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   Western Wood-Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee
Contopus sordidulus

   Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) - WEWP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map

  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] ID help - Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Aug 4, 2017 @ 12:12pm, 13 day(s) ago
    It's a Western Wood-Pewee.
    Ken Burton
    Crescent City
    On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 11:02 AM, Jennifer Miller foundnatureblog@... [CALBIRDS] < > wrote:
      I recorded this flycatcher in San Diego County on July 15, 2017. The specific location was at the intersection of I-8 and 79, across from Park & Ride Lot #29 ( 32.8284, -116.6233).   It is the first call in the recording and it calls 3x. The chipping in the audio is not from the same bird. It sounds so familiar, but I have listened to calls on Xeno, Cornell, and iBird Pro and I just can't match the call. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The description of the bird is with the recording in eBird at the following link:  checklist/S38156232  
    I put it in as  Empidonax sp. for the moment, but Say's Phoebe and Western-wood Pewee are also in the eBird list for the area. 
    Jennifer Miller
    Lubbock, TX
      " "
    Blog -  http://foundnature.weebly. com/index.html
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  3. RE: [CALBIRDS] ID help - Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Aug 4, 2017 @ 12:31pm, 13 day(s) ago
    As I’m sure many have already pointed out privately, the flycatcher in the recording is a Western Wood-Pewee. There are, in fact, a great many recordings of
    this species on Xeno Canto (etc.) that match the call you recorded. Besides voice, Western Wood-Pewees are best told from
    Empidonax by structure -- very long primary projection, and thus wingtips closer to the tip of the tail (which is relatively shorter in wood-pewees than empids).
    The other most dominant call in your recording is from an American Robin, a species which I note is not on your checklist.
    Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
     From: []
    On Behalf Of Jennifer Miller foundnatureblog@... [CALBIRDS]
    Sent: Friday, August 04, 2017 11:02 AM
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] ID help - Flycatcher
     I recorded this flycatcher in San Diego County on July 15, 2017. The specific location was at the intersection of I-8 and 79, across from Park & Ride
    Lot #29(32.8284, -116.6233).
    It is the first call in the recording and it calls 3x. The chipping in the audio is not from the same bird. It sounds so familiar, but I have listened to calls on Xeno, Cornell, and iBird Pro and I just can't match the
    call. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The description of the bird is with the recording in eBird at the following link:
    I put it in asEmpidonax sp. for the moment, but Say's Phoebe and Western-wood Pewee are also in the eBird list for the area.
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  5. Amador County LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2016 @ 1:13pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Sharon and I headed to Amador County to try to change a
    color – only needed 1, so we were pretty confident.
    We started at Camanche Reservoir, north shore. Liberty Road (becomes Camanche Parkway North},
    which heads north from SR-88 to the Reservoir, is a two-lane road with very
    limited (or absent) shoulders, although there is a pull-off as the Reservoir
    comes into view. American White Pelicans
    were on the Reservoir to the south of the road.
    At the narrow road crossing of the Reservoir (no shoulder to pull off
    on), we had a very obliging ROCK WREN, the color-changer. We went to the Camanche Hills Hunting Reserve. In the past, I have been confused as to how
    other birders {e.g., Tim Steurer, CB #8320} were able to walk down to near the
    shoreline, and no new answers became obvious.
    Jim Lomax describes {CB #8268} entering the north side of the Reservoir
    through the kiosk, but this is on the south side of Liberty Road, whereas CHHR
    is accessed off Curran Road to the north.Regardless, the Reservoir is so full that no
    shorebird habitat was seen.
    We then headed into the high country (>6000’) on SR-88 to
    Ellis Road. At the junction is a nice
    picnic area, as described by Frances Oliver {CB #418}, that provided a nice
    assortment of birds, including Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee,
    & Western Tanager. A little further
    down Ellis Road, we ran into CHIPPING SPARROW, CASSIN’S VIREO &
    MacGillivray’s Warbler (nice look as it came to roadside when I pished). Further yet, past the turn off to Salt
    Springs Road – now signed as “Motor Vehicles Not Permitted” (see John Luther’s
    posting, CB #7802) – we came to a logged area which provided Green-tailed
    Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, Nashville Warbler, THICK-BILLED FOX SPARROW,
    Clark’s Nutcracker & Yellow Warbler.
    Going back down to the foothills, we headed to Electra
    Road. This road is accessed from SR-49
    immediately north of the bridge over the Mokelumne River. Incidentally, the river itself is the county
    line between Amador & Calaveras, though I’m not certain if the county line
    follows the thalweg (as is usual), or one of the banks. We immediately encountered RUFOUS-CROWNED
    SPARROW, singing on the grassy hill north of the road. We proceeded to the Day Use area where we
    quickly found Western Wood-Pewee, Bullock’s Oriole, & Lazuli Bunting, but
    not the target. Driving on to the end of
    the road, just above the pseudo-dam, we finally heard YELLOW-BREASTED
    CHAT. But where was it As we concentrated on locating the singer, we
    began to conclude that it was actually across the river – bad news since we
    needed it for Amador, but not for Calaveras, unlike Leslie Flint {CVBirds
    #17573}. We were never able to conclusively
    put the bird in Amador.
    Beautiful day in the foothills & mountains, Stephen Long Oakland, CA
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  7. Kern County Birdiest Count Final Report Including Locations LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 10:46am, 2 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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  9. Prothonotary Warbler outer Pt Reyes LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2014, 3 year(s) ago
    This afternoon. about 3:45pm. I found a female
    PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the Drake's Monument at Drake's Beach, Outer Pt Reyes
    Nat'l Seashore in Marin County!!! (Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd west from
    Hwy1 and turn left at Drake's Beach. After coming down the hill to the
    parking lot, stay right. The monument is a narrow path into the riparian
    in the ne corner of lot. )
    She was in thick riparian just left (south) of
    the monument along path. I believe Dan Singer may have gotten
    Had a 9 warbler day today ( and missed the Magnolia
    Warbler at the Lighthouse trees) Saw all the birds reported by Logan Kahle
    on Northbaybirds. In addition, Dea Freid and I had a female BLUE
    GROSBEAK in the lupines between the Lighthouse parking lot and trees. Lincoln's
    Sparrow and Western Wood-pewee at Lighthouse trees. And an adult Chipping
    Sparrow at the Fish Docks next to the water tanks where the female Rose-breasted
    Grosbeak was hanging around.
    I did pick up a Marin County bird - the Chat!
    # 373
    Ruthie Rudesill
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  11. Re: NESS Great Black-backed Gull LINK
    DATE: May 2, 2013 @ 8:39pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Thanks to a generous contribution from Chet McGaugh, two photos of the
    apparent GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL have been posted on the WFO web site. You
    can click through on the thumbnails on the front page...
    Direct link...
    Click on the images for higher resolution.
    Two additional photos have been posted on the California Bird Records
    Committee gallery...
    Direct link...
    On Wed, 1 May 2013 22:14:09 -0700, Chet McGaugh
    >Dave Goodward and I spent the day at spots around the north end of the
    >Salton Sea, most time spent at Salt Creek on the east side and and 84th Ave
    >on the west. Salt Creek continues as the best shorebird spot within a
    >decent walk from the highway. Dave counted 150+ Red Knots, the season high
    > at NESS, and several Sanderlings and a few Dunlins were among the
    >decreasing Calidrids. Dowitchers continue to be scarce, two Long-bills for
    >the day. Snowy Plovers have nested successfully. Bonaparte's Gulls are
    >still present in the 100s. Common Loon, several Red-breasted Mergansers and
    >a few Brant were seen. Passerine migrants included Western Wood-Pewees,
    >Warbling Vireo, and Yellow and Wilson's warblers.
    >Early in the afternoon, after breakfast, we rolled out to the end of 84th
    >and the gull flock left the beach for the water. A quick scan and we found
    >a very dark, seeming long-winged gull floating with the Eared Grebes, Ruddy
    >Ducks, and California Gulls off shore. We were impressed by how truly black
    >it's mantle was. Wanting to see it's legs, we waited an hour and a half
    >later for the slow float back to the beach which ended when it climbed up
    >the barnacle beach. Not a Yellow-footed Gull. Very pale pink feet, legs
    >more pale fleshy than pink. While we were waiting for the return to shore
    >we had studied up on large black gull identification and determined that
    >the primary pattern, orbital ring color, leg color, mantle/primary
    >contrast, and overall size and voice are critical points. We worked that
    >bird, photographed it on the beach, in the water, and in the air for 2+
    >hours and have concluded, pending the scrutiny required and expected, that
    >our gull is a Great Black-backed Gull, which I believe to be, if accepted
    >by the CBRC, the first for California.
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  13. FW: NESS Great Black-backed Gull LINK
    DATE: May 2, 2013 @ 3:21pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hello all. Chet McGaugh posted the following message to the InlandCountyBirds
    listserv, but I'm not sure why it hasn't been forwarded to a wider audience.
    Here's his message:
    "Dave Goodward and I spent the day at spots around the north end of theSalton
    Sea, most time spent at Salt Creek on the east side and and 84th Ave
    on the west. Salt Creek continues as the best shorebird spot within a
    decent walk from the highway. Dave counted 150+ Red Knots, the season high
    at NESS, and several Sanderlings and a few Dunlins were among the
    decreasing Calidrids. Dowitchers continue to be scarce, two Long-bills for
    the day. Snowy Plovers have nested successfully. Bonaparte's Gulls are
    still present in the 100s. Common Loon, several Red-breasted Mergansers and
    a few Brant were seen. Passerine migrants included Western Wood-Pewees,
    Warbling Vireo, and Yellow and Wilson's warblers.
    Early in the afternoon, after breakfast, we rolled out to the end of 84th
    and the gull flock left the beach for the water. A quick scan and we found
    a very dark, seeming long-winged gull floating with the Eared Grebes, Ruddy
    Ducks, and California Gulls off shore. We were impressed by how truly black
    it's mantle was. Wanting to see it's legs, we waited an hour and a half
    later for the slow float back to the beach which ended when it climbed up
    the barnacle beach. Not a Yellow-footed Gull. Very pale pink feet, legs
    more pale fleshy than pink. While we were waiting for the return to shore
    we had studied up on large black gull identification and determined that
    the primary pattern, orbital ring color, leg color, mantle/primary
    contrast, and overall size and voice are critical points. We worked that
    bird, photographed it on the beach, in the water, and in the air for 2+
    hours and have concluded, pending the scrutiny required and expected, that
    our gull is a Great Black-backed Gull, which I believe to be, if accepted
    by the CBRC, the first for California.
    Serving as the messenger,
    Matt Brady
    Baton Rouge, LA
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  15. Calaveras County Big Day - New Record LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2010 @ 10:01pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Hello all. Yesterday, the 25th, Oliver James, Dan Maxwell and I attempted a
    Calaveras County big day. Starting at 2:15AM and ending at 10:15PM, we tallied
    143 species, 2 more than the previous big day record of 141, set in 2002 by Jeff
    Davis, Steve Glover, John Luther and Steve Rovell. We started owling at Dan's
    house just outside of Angels Camp, then moved up into the hills to try for other
    species of owls, then returned to Dan's house for dawn chorus. We then moved
    down into the lowlands of western Calaveras County, making a counter-clockwise
    loop. Stops at Pardee Reservoir, Valley Springs, Lake Hogan Dam, Milton, Salt
    Springs Valley, Salt Springs Reservoir and Copperopolis netted us the bulk of
    our birds for the day, as the mountains, which we headed into at about 2PM were
    quite slow.
    We did have a few highlights, including:
    American White Pelicans, at Salt Springs Reservoir, were our 100th species.
    Most of the expected ducks, though we missed Northern Shoveler.
    A mountaineering Golden Eagle, at over 6000 feet.
    A clean sweep of rails, including Virginia Rail at the Dogtown Pond, Sora at
    Dan's, and Common Moorhen both at Dan's and in Angels Camp.
    Five species of Shorebirds (Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper,
    Dowitcher Sp. and Wilson's Snipe)
    Four Caspian Terns in Angels Camp. Unfortunately, only Oliver saw these
    Unexpected encounters with both Lesser Nighthawk and Common Poorwill; we didn't
    have sites for either of these species, so bumping into them was nice.
    A calling Canyon Wren along Rock Creek Rd., on our way to Salt Springs
    An American Pipit in Salt Springs Valley.
    A clean sweep of the expected Blackbirds, including Great-tailed Grackles at
    four locations and a Yellow-headed Blackbird at the Dogtown Pond.
    As is usual for big days, a number of our "stake-outs" had fled their spots, and
    a number of "regular" birds failed to show up. Birds seen the previous day
    while scouting, but not seen on the big day include:
    Northern Shoveler; at Salt Springs Reservoir.
    Black-necked Stilt; a pair at Salt Springs Reservoir probably has moved on.
    Bonepart's Gulls; five at Salt Springs Reservoir
    Gray Flycatcher; birds at Dan's house and below Lake Hogan dam
    Say's Phoebe; at Copperopolis
    Loggerhead Shrike; in the Salt Springs Valley
    Hermit Thrush; none in the mountains, and migrants at Dan's house were not
    Cedar Waxwing; flocks were seen on Saturday, but were nowhere to be found on
    Lincoln's Sparrow; a migrant at Dan's house was not present the next day
    Pine Siskins; none could be found in the mountains.
    We also missed a number of species on both days that I would have thought would
    have been relatively easy to find, including:
    Black-crowned Night-Heron; Sharp-shinned Hawk; Prairie Falcon; Mountain Quail;
    Owls other than Western Screech-, Great Horned and Barn; Black-chinned and
    Rufous Hummingbirds; Williamson's Sapsucker and Pileated Woodpecker; Olive-sided
    Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee (which are just not back yet, I suppose);
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Rock Wren; American Dipper; Swainson's Thrush;
    California Thrasher; MacGillivray's Warbler; Green-tailed Towhee; Sage Sparrow;
    Finches, including Purple Finch, American Goldfinch and Evening Grosbeak.
    I feel as though 143 is a good total, but given our misses, 150 is probably
    easily possible, and, with some luck, 160 may be obtainable. I'd be interested
    in hearing reports of other big days in Calaveras County. Thanks, and good
    Matt Brady
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  17. Update on Luke Cole Memorial Challenge LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2009 @ 4:05pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Hopefully at least most of you are aware that this past weekend was the Luke
    Cole Memorial Challenge. We had birders out in at least 48 of California's 58
    counties. The California birding community came through in a big way and we are
    deeply grateful.
    We are continuing to solicit sightings from throughout the state. Soon we will
    post a link to a spreadsheet containing the list for each county and ask all of
    you to look it over and see if you found species on either September 26th or
    27th that are not on the list.
    In the meantime, the thrust of our fun/fund-raising effort was a cumulative list
    for the entire state. I'm not sure that anyone has ever attempted to calculate
    the number of birds seen in California for a single day or weekend and Luke, who
    kept lists of virtually everything, would have loved the idea. The list
    currently stands at a whopping 379 species and we may yet add a couple more.
    Here is the list:
    Greater White-fronted Goose
    Ross' Goose
    Cackling Goose
    Canada Goose
    Tundra Swan
    Wood Duck
    Eurasian Wigeon
    American Wigeon
    Blue-winged Teal
    Cinnamon Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    Green-winged Teal
    Ring-necked Duck
    Greater Scaup
    Lesser Scaup
    Harlequin Duck
    Surf Scoter
    White-winged Scoter
    Hooded Merganser
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Ruddy Duck
    Mountain Quail
    California Quail
    Gambel's Quail
    RIng-necked Pheasant
    Sooty Grouse
    Wild Turkey
    Red-throated Loon
    Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Horned Grebe
    Red-necked Grebe
    Eared Grebe
    Western Grebe
    Clark's Grebe
    Black-footed Albatross
    Northern Fulmar
    Pink-footed Shearwater
    Flesh-footed Shearwater
    Buller's Shearwater
    Sooty Shearwater
    Black-vented Shearwater
    Manx Shearwater
    Wilson's Storm-Petrel
    Ashy Storm-Petrel
    Black Storm-Petrel
    Least Storm-Petrel
    Blue-footed Booby
    Brown Booby
    American White Pelican
    Brown Pelican
    Brandt's Cormorant
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Pelagic Cormorant
    American Bittern
    Least Bittern
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Reddish Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Green Heron
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    White-faced Ibis
    Turkey Vulture
    California Condor
    White-tailed Kite
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Cooper's Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Swainson's Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Ferruginous Hawk
    Golden Eagle
    Crested Caracara
    American Kestrel
    Prairie Falcon
    Peregrine Falcon
    Black Rail
    Clapper Rail
    Virginia Rail
    Common Moorhen
    American Coot
    Sandhill Crane
    Black-bellied Plover
    American Golden-Plover
    Pacific Golden Plover
    Snowy Plover
    Semipalmated Plover
    American Oystercatcher
    Black Oystercatcher
    Black-necked Stilt
    American Avocet
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Wandering Tattler
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Long-billed Curlew
    Hudsonian Godwit
    Marbled Godwit
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Black Turnstone
    Red Knot
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Western Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Baird's Sandpiper
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
    Stilt Sandpiper
    Short-billed Dowitcher
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Wilson's Snipe
    Wilson's Phalarope
    Red-necked Phalarope
    Red Phalarope
    Sabine's Gull
    Bonaparte's Gull
    Laughing Gull
    Franklin's Gull
    Heerman's Gull
    Mew Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Western Gull
    Yellow-footed Gull
    California Gull
    Herring Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Gull-billed Tern
    Caspian Tern
    Black Tern
    Common Tern
    Arctic Tern
    Forster's Tern
    Royal Tern
    Elegant Tern
    Black Skimmer
    South Polar Skua
    Pomarine Jaeger
    Parasitic Jaeger
    Long-tailed Jaeger
    Common Murre
    Pigeon Guillemot
    Marbled Murrelet
    Xantu's Murrelet
    Cassin's Auklet
    Rhinoceros Auklet
    Tufted Puffin
    Rock Pigeon
    Band-tailed Pigeon
    Eurasian Collored-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Inca Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Red-crowned Parrot
    Greater Roadrunner
    Barn Owl
    Western Screech-Owl
    Great Horned Owl
    Northern Pygmy-Owl
    Burrowing Owl
    Spotted Owl
    Barred Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Long-eared Owl
    Northern Saw-whet Owl
    Lesser Nighthawk
    Common Poorwill
    Black Swift
    Vaux's Swift
    White-throated Swift
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Costa's Hummingbird
    Rufous Hummingbird
    Allen's Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Lewis' Woodpecker
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Gila Woodpecker
    Williamson's Sapsucker
    Red-naped Sapsucker
    Red-breasted Sapsucker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Nuttall's Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Hairy Woodpecker
    White-headed Woodpecker
    Black-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Olive-sided Flycatcher
    Western Wood-Pewee
    Willow Flycatcher
    Hammond's Flycatcher
    Gray Flycatcher
    Dusky Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    Black Phoebe
    Say's Phoebe
    Vermillion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Great-crested Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Cassin's Kingbird
    Western Kingbird
    Loggerhead Shrike
    White-eyed Vireo
    Bell's Vireo
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Cassin's Vireo
    Hutton's Vireo
    Warbling Vireo
    Philadelphia Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Gray Jay
    Steller's Jay
    Island Scrub-Jay
    Western Scrub-Jay
    Pinyon Jay
    Clark's Nutcracker
    Black-billed Magpie
    Yellow-billed Magpie
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Horned Lark
    Purple Martin
    Tree Swallow
    Violet-green Swallow
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Mountain Chickadee
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    Oak Titmouse
    Juniper Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Pygmy Nuthatch
    Brown Creeper
    Cactus Wren
    Rock Wren
    Canyon Wren
    Bewick's Wren
    House Wren
    Winter Wren
    Marsh Wren
    American Dipper
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    California Gnatcatcher
    Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
    Western Bluebird
    Mountain Bluebird
    Townsend's Solitaire
    Swainson's Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Varied Thrush
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Sage Thrasher
    Brown Thrasher
    California Thrasher
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Cedar Waxwing
    Tennessee Warbler
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Lucy's Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-thr. Blue Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-th Gray Warbler
    Townsend's Warbler
    Hermit Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Bay-breasted Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Northern Waterthrush
    MacGillivray's Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Hooded Warbler
    Wilson's Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Spotted Towhee
    California Towhe
    Abert's Towhee
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Brewer's Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Sage Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Savannah Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Fox SParrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln's Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Golden-crowned Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Lapland Longspur
    Summer Tanage
    Western Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Blue Grosbeak
    Lazuli Bunting
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Tricolored Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole
    Hooded Oriole
    Bullock's Oriole
    Pine Grosbeak
    Purple Finch
    Cassin's Finch
    House Finch
    Red Crossbill
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Lawrence's Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    Evening Grosbeak
    House Sparrow
    If you happen to know about any species that aren't listed above, please let us
    Also, it isn't too late to make a pledge. If you would like to do so, please
    follow this link:
    Thanks to everyone who helped out with this, more soon!
    Steve Glover
    Mark Eaton
    Alan Hopkins
    Brent Plater
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  19. Southeast Farallon Island Report: 6 September LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2009 @ 4:33pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Hello all. So, it has been a quiet two weeks since my last update. Howling
    Northwesterlies, coupled with an ever-present low fog bank or crystal-clear
    conditions have limited the ability of passing migrants to find the Island, so
    arrivals have been few and far between. Highlights have been limited, but among
    them have been a Manx Shearwater, an Eastern Kingbird, a Tennessee Warbler, a
    Virginia's Warbler and a Bobolink. Western migrants that are notable on the
    immediate coast, such as Townsend's Solitaire, Bank Swallow, and Ash-throated
    Flycatcher, are often much less common out here than are some of the eastern
    vagrants that are recorded. So, we were excited to find two uncommon Empids: a
    Dusky Flycatcher at the end of August, and a Hammond's Flycatcher at the
    beginning of this month. A Eurasian Collared-Dove in late August was the first
    fall record for that species, and a smattering of usual migrants (Yellow and
    Townsend's Warblers, Warbling
    Vireo, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flyctacher, etc) rounded out our landbird
    Since my last update, we've played around with our webcam
    a bit more, and have learned
    that not only is it useful for seeing how extensive the fog layer is, or what
    the Sea Lions in Fisherman's Bay are up to, but we can also spot birds with it.
    In fact, we were able to see and identify the Hammond's Flycatcher as it flitted
    about the top of the Lighthouse, and we had our first Webcam-only bird, a
    Pacific Loon off the east side of the Island. Since those first revelations, we
    have inducted a new catagory onto the Faralist (the master list of Farallon
    birds, as well as personal checklists for all the Fall biologists, going back to
    the days of Rich Stallcup and Dave DeSante): the Webcam list! This will be a
    checklist of all the species ever seen from the Webcam. We're currently up to
    15 species: Brant, Pacific Loon, Brown Pelican, Brandt's, Double-crested and
    Pelagic Cormorants, Black Oystercatcher,
    Wandering Tattler, Red-necked Phalarope, California Gull, Western Gull, Pigeon
    Guillemont, Tufted Puffin, and Hammond's Flycatcher. Obviously, this list needs
    a little help. Since we will be busy most days conducting surveys, banding
    birds, or repairing the facilities on the Island, we, the Fall Season crew,
    would like to invite you to help us build the Farallon Webcam list. All you
    have to do is watch the Webcam, then, if you happen to spot a bird in the
    webcam, take a screen shot and send it to either myself (podoces@...) or
    the Island email address (sefi@...). We're looking forward to building
    this list!
    Good birding,
    Matt Brady
    Southeast Farallon Island
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  21. PA Birders' Report on SoCal and a Huge Thanks! (LONG) LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2009 @ 11:08am, 8 year(s) ago
    Amy and I just wanted to say thank you to all the very nice people
    who were sohelpful in providing the information that made our first
    ever birding trip to California so much fun and such a great success.
    I thought we should report on how our trip went. I apologize in
    advance for itslength. I should also mention in advance that we made
    a conscious effort to keep moving and not spend too much time
    getting the “perfect” shot, especially since the majority of the bird
    photos are digiscoped. Needless to say the quality of the photos
    and one audio recording (actually video) vary greatly (mostly from
    pretty bad to awful ;).
    Tuesday 7/7- We woke up late due to our late Monday night flight
    and stopped at the Zzyzx Reasearch facility on our way to Placentia. It
    was already late enough to be a toasty 105 degrees and the birds were
    really not that active but then neither were we. We managed a few birds
    including our first Lifer of the trip, a juvenile BLACK-THROATED
    we also found that yes, even your eyeballs can sweat at 105 degrees. Or
    maybe I was just crying. From there it was on to Placentia to visit
    family. We all decided to visit Laguna Beach for the sunset where we
    found a much anticipated bird, a gorgeous HEERMANN’S GULL (Photos)
    which not only confirmed Amy’s opinion that it is the most beautiful
    large Gull in North America but also gave her life bird number 400! In
    an apparent attempt to show us who's the boss here on the left coast,
    the Pacific Ocean attempted to swallow both our scope and Nat Geo Guide
    with a rogue wave while we were taking pics on the beach. Happily,
    although it soaked our book (It was new so it needed some character
    anyway), it did not succeed in engulfing the scope. My decision to carry
    around a 30 pound tripod is again vindicated!
    Wednesday was going to be a busy. Coastal Orange Co. and an
    afternoon trip to the Salton Sea were on tap. We started at sunrise at
    Back Bay blvd looking for our main target the California Gnatcatcher. We
    didn’t find it there but we did have great looks at 3 LONG-BILLED
    CURLEWS enjoying breakfast and a SPOTTED TOWHEE. We were off to
    Crystal Cove State Park. A walk to Pelican Point yielded a Cali trifecta:
    One of the other new birds to us included the coastal subspecies of BUSHTIT
    (Photo). Next stop Bolsa Chica where we found that the
    ELEGANT TERNS (Photo) were indeed “Abundant” as the checklist states and
    we also enjoyed fantasticlooks at SNOWY PLOVER (Photo) and LEAST TERNS.
    Least terns chicks are ridiculously cute, btw. They ranged from tiny fluff balls
    to beautifully marked little Proto-terns (Photo). We struck out on Red-crowned
    Parrots near the “Block” and vicinity and headed out for the Salton Sea.
    East of the sea and en route to the South end we saw a WHITE-WINGED DOVE
    flying along the road. At the Wister unit we found LESSER NIGHTHAWKS
    (Photo) which were active and a search around the dikes yielded our
    first look at a COMMON MOORHEN, previously a “heard only” bird for
    us. Having read that Wood Storks are no longer as common a summer
    visitor as they once were, we feared we may miss out on our short visit.
    That is until we checked out a flock of WHITE-FACED IBIS, CALIFORNIA
    GULLS and RING-BILLED GULLS (Photo) and a stork flew by, sending us
    running to the car, actually it was 110 degrees so I ran like 10 feet
    and walked, cursing the rest of the way. Once my eyes cleared from the
    sweat (or tears) we drove to the end of McDonald road and found at least
    a dozen WOOD STORKS (photo) VERY far away. Happy as clams at even a
    distant view, we began the long drive Backwards to Davis road. About
    twenty yards from the end Amy, whose head was hanging out the passenger
    window keeping me from driving off the dike, calmly remarked, “Jeff,
    the storks are right here.” There were now two Wood Storks (Photos) in
    the water right next to the car. We got great looks at this lifer and
    some decent photos to boot. From there we headed to Garst Road with
    brief stops to check out one of the 4 GREATER ROAD RUNNERS (Photo) we
    would see and the first of the many BURROWING OWLS (Photo) we would also
    come across. It was a very nice birthday present for me especially since
    this bird completed my list of owl species of Eastern North America for
    the year (Photo)! Even though it didn’t come in the east I will take
    it! At Garst rd. we found More close in Wood Storks (Photo) and the bird
    that makes the sea a must for any birder, YELLOW-FOOTED GULL (Photo).
    There were also plenty of RUDDY DUCKS and CINNAMON TEAL to be seen. A
    quick drive down to the “Pig Farm” area (we couldn't find any pigs,
    just a vicious pack of roving Miniature Doberman Pinschers, whose
    ferocity was matched only be their tinyness!) yielded a COMMON GROUND
    DOVE drinking in the water on the berm next to the road and an ABERT’S
    TOWHEE on a line in a backyard. The sun was setting (photos) and we
    still had to drive the Oxnard so out we headed.
    Thursday we did a family trip to Santa Cruz Island. We hadn’t
    even left the harbor and we already had our life BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    sitting on a pier. On the way to the island we saw several SOOTY
    SHEARWATERS, PIDGEON GUILLEMOT (Distant Photo) and at least one, maybe
    2, XANTU’S MURRELET went flying by. There was even a crew member that
    used to do pelagics and he was very helpful in spotting birds and with
    IDs. When we landed at Prisoner’s Cove we prepared ourselves for a
    hike having heard from the crew that recently they had to do
    considerable searching to find the island’s star, the Island Scrub
    Jay. The guide had no more than started her orientation speech when we
    heard the ISLAND SCRUB JAY’S (Photos) noisy squawk from right over
    head. Down it flew, perching in the low branches of the tree. It was too
    close to digiscope! It put on a fantastic show and even hung around
    while we ate our lunch. Also near the beach were both PACIFIC-SLOPE and
    ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS.A short hike up the hill to the nearest
    overlook yielded a gorgeous view but few birds of note except for a
    HOODED ORIOLE which certainly surprised us. On the trip back we saw our
    lovely dinner at the pier we headed to the Santa Ynez valley to see if
    we could get lucky with a Yellow-billed Magpie on Happy Canyon road. We
    didn’t! So off we drove to Lake Isabella to spend the night and get up
    and bird the Kern River Valley area early in the morning.
    On Friday we were in bed by 1:00am and up at 4:30am ready to enjoy
    our only day with a guide. We had the good fortune to be
    birding the Kern River Valley and surroundings with Bob Barnes, who as
    many of you know wrote the chapter on the KRV in Brad Schram’s
    wonderful SoCal Birding book. The excitement carried us though the tired
    (5 hour energy drinks helped too). Anyway, we were in great hands and
    lifers came fast and furious the whole day. From the CLARK’S GREBES
    (Photos) on Isabella Lake to CALIFORNIA QUAIL (Photo), BLACK-CHINNED
    HUMMINGBIRD, and NUTTAL’S WOODPECKER at the Kern River Valley Preserve
    we were starting off great. Things really heated up as we followed the
    Chimney Peak Nat'l Backcountry By-way up into the mountains where we had
    CACTUS (Photo), CANYON (Photo), ROCK (Photo), and BEWICK'S WRENS all calling at
    one place. A little further on we had MOUNTAIN QUAIL put on a great show
    with at least a half dozen calling up a storm and strutting through the
    brush in the valley below us giving tantalizingly brief looks. At the
    Chimney Peak Campground, Amy and I were lucky enough to get great looks
    BLUEBIRDS (Photo), on Kennedy Meadow rd. and STELLER’S JAY (Photo).
    Down Nine Mile Canyon rd. we missed Chukar but we did have an amazing
    look at a GOLDEN EAGLE (Photo) perched on boulder over the canyon! Now
    THAT is Birding in the West! We also had great luck with woodpeckers,
    finding WHITE-HEADED and ACORN WOODPECKERS (Photo). At Fish Creek
    Campground (We think. It was definitely somewhere!) we had both
    WILLIAMSON’S (Photo) and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS (Photo). I even got a
    (not a very good) photo with both Sapsuckers on the same tree. Very
    cool! We also did well with Vireos getting HUTTON’S, PLUMBEOUS, and
    CASSIN’S VIREOS. It took some effort but we were rewarded with
    outstanding looks at MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER at Holey Meadow and OAK
    TITMOUSE at a Campground near Isabella Reservoir. A nice surprise for
    the day was a pair of BAND-TAILED PIDGEONS (Photo) perched on a
    broken tree on Sierra Way. A non-birding surprise came while we were
    approaching the river past the Main Dam to look for Dippers, which we
    didn’t find. Standing along the river, not far from some California
    Quail, was a BOBCAT (Photo). It saw us too and stared us down as it
    walked slowly away. To finish off the day, we got to enjoy a family of
    Acorn Woodpeckers (Photo) storing food and coming in and out of their
    hole in a High-voltage electricity pole. Nice. All in all it was a
    wonderful day and Bob was a wonderful guide! I couldn’t recommend him
    highly enough to anyone looking to get the most out of a visit to the
    Kern River Valley. A big Thanks to Bob!
    Saturday we had to catch a flight out of Vegas at 10:20 pm so we
    decided to bird the Kern River Valley in the morning to try pick up a
    few more lifers. We stopped and took photos of
    the Grebes at Lake Isabella with their babies riding on their backs. On
    the way to the Preserve we spotted a TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD at a ranch
    near the road. Then at the Preserve we got our best Hummingbird photos
    of both ANNA’S and Black-Chinned (Photos) and found what appeared to
    be a “Bicolored” RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD under the feeder with some
    LARK SPARROWS. On our drive out we met a group of birders who pointed
    out one of the federally endangered Southwestern subspecies of WILLOW
    FLYCATCHER. The leader also mentioned that there was a breeding pair of
    Brown-crested Flycatchers in the preserve. That was a big miss so we
    drove out of the Preserve intending to turn around and head right back
    in to look for these birds. We pulled out of the wooded area and there,
    not 10 yards from the car perched on the fence
    between the woods and the field, was a BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Photo)
    and then another. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a close shot but I did
    manage a more distant one as we watched the two birds hunting bugs in
    the field. I should also say much to our relief we heard the birds
    calling numerous times to confirm our ID! From there we headed up to
    the mountains and to the Chimney Creek Campground where we struck out
    again on Gray Flycatcher but this time we did find a female
    BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. Further on we picked up another bird that
    had Amy, our resident Corvid Lover, particularly excited, PINYON JAY
    (Photo). A flock of at least 50 flew over the road in fits and starts
    and we pulled over to enjoy the view. The last bird that we had time to
    try for was down Nine Mile Canyon road. Amy, who is extremely afraid of
    heights, could barely take going down it yesterday with an experienced
    local driver at the helm. It took every ounce of courage that she
    possesses to let this mountain driving rookie chauffeur her down the
    twisting road that hangs over huge drops and barely fits two cars side
    by side in places. But her great courage was rewarded with a great bird.
    This time around we picked up a group of CHUKAR (Audio. Unfortunately
    the wind ruined all the sound recordings (videos) except this one and it
    nearly ruined this one.) calling from a cut in the Canyon above the
    road. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t see them but their
    Chuck-Chuck-Chuck call was music to our ears. This was our last stop
    before we lit out for Las Vegas and our flight home.
    This being my first trip west of PA I was expecting there would
    be ample opportunity for new birds but the 77 Lifers I gained exceeded
    even my most optimistic expectations.
    Thanks to everyone and we cannot wait for our next visit.
    Checkout our bird photos at the link below:
    The California Photos start on the bottom of Page 6:
    Here is our Lifer list:
    Cinnamon Teal, Chukar, California Quail, Mountain Quail, Clark's Grebe,
    Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic
    Cormorant, Wood Stork, Snowy Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Long-billed
    Curlew, Western Gull, California Gull, Heermann's Gull, Yellow-footed Gull,
    Elegant Tern,
    Pigeon Guillemot, Xantus's Murrelet, Band-tailed Pigeon, White-winged
    Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl, Lesser
    Nighthawk, White-throated Swift, Allen's Hummingbird, Black-chinned
    Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Nuttall's Woodpecker, White-headed
    Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson's
    Sapsucker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Western Wood-pewee, Black Phoebe,
    Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike,
    Hutton's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Western
    Scrub-Jay, Island Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Oak
    Titmouse, Bushtit, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren,
    California Gnatcatcher, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, California Thrasher,
    Phainopepla, Hermit Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray's
    Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, California Towhee, Abert's
    Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-headed
    Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle,
    Tricolored Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch.
    Downingtown, PA
    Checkout our bird photos at the link below:
    "Birding Like I Have Six Months To Live"
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  23. Eagle Lake, NW Nevada, and Goose Lake LINK
    DATE: Aug 5, 2008 @ 8:13pm, 9 year(s) ago
    Hey CAL birders
    Over the weekend (Aug 1-4) I was lucky enough to 'tag along' with several
    archeologists/anthropologists from CSU, Chico and U of Arizona on a field trip
    into the
    Great Basin. Their goal was to view several sites with ancient rock etchings.
    I kept a list of
    the birds and mammals that I (we) saw. I will provide a rough outline of the
    (long) road
    trip and then the lists.
    We staged at Eagle Lake Field Station on the shores of Eagle Lake (EL), where a
    zooarcheology conference was wrapping up. From Hwy 139 north of Susanville we
    over the Horse Lake road to Ravendale and then into the Smoke Creek Desert (SCD)
    Nevada (Western Washoe Co). We drove through Alturas and camped at the Forest
    Campground at Cedar Pass (CP), and the next day East through Cedarville and into
    Massacre Valley and Stephen's Camp near the northern end of the High Rock
    Canyon. We
    camped at Cave Lake (CL) in the beautiful Warner Mountains and spent Sunday
    touring/birding the perimeter of Goose Lake (GL) and then on back to the Field
    Canada goose
    cinnamon teal
    common merganser
    Greater Sage-grouse - SCD (8/2/08) we flushed 2 ind. from the intermittent
    creek, they
    flew to the ridge and landed. All of our group was able to see them well.
    California quail (3) - near Lakeview Oregon
    eared grebe - Eagle Lake, including a nearly complete amelanistic individual
    that seemed
    paired with a normally colored individual. There was a small grayish patch of
    feathers on
    the back of the head, otherwise the bird was completely white.
    western grebe - many at EL and several at Goose Lake
    American white pelican - EL and GL
    Double-crested cormorant- driving on hwy 395 near Modoc NWR, also GL
    great egret - GL
    Great blue heron - EL and GL
    white-faced ibis - GL
    Turkey vulture
    golden eagle - several near Massacre Valley, 1 at south end of Goose Lake, near
    town of
    Davis Creek
    bald eagle - EL and GL
    cooper's hawk - near Lakeview OR
    red-tailed hawk
    swainson's hawk
    American kestrel
    prairie falcon - hwy 395 north of Termo CA
    sandhill crane- Modoc NWR and GL
    killdeer- EL and GL
    spotted sandpiper - GL
    ring-billed gull - EL and GL
    mourning dove
    great horned owl (VOCAL ONLY) at Eagle Lake Field Station
    common nighthawk
    rufous hummingbird - literally several dozen at SCD, they seemed to be using a
    to me) robust species of purple thistle.
    Northern flicker
    white-headed woodpecker - common on the ELFS property, they really seem to like
    water feature/bird bath type thing they have there. It is an impressive bird
    hairy woodpecker
    western wood-pewee
    western kingbird
    loggerhead shrike
    Steller's jay
    black-billed magpie - only a few individuals total
    common raven
    American crow
    gray jay - 3+ very vocal birds seen well at Cave Lake campground on morning of
    horned lark - Massacre and Stephen's Camp
    tree swallow
    cliff swallow
    barn swallow
    mountain chickadee
    white-breasted nuthatch
    red-breasted nuthatch
    pygmy nuthatch
    rock wren
    blue-gray gnatcatcher (HEARD ONLY)
    American robin
    mountain bluebird
    sage thrasher - common at SCD and into Massacre and Stephen's Camp
    european starling
    yellow-rumped warbler
    Macgillivary's warbler - creek at Cedar Pass campground
    Western tanager -Cedar Pass (CP)
    lark sparrow - Smoke Creek Desert (SCD)
    vesper sparrow - SCD
    dark-eyed junco
    black-headed grosbeak - CP
    western meadowlark
    red-winged blackbird
    Brewer's blackbird
    Bullock's oriole
    Cassin's finch
    house sparrow
    mule deer
    wild horses - several separate herds in SCD
    coyote - GL
    golden-mantled ground squirrel
    beechy (California) ground squirrel
    yellow-pine chipmunk
    yellow-bellied marmot - GL
    chickaree (Douglas' tree squirrel)
    Shelly Kirn
    CSU, Chico Biology Dept.
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  25. McArthur-Burney Pk - Shasta County LINK
    DATE: Aug 5, 2008 @ 3:31am, 9 year(s) ago
    Dave Bowden of Berkeley and I arrived in Burney Falls State Park 6:30 PM
    Friday evening August 1.
    We immediately headed for the falls to look for Black Swifts, none where
    The park was full so our camp site was assign across the Pit River on
    Clark Creek Rd. in the "horse camp" unimproved part of the park.
    This area was great and I'd highly recommend this area for birder's when
    visiting Burney.
    From our picnic table:
    Western Wood-Pewee Adults and Juvenile
    Hairy Woodpecker
    Mountain Chickadees
    Yellow-rumped warbler
    Brown Creeper
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    A short walk to an Osprey nest with two juveniles still hanging around.
    Then near 7:30 PM a Black Swift flew above the campsite following the river
    to the falls.
    The falls is maybe a quarter mile walk away on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    We followed the trail until the river was in clear sight.
    First we heard the Black Swifts it was 8:07PM. First one then two, in a
    matter of a few minutes we had 12 Black swifts over head.
    Then smaller swift's started to appear, flying lower, voicing a total
    different call.
    We had Vaux Swifts in volume , they started to fly lower and lower and form
    swarms like groups , so we followed the procession.
    As we followed them deep into the mix Oak and Pine forest to our
    amazement the more Vaux's Swift appeared.
    By shear luck, the luck of being out birding during dusk, we found a
    massive Black Oak being used for their roost tree.
    The Vaux's Swifts were in an odd ritual manner entering (diving) into the
    high center of the Oak in groups of 10-12 at a time.
    We counted up towards 60 Vaux's Swifts entering the oak.
    Saturday by 6:50 AM we had made our way to the base of Burney Falls.
    A few Black Swifts were out soaring with many Vaux's Swifts.
    A few Black Swifts made trips into the lichen and fern cliffs /caves
    behind the falls.
    Near 8 AM we had a single formation of circling Black Swifts not unlike how
    shore birds form in uniform flight, for a total of 24 Black Swifts in one
    Rich Cimino
    Pleasanton, Alameda County
    Richard Cimino
    Pleasanton, Alameda County, Cal.
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  27. Yuba Pass and Sierra Valley Sunday 7.20 LINK
    DATE: Jul 22, 2008 @ 4:03am, 9 year(s) ago
    Birding was good in the Yuba Pass Camp Grounds, found off of HY 49 in
    Sierra County.
    Four of arrived late Saturday afternoon into Yuba Pass camp grounds.
    Dave Bowden, Cheryl Pacheco, Jeff Miller and myself (Rich Cimino)
    At dusk we set out to find COMMON POORWILL and hopefully owls.
    We had a calling COMMON POORWILL at the Vista pull-out on HY49 but fail to
    find any birds to view.
    The ranchers are cutting their hay crop so we had hoped to find SHORT-EARED
    OWLS, we saw none
    In Sierra Valley was windy.
    Near 8PM, on Harriet Rd. we had a potential Common Poorwill on the road,
    best bird was a dark morph adult SWAINSON HAWK and at three different
    locations SANDHILL CRANE'S (6).
    SUNDAY MORNING> beginning at 6:30 AM Jeff Miller had two BLACK-BACKED
    WOODPECKER's in the meadow.
    Jeff followed the BBWP into the back side of the camp grounds but lost
    their location.
    One of the BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER return into the meadow after 7AM and the
    four of us were able to watch the bird on a bare snag.
    Down in Sierra Valley around 9AM we had both VESPER SPARROW's (5) and
    BREWER’S SPARROW's (15) on the NW corner of Calpine Rd.and A23.
    Driving to Marble Hot Springs / Dyson we stopped a quarter mile south of
    the Plumas County line pulling into the dirt road on the west side of A23.
    Here in a matter minutes we had GRAY FLYCATCHER's (5) two adults and three
    young. We watched the adults feeding the JUVENILE GRAY FLYCATCHERS.
    Happy to report no brown cowbird juveniles.
    Entering Marble Hot Springs on Dyson Rd. SAGE THRASHER's appeared (5), more
    BREWER'S and VESPER'S SPARROWS long the fence line .
    Near the first small bridge SORA RAILS (2) showed for several minutes then
    at a low level an AMERICAN BITTERN flew in.
    Up a short distance to the second small bridge, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON
    On to the circa 1903 Bridge SANDHILL CRANES (2), VIRGINIA RAIL -JUVENILE
    On to the Sierraville cemetery near HY49 and HY89 on HENRY DOTA Rd.
    Dave Bowden spotted VAUX'S SWIFT (2) feeding high with WHITE-THROATED SWIFT
    (2) and TREE SWALLOWS.
    Again Dave found SPOTTED SANDPIPERS (2) at the small ponds near the
    cemetery and a family of WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE'S (3) WESTERN BLUEBIRDS (9) and
    Dave tops the day off with finding a BALD EAGLE flying by.
    I omitted many common species like swallows and ducks, a total of 65
    species were recorded.
    fresh plumage deserves the closing comment for trip high light.
    Richard Cimino
    Pleasanton, Alameda County, Cal.
    Richard Cimino
    Pleasanton, Alameda County, Cal.
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  29. WFO/SJV Baja research expedition -- call for participants LINK
    DATE: Jun 9, 2008 @ 8:26pm, 9 year(s) ago
    Many California birders/field ornithologists regularly make trips down the
    Baja peninsula. Those of you with experience may find this of interest.
    If interested, please see contact info near the bottom of the post (do not
    contact me). Feel free to forward to other appropriate lists or
    recipients. (Sorry for any cross-posting.)
    Gjon C. Hazard
    Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
    Carlsbad, California
    Dear field ornithologists:
    The Sonoran Joint Venture (SJV) and the Western Field Ornithologists (WFO)
    are jointly coordinating a bird monitoring expedition to the remote Sierra
    de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve of southern Baja California Sur (BCS),
    Mexico, from July 13-19, 2008. The objective of this expedition is to use
    the collective expertise of WFO members and SJV participants to collect and
    record natural history data on birds of conservation interest in the
    Biosphere Reserve. These data will be used by the Reserve staff to manage
    habitat for the birds of conservation interest.
    The elevation of this mountain range is over 5,000 feet and it has an
    extensive pine-oak forest community at the top. As a result of genetic
    isolation, there are a variety of endemic bird subspecies found here, such
    as the “San Lucas” American Robin, “Baird’s” Yellow-eyed Junco, and
    “Sierra de la Laguna” Band-tailed Pigeon. We have been invited by the
    Reserve to collect data on breeding information and habitat relationships
    of these and other bird species, to photograph and obtain vocalization
    recordings, and to take DNA samples of captured birds. This is not a
    guided birding trip or a leisurely hike up a mountain, but a true
    biological data collecting expedition. This expedition is extremely
    strenuous. We will hike in on foot ourselves while the mules will pack our
    equipment and food into the mountains. The hike one-way is about 11 miles
    and gains over 4,000 feet in elevation over a difficult trail. It will be
    very hot, potentially quite humid, and we may experience torrential summer
    rains as well. We will camp for 6 days under primitive conditions. Our
    camp will be self-supported and all participants will be expected to share
    cooking duties and the general maintenance of the camp facilities.
    Participants must be in good physical condition and have experience in
    back-country camping, bring their own camping equipment, and have basic
    first aid skills.
    Each participant will volunteer for specific research activity and be
    responsible for collecting data and in some cases organizing and/or
    processing the data. Participants must be experienced in the field
    research activity they volunteer for (see list and table below), and also
    will need to bring the necessary field equipment to accomplish their
    assignments. Generally the skills needed include: identification of the
    birds of southern Baja; experience with auditory surveys; obtaining sound
    recordings and photos of birds; mist netting; area searches; and/or habitat
    use surveys (or be a REALLY good camp cook). The data will be compiled,
    analyzed and published with our Mexican partners and participants as
    co-authors, and all publications and data will be shared with the Reserve.
    Target Bird Species:
    Band-tailed Pigeon** Columba fasciata vioscae
    Cape Pygmy Owl** Glaucidium gnoma hoskinsii
    Xantus's Hummingbird** Hylocharis xantusii
    Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivourus angustifrons
    Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus peninsulae
    Oak Titmouse** Parus inornatus cineraceus (Baeolophus inornatus
    White-breasted Nuthatch** Sitta carolinensis lagunae
    American (San Lucas) Robin** Turdus migratorius confinis
    Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni cognatus
    Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassini lucasanas
    Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus victoriae
    Gray Thrasher** Toxostoma cinereum cinereum
    Yellow-eyed (Baird's) Junco** Junco phaeonotus bairdi
    Western Screech-Owl Otus asio xantusi/Megascops kennicottii
    **species we want to be sure to cover.
    If interested, please contact Carol Beardmore at the following address:
    Carol will be able to send you more detailed information on this great
    opportunity to do some real field work in one of the biologically unique
    areas of North America.
    Additional info about the organizers is available at:
    Thank you much.
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