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Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

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  1. Siskiyou and Trinity Counties LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2017 @ 4:01pm, 7 month(s) ago
    CB’ers, Sharon & I took a trip to far NorCal, starting on the 7 th
    & ending yesterday (11 th ).
    Actually, the goal of the trip was to scout out a viewing location for
    the August total solar eclipse in central Oregon, but we took the opportunity
    of being in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties to see if we could add some birds. Siskiyou County,
    05/08/17 Grass Lake, on SR-97, was full of water, as expected. The past several years it has been dry or
    nearly so. With the abundant water, we
    were hoping for BLACK TERN, which Bruce Mast got here on 05/30/16 (despite the
    low water level), and Jim Greaves got on 06/09/07. No luck.
    Perhaps we were a couple of weeks early.
    At the Rest Stop here, we did get a couple of singing Purple Finches
    (both female), and a Pygmy Nuthatch.
    Near Macdoel, along SR-97, we had a Rough-legged Hawk & a Swainson’s
    Hawk. With 250 miles still to go to get to Madras, OR, we took only
    a short time to bird along SR-161 (a.k.a. Stateline Road), but it was
    productive in giving us our first NCB of the trip, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Several Redhead pairs were enjoyable. There were also about 100 WHITE-FACED IBIS,
    which turned out to be a surprising previous county miss. Siskiyou County,
    05/09/17 Having stayed overnight in Madras, we didn’t get back down to
    California until noon. This time, we
    more intensively birded the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake NWR’s. Along SR-161, at the junction of Lower
    Klamath Lake Road, we found a mixed Icterid flock that included Tricolored
    Blackbirds & Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
    We took Lower Klamath Lake Rd south for a few miles, getting a
    Ferruginous Hawk near the junction with SR-161, and a SAGE THRASHER perhaps
    3-miles in. After returning to Stateline Road, we turned south on Hill
    Road to get to the auto tour route south of the refuge headquarters. At Tour Stop #1 (which is actually still on
    Hill Road), we got a CLARK’S GREBE amongst the more populous Western
    Grebes. Near where the auto tour route
    turns east out into the refuge, we discovered a PEREGRINE FALCON perched on top
    of the rocky wall west of the road.
    Scanning the cave entrances in the rock wall, focusing on the
    guano-covered openings, we found a Great Horned Owl. Caspian Terns squawked overhead. Siskiyou County,
    05/10/17 We stayed in Yreka last night to get an early start on the way
    to Weaverville along SR-3. The town of
    Etna, in Scotts Valley, was searched for Great-tailed Grackles &
    White-tailed Kites, both of which have been seen here, albeit in the dead of
    winter. We didn’t get either of these,
    but at the Etna City Park we did carefully sort through a flock of CEDAR
    WAXWINGs for its congener (no luck). A
    Lewis’s Woodpecker and Townsend’s Solitaire were both seen along SR-3 downhill
    from the summit. At the summit of SR-3, where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses
    the highway, I have always had trouble deciding where the Siskiyou/Trinity
    county line is. Arbitrarily, I’ve chosen
    the PCT as the line; birds on the south side are in Trinity, birds on the north
    are in Siskiyou, and birds flying across the trail are counted in both
    counties. So it was, for instance, that
    a Brown Creeper on a tree just off the PCT to the south was a Trinity bird –
    regrettably, I needed it for Siskiyou but not Trinity. Other interesting birds seen here were
    Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch … never in a “needed”
    county. Trinity County, 05/10/17 The Lewiston Fish Hatchery had an Osprey driving off an adult
    Bald Eagle – usually, it is the opposite.
    Along Lewiston Road on the way to the Fish Hatchery from Weaverville, we
    got a WILSON’S WARBLER. At the Mary
    Smith Campground along Trinity Dam Road, we encountered an assemblage of
    coniferous forest birds, including: Warbling Vireo, Black-throated Gray
    Warbler, Western Tanager, Cassin’s Vireo & Hairy Woodpecker. Trinity County, 05/11/17 First stop for the day was Summit Creek Road off of SR-3 north
    of Hayfork. This road passes through
    some good xeric sage habitat, and has been a go-to spot for county birders
    since “discovered” by Steve Glover in August, 2005. Here, we added BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, but
    failed to pish up either a Bell’s Sparrow or Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Of course if one is driving on SR-3 to Hayfork, THE
    destination is the Hayfork Water Treatment Plant. This is accessed from Tule Creek Road, which
    is just a few feet south of the bridge over Hayfork Creek. I usually blow past the entry road to the
    WTP, which is not marked in any way.
    About a ˝-mile from SR-3, the road makes a gentle 90° turn to the left
    (south). Within 500’, a road goes off to
    the left – this is the entrance road.
    Sometimes the gate is closed, compelling one to walk in. There are signs indicating “Authorized
    Personnel Only,” but birders are welcomed.
    Wood Ducks were herding their chicks.
    Lots of swallows including BARN SWALLOW, my 57 th county for
    this bird, were flying around.
    Shorebirds were the target here, but we only got Spotted Sandpiper &
    Short-billed Dowitcher (it called).
    However, a flock of BAND-TAILED PIGEONs flew over. A female & 1 st -year male
    Bullock’s Oriole put in an appearance – the 1 st -year male always
    gets heart beating faster as I contemplate Hooded Oriole (which would be a
    county record for Trinity). At the
    entrance gate, Salt Creek is very near the road, and a number YELLOW-BREASTED
    CHATs were heard, and a male Lazuli Bunting was singing from an exposed perch. We went back through Hayfork to take Wildwood Road over to
    SR-36. Along this road are many
    opportunities to pull off and bird.
    Along this road, we saw a beautiful HERMIT WARBLER. All in all, a good trip with 7 NCB’s for each county, bringing
    me to within 2 for color change in each county.
    Guess I’ll have to return. Good birding, Stephen Long Oakland, CA diomedea (dot) Stephen (at) gmail (dot) com
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    DATE: Apr 29, 2017, 7 month(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders
    Here are two eBird checklists with Little Stint and Little Gull photos. Sorry for the quality!
    On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM, B Matheson gypaetusbarbatus@... [CALBIRDS] < > wrote:
      Greetings Birders
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used. 
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing. 
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS, BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone.  At the Point Pinos Seawatch, good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS. 
    It was all great fun. 
    Good birding, 
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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    DATE: Apr 29, 2017, 7 month(s) ago
    Greetings Birders
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used.
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing.
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS,BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'SHUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone. At the PointPinos Seawatch,good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS.
    It was all great fun.
    Good birding,
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
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    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 11:22pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    This is an update regarding the TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD COLONIES in Santa Ana Valley, San Benito County.
    I spent most of the day out in Santa Ana Valley watching the blackbirds. Nest building is completed. Most females now seem to be incubating eggs. Large flocks of hundreds, and sometimes, a couple thousand, mostly males, are roaming around the valley, feeding. They seem to be chasing insects ahead of the flock much the same way that I've seen cormorants swimming in a tight flock, chasing fish at sea. It is presumed that the males are feeding the females. If so, the food items must be small because we did not see any items in the beak of the male. One male tricolored was observed catching a lady bug. In the setting sun this evening, many insects could be seen. Many of the blackbirds are flycatching. The large flocks are roaming throughout Santa Ana Valley. The best way to see them is to stop and get out of your car at one of the colonies, and scan over the tops of the nesting substrate, watching for the "fly outs."
    In one such flock, Steve Rottenborn spotted several YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (about 3 males and one female) along Santa Ana Valley. Later, this evening, Leena Saoji spotted one "yellow-edged redwing blackbird " (first I have ever seen in SBT County), with a feeding flock on Santa Ana Valley, and at least one, and probably two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at the milk thistle colony. Vivek Khanzode managed to photograph a female with a silver band on her left leg at the milk thistle colony which is on John Smith Road. This is the first tricolored blackbird with a band that has been observed at this colony. It is the ninth banded tricolored blackbird found in San Benito County!(Keep in mind that there were only about 15 records of banded trikes, in total prior to this!).
    Vivek's patience shows that photographing banded tricolored blackbirds is quite possible. I would encourage photographers with the big lenses to come out and give it a try.
    In approximately 14 days, chicks should begin hatching. The colonies should be quite spectacular at that time! Those birders who have an interest in the life history of this complex species should get out to see these colonies! There is no telling what the future holds for this species.
    There are two colonies in Santa Ana Valley: the mustard colony right along Santa Ana Valley Road. That colony is located 1.1 miles northwestfrom the intersection of Santa Ana Valley and John Smith Roads. You can't miss it, really. The second, much smaller colony is located on John Smith Road on the flats in milk thistle that is about 3.5 feet tall. The thistle colony has a few redwing blackbirds nesting nearest the road. It is helpful to have a step stool to see above the thistles. Just use Google maps and google search those road names in San Benito County.
    The shoulders are dry now. Please park off the road. Turn your engine off. You can get out of your car. No need to use stay inside. The birds are not disturbed as long as you remain on the road. Please do not block driveways, trespass, or walk into any colonies. All of the birders and photographers out there today did a great job!
    The total number of tricolored blackbirds in the valley is estimated to be 36,000. If you obtain any sightings or photographs of banded birds, please let me know.
    Feel free to forward this to other list serves. I'm not going to clog up the air waves by posting this everywhere. Some County Birders might want to check out the yellow-headed blackbirds.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Birding on the Faultlines
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  9. Kern County Birdiest Count Final Report Including Locations LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 10:46am, 3 year(s) ago
    "Missed"or just not present (too early, too late, no coverage where
    occurs, and/or rare to very rare and not annual; several known
    usual nesting species missed) - Lesser Scaup, Common
    Goldeneye, Common Merganser,
    Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pacific Loon,
    Loon, Horned Grebe,
    American Bittern (Kern NWR), Least Bittern (Kern
    NWR), Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Short-billed Dowitcher, Herring Gull, Common Ground-Dove,
    Vaux's Swift,
    Williamson's Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, Peregrine
    Falcon, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Magpie, Clark's
    Varied Thrush,
    Sage Thrasher, American Pipit, Vesper
    Sparrow, Grasshopper
    Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red
    Crossbill, plus even rarer species,...
    ***Count Period
    ***Reported in 2014, not in 2015
    ***Reported in 2015, not in 2014
    ***2015 Kern Birdiest Count Period List of 227 species
    ***Total Species Numbers from all prior 72 hour Kern Birdiest Counts
    ***79 Known Participants
    ***72 Hour Kern County Birdiest Count, 3:30pm, Thursday, April 1, 2015
    to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
    ***REPORTED IN 2014, NOT IN 2015: Lesser Scaup,
    Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Common
    Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
    Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Ground-Dove, Vaux's Swift,
    Pileated Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Plumbeous Vireo, Clark's
    Nutcracker, Pacific Wren, American Pipit, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red
    ***REPORTED IN 2015, NOT IN 2014: Canvasback,
    NOTE: Species reported in UPPER CASE
    LETTERS; species missed during count listed in lower case letters. Remember,
    2015 species reported.
    ***NOT expected - convincing details and/or pictures required
    GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - Frazier ParkSnow GooseROSS'S GOOSE - California CityBrant***Cackling Goose***CANADA GOOSE - Bakersfield's Truxton Lakes, Kern River County
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, WOOD DUCK- Kern River County Park, Kern River PreserveGADWALL- reports for numerous locationsAMERICAN WIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehahchapi, China Lake
    Kern NWREurasian Wigeon***MALLARD- reports for numerous locationsBLUE-WINGED TEAL - China Lake NAWSCINNAMON TEAL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN SHOVELER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRNORTHERN PINTAIL - Kern NWRGREEN-WINGED TEAL- China Lake NAWSCANVASBACK - Kern NWRREDHEAD- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRRING-NECKED DUCK- Lake Jean,, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)Greater Scaup***Lesser ScaupBUFFLEHEAD - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCommon GoldeneyeCommon MerganserRed-breasted Merganser***RUDDY DUCK- reports for numerous
    locationsMOUNTAIN QUAIL- reports for numerous locationsCALIFORNIA QUAIL - reports for
    numerous locationsCHUKAR - Butterbredt Spring, Wind Wolves PreserveRing-necked PheasantSOOTY GROUSE***- Sunday Peak in the Greenhorn MountainsWILD TURKEY- Kern River PreservePacific Loon***Common Loon***PIED-BILLED GREBE- reports for numerous locationsHorned Grebe***EARED GREBE- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRWESTERN GREBE- Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR, Kern River County
    Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoCLARK'S GREBE - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park, Lake
    Woollomes east of DelanoDOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Kern River
    Park, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoAMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - Isabella ReservoirAmerican BitternLeast Bittern***GREAT BLUE HERON- reports for numerous locationsGREAT EGRET- reports for numerous
    locationsSNOWY EGRET- Kern NWR, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoCATTLE EGRET- From along CA Hwy 99 south of Bakersfield,
    Tehachapi's Tom Sawyer LakeGREEN HERON - Edwards AFB, GalileoBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - California City, Edwards AFB, Kern
    NWR, Lake
    Woollomes east of Delano, Tehachapi WTP (sewage ponds)WHITE-FACED IBIS- reports for numerous locationsTURKEY VULTURE- reports for
    numerous locationsCALIFORNIA CONDOR (now countable) - Bear Valley Springs, Tejon
    RanchOSPREY - Edwards AFB, Isabella Reservor--Nuui CunniWHITE-TAILED KITE - Edwards AFBGOLDEN EAGLE - Breckenridge Mountain, west of Rosamond, Wind
    Wolves PreserveNORTHERN HARRIER - Edwards AFB, Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern
    NWR, Wind Wolves PreserveSHARP-SHINNED HAWK - GalileoCOOPER'S HAWK- Ridgecrest,
    Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of Delano, TehachapiNorthern Goshawk***Bald EagleCommon Black Hawk***RED-SHOULDERED HAWK - Kern River Parkway corridor through
    Bakersfield, Kern River PreserveSWAINSON'S HAWK - Garces Hwy west of Delano, Kern NWR, Sand
    Canyon above Iindian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Tule Elk State Reserve
    (two nesting
    pairs)Zone-tailed Hawk***RED-TAILED HAWK- reports for
    numerous locationsVIRGINIA RAIL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRSORA- California City, China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRCOMMON GALLINULE - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRAMERICAN COOT- reports for
    numerous locations
    BLACK-NECKED STILT - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoAMERICAN AVOCET - China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR,
    Woollomes east of DelanoBLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of DelanoAmerican Golden-Plover***Pacific Golden-Plover***
    SNOWY PLOVER - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley private propertySEMIPALMATED PLOVER- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, San Joaquin Valley private
    propertyKILLDEER- reports for numerous locationsSPOTTED SANDPIPER - reports for
    numerous locationsSOLITARY SANDPIPER - "Old Sewage Ponds" at Ridgecrest Watchable
    Wildlife ParkWandering Tattler***GREATER YELLOWLEGS- Kern NWRWILLET - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyLesser YellowlegsWHIMBREL- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLONG-BILLED CURLEW- China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoMARBLED GODWIT - China Lake NAWSRuddy Turnstone***RED KNOT*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyRuff***Stilt Sandpiper***SANDERLING*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyDUNLIN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes east of
    San Joaquin Valley private propertyBAIRD'S SANDPIPER*** - China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyLEAST SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWSPectoral Sandpiper***SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER*** - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyWESTERN SANDPIPER - China Lake NAWS, Lake Woollomes east of DelanoShort-billed Dowitcher**LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER- China Lake NAWS, Kern NWR, Lake Woollomes
    east of
    DelanoWILSON'S SNIPE - China Lake NAWSWILSON'S PHALAROPE - China Lake NAWSRED-NECKED PHALAROPE- China Lake NAWS, San Joaquin Valley private propertyRed Phalarope***BONAPARTE'S GULL - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyLittle Gull***FRANKLIN'S GULL - China Lake NAWSHeerman's Gull***RING-BILLED GULL - China Lake NAWS, , Kern River County Park
    (Lake Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoWestern Gull***CALIFORNIA GULL- China Lake NAWS, Isabella Reservoir, Kern River
    County Park (Lake Ming), San Joaquin Valley private propertyHerring GullGULL-BILLED TERN*** - San Joaquin
    Valley private propertyCASPIAN TERN - Lake Woollomes east of Delano, San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyBLACK TERN - San Joaquin Valley
    private propertyCommon Tern***FORSTER'S TERN - Isabella Reservoir, Kern River County Park (Lake
    Ming), Lake Woollomes east of DelanoROCK PIGEON - RidgecrestBAND-TAILED PIGEON - Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Lebec,
    Panorama Vista Preserve (Bakersfield), Pine
    Mountain Club, Squirrel Valley above Mountain Mesa, Tehachapi Mountain
    for numerous locationsSPOTTED DOVE - Bakersfield's Beale ParkInca Dove***Common Ground-Dove
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE*** - China Lake NAWS, RidgecrestMOURNING DOVE - reports for
    numerous locations
    GREATER ROADRUNNER - Indian Wells Valley, Kern NWR, west of
    Rosamond, Wind Wolves PreserveBARN OWL - Kern River PreserveFLAMMULATED OWL - Breckenridge MountainWESTERN SCREECH-OWL- Breckenridge MountainGREAT HORNED OWL- Cerro Coso Community College, Fay Ranch Rd in
    Weldon, Wind Wolves PreserveNORTHERN PYGMY-OWL - Breckenridge MountainBURROWING OWL- RidgecrestSPOTTED OWL- Breckenridge MountainLONG-EARED OWL - RidgecrestShort-eared Owl***NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL- Breckenridge MountainLESSER NIGHTHAWK - California City, Kern NWRCOMMON POORWILL- Fay Ranch Rd in WeldonBlack Swift***Vaux's SwiftWHITE-THROATED SWIFT- Galileo, Sand Canyon above Indian Wells
    Valley (part of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird
    Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD - reports
    locationsANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - reports for
    numerous locationsCOSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD- reports for numerous desert locationsBroad-tailed Hummingbird***RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD - Bakersfield, Galileo, Ridgecrest, TehachapiCALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD - GalileoBELTED KINGFISHER - GalileoLEWIS'S WOODPECKER - Sand Canyon above Indian Wells Valley (part
    of the Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)ACORN WOODPECKER- reports for numerous locations including the
    desertWilliamson's Sapsucker***Red-naped Sapsucker***RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkLADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER - reports for numerous desert locationsNUTTALL'S WOODPECKER - Kern River Preserve, Sand Canyon above
    Indian Wells Valley, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveDOWNY WOODPECKER - Kern River PreserveHAIRY WOODPECKER - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Kern River PreserveWHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkNORTHERN FLICKER - reports for numerous locationsPileated WoodpeckerAMERICAN KESTREL- reports for numerous locationsMerlin***Peregrine FalconPRAIRIE FALCON - Kern River PreserveROSE-RINGED PARAKEET - Bakersfield west of CA Hwy 99,
    Bakersfield's Beale Park (notable even
    though not currently
    countable)OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER- Breckenridge Mountain, Galileo,
    Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Greenhorn Mountains, Lake
    east of DelanoWESTERN WOOD-PEWEE - reports for numerous
    locationsWillow Flycatcher***HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, RidgecrestGRAY FLYCATCHER - 10 miles south of Weldon, Galileo, Kern
    River PreserveDUSKY FLYCATCHER - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern NWRPACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous locationsBLACK PHOEBE- reports for numerous locationsSAY'S PHOEBE - reports for numerous locationsVERMILION FLYCATCHER - Kern River PreserveASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER - reports for numerous
    locationsBrown-crested FlycatcherCASSIN'S KINGBIRD- Kern River County Park (Lake Ming), Paul's
    Place country store (Weldon)WESTERN KINGBIRD- reports for numerous locationsLOGGERHEAD SHRIKE- reports for numerous locationsBell's Vireo***CASSIN'S VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPlumbeous Vireo***HUTTON'S VIREO - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains west
    slopeWARBLING VIREO - reports for numerous locationsPINYON JAY - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of the Southern Sierra
    Desert Canyons Important Bird Area)STELLER'S JAY- Greenhorn Mountains, Tehachapi, Tehachapi Mountain
    Park, Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN SCRUB-JAY- reports for numerous locationsYellow-billed MagpieClark's NutcrackerAMERICAN CROW- reports for numerous locationsCOMMON RAVEN - reports for numerous locationsHORNED LARK - Edwards AFB, Inyokern, Isabella Reservoir,
    Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves Preserve NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW- reports for
    numerous locationsPURPLE MARTIN - Bear Valley SpringsTREE SWALLOW- reports for numerous locationsVIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bear Valley Springs, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi, Tehachapi
    Mountain ParkBANK SWALLOW - Kern River corridor in BakersfieldBARN SWALLOW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoCLIFF SWALLOW - reports for numerous locationsMOUNTAIN CHICKADEE- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkOAK TITMOUSE - reports for numerous locationsVERDIN- China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Inyokern, Inyokern--MiddlemissBUSHTIT - Kern River Preserve, Wind Wolves PreserveRED-BREASTED NUTHATCH- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkWHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH - reports for numerous
    locationsPYGMY NUTHATCH - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs, Cerro
    Noroeste Rd in the Mt. Pinos regionBROWN CREEPER- Greenhorn MountainsROCK WREN- Edwards AFB, Galileo Hill, Isabella Reservoir sides,
    Wind Wolves PreserveCANYON WREN - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsHOUSE WREN - reports for numerous locationsPacific WrenMARSH WREN - China Lake NAWS, Kern NWRBEWICK'S WREN - reports for numerous locationsCACTUS WREN - reports for numerous locationsBLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - Edwards AFB, Galileo, Greenhorn
    12.0,AMERICAN DIPPER - Kern River Canyon mouth near Bakersfield city
    limitsGOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET - Greenhorn MountainsRUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWRENTIT - Breckenridge Mountain, Fay Ranch Rd (upper part),
    Greenhorn Mountains, Wind Wolves
    PreserveWESTERN BLUEBIRD - reports for numerous locationsMountain Bluebird***TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE- Greenhorn MountainsSWAINSON'S THRUSH - Butterbredt Spring, Cerro Coso Community
    College, GalileoHERMIT THRUSH- Galileo, Kern NWR, Ridgecrest, Wind Wolves PreserveAMERICAN ROBIN - reports for numerous locationsVaried Thrush***Brown Thrasher***Bendire's Thrasher***CALIFORNIA THRASHER - Fay Ranch Rd (upper), Kern River corridor
    in Bakersfield, Lebec,
    Wind Wolves PreserveLE CONTE'S THRASHER - California City, Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Inyokern, Maricopa
    (Petroleum Club Rd)Sage Thrasher***NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsEUROPEAN STARLING- reports for numerous locationsAmerican PipitCEDAR WAXWING - Bakersfield, Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS,
    Edwards AFB,
    Galileo, Lake
    Woollomes east
    of DelanoPHAINOPEPLA - reports for numerous locationsOvenbird***Northern Waterthrush***Black-and-white Warbler***ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - reports for numerous
    locationsLucy's Warbler***NASHVILLE WARBLER - Greenhorn MountainsMACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsCOMMON YELLOWTHROAT- reports for numerous
    locationsHooded Warbler***Northern Parula***Magnolia Warbler***YELLOW WARBLER- reports for numerous locationsPalm Warbler***YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S & MYRTLE) - reports
    locationsGrace's Warbler***BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Lake
    east of DelanoTOWNSEND'S WARBLER - Butterbredt Spring, Galileo, Ridgecrest's
    Desert Memorial Park (cemetery), TehachapiHERMIT WARBLER - China Lake NAWS, GalileoWILSON'S WARBLER - reports for numerous locationsPainted Redstart***YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Galileo, Kern River PreserveGREEN-TAILED TOWHEE- California City, Galileo, Greenhorn MountainsSPOTTED TOWHEE- Galileo, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River
    Preserve, Tehachapi Mountain
    Wind Wolves PreserveRUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW- Wofford HeightsCALIFORNIA TOWHEE - reports for numerous locationsCHIPPING SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Butterbredt Spring,
    Edwards AFBClay-colored Sparrow***BREWER'S SPARROW - Edwards AFB, Kelso Valley
    Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0,BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW- Chimney Peak Byway, Piute Mountains
    (Saddle Springs Rd)Vesper Sparrow***LARK SPARROW - Galileo, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to 12.0, Tehachapi, Wind Wolves PreserveBLACK-THROATED SPARROW - Cow Heaven Canyon (part
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonBELL'S SPARROW (MOJAVE) - California City, Cow
    Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards AFB, InyokernLark Bunting***SAVANNAH SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsGrasshopper Sparrow***FOX SPARROW- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsSONG SPARROW- reports for numerous locationsLINCOLN'S SPARROW - China Lake NAWS, Galileo, Greenhorn
    Mountains, Kern River PreserveSwamp Sparrow***WHITE-THROATED SPARROW*** - GalileoHarris's Sparrow***WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW- Galileo (Mountain White-crowned/oriantha
    subspecies), off Kelso Valley Rd 10 miles south of
    WeldonGOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW- Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    California City, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River PreserveDARK-EYED JUNCO- Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn Mountains,
    Tehachapi Mountain ParkSUMMER TANAGER- Kern River Preserve (several locations)WESTERN TANAGER - reports for numerous locationsPhyrrhuloxia***Rose-breasted Grosbeak***BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK- reports for numerous
    locationsBLUE GROSBEAK - Kern River Preserve, Lake Woollomes east of
    Delano, Wind Wolves
    PreserveLAZULI BUNTING - Butterbredt Spring, China Lake NAWS, Piute
    Mountains (Saddle Springs
    Rd), TehachapiIndigo Bunting***RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD- widespreadTRICOLORED BLACKBIRD- Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi, Edwards AFB,
    Kern River Preserve, Lake Isabella (community of), Wind Wolves PreserveWESTERN MEADOWLARK- reports for numerous locationsYELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - California City, China Lake NAWS,
    GalileoBREWER'S BLACKBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsCommon Grackle***GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE - reports for numerous
    locationsBronzed Cowbird***BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD - reports for numerous
    locationsOrchard Oriole***HOODED ORIOLE - Bakersfield, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of Weldon, Kernville, Lake Woollomes east of
    DelanoBULLOCK'S ORIOLE- reports for numerous locationsSCOTT'S ORIOLE - Cow Heaven Canyon (part of
    Southern Sierra Desert Canyons Important Bird Area), Edwards
    AFB, Kelso Valley Rd--Mile 8.0
    to Mile 12.0, off Kelso Valley Rd
    10 miles south of WeldonHOUSE FINCH - reports for numerous locationsPURPLE FINCH - Bear Valley Springs, Kern NWR, Tehachapi Mountain
    ParkCASSIN'S FINCH - Breckenridge Mountain, Greenhorn MountainsRed CrossbillPINE SISKIN - Bear Mountain above Bear Valley Springs,
    Butterbredt Spring, Galileo,
    TehachapiLESSER GOLDFINCH- reports for numerous locationsLAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH - reports for numerous
    locationsAMERICAN GOLDFINCH - Bakersfield, Kern River County Park--Hart
    Park unit, Lebec, Wind Wolves PreserveEVENING GROSBEAK*** - GalileoHOUSE SPARROW- reports for numerous locations
    COUNTS: 2006-246 species, 2007-235 species, 2008-241 species, 2009-246
    species, 2010-242 species, 2011-245 species, 2012-242 species, 2013-251
    species, 2014-240 species, 2015-227
    ***79 KNOWN PARTICIPANTS: Liga Auzins, Bob Barnes, John Birsner, Gordon
    Black, Jeb Blain, Jana
    Borba, Sherry
    Brubaker, Brenda Burnett, Dan Burnett, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Encar
    Card, Daisy Carillo, Jeff Cartier, Barbara Castle, Susan Castle, Bill
    Cooper, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Jeff
    Davis, Mary Dufrain, Mike Duncan, Madi Elsea, Kevin Fahey, Laura Fahey,
    Feenstra, Gary File, Ernie
    Flores, Joe Fontaine, Kristi Frick, Terri Gallion, Bruce Garlinger,
    Gail Gewain,
    Darrin Heindel, Greg Homel, Andy
    Honig, Louise
    Sandy Koonce, Debby Kroeger, Brenda Kyle, Ken
    Kyle, Denise LaBerteaux, Megan Lundin, Penny LaPone, Rod Lee, Kelli
    Levinson, John Lockhart, Harry
    Love, Andy
    Lundin, Bill Lydecker, Wayne Martin, Judy Matsuoka, Terri Middlemiss,
    Bill Moffat,
    Jean Moore, Chuck
    Noble, Bob Parker, Landon Peppel, Nancy
    Robinson, Erik Schoenborn, Adam Searcy,
    Deb See, Alison Sheehey, Mark Stacy,
    Jenna Stanek, John Stanek,
    Bob Steele, Susan
    Steele, John Sterling, Steve Summers, Lee Sutton, Shirley Sutton,
    Alexia Svejda, Nadia
    Svejda, Al Tapia, Linda Vasquez, Barb Walls, Mary Whitfield, Marcia
    Wolfe, Tom
    Wurster. Kerncrest
    Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon. Southern Sierra Research Station staff
    (Jenna Stanek, John Stanek, Mary Whitfield). Wind Wolves Preserve staff
    Borba, Daisy Carrillio, Melissa Dabulamanzi, Megan
    Schoenborn, Linda Vasquez),...THANK
    Serving as the Messenger for Participants,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    Cell: 760-382-1260 
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  11. Farallones update, 8/17 - 8/23 LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2013 @ 7:57pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Greetings Calbirders. The Farallones Fall season crew for Point Blue
    Conservation Science (formerly PRBO Conservation Science) arrived on Southeast
    Farallon Island last Saturday, August 17th.
    Weather was fairly good in the middle of the week for migrant landbirds, with
    light southerly winds and high overcast. Some highlights from the last week
    Decent numbers of BULLER'S SHEARWATERS have been passing by the island over the
    past 2 days. A high count of 26 were seen yesterday (8/23) during sea watches.
    The NORTHERN GANNET was seen nearly every day last week, as long as the
    visibility was far enough for views of Sugarlloaf at the north end of the
    One YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD spent three days on the island (Tues-Thurs).
    We banded one BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER on wednesday.
    A male PHAINOPEPLA on wednesday was only the 7th island record. It was our
    earliest Fall record, and the first since November of 2000.
    One TENNESSEE WARBLER was banded on Thursday.
    A very early NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found yesterday. Hopefully the next
    waterthrush we see will be of the louisiana variety.
    A surprisingly rare bird on SEFi, one HOODED ORIOLE was found on Thursday and
    To see photos of some of the birds in this report, or to learn more about the
    islands, visit the PRBO Conservation Science Farallones blog:
    (updated frequently), or just for photos, visit my
    picasa web album:
    Cheers and good birding,
    Dan Maxwell, Nora Livingston, and Jim Tietz
    Southeast Farallon Island
    San Francisco, CA
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  13. RBA: 19th Feb - 3rd Mar, 2013, Northwest California Bird Box LINK
    DATE: Mar 7, 2013 @ 2:18am, 5 year(s) ago
    - RBA
    * Northwestern California Bird Alert
    *4 March 2013
    hotline: Northwestern California Bird Alert
    date(s): 19 February – 3 March 2013
    number: (707)-822-LOON (5666)
    to report: (707)-822-LOON (Do not send reports by e-mail)
    coverage: Northwestern CA (Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties)
    compiled: 1 March 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
    transcriber: Robert W. Hewitt
    Birds mentioned:
    Greater White-fronted Goose
    Blue-winged Teal
    Eurasian Wigeon
    Northern Fulmar
    Rough-legged Hawk
    Heerman's Gull
    White-throated Swift
    Prairie Falcon
    Say's Phoebe
    Northern Shrike
    Palm Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    Tricolored Blackbird
    19 Feb,
    A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was at the Arcata Marsh, South I Street Pond, tucked
    in the vegetation before the railroad tracks, reported by George Ziminsky.
    22 Feb,
    A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was at the Moxon Dairy, Arcata Bottoms, Tony Kurz.
    23 Feb,
    The pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL continued at the Arcata Marsh, South I Street Pond,
    from George Ziminsky.
    25 Feb,
    A NORTHERN FULMAR was seen at the Woodly Island Marina, Eureka, by Meghan Still
    and Tony Kurz, oddly inside Humboldt Bay. They also reported a flyover WHIMBREL
    and an immature HEERMAN'S GULL also at Woodly Island Marina/Indian Island
    26 Feb,
    A SAY'S PHOEBE was in the Arcata Bottoms, along the V Street Loop reported by
    Phil Choan, who also saw several TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD that were at the Lanphere
    Dairy in the Arcata Bottoms as well as a juvenile dark MERLIN near the Hammond
    Trail Bridge.
    27 Feb,
    A possible vocal WHITE-THROATED SWIFT was at the Blue Lake Cottonwoods Rob
    A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was in the Ferndale Bottoms, Goble and Fulmar Rd, by
    Phil Choan, who also reported a pair of WOOD DUCK and a PRAIRIE FALCON in the
    Loleta Bottoms, Hawk Hill Road.
    28 Feb,
    A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at the Arcata Marsh, I Street Dog-leg, Rob Fowler.
    Annie Meyer reported a singing NASHVILLE WARBLER from Sunnybrea residential,
    Chester Ave. Arcata.
    1 Mar,
    Tony Kurz reported a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on Old Arcata Road, Faye Slough Bottoms
    as well as a single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in with the "cacklers," he also
    saw a male EURASIAN WIGEON further north on Old Arcata Road, at the Bayside
    A NORTHERN SHRIKE was along the V street Loop, Arcata Bottoms Casey Ryan.
    3 Feb,
    A PALM WARBLER was at the Arcata Marsh, Treatment Marsh vicinity, reported by
    George Ziminsky.
    An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was in the Arcata Bottoms, at Foster and Polaris,
    Robert Hewitt, who also saw a MERLIN on the Arcata Bottoms at Dolly Varden Road.
    We also have a continuing report on NWCalbird of the immature male BALTIMORE
    ORIOLE, still at Sky Lloyd's house in Crescent City.
    This is the weekly summary of reports from the Northwestern
    California Bird Alert, sponsored by the City of Arcata, Redwood Region
    Audubon Society, and generous support from area birders. Most
    birds reported are in Humboldt County unless otherwise noted.
    Birds in caps under the "highlights" section have about 50 (plus
    or minus 5) records of occurrence in Northwestern California as
    defined in Stan Harris's "Northwestern California Birds" (3rd
    edition, 2005). California Bird Records Committee review species
    are noted with an asterisk (*).On another note, you can subscribe to
    California Bird Alert this listserv at:
    This listserv receives audio messages, which are called in to the
    Northwestern California Bird Alert. One of the benefits of using
    this listserv is that it saves on your long-distance phone bills by
    receiving messages in your e-mail, of which typically appear within
    5 minutes of the message being called in. Messages
    get sent as .wav files and they come as attachments. Broadband helps. Average
    size is 270kb and max size is about 1 MB.
    Good Birding!
    Yours Rob Hewitt,
    Eureka, California
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  15. SD/LA overnight pelagic. 4 Guadalupe's, 4 Tropicbirds, 1000 Leasts, Skua LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2012 @ 8:55pm, 5 year(s) ago
    The overnight pelagic trip aboard "Grande" out of San Diego visited San
    Diego, Los Angeles (especially), and Ventura County waters during its two
    full days offshore, 13-14 October. On Saturday, we started at the 9-Mile
    Bank (where the central section was awash in 1000 Cassin's Auklets and 1800
    Black-vented Shearwaters); then out to the 30-Mile Bank (where we re-found
    the large roosting mass of storm-petrels at exactly the same spot they were
    a week earlier); then headed west to the south of San Clemente Island; on
    Sunday, we were out at the Tanner Bank and Cortes Ridge; and then back east
    across the East Cortes Basin.  Species seen included:
    San Diego Harbor (Ballast Point):  1 AMERICAN and 2 Black OYSTERCATCHERS
    Common Loon: 1
    Eared Grebe: 3
    NORTHERN FULMAR:  2 dark, 1 light  (maybe portends a good winter for them)
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 200
    Sooty Shearwater: 10
    Black-vented Shearwater: 1850
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 10 (low)
    LEAST STORM-PETREL: 1000  (all in rafts in LA Co. section of 30-Mile)
    Black Storm-Petrel: 2500
    RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD: 4 (all at or to east of Cortes Ridge, LA Co.)
    Brown Pelican: 25  (including many far offshore at Cortes Ridge)
    Long-billed Dowitcher: 60  (3 flocks far offshore)
    Red-necked Phalarope: 20
    Red Phalarope: 600
    Sabine's Gull: 3
    Western Gull: 100
    Common Tern: 280  (including single mass of 200 s. of San Clemente Is.)
    Pomarine Jaeger: 35
    Parasitic Jaeger: 5
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA: 1  (Tanner Bank)
    GUADALUPE MURRELET: 4  (2 pairs at or east of Cortes Ridge, LA Co.)
    Cassin's Auklet: 1060
    Mourning Dove: 1
    RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 (Tanner Bank)
    Dark-eyed Junco (probably SLATE-COLORED): 1 (Cortes Ridge)
    YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 (Tanner Bank; rode ship most of day)
    Also, about 8 Blue Whales, 3 Fin Whales, and 1 Green Sea Turtle.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    via Barbara Carlson
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  17. Farallones Update, 9/30 through 10/6 LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2012 @ 6:30am, 5 year(s) ago
    Hello CalBirders,
    The PRBO Conservation Science crew continues Fall migration monitoring on
    Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Last week showed fairly good conditions for
    migrants, the best day being thursday (light SW winds and 10-20 mile
    visibility), which produced the best two birds of the week. Here are the
    highlights from last week:
    A lone GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE visited the island on 10/3.
    The RUDDY DUCK found last week continued through saturday, and was was seen
    nearly every day.
    One FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was seen during a seawatch on 10/4.
    The NORTHERN GANNET has been seen every day, with the exception of 10/5. It has
    taken to roosting on Sugar Loaf, an islet on the North side of the island.
    Two WHITE-TAILED KITES made the journey out to the Farallones for a quick fly-by
    on 10/1.
    A single PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen on 9/30.
    The bird of the week was a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH found in a mist net on 10/4.
    One OVENBIRD was seen last week 9/30 - 10/1.
    Three TENNESSEE WARBLERS were observed last week. One continued from the
    previous week, and two more were seen on 10/4.
    One CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was seen on 10/6.
    We banded a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER on 10/4.
    Many more WESTERN PALM WARBLERS are finding their way to the island. At least
    one has been seen every day, with a high count of four individuals on 10/6.
    One PRAIRIE WARBLER from last week continued through 9/30, but hasn't been seen
    Probably the second best bird of the week, a single BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
    was on island all day on 10/4.
    CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been seen daily, with a high count of four on 10/4
    and 10/5.
    One BREWER'S SPARROW was banded on 10/3.
    At least one VESPER SPARROW has been seen daily over the last week, with a high
    count of three on 10/5.
    On 10/3, we got our first WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS of the fall. Of the two seen
    on 10/3, one continued through 10/6.
    One YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD made a brief appearance at the lighthouse on 10/3,
    but was not seen again.
    Yet another BALTIMORE ORIOLE (4th of the fall) was found on 10/4. We still have
    not seen a single Bullock's.
    To see photos of some of the birds in this report, or to learn more about how
    this year's Farallonathon went, visit the PRBO Conservation Science Farallones
    (updated frequently), or just for photos,
    visit my picasa web album:
    Cheers and good birding,
    Dan Maxwell, Luke Musher, Kristie Nelson, Maggie Spilatro, Nora Livingston,
    Sophie Webb, and Jim Tietz,
    Southeast Farallon Island
    San Francisco, CA
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  19. San Benito County Birding: Jan 29-31, 2011 LINK
    DATE: Feb 1, 2011 @ 9:30pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    Below, is a report of some highlights of birding in San Benito
    County, January 29 through January 31, 2011.
    January 29th, there was a MERLIN on John Smith Road. On Santa Ana
    Valley Road a FERRUGINOUS HAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE performing courtship
    display flight. At Paicines Reservoir a decent assortment of
    waterfowl was present, along with an immature BALD EAGLE. On a
    private ranch, one Empid flycatcher was present, possibly a Gray
    On January 30th at San Felipe Lake, the Highway 152 call box: a pair,
    male/female BALD EAGLES were perched on a willow. One PEREGRINE
    FALCON was present. One CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was present. (Please note
    that this pullout is a very dangerous area due to traffic. On Lovers
    Lane, 9 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were present. This represents a high
    count for the county, and the first winter record that I am aware of.
    At Vista Park Hill in the town of Hollister, one RED-BREASTED
    SAPSUCKER and one TOWNSEND'S WARBLER were present. Both were in the
    pepper trees near the county buildings. At Bear Valley Fire Station
    Pond on Highway 25, south of Pinnacles, 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS
    were foraging in a flock of 2700 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS, 200 Red-
    winged Blackbirds and 100 Brewer's Blackbirds. This represents a new
    county location for Yellow-headed Blackbird and a first winter record
    that I am aware of. Continuing south on Highway 25, at Bitterwater
    Dry Lake, 3 WHITE-FRONTED and 2 ROSS'S GEESE were present, along with
    86 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS and one adult BALD EAGLE. One Red-tailed Hawk
    with jesses and bells was photographed. Large flocks of YELLOW-BILLED
    MAGPIES, up to 28, were present along Highway 25. At Hwy 25 and
    Coalinga Road, one FERRUGINOUS HAWK was present. On Coalinga Road, at
    Laguna BLM area, one RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was present. At Hernandez
    Reservoir, one immature (3 year old) BALD EAGLE summersalted, showing
    its talons to a Red-tailed Hawk who was pursuing it. High numbers of
    RUDDY DUCKS (280), MALLARDS (380) and AMERICAN WIGEON (220) were
    present at the reservoir. Forty Tule Elk were near the road.
    Returning home, Kangaroo Rats were observed on Quien Sabe Road. It
    rained, off and on, all day.
    On January 31st, a visit to the Hollister sewer ponds was very
    disappointing, with virtually no shorebirds present, save one Greater
    Yellowlegs and Killdeer. At Fremont Peak State Park, best birds were
    Elsewhere, in Santa Clara County, 5 TUNDRA SWANS were present on
    Bloomfield Road on January 30th.
    Happy Trails,
    Debra Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    SVALBARD: High Arctic Seabirds & Polar Bears, Walrus: 8-18 July &
    18-28 July, 2012
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  21. Sonora Pass HY108 Pine Grosbeak LINK
    DATE: May 30, 2010 @ 3:29pm, 7 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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  23. Calaveras County Big Day - New Record LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2010 @ 10:01pm, 8 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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  25. SE Farallon Bird Wave including Yellow-breasted Bunting LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2009 @ 6:30pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Hi Cal Birders,
    After several weeks of very few birds, we finally got a good migration wave.
    The wave started on 8 October with good number of western birds. On the 9th, we
    had ideal fallout conditions and the birds kept coming and coming. The
    Violet-green Swallows were the most obvious as everytime you'd try to count them
    there would be more. Also conspicuous were the Yellow-rumped Warblers which
    were flycatching off the rocks everywhere. A very drab BLUE-HEADED VIREO turned
    up early in the morning that I initially dismissed as a Cassin's Vireo, but I
    became more interested in it after I got some better looks, though, we still
    could not be certain of the ID until I examined some photos that Kristie Nelson
    took with my camera late in the day that showed the complete white edging to the
    outer rectrices. In the early afternoon, Ryan spotted a GRAY-CHEECKED THRUSH
    amongst the hordes of Hermit Thrushes on the, tough to view, northside of the
    lighthouse. We ended the
    day with an incredible 1332 landbirds seen on the island. Island high counts
    were set for Violet-green Swallow and Audubon's Warbler. See below for a more
    detailed list.
    The following day brought more ideal weather, but fewer birds. Today was the
    last day for Matt Brady, Kristie Nelson, and me, and we only had half a day to
    bird. Because we had to pack our gear and clean, we did not get much time to
    look at birds in the morning. Ryan Terrill, Jill Gautreaux, Mark Dettling, and
    Andrew Greene were staying behind and Pete Warzybok was coming out on the boat.
    After I went over some of our protocols with Pete at the lighthouse, he and I
    started heading down the trail. About halfway down, I flushed two birds from
    the side of the trail – one was a junco, the other was similar sized, but had
    a brown back with white outer rectrices. I thought it would be a Vesper Sparrow
    so I stopped to take a look at it. The bird did not have a Vesper-type eyering,
    and it had strong buffy lines down the back. I told Pete, “I’m not sure
    what this bird is.” I thought maybe a longspur, but quickly ruled them out
    for various
    reasons. The bird had a strong mustard-yellow wash across the chest, narrow
    (but distinct) streaking on the sides and flanks, conical bill larger than the
    junco's with a black maxilla and pink lower mandible, a dark line wrapping
    around the auricular and pale lores, short wings, and white outer rectrices on a
    moderately long tail. I then realized that I was looking at an Asian bunting; I
    was thinking Yellow-breasted Bunting, but didn’t want to say that because I
    didn't really know the field marks for this bird, and I wasn’t sure about
    other possibilities such as Yellowhammer. At that moment, I heard somebody
    mentioning on the radio something about the Black-throated Green Warbler that
    Kristie had seen just 20 minutes earlier. Over the radio, I said something
    like, “Drop whatever you’re doing, there’s a bunting from Asia up here.”
    Matt, Ryan, and Kristie then started sprinting up the hillside. Unfortunately,
    the bunting flew up Little
    Lighthouse Hill by the time they got there and we could not relocate it before
    leaving. On the boat, Matt showed me all the possibilities in the Birds of East
    Asia book, and it was undoubtedly a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING. It was certainly a
    good bird to see just before leaving, but I feel bad that nobody else saw it.
    Sadly, the rest of the crew still on the island were not able to relocate it
    either. So no photos and no resight does not bode well for CBRC acceptance, but
    I'll submit my description anyway.
    The highlights of our bird wave are listed below:
    --9 October: 87 spp of migrants, 1332 individual landbirds
    Intergrade Flicker: 1
    Least Flycatcher: 1
    Red-eyed Vireo: 1
    Violet-green Swallow: 250 - island high count
    Hermit Thrush: 100
    Tennessee Warbler: 1
    Audubon's Warbler: 400 - island high count
    Blackburnian Warbler: 1
    Blackpoll Warbler: 1
    American Redstart: 1
    Ovenbird: 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow: 2
    Brewer's Sparrow: 1
    Song Sparrow: 1 morphna
    White-throated Sparrow: 7
    Chestnut-collared Longspur: 1
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak: 1
    Bobolink: 1
    Lawrence's Goldfinch: 1
    --10 October: 85 migrant bird species, 692 individual landbirds
    Greater white-fronted Goose:1
    Band-tailed Pigeon: 1
    Common Poorwill: 1 (not an arrival)
    Horned Lark: 1
    Hammond's Flycatcher: 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet: 59 -island high count
    Ruby-crowbed Kinglet: 54
    American Pipit: 69
    Chestnut-sided Warbler: 1
    Magnolia Warbler: 1
    Black-throated Green Warbler: 1
    Palm Warbler: 1
    Black-and-white Warbler: 1
    White-throated Sparrow: 8 -island high count
    Orchard Oriole: 1
    --11 October--
    Northern Shoveler:1
    Tropical Kingbird:1
    Weird American Pipit (see IDfrontiers post, and this link:
    Black-throated Blue Warbler: 1
    Ovenbird: 1
    Lark Bunting: 1
    Yellow-headed Blackbird: 1
    James R. Tietz
    Davis, CA
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  27. 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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  29. Update: Orange County Rarities LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2009 @ 2:23am, 8 year(s) ago
    First the Blue-footed Booby at the Dana Point Harbor jetty, Orange County,
    California. First found Thursday late afternoon by Robert McNab. Observed
    Friday AM after sunrise, but at some point left jetty only to return about 11 AM
    and apparently spent the rest of the day on the jetty. Saturday well
    photographed by boat by Monte Taylor ( about 7:15
    AM.... but by 8:30 AM was gone. Did not come back from 8:30 AM to at least 11 reported 12:55 PM. Not on jetty at 3:15 PM when I rechecked but flew
    in about 3:45 PM and was still there about 5:30 PM when I left.
    Conclusion: Bird has a routine.... seen on same rock of the long jetty at Dana
    Point Harbor for all sightings.... last top rock beyond the fog horn tower
    before the outer, long jetty slopes into the ocean. Roosts on that rock....
    leaves in morning and also may leave jetty in mid afternoon. Therefore, from
    the 3 days of observation, best times to see the Booby is after sunrise and in
    late afternoon. I think the best viewing spot would be from the island in the
    Dana Point Harbor... after crossing bridge make left turn and park at the end
    parking lot. The end of the long outer jetty is 1200 plus feet from this
    viewing area.... scope really needed to see details.
    Second... Upper Santa Ana River. Great Crested Flycatcher.... found by Doug
    Willick today, seen by some up to about 2 pm today.... along bike trail along
    Santa Ana River downstream from Glassell from 100 yards west to area of Porta
    Pottie. Also in the riverbed: Solitary Sandpiper and above Glassell.. Brewer's
    Sparrow and Yellow-headed Blackbird in riverbed. Below Glassell... Plumbeous
    Vireo and below Lincoln Pectoral Sandpiper.
    Joel Weintraub
    Orange Co RBA Compiler
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