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· Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues + guidelines refresher (Feb 7, 2016)
· Feb. 28 Pelagic out of San Pedro (Feb 7, 2016)
· Re: [nwcalbird] Re: Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5 Feb (Feb 6, 2016)
· Re: Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5 Feb (Feb 6, 2016)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound (Feb 5, 2016)
  1. Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues + guidelines refresher LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2016 @ 3:11pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all, Just before noon today Peter Carlson and I walked straight up to observers watching the Great Gray Owl. The bird was perched in a Douglas Fir near the southwestern edge of Elk Prairie and just minding its own business. It hung out for about 20 minutes and then decided to fly further back into the forest and out of sight. Other observers that were present this morning saw the bird hunting and catching a couple of voles. 
    
    The bird seems to be pretty settled in and has figured out how to regularly catch voles and seems to be doing so with greater success. With this increased success it seems like the bird is not active throughout the whole day like it was when it first showed up. So, I might recommend trying for it either in the morning or late afternoon to increase your chances of seeing the bird if you haven't. 
    
    It also seems like a good time to remind people of the suggested guidelines (key word is "suggested"). I talked to some birders this morning who were present yesterday and noted that a couple of photographers were actually regularly walking up to the owl and they perceived that this caused the owl to flush a couple of times. Also, some wildlife students actually walked straight up to the tree the owl was perched 15 feet up in and proceeded to look for a recently coughed up pellet, much to the chagrin of many present. So, it seems like a perfect time to post these guidelines again.  
    
    1) Give the bird space. If you give it time and have patience it will come towards you. Give it a lot of respect and don't crowd it. With patience and time you will get killer photos of this bird as it is SOOOOO obliging and easily observed and will at times get within just FEET of people. Please just let it do that on its own 2) I'd suggest just staying on either the road or on the trails that surround the prairie. The meadow is where this owls food is (voles mostly, I guess) so please consider staying out of the meadow to get closer looks at the bird. So, please stay on the trails and on the road side of the fencing that surrounds the meadow/prairie. 3)Try and be as quiet as possible. I think most people are keeping their voice to a minimum but remember that the owl is hunting its prey mostly by sound. 4) If you happen to see any birders/photographers getting uncomfortably close to the bird please speak up to that person and just let them know in a nice way to maybe back off a little bit. Be considerate about it. 5) Lastly, I don't think anybody would do this--especially since it is a public location within a well-traveled state park--but please don't consider baiting the owl with mice or any other critters. This type of behavior has happened in other locations with owls it and reflects badly on the people taking part in this behavior (mostly photographers). Only trained biologists should ever try and "mouse an owl" in (e.g., Spotted Owl biologists).
    Anyways, HAPPY SUPERB OWL SUNDAY to all of you and good luck if you come out to see this bird.
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  3. Feb. 28 Pelagic out of San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2016 @ 12:08pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    
    The Catalina Explorer (formerly the Magician) is offering an eight-hour pelagic birding trip out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro on Sunday, February 28, departing at 7:30 a.m.
    
    This is an interesting year for seabirds. Many species are not faring well in the third consecutive winter of abnormally high ocean temperatures. But conditions that are bad for birds can be good for birders. Right now, we probably have a better than normal chance of finding rare vagrants. While numbers and diversity of seabirds encountered on nearshore trips off Southern California are downe, a trip with the time and goal of searching out the areas where the birds are concentrated will face good odds of finding rarities. For example, Leach's Storm Petrels are being seen very close to shore in Central and Northern California right now. That is the kind of shift in distribution that might make this trip memorable.?
    
    We will keep the itinerary flexible for now and search out temperature breaks and other clues in the days before departure. We will likely visit the oil rigs (Orange County waters) to tick off Brown Booby, the new local trash species, and visit the mouth of the Redondo Canyon.?
    
    The trip departs at 7:30 a.m. Price is $110 per person. The crew of the Catalina Explorer likes to pamper its passengers, breakfast and lunch and all you can drink soda are included in the price. I can make no promises, but they have been known to serve hot-out-of-the-oven brownies a la mode on the trip home.?
    
    To book, please go to the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm?
    
    I hope to see you on board!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  5. Re: [nwcalbird] Re: Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5 Feb LINK
    DATE: Feb 6, 2016 @ 10:25am, 4 day(s) ago
    Usually, the Parkway is closed only north of the prairie.? They don’t
    restrict access to the visitor center or campground.
    ?
    From: mailto:nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2016 10:19 AM
    To: Northwest calbird ; Calbirds
    Subject: [nwcalbird] Re: Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5
    Feb
    
    ?
    
    ? Hi all, Just heard from Gary and Lauren Lester that the owl is present right now.
    Newton B Drury parkway is closed to vehicular traffic today, though, so you have
    to hike in.
    ?
    Rob Fowler
    
    On Friday, February 5, 2016, Rob Fowler
    < migratoriusfwlr@... >
    wrote:
    Hi all, Just wanted to report after yesterdays absence the GREAT GRAY OWL IS
    still present at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park here in Humboldt County.
    The bird was refound by Steve Tucker around 4:30 near the northwest corner of
    the meadow near the kiosk and was seen well by about a dozen people. Thanks to
    Ed Harper for the phone call about the bird being refound this evening.
    ?
    Thanks,
    ?
    Rob
    ?
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
    
    --
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
    
    This email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast.
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  7. Re: Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5 Feb LINK
    DATE: Feb 6, 2016 @ 10:19am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi all, Just heard from Gary and Lauren Lester that the owl is present right now. Newton B Drury parkway is closed to vehicular traffic today, though, so you have to hike in.
    
    Rob Fowler
    
    On Friday, February 5, 2016, Rob Fowler < migratoriusfwlr@... > wrote:
    Hi all, Just wanted to report after yesterdays absence the GREAT GRAY OWL IS still present at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park here in Humboldt County. The bird was refound by Steve Tucker around 4:30 near the northwest corner of the meadow near the kiosk and was seen well by about a dozen people. Thanks to Ed Harper for the phone call about the bird being refound this evening.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Rob
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  9. Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 8:18pm, 5 day(s) ago
    The Kelp Gull was still around until I left about 3:30.? It had flown a bit south into deeper water and looking into the sun so it was more difficult to pick it out.? When I went back a few minutes later to show a late arriving birder, I couldn't find it.? That doesn't mean it flew away, it just was impossible to pick it out between the deep water hiding the legs and the angle of the sun.? There wasn't a mass take-off of birds at the time, so there's a chance it was still in the general area.
    
    Just an FYI, Pico Vista Rd is actually signed 'No Parking' on both sides of the street.? I guess parking control was out in the morning but decided to give everyone a pass since nothing was being blocked.? Thankfully I didn't get a ticket this afternoon since I completely missed seeing the sign.? You can park on the Washington frontage road or any side streets.
    
    Thanks to those who helped me get eyes on this bird.
    
    Kathy Degner
    Pasadena
    
    From: "mnfreeman@... [LACoBirds]"
    To: Tom Benson
    Cc: "LaCoBirds@yahoogroups.com" ; "calbirds@yahoogroups.com"
    Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 11:53 AM
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound
    
    ?
    Hi all!
    
    At this moment, it's preening giving us great looks: blackish mantle, yellow-green legs, smaller than a Western standing behind it.
    
    Woo hoo!
    
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 5, 2016, at 11:40 AM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    ?
    I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  11. Humboldt Great Gray Owl continues 5 Feb LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 7:38pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all, Just wanted to report after yesterdays absence the GREAT GRAY OWL IS still present at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park here in Humboldt County. The bird was refound by Steve Tucker around 4:30 near the northwest corner of the meadow near the kiosk and was seen well by about a dozen people. Thanks to Ed Harper for the phone call about the bird being refound this evening.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Rob
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  13. Winter pelagic and other pelagic dates - Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 7:21pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hello folks.     We are going to attempt a winter pelagic on Feb 27, with weather date on the 28 th . With various land based observations of Leach’s Storm-Petrels we are hoping to see one or more out there, as well as Black-legged Kittiwakes, winter alcids and perhaps other surprises. The water is warm out there, with recent luck in Monterey maybe we can even hope for a Nazca Booby out there. On can dream!      I also have setup various dates coming up later on in the year. A spring trip, two July trips, Farallons trips and pelagics into October this year. More trips may be added in the future, and PayPal payment will open up for some of the trips that are scheduled and do not yet have a buttone. You can email me at any time to get on the reservation list, with no commitment other than you are interested in the trip! Below is a link to the dates. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   good birding! Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 12:01pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Alvaro and Calbirders,
    
    I was recently looking at primary-mirror size variation in young adult Great Black-backed Gulls in reference to the non-accepted 2006 Humboldt record. I was curious if birds showing other immature traits like black on the bill would also show smaller mirrors, as in Western Gulls. This did indeed appear to be the case, and I suspect it is true of most large gulls in the fourth and fifth cycles. Ring-billed is known to increase mirror size throughout life, with old adults males having extravagant amounts of white. I suspect this has to do with social signaling as in skuas, in which the size and brightness of the primary flash has been linked to independent traits indicating different aspects of fitness (e.g., fecundity vs. longevity).
    
    The problem that arises relates to the fact that these are the rarest age classes. If we take a random sample of adults including these ages, we will only get a very small percentage of fourth and fifth cycle birds. Thus we will underestimate the percentage that has reduced mirrors.
    
    The bigger problem relates directly to these Kelp Gull records. I do not have a hard time believing that a single individual was seen in all these places, but I see an alternate explanation as a little more plausible: the same event caused a few immature Kelp Gulls to wander north a few years ago, and these birds are now reaching maturity and being noticed. They are fourth/fifth-cycle birds now, so their chances of having reduced mirrors are greatly inflated.
    
    The LA bird looks bigger-billed than the Bay Area one(s). I would not have concluded that these birds are the same sex.
    
    I am just now getting together all my photos of last summer's Humboldt Bay Kelp Gull to submit to the CBRC. This bird did have a 10th primary mirror and was thus clearly a different individual, but I concluded that it was a young adult. Over the 100+ photos (all fairly distant, unfortunately), I am especially struck with the outline of the back over the whole set. Western-types have a very shallowly-domed back, often with a small step at the scapular crescent. Kelps, depending on position, either show a very straight back line, sometimes slightly "upswept" at the wingtips, or, more distinctively, a zig-zag created a distinct "bump" well above the scapular crescent (creating a short horizontal line on the upper back), then a very distinct vertical step. I assume this has something to do with the structure of the inner wing. In any case, I thought it might be helpful for those scanning distant gulls in hopes of re-finding the LA bird.
    
    I've added the entire set from Humboldt to flickr:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769@N08/albums/72157664355487495
    
    Good luck,
    
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
    
    On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:24 PM, Christopher Taylor calbird@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    Was there past sunset and it never came back in. Hopefully it turns up
    
    tomorrow...
    
    --
    
    Christopher Taylor
    
    Marina del Rey, CA
    
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    
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  17. Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 11:53am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all!
    
    At this moment, it's preening giving us great looks: blackish mantle, yellow-green legs, smaller than a Western standing behind it.
    
    Woo hoo!
    
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 5, 2016, at 11:40 AM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    ? I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  19. Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 11:40am, 5 day(s) ago
    I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  21. LA Kelp - same as Half Moon Bay bird LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 7:26pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    I was just looking at photos of the LA Kelp Gull and I am pretty sure it
    
    is the same bird that was in Half Moon Bay (and other places) last May. The
    
    reason is that it has a feature that is rather rare in Kelp Gulls, it either
    
    lacks or nearly lacks a mirror on P10. This is highly unusual in Kelp, but
    
    this bird shows that. It seems to me that this is significant in identifying
    
    it as the same bird. Although unusual, it would be unusual in any other
    
    large gull with a dark back, so I am thinking this is just an oddity, rather
    
    than a point against it being a Kelp Gull.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] GGO LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 6:46pm, 6 day(s) ago
    It was seen Tuesday. And Wednesday. Not certain about today. Nothing has been entered into eBird yet today.
    
    Flock on!
    
    Elias/?????
    
    Arcata CA/San Diego CA
    
    Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
    
    Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254
    
    > On Feb 4, 2016, at 18:41, Gary Grenfell wiseowl@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
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    > Has there been any reports about the Great Gray Owl In Humboldt County??
    
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    > Thanks
    
    > Gary Grenfell Placer County
    
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  25. GGO LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 6:41pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Has there been any reports about the Great Gray Owl In Humboldt County??
    
    Thanks
    
    Gary Grenfell Placer County
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  27. Re: Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 6:24pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Was there past sunset and it never came back in. Hopefully it turns up
    
    tomorrow...
    
    --
    
    Christopher Taylor
    
    Marina del Rey, CA
    
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    
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  29. RE: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 3:38pm, 6 day(s) ago
    The Kelp Gull (and most of the other gulls) appears to have departed, being last seen around 2:30 PM.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "jfgarret@... [LACoBirds]"
    Date: 2/4/2016 12:22 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: LACoBirds
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions
    
    Hi
    
    I've posted some photos on Flickr here:? https://flic.kr/p/DEVfGg
    
    To get here park on Pico Vista Rd and enter at the southwest corner of the spreading grounds. Lighting is best from the east side of the basin.
    
    If you enter at Mines Ave you'll have to walk south around the west side of the basin to get to the east side.
    
    Here is a marker of where I am: Dropped Pin
    near 8999 San Gabriel River Mid Trail, Whittier, CA 90670
    https://goo.gl/maps/CeZS6hWYeZo
    
    John
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  31. Fw: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 12:54pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Kelp Gull in LA
    
    x-posting to CALBIRDS
    
    --
    
    Christopher Taylor
    
    Marina del Rey, CA
    
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    ----- Forwarded message from " jfgarret@... [LACoBirds]" < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > -----
    
    Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:22:46 -0800
    
    From: " jfgarret@... [LACoBirds]" < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions
    
    To: LACoBirds < lacobirds@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Reply-To: jfgarret@...
    
    X-Mailer: iPhone Mail (13C75)
    
    Message-Id: < BC6B12C9-A3AD-47F3-A15A-8FA852827CBD@... >
    
    Hi
    
    I've posted some photos on Flickr here: https://flic.kr/p/DEVfGg
    
    To get here park on Pico Vista Rd and enter at the southwest corner of the spreading grounds. Lighting is best from the east side of the basin.
    
    If you enter at Mines Ave you'll have to walk south around the west side of the basin to get to the east side.
    
    Here is a marker of where I am: Dropped Pin
    
    near 8999 San Gabriel River Mid Trail, Whittier, CA 90670
    
    https://goo.gl/maps/CeZS6hWYeZo
    
    John
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    ----- End forwarded message -----
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  33. News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 10:09am, 6 day(s) ago
    Birders,   The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at H. T. Harvey and Associates in Los Gatos 29-30 January 2016; here are some of the highlights of that meeting.   COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP Jon Feenstra, Guy McCaskie, and Steve Rottenborn were elected as voting members, with Rottenborn also being elected as Chair. Scott Terrill was elected
    as Vice Chair, and Tom Benson was re-elected as non-voting Secretary. The terms of Joe Morlan, Adam Searcy and Dan Singer expired.   REVIEW LIST Ruddy Ground-Dove was added to the Review List. Since its removal from the Review List in 2004, the small resident population in Calipatria, Imperial County
    was extirpated (in 2006 or 2007), and there have been only a dozen records elsewhere in the state averaging approximately one per year.   OTHER DISCUSSIONS/DECISIONS The Committee discussed the following issues that may be of general interest to the public:   There was a discussion on first-cycle "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull records and the Committee's approach to evaluating such records. The Committee members generally agreed
    that they support a conservative approach to the acceptance of first-cycle Iceland Gull records, while acknowledging that many records that are not accepted may well be valid.   The following individuals were re-appointed to the Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC): Kimball Garrett, John Garrett, Adam Searcy, and Tom Benson. CBRC
    member Jim Tietz joins the IBSC as a new appointment.   The Committee also appointed a steering committee to investigate an expedited review process and the potential use of eBird both as an additional archive
    and as an alternative reviewing process for select records. The steering committee consists of Tom Benson, Steve Rottenborn, Dan Singer, Jim Tietz, and Adam Searcy.   WEBSITE CBRC Webmaster Joe Morlan has updated the CBRC website with the following changes:   Ruddy Ground-Dove has been added to the review list (with no evidence code because there is an extant specimen); it is flagged as a review species in the main list,  and the change-log has been updated accordingly: http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html   The bylaws have been updated to reflect minor changes made at the January 2016 meeting; current bylaws are at: http://www.californiabirds.org/bylaws.html and a version showing changes made at the meeting is at... http://www.californiabirds.org/bylaws16rev.html   The new CBRC member listing is at: http://www.californiabirds.org/cbrc_mem.html   Finally, I will continue to serve as the occasional CBRC “spokesperson” on Calbirds for the coming year.   Kimball   Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology  
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  35. Godwit Days 2016, April 13-19th, Arcata, w. David Sibley. LINK
    DATE: Feb 2, 2016 @ 12:35am, 9 day(s) ago
    Dear Calbirders,
    
    I wanted to let folks out there know that with David Sibley as our keynote speaker this year a lot of people are signing up early.  We have already sold out 40% of our spaces, and several trips are already sold out.  We will be expanding our publicity soon with the launch of this year's Godwit Art at Arts Alive, Eureka. So for those out there planning to go this year I would advise getting to the web site at www.godwitdays.org and hurry.....150 birders have already signed up and it's only just February!
    
    Some of our specialty birds include: Ruffed Grouse, Sooty Grouse, Rock Sandpiper, Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, Tufted Puffin, Vaux's Swift, Gray Jay and Black-capped Chickadee.
    
    Looking forward to seeing everybody there,
    Yours Rob
    
    --
    
    Robert W. Hewitt
    Wildlife Biologist, LBJ Enterprises
    Eureka, CA, 95501, USA
    (707) 601-8581
     
    Board Member and Founder
    21st Annual Godwit Days
    Spring Migration Bird Festival
    April 13th - 19th , 2016
    www.godwitdays.org
     
    Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GodwitDays
     
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  37. Re: [CALBIRDS] Putative Nazca Booby at Pt. Pinos--1 Feb 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 1, 2016 @ 3:57pm, 9 day(s) ago
    A fascinating bird.
    
    These first-cycle Masked/Nazca boobies, or possible hybrids between the two, are infinitely problematic.
    
    We know so little about what these birds look like during the first year or two after they leave the nesting colony.
    
    And it’s been interesting this year: of the half-dozen or so putative Nazca boobies off California this season, almost all of them have been late first-cycle birds. [I think there have been only 1 or 2 adults—possibly the same bird on the L.A. whale watching trip as on the Channel Islands?]
    
    My initial reaction, given the shape of the proximal third of the culmen, the limited amount of orange in the bill, and most of all the extensive black tips to the central rectrices, is that this one tilts more towards the Masked side of the spectrum than Nazca.
    
    Any other photos of the tail? And any indication of the bird having a band on the left leg?
    
    I tilt towards Masked, but I know others will make the case for Nazca. It’s really fascinating to watch us work out what will be the morphological characteristics to look for in subadult Masked/Nazca boobies.
    
    Stan Walens
    
    San Diego
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  39. Putative Nazca Booby at Pt. Pinos--1 Feb 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 1, 2016 @ 3:18pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Birders
    
    Today, Paul Fenwick and I were seabirding from Pt. Pinos in Pacific Grove and we discovered a late 1st-cycle Masked/Nazca Booby that we are identifying as a putative Nazca, based on the clear orange tinge to the bill. The bird was found on the rocks around 930 AM, and then flew off after being spooked by a local Peregrine around 10 AM. Photos are here:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27255024
    
    Other birds of note were 3 species of storm-petrels from shore, including light and dark-rumped Leach's, Fork-tailed, and Ashy.
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
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    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  41. Lost white Gyrfalcon, Jan 25 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jan 26, 2016, 16 day(s) ago
    I received a request to notify local birders that a white Gyrfalcon has been lost by a falconer in the vicinity of Palm Desert, Riverside County in Southern California.  Date lost Jan 25, 2016.
    
    If anyone sees this bird please contact the owner Ken Miknuk directly, phone 714-261-1778 or by email jmiknuk@...
    
    Thanks,
    
    --
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
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  43. COASST Beached Birds Trainings - Fortuna and Garberville LINK
    DATE: Jan 25, 2016, 17 day(s) ago
    Beachwalkers and Birders Wanted!
    Help
    make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the
    Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a
    citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the
    collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches and
    trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other
    organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions,
    and to promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST
    volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash
    ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.
    Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a
    specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.
    
    If you are interested
    in participating, join COASST staff for a?training?session. Hear about
    how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field
    guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.? There is
    no charge to attend a?training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable
    deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete
    with a COASST Beached Birds field guide.?Training?activities take place
    indoors.?Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more -
    please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during
    training.
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm College of the Redwoods - Garberville Instructional Site 286 Sprowl Creek Road Garberville , CA 95542
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm River Lodge Conference Center - Fireside Room? 1800 Riverwalk Drive Fortuna, CA 95540
    
    RSVP to? coasst@... ?or? 206-221- 6893 .?
    
    If you can’t attend this event, please check our website at? www.coasst.org ?for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.
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  45. Monday: yes Re: [CALBIRDS] Female Tufted Duck 2/24/16 LINK
    DATE: Jan 25, 2016, 17 day(s) ago
    Follow Roger Schoedel's directions for where to park, and walk out to the river. The bird is lazily floating around, more often with its head tucked in, occasionally lifting it and looking around, and posing for photographs. On Jan 24, 2016 2:01 PM, " mnfreeman@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      Hi Birders
    
    Nick and I are currently watching the female TUFTED DUCK at Riverdale Park in Yorba Linda. It's in the middle of the river channel above the "waterfall". It's lacking the white donut at the base of the bill, dirty white sides, two tone bill, and dark back with the making of a tuft behind the head.
    
    Happy Birding!
    
    Mary Freeman
    
    Glendale, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  47. Yellow-billed Loon & Brown Booby LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2016, 18 day(s) ago
    ? This morning at about 10am a
    Yellow-billed Loon was seen on the Santa Clara Audubon trip to Herons Head Park
    in San Francisco. Initially it was out past the point but it moved into the
    channel on the other side of the dilapidated pier. The bird was actively feeding
    and was under water more than at the surface. The bird was seen by all and
    photographed by many. The male Eurasian Wigeon was also present.
    ?
    At 7:45 to 8:20 I saw the Brown
    Booby off the end of the Northwest end of El Camino del Mar. It was easly seen
    in the channel near Mile Rock, eventually it flew south west and looked as
    though it was going to land on the rock just offshore, however it continued
    Southwest and disappeared below me. It appeared that it might be roosting along
    the cliff below. No Storm-petrels.
    
    Alan Hopkins
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  49. Female Tufted Duck 2/24/16 LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2016, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    
    Nick and I are currently watching the female TUFTED DUCK at Riverdale Park in Yorba Linda. It's in the middle of the river channel above the "waterfall". It's lacking the white donut at the base of the bill, dirty white sides, two tone bill, and dark back with the making of a tuft behind the head.
    
    Happy Birding!
    
    Mary Freeman
    
    Glendale, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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