a few redwing blackbirds nesting nearest the road. It is helpful to have a step stool to see above the thistles. Just use Google maps and google search those road names in San Benito County.
    The shoulders are dry now. Please park off the road. Turn your engine off. You can get out of your car. No need to use stay inside. The birds are not disturbed as long as you remain on the road. Please do not block driveways, trespass, or walk into any colonies. All of the birders and photographers out there today did a great job!
    The total number of tricolored blackbirds in the valley is estimated to be 36,000. If you obtain any sightings or photographs of banded birds, please let me know.
    Feel free to forward this to other list serves. I'm not going to clog up the air waves by posting this everywhere. Some County Birders might want to check out the yellow-headed blackbirds.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Birding on the Faultlines
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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    DATE: Apr 15, 2016 @ 9:29pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    This is an update regarding the TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD COLONY at Santa Ana Valley in San Benito County.Rusty Scalf graciously drove down from the Bay Area to help me get an accurate count of the trikes.
    At the mustard colony, using clickers and counting male birds exiting the colony in one very, very long skein that seemed never ending, we estimated a minimum 10,000 birds with a maximum of 14,000 males, only. It is generally thought that there are two females for every male. That would make this colony of 30,000 adults the largest colony in California in 2016 (I'm told). While it is exciting to have a such a large colony for the first time, ever in San Benito County, it is also distressing to know that the colonies of 100,000 in the Central Valley no longer exist.
    We need PHOTOGRAPHERS! Today, I received an excellent image of a BANDED FEMALE TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD! We can even read some of the numbers. If more photographers could visit this colony and photograph birds, it would be great. Observations, even without images, of banded birds are welcome.
    The nests are built. We only saw a few females carrying nesting material. We did see a lot of copulation, though. Mating and egg laying are just beginning.
    Photographing is not a piece of cake, but judging by the images I received today (shot from the public road), it can be done!
    More information:
    MUSTARD COLONY LOCATION: SANTA ANA VALLEY ROAD.From the intersection of Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads, travel 1.1 miles northwest to a very large area of mustard. You can reach Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads from Fairview Road which runs around the outside of Hollister. The green mailbox #4700 is precisely at the colony. Very easy to find.
    PARKING: There is no good place to park! That is going to be a problem. One of the best places to park might be at the intersection of John Smith and Santa Ana Valley, taking care to not block the entrance gate to the ranch. You'd then have to walk the 1.1 miles to the mustard. Otherwise, parking is very scare nearest the colony. One shoulder is all dirt, mud actually. It sucked my tied hiking shoe right off my foot! PLEASE: Don't park in the driveways, or block the driveways of the homes along this road. Stay out of the mud. Don't get your car stuck. Be kind to the locals and explain what is going on. They are going to wonder!
    I really hope this is a given, but: please do not trespass and under no circumstances should anyone walk into the colony! It does not seem to bother the birds if you walk right up to the fence, though.
    There are two additional colonies in Santa Ana Valley, one in milk thistle and one in a hay field. The total number of adult TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS in the valley is estimated at 36,000. This is an amazing opportunity that may not happen again.
    I would greatly appreciate any images and reports of banded birds, or anything else of interest.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Birding on the Faultlines
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  19. Banded Tricolored Blackbirds LINK
    DATE: Apr 12, 2016 @ 9:27pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I knew I would forget something — please look for BANDED TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS! They have color bands and the regular silver bands. Be aware that the silver bands can appear to be white in tricky lighting. It is easiest to see banded birds when they are sitting on fences, or at the colony, sitting up on stalks.
    No banded tricolored blackbirds were found for almost a year, until I found five different banded individuals. One of these was with a group on Brown's Valley Road. The four other banded trikes were at a colony in Panoche Valley on private property.
    Photographers, check your images carefully.
    Thank you, again,
    Debi Shearwater
    Birding on the Faultlines
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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    DATE: Apr 12, 2016 @ 8:48pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    This past weekend, I searched for and counted TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS in San Benito County for CA Fish and Wildlife, and had some rather shocking discoveries. TIME is of the essence in this situation, though.
    Iam reaching out for help and assistance regarding counting of a very dramatic mustard nesting colony close to Hollister. I need birders, especially those who are experienced in counting large numbers of birds, to count tricolored blackbirds as soon as possible.
    It would also be helpful to have photographers focusing on getting images of large flocks and noting dates and times (which should be pretty easy with today's cameras). Video might also be helpful.
    Please read this entire post as it contains a lot of information.
    MUSTARD COLONY LOCATION: SANTA ANA VALLEY ROAD. From the intersection of Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads, travel 1.1 miles northwest to a very large area of mustard. You can reach Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads from Fairview Road which runs around the outside of Hollister. The green mailbox #4700 is precisely at the colony. Very easy to find.
    BEHAVIOR: I first found this colony on 10 April when huge numbers of females were nest carrying nesting material. Nest building takes about 4 days. Tomorrow could be DAY 4. Once the female begins to incubate, the colony goes quiet. So, anyone who can get out there tomorrow or Thursday at the latest to count, please do so.
    YOUR BEST APPROACH: The best way to approach this is to walk the road after parking your car. Scan all the way around as the trikes were traveling in large flocks long distances. I was on the road for two hours today.
    PARKING: There is no good place to park! That is going to be a problem. One of the best places to park might be at the intersection of John Smith and Santa Ana Valley, taking care to not block the entrance gate to the ranch. You'd then have to walk the 1.1 miles to the mustard. Otherwise, parking is very scare nearest the colony. One shoulder is all dirt, mud actually. It sucked my tied hiking shoe right off my foot! PLEASE: Don't park in the driveways, or block the driveways of the homes along this road. Stay out of the mud. Don't get your car stuck. Be kind to the locals and explain what is going on. They are going to wonder!
    I really hope this is a given, but: please do not trespass and under no circumstances should anyone walk into the colony! It does not seem to bother the birds if you walk right up to the fence, though.
    How to help:
    1. COUNT: It would be best to work with another person and with a clicker. Notebook to record numbers, date, time. Counting needs to be co-ordinated, preferably. Today, I observed as many as five flocks of 1000-1200 in the air, flying longer distances —up to the northwest end of the road and along the other side of the road up along the hills with patches of owl's clover in bloom. I simply could not keep up with all of the flocks by myself. Paired counters or more, would be best.
    2. BEHAVIOR: Record females carrying nesting material by counting them. On 10 April I counted 106 females carrying nesting material! They were visiting a paddock right next to the road and taking grasses and mud in flocks of 20-30 at a time, non-stop. Today, they were gathering nesting material further inland from the road.
    3. PREDATORS: Note any predators: ravens, Cooper's hawk, loggerhead shrike.
    4. PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEO: Images of large, flying flocks might help with counting. I honestly don't know. The sounds of the frantic fury of this colony are a sight to behold. Only video can capture that.
    5. EBIRD: Please wait for me to get this up as an eBird hot spot before making a personal location. You can eBird it as a stationary count, or walk the road and do a traveling count. Be sure to note your effort: start time, end time, and distance. And, if a complete checklist, ALL of the other birds, including house sparrows.
    6. LOCAL FOLKS: Please be kind and take a moment to talk to the locals, if they ask you what you are doing. I spoke with a lady today who told me that hundreds of birds were coming to the water trough on her property. When I looked at her home, it looked like something right out of the Hitchcock movie, "The Birds." Her home was covered with trikes, both at the water trough and a smaller water bucket thing, and the puddles in the driveways. The females were carrying nesting material to the water. They use the water to make materials pliable.
    7. REPORT: please email me your findings, photographs/video (not raw): debi@... . I am the eBird reviewer for San Benito County. So, I will see those reports.
    Originally, when I made a fast drive past this colony, I estimated that there were 5000 blackbirds. But, I was trying to cover so many parts of the county, that I had to move on. It was only when I returned today that I realized that it is much more than 5000 trikes. It may be as many as 20,000. If that is the case, it would be the largest colony in the State of California. While I wish I could be really happy about that, it makes me very sad. Even though I have a decades of experience counting seabirds, I found it very difficult to get a firm grasp on counting the trikes. At one point, I even told myself, "think of them as storm-petrels" as far as counting.
    And, there you have it: ashy storm-petrels and tricolored blackbirds are in deep trouble. Even if you don't count, get out there to see this spectacle!
    NEARBY: Be aware that red-winged blackbirds are nesting in milk thistle on Santa Ana Valley Road. I saw female red-wings carrying green caterpillars to their young. It bears checking along Quien Sabe Road for trikes, which is just over the hills from Santa Ana Valley Road. There are two smaller trike colonies on John Smith Road, both nesting in milk thistle about 3.5 to 4 feet high. One colony is feeding young in the nest while the other colony is incubating eggs (and very quiet). Golden Eagles are always around. I saw two today. Anyone with experience in finding Northern Harrier nests, please watch the hay fields at Samarkand Ranch on Santa Ana Valley and report any nest to me so that I might help save the young from mowing.
    I thank you, in advance, and wish you luck. The sooner, the better for seeing large numbers of TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Birding on the Faultlines
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  23. Public comment on Tricolored Blackbird listing under CESA LINK
    DATE: Mar 13, 2016 @ 2:11pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued an appeal for public comment on a proposal to list the Tricolored Blackbird as a threatened or endangered species. CDFW is soliciting public comment regarding the species’ ecology, biology, life history, distribution, abundance, threats and habitat that may be essential for the species, as well as recommendations for management of the species. Comments, data and other information can be submitted by email to wildlifemgt@... . If submitting comments by email, please include “Tricolored Blackbird” in the subject heading.
    Comments may also be submitted by regular mail to:
    California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Nongame Wildlife Program
    Attn: Neil Clipperton
    1812 Ninth St.
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    All comments received by June 1, 2016 will be evaluated prior to submission of the CDFW report to the Commission.
    Bob Meese
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  25. Panoche Valley: End of an Era LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2015 @ 1:32pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    Below is a post that I wrote for the local Monterey list serve. However, as so many birders in the Bay Area and surrounding counties have birded Panoche Valley for decades, I thought this would be of interest to others. The stakes are in the ground and construction is slated to begin on November 1. If you desire an unobstructed view or photographs of Panoche Valley, best to get out there, ASAP.
    Here's the post:
    With the development of a solar industry on the floor of PANOCHE VALLEY, I have been devoting more and more time to this incredible natural area. Much activity in preparation for the solar installation has been happening already — the stakes are in the ground. If you have loved birding Panoche Valley in the past, I urge you to get out there before November 1 when real activity is slated to begin. You may never again be able to get an unobstructed view or photograph of the valley floor from Shotgun Pass along Little Panoche Road — at least not in our lifetime. This is the demise of a GLOBALLY IMPORTANT BIRD AREA (IBA):
    Panoche Valley is home to three Federally Endangered Species: San Joaquin Kit Fox, Giant Kangaroo Rat, and Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard. It is also a major wintering area for Mountain Plovers which should be listed as endangered. Many other important and declining species of birds call this valley home.
    Beware: The valley is seriously suffering from the drought of the past four years. Many areas are grazed to zero vegetation, meaning only bare dirt exists. Consequently, birding can be very slow. Even in this starkest of times, the valley retains its beauty. Stay for the sunsets!
    Recently, I spent October 14 and 15, birding mostly on the valley floor. I did not bird along Panoche Road in the oak woodlands, but headed straight for the valley.
    Some "goodies" on October 15, PANOCHE ROAD on the valley floor included: continuing for the past month, 2 CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS and 600 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS near the Douglas Ranch; a SAGE THRASHER ran right across the road near the Claravale Dairy; one GREATER ROADRUNNER near Silver Creek Ranch; and a BROAD-WINGED HAWK.
    The Broad-winged Hawk represents San Benito County's third record that I know of. The first record of a Broad-winged Hawk was radio tagged by GGRO, and flew through Panoche Valley. The second record was of a soaring bird seen at Pinnacles.
    Some of the species that typically flock up have started to form such flocks on the valley floor. These include: Lark Sparrow, Mourning Dove, and House Finch. Recent migrants have included: Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, and Orange-crowned Warbler. August 28 there was a very early Lincoln's Sparrow which was followed by a major influx of some 52 Lincoln's Sparrows on September 24.
    Resident species are around in decent numbers: Loggerhead Shrike, American Kestrel, Rock Wren, Ravens, etc. However, other raptors have been very thin. I have rarely seen Prairie Falcon and Golden Eagle. I photographed an immature Golden Eagle perched on a pole out in a distant field, along Little Panoche Road, thinking it might be the last time such a photograph could be made — not sure how they are going to deal with the solar panels. Will they perch on them I have not seen any Ferruginous Hawks, Burrowing Owls or Merlins in the valley, although I recently have seen both near my home.
    Mountain Plovers, Mountain Bluebirds, and Vesper Sparrows have not arrived. There are a few Western Bluebirds on the valley floor, though. Apparently, they nested in the valley (Normally, they nest in the oak forests). Also a family of California Quail nested on the valley floor as well. This was a big surprise to me!
    In one of the greatest successes of this severe drought, I was able to document a pair of NORTHERN HARRIERS that nested successfully in the valley! This was one of only two nests this spring in San Benito County that I found. The other nest was destroyed when the hay field was plowed, unfortunately.
    Panoche Valley was "discovered" in the late 1970's by two local birders the late Carolyn Frederiksen and the late, Steve Allison, both dearly beloved members of the Santa Cruz Bird Club. Steve went on to found the Panoche Valley Christmas Bird Count. To this day they are still missed.
    My personal opinion is that this solar industry development in PanocheValley signals the demise of a habitat type that is becoming more and more impacted throughout California and rapidly shrinking. Sad to see. We can only document the changing rhythm of this lovely place.
    I hope you make it out there and get some photographs as soon as possible.
    Birding on the Faultlines,
    Debi Shearwater
    San Benito County
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  27. Kern County Birdiest Count Final Report Including Locations LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 10:46am, 3 year(s) ago
    "Missed"or just not present (too early, too late, no coverage where
    occurs, and/or rare to very rare and not annual; several known
    usual nesting species missed) - Lesser Scaup, Common
    Goldeneye, Common Merganser,
    Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pacific Loon,
    Loon, Horned Grebe,
    American Bittern (Kern NWR), Least Bittern (Kern
    NWR), Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Short-billed Dowitcher, Herring Gull, Common Ground-Dove,
    Vaux's Swift,
    Williamson's Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, Peregrine
    Falcon, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Magpie, Clark's
    Varied Thrush,
    Sage Thrasher, American Pipit, Vesper
    Sparrow, Grasshopper
    Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red
    Crossbill, plus even rarer species,...
    ***Count Period
    ***Reported in 2014, not in 2015
    ***Reported in 2015, not in 2014
    ***2015 Kern Birdiest Count Period List of 227 species
    ***Total Species Numbers from all prior 72 hour Kern Birdiest Counts
    ***79 Known Participants
    ***72 Hour Kern County Birdiest Count, 3:30pm, Thursday, April 1, 2015
    to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
    ***REPORTED IN 2014, NOT IN 2015: Lesser Scaup,
    Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Common
    Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Ground-Dove, Vaux's Swift,
    Pileated Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Plumbeous Vireo, Clark's
    Nutcracker, Pacific Wren, American Pipit, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red
    ***REPORTED IN 2015, NOT IN 2014: Canvasback,
    NOTE: Species reported in UPPER CASE
    LETTERS; species missed during count listed in lower case letters. Remember,
    2015 species reported.
    ***NOT expected - convincing details and/or pictures required
    GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - Frazier ParkSnow GooseROSS'S GOOSE - California CityBrant***Cackling Goose***CANADA GOOSE - Bakersfield's Truxton Lakes, Kern River County
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, WOOD DUCK- Kern River County Park, Kern River PreserveGADWALL- reports for numerous locationsAMERICAN WIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehahchapi, China Lake
    Kern NWREurasian Wigeon***MALLARD- reports for numerous locationsBLUE-WINGED TEAL - China Lake NAWSCINNAMON TEAL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN SHOVELER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN PINTAIL - Kern NWRGREEN-WINGED TEAL- China Lake NAWSCANVASBACK - Kern NWRREDHEAD- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRRING-NECKED DUCK- Lake Jean,, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)Greater Scaup***Lesser ScaupBUFFLEHEAD - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCommon GoldeneyeCommon MerganserRed-breasted Merganser***RUDDY DUCK- reports for numerous
    locationsMOUNTAIN QUAIL- reports for numerous locationsCALIFORNIA QUAIL - reports for
    numerous locationsCHUKAR - Butterbredt Spring, Wind Wolves PreserveRing-necked PheasantSOOTY GROUSE***- Sunday Peak in the Greenhorn MountainsWILD TURKEY- Kern River PreservePacific Loon***Common Loon***PIED-BILLED GREBE- reports for numerous locationsHorned Grebe***EARED GREBE- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRWESTERN GREBE- Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR, Kern River County
    Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoCLARK'S GREBE - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoDOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Kern River
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoAMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - Isabella ReservoirAmerican BitternLeast Bittern***GREAT BLUE HERON- reports for numerous locationsGREAT EGRET- reports for numerous
    locationsSNOWY EGRET- Kern NWR, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCATTLE EGRET- From along CA Hwy 99 south of Bakersfield,
    Tehachapi's Tom Sawyer LakeGREEN HERON - Edwards AFB, GalileoBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - California City, Edwards AFB, Kern
    NWR, Lake
    Woollomes east of Delano, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)WHITE-FACED IBIS- reports for numerous locationsTURKEY VULTURE- reports for
    numerous locationsCALIFORNIA CONDOR (now countable) - Bear Valley Springs, Tejon
    RanchOSPREY - Edwards AFB, Isabella Reservor--Nuui CunniWHITE-TAILED KITE - Edwards AFBGOLDEN EAGLE - Breckenridge Mountain, west of Rosamond, Wind
    Wolves PreserveNORTHERN HARRIER - Edwards AFB, Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern
    NWR, Wind Wolves PreserveSHARP-SHINNED HAWK - GalileoCOOPER'S HAWK- Ridgecrest,
    Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of Delano, TehachapiNorthern Goshawk***Bald EagleCommon Black Hawk***RED-SHOULDERED HAWK - Kern River Parkway corridor through
    Bakersfield, Kern River PreserveSWAINSON'S HAWK - Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern NWR, Sand
    Canyon above Iindian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Tule Elk State Reserve
    (two nesting
    pairs)Zone-tailed Hawk***RED-TAILED HAWK- reports for
    numerous locationsVIRGINIA RAIL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRSORA- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRCOMMON GALLINULE - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRAMERICAN COOT- reports for
    numerous locations
    BLACK-NECKED STILT - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoAMERICAN AVOCET - China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR,
    Woollomes east of DelanoBLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of DelanoAmerican Golden-Plover***Pacific Golden-Plover***
    SNOWY PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley private propertySEMIPALMATED PLOVER- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, San Joaquin Valley private
    propertyKILLDEER- reports for numerous locationsSPOTTED SANDPIPER - reports for
    numerous locationsSOLITARY SANDPIPER - "Old Sewage Ponds" at Ridgecrest Watchable
    Wildlife ParkWandering Tattler***GREATER YELLOWLEGS- Kern NWRWILLET - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyLesser YellowlegsWHIMBREL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLONG-BILLED CURLEW- China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoMARBLED GODWIT - China Lake NAWSRuddy Turnstone***RED KNOT*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyRuff***Stilt Sandpiper***SANDERLING*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyDUNLIN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes east of
    San Joaquin Valley private propertyBAIRD'S SANDPIPER*** - China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLEAST SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWSPectoral Sandpiper***SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyWESTERN SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoShort-billed Dowitcher**LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoWILSON'S SNIPE - China Lake NAWSWILSON'S PHALAROPE - China Lake NAWSRED-NECKED PHALAROPE- China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyRed Phalarope***BONAPARTE'S GULL - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyLittle Gull***FRANKLIN'S GULL - China Lake NAWSHeerman's Gull***RING-BILLED GULL - China Lake NAWS, , Kern River County Park
    (Lake Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoWestern Gull***CALIFORNIA GULL- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern River
    County Park (Lake Ming), San Joaquin Valley private propertyHerring GullGULL-BILLED TERN*** - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyCASPIAN TERN - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyBLACK TERN - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyCommon Tern***FORSTER'S TERN - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park (Lake
    Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoROCK PIGEON - RidgecrestBAND-TAILED PIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Lebec,
    Panorama Vista Preserve (Bakersfield), Pine
    Mountain Club, Squirrel Valley above Mountain Mesa, Tehachapi Mountain
    for numerous locationsSPOTTED DOVE - Bakersfield's Beale ParkInca Dove***Common Ground-Dove
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE*** - China Lake NAWS, RidgecrestMOURNING DOVE - reports for
    numerous locations
    GREATER ROADRUNNER - Indian Wells Valley, Kern NWR, west of
    Rosamond, Wind Wolves PreserveBARN OWL - Kern River PreserveFLAMMULATED OWL - Breckenridge MountainWESTERN SCREECH-OWL- Breckenridge MountainGREAT HORNED OWL- Cerro Coso Community College, Fay Ranch Rd in
    Weldon, Wind Wolves PreserveNORTHERN PYGMY-OWL - Breckenridge MountainBURROWING OWL- RidgecrestSPOTTED OWL- Breckenridge MountainLONG-EARED OWL - RidgecrestShort-eared Owl***NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL- Breckenridge MountainLESSER NIGHTHAWK - California City, Kern NWRCOMMON POORWILL- Fay Ranch Rd in WeldonBlack Swift***Vaux's SwiftWHITE-THROATED SWIFT- Galileo, Sand Canyon above Indian Wells
    Valley (part of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird
    Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD - reports
    locationsANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - reports for
    numerous locationsCOSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD- reports for numerous desert locationsBroad-tailed Hummingbird***RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD - Bakersfield, Galileo, Ridgecrest, TehachapiCALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD - GalileoBELTED KINGFISHER - GalileoLEWIS'S WOODPECKER - Sand Canyon above Indian Wells Valley (part
    of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)ACORN WOODPECKER- reports for numerous locations including the
    desertWilliamson's Sapsucker***Red-naped Sapsucker***RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkLADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER - reports for numerous desert locationsNUTTALL'S WOODPECKER - Kern River Preserve, Sand Canyon above
    Indian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveDOWNY WOODPECKER - Kern River PreserveHAIRY WOODPECKER - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Kern River PreserveWHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkNORTHERN FLICKER - reports for numerous locationsPileated WoodpeckerAMERICAN KESTREL- reports for numerous locationsMerlin***Peregrine FalconPRAIRIE FALCON - Kern River PreserveROSE-RINGED PARAKEET - Bakersfield west of CA Hwy 99,
    Bakersfield's Beale Park (notable even
    though not currently
    countable)OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER- Breckenridge Mountain, Galileo,
    Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Greenhorn Mountains, Lake
    east of DelanoWESTERN WOOD-PEWEE - reports for numerous
    locationsWillow Flycatcher***HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, RidgecrestGRAY FLYCATCHER - 10 miles south of Weldon, Galileo, Kern
    River PreserveDUSKY FLYCATCHER - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern NWRPACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous locationsBLACK PHOEBE- reports for numerous locationsSAY'S PHOEBE - reports for numerous locationsVERMILION FLYCATCHER - Kern River PreserveASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous
    locationsBrown-crested FlycatcherCASSIN'S KINGBIRD- Kern River County Park (Lake Ming), Paul's
    Place country store (Weldon)WESTERN KINGBIRD- reports for numerous locationsLOGGERHEAD SHRIKE- reports for numerous locationsBell's Vireo***CASSIN'S VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPlumbeous Vireo***HUTTON'S VIREO - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains west
    slopeWARBLING VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPINYON JAY - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of the Southern Sierra
    Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)STELLER'S JAY- Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi, Tehachapi Mountain
    Park, Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN SCRUB-JAY- reports for numerous locationsYellow-billed MagpieClark's NutcrackerAMERICAN CROW- reports for numerous locationsCOMMON RAVEN - reports for numerous locationsHORNED LARK - Edwards AFB, Inyokern, Isabella Reservoir,
    Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves Preserve NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW- reports for
    numerous locationsPURPLE MARTIN - Bear Valley SpringsTREE SWALLOW- reports for numerous locationsVIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bear Valley Springs, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkBANK SWALLOW - Kern River corridor in BakersfieldBARN SWALLOW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoCLIFF SWALLOW - reports for numerous locationsMOUNTAIN CHICKADEE- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkOAK TITMOUSE - reports for numerous locationsVERDIN- China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Inyokern, Inyokern--MiddlemissBUSHTIT - Kern River Preserve, Wind Wolves PreserveRED-BREASTED NUTHATCH- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkWHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH - reports for numerous
    locationsPYGMY NUTHATCH - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs, Cerro
    Noroeste Rd in the Mt. Pinos regionBROWN CREEPER- Greenhorn MountainsROCK WREN- Edwards AFB, Galileo Hill, Isabella Reservoir sides,
    Wind Wolves PreserveCANYON WREN - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsHOUSE WREN - reports for numerous locationsPacific WrenMARSH WREN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRBEWICK'S WREN - reports for numerous locationsCACTUS WREN - reports for numerous locationsBLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - Edwards AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn
    12.0,AMERICAN DIPPER - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsGOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET - Greenhorn MountainsRUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWRENTIT - Breckenridge Mountain, Fay Ranch Rd (upper part),
    Greenhorn Mountains, Wind Wolves
    PreserveWESTERN BLUEBIRD - reports for numerous locationsMountain Bluebird***TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE- Greenhorn MountainsSWAINSON'S THRUSH - Butterbredt Spring, Cerro Coso Community
    College, GalileoHERMIT THRUSH- Galileo, Kern NWR, Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves PreserveAMERICAN ROBIN - reports for numerous locationsVaried Thrush***Brown Thrasher***Bendire's Thrasher***CALIFORNIA THRASHER - Fay Ranch Rd (upper), Kern River corridor
    in Bakersfield, Lebec,
    Wind Wolves PreserveLE CONTE'S THRASHER - California City, Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Inyokern, Maricopa
    (Petroleum Club Rd)Sage Thrasher***NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsEUROPEAN STARLING- reports for numerous locationsAmerican PipitCEDAR WAXWING - Bakersfield, Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS,
    Edwards AFB,
    Galileo, Lake
    Woollomes east
    of DelanoPHAINOPEPLA - reports for numerous locationsOvenbird***Northern Waterthrush***Black-and-white Warbler***ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - reports for numerous
    locationsLucy's Warbler***NASHVILLE WARBLER - Greenhorn MountainsMACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsCOMMON YELLOWTHROAT- reports for numerous
    locationsHooded Warbler***Northern Parula***Magnolia Warbler***YELLOW WARBLER- reports for numerous locationsPalm Warbler***YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S & MYRTLE) - reports
    locationsGrace's Warbler***BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake
    east of DelanoTOWNSEND'S WARBLER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Ridgecrest's
    Desert Memorial Park (cemetery), TehachapiHERMIT WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWILSON'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsPainted Redstart***YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Galileo, Kern River PreserveGREEN-TAILED TOWHEE- California City, Galileo, Greenhorn MountainsSPOTTED TOWHEE- Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River
    Preserve, Tehachapi Mountain
    Wind Wolves PreserveRUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW- Wofford HeightsCALIFORNIA TOWHEE - reports for numerous locationsCHIPPING SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Butterbredt Spring,
    Edwards AFBClay-colored Sparrow***BREWER'S SPARROW - Edwards AFB, Kelso Valley
    Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0,BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW- Chimney Peak Byway, Piute Mountains
    (Saddle Springs Rd)Vesper Sparrow***LARK SPARROW - Galileo, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to 12.0, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-THROATED SPARROW - Cow Heaven Canyon (part
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonBELL'S SPARROW (MOJAVE) - California City, Cow
    Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards AFB, InyokernLark Bunting***SAVANNAH SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsGrasshopper Sparrow***FOX SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsSONG SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsLINCOLN'S SPARROW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Kern River PreserveSwamp Sparrow***WHITE-THROATED SPARROW*** - GalileoHarris's Sparrow***WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW- Galileo (Mountain White-crowned/oriantha
    subspecies), off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonGOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW- Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    California City, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River PreserveDARK-EYED JUNCO- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkSUMMER TANAGER- Kern River Preserve (several locations)WESTERN TANAGER - reports for numerous locationsPhyrrhuloxia***Rose-breasted Grosbeak***BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK- reports for numerous
    locationsBLUE GROSBEAK - Kern River Preserve, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, Wind Wolves
    PreserveLAZULI BUNTING - Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Piute
    Mountains (Saddle Springs
    Rd), TehachapiIndigo Bunting***RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD- widespreadTRICOLORED BLACKBIRD- Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Edwards AFB,
    Kern River Preserve, Lake Isabella (community of), Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN MEADOWLARK- reports for numerous locationsYELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - California City, China Lake NAWS,
    GalileoBREWER'S BLACKBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsCommon Grackle***GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE - reports for numerous
    locationsBronzed Cowbird***BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsOrchard Oriole***HOODED ORIOLE - Bakersfield, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of Weldon, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoBULLOCK'S ORIOLE- reports for numerous locationsSCOTT'S ORIOLE - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of WeldonHOUSE FINCH - reports for numerous locationsPURPLE FINCH - Bear Valley Springs, Kern NWR, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkCASSIN'S FINCH - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsRed CrossbillPINE SISKIN - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    Butterbredt Spring, Galileo,
    TehachapiLESSER GOLDFINCH- reports for numerous locationsLAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH - reports for numerous
    locationsAMERICAN GOLDFINCH - Bakersfield, Kern River County Park--Hart
    Park unit, Lebec, Wind Wolves PreserveEVENING GROSBEAK*** - GalileoHOUSE SPARROW- reports for numerous locations
    COUNTS: 2006-246 species, 2007-235 species, 2008-241 species, 2009-246
    species, 2010-242 species, 2011-245 species, 2012-242 species, 2013-251
    species, 2014-240 species, 2015-227
    ***79 KNOWN PARTICIPANTS: Liga Auzins, Bob Barnes, John Birsner, Gordon
    Black, Jeb Blain, Jana
    Borba, Sherry
    Brubaker, Brenda Burnett, Dan Burnett, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Encar
    Card, Daisy Carillo, Jeff Cartier, Barbara Castle, Susan Castle, Bill
    Cooper, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Jeff
    Davis, Mary Dufrain, Mike Duncan, Madi Elsea, Kevin Fahey, Laura Fahey,
    Feenstra, Gary File, Ernie
    Flores, Joe Fontaine, Kristi Frick, Terri Gallion, Bruce Garlinger,
    Gail Gewain,
    Darrin Heindel, Greg Homel, Andy
    Honig, Louise
    Sandy Koonce, Debby Kroeger, Brenda Kyle, Ken
    Kyle, Denise LaBerteaux, Megan Lundin, Penny LaPone, Rod Lee, Kelli
    Levinson, John Lockhart, Harry
    Love, Andy
    Lundin, Bill Lydecker, Wayne Martin, Judy Matsuoka, Terri Middlemiss,
    Bill Moffat,
    Jean Moore, Chuck
    Noble, Bob Parker, Landon Peppel, Nancy
    Robinson, Erik Schoenborn, Adam Searcy,
    Deb See, Alison Sheehey, Mark Stacy,
    Jenna Stanek, John Stanek,
    Bob Steele, Susan
    Steele, John Sterling, Steve Summers, Lee Sutton, Shirley Sutton,
    Alexia Svejda, Nadia
    Svejda, Al Tapia, Linda Vasquez, Barb Walls, Mary Whitfield, Marcia
    Wolfe, Tom
    Wurster. Kerncrest
    Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon. Southern Sierra Research Station staff
    (Jenna Stanek, John Stanek, Mary Whitfield). Wind Wolves Preserve staff
    Borba, Daisy Carrillio, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Megan
    Schoenborn, Linda Vasquez),...THANK
    Serving as the Messenger for Participants,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    Cell: 760-382-1260 
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  29. Re: Announcement for special Tricolored Blackbird issue of the CVBC Bulletin LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:35am, 3 year(s) ago
    Hi folks,
    By popular demand, Frances Oliver figured out a way for you to purchase the Tricolored Blackbird issue or join the Central Valley Bird Club online without having to mail a check.
    Please note that if you are already a member of the CV Bird Club, you are going to receive a copy as part of your membership (by around May 1).
    If you wish to join the Club (and receive the Tricolored issue and the rest of the Bulletin volume, plus other Club benefits) or solely purchase the Tricolored Blackbird issue, you can do so through the same Online Reg site used to sign up for the Central Valley Birding Symposium:
    We hope this makes it more convenient to purchase this important publication.
    Chris Conard
    On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 7:58 AM, Chris Conard <conardc@...> wrote:Hi folks,
    Please excuse the posting to several listserves. I think the importance of the information warrants wide distribution:The Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin has just published an expanded issue dedicated to Tricolored Blackbird Ecology and Conservation.
    Please distribute this announcement to all you think might be interested:
                    The Tricolored Blackbird, one of California’s most emblematic species, was recently listed as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act and has been petitioned for Federal ESA listing.  The species has declined dramatically in recent years. The Central Valley Bird Club has recently published a special expanded issue of the Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin on the Tricolored Blackbird.  The issue includes nine articles by species authorities Dr. Robert Meese and Edward C. (Ted) Beedy and other active researchers and conservationists.The special issue issue provides the most up-to-date information on the status of the Tricolored Blackbird, previous and new techniques for estimating the size of the population, and ecology of Central Valley and Sierra foothill populations. Importantly, the issue also includes key conservation recommendations regarding species recovery needs and guidelines for managing nesting and foraging habitats. Finally, it also reports on several new programs designed to protect and recover the species on agricultural and grazing lands. The special issue is required reading for anyone interested or involved in Tricolored Blackbird conservation.  Central Valley Bird Club members will receive the special issue as a part of their normal membership subscription to the Bulletin.  Others may receive the issue by joining the Central Valley Bird Club ($25/year, which includes quarterly issues of the Bulletin) or may order an individual copy of the Tricolored Blackbird special issue for $15.  Proceeds from the sale of the special issue will be earmarked for Tricolored Blackbird conservation projects. To join the club or purchase the special issue, send mailing information, and email address and a check ($25 membership or $15 to purchase special issue) to:Central Valley Bird Clubc/o Frances Oliver1817 Songbird PlaceLodi, CA 95240Congratulations to the authors and everyone who worked on this issue and especially to the Bulletin's editor, Dan Airola, who has worked for many months bringing everything together and completing this important and timely publication.
    Thank you,
    Chris Conard
    President, Central Valley Bird Club
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