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   Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis) - YERA (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Audio call ID help LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2018, 3 month(s) ago
    7/25/2018 7:12 PM
    On the night of July 18th two of us birders in Lassen County were in Papoose Meadows looking for Yellow Rail. It was nearing dark and we were knocking rocks to solicit a response. We had either a Sora "Keep" call or a Yellow Rail "squeak" call (or something else) that we were unable to narrow down. Any input to this call would be appreciated. The recording is on our checklist. Thanks, Steve Stump
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47293355
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  3. Modoc rarities LINK
    DATE: Jul 23, 2018, 3 month(s) ago
    Eastern meadowlark still present in Day. Took us 50 minutes to hear it sing three times in 93 heat at 2:20 pm. Also gray catbird in front yard of large White House in Day. Flew across street to willow patch. And two yellow rails calling in California side of end of state line road in New Pine Creek at Goose Lake. Dessi Seiburth got some great state birds!! We saw one of the yellow rails too.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    John Sterling
    
    530 908-3836
    
    26 Palm Ave
    
    Woodland, CA 95695
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  5. Yellow Rail continues LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2018, 4 month(s) ago
    The yellow rail continued this evening at goose island state park (bird was at 41.9932,-120.3289). We heard it calling as soon as we arrived at around 630 and continued off and on until we left at 8. The bird was mostly on the California side of the park but occasionally crossed the fence into the Oregon side. I will post my audio recordings later tonight on eBird.
    
    Brendan Galvin
    
    Irvine, CA
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  7. Negative Rpt: YELLOW RAIL - Ten Mile Dunes 11/8/15 LINK
    DATE: Nov 8, 2015 @ 3:15pm, 3 year(s) ago
    11/8/2015 -- No Yellow Rail has been found as of 3-pm, despite thorough searching and re-searching by Todd Easterla, Fritz Steurer, Ron LeValley, Jerry White, Jim Havlena, Steve Sandberg, plus Rich & Nancy Trissel still in the field.
    ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Karen Havlena <jkhavlena@...> To: yahoogroups <mendobirds@yahoogroups.com> Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2015 10:46 AM Subject: YELLOW RAIL - Ten Mile Dunes 11/8/15
    Sun, 8 Nov 2015 -- Todd Easterla found a YELLOW RAIL north of Ward Ave. in the dunes. The bird was also seen by Fritz Steurer. They walked for at least 30 minutes north into the dunes. It is a very large area, so it might be difficult to guess exactly where to look. There were some scrubby willows nearby.
    
    For Todd Easterla and Fritz Steurer
    
    (K. Havlena), North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] NE CA birds LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2015 @ 12:54pm, 3 year(s) ago
    forgot to mention that the pair of Black Phoebes were still at the bridge on the north side of the town of Adin on Hwy 299 in southern edge of Modoc County. There are very few county records and this location is the only one with multiple records.
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    On Jun 17, 2015, at 12:52 PM, John Sterling jsterling@... [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    A few highlights from two day trip to Modoc/Lassen counties.
    
    A singing male Bobolink was present yesterday morning (but hiding and not seen or heard in the afternoon before) in the southern part of the Surprise Valley in Modoc County at one of the traditional breeding sites. Take County Road 38 in Eagleville east to second field on the left past first intersection. It was flying to and from the field and perched on fence posts.
    Two Burrowing Owls were 0.6 miles on County Road 18 (just west of Nevada State Line) north of Hwy 299—east of Cedarville in the Surprise Valley. Also Black-throated and Sagebrush sparrows were in that area.
    Also present was the pair of Eastern Kingbird on the nw corner of Blue Lake in the southern Warner Mtns, just at the northern edge of Lassen County. Park at the Day Visitors parking lot then take trail along edge of lake. This species has been nesting at the location for several years.
    
    Last night I heard one Yellow Rail at Papoose Meadow just a few miles south of Eagle Lake in Lassen County last night starting at 7:58 pm. I was there for several hours before one started calling and I immediately left to drive home so I don’t know how many were calling later. Take the dirt road heading south from the Eagle Lake Road 1.5 miles south of intersection with Gallatin Bay Marina turnoff. Take first left and proceed to end at western edge of meadow. Walk straight out across meadow to the wetland.
    
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    
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  11. NE CA birds LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2015 @ 12:52pm, 3 year(s) ago
    A few highlights from two day trip to Modoc/Lassen counties.
    
    A singing male Bobolink was present yesterday morning (but hiding and not seen or heard in the afternoon before) in the southern part of the Surprise Valley in Modoc County at one of the traditional breeding sites. Take County Road 38 in Eagleville east to second field on the left past first intersection. It was flying to and from the field and perched on fence posts.
    Two Burrowing Owls were 0.6 miles on County Road 18 (just west of Nevada State Line) north of Hwy 299—east of Cedarville in the Surprise Valley. Also Black-throated and Sagebrush sparrows were in that area.
    Also present was the pair of Eastern Kingbird on the nw corner of Blue Lake in the southern Warner Mtns, just at the northern edge of Lassen County. Park at the Day Visitors parking lot then take trail along edge of lake. This species has been nesting at the location for several years.
    
    Last night I heard one Yellow Rail at Papoose Meadow just a few miles south of Eagle Lake in Lassen County last night starting at 7:58 pm. I was there for several hours before one started calling and I immediately left to drive home so I don’t know how many were calling later. Take the dirt road heading south from the Eagle Lake Road 1.5 miles south of intersection with Gallatin Bay Marina turnoff. Take first left and proceed to end at western edge of meadow. Walk straight out across meadow to the wetland.
    
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    
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  13. California Bird Tips? From Canada LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2013 @ 7:23pm, 5 year(s) ago
    I am a birder/field ornithologist from Canada coming to San Fransisco Bay
    tomorrow, and I will have a couple days for birding, one on the coast, and one
    for the interior, i.e Sacramento, San Joaquin
    
    I am experienced in Canadian birding, but I have not birded California at all
    yet. So maybe a third of the species will be lifers.
    
    I am looking for the best places to efficiently spot the following species:
    
    I am thinking I should check out some spots on the coast, and then head inland.
    Please advise me of the best regions/spots for these targets.
    
    Raptor/Owl/Nightjar:
    
    White-tailed Kite
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Praire Falcon
    Flammulated Owl
    Common Poorwill (where, & what time of day)
    Lesser Nighthawk (where & what time)
    
    Woodpecker: Acorn & Nuttall's
    
    Allen's Hummingbird
    Mountain Quail
    
    California Thrasher & Towhee
    Oak Titmouse
    Wrentit
    Ash-throated Flycatcher & Black Phoebe
    Icterid: Great-tailed Grackle, Tricolored Blackbird, Hooded Oriole
    
    Sparrow (Sage, Black-throated, Black-chinned, Rufous-winged & Grasshopper)
    
    Greater Roadrunner
    Blue Grosbeak
    Phainopepla
    Yellow-billed Magpie
    Loggerhead Shrike
    White-faced Ibis
    
    California Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Snowy Plover
    Clapper Rail, Black Rail, Yellow Rail & Common Moorhen
    
    Goldfinch (Lesser, Lawrence's)
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Nashville Warbler
    Hermit Warbler
    
    Extras Cassin's Kingbird & Costa's Hummingbird (Not sure if I can get this
    without heading south of San Francisco/parallell inland areas)
    
    Also, should I be looking for Sage Thrasher this time of year If so, what
    locations
    
    Thank you very much,
    
    Christopher Mark Stephens,
    Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
    Birding Tour Leader, Pacific Rainforest Tours
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  15. Re: yellow rail LINK
    DATE: Jul 30, 2010 @ 2:33am, 8 year(s) ago
    Mary ann and Jerry ambrose heard the yellow rail @willow lake today, july 29 @
    4:30 p.m. Till about 5. This was the spot 200 meters beyond the lake originally
    cited. Gorgeous place and awesome life bird! Thanks to those who paved the way!
    Had williamson's sapsucker opn the road in to campground.
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
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  17. Now TWO Yellow Rails, Willow Lake- Plumas Co. 7/19/2010 LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2010 @ 1:29am, 8 year(s) ago
    Fellow birders:
    Ken Burton and I visited Willow Lake, Plumas County, where we heard not one
    but two (2) Yellow Rails calling Monday July 19th from 4:15 to 5:30 in the
    afternoon. We easily heard the often mentioned Yellow Rail calling
    approximately 200 meters north of the end of the open water where the crossed
    sticks left of the trail, now with a yellow ribbon. This bird is about 20
    meters into the edge of the marsh. The second bird was heard faintly at least
    70 meters further across the marsh. This second Yellow Rail was more easily
    heard 30 meters closer to the trail head, and could be heard when the nearer
    bird ceased its calling.
    
    Chet Ogan
    When we try to pick out anything by itself,
    we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
    -John Muir
    
    The first precaution of intelligent ecological tinkering is to keep every cog
    and wheel.
    -Aldo Leopold
    
    A system of conservation based solely on economic self-interest is hopelessly
    lopsided.
    -Aldo Leopold
    
    Chet Ogan
    chet_ogan@...
    707-442-9353
    
    
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  19. Plumas Yellow Rail continues; directions, recording LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2010 @ 10:59pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Folks,
    
    The Yellow Rail continues as of 7/10/10. It was calling steadily from 4:30
    to 5:00pm, but was quiet when I returned by the location ~6pm, though I
    didn't wait long.
    
    If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is easy to miss the road to Willow
    Lake, as I did initially. From Chester, take Feather River Drive northwest
    from Hwy 36. At 0.7 mi stay left at fork and road becomes Chester-Warner
    Valley Rd. In 5.5 mi stay left at the junction with the road singed for
    Drakesbad (Warner Valley Rd goes right, Section Old Red Bluff Rd goes left,
    which is the one you want). In 0.3 mi turn right on the dirt road with an
    easy-to-miss sign for Willow Lake (there is an arrow and you can barely read
    "Willow Lake"). The road is narrow and a little rough in places, but can be
    taken by a passenger car. It ends at a campground and the trail heads out
    from the north end of the campground. The rail spot is about 200 m beyond
    the end of the open water in the lake, and you will find the previously
    noted crossed sticks and, hopefully, hear the rail calling.
    
    I have some sound-only video of the Yellow Rail here (
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/4784572170/) as well as the video
    placed on a map of the location. More shots of the general area are here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/conardc/
    
    It is a beautiful area and well worth the trip. I had made a last-minute
    decision to go somewhere and gravitated to this spot. Just as I had gotten
    my fill of the rail sound, I heard John Trochet call my name (when I got
    home I had a message from him wondering if I might ride up with him. Oh
    well). We then walked north to the first clump of willows where we flushed
    a Sooty Grouse and saw a couple of Willow Flycatchers. He continued into
    the National Park on the trail and I looked briefly and unsuccessfully for
    the sedge sprite, then checked out Domingo Springs a couple of miles west of
    the Willow Lake dirt road on Section Old Red Bluff Rd. John found a
    Black-backed Woodpecker on his walk (the second time in the day that I
    should have gone with John) while I failed to find the reported pair at the
    Domingo Springs campground (near site 10), though it was getting quiet as
    the sun went behind the ridge, and hoped-for photo-ops had vanished. Of
    modest note at the campground were about 8 Evening Grosbeaks. Another nice
    spot.
    
    Chris Conard
    Sacramento
    
    
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  21. Willow Lake Yellow Rail LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2010 @ 8:13am, 8 year(s) ago
    The Plumas Co. Willow Lake Yellow Rail that Peter Gaede reported was
    calling persistently for most of the afternoon this last Tuesday
    since we arrived.
    
    Paul Keller, SB Vandenberg Village
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  23. RE: Yellow Rail LINK
    DATE: Jul 1, 2010 @ 6:01pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Hi Folks, I was up yesterday at Willow Lake and heard a/the Yellow Rail at the
    spot Peter Gaede reported last week. I ran into some birders that were confused
    about where the bird was so i thought i would clarify Peter's directions a bit.
    From the Willow Lake campground follow the trail up the NE side of the
    lake/wetland (actually traveling NW) up above the lake. Approximately 200m
    above the lake (about 600m from the parking area) and about 200m before the
    National Park boundary (which denoted by a split rail fence and open gate across
    the trail) you will find Peter's X made with two sticks (someone has now added
    an arrow out of sticks as well). From the trail you can hear the rail just
    about 20m away down in the meadow. It looks like someone has walked out in the
    meadow here - please protect the meadow, sedge sprites, and rails by keeping out
    of the meadow. I heard the bird at noon yesterday and numerous other folks have
    easily heard them at all times of day. Willow Lake is also a great spot for
    Sora, Virginia Rail, Snipe, Willow Flycatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, and a wide
    range of other mountain birds. Good luck, Ryan
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  25. Re: Yellow Rail in Plumas County! LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2010 @ 1:30am, 8 year(s) ago
    Since I am not familiar with the area, how do you get there
    
    Thanks!
    Frances
    
    --- On Sat, 6/26/10, John Sterling wrote:
    
    From: John Sterling
    Subject: Yellow Rail in Plumas County!
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    Cc: "'Guy'"
    Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 4:36 PM
    
    Peter Gaede just called me. At noon today he heard a Yellow Rail at the back
    side of Willow Lake in Plumas County. This is just outside of the southern
    border of Lassen National Park and accessed via Chester. Be very careful not to
    trampled the sensitive marsh vegetation. This is one of only two locations for
    Sedge Sprite in CA (a damselfly). Probably no need to use a tape either. The
    bird was calling spontaneously as is often the case in Modoc and Siskiyou
    locations.
    
    Peter will be there tomorrow morning at 6:45 in case you want to meet him at the
    spot.
    
    There are very, very old records Quincy, so this is the first record for the
    county in over 100 years.
    
    John Sterling
    VVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    cell 530 908-3836
    jsterling@...
    Birding Classes, photos etc www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    
    
    
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  27. Yellow Rail in Plumas County! LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2010 @ 11:36pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Peter Gaede just called me. At noon today he heard a Yellow Rail at the
    back side of Willow Lake in Plumas County. This is just outside of the
    southern border of Lassen National Park and accessed via Chester. Be very
    careful not to trampled the sensitive marsh vegetation. This is one of only
    two locations for Sedge Sprite in CA (a damselfly). Probably no need to use
    a tape either. The bird was calling spontaneously as is often the case in
    Modoc and Siskiyou locations.
    
    Peter will be there tomorrow morning at 6:45 in case you want to meet him at
    the spot.
    
    There are very, very old records Quincy, so this is the first record for the
    county in over 100 years.
    
    John Sterling
    
    VVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm Ave
    
    Woodland, CA 95695
    
    cell 530 908-3836
    
    jsterling@...
    
    Birding Classes, photos etc www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    
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  29. Sonora Pass HY108 Pine Grosbeak LINK
    DATE: May 30, 2010 @ 3:29pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Saturday Sonora Pass HY108 in Toulumne and Mono County was opened
    allowing access for birders into eastern Sierra's.
    Driving west birding was fair due to such high snow on the west side
    which is Toulumne County.
    Townsend's Solitaire and Swainson's Thrush were very easily seen along
    the road side.
    The eastern side of Sonora Pass was is a snow pack but much less in volume.
    Cassin Finches, Audubon Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Pine Siskin
    and a Single Pine Grosbeak were feeding at HY108 edge between Road
    Marker 2.0 and 5.0., Mono County
    Clark's Nutcracker seem to be everywhere calling and flying from tree
    top to tree top, I counted seven individuals.
    Where HY108 meets HY 395 the ponds have Yellow-Headed Blackbirds and
    three calling Wilson Snipe.
    Also one pond had three Northern Pintail's.
    In conclusion on my return I noticed that California Fish and Game have
    installed a gate for entrance into Pickel Meadows.
    The gate can be found on the northeast of the entrance of Wolf Creek
    parking area.
    Pickel Meadows has always interest me for possible Yellow Rail habitat
    during migration.
    Enjoy your long weekend,
    Rich Cimino, Alameda County
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