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California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will be reviewing the following records at the end of March. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee 2017-165 King Eider 14-16 Dec 2017 Klamath R. mouth DN (documentation complete) 2017-090 Little Stint 16-19 Sep 2017 Moss Landing Harbor MTY (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-144 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 15 Aug 2017 Humboldt Bay North Jetty HUM (documentation complete) 2017-149 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 23-24 Sep 2017 Pt. Reyes MRN (documentation from W. Anderson) 2017-148 Sedge Wren 4 Dec 2017 Arcata Marsh HUM (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-156 White-winged Crossbill 12 Dec 2017 Elk Valley Casino DN (listserv report - no documentation received) 2017-158 White-winged Crossbill 16 Dec 2017 Crescent City DN (documentation complete) 2017-159 White-winged Crossbill 17-18 Dec 2017 Smith R. DN (documentation complete) 2017-169 White-winged Crossbill 22 Dec 2017 Patrick’s Point State Park HUM (eBird report - no documentation received) 2017-170 White-winged Crossbill 23 Dec 2017 Redwood National Park DN (documentation complete) 2017-171 White-winged Crossbill 29 Dec 2017 Crescent City DN (listserv report - no documentation received) 2017-173 White-winged Crossbill 21 Dec 2017 near Big Lagoon HUM (documentation complete) 2017-174 White-winged Crossbill 28 Dec 2017 Big Lagoon HUM (documentation complete) 1972-802 Orchard Oriole 19 Nov 1972 Furnace Creek Ranch INY (documentation from G. McCaskie) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
Birders, Yesterday, 12/28/17, the pvt property owners returned from the holidays and permitted a small (slo-mo) “chase” party onto the property consisting of Gary and Lauren Lester, Gary Bloomfield and myself. Red Crossbill flocks were scarce and difficult to see in dense coastal fog for about an hr and 15 minutes before we received word of John Hunter’s report of a male WW Crossbill from Big Lagoon Campground. Despite being there 15 minutes after hearing the report, the flock was seen flying to the south as we arrived. So, no luck at either site.. Happy New Year, Tom Leskiw Blue Lakeish, Humboldt County On Dec 22, 2017, at 08:49, 'Tom Leskiw' tomleskiw@... [nwcalbird] < nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups..com > wrote: Birders, Yesterday, on pvt property, north of Big Lagoon I had a female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. I deferred reporting this until I could work out some arrangement with the landowner for access. As of 8:20 this morning, I’ve yet hear back from them. I suspect that access, if it’s granted might be for just a few folks, as I’ve only just met them, they have dogs they wish to keep inside during visitations... and there are elk in their meadow where one needs to set up their scope. I had a rendezvous yesterday with a non-birding friend I’d dropped off at Patricks Point who doesn’t have a cell phone, so yesterday was shot for trying to pursue access further. I’m participating in tomorrow’s Willow Creek CBC, but I will try give an update later today or late tomorrow. I suggest that we respect their privacy and our ability to possibly access their place by not trying to find their property at this time. Tom Leskiw Blue Lakeish
For those on the hunt for WWCR, I found a site today that I think has great potential. The Lagoon Creek Picnic Ground, as Google calls it, in Klamath is surrounded by cone-laden spruces, the light on those east of the highway is good most of the day, and picnic tables provide excellent tripod platforms for scoping the treetops. It's only 4.8 miles, as the finch flies, from the location of the last WWCR sighting. The downside is lots of traffic noise, making it hard to hear the birds. There were plenty of red crossbills and siskins there today. I couldn't pick out a white-wing, but as a consolation prize I did spot a pygmy-owl perched atop a spruce and clearly interested in all the finch activity. Good luck! Ken Burton Crescent City
Apparentlynot. Talked to Lomax today who is there with others past three days looking. Sent from my iPhone John Sterling 530 908-3836 26 Palm Ave Woodland, CA 95695 On Dec 20, 2017, at 4:35 PM, tonybriggs tony.briggs108@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDSfirstname.lastname@example.org > wrote: Have any White-winged Crossbills been located in the Crescent City/ Smith River area since the 18th Any info appreciated. thanks, Tony Briggs Petaluma CA
Have any White-winged Crossbills been located in the Crescent City/ Smith River area since the 18th Any info appreciated. thanks, Tony Briggs Petaluma CA
At about 8:30am this morning, I briefly had a male White-winged Crossbill, scoped at distance, just south of the trailer park at the mouth of the Smith River (just north of the community of Smith River, and 3.8 miles south of the Oregon border).This is near where Rob Fowler also had a single bird yesterday.I was standing just south of the line of self-storage units with blue roll-up doors, scanning the woodlot (with Sitka Spruce) on the coastal side of 101 when I saw the bird, which was part of a group of about 20 crossbills.Earlier in the morning (about 8:00am), approximately 100 crossbills, and perhaps more, had flown over the trailer park from the wood lot to the northwest (also with Sitka Spruce), right over our vantage point on Salmon Harbor Rd.Presumably, the 20+ crossbills I scoped, and the lone WWCR, were a part of those. Despite much looking in this area the rest of the day by a half a dozen birders, there were no additional sightings.I also checked the Elk Valley casino and airport spots in Crescent City, finding only Red Crossbills.A scope comes in very handy. Good birding, Andrew Howe Riverside, CA howe395@...
I noticed on the Oregon Bird news that a couple of days ago 4 White-winged Crossbills were seen only 48 miles north of the California line on the east side of the Cascades near Fort Klamath, Klamath Co. They were seen in spruce trees there which pretty much disappear in the California Cascades but there are plenty of other conifers in northern Siskiyou Co. they could turn up in. Here's a copy of the report by Kevin Spencer of Klamath Falls: "While at Seven-mile Guard Station, in Fort Klamath Valley, where there's plenty of spruce along the lower edge of the Cascades where it meets the flat valley, I heard, and saw 4 White-winged Crossbill as they flew overhead. I briefly saw contrast between the whitish lower belly and blackish tail on two birds as the group went overhead (binos not used). I was really focused on the calls as the group approached and recognized them as different for the area with their double noted calls, different pitch and softer, not as sharp. We spent a few hours in the area, walking along the Short Creek Rd., Road 3400 I think, and around Seven-mile Guard Station, and even drove down to Mare's Egg Spring on Westside Road. Views of the spruce cones in the tree tops seemed to show raised scales which to me indicated seeds might have already been released on some of the cones. I saw seed scales on the snow in some places, and no separated seeds or seed cases. In no place was there a swarm of scales as if birds were actively feeding in a tree. It seemed like about half of the spruce trees had a somewhat heavy cone crop. Certainly worth another visit. Kevin SpencerKlamath Falls" Probably worth keeping your eyes and ears open for the potential of W-w Crossbills anywhere along the California-Oregon border Just the messenger, Steve Summers Porterville
FYI Flock on! Elias/ Arcata CA/at large Walkie talkie primero= 559-433-7254 Last ditch alternate= 707-633-8833 Begin forwarded message: From: " stevestump@... [nwcalbird]" < email@example.com > Date: December 16, 2017 at 10:47:09 PST To: < firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: [nwcalbird] Del Norte White-winged Crossbill Reply-To: stevestump@... 12/16/17 1025 There is at least one possibly two White-winged Crossbill on Riverside St. In Crescent City. It is the street that leads to Dead Lake. The flock of crossbills are moving around but have stayed in the vicinity. Steve Stump
Hi all, Alan Barron just called and said he had a definite female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL in with a bunch of Red Crossbills. He had decent looks at the bird and the whole flock then flew off. The location he had the bird was at the Elk Valley Casino south of Crescent City off of Howland Road. Location in Google Maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/CQrbvBdpAPG2 Alan said he will notify ASAP with any updates. Thanks, Rob -- Rob Fowler McKinleyville, CA www.fowleropebirding.com
Tim Rodenkirk reported a possible WW Crossbill in Cape Blanco. That's about 40 miles south of Coos Bay in Curry County. When I checked that location is about 60 miles as the crossbill flies from the border. They're getting so close. I'm predicting a chase trip to Del Norte in the future. Cliff Hawley Sacramento, CA
For those interested, especially ones living or visiting Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, be aware that there is an invasion involving WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS currently taking place along the immediate COAST in Washington and Oregon. It has been a long time since such has happened in Oregon. Singles and small-to-medium-sized flocks have been found now as far south as Tillamook, and there was a POSSIBLE bird today much farther south in Coos--only two counties north of the CA border. Some are by themselves, though most are mixed in with Red Crossbills. Just about all these birds are turning up in heavily-cone-laden spruce trees along the IMMEDIATE COAST, not in interior mountains, etc., where invasions are perhaps more typical. So..... birders in Del Norte, Humboldt, etc., should be on the lookout for cone-rich spruces close to the coast--if such exist locally this year. --Paul Lehman, San Diego
The species listed below are on the California Bird Records Committee's Review List. These are the birds that should always be reported on Calbirds, along with any new State Records. This list was taken from the CBRC website @ http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/index.html Legend For species not supported by specimens (93 species): P - At least one record supported by identifiable photograph (91 species) V - At least one record supported by identifiable videotape (23 species) T - At least one record supported by identifiable taped vocalization (5 species) S - Supported only by sight records (3 species) Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and Swans Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis - P Emperor Goose Chen canagica Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator - P Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus - P Falcated Duck Anas falcata - P American Black Duck Anas rubripes Garganey Anas querquedula Baikal Teal Anas formosa Common Pochard Aythya ferina - P Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri - P King Eider Somateria spectabilis Common Eider Somateria mollissima - P Smew Mergellus albellus - PV Gaviidae - Loons Arctic Loon Gavia arctica - PV Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii Podicipedidae - Grebes Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus Diomedeidae - Albatrosses Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta - P Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata - PV Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans - P Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus Procellariidae - Shearwaters and Petrels Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera - PV Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata Dark-rumped Petrel Pterodroma phaeopygia/sandwichensis - PV Stejneger's Petrel Pterodroma longirostris - P Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii - P Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea - P Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis - P Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus - P Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus - PV Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis - PV Hydrobatidae - Storm-Petrels Ringed Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi - P Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tethys Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus - P Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda - P Sulidae - Boobies and Gannets Masked Booby Sula dactylatra - P Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii Brown Booby Sula leucogaster Red-footed Booby Sula sula Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus - P Anhingidae - Darters Anhinga Anhinga anhinga - P Fregatidae - Frigatebirds Great Frigatebird Fregata minor - P Ardeidae - Herons, Bitterns, and Allies Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills White Ibis Eudocimus albus Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - P Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja Cathartidae - New World Vultures Black Vulture Coragyps atratus - P Accipitridae - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus - P Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus Falconidae - Caracaras and Falcons Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway - PV Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus Rallidae - Rails, Gallinules, and Coots Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica Charadriidae - Lapwings and Plovers American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus - P Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii - PV Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia Piping Plover Charadrius melodus - P Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus - PV Haematopodidae - Oystercatchers American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus - PV Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes - P Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus - P Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - PV Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda Little Curlew Numenius minutus - P Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis - PV Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica - P Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis - P Little Stint Calidris minuta Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta - P White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus American Woodcock Scolopax minor - P Laridae - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers Little Gull Larus minutus Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus - P Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri - PV Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides - P Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus - PV Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus - P Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus - P Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea - P Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus - Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus - S White-winged Tern Gelochelidon nilotica - PV Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis - P Alcidae - Auks, Murres, and Puffins Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris Parakeet Auklet Aethia psittacula Least Auklet Aethia pusilla Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis - PV Cuculidae - Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris - P Strigidae - Typical Owls Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus Caprimulgidae - Goatsuckers Chuck-will's-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi Apodidae - Swifts White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris - S Trochilidae - Hummingbirds Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus - P Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris - P Xantus's Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii - P Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps - P Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae - P Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens - P Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris Picidae - Woodpeckers and Allies Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens - PT Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum - Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi - PVT Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris - PV Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii - PT Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris - PVT Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana - P Laniidae - Shrikes Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus - P Vireonidae - Vireos White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus - PT Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis Corvidae - Crows and Jays Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Alaudidae - Larks Sky Lark Alauda arvensis - P Hirundinidae - Swallows Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva - P Troglodytidae - Wrens Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis - PT Sylviidae - Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata - P Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis - P Turdidae - Thrushes Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus - P Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Stonechat Saxicola torquata - P Veery Catharus fuscescens - P Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus - PV Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus - P Mimidae - Mockingbirds and Thrashers Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis - P Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - P White Wagtail Motacilla alba - P Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - P Sprague's Pipit Anthus spragueii Parulidae - Wood-Warblers Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera Golden-cheeked Warbler Dendroica chrysoparia Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica Grace's Warbler Dendroica graciae Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons Thraupidae - Tanagers Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Emberizidae - Emberizids Cassin's Sparrow Aimophila cassinii Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla - P Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii Le Conte's Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus - PV Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - P Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica - P Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis Cardinalidae - Cardinals, Saltators, and Allies Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus - P Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor Icteridae - Blackbirds Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus Fringillidae - Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies Brambling Fringilla montifringilla - PV Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera - S Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea Thanks! Douglas Aguillard San Diego, CA doug@... http://sdbirds.basiclink.com
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